Sammy, the Gat: “The Ragtop Without A Top”

(Sammy, the Gat, is a continuing story.)

(Glossary at end.)

My newly IDed Celtic contact is leakin’ crimson curlicues on the dusty as I circumvent the circumstances and head for the threshold. I got a speed-need for a juice mobile and there ain’t a primo-limo around. A boppin’ Billy the Kid hops outta a Three-Stooges-meet-James-Bond Shrek-wreck and I spot the toothed turn-ons dangling from the ignish.
I channel my inner Kookie without the comb and pole vault into the ragtop without a top. I twist the fire starter and the intern-combust takes off. The ol’ blinkers wide-eye it: I got me a twelve-under Black Beauty Mach-monster tricked out as a jalop. My cool heats up as I head for Drizzle City.

THE GATIONARY of Sammy Speak

Black Beauty: n. Green Hornet’s high-tech car.   blinker: n. eye.
circumvent the circumstances: v. flee.   crimson curlicue: n. pool of blood.
Drizzle City: n. London.   dusty: n. floor.   fire starter: n. ignition key.  
: n. ignition.   intern-combust: n. automobile engine.  jalop: n. jalopy, beat-up car.
juice mobile: n. fast car.
Kookie without the Comb: n. Edd Byrnes in 77 Sunset Strip.   ragtop: n. convertible.
speed-need: n. urgent demand.   toothed turn-on: n. key.
twelve-under: n. twelve cylinders under the hood.

(Click to catch up on Sammy, the Gat, a continuing story.)

(Photo by Beth Carter, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Friday Fictioneers, March 1, 2013.)

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49 Responses to Sammy, the Gat: “The Ragtop Without A Top”

  1. kz says:

    mmn awesome.
    “Three-Stooges-Meets-James-Bond Shrek-wreck ” haha

  2. Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb. Good to see you, Sammy.


  3. It is very much unique. Love his pride.

  4. I almost got it without the vocabulary this time… the crimson curlicue sounds soooo good.

  5. vb holmes says:

    I’m particularly pleased to read that you (as an English-is-my-second-language person) got most of the words, Bjorn–I try to maintain some semblance of sense when writing Sammy. Many thanks for commenting..

  6. That’d be a nice surprise, to find that it’s actually a good car, although now the owner will be after him too.

    • vb holmes says:

      Souped up muscle car in disguise. You’re right about the owner’s pursuit, but he’s underage so won’t report it to the authorities. For the moment, Sammy’s in the clear..

  7. Sandra says:

    Well that’s a different take on the prompt, a powerful beast in disguise. Nicely done, and the vocabulary leaves me speechless… 😉

  8. Who are you channeling..?
    He’s too cool…! It took a moment to get the lingo. Now I’ve got it, I’m looking forward to more of Sammy; he’s different, and I like that…!

  9. Dear VB,
    This is my favorite Sammy the Gat story yet. Very clever.

  10. kdillmanjones says:

    Great writing! I was transported. I love “on the dusty.”

  11. rich says:

    it’s cool to have a consistent character to work with and adapt to most any situation. well done.

  12. Joe Owens says:

    Wow, what imagination to come up with all of this.

  13. A boppin’ Billy the Kid leavin the firestarter in the ignish deserves the insult. In fact, I wish I was on that ride with Sammy. Go Sammy!

  14. elappleby says:

    This was an impressive bit of writing – not sure I understood it all, even with the glossary, but I got the gist and really enjoyed the journey you took me on.

    • vb holmes says:

      Thanks, EL–maybe Sammy will meet up with Windsock and Cinnamon during his travels (might be dangerous to be in his company, however, so maybe not).

  15. unspywriter says:

    Yay, Sammy is back! And thanks for the comment on mine.

  16. JackieP says:

    whoa I must have channeled Sammy in my story! I wrote about another souped up roadster. ha! 😉

  17. Beth Carter says:

    What a crazy story for a crazy car! A good match. I could never write like that. Fun.

    • vbholmes says:

      Thanks for the comment and for the great prompt. I hope you’ll post the owner’s reactions to the stories if you find him/her–and I know we’d all like to hear the whole story behind the “restoration”.

  18. the rhythm of this piece had me moving to its music.

  19. billgncs says:

    circumvent the circumstances – pure beauty!

  20. Hi V.B.,
    Great hard-boiled dialog here, worthy of Sam Spade. Satisfies m speed-need! Ron

  21. It is always interesting when I stumble on your stories I don’t always get to your, but when I do it is always a treat. Once again I have been highly entertained.

  22. Iris says:

    You get such a sense of the narrator from this one. I really like it!

  23. vbholmes says:

    Many thanks, Iris. (There’s a rumor floating around that Sammy has seven fingers–Just kidding, but couldn’t resist.)

  24. Sarah Ann says:

    Fantastic. Really enjoyed Sammy’s voice in this.

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