Do Not Judge A Story By The Chapter You Walked In On


{Denise gracefully hosts Six Sentence Stories, where writers unleash their magic under one simple rule: in no more or no less than 6 sentences.
This week’s prompt word is : SURPRISE
A Tale from the Six Sentence Café & Bistro.}


The calm waves of Mimi’s invitation reached the shore of Sybil’s heart, as she begun to slowly surrender to something unexpected, especially after her earlier encounter at the entrance of the SSC&B; “Shit, Ian…you could have told me this guy is actually named The Gatekeeper!” laughing at her thought she was seated in the alcove, at the only table with carved words on its polished surface: Because Dear Friend, There Is More To This Story.

“You know…Sybil, right?...there’s a reason Nick’s called the Gatekeeper and no, not simply because he’s solid, stoic and as sturdy as the oldest tree in the world, which by the way is the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine…” Denise uttered the words slowly in her characteristic way of referring to thoughts you were certain of their privacy; “…the SSC&B is a place of liberty, freedom of choice, acceptance and friendship – but as it is the case with everything precious in life, leave it unattended and it will mutate into a bitter, dusty chimaera…we have chosen not to let that happen.”

Denise met Sybil’s eyes with complete attention as she sat next to her:” Denise is the name, aka The Bar Tender…nice to have you here, on this day…that’s why I took the liberty of bringing you a cocktail reserved for special people on special days!”

Sybil was flooded by a warm feeling she was not used to be met with, definitely not from her own family, let alone from strangers in a strange town inside a strangely named Cafè, yet she had the distinct insight that the characters she was just starting to meet at the Six Sentence Cafè & Bistro were connected in more ways than meet the eye; accepting the crystal glass with the golden-red hued liquid, she smelled the aroma, tasted it and said with a smile: “A hint of Absinthe?”

The Bar Tender’s eyes lit up with a silent recognition of a fellow enthusiast of spirits extraordinaire: “Yes!…you found my secret ingredient…the rest are a smoky riff of two types of mescal, agave nectar, Angostura bitters with an orange twist finish!”;Denise didn’t have to turn her head to know who was approaching them from the shadows to the alcove…

«Σίβυλλα, δε μαινομένω στόματι αγέλαστα και ακαλλώπιστα και αμύριστα φθεγγομένη χιλίων ετών εξικνείται τη φωνή δια τον θεόν1» quoth the Gatekeeper and as he softly laid his right hand on Denise’s left shoulder, he bookended the surprised woman…” Welcome, Sibyl.”

1 : “ Sibyl, with frenzied mouth uttering things not to be laughed at, unadorned and unperfumed, yet reaching a thousand years with her voice, by aid of god” – thus wrote Heraclitus for Sibylla


Post Scriptum:
“The happiest people I know are always evaluating and improving themselves.
Unhappy people are usually evaluating and judging others.”


Spira / Nick © December 2022


About Spira

” The eternal part of our being is conscious of the timeless essence of life & is aware that the past is nothing but a memento of the present and tomorrow a dream of the now. The very thing meditating & singing from within, remains always inside the boundaries of the primordial instant that scattered the stars into the cosmos.” Kh.Gibran

27 responses »

  1. Well, well, well! What have we here? Surely not the sigh of a writer. More like a mighty exhalation of inSPIRAtion!!
    Years ago I coined a phrase for this type of writing, the type that leaves you wondering how the writer came up with these thoughts, what they all mean and where will they take us. The term is “What-the-fuckedness!” – something I reserve for only certain writes, like this one.
    I must also applaud your choice of music, Nick. Thank you for showcasing the fab yet under-appreciated MSG. You’re a man after my own heart!
    To say I’m digging this would be an understatement. “What-the-fuckedness, indeed!” ❣️ 😎

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    • Now, who said that a monster of a snow storm would keep the Sicilian Storytelller from interacting with us?

      “What-the-fuckedness!”! I. Love it.
      Cara mia…❣😎
      I am honestly, beyond honored to be at the receiving end of your awesome phrase!!
      Grazie, Nancy!
      Why am I not surprised you are into under-appreciated-indeed MSG?
      Now, that it’s just the two of us, I will let you in a secret; I love the lyrics of that song…especially the one that says ” Cause if you don’t approve, you can use the door”…man, did Michael had some writing riffs too or what?!
      Mission accomplished, then!!


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  3. Excellent Café Six!

    Now this might sound weird*

    On the second read** you know what came to mind?

    …well, do you?

    lol (getting into the movie genre mode)

    In Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’ he does a long tracking shot (like 3 minutes!) when Henry takes Karen to a nightclub (the Copacabana, I believe.)

    like that, this Six is

    *yeah, we know, knock us over with a feather lol
    ** there are Sixes that invite re-reading and Sixes that require re-reading both a desirable assessment

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    • You typed a lol…which means you were laughing out loud…which means you find my story funny…Funny how?
      What’s funny about it?
      – *someone tries to resolve the situation Yo Nick, you got it all wrong.* –
      No wait…he’s a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how??

      Channeling some Tommy DeVito😆

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  4. The SSC&B is just the place for stranger to be received and welcomed, as Sybil is learning, but to what purpose? And what will be the outcome, for good or ill? And who will benefit the most, Sybil or the world she will perhaps create (prophesy) into existence? I think I’m getting ahead of your story and Clark’s. Write on!!!!

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    • I love how you plant all those creative seeds about this story, Dora.
      Although it is not my story and Sybil is Clark’s character, the beauty of the SSC&B is that, apart from those who frequent its chairs, you can very well and easily contribute to the molding of the story and character.
      And that by itself opens up all kinds of creatively exciting possibilities.
      Because dear Dora,
      There is always more to this story!

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