#SnippetSunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – February 15, 2015
Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.
From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”
In this week’s snippet… Jake has settled in at Beau’s Bar & Grill. He’s been enjoying the juke box selections– classic blues & some ’60s rock & roll (George Thorogood, Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, Alvin Lee, Jimi Hendrix, & Bessie Smith to be exact). He’s also noted the Confederate flag etched into Beau’s bar mirror. After finishing his dinner, Jake takes a second look at the bar patrons…
“I’m trying to figure out who loaded up the juke box,” I said.
“That’d be me,” he replied. “My bar, my juke box, my tunes.”
“Doesn’t quite fit with the décor.”
He looked over his shoulder at the Confederate flag etching.
“This? Sucker was here when I bought the place.”
“Mean much to you?”
“The War’s over, friend.”
“That’s what I’ve heard.”
“Hope you’re not easily offended. You’re gonna see a lot of those flags flying ’round here.”
“I’m hard to offend.”
Beau chuckled, then set a new pint of beer in front of me.
“I’ll take a shot with that,” I said. “And pour one for yourself. My tab.”
“Don’t mind if I do,” he replied, reaching for the Bushmill’s.
We toasted to being hard to offend.
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