Friday Fictioneers – 5/10/13 – ‘Goodbye Snooky’




Photo Copyright: TED STRUTZ

Here we are, folks: the legendary bar where Snooky Adams was gunned down by his partner, Lila Corbell.” The young guide positioned himself to imitate the gangster, dressed in Snooky’s signature red turtle-neck and gray, pinstriped jacket, his hair slicked back in Snooky’s oily-smooth style. The resemblance was disturbing.

He looked into the mirror behind the bar, intending to make eye contact with his group via that reflection, but he suddenly shouted, “Lila!”

His audience jerked heads to look behind them at the same second the shots rang out. But seeing no one, they turned back to their guide. He was on the floor, three bullet holes in his chest.

Lila’s reflection lingered in the mirror, smoking gun in hand.


(I took some license with the mirror. The one in my imagination is bigger than the one in the picture.)

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21 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – 5/10/13 – ‘Goodbye Snooky’

    • You know, I wondered if people would think that, and I thought maybe I had better specify that he lay “dead” with three bullet holes — because I intended him to be dead. But then I thought maybe it’s better to let everyone decide for himself whether it was real or not. What do you think?

  1. “Oh, yeah, I loik it,” she ground out of the corner of her mouth not occupied by the dropping cigarette holder. “Give ’em another shot. After all, this is a bah, ain’t it?”

    I thought he was dead, but it doesn’t really matter. Creepier, though, if he is. I think your title should be “Lila-nce to Kill.” 🙂 Just goofing around.

    I like your header. It’s new, isn’t it, or am I just unobservant?

    Hope you’re having a great weekend,


    • Of course, I guess the real question is — since she was visible only in the mirror, WAS she real after all? Poor Snooky. It’s bad enough getting killed twice, but by the same person? That’s a little humiliating.

      • I like to think of it as a really great, and well acted reenactment that really brings history alive. Kind of like what I do on most weekends in the summer. Then again, reallity sometimes bites harder… eitther way, excellent write!

    • Hey, thank you so much. I have to admit it was one of those totally unplanned stories. I started with feeling it was a place where Snooky had been gunned down, but everything else just pretty much wrote itself. As I’m sure you know, sometimes that’s terrific, and sometimes it’s downright scary.

    • Hey, thank you very much! I have to admit I started writing the story without knowing where I was going. I was actually surprised by the ending myself. Thanks for taking the time to read it and comment.

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