EVOLVE

This week cavalcadeofstars debuts Absolutely*Kate from AT THE BIJOU; a place where Kate entertains us with fantastic writers from all over the world. Her story WHERE I MET HER was written recently for us to enjoy.

E V O L V E
Intuited by ~ Absolutely*Kate

We are given the shadows and the light, both equidistant to themselves. It’s not choosing either. It’s finding out both are of equal sum of significant value. Mirrors and illusion give way to trust and inner-know. As nature abhors vacuum, lessons vortex in – the more we open, the more they flow. EVOLVE spins eons in a day.

(C) 2009 ~ Author/Muser, Absolutely*Kate
Published various literary sites; Quite at home here

WHERE I MET HER
By Absolutely*Kate

Betty’s Burlesque on Broad was the best. As a matter of fact, Betty’s Burlesque brought in out-of-towners better than anybody’s business. Pete down at the Pickadilly Pub loved the trickle-down crowds that Betty’s packin’ ’em in brought in to his jivey gin joint. Matter o’fact, it was while bumping gums at Pete’s over a Pabst that Betty first introduced me to the ringer of a southern belle she brought up north. When she slipped me five over our Howd’ya do’s, I knew this dame was one smooth patootie.

Poughkeepsie never saw the likes like anything like Fanny Lights. I’m not talkin’ off the cob — that was her snazzy stage name, Keen-o huh? And Fanny was one hot tomato catchin’ up her moniker to top the line-up and shine in all the best lights, lemme tell ya.

I was one of the new canary hoofers on the block when Fanny lit up Poughkeepsie. Hell, parts of Albany still regale funny Fanny tales. She flounced a bendover flourish to her finish that had the fellers stompin’ their clodhoppers for encores when encores were over. I’m tellin’ ya – ya had to see it to believe it, and you always remembered it after that.
Luck o’the draw I got the makeup table next to hers. Me? I just had the basics of a rouge and Maybelline kit Ma worked up with a tube of Luscious Linger Revlon thrown in for pizazz, but Fanny? WhoooBoy! Did she come satin and gold stitched makeup bag loaded! There was dusting powder and glittery powder and a special perfumy soft white talcum she puffed on her bum. Said it made her twirl faster, just knowin’ she was feelin’ it there. And could Fanny twirl her fanny! WhoooBoy!

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There was a signature song that did belong to how Sandusky Sammi’s dance went along. Fifi Royale, who was the first muffin I met who knew brunos from the hoosegow, would twitch her hip gyrations to it too, then beam her cleavage practically downtown to the boys in the back row. That number was always worth a good hoot and holler gettin’ a whole lot more than what a ticket for a dollar bought those days. The song was “Sugar in My Bowl”, you know, the Bessie Smith version. Well Sammi gave the sweetest striptease you please to that one. Things weren’t eggs in the coffee smooth no more though when Fanny got it in her noggin that showstoppering should be mainly her gig. “Lament”, she wanted Gus in the little combo down front to really lay out. With a honey cooler to the smacker, she sweet-talked Gus to table “Sugar in My Bowl”. As you can imagine, that kibosh arrangement was no happy place setting with Sammi.

Sammi groused to hardboiled Mr Parkins, our stage-manager, but with four little big mouths to feed back home, he played it safe and snitched to Betty. Betty, fond of the folding green Fanny drew in, canned Sammi’s showstopper. Damn, did that slam Sammi right in her silks and sequins. Most the times, Sammi was one swell lady, real high heels with no totters to ’em, but desperate times call for desperate measures so she listened with open affirms on her squirms to the trick that ol’Fifi thunked up. Itchin’ powder. Yep, oooooooh boy, those dames stirred it right into that perfumy bum talc . . .

Sammi groused to hardboiled Mr Parkins, our stage-manager, but with four little big mouths to feed back home, he played it safe and snitched to Betty. Betty, fond of the folding green Fanny drew in, canned Sammi’s showstopper. Damn, did that slam Sammi right in her silks and sequins. Most the times, Sammi was one swell lady, real high heels with no totters to ’em, but desperate times call for desperate measures so she listened with open affirms on her squirms to the trick that ol’Fifi thunked up. Itchin’ powder. Yep, oooooooh boy, those dames stirred it right into that perfumy bum talc . . .
Man oh man! Did Fanny Lights hit her mark and spark that night. I felt the room swayin’ and the band playin’ — wait, sorry, that’s just Satchmo on my mind, occupational habit, it happens all the time. Thing was, with all the twitchin’ goin’ on ’round all the twirling drivin’ the crowds frenzy-crazy, Fanny caught the roving eye of a tall lanky looker in the front row. Tom somethin’, it’ll come to me later. The fella was an optometrist salesman takin’ a load off his satchel toting for what pleasures an evening in Poughkeepsie could presumably offer.

To make a long story just a tad shorter, he sought the pleasures that Poughkeepsie’s best at Betty’s Burlesque had to offer. Hung out ’round back by the stage door and offered to make Fanny an offer down on bended knee that she couldn’t refuse. Ya shoulda got a gander at how this guy’s peepers spelled s-i-n-c-e-r-i-t-y. It was scrumpdiddlylicious and sooooo romantical. Could’ya guess? Fanny said “yes,” and made tracks to catch the train to become Tom’s first rate mate. Oh yeah, it’s comin’ to me now. Cheezum, that was the fine feller’s last name.

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I heard she’s using a fancified version of her name now and scrawling stories into real page-turners from down South. Gee Whilikers, wonder if our paths will ever cross again, huh? Well, it’s almost time for the show to go on again and I’ll be darned if Katie May Storm isn’t going to perform. Me? I’m like a tempest. I kept Fanny’s glitter powder. I figgered if I use just a little right here ‘neath the lacy stitchery balancing on my nipples I’d create my own sheen to the scene.
I’m no Fanny,
but Betty said it woiks.

Oh, and Sandusky Sammi is swingin’ to “Sugar In My Bowl” for our Saturday night finales.

Every story has
its own sweet ending.

(c) 2011 ~ Author Absolutely*Kate,
believing in showstoppering AT THE BIJOU

Published various literary sites; Quite at home here

Absolutely*Kate believes in believers, befitting a prolifically creative person, vibrantly alive and well. Writer/Designer, Promoter-Publisher at the confluence of two rivers in Connecticut’s smallest city of renown, she is director of RiverView Studios where books are underway and creative collaborations are having their encouraged say.

Both HARBINGER*33, the upcoming book and ongoing author/artist promotion-sensation, and AT THE BIJOU are creations which bring her joy and pride . . . for Creative Writing Spirits are the wellspring of a life well’lived. SHE THANKS YOU THE WAY SHE KNOWS BEST~”wholeheartedly”

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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
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13 Responses to EVOLVE

    • Takes a wild rider to know that me charming chum.

      As ever, thanks for all the appearances you make when I take a stage. Know I’m always shadowing your crimes too. ~ Absolutely*K-K-Katie

  1. Whoo! I can almost smell the talcum, and those lights do dazzle my eyes. Great tail tale.

    • <bYIPPEE! I get to see YOU again, oh cool cat Kathleen . . . and I see you are as always adept at the readering betwixt and betweenst the lines of the storyline.

      You always make me smile.
      Thanks for finding this tribute to Jeanette’s shady lady hot dancing past out.
      ~ Absolutely*Kate

  2. Harry says:

    Jay C’s secret past revealed! Seems the itching powder might have put even more pep in Fanny’s step. Outstanding word-play the way only A*K does it!

    • Har, you and I both know many, many of the spectacular flashy tales of Fanny-Jeanette’s showstoppering ways . . . why, you once rescued her from two dynamic writers subplotting her tie-up to a train track.

      Natch, I appreci’kate your seek & ride when she invited me on in to her joint
      Thanks for all the ways YOU jive woids wit’me, Bucko.
      ~ A*K …

  3. kate – love it! not only do i love the southern charm in your writing, i love the old-skool wording and the little alliteration and rhymes you throw in for good measure. and using jeanette was genius! gotta love a good powder to the bum!

    • Leaving some bouquets of homage for dear Jeanette is always genius, oh bright Bolton outta the blue. She deserves goodness shinin’ back her way. You made me smile so for just *how* you got the feel of this pizazzy piece.

      My Thanks, classy lady for the seek & read,
      ~ Absolutely*Kate

      • You’re always welcome around these parts, or any other parts I reside. You’re imagination was on full tilt with this one. My eye doc and I had a few chuckles over this one.

      • HEY!

        Don’t you Jeanette Cheezum followers for one moment buy that load of baloney-blarney up there about me just usin’ my gorgeous imagination! That’s the honest to goodness story of when Fanny Lights Cheezum was a hot hoofer on the Burlesque circuit. Her eye-doc saw a lot more than eye-to-eye in the love affairs of their happily ever after. Next time folks — I’ll fill you in on when she used to work the carny. Yep . . .

  4. Your lingo always fits your story! And as they say, “If the lingo fits, wear it”! Kate, you are a bubbling reservoir of words, all of which you use so adeptly. I am happy to be a friend and fan!

    Sal Buttaci

    • The honour is mine caro mio Salvatore, you lively pro! To be observed for my lingo’ism is praise worth dancing in. Care to Foxtrot you savvy gent?

      Grazi molto bene,
      Absolutemente*Katarina

  5. ed dean says:

    Another fun read and ride Kate.

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