Noir: Clunk Goes the Weasel

Avatar Author: Pablo Vilas "Ascension" writer's notes are here, . Corrections and improvements, please! Born 1948, married, two daughters. Living in Seattle, Washington state, USA. Retired from a career in... Read Bio

I’ll give Vincenzo half an hour to get rid of Maryanne, and ask him for an advance. While I wait, I dolly crates into the stockroom, tear them open, and put stuff on the shelves that separate it from the kitchen. Now and then I meet a chinaman cook’s helper who’s pulling stuff off shelves from the other side.

The loading dock is a good place for me to work. I can keep out of sight, and there’s no need to stand still. It’s cold, so shivering is expected. And the drop-off into the alley is convenient for throwing-up purposes. Time stutters. I stoop to get more jars of mayo from a carton, but it’s empty; they’re already on the shelf.

While I’m at the shelves, I hear a loud clunk from somewhere overhead. All work in the kitchen stops, and everybody applauds.

“What’s going on?” I ask my new pal through the shelves.

“Mr. Otellio pulling down his murphy bed,” he explains. He makes a fist with one hand, and sticks the other hand’s forefinger into it.

I nod and laugh. Shit.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Hilarious. Crude with a hint of racism, but perfect to the genre and time in which it’s set. Made me feel bad for poor Fabrizio in this one.

  2. Avatar JonB

    Nice upstairs / downstairs perspective in this one. I’m guessing that Fabrizio wouldn’t normally descend to these depths of the Topaz, unless he was especially desperate.

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