Key Street


According to the map, the best way, it said, was to go under the footbridge and follow the dual carriageway to where it bends right, and take the left – this road leads nowhere, but it’s the best place to park and then walk over the railway bridge onto the station approach; take the steps down to the main road, cross over, walk along the buildings for a bit, and that’s where Key Street is.

That’s what the map said.

I’m at the junction of the main road and where Key Street should be – only it isn’t there.

The main road behind me, all modern, busy with traffic, shops, food places and neon signs, just a usual typical main road.

In front of me is an alleyway, a back alley at that, a back alley that looks like it’s stood still since the 1930s, not a street at all.

And at the end is the building… the building that shouldn’t be there… not here… not then… the building that hosts the Bistro… but the thing is, I’m not even in the same country as where the Bistro is – this mystical place certainly seems to have a unique pull about it.


A second entry for Six Sentence Stories, where the prompt word this week is ‘Key’. Well… all keys lead to somewhere, don’t they?

40 responses to “Key Street”

  1. Astrid avatar

    Lovely take on the prompt! I am reminded of a story I used to read as a child in which magical boots when worn would transfer people back and forth between the years 1804 and 1984. This story is also a bit reminiscent to the Platform 9 3/4 thing in Harry Potter, though I haven’t read that series at all.

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Astrid. 🙂
      I can see both similarities here, although I have a feeling that with the Bistro, it, rather than its visitors, does the moving! 🙂

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake avatar

    The Bistro is not bound by time or place…

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    1. Tom avatar

      Yes, that’s right, D., that fact appears to have slipped my mind here… mind you, I wasn’t expecting to see it on the street that wasn’t there! 🤯🤪🤣

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  3. europasicewolf avatar

    You followed a map Tom 🤔 😳 👀 What do you expect?!!🤣 I do like that image though…it has sewn the seeds of a possible blog post…though this is definitely an involuntary thought!

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    1. Tom avatar

      I did, Icewolf… I’m quite good at map reading. Street maps, though… not those orienteering ones… or technical how-to maps to put up a flat pack table…
      Now, if the image has triggered the slightest burst of inspiration, why not have a go at writing your post in six sentences? 🤣 It’s a fun challenge, and quite addictive! (Although there is a time limit for each prompt word… I’m not rushing your next post along in the slightest! 😊)

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      1. europasicewolf avatar

        You are a very valuable commodity Tom…you can read Street maps! A rarity indeed – very few can!
        A post in 6 sentences? Icewolf?? 6 sentences???!!!🤣 Add a 2 or 3 0’s on the end of that and we might be talking 😂 … But then again…One can always try!😉

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        1. Tom avatar

          Hehehe! 🤣
          I thought I was pushing things a little, but it was worth a try! 😊

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          1. europasicewolf avatar

            Yup! Very much so😉Though you didn’t specify there was any limit on sentence lengths…lol😉🙃With the right punctuation and a lot of luck-pushing you can fit quite a bit more than expected into those 6 sentences!!🤣

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            1. Tom avatar

              Oh, the sentences can be as long as you would like them

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            2. Tom avatar

              …them to be, and commas, semi colons and… those dot things all come in handy! (Don’t know whether you noticed, but I caught the post button there, but it’s been so cleverly disguised, it’s hardly noticeable) 😊

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              1. europasicewolf avatar

                😅Yes…perfectly disguised 🥸 👌 Tom! An excellent use of an initial short, impact statement in the 1st comment to grab the reader’s attention….😁 followed by some edifying and strengthening body tezt in the next….sheer genius!🤣

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                1. Tom avatar

                  It just comes with practice, Icewolf. 😊

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                  1. europasicewolf avatar
                    1. Tom avatar
              2. europasicewolf avatar

                ….”tezt”….being the latest version of Egyptian hieroglyphics I found lying around in an old vortex in another dimension, meaning “text” in another dimension😉😜

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                1. Tom avatar

                  I knew that as soon as I read it… funnily enough, I’d just finished reading my copy of Tome of Egyptian Hieroglyph Variants (Tome One), and ‘tezt’ was in it. 😁

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                  1. europasicewolf avatar

                    See?!! I knew I wasn’t making it all up as I went along! Tummy would be very proud of my efforts at Egyptian hieroglyphics 🙃

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                    1. Tom avatar

                      Tummy’s very proud (… he can’t read them himself!) 😄

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  4. clark avatar

    To borrow one of my favorite insights into reality (Alfred Korzybski) ‘The map is not the territory’.

    Kinda reminds me of a localism (probably universal) but directions can take the form of “Continue down this road and take a left a block before the old ….. used to be.”

    This, imo. surely represents a combination and balance of of mind and heart.

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    1. Tom avatar

      I think it does, Clark… a willingness to help paired with a fond memory of past times! 🙂

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  5. Spira avatar

    Nobody is at the same country the SSC&B is…

    You know when you have found it because, as you said, it seems out of place and time.

    And,you will know, that you are inside when you suddenly realize that your ID is missing from your left pocket; the ID that , for everyone else’s convenience but yours, puts you in a box of presumptive categorization .
    The very one that stays at the booth by the entrance of the Six Sentence Café & Bistro.

    👏

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    1. Tom avatar

      So that’s where it goes, Nick! I always thought that I kept forgetting it! 😊

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  6. Chris Hall avatar

    The SSC&B can be anywhere we want it to be, Tom. After all it turned up in Liverpool a few weeks ago, although I think that perhaps that it might have been there all the time… which sends me down another rabbit hole (it’s probably a bit like the TARDIS). 😉😂

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    1. Tom avatar

      It seems to be, Chris (anywhere, everywhere and TARDIS!) – quite handy too, if you just need to pop in! 🙂

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  7. ladysighs avatar

    Writing directions is an art that only you seem to have perfected.

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    1. Tom avatar

      Surely not, Ladysighs! 😃 I’ve used written directions before that worked… 😊

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  8. The Atomic Mage avatar

    They seek it here, they seek it there, that SSC&B is everywhere!

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    1. Tom avatar

      And sometimes it’s found even without the seeking! 🤣

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  9. Sue Dreamwalker avatar

    Day Dreaming, or Time Travelling Tom.. That is the Key. 🙂

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    1. Tom avatar

      Both work nicely together, Sue! 🙂

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  10. Frank Hubeny avatar

    That’s a perfect place for the Bistro in a “building that shouldn’t be there”.

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    1. Tom avatar

      I think so, Frank… and on a street that shouldn’t be there also! 🙂

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  11. Liz H avatar

    (Walking down the alley, not note the echo of guitars being tuned up, push open the door and step into the light)
    Volia! You’re there.

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      1. Tom avatar

        🙂 I’ll say nothing if you won’t! 🙂

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    1. Tom avatar

      That’s just it, Liz… last time I was there, it was in the corner of a pedestrianised square… unless I made that up…! 😊

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  12. Going to the Circus – The Mansionic Perspective avatar

    […] The Co-ordination of Supervillains ongoing story still continues, and will continue later in the week. Previous parts can be found in my Storylines menu. This is another ‘retrospective’ posting, this time using the prompt word ‘key’ which was first used in this post. […]

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