My half-dozen

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Strike.





‘You’ll end up in either Heaven or Hell when you snuff it’ said my mate Prayerful Pete, ‘so you’d better begin behaving yourself before it’s too late’.

I wasn’t planning on dropping off my perch just then, but you never know what’s awaiting you around the corner so I decided to become a really good guy in the hope I might just strike it lucky, although my friends found it quite amusing when I said Grace before tucking into my Big Mac!

I said my prayers and hopped into bed early the other night because I really didn’t feel too chipper and soon after I nodded off I woke up again only to find myself in a strange place, and it certainly wasn’t the Land of Nod!

No, there were people standing around with wings, and a lass beating out a boogie on a harp; I kid you not, I’d made it to Heaven!

I was in urgent need of a celebratory beer, so I asked a chap if there was a bar and he said there was a no-alcohol policy but he could introduce me to a guy who knew the back way into Hell’s Kitchen, the bad boy’s boozer on the other side, whenever I needed a pint! 

So, here I am in Heaven and I tell you what, it’s worth behaving yourself for, I’m even getting a bit of a sun-tan.


Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.


35 thoughts on “My half-dozen

  1. Spira Jun 29, 2022 / 23:45

    Even in Heaven there is need of a guy who knows short cuts!
    Problem is though…the music…all my favorites are…downstairs …so, no choice for me!
    Heavenly good Six Keith.

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  2. Tom Jun 30, 2022 / 07:18

    Perception’s a good thing, Keith. We’re already in Heaven if we see things that way! 😀

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  3. UP Jun 30, 2022 / 13:49

    lol great job


  4. jenne49 Jun 30, 2022 / 16:49

    Now that made me laugh, Keith. Cool story – although that’s maybe the wrong adjective to use. 😉

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  5. ceayr Jun 30, 2022 / 20:55

    That’s a bit sad, amigo, I guess we won’t be meeting up in the afterlife, hmm…

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 1, 2022 / 12:49

      Oh, I don’t know, I’m sure I’ll find a way – especially as it’s your round!


  6. Staarlz Jul 1, 2022 / 03:12

    I totally loved this!!!! Stay safe and well–I could preach a sermonette on Heaven not being so much about how well we’ve behaved, but I dare not do so unless invited 🙂 I do fully believe that Heaven will include plenty of humor and fun…I’m going to enjoy living there!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 1, 2022 / 13:15

      I’m delighted you enjoyed this little bit of nonsense Staarlz, and I’m you are right about Heaven!

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      • Staarlz Jul 1, 2022 / 13:27

        Amen–it might interest you to know that among my various portraits of Jesus, I have one called “Jesus Laughing”. It’s my favorite–when I’m feeling troubled, I look at Him and think, “well if Jesus is laughing, my problem must be so inconsequential!” 🙂 I’ll also be working in the kitchen in Heaven–gravy will be a beverage! Have a great July 1st 🙂


      • Keith's Ramblings Jul 1, 2022 / 13:34

        I am so pleased to know that Jesus laughs, I’m sure he has a sense of humour! I’m a retired chef, so if you need any help let me know!


  7. clark Jul 1, 2022 / 20:56

    Excellent Six and, I might hazard, you would not lack for familiar faces (from this ‘hop)… in both places. Like the old saying, “Redemption ain’t so much the things that you do as it’s in the company you keep’

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  8. Liz H Jul 4, 2022 / 00:48

    So it’s true what they say: ‘In Heaven there ain’t no beer…’!
    I guess you just have to know the right wrong guys…
    Fun times…roll out the barrel!


  9. GirlieOnTheEdge Jul 5, 2022 / 03:32

    Very funny, Keith! And I loved the last sentence, lol
    The image of the SSS logo with star on top and stairs leading up to (or is that down from, lol) – excellent 🙂

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  10. Natasha Jul 5, 2022 / 10:57

    Knocking on Heavens Door, while Looking for the Highway to Hell?
    Some cool stuff this.


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