A 10" Dark Star Gong Walks into a Bar


by Andrew Borakove May 02, 2017

She was having none of it. All the bounders and joe palookas in the place had tried to strike up a conversation. But she wasn’'t drinking what they were pouring. At least the band kept up their end of the bargain.


She didn’'t know it yet, but I had what she was missing.

Me? The name's Ten Inch Dark Star Gong. My Great Grand-Dad was Chinese somewhere in Asia. That's where I got the name Gong, but really, I was born somewhere in the universe that Einstein took some time off from living to describe. Me, I don't need to take time off, I just live. And sometimes to keep living life in the round, you’'ve got to have secrets tucked away in your corner. As I sidled up next to the red-hair at the bar, I could already tell from her vibe that she was someone I could talk to. I asked her what she was drinking.

She answered, "It’'s a secret.”"

"“That sounds delicious,”" I smiled. "Make mine a double.”"

"“Pace yourself, Slugger,"” she tossed back. “"Let’s save some mystery for the honeymoon.”"

“"Don’'t you worry, darling,”" I said as I sipped. “"I've got some plot twists even I don't understand.”"

Before we knew it, both of us were overcome with the rumbling of our ice cubes and the reflections of the lights. I told her about being a 10” Dark Star Gong. I told her about the complimentary mallet that I always carried with me. It wasn't long until she heard my song, my deep and clear note, which is more profound than my small diameter would lead you to think. I asked to share with me her secrets, but she wouldn't. "I ain't the FBI. I ain't taking you to jail." She finally relented, after I tickled her a little (after I asked permission).  And we realized our secrets weren't all that scary, at least not to us. A gong, and a lady with a head on her shoulders.




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