Katrina and the Ann Street Players’ Last Gig

shopping cart in a parking lot lake



Last time I saw JT he was heading south on Dorgenois, with a case of beer on one shoulder.

“Where you headed?” I asked him.

“Me and some guys gonna ride it out down on Ann Street.”

“At Big Chief’s?”

He nodded. I could picture it: JT, Albert, Shorty…Big Chief on bass. All them guys, jamming louder than any hurricane. “You oughtta join us,” he said.

But Gran Marnier was all alone up in Goodbee, so’s I was headed up to board her windows and hit the grocery.

Never saw any a them again. Sometimes, I wish I’d stayed.

This has been an edition of Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s photo courtesy Janet Webb.

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  1. Splendid. I thought of Katrina too. A million stories there, all tragic.

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    1. For sure. Of course I also thought of lots of stories closer to home too. I could go on this prompt for an entire novel, if I had the time.

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  2. Wonderfully atmospheric – this is just how people remember big events

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  3. Dear Karen,

    I loved the voice and the wistful sentiment. Nicely done.



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  4. Great voice. Hiding a realm of tragedy.

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  5. gahlearner

    You make us like the characters and then you flood them away. Very sad. Great writing.

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    1. what a lovely comment, thank you so much!


  6. michael1148humphris

    This is a great study about people’s experiences in adversity

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  7. mandibelle16

    Great take. Small moments of time, we wish we chose other wise, but had other responsibilities or plans. Nice write Karen 🙂

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  8. Ok, damn girl, you can write.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  9. really liked the characters in this story. Very enjoyable. 🙂

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  10. I love the voice you used – one person telling their story out of the many from that tragic time.

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  11. This has such a strong voice – really enjoyed it.

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  12. Gran Marnier!
    Cheeky and cool.
    Great story.

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    1. I’ll have one of those to go, too. 🙂

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  13. Excellent, Karen. I could just see the characters and reflect upon the moment. We all remember something unique from those catastrophic events.

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  14. Karen, you made this happen. I was IN that story. I wished for more as well. Sorry, I don’t know the seemingly implied history, but it works alone. Great!

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  15. Great voice – poignant portrayal of a tragic moment. Well told.

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  16. What a remarkable story, very poignant.

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  17. Wonderful voice there, very atmospheric.

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