by David Rich, in New Haven Noir, edited by Amy Bloom, Akashic Press, 2017.
If a leopard had strolled up the stairs and into the big room, or a giggling leprechaun had slid down a light beam, the reactions of the patrons at Sports Haven could not have been any stronger.
Nice writing, that. The cause of the shock was a beautiful actress named Addie walking into the sports bar. Not a very classy place, apparently.
"What kind of wine do you have?"
"The kind that used to be red when I opened it three weeks ago and the kind that used to be white."
The bartender delivering that bad news is Pete, and Pete has a secret or two. He helps Addie out of a messy situation and some secrets are revealed. The result puts both of their lives in danger.
Very satisfactory story.