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Friday Fictioneers – Reception

8 February, 2018

Hi everyone. I know it’s not Friday yet but my FriFic is done so why not post early for a change?This week, Rochelle sent us JS Brand‘s pic

as inspiration. Take the trip to Frogtopia to read the stories everyone has shared.
Mine isn’t really a plot, more a vignette or maybe a prologue to something more, who knows. Here it is:

 

 

The metal bell clanks loudly as I open the door. A t-shirted young boy rushes forward and places my single flight bag onto a trolley which he squeaks across the thinning carpet to reception.

Five plastic stars adorn on the wall behind the desk, self-awarded by the cravatted proprietor standing below them.

He hands me my usual room key and welcomes me by my usual name. He knows it isn’t real; his customers’ names never are.

But as long as we pay and leave no traces, Henry Berrisford is happy to rent out his five-star rooms without asking any questions.

 

 

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26 Comments
  1. Martin Cororan permalink

    Or is he? Dun dun der!

  2. I liked the way you painted the down-at-heel location

  3. Interesting, Henry asks no questions…

  4. Dale permalink

    No questions asked, no lies needed. Perfect place, if you ask me…

  5. Deliciously intriguing. Nicely done!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  6. I like all the little details you give us showing what a sleazy place it is. The bell clanks, the trolley squeaks, the stars are plastic and self-awarded…If ever I holiday there, it will be unaccompanied!

  7. What is it about this place that made so many of us think of stories about disappearance and shady operations?

  8. An intriguing tale skillfully told. I like it!

    Click to read my 100 Word Story!

  9. Excellent prologue to an intriguing story 🙂

  10. Anonymity always comes at a premium… I assume that’s the five stars in the rating.

  11. Dear TRG,

    I’m sure special rates are included. (wink, wink). Entertaining and intriguing.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  12. Nicely done. I love how you evoke this intriguing world. The story really pulls you in.

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