Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Room at the Top (FF)

copyright - Marie Gail Stratford
FF - Friday Fictioneers

"Here's your key to Room 1313 on our top floor," said the hotel clerk.  

Perry couldn't believe it. Not that he was superstitious, but the last time a black cat crossed his path he wore a suit of armor for the next six months.  

“I'll probably be electrocuted by the coffee pot," he wailed, "or swept out the windows, or my bed will be short-sheeted!”

Perry entered the elevator for dinner.  As it descended, the power cut off, and the elevator plummeted!

"I knew it!" Perry cried.  ”And I haven’t even seen Batman v. Superman yet!"

The power quickly returned and the elevator came to a screeching halt at the first floor.

"OMG," said a man in the back, "If we'd been on any floor lower than 13, we'd have been goners!

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So is 13 an unlucky number?  I really don't think so, provided Rochelle doesn't yell at me for going over the word limit again. But this week I gave you heart stopping adventure along with the hint of the paranormal and the thrill of bed short sheeting! So you're going to complain? 

Gee, I don't think I've ever heard 80-some people talking all at once before.

Well, you can enjoy the work of all these 80-some folks, the other Friday Fictioneers, by clicking here And there's no way you can be unlucky by checking them out. 

34 comments:

mezzojan said...

Bed short-sheeting would definitely be scary!

Dale said...

Be careful what you wish for... the Universe is listening! And no, 13 is not unlucky!

Perry Block said...

Yes, that's the most terrifying part of the story. I hope you are brave enough to go to sleep tonight!

Perry Block said...

The Universe may be listening but it sure isn't reading my stuff.

Sandra Crook said...

Cleverly done, Perry. Nice twist there.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Perry,

Perhaps 13 twice is lucky. Just saying.

Shalom,

Rochelle

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Sandra. But I think I'll take the stairs next.

Perry Block said...

In my hands, nothing is lucky. Just sayin'.

P.S. Joshi said...

Good story, Perry. Hilarious. Just so your door doesn't have 666 on it. I'd also stay away from Hotel California. I had to laugh. There's a cooking show here where they play that theme music, just the music, in the background for the whole show. :D --- Suzanne

Alistair Phillips said...

Loved the twist! I lived at number 13 for years and it never did me any harm. Ahem ;-)

descentintoreality said...

13 ain't got nothing on a black cat's mojo :) good story.

oldentimes said...

Very nice take on the prompt. 1313, a double negative makes a positive?

Russell said...

I know the feeling.

Russell said...

I'm glad you made it safely to the ground floor. You can loosen your chastity belt now, the family jewels likely won't be needing any further protection. You might still keep an eye on that guy in the back. I think his name is Ben Dover.

Perry Block said...

No, my door doesn't have 666 on it, it's under the hair. Livin' it up at the Hotel California I ain't. Thanks, Suzanne!

Tracey Delaplain said...

Now that you've suffered through Batman vs. Superman, do want to reconsider your luckiness?
Tracey

Perry Block said...

I understand it starts up years later then doesn't let go! Well, we'll see.

Perry Block said...

Unfortunately I gave away that suit of armor. I guess I can buy another one if necessary.

Perry Block said...

A double negative just makes a bigger negative. Trust me on this.

Perry Block said...

Yes, the family jewels ain't sparkling lately. I don't think Ben Dover is going to be so interested in them.

Perry Block said...

I haven't suffered through it yet. After I do I'll reconsider my luckiness, should there be any left to reconsider.

Perry Block said...

No, no, I saw the universe with a copy of your book under its arm. Of course, the universe is busy, it may not get around to your book til at least the next Ice Age.

ansumani said...

No, 13 is not unlucky. And I have never been short-sheeted :) Nice one.

plaridel said...

the luck of the draw. that's what i believe in. :)

Amy Reese said...

No complaints from me, Perry. I was just waiting to read something about the 13th floor. Your story didn't disappoint!

liz young said...

Is 'short-sheeting' what the English refer to as 'an apple-pie bed'?

Dawn said...

Bad luck is simply a matter of perspective!
Good lesson Perry.

Ga H said...

Haha, the 13 is lucky, but beware if the mirror in the elevator breaks. :) That was fun.

Perry Block said...

Never been short-sheeted? That's a challenge. Watch out!

Perry Block said...

Well, then draw stranger! Oh, you're still standing? Crap, I must be dead!

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Amy, but it disappointed me. And I still have to go up in that elevator too!

Perry Block said...

Gee, I don't know what the English refer to as an "apple pie bed," but you sure have dampened my ardor for pies for quite some time!

Perry Block said...

I am all about educating my readers, Dawn. Thanks for noticing that!

Perry Block said...

Thought that was fun? Okay, ride down with me next time!