Surnames Through the Ages [Repost]

Prompt: Telephone

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The first Thursday of every month they meet at a hotel, a different hotel every time, according to the order they appear in the old 2014 telephone directory. They alternate procuring reservations and paying in cash for one night’s accommodation and register under names selected in alphabetical order from the book Surnames Through the Ages, in the chapter, ”Most Common”.

They don’t speak to one another, except in private sign language. When they arrive, they turn on the television, fairly loud, and then play a recording on a device that she brings in her bag. The recording is mostly silent, with the occasional cough, or snore, or flush of a toilet.

They make love soundlessly.

Until one Thursday when they check in under the name “Sullivan” at the Post and Pigeon Boutique Hotel near the farmers’ market.

So intense is their passion that they both cry out at once. In horror they dress quickly, and leave separately, never to meet again.


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Surnames Through the Ages

Prompt: Embarrassing

hotel maid

The first Thursday of every month they meet at a hotel, a different hotel every time, according to the order they appear in the old 2014 telephone directory. They alternate procuring reservations and paying in cash for one night’s accommodation, and register under names selected in alphabetical order from the book Surnames Through the Ages, in the chapter, ”Most Common”.

They don’t speak to one another, except in private sign language. When they arrive, they turn on the television, fairly loud, and then play a recording on a device that she brings in her bag. The recording is mostly silent, with the occasional cough, or snore, or flush of a toilet.

They make love soundlessly.

Until one Thursday when they check in under the name “Sullivan” at the Post and Pigeon Boutique Hotel near the farmers’ market.

So intense is their passion that they both cry out at once. In horror they dress quickly, and leave separately, never to meet again.

Dream Job

Prompt: Money for Nothing
If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

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I had a dream where I was an interpreter of dreams. One night, I dreamed that a man came to me and said, “I dreamed I awoke in a room full of windows.” I told him, “You are imprisoned.”

In the morning, I went to see my doctor and told her of the dream. She nodded and made a note.

The next night, a man came to me in a dream and said, “I dreamed I awoke in a house with many rooms, but all the doors were locked.” I said to him, “You are imprisoned.”

I told my doctor about this dream and she made a note.

The man in my dream came to me again, and said, “I dreamed I awoke in a room full of windows, but all the windows were barred.” I said, “You are imprisoned.”

The man in the dream told me, “I dreamed that all my meals come to me in my room.” I said, “You are imprisoned.”

I felt feverish. I asked my doctor if I was dreaming. She said, “Look out of the window.”

I looked out the window. Behind a fence, traffic streamed by in the heat, silently, as the windows did not open. In the distance I could see an emerald sea. Two guards stood by the locked gates. They carried Heckler & Koch MP5SD3s with S-E-F trigger groups and stocks extended.

A man and a woman came to the gate as I watched. They had visible cameras and carried satchels. The guards let them pass. Two children approached the guards, and they spoke. The guard fired shots on the ground near the children’s feet, and they ran away.

A woman in a caftan approached the guards from the inside. They allowed her to pass to the city beyond the gates.

“Am I in a hotel or am I in a prison?” I asked my doctor.

“Yes,” she said.

 


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