The Tunnel of Love

January 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 20 January 2017

 Dale Rogerson

Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

It was called the Tunnel of Love. Its bright neon sign never failed to greet him as he walked home to his dingy apartment.

One night, Nelson was feeling so lonely he stopped by the place.

He was about to enter when the young lady behind the counter stopped him.

“Wait!” she said. “You have to pay first.”

“How much?”

“How much you got?”

“$10.”

“I’m afraid that’s not enough,” she said with a smile that reminded him of his former girlfriend. โ€œBut youโ€™re always welcome to come back.โ€

Nelson left just in time before the cops raided the place.

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  • 1. Dale  |  January 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Great timing on his part! Methinks the whole thing was a scam…

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      dale:

      it was based on a true story. it ended up as a brothel. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 3. Dale  |  January 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        Oh my!!

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        • 4. plaridel  |  January 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

          dale:

          i know. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  January 19, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I saw the ‘Tunnel of Love’ in the prompt too, and like your take, it was not a happy place at all! Great story.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  January 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      iain:

      when i saw the picture prompt, it reminded me of the gothic-style entrance to that place with an aisle in the middle leading to small paritions to the left and right. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. michael1148humphris  |  January 19, 2017 at 1:34 am

    That was a lucky escape, I hope that his luck has changed

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    • 8. plaridel  |  January 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      michael:

      i can assure you he’s very grateful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  January 19, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I’d say that Nelson doesn’t need that kind of love. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well done. The ending made me chuckle if not sigh with relief.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      rochelle:

      i think he’d agree with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  January 19, 2017 at 5:34 am

    That was a stroke of luck. Not so much “love” as something a little more “energetic”…

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    • 12. plaridel  |  January 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      draliman:

      he was lucky indeed. curiosity killed the cat, but it didn’t in his case. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 13. FabricatingFiction  |  January 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Good timing!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      louise:

      totally agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  January 20, 2017 at 3:41 am

    …a house of ill repute! Lucky escape.

    Click here to read my tale!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  January 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

      keith:

      he was lucky indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  January 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Dodged a bullet there!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 20, 2017 at 9:52 am

      sandra:

      yes, indeed. he’s counting his blessings. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 19. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I have a feeling that it was a good thing he didn’t have enough. Love the reminder of the old girlfriend

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      bjรถrn:

      back in the day, he could barely afford to pay the rent. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 21. Alicia Jamtaas  |  January 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I spotted this for a brothel the minute she asked for money. Great take on the prompt. Tunnel of Love indeed!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

      alicia:

      that was actually what the neon sign said. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 23. wmqcolby  |  January 20, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Hahahahaha! Oops! Glad he got out in time.
    I remember looking for a hostel in Jerusalem and I wandered in front of a dark kind of doorway tucked away on the street. You get those bad feelings when that happens and I left. I did manage to find the hostel. Turned out my instincts were right … they told me at the hostel the place there was a brothel!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

      kent:

      glad you were saved, too. you could have been scammed with your pants down. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 25. wmqcolby  |  January 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm

        HAHAHAHAHA!

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        • 26. plaridel  |  January 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm

          kent:

          great laugh! it’s contagious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • 27. wmqcolby  |  January 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm

            Glad you think so.

            Rochelle, did you hear that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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            • 28. plaridel  |  January 24, 2017 at 9:17 am

              kent:

              she couldn’t hear you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • 29. wmqcolby  |  January 24, 2017 at 9:55 pm

                The word might have been “didn’t.” ๐Ÿ˜€

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                • 30. plaridel  |  January 25, 2017 at 9:42 am

                  kent:

                  oh, sorry i misspoke. she’s not that old, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ™‚

                  Reply
  • 31. rgayer55  |  January 21, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Maybe they should call it the Tunnel of Lust.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  January 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

      russell:

      i’m afraid it might be too obvious. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. Liz Young  |  January 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

    He had a lucky escape – assuming that wasn’t the kind of love he was looking for?

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    • 34. plaridel  |  January 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      liz:

      fate saved him from himself. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 35. The Reclining Gentleman  |  January 22, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Being short of money does have its advantages!

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    • 36. plaridel  |  January 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      the reclining gentleman:

      in this case, it’s true. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 37. vinneve  |  January 22, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Good post ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 38. plaridel  |  January 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      vinneve:

      thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 39. Michael Wynn  |  January 24, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Lucky chap, presumably more a tunnel of lust than love

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    • 40. plaridel  |  January 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

      mick:

      you’re right on the money. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 41. patriciaruthsusan  |  January 24, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Nelson was very fortunate. I doubt it was the kind of love he was looking for. Good writing, Plaridel. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • 42. plaridel  |  January 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

      suzanne:

      at the time, it was. fortunately, fate intervened. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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