The following piece of flash fiction was inspired by the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles, featuring characters from Twin Peaks created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It was specifically written for the readers of 25YL. Have a very Merry Christmas…David Lynch-style!
It was the holiday season in Odessa, Texas, and after a fair few hours of driving, Cooper and Diane could barely keep their eyes open, so they decided to stop at the next motel. “There should be one if we take this next left,” said Diane. Cooper pulled up to the quaint little building and quipped, “All I need is a bed, a bathroom…” The sign outside was dimly lit and kept flashing on and off. The top half simply read: CHECK-OUT ANYTIME YOU LIKE. The bottom half didn’t light up at all. The motel seemed like a decent place, but there was noticeably no-one else in sight. Cooper and Diane thought nothing of it, as it was during one of the quieter, colder months, but there was a strange emptiness nonetheless. The staff seemed nice, and Cooper and Diane were just happy to be in the warmth. A swift check-in followed, and the rest of the night flew by. Cooper and Diane had a quick bite to eat, a drink or two at the bar then retreated to their room. “Clean place, reasonably priced,” said Cooper. Too tired for any amorous activities, they switched on the TV and almost immediately fell asleep.
The morning dawned, which resulted in a brisk check-out, as they wanted to get as much driving done as possible. After a full day on the road, Richard and Linda could barely keep their eyes open, so they decided to stop at the next motel. “I think there’s one on the next right,” said Richard. Linda pulled up to the quaint little building and muttered, “Isn’t this…it is, isn’t it?” Richard got out of the car and looked around in bemusement. He looked at his watch, and it had stopped at 2:53. Linda, too shocked to move, looked out of the car window and spotted a familiar face. Shaken and scared, Richard turned to Linda and whispered, “What year is this?” Linda looked at Richard and said, “It is happening again.” The sign outside the motel was dimly lit and kept flashing on and off. The top half read: CHECK-OUT ANYTIME YOU LIKE. The bottom half read: BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE.
Welcome to the Motel Odessa.