Play it again Sam. A short fiction story.

As time goes by.

Sam sat alone in the lounge at the Marriott hotel in Atlanta, Ga. He lived close by and most evenings could be found sitting at the bar, watching young lovers dancing and listening to the piantist play some of his favorite tunes.

The dance floor was crowded with a mixture of young lovers and older regulars who enjoyed dancing. He practically knew all the locals, that's why he was surprised to see a group of bikers walk in.

He had a deep dislike for bikers. Two years prior he'd been beaten up pretty badly by a bunch of drunken bikers when he was on his way home after the club closed.

One of the female bikers came up to the bar, seated herself on a stool next to him and ordered a beer. He had turned away from her watching people dance when he heard a voice say, " Hey handsome, how's it going? " He turned to look at her and was quite surprised to see a beautiful woman with black hair pulled back in a ponytail, her dark blue eyes had an inviting sparkle that appeared friendly, not rough like the ones he'd observed over the years.

He found himself responding to her questions, telling her that he was just listening and enjoying the music. He asked her what her name was, she told him " Kimberly. "

The biker she had been riding with came to the bar and shouted, " What the hell are you doing sitting by this punk, " Instead of answering, she turned toward Sam and asked him to dance with her. Sam knew the biker was looking for trouble, but he felt like dancing, what the heck, he could dance if and when he wanted to.

When he reached for Kimberly's hand he felt a sting in his left ear. The biker had struck him pretty hard on the side of his head. He attempted to get up off the floor but passed out instead.All the locals came rushing to help, blood was oozing out of his ear and nose.

The manager called the police and ambulance. Before they arrived, he stopped breathing. Kimberly frantically started CPR. As soon as the ambulance arrived the medic took over, before long Sam was breathing on his own. The ambulance rushed him to the hospital and he was admitted for observation overnight.

The biker who hit him was placed under arrest.

Kimberly spent the night watching over Sam, When they looked at each other they both knew their meeting was special. Kimberly knew she wouldn't be riding in a biker gang again, and Sam knew he would no longer be sitting in a hotel lounge, Saying, " Play it again for Sam.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

It is so very hard to tell a complete story of this length. You did it very well, Ruby! Well done my friend.


Vickiw 2 years ago

Ruby, short and very sweet. Nice little love story, and well told.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Ruby. An appealing love story almost in the 'opposites attract' catagory. Enjoyable, with a happy ending. Voted up.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. Thank you so much, your well done comment is really appreciated my friend.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vicki. Nice to see you on hubpages again. Thank you so much. Cheers.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jodah. Happy you enjoyed my story. I've been told that opposites really do attract. Thank you much....


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

I enjoyed this, Ruby. Hanging out with the wrong friends, and/or in the wrong places, could be fatal. Yet, so many couples meant for each other meet each other exactly where and with whom they should not have been.

Voted up and awesome :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

I admit it, I like the style, and the flow of this short, you have written so well bravo


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Well done, I loved it!! Why must love always hurt so much, one way or another? At least Sam got the girl.


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Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

The short-short is a very difficult genre. Nicely done.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. I agree. Like the song, ' I got friends in wrong places, so i'll slip on down to the oasis ' lala..Hee. Thank you dear one. Hugs..


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truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Cool story. I like the happy ending. Love how he had a negative mindset that was turned around.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Cool approach to using the hubs for short fiction, I enjoyed the delivery. Very clever!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. Thank you again for coming by to read my story. Your comment made me smile....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Jo. I guess love does hurt but great when you find it. Sam was a lucky camper. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you so much..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Larry, Thank you. I love to write short fiction, which i'm just beginning to learn. Thank you for the follow...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my story. Thank you so much thuthfornow.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Kathleen, nice to meet you. Thank's for the cool comment and the follow...


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Well, I have to say, "Play It Again Ruby". You sure can pack a lot into a story. It is great to see you venture further and further into the world of story writing. I am paying attention to your style.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Ruby,

I love how you slip a little of your nursing expertise into your story telling, along with your heart, soul and plenty of talent...this a sweet and tender love story.

Voted UP and UABI. Love you, mar


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. I'm so glad you're paying attention to my style. Thank you. It's great story tellers like you that makes me want to try something new. You have encouraged me every step of the way and i appreciate all you do, including computer tech. help.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Funny how we nurses seem to always have an emergency to tend to, even in writing. Hee.. How very generous you are in your comments. Thank you and i love you too..


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I agree with Mike, who expressed it so well... "Play it again, Ruby!" I love how you interweave so much into a wonderful short story; this takes talent, my friend, and you have this in abundance. Hugs. Voted up and way beyond, and sharing. :-)


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

a worthy story al


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Short fiction is so hard! But you made me care about these characters in a short time! Well done!!


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Good love story.They were meant to be together !


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. I am so glad you liked this story. I had no idea where i was going with this. The line, Play it again Sam came into being and soon he was sitting in a lounge in Ga. Thank you for wonderful accolades and sharing...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello sujaya, happy you thought it was a worthy story. Thank you..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey. I tend to rush stories so the short genre is more my style ( maybe ) I'm so glad you liked the characters. Thank you so much...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello James Wolve, I think they both were looking for the one who could change their lifestyle. I like your comment. Thank you...


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

wOw! I love it, yes I do. Sam got something good from a bad situation. A really wonderful story.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Thandi. Thank's for thinking it was a wonderful story. Happy you enjoyed...


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dahoglund 21 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Flash fiction is a challenge. I wrote some and then hubpages seemed to want longer hubs. Your title grabbed me. I first heard it when I was very young in a Frank Sinatra movie and a scene in a bar. Don't recall the movie or its name, just the scene. Anyhow, you wrote an excellent story in a challenging style. voting up and sharing.


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

You are quite a good storyteller, Ruby. I love the way you wove loneliness, music, bikers, injury and romance into such a short story. Flash fiction seems to be your calling.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dahoglund. The saying, play it again Sam came from the movie Casablanka staring Humphry Bogart. Thank you so much. Writing short stories is new for me, just spreading my wings a bit. I'm glad you liked it...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg. I am new at short storytelling. I didn't give the man at the bar a good description, I'm learning to do that better. Billybuc has really helped me along my journey of writing. I'm thrilled you liked it. Thank you..

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