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The Limbo Inn ~ Short Story Fiction

Updated on April 10, 2012
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The Limbo Inn

The day after I died, I was visited by a door-to-door salesman. You’d think in the afterlife, people like that wouldn't exist. If you had asked me when I was alive if salesmen, lawyers, and telemarketers could still bother you when you were dead, I’d have said no! In fact, I would have bet you my grandma’s ruby red cocktail ring that what those people found after death was a never-ending phone call of people saying ‘NO!’ over and over and over!

Anyway, he did visit me at my hotel room. Just a few short hours earlier, I had been given room 13 at the Limbo Inn and I was trying to relax, but here comes Joe Salesman trying to sell me something. Which really didn't make sense. I had no money. I didn’t even have pockets to put money in as I was issued a pretty white frock upon check-in.

“Could I interest you in the deluxe edition of our new book?" he cooed.

I looked down at his hands and there he held a plain brown book. No cover or pretty picture. Just plain brown. The red lettering read: 10 Tips For A Smooth Transition. I smiled politely and closed the door.

Deluxe edition my a-hole, I thought. It was brown! I laughed and went back to watching I Love Lucy.

I slept soundly for who knows how long, when suddenly I awoke to a loud horn. It wasn't a car horn or fog horn, but it was more like a trumpet. At a lower volume, it might have been pretty, but at the volume they were playing it at, it was downright obnoxious!

I went to the door and stepped out into the cool air. The sky was covered with glowing blue lights. Like a million tiny Christmas tree lights. The sight was breathtaking. I made my way to the motel office and looked for the clerk. Of course he was nowhere in sight! Probably heating up Hot-Pockets in the back!

I stepped back outside and watched the remaining blue orbs float up towards the sky. I thought I saw one coming from the back of the motel, but I’m sure that was just my eyes playing tricks on me.

On my way back to my room, I spied a copy of the book the salesman had been trying to hawk. It was just sitting on the ground like someone had been reading it and just got up and left it there. I picked it up.

"What To Do When You Hear The Call" was the name of the chapter. I scanned the page. “Place the frock in”...blah, blah, blah..."no more worries”...yada, yada, yada...”when you hear the horn”...bor-ing! This story didn’t even make sense! Who wrote this crap?

Wait, horn? The horn like I just heard? Where was everybody?

I sat down on the sidewalk and began to read. This time, word for word.


Chapter 3

“What To Do When You Hear The Call”

By now, you should have accepted your death and made peace with it. There is nothing for you to fear and you will have no more worries ever. Yes, I said ever. Your life is over, but this is only the beginning! You have so much to look forward to! More information will be provided to you in our next book entitled “10 Tips For A Glorious Afterlife!”. A representative will be around after you have settled in after the ascension. Remember, books are free of charge because we have no need for money! Everything is free forever and always!

The Call will be the sound of a trumpet. It will be a long and very loud call. Upon hearing this, you should immediately remove your frock. Place the frock in the top drawer of the nightstand and leave it there. Next, step outside and look up! We’ll do the rest. Easy, right? We look forward to seeing you after your trip, so don’t delay when you hear the call!


I dropped the book and looked up again. The sky was black. No blue lights in sight. I ran to the office again and there was no one. I went through every room in the motel. It was empty. Desolate. I was alone.

Now what do I do? I thought to myself as I made my way back to my room. At room 11 I looked up and into darkness. There was no room 12, 13 or beyond. Only black. It moved my way. I moved back. It moved faster. I ran. It ran. Now here I am with less than two feet remaining between myself and darkness all around. No worries, my ass! I look up and the prettiest blue light is falling down on me. Rays of blue looking like fingertips. I reach up.


©LMY 3.28.2012

Author's Note: I apologize to any salespersons, lawyers, and telemarketers that might have taken offense at my description of them. I'm sure there are some of you out there that don't try to make it a habit to call at dinnertime, try to beat me out of my last $20, or stay at my front door going on and on and on...


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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      kindhearted, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ImKarn23, wow! Now THAT is a comment! haha! Thanks so much for making me smile! I have a hard time accepting compliments, but I sure do thank you for them!

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      kindhearted 5 years ago

      love the story

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      LOL..You are amazingly talented. I love your style, humor and sharp, sharp wit! You make me smile at things that others would have me frowning at! Thanks for that, and great story!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Gypsy, at least the instructions didn't read like the ones on how to assemble an entertainment center. I only say this because I tried to tackle just that a few years ago, and as a result, I vowed never to buy anything that has the instructions: 'some assembly required'. haha! If it comes into my house, it has either already been put together, or carved out of a big tree in one piece! =)

      Thanks for the comment and vote!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      kj force, I think I identify with that description! Thank you so much for the comment!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Rhonae, thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      That was a great story. Voted up. Glad they give you instructions. I think perhaps in this story the instructions should have been followed. Made the going into the afterlife seem so easy.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      Obviously you are an out of the box thinker..Welcome to my world...loved the Hub..

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      Rhonae 5 years ago from Iowa

      loved! it was bittersweet with a sad ending.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, thank you so much! I working on more!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      your talent is only superceded by your imagination. Great short story. Lisa you are amazing.!!! I want more.!!!!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      xstatic, it makes me so happy that you liked this! Thank you so much for the comment and I really appreciate you sharing this!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Bill, I'm glad you liked it!

      I don't dip into religious matter too much because I wasn't raised within a specific organized religion and sometimes I feel I'm ignorant on the subject. However, I did love going to church when I was little! Anytime someone was going, to whatever church, I was in the car in a heartbeat! I have my beliefs and that's good enough for me!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Made me laugh and was scary too. I love the use of the book and salesman. Very funny and the "darkness" was threatening. It all worked really well in such a short piece. Great Hub! UP & Shared too.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it completely; now you're messing around with my Catholic background. I used to love listening to the priests trying to explain what Limbo was, and after that trying to explain what Purgatory was, like they were some way stations for the "almost bad." Great story, great job!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Sandra, thank you! I really appreciate your kind words!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michele, thank you! That means so much to me!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Wow, Eclectic, you have certainly captured my interest not only with your story, but with your photograph. Can't wait for more. Fantastic. Sandra Busby

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Loved this story. I could not put it down, well if it was a book. It is a lot better then short stories I have actually read in books. The part at the end was good also :)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Mary, I hope you don't mind me calling you Mary, it makes me happy that you liked my little story! Thanks for the comment and votes!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Great story, great imagination! I was hooked right from the beginning. Great story. Voted up and interesting.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Cyndi10, thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Really great story. Very descriptive and you don't know what will happen next. I so laughed at "no worries, my ass." Loved this.