Friday Fictioneers – Runaway Lovers


This short story was written for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Kent for the photo.

“Is the apartment empty?” asked Sally, crouching in a corner.
“It seems to be” said Adrian, looking around.
They were runaway lovers. Adrian’s influential family had already dispatched search parties to locate them.
“The floor is creaky” said Adrian. Sally came to stand near him.
The ground opened and they fell below with a thud. Sally groaned while Adrian tried to get up. It was a dark cellar. There were confused noises around. A group of people stood around Sally and Adrian. Some of them made faces while some laughed and a few cried. All of them were old; except for a couple.
The couple helped Sally and Adrian rise from the floor. “What place is this and who are you?” asked Adrian.
“All of us are runaway lovers who took refuge in the apartment above. Some of them have been imprisoned in this cellar for the past 40 years. There is no escape route and many of them have lost their senses. Now we are awaiting the same fate.”

48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Runaway Lovers

  1. This building has been responsible for so many strange and wonderful FF adventures, Padmini… it must be the unorthodox architecture feeding fertile imaginings… As is this piece of yours – fertile with imaginings… I’ve enjoyed it very much… (Poor things.).. 🙂

    • It is an ironic situation definitely.. but it would at least help the other couples if the search parties manage to locate them. Thank you for reading and commenting

  2. The perfect story. An excellent fit for the style of this building! Of course I know when I show up at your blog site, I will always be awarded with both originality and fine writing skills! Always, dear friend! 🙂

  3. An inventive creepy story. I’ll have to make sure to listen for sounds of maniacal laughter seeping up from a basement before I check into a hotel next time!

  4. Fascinating twist! At least the search parties won’t find them…

    (PS, you gave me this weird imagery that the building was twisted into its form from the runaway lovers it consumed over the years. Oh, the distorted, aching love of it!)

  5. Yikes! Creepy. Enough to give a person nightmares. By the way…The Dakota in NYC…where John Lennon lived and died gives me similar feelings when I pass by. A bldg. with many stories.

  6. Definitely Hotel California material. What’s the address of this place?

    Next time I play Runaway Lover I definitely don’t want to check into this hotel. Good story though.

    And where is Batman, the Green Lantern, or Spidey when you really need them to rescue ill-fated average citizens.

    • I don’t listen much to US music. Just read about Hotel California since all spoke about it. Thought it was a movie, but it was a title song by Eagles…Thank you so much for reading. Superman and his likes are very busy elsewhere:)

  7. a few moments ago i was considering the idea of eloping and thought of how romantic it’d be to get married in secret, now im not so sure,lol creepy and fantastic

  8. Hi! I’ve been following your website for a long time now and finally got the
    bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

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