Looking for the Ideal Location

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

We entered town on the old state highway, following the railroad tracks past boarded up businesses and huge, empty warehouses.  In my mind I saw the other side of town, the garden that grew parking lots, strip malls and fast food on approach to the interstate.

Those flowers of the 2020s wouldn’t do.

This plot of the 1930s, though, was perfect.

We stopped in front of an empty warehouse and I got out.

We could set up and nobody would know.

But then I saw the CCTV cameras.

Glancing at the boss’ casket, I left town. 

We’d find a place.

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word count = 100

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40 thoughts on “Looking for the Ideal Location

  1. GHLearner

    I didn’t make the vampire connection either, but now it makes perfect sense. I don’t know why vampires shouldn’t show on videos and modern cameras. I always thought that vain vampires maybe could use hidden webcams and large screens as mirror-substitutes.

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  2. 4963andypop

    I guess the casket should have clued me in but i thought he was “just” trying to dispose of the body of a person he had murdered. I thought it was interesting the way you used the street address numbers to reflect the distance from town–I almost got the sense of time travel there, too, since 2020 was such a horrible year–although perhaps the 1930s might have been worse…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For the most part I like these mini-fiction stories because it leaves the interpretation up to the reader, and all interpretations are valid, like with poetry… OK, what I had in mind. First, with the dates I said (or meant to) “the 2020s” not the specific year, but the decade, with all of the implications. When I say the “the 1990s” it brings up certain cultural connotations. “The 2020s” should bring up connotations of pervasive technology, social media, hyper connections, instant communication, etc. while the 1930s, begin pre-WW2, is a much simpler time, particularly when we are talking small town America where horses still outnumber automobiles. The guy could be hiding a dead body, but it I would think it would be better to have it in a burlap sack, hidden away, not a casket that is visible. Then again, maybe he is hiding the body of the Boss in a respectful way but so nobody disturbs it. I was think vampire – in some vampire stories, there is a human that does the vampire’s bidding, so the all of those human-to-human interactions during the day are taken care of. I first read this years ago in Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.

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  3. msjadeli

    Trent, the boss wouldn’t show up on CCTV. Too bad his pantry goods would…
    Yes, probably lots of flies and rats for Renfeld in the abandoned warehouse also.

    Your story also reminds me of the story of Gram Parsons and his body after he died…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Others said the Boss wouldn’t show up, but there are no mirrors in modern video. Hmmm, something to research. You all might be right about him, but the tell tale signs would show up, at least enough for someone to investigate.
      I had to look up the fate of Gram Parsons’ body. I never heard that story. If there isn’t a movie abotu it, there should be…

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      1. msjadeli

        Trent, I think they don’t show up in photos (or video) either, but who knows. You are right about there needs to be a movie about Gram’s life. I’m thinking an indie film with a kickass soundtrack. Kelly Reichardt might be the right director to do it.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          There is the soon-to be-dead, also the dead-but-not-dead Some people say that vampires have a living person in their charge that does things for them, like finds homes etc., like in the book (and latest mini-series) Salem’s Lot…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did know that not everyone would catch that vampire reference (I’ve seen a few books where a living human is the vampire’s caretaker, but most movies give it a miss). But you could read a dead body that needs to be hidden and it works ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The Boss might be safe, but I’m not going to bet that the latest digital CCTV cameras have mirrors. I know a lot of digital cameras have gone mirror-less, so… Thanks!

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