"The Last Stop Saloon"

My throat was so dry I could barely swallow. My eyes were starting to see things, things that weren’t there. I had been driving alone in the dark for what seemed to be an eternity when I saw it. There was a slow blinking red light in the distance. Confused at first I thought it might be a sign of hope but no, couldn’t be for me. Then I imagined a huge demon sleeping with one eye open and one menacing red eye slowly blinking. That seemed more suitable for my life.

I drove for miles when an old tavern came into to view, I’d never said a prayer before but if I were going to it would have been then. One eerie flickering light hung from a swinging sign that read; “The Last Stop Saloon”. I pulled into the dusty parking lot and shut my engine off. It clanked and sputtered so loud I knew it would never start again. Getting my aching body out of the car was torture, but I could smell the whiskey. I choked on the heavy smoke as I walked in the door and sat at the bar next to an oddly disfigured woman. I ordered a draft. When the bartender turned around I gasped at his hideous face, his eyes glowed red just like the traffic light and he said in a demonic voice, “They’ll be coming for you soon.”

The adrenaline rushed through my body and I flew out the door so fast I tripped face first on the dirt and rocks. As I looked up there was a church across the street, I could hear angels singing and saw light through the stained glass windows. I stood up and thought of crossing the road, actually I thought of crossing that road many times in my lifetime but thinking about it doesn’t get ya there. The doors opened and light poured out but no, couldn’t be for me. I could feel the darkness coming to swallow me up.

That’s when I realized I was standing at the intersection of heaven and hell.

"The Last Stop Saloon"

Solar Zorra

Charleston, United States

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Twisted Tales Star Twister #81

Prompt – Intersection

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