Thursday, December 6, 2012

Check-In Time


Ralph had always been one to live life simply and leave the “bigger picture” metaphysical stuff to those better suited to it. To say, then, his first impressions of the afterlife were somewhat…unexpected would be a fair statement. 

He was familiar with the whole “walking towards the light” concept but quite unprepared for that walk to be down a hallway with glass-shiny floors and a bunch of unmarked doorways.

Shrugging his non-corporeal shoulders, he started forward, figuring it best to not stop along the way but to head straight for the door with the unassuming brass plaque reading: Registration Office.



This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction prompt based upon a photo by Rich Voza.

14 comments:

  1. Even the afterlife is getting corporate. Hopefully registration is painless.

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  2. I really enjoyed this. Not what I would expect either!

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  3. Haha! I think he did right playing it safe. We were on the same wave length.

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  4. Love the 'non-corporeal shoulders' - the photo made me think of the afterlife too. Clever!

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  5. Very clever, and I shudder for an afterlife like that

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  6. Hi Jeffrey,
    Bureauracy even in the afterlife, huh? Maybe he was on the naughty list. Ron

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  7. heaven is an office with a view...

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  8. I immediately thought of the afterlife too!
    I like your touch of humor here, the kind of bland hallway-type afterlife (which I thought I had stolen from Sarah Paige Berling's short story!) apparently occurred to other people.

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  9. Dear Jeffrey,

    Lucky he had a choice. The sign in my hallway's going to read 'Furnace Room'.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  10. I shudder to think of this as the afterlife. Eternity of boredom...good job, Jeffrey. This one's a keeper.
    Shalom,
    Rochelle

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  11. A man after my own heart. The only good story is a Dead story. Errr. You know what I mean.

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  12. Nice imagination that!
    Registration office... Wonder if they sell real estate there.

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  13. LOLL!!
    I winder if one can go 'underground' and stay un-registered :-)

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  14. Gosh.... I hate to think what comes after he's registered and just what he's signing up for...The next life perhaps?! :-)

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