A Couple of Live Ones

Integraton, Landers, California

Integraton, Landers, California

“Names please?”

“Hanson. Bob and Betty Hanson.”

The receptionist squinted at her monitor and then looked up. “From Duluth?”

“Right, that’s us.”

“How lovely. May I have your credit card please?”

Betty fumbled in her carry-on for the Visa. The receptionist swiped it and swiveled the monitor around. “I’ll just need your PIN.”

Bob and Betty shared a look. “But I–” Bob said.

“It’s customary,” the receptionist interrupted smoothly. “You want the treatment, right?”

Bob grumbled and entered the number.

“You’re all set then. You’ll want to disrobe in the changing area. Leave all your clothes and personal items in the baskets. Then, proceed down the curved hallway to the chamber. Once inside, lie down and put your blindfold in place.”

Betty shouldered her bag and the pair toddled down the hallway. As the changing door closed, the receptionist hit the intercom. “Got a couple of live ones for you, Benny.”

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20 Comments

  1. Dear Karen,

    I’m dying to know what happened next. Or should I? Sounds ominous. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. LOL, hand over your credit card and take off your clothes and find out 😉

  2. Bob and Betty going in for some sonic rejuvenation! And don’t forget the special Soul Stones that allow you to have that magnetic vibe anytime you keep them in your pocket…as long as you have at least four of them on you. 59.99 each. Well done.

    1. What will they tell the folks back in Duluth?

  3. Well I hope they at least enjoy “the probe” for their life’s savings. I’m smiling.
    Fun prompt this week,
    Tracey

    1. There goes the kids’ inheritance, I fear. Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. lillmcgill

    Watch out Steven King, here comes K Rawson.
    They WERE live ones.

    1. lol I hope it doesn’t go that bad for them, but you never know 😉

  5. I took it to be a scam rather than a murder plot. Not much sympathy for those that buy into it, as much fun as it sonic rejuvenation sounds! Great story.

    1. Thanks Iain. It does seem an intriguing place!

  6. Sounds pretty scary actually. Could be a massage or could be much worse lol. Nice write!

    1. Thanks for reading thanks the kind words 🙂

  7. That ending really changes everything. I am worried for them. Great story!

  8. There’s one born every minute. This time Betty and Benny caught two. Fun story.

  9. Sounds like a credit card scam to me. They pay for a useless sonic treatment while the receptionist has recorded their credit card number and CVV. Oops.

  10. A mother of all scams, this one seems. Or, is this another one of those murder mysteries?
    The end has been palpitating. Excellently written.

    1. Thank you Neel, thanks for reading!

  11. Umm…so I just read “In Real Life” then this….I sure hope Bob and Betty keep all their internal organs!!!

    1. All bets are off! Thanks for reading.

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