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Wil "WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE HAS FOUR OF A KIND" Wheaton has started something rolling between his weblog and a buddies of his that I think is really neat. Shane Nickerson found an old black & white picture of a hotel lobby at a flea market, and just recently posted it on his weblog, and then Wil suggested that people start writing super-short stories inspired by the photo. I haven't read anyone else's yet, but I intend to as soon as I've defiled the world with my own. Wil's is in the link above, and there are more listed on Shanes site.

Since this kind of writing isn't what I do (scripts are my thing), I present this in the form of an Unsolved Mysteries teaser monolog, 343 words. (I thought it was supposed to be 350 or under so that's how I wrote it, whoops. I r teh suk.)

Update: I wrote another one that's better than this, imho, right here... Click the title to read the rest.

Tonight we begin with the story of two lovers who's secret relationship may have cost one of them their lives.

Herald Smith and Bethany Miller were born and raised just miles apart in a small town in South Western Virginia. Both had deeply religious families who never managed to see eye-to-eye, and they were forced to keep their budding relationship a secret.

Choosing random meeting places under the cover of darkness to avoid being seen together by friends of their family, they always ended up at the same place to spend their precious few hours together; a mysterious Hotel that seems to have been lost along with the likes of Amelia Earhart.

The only person still alive today that knew about their relationship was Millers sister, Barbara, with whom Bethany confessed a few days after Smith failed to show up for a scheduled midnight rondevu. The only information that Barbara was able to find on Smiths disappearance was a man named Brain Taylor, who lived in a neighboring township to the Millers, and recalled overhearing a heated argument between Herald and Bethany that night.

While most of their conversation was carried out in hushed tones half way up a nearby staircase, Taylor distinctly remembered hearing Smith say that he believed his life may be in danger, and heard talk of his fathers work for the United States Government.

Bathanys sister was never able to attain any useful information from smiths parents, and the local police were unable to unearth any clues as to what might have happened to him, or find the aforementioned Hotel.

As for the only witness to come forward with information, Brain Taylor declined to reveal the name or location of the Hotel where Smith and Miller had been meeting, and vanished himself shortly thereafter. The picture below was taken in the lobby of the mysterious Hotel, and may have been the last time Herald Miller was seen alive.

If you have any information, please call the Unsolved Mysteries hotline, and maybe you can help solve a mystery.
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