Fallout Towers


Fallout Towers

George sighed as he surveyed the empty foyer and wondered why his Chernobyl-themed hotel was such a massive flop. He’d spent years planning every detail from the radiation-themed wallpaper to the complementary hazmat suits. He couldn’t understand it.

‘Maybe,’ said his long-suffering wife, glowing quietly. ‘If you hadn’t built it here. In Chernobyl. Slap-bang in the middle of the exclusion zone. Where people aren’t actually allowed to go?’

George contemplated this briefly.

‘Nah,’ he said. ‘Give it time.’ And he picked up a glass and gave it a quick polish while the Geiger counter in the corner ticked away feverishly.

(100 words)

PHOTO PROMPT © Priorhouse

The prompt made me think of empty hotels and reasons why they’d be empty. However, it turns out that a hotel in the exclusion zone of Chernobyl is not such a crazy idea. Someone beat George to it: Pripyat Hotel, Chernobyl

Click the link below to see what other Friday Fictioneers did with the prompt, or click here to head over to Rochelle’s place and join in.

35 thoughts on “Fallout Towers

    • I hope it’s not radioactive energy you’re feeling! I’m not convinced about the real hotel though – especially when I read that they lock you in at night and the windows don’t open. Maybe not the best place for a Friday Fictioneers reunion!

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  1. Ha! Ha! Brilliant! I love the serious tone in which this is written. Maybe he should give away free gamma cookies to prospective customers 🙂


  2. Chernobyl themed hotel not a very appetising place to eat. Why is Geiger counter screaming? Is the place hot?


  3. Dear El,

    Your hiatus from Friday Fictioneers hasn’t dimmed your wit one whit. The title tells it all…and the glowing wife. Sounds like a great place to rush to not visit. Applause!




    • Thank you so much, it’s great to be back. Although I’m feeling more and more sorry for the poor glowing wife every day – I shall try to be kinder to my characters this week.

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  4. George is such an optimist, and we need those in the world. Or is he a deluded numbskull? Hope he succeeds at something eventually. 🙂


    • I’m not sure there’s going to be much left of George if he sticks around in Chernobyl. And I’m not sure about which he is – maybe a deluded numbskull optimist? thanks for commenting!

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