Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel

 

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You could have been someone, you could have been a contender, yet instead you ended up here, a dishwasher at the Flamingo Hotel. From the death of your mother, to homelessness, to insanity, and back again, to an encounter with an American serial killer, a love affair with a performance artist, to the loss of your foreskin, to living in a shed, and certain bum operations, (too many assaults on your bum to mention), you have only ever wanted one thing. 

    To find someone worse off than yourself. 

    And now’s your chance. 

    You’ve got seven nights.

    At the Flamingo Hotel.

 

Cherry

Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Monday. Part 3)

You step back into the kitchen and as you are alert to the many forms of primal fear you feel a change in the atmosphere. Angela has her head in her...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (part 4. Monday to end.)

But walking back towards the hotel you feel inspired. You do not know why but you do. Maybe it is being out in the world once more! Look at that...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Monday, part 2)

You are running late and although it is not allowed, staff being strictly forbidden to be seen when not necessary in the public areas of the hotel,...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Tuesday morning. Before you awake. A bum history.)

When you are fourteen your best friend is Peter. He is on the football team and he lives just with his mother who is an alcoholic. He also had a...
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Seven Nights At The Hotel Flamingo (Tuesday Morning, the Deadeye Dave, Deer and Ballerina Problem)

It is 515. The digits click. The alarm whines for thirty seconds and the radio kicks in. Today a deer has been found dead in someone’s back garden...
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Seven Nights in the Flamingo Hotel

At five o’clock in the morning you are woken by the sounds of the couple in the next room arguing and this surprises you because the previous night...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Tuesday lunchtime. This Sporting Life.)

You cannot wait to finish work. You have never had any interest in basketball but you, like many of your kind, have often dreamed of becoming a...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Tuesday evening. Entente Cordiale.)

The person in charge of the ballerinas is a tiny old woman. She sees you watching and she comes over and tells you her name which is something...
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Seven Nights At The Flamingo Hotel. (Wednesday morning. FAME!)

It is 515. The digits click. The alarm whines and after a moment the radio kicks in. The day is going to be blustery with some showers. A small child...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Wednesday afternoon. Morse Bum.)

A baby in a pushchair outside a café eyes you wearily. An old lady sits by the side of the fountain. She has a walking stick with a lump of rubber on...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Wednesday evening. The Man in the Pink Suit. With a Bum on his Face.)

But alcohol is not your friend. The triples from The Commodore Club have made you drunk and when the assistant in the clothes shop holds up the suit...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Thursday morning. Before you awake. A One Hundred Per Cent Homosexual Experience.)

You have had one a hundred per cent homosexual experience in your life. You are twenty-five and you are living in a bedsit in which there is damp on...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Thursday morning. Machismo if you do, machismo if you don’t.)

It is 515. The digits click. The alarm whines and the radio kicks in. A group of scientists have set up camp on the former site of Chernobyl. A...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (To Thursday lunchtime. You Lose Some. And Then You Lose Some More.)

You are five minutes late for work and Angela, the kitchen supervisor, looking at her watch and scowling, glides over on the steel wheels of her...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Thursday afternoon. The Forsaken Foreskin. Part 1.)

The other female student on your course is Monster Munch Marie. She is fifteen stone and smells fragrantly of the crisps she is always eating; salt...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Thursday, end of work. The Forsaken Foreskin part 2)

No need to read part one first but it is here - https://www.abctales.com/story/drewgummerson/seven-nights-flamingo-hotel-thursday-afternoon-forsaken-...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Friday morning. Glory. Love is in the air.)

You believe you are a funny guy but you are bad at remembering and telling jokes. This is why when anyone asks you if you have a joke you tell them...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Friday, at work. The Greatest Love of All. Polye Thylene.)

In the kitchen Angela, the kitchen manager, is standing with Amer, who you have christened Mersault from Camus’ The Outsider . They must be in a...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Friday night. Your Love is King. Part 1.)

You are slumped over a table in The Commodore Club when you are shaken awake and you see a number of swirling Eusavios looking down at you. You think...
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Friday Night at the Flamingo Hotel (Friday night. Your Love is King part 2)

“Are you crying?” You have made it. You are in your pink suit and you are in The Hot Top Bar and Grill. Eusavio is by your side. He is in a cropped...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Saturday morning. Before you awake. Room Hopping.)

In this wretched life, it is only our petty animosities and small victories which help us get through the day. For, knowing someone is worse off than...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Saturday morning. Sick to the Bottom of your Bum.)

It is 515. The digits click. The alarm whines and you groan. For once the pain is not solely existential. Every time you close your eyes Eusavio is...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Saturday afternoon to evening. Post Sick Skeletons out of the Closet.)

At 3 o’clock you are woken by an insistent knocking at your door. Wearily you get out of bed and find Vietnamese Denise, from housekeeping, standing...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Sunday morning. The beginning of the end. Some thoughts about death.)

For many years you believed that you yourself were responsible for the death of your mother. You read many different kind of books about this but it...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Sunday morning to afternoon. Existential Comedy Bum.)

It is 5:15 the digits click. The radio whines. Today is a day of reconciliation, says the DJ. Today is a day to bury the hatchet, says the DJ. Today...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Sunday Night. W*** Post or Willy Brothers. You are the hero. You decide.)

The last time you saw your father was just after he had thrown your mother from off the flat roof of the flat where you lived. You had called the...
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Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. (Sunday Night. The End.)

“Oh yes,” you say. “Oh yes.” And you close your eyes and behind you you can hear the motorway and behind the motorway you can hear the dull thump of...

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Flamingo Hotel You could have been someone, you could have been a contender, yet instead you ended up here, a dishwasher at the Flamingo Hotel. From...