[continued from previous post, with the medium sized cliff hanger, where you probably would survive if you let go]
However, with the bridge in sight and the panic attack going off in my head he pulls the bus over to a dark building with a couple of cars in the lot.
After ‘adieus’ and my purposefully tripping over the bag in the isle, as to make sure everyone remembered me, he walks me inside the hostel. It is a small lobby decorated in youthful eco-looking chairs and happy backpacker posters. He finds a small envelope with my name on it, hands it to me and says thanks for coming and if I want there’s a bar just over the bridge about half a mile. Cool – I would love to walk in the dark by myself over a bridge with no foot path to the bar, excellent suggestion. Never the less those were his final words as he leaves me standing there in the dead quiet hostel in the black night. I watched the bus drive away through the glass doors and then I opened the envelope. A cheery note and a keycard to get in through the next doors was all that was in the envelope on it.
I had felt like it was kind of lonely, but I was actually glad that it was just me and the cheery posters watching me, I mean who knew a piece of plastic trying to recognize another piece of plastic would be so difficult. After jiggling the door and the required kick to the door that all electronic equipment require I “beeped in”. On the other side of the door there were no rooms insight, only another door- who I am supposed to be, Barbie from Secret Agent Barbie for Gameboy? I beeped in with more skill and my brain registered the sign that said Close Door Carefully after 9’o clock as I let the door slam, that’s how I roll after 9 pm (I’m generally a morning person). The door opened to a cold, dimly lit stairwell with my only option being up. So up I went up, coming around the first corner I thought maybe an evil Ken would jump out at me, or at least a Kelly minion with green eyes. Oh well, I wondered where my privileged keycard would take me next.
I probably should mention that I hadn’t stayed in a hostel in a very long time, and much less by myself so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When I found my floor I opened the door to a bright space that had a hallway with room door and then another door on my left to the kitchen and lounge area. Even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t help myself; I beeped my way into the kitchen. My curiosity was satisfied with a whole two and half minutes of looking through the other lodgers’ groceries and resisting the temptation to take a cookie.
It’s still very quiet, I haven’t passed another soul I find my room and beep in like a pro. It’s dark, I stand in the doorway for a minute waiting for signs of life. I don’t hear anything, my eyes are adjusting to the darkness and I all I can see is a disheveled, but empty bunk bed. I’m alone, I switch on the lights. My eyes do a quick survey of the room, to meet another pair of eyes watching me. A youngish man is in the far bunk bed and he looked greatly disturbed, and then I quickly switch off the lights and say ‘Sorry!’ I wasn’t expecting a guy, I thought hostels separated by gender in the sleeping areas quarters. He says it’s alright I can turn the lights back on if I need; he just has to get up early to bike the next day. He turns over and I say “okay, thanks” and turn the lights back on, set down my backpack. I feel rushed now, like I didn’t really belong there, the guide sure didn’t think so. I feel like he’s watching me, so quickly take out things to change into, my toothbrush and my keycard that I’ve grown so attached to and go to the bathroom. I soon return to the room, I get into the available bed. I look at the other empty bed and wonder who is sleeping there. I am hoping it’s a girl, this guy in the bed right across from me makes me think of some sort of eighties slasher movie where the antagonist is a mysterious biker targeting hostels. And knowing my luck I’d be the first victim that illustrates how evil this guy is, not the lovely surviving heroine that wears cute little shorts and a tank top when she goes to bed, I was wearing sweatpants for god sakes- I didn’t have a chance!
I’m finally relaxing and falling asleep when our door is opened and another young man opens the door. Fantastic. He doesn’t turn the light on just rustles around some and then gets into bed. Now I’m the creepy one watching, well at least that is a real twist to the story, I could definitely consider taking on the bad-guy role. I’m starting to fall asleep again when there’s a loud beep of a cellphone proceeded by the clickity-clack of a keys which comes from our newest arrival. So, no slashers to end this story, just the inconsiderate new generation of travelers who just have to know that Gary is eating a sandwich now.