short story, totally optional prompts

number 9

totally optional prompts: slowly he turned…
photo: nine, rulecam, flickr

checking his watch
it’s barely 9 minutes after
he notices his room number
the number 9 reflected in his eyes
the key smiling in his palm remarks
yes, there is a 9th floor

how can i bypass the mystery
so tired after flying 9 hours
his eyes dry and scratchy

willing his mind to accept
he hesitates possibly 9 seconds
steps into the empty elevator
the carpet plush with luxury
beneath his soft italian slip-ons

subtle as a serious samuri
less his swift sword
his fingers tips tingling
he felt a foreign fear

facing his fate
slowly he turned
pressing the 9th floor
never noticing his stoic passenger

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