After Hours

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! We are a community of writers from around the world  who post 100-word stories every week, based on a photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. This week’s photo by Kent Bonham made me think of the way that certain streets and neighborhoods light up after dark, especially in the wee hours of the morning. I hope you enjoy the story, as well as the “historical” musical treat that follows.

Photo Copyright: Kent Bonham

Photo Copyright: Kent Bonham

After Hours

by Jan Brown

There were only three after-hours places in our neighborhood: a hookah lounge, a disreputable dive bar, and Alice’s Restaurant. Like the one in Arlo Guthrie’s song, the restaurant was run by a fun-loving, aging hippie.

Robert, my longtime boyfriend, was a handyman who bartered his work for Alice’s food and booze.

Last night, I dropped into Alice’s at 3:00 a.m. and found myself to be the only customer. There were no cooks, no sounds of the sizzling grill—just lovers’ moans from the back office. And Robert’s voice, “Oh, God!”

Now there are only two after-hours places in the neighborhood.


Here is the promised musical “extra.” For aging hippies and other readers of a certain age, you may enjoy the following as an amusing trip down memory lane. For readers of a younger generation, consider this an educational video!!!  🙂

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37 thoughts on “After Hours

  1. I love “Alice’s Restaurant,” Jan. My mom’s name is Alice, so I’ve always had a soft spot for it. 🙂 Great story. I never knew that happened at her restaurant.

  2. Now this was classic arlo Guthrie. I had never heard this version of the extended song until your post. He could be a very entertaining, funny man. Thanks for the post.

  3. Dear Jan,

    From one fun-loving aging hippie to another, thanks for the memories. There was a time I had this song memorized. Still have parts of it firmly embedded in my memory bank. “Walk right in, it’s around the back…” I guess in Robert’s case it’s true. 😉 Well written as always.



  4. I feel like your blog is chameleon; you throw in some really different posts here and there. the spontaneity in your posts has got me binge reading a lot of your posts!
    Hope in time I can receive a follow from a lovely writer such as yourself (:

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