I watched as the bike sped off, smiling a little as a trail of kicked up dirt hung in the air. I wondered where the nearest hotel was, being in town for a while now, I should have known this, but since I had been in and out all the time trying to sort a job out, I had mostly squatted in houses that had been empty. I decided to see if one of the places was still empty, what with all of the people coming into town suddenly, maybe there had been someone come home and taken up their residency once more.
Upon arrival I was dismayed to find that the lights were indeed on, a clear indicator that the home owner was in the building. I shrugged and thought for a couple of minutes. It wouldn't do to be walking around all night, especially if there was a police patrol around and they stopped to ask who I was. Not having any ID, it would be a little hard to explain what I was doing prowling the streets at this time in the morning.
I headed back the way I came and then headed in the direction that Calmina had taken, in case there were any motels or hotels in the area that I could stay in.
After ten minutes of walking, I came across what looked like a small time hotel. Walking through the front door, I strode up to the counter and rang the little bell because no one was stood or sat at the counter at the time. Within the minute a woman came walking through, a big smile on her face.
"Good evening, how can I help you young man?"
I smiled back to her
"I would like a room for the night please, how much are they?"
I had a small amount of money in my pocket, so I could hopefully afford a room for the night
"A basic room is thirty dollars per night. I can show you one if you wish to see one for yourself?"
I nodded and she led me to one of the ground floor rooms, unlocking it with a key that appeared from nowhere, she must have picked it up as she stepped out from behind the counter. Opening the door, she stood to the side for me to step in and have a look. The room was indeed basic, with a lonely single bed in one corner, a sink and grubby little mirror in the other, a door leading through to the bathroom, which upon closer inspection had a shower and a toilet in it. Bare essentials that would definitely do.
"This is perfect, I shall take it please"
With that the lady took me back to the counter and had me sign in and pay the fee in advance, then she handed me a key and bade me good night. Then she disappeared back through the way she had come to the counter and I headed to my room.
I locked the door behind me, stripped down to my underwear and climbed into bed, fast asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.