Fire Alarm Faux Pas

We had been dating for almost a year and things were going great.  While I had met his parents numerous times, I had recently been invited to join them on their summer vacation and I couldn’t have been more excited for a few days of fun in the sun.

We made our way to Myrtle Beach and I immediately set myself up by the pool, pina colada in hand.  It was going to be a good weekend.

The first few days went off without a hitch.  I bonded with his parents over dinner and poolside conversations while finally getting some relaxation for myself after the first six months of a new job.  I couldn’t have been happier.

On our last day, I was left alone while the men played golf and his mother shopped.  I set myself by the pool for a long day of baking.  After a few hours, I decided to make my way upstairs for a shower to get ready for our last meal on vacation.

I hop into the shower, letting the warm water wash away the day of sun, sweat and suntan lotion.  I hear the noise in the background but choose to ignore it, telling myself that it’s only the television.  A few minutes later, I turn off the water, only to realize that what I was hearing was not the television but the hotel’s fire alarm screaming through the hallways.

Crap.

I wrap myself in a towel to go peek outside the door.  I’m soaking wet and don’t want to go downstairs.  This used to happen all the time in my college dorm rooms.  Most of the students wouldn’t leave, knowing it was just a false alarm but I knew I had to make sure.

I slowly open the door and take a look outside.  No one is around.  I hear voices over the railing and step further into the hallway.  I peer over the railing into the parking lot, seeing all the guests milling about when I hear the click of the door closing behind me.

I know immediately that it’s locked and that I’m standing outside, in my birthday suit save for a very small towel, with a building possibly burning down around me.

I think to myself, “I’ve had a good life”, knowing that there is no way in hell I am going downstairs in a towel.  I back up to the wall and close my eyes, willing the door to unlock itself.  It won’t budge.  I know what I have to do.  I make my way to the stairwell to begin the long, humiliating walk down to the parking lot.

Suddenly, I hear footsteps.  I panic, imagining firefighters storming the hallway and finding me naked, huddled in the corner.  I pause, waiting for the person to be revealed.

I have never seen such a beautiful sight than the hotel manager turning the corner and seeing me standing there.  She immediately bursts out laughing, pulls out a set of keys and asks what room she needs to open.

I finally let out the breath that I hadn’t even realized I’d been holding in.

*     *     *     *     *

It’s been almost five years since this happened to me and while we’re still dating and his parents appear to like me, they never give up a chance to tell this story.

46 Comments on “Fire Alarm Faux Pas

  1. This reminds me of the time I was trying to be sexy for my boyfriend and snuck into his apartment wearing nothing but a smile. He got home and stuck his head in the door and said, “honey, my mom’s here.”

    It’s good that blogging came around so we have stories to tell.

  2. Oh boy, that is probably the kind of story you mention when you come by the “Most Embarrassing Moment” question in a slam book as a kid. I should say you were brave.

    • Hah! I was terrified … The whole time, his mother is running around trying to find me and freaking out that she can’t. When she finally saw me with a towel wrapped around my head though, she had a good laugh…

    • I know! I was probably a floor away from walking outside too. She couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve never been happier! Haha

  3. In that moment, that hotel manager was your best friend. This is the kind of story you read about and say things like “that can’t be true!” Sorry this happened to you, but also glad you can laugh about it all these years later.

    • It seems like something out of a movie and I’d probably forget about it if his dang family wouldn’t keep bringing it up! They think it’s quite hilarious 🙂

  4. Don’t you love when people have embarrassing stories to tell about you? Ugh! How lucky that the hotel manager came around when she did. I can’t believe she laughed, but reading the story now, it is funny 🙂

    • Yeah, it didn’t take me too long to start laughing about it, probably since it worked out okay in the end. I hate to think what would have happened if I hadn’t run into her.

  5. OMG if I knew you I dont know if I could stop telling the story either. ALthough if it were me no one but me and the manager would have ever been told…she would have been threatened into secrecy! Actually Id probably tell it more! C’mon …its a fabulous story! Glad you guys are still together!

    • Haha — Thanks! Well, his Mom was actually back at the hotel by then and had been searching for me. She actually started freaking out because she couldn’t find me so when I showed up downstairs (clothed) with a towel wrapped around my hair, she knew immediately what had happened and I couldn’t help telling the story 🙂

    • OH MY GOD I’d never thought about that … I was far enough away from the door when it closed but … I can’t even think about that.

    • Hah! Thanks — I was definitely quite embarrassed for awhile but his family found it so hilarious that I eventually just had to laugh at myself!

    • Haha — I’m really glad people are getting a kick out of it. I’d completely forgotten about it until last Tuesday when, of course, we were out to dinner with his family and someone brought it up!

      I’m never going to live this down! 🙂

  6. Love it. You are extremely lucky to have happened upon a woman with a master set of keys. Otherwise . . . well, the fire wouldn’t have been the only hot thing that the crowd would be gazing upon.

    • HAH! I probably would have just stayed in the stairwell and cried! I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t run into her!

  7. Hmm.. This is really awkward. My first time here and this is what i am greeted with. I didn’t want to laugh but I did. At least you had a towel right?

    • Haha — It’s fine! I’m glad people are getting laughs out of it because I certainly did not! However, I’m learning to laugh about it … slowly

  8. That’s a great story… you know when it happens to someone else! Sounds like you handled it very well. And I’m glad you didn’t have to go out into the parking lot. Nope- you’ll never live it down. 🙂

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