Westfield, NY–When Virgil and Beatrice, an unassuming couple from a small town in Western New York, booked a vacation package through Dante’s Travel Agency, they were anticipating a needed injection of excitement into their life, a break from the humdrum.
“We purchased the Inferno package,” Beatrice explained, “it seemed like it would be fiery and exhilarating.”
The vacation they got was not what they anticipated.
“Our vacation started at a spot the brochure referred to as The First Circle of Hell, that’s a colorful name I thought to myself, this ought to be fun. I was mistaken.
To the couple’s dismay, they discovered their vacation consisted of nine days of going from one circle of Hell to progressively worse circles of Hell.
“‘Tomorrow will be better’ I kept telling Virgil, but it never was,” Beatrice said. “The brochure promised interaction with famous people,” she continued with a scowl on her face, “but Judas, Hitler, and Ted Bundy are not the best dinner companions.
Beatrice went on to describe how the ninth and final day of the vacation was the most distressing: “We had this big meet and greet with Satan himself,” she said. “He was loud and obnoxious, and he wreaked of burning flesh and sulfur…and he just wouldn’t shut-up about how telemarketing was all his idea.
“We were looking for tropical drinks with umbrellas and seaside barbeques,” Virgil added as he trembled, “not for lost human souls writhing in torment and agony by a lake of fire.”
“This has all been very hard on Virgil,” Beatrice explained. “He’s very sensitive; he has the heart of a poet.”
When asked what they planned to do now, Beatrice replied, “We’re just going to go home and get some sleep; it was impossible to get even a wink with all three of Cerberus’ heads barking incessantly every night.”