I love the word alley. All you have to do is add a couple words around it and the imagination takes off running. In the alley, out to the alley, through the alley, dark alley, cold alley, it really does not matter, because they all paint a picture that invokes emotions. Try it out. Give ALLEY a shot….Footsteps in the alley, creeping through the alley…blood in the alley….murder in the alley….wedged open door in the dark alley…..