The First One   38 comments

The following short story is written for Friday Fictioneers.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Don’t be afraid. Your not going to be the first for goodness sakes. Thousands of people have survived and lived to tell about it.

I wait until no one is at the desk. The light from the ceiling seems to form a spotlight directly on me. It follows me as I approach the grand circular counter. All the horrors of a Steven King novel come rushing into my mind. I know somewhere behind lies that crazy clown from the movie “It”.

I focus all my energy and utter my request. “I would like to apply for a library card please.”

 

 

 

 

 

Posted October 24, 2018 by Danny James in Friday Fictioneers

38 responses to “The First One

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  1. Use it or lose it, the library is such an important institution.

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  2. Then come the true challenge… to face the books.

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  3. This is so sweet.

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  4. Always an excellent move, no matter the age of the patron.

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  5. Ah, the fear of the unknown and the rewards for facing our fears. Love this. Great imagery!

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  6. A gripping tale and not the ending I expected. Loved it! =)

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  7. Brilliant, love the twist at the end – not what I was expecting at all!

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  8. I love the way you describe the light seeming to follow him like a spotlight. It perfectly captures the self-consciousness of a child as well as being a lovely piece of scene-setting.

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  9. Feel the fear and get that card. It will serve you well! Lovely gentle story.

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  10. Goodness! This is so very sweet. And I mean that in a good way. The steps, the anticipation all for a library card. I love it!!!

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  11. A fine story, which reminds me that I really love visiting libraries. Although sadly just a few can be quite unfriendly places,

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  12. I expect it is the interrogation and forms that put him off at first.

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  13. His bravery is amazing!

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  14. Scary stuff! But it will be worth it in the end…

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  15. No wonder he is afraid. Having a library card means, he has to study. An exercise he hates. Nice take.

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  16. Taking that first step will open up his world…

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  17. A great mortality tale, facing your fears can open up a world of knowledge and adventure. Nicely told.

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  18. What a buildup for a simple request–but I could feel the heart and mind of the child. To him, it was not simple!

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  19. Ah, sweet story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  20. Been missing you, DJ. Good to see you back.

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  21. That brought flooding back memories of the fear of making a noise in the quiet library right up to University age!

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  22. And what a world awaits him!

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