The floorboards creaked with my passage, threatening to collapse, but the key is to be sure and confident - uncertainty is infectious, and many a man has died by his own hesitation. My boots did not pause until I reached my destination - Building Grachkin, Floor Sixty, Row Ninety-Five. The shelves this far up were sparse, many lost to collapse and ruin, but the ninety-fifth row was still solid.
I turned into the row and sought my item at Shelf 7, Case 39. The other forty-nine cases on the shelf contained wonders, just as every case did in the Library of All Things.
Some were obvious - Case 21 seemed to hold a crystal goblet of such clarity it could only be seen by its patterning. Some, less so - Case 26 held a bound sheaf of yellowing parchment. A lost manuscript of a great artist, perhaps? Forbidden knowledge was also known to be found in the archives. Or maybe they were just letters between forbidden lovers.
I cared not. Such things were not for me to know, and I had my own objective to seek.
No prequels yet. Why not write one?
Comments (4 so far!)
Always a pleasure to see something new from you. This is a tantalizing piece that is helped, but not defined by, it's mystery. Glad to see you're still safe given the worrying news.
- #4231 Posted 2 years ago
Where is the section for lost socks? = )
I always love the idea that all lost things end up somewhere.
- #4234 Posted 2 years ago
@RQ: Safe, though my writing output sure has dropped recently. Not sure why.
@ScrawlersSecret: I suppose it's in another Building. How badly do you want to find them? :D
I too have always loved that idea. There are a fun number of layers that such a desire works on.
- #4235 Posted 2 years ago
This story could serve as the base for a lot of sequels. I think I may park here for a while.
Good to see your writing again, HSAR.
- #4245 Posted 2 years ago
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