Lost Things

HSAR

This too shall pass.


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.


Comments (4 so far!)

Robert Quick

Robert Quick

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 13 days ago
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ScrawlersSecret

ScrawlersSecret

Where is the section for lost socks? = )

I always love the idea that all lost things end up somewhere.

  • #4234 Posted 12 days ago
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HSAR

HSAR

@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 12 days ago
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August Rode

August Rode

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 10 days ago
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