Lost Things: Pandora
The elevator doors opened. Pandora stepped onto the 52nd floor of the Pouthena Building. Pulling her shawl closer, she gingerly set out for Row 31, her cane tapping a slow staccato on the marble tile as she walked. She had all the time in the world.
Carefully, she moved along the row, looking at the cases on the 4th shelf. Ignoring the case numbers, she knew precisely when she had arrived where she needed to be. The crystalline case showed her something she had seen only once but which she remembered vividly. The pulsing object was darkly lambent, its emanations expanding well beyond its case into the world outside the walls.
Setting down the clay jar she carried, she reached for the crystal key on its chain around her neck. She unlocked the case. Lifting its lid slightly, she reached in and grasped the squirming object firmly.
With calm deliberateness, Pandora transferred the object to her jar, then closed the jar tightly. The object's emanations ceased. Relieved, she laughed and hugged the jar closely.
Comments (5 so far!)
Oh, I love this one. It's really got the tone I had wanted for the Library, full of mystery and a dark foreboding. Why is she here? Why does she need a cane? Why this object? So many questions, and they enhance the story rather than distracting from it.
- #4264 Posted 2 years ago
Another lost author? If we invoke them all, will they return?
Solid, interesting writing all the way through independent of the mystery, which is good.
- #4266 Posted 2 years ago
// Another lost author? // That certainly wasn't my intention.
- #4271 Posted 2 years ago
Ah, my mistake. I thought given the protagonist of one of the other threads, this one was following suit.
- #4273 Posted 2 years ago
I mean, by that logic I should introduce RQ as a character in the story :D
- #4274 Posted 2 years ago
Inspired by (sequel to):
The floorboards creaked with my passage, threatening to collapse, but the key is to be sure and conf…Lost Things
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