clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Title: The Bookstore
Word count: 1035
Rating: G
Prompt: [personal profile] whatawaytoburn's: "Tell me a story about a bookstore that's never in the same place twice."
Notes: I wrote another story about this bookstore once. (I think it had the same title.) It was terrible. But it's cool to discover that this bookstore moves around!


The sign said “We have every book in every language ever written,” and it was raining hard, so she went inside.

The short, bald black man behind the counter looked up and smiled at her. She smiled distractedly back. She didn’t really believe the sign—the little, aluminum building didn’t look like it could hold all the books published that year, let alone ever—but with all the books crammed into rows and rows of closely-spaced shelves, all the colors and words surrounding her, she was starting to imagine it was true.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (CM: Reid: reading is sexy)
Title: One-Eyed Harry's
Word count: 1395
Rating: PG
Prompt: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's bookstore fest
Notes: Set in the same world as "Bigfoot Hunting," though none of the same characters appear here.


Special Agent Maggie Knight looked up at the occult shop. Even if she hadn’t memorized the address, she would have known she was in the right place the minute she got there. The name was painted across huge plate-glass windows: One-Eyed Harry’s: Books, Furniture, and Curiosities, New, Used, and Rare. Below that, the windows were crowded with faded, leather-bound tomes, divination implements, and likely-worthless junk. And to top it off, there were two dogs lounging on the sidewalk, motionless as statues in the July heat—one pure white, one spotless black.

She went inside and walked straight to the counter, where a tall, lean man was rocked back in a chair, reading. “I’m looking for a book,” she said. “And I’ve been told that you’re the best.”Read more... )

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