Story Time

26 Jan

Written for:

Sunday Photo Fiction – January 25th 2015

A book shop that is no longer there

Feeling alone and sorry for herself on the eve of her eighty – first birthday, Lillian wandered aimlessly up and down streets where she normally never went. As she walked past a used book store the sight of a calico cat curled up in the window napping enticed her to go in.

It was not what she expected. No musty smells nor a speck of dust anywhere. Shelves of neatly displayed books were flanked by large wing back chairs and over-stuffed sofas, many of them occupied by patrons; their faces hidden behind their reading.

In a far corner a child waved to her . Somehow he seemed familiar so she approached him. As she got close to the boy her heart lurched in her chest. Standing before her was her brother Edward who had drowned when he was but a wee child. In his hands he held a dog-eared copy of The Velveteen Rabbit.

“Please Lilly, don’t be afraid” the boy begged, his eyes filling with tears “I have been waiting for you for such a long time. Won’t you please come and read to me?”

From behind their books her parents smiled..


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams




3 Responses to “Story Time”

  1. martha0stout January 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    That was sweet!

  2. penshift January 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    Nice ending 🙂

  3. Suzanne Joshi January 30, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    That was a great way to pass over and be with her loved ones waiting for her. Well done, Pat. 🙂 — Suzanne

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