First off my obligatory apology for not posting in forever! It has been a hell of a month.
Now onto better things. I joined a writing group! It’s literally about five minutes down the road from me and runs every week! Last weeks ‘Homework’ was to write a piece of about 200 on absolutely anything so long as it starts:
Don’t put it there…
I can’t actually make it to tonight’s session as it’s my husbands birthday and we’re staying in and watching some good Polygon videos. I did write my piece as it’s a good ol’ habit to get into. I shall share it with you kind people instead.
The Golden Library
‘Don’t put it there stupid child.’ The Librarian calls from atop her ladder. ‘They told me you were literate. I do not have time to teach you your letters’
‘I’m the best reader in my school. They just didn’t teach us any of that funny writing.’
‘Greek. What kind of school doesn’t teach Greek? Give it here,’ Mary lifts the great gilded tome, sharp corners scratching her arms. The woman takes its weight effortlessly. With a satisfied sigh she slots the book into place. The wall glistens, too many books to count shimmer in the half light. Mary had read all there was to read in in her school, but none of them with a hint of decoration, only faded black leather with simple embossed titles. Once, when she’d been blessed in the big church, she’d gotten a look at the old bible. Gold shone from the pages like sun on the water. Brightly painted figures danced in the borders with bold knowing smiles.
Mary traces her finger along indecipherable lettering. What treasures lay behind the leather?
‘You hear me child?’ a voice sharp and impatient. Mary snapped her hand away from the book
‘Mm?’ she replied before remembering her mother’s warning about mumbling.
‘Lordy they’ve sent me an imbecile.’ the Librarian clapped her hands against her apron, tutted, then slid from her perch with surprising grace. Placid grey eyes surveyed Mary. ‘I suppose that’s another thing I’ll be teaching you?’ despite the harsh gaze Mary felt a small thrill of excitement. A new world had opened up to her when she learnt to read. How many more worlds lay hidden behind gilded spines.
Today I wrote this piece as well as a post for my other blog Today I Made…
Total Word count: 582 words