Bookworm – Flash Fiction

Bookworm

She looked over the top of her glasses, perched on the end of her nose.  There he was standing in front of French Literature.  Her heart skipped remembering the last time he had stopped by the desk for assistance.

Sighing, she turned her attention back to cataloging the pile of books that were in front of her.   Busying herself she hadn’t noticed he’d moved across the library floor and was now standing in front of her.

“You look as if you need a break.” he said in a bright, cheerful manner.

Startled she dropped the book she was holding. 

“Excuse me?” she said looking up smiling as she realized it was him

“Would you like to have lunch with me?”  he asked.

“Yes!” she answered, maybe too quickly.

“Great!“  he said.  “Oh, and bring no book, for this one day we’ll give to idleness.”.

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Ingrid is hosting Monday Prosery at D’Verse Poets and has prompted us with the line: “And bring no book, for this one day we’ll give to idleness.” from from Wordsworth’s ‘Lines Written at a small distance from my House…‘ We are to use the line in our piece of Flash Fiction (Prosery). The rule is that Prosery should be no more than 144 words, excluding the title.

  38 comments for “Bookworm – Flash Fiction

  1. January 28, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Nicely written 👌. Great use of a words wordsworth quote. KL ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      January 28, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much ☺️💕

  2. January 21, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Enticing

    • Christine Bolton
      January 22, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you!

  3. January 19, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I hope that he would reciprocate by reading books with her the next day…

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      That would be a lovely thing to do! ☺️

  4. January 18, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    ah yes….the encounter that could lead to love??? 🙂 This made me smile. Could be the beginning scene in a romcom movie! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm

      Haha yes Lillian. Thank you! I think they already made that movie. With Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I think it was called You’ve Got Mail Lol 🤣

  5. January 18, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    I love this! Such a sweet little romance.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Astrid ☺️💕

  6. January 18, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Fun read, I think these two will enjoy their lunch! 💓

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Tricia ☺️💕

      • January 19, 2022 at 10:09 am

        Welcome! ❣️

  7. January 18, 2022 at 11:14 am

    I like the feel of realness in your story! I could picture it in real time. Well done!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 19, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Dwight ☺️

      • January 19, 2022 at 9:16 am

        You are welcome!

  8. January 18, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Love at the library. Nice!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks Fan ☺️

  9. January 18, 2022 at 9:39 am

    I love the moment when he says bring no books, and the thought of the moment for her, a mixture of emotions I’d assume.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Paul. I think it was a little scary for her maybe! Books are what keep her safe and strong so she would be taking a leap perhaps ☺️

  10. January 18, 2022 at 9:07 am

    Yup, yup, The little librarian needs this. I loved reading she got a day out like this. Thanks.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks Selma! Yes she probably needed it ☺️💕

  11. January 18, 2022 at 5:09 am

    A piece of flash romance,then? Loved this,the beginning of a little tale of love… <3

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:20 am

      Thank you so much! ☺️💕

  12. January 18, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Love is in the air!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:19 am

      Yes Carol ☺️💕 Could be!

  13. January 18, 2022 at 3:39 am

    Simply perfect, Christine.

    <3
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:18 am

      Thank you David ☺️💕

  14. January 18, 2022 at 2:07 am

    A lovely take Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Sadje ☺️💕

      • January 18, 2022 at 10:24 am

        You’re welcome

  15. January 18, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Who could resist such an invitation, Christine? 😉 I love the way this little romance brought the librarian out of her shell!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Ingrid. I like that the prompt was Wordsworth ☺️💕

      • January 18, 2022 at 3:37 pm

        Thanks Christine: one of my favourites 😊

  16. January 18, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Nice setting, nice descriptions. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much ☺️

  17. Ain
    January 18, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Welll there’s the acorn of a beautiful romantic story beginning there…very nice descripton..

    • Christine Bolton
      January 18, 2022 at 8:16 am

      Thank you Ain. I appreciate it, as always ☺️

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