Microfiction: Books

Charli Mills asked us to write about libraries this week for her 99 word flash fiction challenge.


She ran her finger along the spines of the books on the shelves.

Read it, read it, readitreaditreaditreadit…

Her finger ran out of books and found a door at the end of the shelf.


She shrugged. This was a public library. She tugged on the handle and opened the door. A man, bald, glasses, seated at a desk, raised his eyes.

“Sit,” he said and pushed a book across the desk. “Read that.”


“It might teach you how to find your way home.”

She turned. The door clicked closed. She tugged on the handle. It was locked.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

36 thoughts on “Microfiction: Books”

  1. Maybe especially because it’s set in a library…but I love this and want to know what happens next!

  2. Sinister yet mysterious. It begs for a sequel or a series, and I love that it’s set in a library! After all, what can be scary about a library? The unexpected setting gives the story its tension.

      1. Looking forward to it. I know I said I wouldn’t mention it but I’m really enjoying your novel. I’m going slow cauae of life stuff, and also find it super distracting and just a really unfamiliar experience reading a novel electronically (it’s my first time! but so far, I’m impressed by the pacing and already having a feel for the characters – like I can prempt how Carla and Tully would react to different scenarios- not saying it’s predictable, just that the characters are defined really well do early on (I’m up to ch 4- I’m going slow, as I said…).

      1. Great idea. I’m writing a serial on my blog right now and it is a trip. I don’t plan anything. I just sit at the blank edit screen and start typing. I’m about 12,000 words in and there’s no turning back.

      2. Wow! That must be an idea that really grabbed you. I do this serial business quite often with flash fiction—several installments but only of flash fiction length. The final result in never more than 800/1000 words.

        Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:58:33 +0000 To: jane.dougherty@dbmail.com

  3. Hah! I always thought there was a reason rooms are marked Private! I thought perhaps the bald man with the glasses was trying to help her. She just did not know it. “It might teach you how to find your way back home” – I came up with all sorts of options what ‘home’ might be. Fun flash!

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