So where do you see yourself in thirty years time?

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

He noticed the man randomly opening books and scribbling inside them.

He detached from his nook behind the cash register and made a beeline for the aged vandal. Well, as much of a beeline as one could make weaving in between book aisles. “Hey you! Stop that at once! Or… I’ll call the police!” Would the police actually come, he wondered.

The man flashed a mischievous smile and darted out of the store. Someone said, “Was that Ben Khalid, the famous author?” Plucking a book from the shelf, he opened it to reveal the unmistakable autograph of the eccentric author.

100 words

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23 thoughts on “So where do you see yourself in thirty years time?

  1. My comment above was for Russell.
    You have raised an interesting point in your story about eccentricity. I know an author who would go into Waterstones, and move her books out on the shelves to make them more prominent.
    Another young lady took her book to Waterstones and had her self photographed holding her book in the shop– then claimed her book was in all the good bookshops.
    (the truth was customers could possible order the book, but it was not popular enough to be held in stock.)
    Enjoyed your story.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, James. Those other two authors you mentioned sound more egocentric than eccentric 😉 Do people really do that? I’m really glad you enjoyed this story too.

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  2. I’m imagining his little book-signing surgical strikes 🙂 The bookshop chap will have to identify the signed books now, so he can increase the price.

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