Thursday, November 21, 2013

A lesson learnt

The library contained only old and donated books with none for children. There was no one when I went.
I took a copy of Walter Scott's poems and another one not knowing what to take. There was no register to record.
When the smell of old books assailed my dad’s nose, he asked me where I got them.
“Library”
"Are you a member?"
"It is free"
"Did the librarian lend these for a 10 year old?"
"I brought them .He was not there"
“You petty thief, return them tomorrow with a fine of 10 rupees and show me the receipt.

Fiction in 100 words written for Writetribe Wednesday. This time the prompt was the smell of old books.

23 comments:

  1. wow. dad a strict disciplinarian.nice read.

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  2. Old books are always a treasure. Sadly discipline is fast disappearing these days! Good read. KP.

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  4. Wow... the smell of old books is what I am looking for.

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  5. How cute...book thief, reminds me of my childhood.

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  6. Hmm the smell of books new and old , is intoxicating. You know what I mean. The allegory here is remarkable

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  7. Father's nose must be very alert. Enjoyed the story. The cute old book thief gives a touch of fun.

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  8. Aww! Poor little thief!
    The dad is very smart here!!

    nicely done :)

    Hopped over from Write Tribe :)

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  9. really nice....every father should teach such morals to his kids..then world would become a beautiful place to live :)

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  10. Crisp, neat and beautiful! A great father who taught a valuable lesson, enjoyed it so much!

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  11. Generally, Kids might prefer to steal Playstations and cricket bats, more than books. But this kid is different :)

    Destination Infinity

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  12. My children used to come with me to the library and ask me to look for books for me to take home. They would ask me to browse for a long time and they used to finish off comics one by one...! I used to laugh and play game! Bringing books home without paying is wrong...the father was right.

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  13. Nice theme, put in a nice way too.

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  14. I miss having a big library near my place..
    we have one in city but it's far.. takes too much driving.

    Lesson learned :)

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  15. Absolutely brilliant and original piece. I love how u've put ethics and at the same time, craving to read that lead to the character stealing. Reading a book is all about passion:)
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  16. Honesty is still the best policy no matter the innocent intent. I'm looking forward to more like this from you. Blessings to you and your family.

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  17. I found that a combination of funny and satiric.
    A different take on the prompt though.

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  18. Namaste.....
    that was a teaching moment, not necessarily a scolding moment. Perhaps it was thievery-I dare say not or he would not have given up the information that so readily expose his appropriation. Perhaps a misunderstanding of "FREE" and an opportunity to explain, return to the library and follow procedure?

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  19. So sweet , the kid and his dad :) Nice message , sir !

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