La Bibliothèque – Six Sentence Story

Copyright C. E. Ayr

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – BOOKMARK

Click here to hear the author read his words:

La Bibliothèque

I am standing, somewhat stunned, in the very limited English-language section of a small public library in a small town somewhere in darkest France.

This place is far off the beaten track, and the locals, most of whom have known each other their entire lives, are a tight-knit community, wary of outsiders in general and doubly so of foreigners, although they treat me, a writer and the sole anglophone, with polite curiosity.

The paperback in my hand purports to be a thriller, but the author is unknown to me, just one of the seemingly random selection in the poorly lit ‘Foreign’ corner which also includes, I suppose for educational purposes, a smattering of books in German, Italian and Spanish.

This is my first visit to the library, and the reason for my shock, which has my mind racing and my blood running cold, is the bookmark protruding from the top of the pages.

On it are written two words, which mean an awful lot to me but nothing, to the best of my knowledge, to any other person (or at least any other living person).

These words, scrawled in black ink, say, quite succinctly, what I did, and where I did it.

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13 Responses to La Bibliothèque – Six Sentence Story

  1. Well crafted story with your signature “shock” ending, ceayr.
    Would make an excellent opening scene for a horror and/or thriller mystery film.


  2. Liz H says:

    Ooooh, dammit man, you’ve done it again!
    The measured slide building up to…the unexpected plot twist. terrific!


  3. Spot on, CE, you described my own visit to the English-language section of my local French bibliotheque perfectly! (sans the murder. Though the night is still young).


  4. Leyde Ryan says:

    Oh my goodness!! This would make a good serial–you’ve set up the suspense brilliantly!


  5. Your sins will find you out. Excellent, thrilling and chilling tale.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. clark says:

    The fun of these Sixes are usually in the story alone. Boy meets girl. Girl disappears. Boy hides from police, that sort thing.
    But, what do the computer geeks call their little exercises in self-amusement, when creating computer programs and applications and such? Easter eggs.
    Your Six have them along with a rousing good tale.


  7. Reena Saxena says:

    “On it are written two words, which mean an awful lot to me but nothing, to the best of my knowledge, to any other person (or at least any other living person).”

    This line is more powerful than the damning last one.


  8. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like your description of how they treated you with “polite curiosity”. Ominous bookmark. It sounds like there is a sequel to this coming.


  9. I believe ‘suspense’ may be your middle name. 😉


  10. Now what have you done?


  11. Cassa Bassa says:

    This makes a great begging of a crime thriller.


  12. jenne49 says:

    Expertly set up, from the suspicion of tension in the ‘stunned’ of the first sentence right down to the eerie – and unexpected – last line.
    I have shivers down my spine.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. LucciaGray says:

    Engrossing story with an intriguing last sentence!


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