The BookendsHe was sure that the cast iron bust of Shakespeare bookends were around somewhere. He had just bought them at a flea market a short time ago. They were bought to keep his “just in case” paperbacks lined up with their titles facing him. When he needs something to read, and he does not have anything specific in mind, he will browse the titles until something piques his interest. He finds new authors a lot this way, and then goes to the library to get their other works if he really likes their style. He looked everywhere he could think of, and still could find only one of them. At about five pounds a piece, it was unlikely it just got thrown out unnoticed. He decided to rearrange his shelf so that one end butted right up against the wall, and the bookend kept them from falling off the other end. After about a week, his wife sheepishly told him that she had taken the other one to work to hold up some manuals that were always falling over. Moral: When you get something for a special purpose, make sure you use it for that purpose immediately.
This is my submission comment at Prompts for Writers, a blog I found today and have added to the Sites I like section.
This was a two part prompt. First she asked us to take five minutes to list of things in life that come in twos. Then, write a story prompted by one of the items on the list. I chose to make mine fiction.
Check out the site, and see what others have posted too, maybe even try your own hand at it.
By the way, the list I came up with was:
- Quotation marks