Fiction,  Prose

The Patron

The tired, old bookseller heard the bell over the door ring and looked up from his coffee to see who had entered his shop. He studied the young woman and wondered whether she was just a casual tourist or one of the few who felt the pull from one of the Books hidden on the back shelf.

The old man had grown tired of running the shop and now was only open a few hours a week, he often thought about closing it, but he felt a calling to keep it open for those special few who needed it.

The woman did not seem to know what she was looking for as she made her way down the aisles and straight to the back shelf. She was one who felt the pull and he leaned forward to see which book called to her. He couldn’t believe it when she picked up THAT book from the darkest corner of the shelf, she was about to discover power she never imagined and that no one should possess.


This story is a continuation of my story The Bookseller from last week, told from the book seller’s perspective. It is a Six Sentence Story including the cue word UP. To see other Six Sentence Stories go here


  • Kristi

    I rarely know what book I’m looking for when I go into a used bookstore. The joy of discovery is one of the main attractions.

    I’m enjoying your story, and am curious to see what happens next.

  • clark

    Enjoying the story…*

    * even though I enjoy the convenience of a Kindle** there is nothing like a used book store.

    Good Six, yo

    ** makes reading in bed fun again

  • Pat B

    Maybe the bookseller should have hidden THAT book. How did THAT book impact his own life? What direction will her life be taking because of what she reads in THAT book?

    I guess I will just have to wait and see.

    Good Six!