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The bookshelf

The pile of board games balanced precariously on the top level of the bookshelf. There seemed to be a glue holding them in place because gravity and a normal sense of perspective would suggest that they should fall to the ground. Yet they hung there, suspended like the sword of Damocles over the rest of the bookshelf’s contents.

He looked away from the board games and glanced over the other levels. It read like the time lines of an ancient tree. Photos, books, albums and shells from long ago and not so long ago. Why were there always seashells in bookshelves, he wondered.

He glanced at the books, and with the speed of light that only brains can attain, he remembered scenes from each: the pirate ship scene from Rushdie’s “The enchantress of Florence”; the dinosaur story from Perlman’s “The reasons I won’t be coming” and the various well scenes from Murakami’s unforgettable “ The wind up bird chronicles”.

In fact, as he sat there in the soft light, the bookshelf seemed to turn into drive-in theatre, full of flashing images and scenes born of the artefacts resting dustily on its shelves. Eventually he fell asleep, just as his mind wandered into the warm pacific water of one of the surfing photos.

When he awoke he felt as though he knew what he should do but his eyes were drawn immediately to the miraculous pile of board games. He switched out the light and headed down the hallway towards bed. But just as the light clicked out, he thought he saw a swept up pile of rubbish out of the corner of his eye. A pile of rooks and pawns; Miss Scarlets and Professor Plums; Mayfair’s and Kent Roads and cards and dice of myriad colours and design.

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Comments

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanabout 5 years ago

    Why were there always shells in bookshelves, he wondered

    have you been sneaking peaks at my shelves at home? LOL

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanabout 5 years ago

    meant to add, enjoyed the mysterious ether world type vibe in this.

  • Thanks PJ, glad you liked the tone. Yes They are everywhere aren’t they!!

    – Rex Inkpen

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 5 years ago

    Sublime….you’ve woven this piece beautifully…not to mention you’ve inspired me to find my game of Cludeo…

  • Thanks LG, beware of the dreaded lead pipe in the library..

    – Rex Inkpen

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 5 years ago

    LOL will do….

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 5 years ago

    To make a story about a bookshelf and boardgames as incredibly interesting as this…..is pretty bloody marvelous writing me thinks!!

  • Thanks AT, very glad you liked this little snippet.>!

    – Rex Inkpen

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