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Fortuitous Dusting

libraryEmma decided it was about time to dust the old library. It was her Great Aunt’s prided possession and she too valued it dearly. Emma loved this house. Her favourite childhood pastime was treasure hunts there. And now that she had inherited it, she secretly hoped that her Aunt had left her just one last hunt to indulge in.

It had been three weeks since she had last stepped in there. Life continued as normal outside its huge wooden-carved windows; birds were singing an ode to the sun, whose rays illuminated every corner of the giant room.  Dust had gained possession of almost every surface. But Emma was determined to put an end to the reign of this uninvited guest.

As she thoroughly dusted out each shelf, she recalled the wonderful stories that lay hidden within each book, resurrecting their images and characters, and she imagined her Aunt watching over her and smiling.

The top shelves extending to the ceiling were harder to reach. Emma brought a chair and climbed up to continue her mission. There was her favourite book! What memories that enclosed… Suddenly she heard a crack, and before she identified where it came from, the chair’s back leg broke off and Emma fell with a thump, with the book landing on her head, like a cherry on a pie. As she scrambled to get up, she noticed a small gold key protruding from the pages of the book. She looked up bewildered, and made out the shadow of a small door where the book had been on the shelf. Was this the last treasure hunt she was yearning for? She got up immediately with excitement rushing through her veins and opened the little vault. Inside was a crimson notebook. Her Aunt’s diary, describing her thoughts, feelings and experiences. It was exactly what she needed – a lucky accident that would bring her Aunt closer to her again. Just when she needed her most, she always found a way to reappear…

332 words for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. The prompt was to use the word lucky:
LUCKY (adjective)
1: having good luck
2: happening by chance : fortuitous
3: producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable

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7 thoughts on “Fortuitous Dusting

  1. This was a feast-loved how beautiful the words tasted:-)”determined to put an end to the reign of this uninvited guest.”&”with the book landing on her head, like a cherry on a pie.”Ooh!I was transported to this library & could sense Emma’s excited anticipation on finding her treasure trove-loved this amazing piece:-)


  2. I want a library with secret doors and awesome windows…

    This is a fantastic little piece. It has the feel of a fairy tale to it!


  3. What a great way to bring back family! Nice read.


  4. This is so neat. I’d love to see this expanded – A dialogue between the aunt and the main character.


  5. Nice take on the prompt. I always wonder what will happen to my journals when I’m no longer here. I’d like to leave them to someone, but that seems a bit overwhelming. I know I’d love to find someone else’s!


  6. The ghost of Great Aunt (is how I read) let’s hope she is happy with the contents of the Diary…


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