Six Sentence Sunday is open to all writers. Just pick a six sentence passage from anything you’ve written—published, unpublished, whatever—and post it on your blog on Sunday. Registration for the upcoming Sunday list opens the previous Tuesday evening at 5pm CST. More information is here.
Another passage from my first drawer novel, which is going to get stranger before it . . . gets stranger . . .
An alarm rang through the Library, jolting me out of my funk—the high-pitched beep that means an armed book has just left the Children’s Room. It’s obnoxious and loud, but noise is a small price to pay for keeping the collections safe . . . and the children.
That particular alarm sounds at least once a day, usually set off by some kid waving a book through the sensors for the excitement. So while I made for the front doors, I half-expected to hear the all-clear before I reached them.
Instead, the proximity siren kicked in from the entrance.
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35 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian VI (Alarms)”
Interesting premise! Tense, heart-jolting excerpt. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful start to the New Year! xoxo
Thanks, Angela—I’m glad you like it.
Creeeeeepy. Please tell me there was, at very least, a person standing there. I don’t want to start the new year off trying to locate an evil spirit.
Don’t worry, MSB, this isn’t a paranormal, the last few passages notwithstanding. The prep is just really short.
hum. very interesting concept of the alarm thing. Is this a futuristic story?
Thanks, Jayel. It’s set slightly in our future, but its past was a bit different, too, starting several decades back. More (or different) wars, a political restructuring of states into martially-based regions, and the capitol was moved (back) to Philadelphia, as DC is going to be glowing in the dark for quite some time . . . But it’s the Library of Congress paradigm shift that interested me . . .
You are so masterful at building suspense. And leaving us hanging! xoxo
Thanks, Lisa — the six sentence limit sort of guarantees clifhangers, sorry!
I had to go back and read the previous posts. Such an interesting premise. Very curious about what happens next!
Thank you, Eleri!
Oh my goodness, alarms on books? Very compelling.
Most libraries have alarms on books . . . but few have alarm systems like this . . .
Uh-oh, the book is leaving! This story is so intriguing to me. 🙂
All the best in 2012! 🙂
Thanks, Jessica—congratulations on the release of your book!
Very interesting story. I’d love to read more.
Thanks, Carrie-Anne! I’ll be posting this for a while, I think.
This gets more and more interesting every week. I want to know what is up with an armed book (in the children’s section of all places) and why a lockdown in the library.
Wow, thank you, Victoria. I’m wondering if I can get an explanation into six sentences next week . . .
Oh my! Love it!
I love your passage, too, Carrie Ann—whew! 🙂
Interesting! And I love anything that has to do with books! Can’t wait to read more…
Thanks, Angela—hope you don’t mind what happens to this one . . .
Uh oh! Trouble ahead! Great six!
Very interesting. I love reading strange. . .and stranger.
Happy New Year!
Good! ‘Cause I’ve got more! 🙂
Happy New Year!
very nice. i’m with lisa–your suspense is masterfully crafted.
and i like the word funk. my high school sweethearts last name was funk and for many of my younger more impressionable years i grew up thinking that word would be my last name. of course, i didn’t marry him; but, the funny thing is i kept my maiden name. (maybe that’s just funny to me.)
happy new year.
“Funk” is a versatile word—iI use it as often as possible.
Happy New Year!
I hope you’ve read it before . . . ?
Oh, intriguing – who the heck wants to steal a children’s book?
Who indeed? (she says, twirling an imaginary mustache) 😉
Another excellent selection. A peek into a moment in time that is so strange and entertaining all at once.
Strange and entertaining—that’s how I roll . . . XD