Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian VII (Incident)

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Another six from my first drawer novel and a continuation of last week’s cliffhanger:

I scanned the area and saw Janice rounding the Customer Service Desk, Charlie jumping up . . . and a preschooler doing a giddy slalom through the new book displays, a large realpaper book clutched in his hands.

 He was almost to the front sensors and the side panels were between me and the door.  I judged the distance, took a few running steps and leapt over the sensor racks, trusting that my badge would keep me from getting fried on the spot. 

I tackled the kid just as he was pushing the door open and, for a moment,  thought we were clear.

Then the street alarms fired up.

I yanked the book from the howling boy—Richard Scarry’s Collegiate Dictionary— and ignoring his sincere attempts to bite through the armor on my forearm, slapped the manual override to the door and hurled the book into the street as hard as I could, hoping the alarms were keeping the sidewalks clear.


Previous Installments:
First ♦ Second ♦ Third ♦ Fourth ♦ Fifth ♦ Sixth


26 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian VII (Incident)

    • Well, it’s not actually a collegiate dictionary but, yes, I do believe he has a dictionary. I’ll confirm it on my next library visit.

      • He does! It’s sitting right here next to me—it’s Sunny’s.

        To be honest, the book used to be Alice in Wonderland, but I decided that a reference resource made more sense . . . and the thought of a college dictionary illustrated by Richard Scarry tickled me.

  1. I always loved the fact that in that moment, as a reader, you’re just as panicked as Cly and you’re like, kid, you don’t even know what’s only a few moments away! Great tension. Excellent action. A wonderful six.

  2. Hi, this is my first time visiting you and your snippets. This one drew me in so much, I was compelled to go read all your previous entries. I’m with the others, I hope you continue sharing and definitely brush the dust off and get it out there in full to the public! Great six.

    • Thank you! I have to say, I wasn’t really expecting this level of response for this story—but I’m enjoying it! 🙂

      (Diamonds and Toads sounds like a great read—I’m off to find it!)

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