A Short Short Story – The Bookstore

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Short Short Stories give you your daily dose of fiction in a thousand words or less.
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The Bookstore

In this city, there is a bookstore that only has books about you. No one knows how they do it. The bookstore is well-hidden, in the center of the city, among winding city streets. On the street where the bookstore resides — on that street, all the stores look like they are shrinking back from the street itself, hiding in appallment. The stones of the buildings on that street are all old and black, and on a rainy day, and it is almost always a rainy day, petals from nearby magnolia blossoms plaster onto the dark rock, thinned out and made translucent by rain, pinned to the rock by rain, looking like Japanese kimonos, apparitions of faces, petals on a wet black bough.

It is hard to find the…

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