This month’s Absolute Write blog chain has no one set theme. Rather, each person on the chain picks the prompt for the next one in line. My prompt is “An Unexpected Library Encounter.” The post below somewhat fulfills this prompt. The encounter itself wasn’t unexpected, but what occurred during the ensuing conversation was completely unpredictable.
So, I used to work for a library, driving our version of a bookmobile—not a full mobile library, but a book delivery service for those who had trouble leaving their homes due to illness or injury. Sometimes the folks I delivered books to would ask for specific titles, other times they would simply let me know what genres or authors they liked and ask me to fill a box with surprises, so long as it wasn’t something they had already read. Well, one lady had been reading a lot of mysteries lately, and, as I filled the box, I included Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late, which another patron who read mysteries (and whom I thought had similar book-tastes in general to the patron I was delivering to) had enjoyed very much. I dropped off the books, blithely certain that there would be plenty in the box for my patron to enjoy.
Some weeks later, when I came to collect the old box and bring a fresh one, I discovered how mistaken I’d been about the Rabbi mystery. She asked me not to bring any more of the series, saying, “I don’t like books about rabies and things like that.” I never could determine whether she just didn’t know how rabbi was pronounced or if she really thought the book was about rabies, but I didn’t dare ask questions; I was too busy trying not to laugh! I’ll never know how I managed to keep a straight face until I was back in the van and on the highway. Then I giggled for miles and miles!
The next prompt: Cupcake Disaster
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orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to post) Yuppies Who Hate the Family Business
bmadsen – http://hospitaloflife.wordpress.com/ (link to post) Cupcake Disaster
MsLaylaCakes – http://www.taraquan.com/ (link to post) Topic
HistorySleuth – http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
writingismypassion – http://charityfaye.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
katci13 – http://www.krystalsquared.net/ (link to post) Topic
KitCat – http://twilightasylum.wordpress.com/ (link to post) Topic
Briony-zisaya – http://fantasywriterwannabe.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
CatherineHall – http://theelephantinthetemple.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
Angyl78 – http://jelyzabeth.wordpress.com/ (link to post) Topic
randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
Lady Cat – http://carolsrandomness.blogspot.ca/ (link to post) Topic
pyrosama – http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com/ (link to post) Topic
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dclary – http://www.hardhobbittobreak.com/ (link to post) Topic
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