The Clandestine Room

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

“Are you sure this is the place?”

I pointed to Zah’s backwards signature.

Nobody was around, so we jumped the fence and descended the litter-strewn stairs.

The door cracked open.

“Yes?”

“We’re tourists looking for the Hope Diamond.”

“The Smithsonian is in Washington.”

“But Della wore the diamond.”

“In the rough… neighborhood.”

“Mr. Rodger’s sent us.”

“Come in.”

Yes, the code was silly, but both sides needed to be careful.  A slip would be death.

The hall was cluttered like the stairs, but a door opened to a bright room.

I stood and stared at all of the real books.

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word count = 100

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64 thoughts on “The Clandestine Room

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Perhaps someone is hanging on to all of those paper books we are selling, giving away and (gasp) tossing (yeah, nobody wants my paperback computer books from the 80s and 90s) and eventually those people will be the only ones in the world left with real, paper books…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is possible we will go all electronic. I was an early adopter of the Kindle and read few paper books for almost a decade, but now I am back to 100% paper, so I would risk going to this library ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Oh oh, with libraries diminishing like that, pretty soon you may have to search one out like the one in this story. My village has a small but very active library. It is part of a state system, so huge number of books available, even if the library is small. It is just across the street from my house, which is nice.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I do think in many ways they are being rewired. A good example is that people are losing sense of direction because they so rely on GPS. Yep, I’m old and my brain isn’t as pliable as it once was… (I hope for the better ;) )

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks!
      I have been in dungeon like bookstores, but they were just selling antiques. Back in my college days, I did see a few traveling “revolutionary” bookstores that were in tents. Nothing too illegal (bomb making might have been legal back then ;) ).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A treasure indeed. I hope it doesn’t get to that point,but if it does, well, looking around my house I’d either be the first against the wall or the one with the secret library…

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