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Library Crimes

A microfiction heist story about a precocious reader fighting the system.

By Suze KayPublished 9 months ago 1 min read
Library Crimes
Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash

When Abby tried to check out the book from the eighth-grade section, Mrs. Grasskey wouldn't let her.

"Do you have a permission slip?" she asked, peering over her glasses with suspicion. "I know where this book came from. It's not appropriate for someone your age."

Abby asked her mom to sign the slip, but she refused.

"Why don't you reread the Babysitter's Club books you got for Christmas?" she asked. "Those are more appropriate."

When her mom left for town meeting, Abby fished the permission slip out from the recycling can. She looked in her mom's desk for anything she'd signed. No dice. She tried to mimic her mom's signature from memory, but the letters looked too crooked and clumsy.

There was only one thing left to do. It was a sweltering September day, but she donned her baggiest sweater. She sweated all through her morning classes. Finally, recess came and gave her the chance she needed.

Abby strolled into the library like she belonged there and waited for Mrs. Grasskey to turn her back. She snuck into the forbidden aisle and tucked the inappropriate book under the sweater.

Back in the sunshine, she read the cover with glee: Twilight.

Young AdultMicrofictionHumor

About the Creator

Suze Kay

Pastry chef by day, insomniac writer by night.

Find here: stories that creep up on you, poems to stumble over, and the weird words I hold them in.

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  • Antoinette L Brey7 months ago

    Very good, I like Abby

  • A. Lenae9 months ago

    Haha, love it! Wasn't sure where it was heading, but I think that drive to read what is deemed "inappropriate" by society/others is seemingly a part of girlhood (or maybe childhood in general). This is fantastic!

  • Aphotic9 months ago

    Hahaha, this is great. I was expecting the book reveal to be something much different, but that last line was perfection.😂

  • Naomi Gold9 months ago

    How salacious. 😆 That last line got a genuine chuckle out of me. I like the build up to the reveal in this micro. When I was a kid, my inappropriate books were V.C. Andrews novels. I didn’t have to steal them, but I would have.

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