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The Word Thief

No More, No Less (word counters are not universal? - this is 200 according to Scrivener).

By JP HarrisPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
Photography: Poppy Thomas Hill - Free to Use - via

"I know why you're here."

"You do?"

Jaxon sighed, annoyed. "Aye. There's only one reason people seek me out in this fetid, sorry excuse for a tavern."

"I... well—"

"How many are we stealing?" Jaxon interrupted, cigar tip poised, exhaling a bulbous gray cloud into the already hazy air.

"Two hundred. Exactly."

"And whose are they?"


He almost choked on his smoke. That'll be a first, Jaxon thought, glowering at the bald, gaunt man, his dark eyes serious. 

"You're serious?"


"Two hundred, exactly?"

"No more, no less."

"$111 to get it done."


"Hundred and five minutes," Jaxon yawned, adjusting his copper pendant's outer rings with precision.

And suddenly, he was in a white-washed cathedral, staring at a faceless man. He stood at a podium of cascading paper, scribbling a soundless quill in the eerie silence. 

The floor was covered in countless, one-word pages, millions of them, springy beneath his feet.

Jaxon barely had to move. He counted forty words left and stood to fumble with his pendant.

Guess I'll be getting paid sooner than I anticipated, he thought.

The no-faced man jolted up from his podium, and Jaxon felt nothing but malice.

Oh, I don't think so.


About the Creator

JP Harris

I like writing kooky stories

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  • Leah M4 months ago


  • NAOMI AMEH4 months ago

    triging nice one

  • This was such a cool concept! You did a fantastic job on this story!

  • Lauren Everdell4 months ago

    I was so grabbed by your title, I had to come by and check this out - and I’m thrilled I did. So creative! Congrats

  • Lena Borondia4 months ago

    This is so unique and well written! I love ones that make me go, "wait, what? Must re-read!" I loved it! Congrats on TS! Subscribed :)

  • Andrew C McDonald4 months ago

    Intriguing. More please. 👍

  • Ajani Israel 4 months ago

    This js great

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh4 months ago

    So clever and creative!

  • Lisa Harris4 months ago

    Your numerical inside jokes make this 200-word story very clever!

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