The Librarian

(Author’s Note – Three Words of the Day in use in this story: Unbeknownst, nebulous and chockablock.)

The library had long since closed for the evening, the readers and staff having departed for home not long after each other. Piles of books sat nestled in the return shelves, ready to be restocked. They always were come morning, though the reason for that remained unbeknownst to the staff. One always assumed another had done it, it was the easy answer.

In the darkened corridors, a nebulous form drifted along. In a neat single line behind it a parade of books followed, zipping off into their spaces when the spirit floated past. It made its lap, delivering via Dewey before returning to the piles.

An ethereal hand lingered fondly over one such pile, a finger running down the spines of the books before making a curious little gesture. The books rose up and into formation behind the spirit, and it made another sweep of the library. Hour after hour passed, diminishing the formerly chockablock returns section.

As the first ray of sun peered into the library, the ghost vanished with a satisfied smile on its face, ready to rest before another night of sorting and tidying.

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3 thoughts on “The Librarian

  1. This is great. I work in a library so I love reading stories like this one. There are two reasons this story couldn’t be set in the library I work in: 1. We follow a shelving rota so we know who has to shelve and when. 2. None of our librarians, ghost or living, would spend time sorting and tidying. We library assistants do all that. πŸ˜‰ Shame though – it would be nice having a nebulous form doing all the jobs I don’t like! Good story, I enjoyed reading it.

    • My unfamiliarity with the workings of a library are exposed! It was always my dad who was the big book borrower, he’d come back from the library with a stack of six, and before long they were taken back and replaced with a new stack, for most of his life. I prefer owning my books, and browsing for second hand ones. It’s just the way I am!

      I’m glad you liked the story, thanks for the comment (and the information! Stuff to remember should a library be a setting once more!)

      • Ah no, your story is perfectly fine if set in a different library to mine! πŸ™‚ I should have mentioned I work in a university library. In public libraries, or in small specialized collections, librarians will do a bit of everything. πŸ™‚

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