Three Line Tales: A Mind is a Terrible Thing…

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Photo Credit: Glen Noble

A collection of tomes as far as the eye can see, rivaling the Library of Alexandria!

A vast store of knowledge from around the world, covering every subject known to man!

I wonder if any of these books have naked pictures…

Written for Three Line Tales: Week Five.

The Scribe

I do love a good riddle. This should be an easy one, me thinks.

He is a teller of stories,

Spinning tales of the fantastical and the familiar.

He is a messenger and a teacher,

Prophet and preacher,

But his words are not his own.

Everyone commands his services,

From the highest king to the lowest worker,

Spreading their messages with his blood.

They are cruel to him,

Twisting his neck,

Beating his head,

Or removing it entirely.

Whatever it takes to make the blood flow,

To write the stories that need to be told.

And when the deed is done, they heal him.

Make him whole once more and lock him away.

Until he is needed again.

Until another tale needs telling.

The Librarian

I had posted this story on my personal blog about a year ago. This seems like a much better home for it.

Stranger in a Strange Mind

Every shelf in the Library’s cavernous aisles is stacked with worlds and universes, full of life, and also of death. Nobody ever checks out any books from there, though. Nor are there any avid readers wandering around inside, casually flicking through pages while speaking to each other in hushed tones. The Library has existed for as long as anyone can remember, growing in size over untold years (or is it millennia?), a beast that subsists on knowledge and can never be satisfied. And deep in its silently beating heart sits the Librarian. He is the keeper of stories, a guardian of fiction and fact. He was there once upon a time and he will be there happily ever after, though he cannot say if it will be happy or not.

The Librarian has seen the Library’s foundation being laid. He will see its last stone crumble to dust. He has…

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