“It was sunny when you left home, so you didn’t take an umbrella. An hour later, you’re caught in a torrential downpour. You run into the first store you can find — it happens to be a dark, slightly shabby antique store, full of old artifacts, books, and dust. The shop’s ancient proprietor walks out of the back room to greet you. Tell us what happens next!”
Well, How I wish I had a great literary talent in English for this one!
This prompt reminded me of a short story I made up inspired by the school library when I was in high school. It’s a story about a mysterious library a high school girl which runs into and where she finds all the books that have been and will be in existence. She finds there books she has been looking for for years. She can, well, people who enter into, can rent the book they want. But everything has its own price. You need to pay it. The librarian says the renting fee is a certain range of your lifespan. Whether it’s a few days, or years or even longer, depends on the rarity of the book. And you don’t know how many years, or even hours, you still have. While you’re reading a hoard of human wisdom, you might be running out of your own time as well.
What happens when you run out of your lifespan? Well, I might need to write a story of it anyway. 😉