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Speed Dial

Jacqueline Wright called her office The Library Without Order. She even had a plaque made up to stick on the door, and another beneath it that warned those bearing liquids to steer clear or face the five foot nothing stick of wrath that would be coming their way.

Currently the plaques were hidden by her fiancée Edward and he in turn was hidden by the stack of four, grey, storage boxes piled one on top of the other in his arms.

“Explain to me why these are so important again?” he asked, doing his best to peer around the side of his burden to where Jacq stood with her hands on her hip, glaring at the overflowing shelving units as if doing so would cause them to miraculously part and create extra room.

“Sixteenth and seventeenth century dairies of course,” she explained, “and if I didn’t buy them then who knows, they call fall into the wrong hands, it’s lucky I the charity shop had me on speed dial!”



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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. One of my favorite yard sale findings was a late 1700s book by a woman and that borders on being a diary; you don’t see too many of those antique books in the United States. Love the story, but you will never convince my husband and I that book-hoarding is a bad thing! 🙂

    • I am trying to do no such thing, book hoarding is the greatest of all endeavours. Hence why my boyfriend’s ability and willing to build me shelves when we move in together makes me love him all the more.

        • It’s fantastic. A little scary when we talk about moving into together, but scary because I’ll be moving out of my parent’s house for good instead of uni where you go back during the holidays.
          Though my mother will probably be happy to watch the mountains of books from my room follow me out of the door.

          • I remember carting an Army duffel bag full of books through the bus terminals of the eastern United States when I moved out of my parents’ home. It should have earned me some muscles! For me, it was a fantastic decision to move away from home. Good luck to you!

            • Well I’m not sure an Army duffel bag would be quite enough storage to move all the books but hopefully I can call in an army of relatives to help out when the time does come. 😀
              Best wishes to you also.

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