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bookshop

by Charlotte Westbrook | Score: 3200

The room was dark. She could only hear the quiet ticking of the clock, the hands going round and round. Tick, tock, tick, tock. "You have to decide, Lizzie.", Agatha finally cried out.
"Fine! I choose Tony!"
"Wrong!" they chortled, and it didn't take long for me to join in. 

I sipped my coffee from my Snoopy mug and stood. I had just been prompted by the ending of my book to remember that event. How I missed them both. 

The wind blew, harsh across my features, and I pulled my long coat more tightly around my frame. Reaching the bookshop was a relief, the familiar ring of the bell, clattering of the cat, the known book-keeper of the shop, her faint meow as she rubbed against my ankle were all music to my ears. 

I moved along each shelf, my eyes scanning for the best titles, one that I might recognise, before a throat being cleared behind me caused me to spin round, clutching a book to my chest. "Hi, sugar. I haven't seen you in a while." Ace said, leaning nonchalantly against a shelf. "You're just as paranoid as usual, I see."
"And you are just as conceited as I always remembered you, Ace." I spat the last word. 
"Come on, don't be like that! It wasn't my fault you lost your job, sugar!"
"Bull. And you don't get to call me that any more." I muttered my final sentence. I never had been able to stand up to him.

 The tinkling of a piano came from my pocket, causing me to snatch up my phone. "Oh, hi Jason!" I squeezed my eyes shut in embarrassment of how eager my voice sounded. "Yeah

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Begin Start typing to begin
Letter Use the letter T
Event Your character loses a game
Words Reach 50 words
Prop Include a coffee mug
Words Reach 100 words
Character A noisy book-keeper
Letter Use the letter U
Words Reach 200 words
Event Your character loses his/her job
Prop Include a piano

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