Still Holding on Tightly

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Natalie is being followed by someone known to her. This person isn't looking to invite her to dinner.

Submitted: June 21, 2014

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Bob Olson, a man in his sixties, ran a mail order, book sale business, out of a little store front next to a convenience store in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York.  Olson originally worked the book selling gig out of his apartment.  But on the twelfth floor and with the growing publication being shipped in and out, it was with sales way up, a: congested corridor, crowded and cramped with incoming new arrivals for update, and advertising, and established sales and departures, with little room to sleep or even think clearly.  So Bob rented a little store front downstairs on Seagirt Boulevard, which allowed easy access for the mail carriers continuously coming and going with no concern for elevators.

Anyone visiting Bob’s book store after receiving his catalog would be shocked by the tiny shop, upon arrival, it being a drab and colorless space, with tall bookshelves, and printed labels.  A rolling ladder for those titles on the upper bookshelves was how he retrieved those publications relegated to the upper stratosphere of his shop.  But, however, a true book lover would interact with “Bob’s Bookshop” as if they’d reached nirvana.  The space sold coffee and there was a table in the back with four chairs, where someone could sit.  But it was books, no magazines, no videos, no candy bars, only that and those bits of writing which still stirs the blood across the globe and in this country.

Bob’s Bookshop presented: The Barb, Dickens, Graham Greene, Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville, Poe, Carson McCullers, W.B. Yeats, Phillip K. Duck, Zora, Toni Morrison, Cormac, Faulkner, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, F. Scott, Hemingway, Chandler, Dashiell, Langston, Alice Walker, Mark Twain, Richard Wright, August Wilson, Joseph Conrad, John Steinbeck and more.  One of those impressed with Bob’s love of books was a former customer who became a live-in-friend, Natalie Olson.  The two shared their love for books which blossomed into more and they’d built the business together.  Natalie also worked at the Rockaway Chronicle on Beach 65th street in the town of Arverne.  It was a part-time thing from six in the evening till midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Natalie Olson, however, was about to make a full-time commitment to Bob’s Bookshop in a week’s time, having given notice to the Chronicle.  Natalie wasn’t in a good state of mind during the last week of work at the newspaper.  She, not revealing to Bob, was being followed to and from work.  The person monitoring her movements wasn’t a mysterious stranger, it was a woman she knew, one Olivia Zenda.  Olivia was and is the girlfriend of Clarence Figgins.  Clarence Figgins is a man who went to prison for manslaughter five years ago, and was now operating a magazine and newspaper, corner store in Far Rockaway called, “Harvey’s Newsstand.”  He was also the current husband of Natalie Olson, who was only using the last name as an alias.  Natalie knew that Clarence’s girlfriend, Olivia Zenda, wasn’t following her to work up the courage to invite her to dinner.

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To be continued. . .


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