The Reader

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
My short story explores a future where every child and every person explores books through modern technology, ‘the halls’ represent the dark and sad minds of children and how the power of technology and books can alter it greatly. The purpose of it is to show that the development of technology isn’t always negative and can sometimes be educational and helpful to an evolutionary future.

Submitted: February 12, 2010

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The books’ hallowed halls whistled a soft whisper, as I walked through the dark with a thumping heart. Finally I saw a gleam of light peeking through my chapters’ door, with every step weighed with caution I entered the chapter.
Lights sprang from every corner, shiny surfaces which reflected onto my grey clothes dyeing it to bright shades of blue and pink. Flowers blossomed from the ground, dead trees vibrant and turning green once again, birds chirped and sang melodies and grass tickled my legs as I pranced through them. In the distance I spotted a girl dressed in a blue and white dress. Within seconds she grew closer, she was no longer a flicker of shining blue in the distance, she was standing in front of me and had skin as white as snow, lips as red as roses.
“Hi, I’m Heli!” I commenced the conversation and deep inside I had a surging feeling we were going to be close friends.
“My name is Snow White, my evil stepmother just tried to kill me and now I have nowhere to go. Whatever shall I do!” she glanced around occasionally to make sure that nothing worse than I haunted the peaceful garden.
“I could help you, there are twelve kind dwarfs who will surely take you in once they realise that you need of their assistance. You could cook and clean to earn your keep!” a bright light bulb shone throughout my mind.
“Oh thank you! Why, I shall never forget you or your kindness. I do appreciate your guidance greatly! Thank you kind girl”
I watched as Snow White skipped into the distance, the background moving behind her. Soon it was like a graven image, the present into memories, but the harmonious zen wafting around me remained.
Once again I saw a slice of gleaming light peeking through a door. I opened it, steps light as clouds and as familiar light and familiar flowers blossomed from every corner I complacently smiled, skipping my way down the halls, rendering open yet another door.
My eyes opened, blinking at the harsh light, a room so unbelievably common appeared before me. “Students, Students! Settle down! Now that you have read a fairytale of your choice in your halls, you may now write down you story incorporating yourselves into them”
The teachers hand reached out into my face, she tore open my mask and as she waved her hand into the air she ripped me away from my daydreams to my nightmares.
‘Write” she ordered. She turned around to see romping children and their laughter filling the classroom.
“Settle down children! I know you’re excited, but if you write your story I shall let you have free time with your halls for twenty minutes!”
Discipline prevailed; in five minutes the confused throng was resolved in order and comparative silence quelled the Babel clamour of tongues.
I put my finger down on my electronic pad, reiterating every detail to my fairytale, every animal, every colour, every light which shimmered throughout my halls.


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