Stepladder in front of bookcase

Copyright – Claire Fuller

As they emerged from between the gates of the estate, car wheels crunching on gravel, Sandra was able to take in just how wealthy Charles was.

A vast expanse of green manicured land stretched away in all directions, fenced in by a variety of tall trees and broken up only by the occasional bush here and there, trimmed into the shapes of wyverns, griffins and other fantastical beasts.Β  The gothic style manse loomed ahead, growing larger as they drew up outside its doors.

They went straight to Charles’ small personal study, a meagre selection of tat adorning its few bookshelves.


About TheImaginator

35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using Stumbleupon.com, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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26 Responses to Volumes

  1. All that money and so little spent on books? The guy’s got poor taste. Dump him. I like your description of the grounds.


  2. I’m left as always wanting more. Fancy having tat and your comment “Ah-but that’s just his personal study” interesting indeed. Such a house should have a library. Keep it coming, please.
    maggie at expat brazil

  3. Jan Brown says:

    You had me till the last paragraph. I had to look up “tat” in the dictionary of British slang. (Yes, we really are two countries divided by a common language.)

  4. Sandra says:

    Never judge a book by its cover, as they say. Rich but not in what matters. Or maybe he’s just having a joke… maybe deeper in the house lie the first editions, the classics …

  5. elappleby says:

    Clever and subtle. His pathetic bookshelf really does speak volumes! Brilliant stuff.

  6. Gotta love really wealthy!

  7. Wealth and no books, Sandra can do better than that.

  8. Money can’t buy intelligence. Imaginative little piece.

  9. A person’s real wealth is in their books, at least in my estimation.

  10. Very well written with moral cleverly slipped in.
    Loved it.

  11. Anne Orchard says:

    Not too impressed that she was sizing up his fortune on the way in, but very impressed with your story – especially loved the imaginative topiary!

  12. Joe Owens says:

    Charles does not use books to amuse himself. What other surprises are in store? Could there be something to change her affections for him?

  13. We’re an awfully judgmental bunch.

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