It’s Valentine’s Day, so of course we’re going to write about love. But with a literary twist, of course. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Library Lovers

Today, write about a love story or a scene that happens at a library. Add some drama to what you write today if you want. Or a hint of mystery.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Library Lovers, by K.E. Creighton

My fingers graze the spines of the books on the shelf as I search for the one book I check out every year on this day. I can’t find it today, however, which is unusual and disappointing. It’s always here. Sure, there are hundreds of other books to choose from here, but not the one I need to read today, so my faith in love can be renewed.

As I turn around, somewhat dismayed, I run into him, the librarian. He smells of sage and old books up close and looks like he just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. But most importantly, he’s holding a slightly tattered copy of the book I’m looking for, El Amor en los Tiempos Del Cólera. Reflexively, I reach for the book. Before he relinquishes it, he says, “A bit depressing on a day like today, don’t you think?” To which I blurt, “Sure, if you don’t understand it.” He smiles, then we proceed to debate the expressions of love, or lack thereof (according to him), in the book, as well as the literary merits it owns.

After we go back and forth for a few minutes, we agree to meet for coffee later, and eventually, I go to my favorite chair in the library to read the book. But now I’m sure my view of it will be tainted.

When I open the book, a slip of paper falls out. It reads: “She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know.”Agree or disagree?

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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