Carrot Ranch Communications March 2 Flash Fiction Challenge: In 99 words, no more and no less, write about a library:
Jane finishes browsing and checks out, new books tucked in her backpack. She avoids the area where the obvious homeless gather, near the restrooms, out of the weather. Their familiar faces accuse her: You belong here with us.
No. I refuse.
She stops at the third floor, splurges a few dollars for hot chocolate, then back on the escalator, clear to the top. Even ten floors up she can see the trees bending in the gusts.
The world can’t touch her here. She’s insulated. She curls into a chair, warm cup in one hand, book open on her lap.