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flax-golden tales: character reading

October 14th, 2011 by erin

character reading

“Are you sure you really want to know your future?” he asks as I dig through my bag in search of appropriate amounts of loose change for the rather mundane looking machine hanging on the wall.

“No,” I answer honestly. “But I’m curious and it’s cheap.”

“That’s because it’s just a trick to steal your money.”

The coins make a hollow clicking noise as they fall through the machine, followed by something like gears turning though nothing moves, and then a small piece of paper like a faded business card falls into my hand.

Someone close will betray you.

“Well, it won’t be me,” he says, reading over my shoulder.

I flip the card over to see if it has anything else to say.

He is a liar, it tells me. He already has.

 

About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

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6 Responses to “flax-golden tales: character reading”

  1. Julie says:

    I love this! And I love Night Circus…I am savor ing every syllable. Thank you!

  2. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, wonderful site!

  3. Jacque E says:

    New to your blog (and to commenting on posts) but wanted to drop a line saying I loved this short story (as I do all of your flax-golden. Thank you, thank you for sharing!

  4. Michi says:

    Erin -

    I jumped in my seat reading this little short story with my giant jug of rooibos tea flavoured w/ vanilla. Imagination nurturing! Yay
    The story went on in my mind.

    Now I am off to NanoWrimo…I wish I remembered some of my dreams I had tonight. I know I solved some of my story problems :(

    In’La Kesh

  5. Chris(ty) says:

    I want to know what happens….

  6. Melissa says:

    Lovely!