flax-golden tales: character reading

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.

6 Thoughts on “flax-golden tales: character reading

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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