“I don’t really read.”
“But I came cos your name reminded me of someone I knew at school. In fact it’s weird. You look just like her.”
“That’s because I AM her.”
“No you can’t be.”
“I am. And I recognise you too.”
“No you’re not her. She was a weirdo. And a swot.”
“Yup. That was me.”
“Yeah but you look normal.”
“I did then too.”
“And see, it says here on the front cover ‘humour’. She didn’t have a sense of humour at all. Trust me.”
“It’s hard to laugh when someone’s hidden your stuff, beaten you up and isolated you from the rest of the class.”
“She was good at those boring things like history and English. She liked reading. She’d probably have read your book.”
“I always wanted to be in a book.”
“You are. Fourth story in. The one called ‘Revenge’.”
“That’s gross. Is that even physically possible?”
“Tell you what, take a book home with my compliments before I’m tempted to find out.”
“Nah. Like I said, I don’t really read.”
Copyright 2016 by Paula Harmon. All rights belong to the author and material may not be copied without the author’s express permission
(This was written in response to a prompt “Imagine you’re at a book signing – what happens?”)
6 thoughts on “At the Book-Signing”
I really like this! You can almost feel the writer’s frustration that the bully doesn’t even realise how soundly spanked he/ she is getting!
Ugh. Meeting a bully again and they’re still oblivious
I always fear that they would sadly never have changed.
I once had a daydream about having a book signing…that wound up being cancelled because some famous person was in town and decided to have a book signing of his own. I’d go to his signing and get sucked in by his charm and buy his book ..
Then when my signing was rescheduled, he’d show up, having heard about mine being cancelled because of him.
It would be love at first sight…
Oh yes I have those too! There are a few living not far away and also film producers etc. All I need is for them to read my books and…