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This was my entry for Cracked Flash Fiction Competition on 9 July 2016. The prompt was: ‘You could forget who you are in a place like this.’

I looked at the images provided and the ice just froze me more than I already was. Obviously the Cailleach – AKA Beira, Queen of Winter – wasn’t pulling any punches this year. Ah, now that’s a story…


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Castle of Dreams

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren


‘You could forget who you are in a place like this,’ I heard Tiny murmur.

I didn’t look back at the large man, though I knew that even he felt small in the huge library. I had felt insignificant from the moment the lights had illuminated where we were. The shelves went on forever, possibly containing all the books in existence.

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So? What do you think? I had to rewrite it a little – it was nearly 400 words instead of 300 in its first version. Though I do think that it had something magical as it was. C’est la vie. I wrote this after I saw a link on twitter to the best bookstores every booklover should visit. And, of course, it’s winter with ice-covered grass and misty mornings.

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