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“What would I have to do in return?” the author said cautiously.
“You could help me search for a new research topic.”
“What? Don’t rabbits love rainbows?”
“Not according to my professor, they don’t.”
“That’s too bad.” He continued writing, as if he had stopped considering her suggestion.
But internally, he was debating furiously again. He thought, “I have a small feeling that this story may not be as great as my first one. What if the story this young one gives me turns out to be better than this idea? It’s no harm to at least try, isn’t it? And I’ll only have to waste some time searching for a topic for her. I’m sure I’ll find something that doesn’t involve rabbits!”
“Okay. Give me the idea.”
“Not till you help me find the thesis topic.” She replied with a wink.
“I can’t wait that long!”
“It’s pretty easy, you know. I have already shortlisted a few topics. I just want someone to read them and tell me which ones are not quirky, and realistic. You know, the one which my professor would like.”
“Okay,” the author said reluctantly.
She opened a notebook, and started dictating the topics that she had shortlisted.
“Can Animals go on a Ferris wheel ride?”
“How are you going to conduct a research on this topic? The amusement park people won’t allow you to get goats, lambs, and baba black sheep onto the Ferris wheel!”
“Okay. So how’s this one: Is cherry blossom sauce a good alternative for mayonnaise?”
“It may be. But how are you going to convince volunteers to eat burgers slathered with cherry blossom sauce?”
“I’ll strike that one out then. Do you like this one: Does caffeine affect cats like it affects humans?”
“Dude, you can kill cats with excess ground coffee beans. Don’t try that one.”
“Oops. Then what about this one …?
An hour later, the librarian began her preparation to close the doors of the library. She knew that there were only two regulars who could make her delay the closing ceremony. She hurriedly walked to the desk where her two favourite members sat. But something alarmed her. She heard a squeal of laughter, and the sound of a hand slapping the mahogany desks. She took a step forward, and the sight before her, stunned her to the core.
Here they were, two of the most unlikeliest companions. One was poring over heavy tomes, reciting lines that were of use to the other. The girl was adding sarcastic comments at the end of each sentence. And that resulted in laughter. That was the time the librarian realised: She had never heard the man laugh before. He smiled, yes, but laugh? She had no living memory of that.
She cleared her throat to gain their attention. The girl saw her first. She nudged the author, and they both started apologizing for the racket they had created. They started placing the books back on the shelves, and the librarian assisted them. When this task was finished, the girl and the author shook hands, and to the librarian’s extreme surprise, walked to the exit together.
A day of many firsts and surprises, indeed.
Read Part 6 here
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I have selected the theme Fiction (though there really isn’t need for any). The story revolves around an author, who is trying to rework his debutante magic into his second novel.
Watch this space and follow his journey to the perfect plot!