Κυριακή, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2015

THE PAPER BABY


  The city of Sushland was famous for its order and its perfectly organized life. This reputation had broken its narrow borders and was now proverbial. Its residents passed the stages of their lives in a peaceful and colorless way. Silently. Tastelessly. Unemotionally. Τhe years passed with many adverbs ending in -less ways reaching the depths of the alphabet. The scandal that broke down in the city library was a monumental event and exploded like a megaton bomb onto people. The newcomer librarian Gustav, from the nearby city Talkalotland, could not tame his extremely quiet night shifts because of his general unease of his age and his personality. In order to kill his boredom he actually did the unspeakable for twelve consecutive nights. He placed “Anna Karenina” next to “Don Quixote”. The ultimate alphabetical classification was disturbed in the most provocative way. But soon the alphabetical distance was bridged. The attraction and the passion for the twilight shuffling of their pages, the anagram and the gradually absent intonation brought the inevitable.  The scandal was revealed when “Anna Karenina” was requested by Mrs. Darmala, the admiral widow. When the morning shift librarian reached the shelf, she left a distinctive cry, which unfortunately was only heard until the philosophy section, a sign of her fine manners. Between the two books there was a small tome without a title on its spine. A tiny paper baby popped out of it and quickly jumped into the upset pages of its mother. The paper baby became the front page all over the world. Nobody ever found it in any of the two books despite the years that passed, apparently because its parents had taken care of its fortification under their second and third level of readings. Gustav, the young librarian, was of course expelled from the library and also the city, on the excuse of the global vilification of his fellow citizens. His whereabouts are still missing until this very day. Lately, there is intense speculation of bringing this unspeakable story on the silver screen. 

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