Dylan looked around the used bookshop with little more than a mild interest, but then something at the back of the shop caught his eye. There was a door with caution tape across it in an “X” and the tape read “Crime Scene Do Not Cross.” Naturally, his curiosity got the better of him. He looked around to make sure no one was watching before he casually sauntered toward the door. He pretended to look at some books near the doorway, and when he was sure that no one noticed, he turned the knob, opened the door and peeked inside. He heard a voice behind him, so he swiftly entered the room and shut the door. He could hear muffled sounds all around him and he quickly realized they seemed to be coming from the books themselves!

He cautiously took a book from the shelf and opened the cover. It appeared to be a graphic novel, but in this book, the characters were moving and talking!

“I see you found something,” a voice said behind him.

Dylan was startled and dropped the book.

“You should’ve heeded the warning on the outside of the door.”

Soon after, a new character was added to the graphic novel. Its name was Dylan.

*This short story was written in response to the Simply 6-Minutes writing challenge on Stine Writing, so please visit their page.

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Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

9 thoughts on “Graphic

  1. Love this! Now do one about chaos in a bookshop where the owner follows the latest decorating fad and shelves all the books with spines/titles to the back, page edges front — for that “modern, minimalist” look. (Sorry, this somehow triggered a pet peeve. No person who actually reads books would ever do that.)

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