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We pounce on it greedily, like starving animals.

“One at a time!” our leader shouts.

I’m the first to touch it, to bury my nose inside it and breathe in the musty scent of ages past. I want to take it home, possess it. I want to flick its pages, fold its corners, bookmark it, curl up in a chair with it, admire the artwork on the cover and run my hands over the paper.

I don’t know what happened, why they stopped making them.

“Give it here.” Our leader holds out his hand.

Reluctantly, I hand the book back.

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    Melanie about 5 years ago

    Reminds me of how I reacted the day I had the privilege of holding a hand-drawn on sheepskin copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

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    Julie about 5 years ago

    Wow, Melanie, what a wonderful moment that must have been.
    Thanks for reading.

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    Julie about 5 years ago

    Thanks, Michelle. The thought is rather depressing, isn't it. I very much hope it never comes to pass. I'm a 'real' book person and won't have a Kindle, though I realise that in some instances, when travelling for instance, they do have a use. I won't have one, though; my love for a book with pages runs too deep.

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    Drew Martyn about 5 years ago

    I was bought a Kindle for my birthday - and I can't believe how much I love it! But I know that I will only part with my hard-earned pennies for a few hundred bits of paper and a cover that may or may not reflect what goes on inside. Books are magical, and the Kindle, though convenient, lacks that magical touch and smell.
    Oh yes, superb drabble btw lol! :)

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    Julie about 5 years ago

    Drew, I'll admit that it's quite costly buying books, but as I don't smoke or drink to excess or buy copious amounts of handbags or shoes, I class books as my 'vice' and buy them, though I'll read the first chapter or so in the bookshop to see if the books grabs me before shelling out money. I have to say, I haven't bought too many 'mistakes', happily.

    Thanks!

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    D.M. about 5 years ago

    A thought-provoking drabble.

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    Julie about 5 years ago

    Thank you, D.M.

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