The Library

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Photo copyright:Shaktiki Sharma.

I am hungry for knowledge, so I will wait for you to leave.

Nothing will remain when I am finished.


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  1. neilmacdon

    Lovely, Michael, just lovely

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil – I did keep wanting to add in more sentences, thankfully I held out against my ability to be rather wordy.

      1. neilmacdon

        Good choice

  2. Snow's Fissures and Fractures

    That was unexpected, therefore even more stunning.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is so kind of you. I had to fight myself, to stop myself adding more sentences.

  3. Sandra

    Very understated spookiness. Wonderful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had to really struggled to stop myself adding extra material. I really value your comment.

  4. Jane Dougherty

    That one is a plague all by itself. Loved this!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is kind of you, I really wanted to add and add more detail, thankfully in the end I stopped myself.

      1. Jane Dougherty

        A case of less is more 🙂

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Into the mind of a locust. Nice.



    1. Michael Humphris

      I do not know what happened to the usual me? Not true: FF has helped me to constrain my natural ability to be wordy

  6. Fatima Fakier Deria

    This is a funny story. Both in its brevity and its content. I assume he’s eating the books and therefore hungry for knowledge? I think you should get the award for the shortest FF story. Well done. Awesome story.

  7. J Hardy Carroll

    Nice use of the prompt

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comment. The words just landed right for me that day.

  8. jellico84

    An omen, indeed. Scary.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That was how I felt when I first saw the beasty in the photo.

  9. Iain Kelly

    Short and sweet, or should that be short and chilling. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain

  10. The Voice

    I too, love to devour books. Perhaps not in the same way…lol. I think Hemingway would have enjoyed this story. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is very kind of you. I was thinking of Hemingway style as I penned this brief story.

  11. James

    I’ve heard of consuming knowledge, but that’s carrying things a little too far.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do agree. When I saw the prompt picture I was hooked.

  12. Edith M. Field

    Great writing, Michael. It says it all!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Somehow when I saw the prompt picture I was hooked by brevity, unusual for me!

  13. granonine

    Wow. A huge tale told in only 20 words! Impressive 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you. Somehow brevity found a way to overcome my usual wordy self.

  14. Lynn Love

    I like that idea – greedily devouring knowledge until there is none left for anyone else. Good choice, to keep it short, Michael – all the more powerful for it

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lynn, I appreciate your comment, I was rather worried about posting such a brief story

  15. Magaly Guerrero

    Books don’t stand a chance against this kind of hunger. Love the brevity of the story. It adds to the narrator’s conviction.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Magaly, I am grateful about your thoughts on narrator’s conviction and my use of brevity.

  16. Rommy

    Very bold choice to keep it so brief, but it works very well. You pulled that off nicely.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is kind of you. I was very tempted to flesh the story out more. Now I am pleased that I did not.

  17. mandibelle16

    A thirst for knowledge so powerful, in the end it destroys!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Such a story can role and role. Your comment made me think, thank you.

  18. Rosemary Carlson


    1. Michael Humphris

      Brilliant … reply

  19. neelwritesblog

    Stunningly short and perfect.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s kind, thank you Neel, for your vote of confidence, I was rather unsure about posting such a short story

  20. Dale

    That was brilliant, Michael! Proof a story can be told in so few words…

    1. Michael Humphris

      If only I could do it again. Thank you Dale.

      1. Dale

        You never know!!

        1. Michael Humphris

          Now I can live in hope.

          1. Dale


  21. Clare Hempstead

    So much in so few words – love it!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly I am not known for brevity. So I thank you for your comment Clare.

  22. goroyboy

    Well Done!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s kind.

  23. Sascha Darlington

    Yes! I’ve read the comments. I love my words, but I do find that when I splice and dice that the meaning is so much sharper. This is lovely!
    (My dog believes in chewing up knowledge too, btw.)

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sascha, splicing and dicing often works wonders for me; . One collie called Sam who moved in with my family loved chewing ‘paper’ money!

  24. Martin Cororan

    20 words to cut to the quick…great stuff Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Martin, it does not happen often with me.

  25. Keith's Ramblings

    Many of the comments are longer than your excellent piece – including mine!

    My story is called ‘THE DETECTIVE’

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was lucky this time, perhaps my old age is slowing down the flow of words in my brain . PS, I smiled broadly when I read ‘The Dectective’ I loved the images that you created with this story.

  26. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Yes… there are many ways to consume a book

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s so true, thank you Bjorn.

  27. Michael Wynn

    In just so few words you’ve created a little masterpiece which the reader can consume in various ways. Well done, very inventive and brave, I think.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Michael, but maybe I was foolhardy rather than brave.

  28. seekeroftruthweb

    I had to read some of the comments to get it; great puns!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I will often gain quite a lot from the comments which follow a story, I thank you for reading and commenting.

      1. seekeroftruthweb


  29. Alicia Jamtaas

    Michael! Wow! That’s all I have to say! Just plain Wow!

    1. Michael Humphris

      So kind, thank you.

  30. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    A good example of less is more.

    1. Michael Humphris

      One always needs a bit of luck, with less to get it right, I had a lot of luck.

  31. yarnspinnerr


    1. Michael Humphris

      You are to kind a wordsmith, thank you.

  32. Sarah Potter Writes

    Short and effective. It contrasts just perfectly with the hugeness of the locust’s intention/boast.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is kind – Thank heavens many boasts, do not come off. I do not like to see good books spoiled.

  33. gahlearner

    Wow, that’s perfect in its brevity. Everything else is left to our imagination. Applause.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much.

  34. magarisa

    Wow! Chilling in its brevity.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had a little luck with this one, but thank you so much for your comment.

      1. magarisa

        We all need luck and skill. You’re welcome.

        1. Michael Humphris

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