Title: Breaking the Cycle
Source: 100 Word Challenge – Thin Spiral Notebook
You know, the other day I walked by what used to be the shop front of Page One, a bookstore in Hong Kong. It used to be part of my childhood – if my brother and I were very good while Dad did grocery shopping, our reward would be to head to Page One at the end of the day to pick out two books we’d bring home. We’d spend an hour at most, but it was always enriching. And now it’s closed. So here’s a little wishful thinking from my part.
She walked briskly to the property agent’s office, passing a boarded-up storefront. Once, it’d been the city’s largest bookstore.
Two international franchises pulled out two years ago, citing high rents and dismal sales. People lamented the lack of choice, and turned to Amazon. More bookstores closed, continuing the cycle. Yet here she was.
The agent’s smile was oily, insincere.
“Here to pay the deposit?”
Her cheque amounted to three hundred thousand – the sum she’d sold her apartment for. She had two years to trial her bookstore, but she’d always been lucky. Time for her to make this work.