Submitted by: Anonymous
You sat on the edge of the well, back against the wooden post, a book in your hand. Completely engrossed in the story, you didn’t notice a girl walk by and do a double take when she saw someone reading. She quietly approached, not wanting to bring you back to the current world, but wanting to meet the person who seemed to love books just as much as she did.
“Excuse me,” she said.
With a start, you glanced up, immediately snapping the book shut and putting it behind your back in one fluid motion.
“Oh, I’m so sorry I didn’t mean to startle you!”
“It’s. It’s okay,” you stammered. “I was just enjoying the weather.”
“You were reading,” she said excitedly.
“Oh, no you must be mistaken,“ you started.
The girl laughed.
“I am not. It’s not often you see someone reading, let alone a girl. I think it’s amazing”
You started at her, dumbstruck.
"Oh yes,” she said passionately. “Books are what connects me to worlds beyond this one. When I’m reading a book, I feel as if I’ve left this world and joined that of the book.” She paused, looking back at you.
“Do you borrow your books from Père Robert?”
“Oh, um, no. I just recently moved here. This is a book someone gave me back in my other village. He taught me how to read, and when I went away he gave me my favorite book as a gift.” You glanced down at the book and smiled, remembering all the times you shared together.
“Do your parents know you read?” she asked tentatively, sitting beside you. You smiled sadly.
“No. Father wouldn’t allow it. He thinks that reading is a waste of time.”
“So does everybody else in this town,” she replied shaking her head.
You glanced down, wishing that for once your father would understand.
“I’m Belle,” the girl said.
“I’ll tell you about my book if you tell me about yours,” she said lifting a book out of her basket. You nodded excitedly.
“Mine is about two lovers in fair Verona. After reading it I didn’t want to come back!” Belle started. You giggled, finding yourself completely content. You had just found your best friend.
And so it went. You sat for hours discussing your favorite books. She told you about Père Robert, and that once she talked to him he would definitely let you borrow some of his collection. She even offered to get it for you herself, so that you wouldn’t be seen with books in the village. Thus, a new friendship blossomed. Maybe together, you two could change the minds of the world. A new adventure began.