Bedtime Story: The Enchanted Bookshop – Night 17
Once Upon a Time…
Sven’s hands shook as he sank back against the headboard and placed the Uppsala phone book on the bed in front of him. He double-checked—his name was definitely written inside the front cover. He turned the first page and began working his way slowly through the book, seeking clues as to why this book should be his magic book. He had loved a woman in Uppsala, but how could a seventy-five year old phone book help him now?
Sven stopped just past the halfway point in the book. Circled in ink was the name “Ivarsson, Alban,” with an address and phone number. Inside an envelope taped to the center of the page were a lock of blond hair and a gold locket. He brought the locket to the light of his bedside lamp and carefully released the latch. It opened and he found himself looking at a photo of his grandfather as a jaunty young Army captain on one side of the locket and a beautiful young woman with blond hair on the other side.
Copyright 2014 by Barbara Hinske