Nothing like waiting until the last minute. It's something I often do. I've decided to submit an entry to the first challenge for Rachel Harrie's Platform-Building Campaign. You can find the rules here. If you're doing the challenge you probably know the rules; if you're not doing the challenge you may not care about the rules so just read and enjoy. My story begins and ends with the qualifying prompt phrases and clocks in at exactly 200 words according to my MS Word count.
The door swung open to admit a solemn cluster of people who had been waiting outside. As they entered the store the people dispersed, some milling with looks of apprehension as their eyes scanned the surrounding shelves, while others moved with intention as they filled arms or plastic baskets with books.
Signs throughout the store stated what had been seen on the outside: LAST DAY! ALL BOOKS 4 FOR $5.00 STORE CLOSES AT 3 PM. Even the display fixtures were for sale. Most of the shelves had been emptied and the remaining stock had been moved to the front of the store. Now most of the store was roped off looking like a party room after the guests had gone.
For five hours a steady flow of customers came and went quietly on a quest for a bargain and to pay a final tribute to the store that had been there for the past ten years. The lines were modest as customers were efficiently checked out by polite clerks who seemed more like carnival workers on the last day of a fair.
After today the Borders Bookstore would be closed forever. At precisely three o'clock, the door swung shut.
Have any of you gone to your local Borders store to take advantage of the clearance sales? What extraordinary bargains did you find?