Drabble: Convention Connection

Genre: slice of life


She fiddled with her display for the tenth time in five minutes. Any second now, the convention goers would swarm into their area. If even a tiny fraction of that crowd bought her book, her day, no, her week would be complete.

The hours came and went. People came, but passed her booth completely in favour of her neighbours, who had beautiful illustrations to hook people in. She caught a handful of interested minds, but no one had the time to stop and read the short stories she prepared to show her writing style and her characters. Her neighbours’ popularity continued. She tried very hard not to drop her smile.

Finally, a visitor dropped by.

“Hey. Mind if I read that?” the visitor asked with a wave at her short stories.

“Go for it.”

She held her tongue as the other girl read. Once the visitor was done, she asked, “What do you think?”

“Honestly, I’ve seen better.”

Couldn’t argue with that. But still. Ouch.

“But I love it. How much is your book?”

Minutes later, she made her first sale. She smiled so widely it hurt.

She thought that was it, but an hour later, the girl returned with an armful of papers. It turned out the other girl was an artist. And one of the good ones too. The kind who could live off their art. Even better, the stories she wrote were the kinds the artist loved to draw, and in that one hour, the artist had drawn half a dozen illustrations inspired by her stories.

The artist spread the artwork before her.

“What do you think?”


“Honestly, I’ve seen better.”

She broke into a smile.

“But I love it.”



My sister (and later my friend) pointed out that I’ve been doing a lot of superpower stories recently. So here we go. Variety. Hope you’re happy :p


Posted on March 7, 2017, in Short Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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