Curiosity Shop #prose #dVerse

There was a fireplace in my old bedroom, or rather, an empty space where a fireplace used to be. Except that the empty space had now been filled by a blue-and-white chest of drawers. Every night, I’d wait until the grown-ups were asleep and then I’d move them. Because only I knew that behind that chest of drawers was not an empty space at all, but a secret staircase behind a hidden door.

At the bottom of the staircase was an old curiosity shop shaped like a cat. On his collar hung a sign which read ‘If you are a dreamer, come in.’ Then all you had to do was tickle his nose, and he would open his mouth wide so you could enter. Inside were many wonders, greatest of all being a feeling of comfort, and of absolute protection from the world outside.

Written for dVerse

Tonight, Lillian is hosting Prosery, and has asked us to incorporate the line ‘If you are a dreamer, come in’ from Shel Silverstein’s poem ‘Invitation’ into a short prose piece of 144 words or less. This story is based on a recurring dream I had as a child, where the cat/curiosity shop took the form of Bagpuss (pictured.) It was tough to condense this dream into a 144-word flash fiction!

And if you’ve never seen Bagpuss, or fancy a trip down memory lane, you’re in for a treat:

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  1. Oh my….I love your dream, how you’ve recounted it here and used Silverstein’s line….and I’m currently engrossed in the video. So very very sweet! I shall share it with my grandchildren.
    Oh that we could always have a secret place to take comfort and hide away ๐Ÿ™‚ Shall go on to other posts etc but will definitely come back to finish the sweet video! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I love anything by Oliver Postgate and used to watch Bagpuss with Ellen when she was little. I also love the idea of having a secret staircase in my room, with an old curiosity shop. I lovely story, and thanks for the Bagpuss episode, Ingrid! Those mouse voices are so cute!

  3. I love the way the story grows, becoming more imaginative as it moves along, making me wonder what will happen next. How interesting that you had this recurring dream, Ingrid….AND that you still remember it!

  4. I did not grow up with those stories… sometimes I feel a bit lost with references, but then some of mine would probably make you at a loss. Love the dreamy atmosphere, and have such a safe place. I actually wish for one as a grown up as well.

  5. What a marvelous story and a blessing she had such a safe place to go. Never saw that TV show but as a kid I would have loved watching it.

  6. Under the stairwell is so often a magical place, and this one is no exception with it’s cat-shaped shop that we’re all eager to go in and explore. Love the narrative voice as it’s something my two littles would enjoy very much.

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