Published by Hugh Macnab at Smashwords
Copyright 2012 Hugh Macnab
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It started out as a fairly normal day, until he first noticed Get Lucky that was. With the pale morning sun still low in the grey overcast sky and a gentle breeze ruffling his hair, Shylock strolled aimlessly past MacDonald’s, Nationwide Insurance and Taddingers the house furnishers, as he had many times before - suddenly it was there. If he hadn’t noticed, he would have carried on past Cabinet Doctor and the All Saints Eye Centre. But he did notice and stopped to consider this new discovery - wedged between Taddingers traditional oak-panelled glass-fronted showcase window, and the flaking dark green paint barely covering the dry cracking frontage of the ailing Cabinet Doctor’s.
It didn’t look at all like either of these neighbouring properties or any of the other shops come to think of it. In fact, it didn’t look like any shop he’d ever seen before.
The entire shop front consisted of a shear opaque glass wall - like the towering smoked-glass monoliths downtown – only not smoked, more milky white and translucent. No surrounding frame, no contents to view, in fact not even an entrance. It looked more like a bookmark between interesting pages – not meant to be noticed, but serving some purpose none-the-less.
Shylock rubbed his thumb and fingers across his newly stubbled chin, turned towards the shop, and without pausing to think about it, simply stepped forwards through the shop-front and into the brilliant sunshine.