The Secret Life of a Librarian

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – 800 Dirty Words. Please enjoy.

Lauren had been the children’s librarian at the Five Corners Branch for the past three years. Not only did she organize the preschool story hour once a week, she was also in charge of the book club for the 6th and 8th graders.

She was well liked by most of her colleagues and the patrons. However, she was

defiant and often broke the big rule: no sexual relations with co-workers!

Lauren was having a fling with one of the custodians, a married man. One steamy afternoon Lauren snuck into Ray’s office to get down with him.

“Oh, Ray. Kiss my breasts,” she said unbuttoning her blouse.

He pulled her close. “Baby!”

There was a knock on the unlocked door. Lauren buttoned up her blouse. Ray tried to help her.

The door flung open and Mary, the Branch Manager, eyed them with suspicion. Her eyes locked on Lauren’s blouse. It wasn’t buttoned right.

“Lauren, you are supposed to be finishing inventory. What on earth are you doing in the custodian’s room?”

“Ray and I were just talking.”

“Quit smiling at me, princess, You’re not being paid to make idle chit chat with the custodian.”

Lauren went to do the inventory for the books. As she straightened the bookshelves, Mary marched into the room with a stern look on her face.

“I apologize for what I did,” Lauren said.

“You’re not sorry. This is not the first time. I’m warning you. This better be the last time. I catch you being inappropriate with one of your male coworkers again. I will make sure you get fired.”

Lauren was relieved when it was closing time. Her and Ray were spending the weekend at the Hilton in Atlantic City. Ray had put in a vacation day, but Lauren was going called out sick that Saturday. She did a fine job of pretending to be sick when she and Ray were sneaking off together.

They were excited about getting away. Lauren was craving sex. She felt a little guilty having an affair with a married man, but she couldn’t stop.

Strolling the Boardwalk, they held hands. Every few steps, the groped and kissed.

“Ray, honey,” she whispered. “I packed my thongs and my sexy Victoria Secret slip for tonight. I’m feeling horny right now.”

“You are so hot in bed,” Ray said as he grabbed her ass. “Let’s go back to the hotel.”

As they entered the lobby of the Hilton, Lauren heard someone shouting her name. She looked around and gasped when she saw her boss Mary with Katherine who was also a library trustee.

A smile crept across Mary’s face. “Lauren, you are so fired.”

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