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Best Free Online Short Stories - Online Reading - The Story Of Rosemary’s Morning

Updated on June 18, 2011

Free Online Short Stories : Kleptomaniac's of the World Unite Here!

Welcome to another one of my very best free online short stories.

Let me introduce you to a great online reading.

Rosemary's morning is a snap-shot view of a lady on the move! With the advent of CCTV, a thief's life is one that is fraught with danger - the danger of been caught! What do you think will happen to Rosemary as she slinks her way through the stores?

Shoplifters of the world take heed to this short story - it could happen to you! Life isn't easy for your typical thief. Things aren't what they used to be!

Why not enter the world of the larcenist... at you peril... Kleptomaniac's of the world unite! hehehe



An Online Reading Of Rosemary's Morning

Rosemary's round figure swathed in its enormous plaid
coat, moved round the packed isles of the large departmental store, this
late November morning. She stole a furtive glance at the video camera
revolving it's searching eye over the early Christmas shoppers.


She picked up assorted items from counters and shelves,
but her quick eyes only occasionally fell on the goods that she handled. Her
brightly coloured headscarf bobbed round and about the store, never staying
in any section too long.

This was new ground for Rosemary, indeed this was her
first visit to the town, and so she was fairly certain of not being recognised.
The unfamiliar layout had at first been a disadvantage, but after careful
scrutiny she now knew all the easiest points of exit.


With years of practice, she instinctively knew where to
find those spots that would be hidden from the prying eyes of the C.C.T.V.
cameras. She could almost feel the places where the sales girls never

She glances at the expensive watch strapped to her
chubby wrist, and knew that any minute now, at least a third of the sales
girls would be off for their morning break. This would be her time. This
would be the time to grab whatever could be grabbed.

The din in the store grew in intensity, voices rose,
each one trying to drown out the rest, and the air seemed to vibrate with
the cacophony of sound. Even the canned Christmas music was drowned out by
the welter of screaming kids, shouting adults and the ringing of cash tills.


Above the tumult, the strident bell of first break
sounded. Now Rosemary was in her element. She darted round the store, her
eyes looking this way and that, searching, probing, picking the counters
offering small, but expensive items.

A hand emerging from a hidden pocket, grabbing from a display. An item disappearing down the front of the dress. Eyes darting from camera to display, from display to counter, and back round to the camera.

All over the store Rosemary roamed, the haul was going well, she could hardly keep up the merchandise taken.


The hands of the big clock, which hung in the centre of a huge area, inched round to the next quarter. Any minute now the bell would sound again, bringing back the first sitting and sending out the second.

Once again the clang of the bell sounded above the tumult, and now the sight of Rosemary’s scarf could be seen heading towards one of the side exits.

Only seconds passed as Rosemary shouldered her way out of the store and into the busy street, closely followed by a male store detective, with a short-wave radio. Rosemary cannoned into a young woman, wearing a coat nearly as large as hers, practically knocking her to the pavement.

As if trying to help the young woman up, Rosemary held her in a vice-like grip, as she waited for the other store detective to arrive. A collection of small items dropped from the woman’s coat, as they frog-marched her back into the store.

Not bad thought Rosemary, just after eleven: and two in the bag already.


Free Online Short Stories Catching You Out!

Did you get it?  Did this free online short story catch you out?  It takes the mind set of a thief to catch a thief.  This was a real twist to this online reading - I hope it surprised you!  Of course, if you enjoyed Rosemary's Morning, then you just might enjoy my other stories.  Below I have listed more - just click on the link and enjoy! 

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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Lol Emily... Rosemary wasnt actually the theif at all... she was the store detective!!!!

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      6 years ago

      Lovely story but I couldn't actually understand the last part.

      Could you explain the last part to me?

      Voted up and shared.

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      6 years ago

      Lovely story but I actually didn't get the last part. Could u explain what the last part means?

      Voted up and shared.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Glad you enjoyed it LeanMan!

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      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Nice little twist, thanks for the story.


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