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Mirror, Mirror

The following flash fiction story is my response to the Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018 — Exercise 1 where the spelunking in the Cave of my Soul expert Impromptu Promptings encouraged us to:

“You find yourself in a quiet room looking at your reflection in this beautiful old mirror. What do you see? Is there anything in particular you like about yourself? Is there anything you don’t like? Tell us about it.”

I hope you enjoy my playfulness and my creative energy doesn’t crack anything.


MIRROR, MIRROR

by

Kelvin M. Knight

Mirror, mirror, on this wall, you see everything, you see all.

You see him. You see her. The way she melts into him. The way his strong arms envelope her. She fits within him. He fits within her. She feels at peace in his presence. He feels hopeful in hers.

Enjoying this peacefulness and hopefulness, you find yourself lost in their embrace. The way she adores him blossoms on her cheeks and on her lips, like forever flowers. The way he adores her shines in his eyes, even though his eyelids are closed.

You know there is nothing she does not accept about him, and nothing he does not accept about her. Before you, their love is unmasked, authentic. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for one another, in this snatched moment or the next. You see this as a bright light rippling before you, before fading behind you. Fading yet no less strong. Strong as their song echoing inside you. Her sweetly sung words for him. His heartfelt melodies for her. And your reflections for them, always.

(178 words)

Author:

First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

10 thoughts on “Mirror, Mirror

  1. Hm… Interesting. I’m curious as to whose perspective this is from. Like in the last sentence, “And your reflections for them, always…” Who is ‘your?” Very nice piece. And so glad you joined in, Kelvin. 😀

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  2. You give us beautiful images in a well constructed piece. I like the transition from the verse to the prose via “You see him. You see her.” where the rhythm of the words echoes that of the verse. A couple of the best images were “blossoms on her cheeks and on her lips, like forever flowers.” and “shines in his eyes, even though his eyelids are closed.” They’re truly lovely lines.
    As you often do, you invoke paradox “Fading yet no less strong.” Very effective and characteristic.
    BTW – did you notice you didn’t follow the prompt? I mean, like, at all? Well, apart from the mirror that is.

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