The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
I used to be beautiful. I think this every time I look in a mirror. Sometimes I say it out loud.
You still are!
I wish I had your curls!
Your eyes are such a great color!
That outfit looks amazing on you, girl.
You’ll always find gal pals in a night club bathroom. Drunk women are the best. I never believe them, though, because they don’t see what I see in my reflection – an ugly, unlovable ghost, just drifting through life. Hoping that nobody will see what I see.
I look at pictures of myself as a little girl, cute pigtails and a smile missing two front teeth. I am on a carousel horse, in a swimming pool, on my bike with the training wheels and tassels streaming from the handle bars. I look happy. I look normal.
I miss that little girl.
But she’s been gone a long time. Ever since the nightly visits to her bedroom began, when her reflection showed her the truth in the harsh morning light.
I’ve looked at myself so many times over the years, hoping to see something different. Streaky mirrors in shitty motel rooms after a night with a stranger or two; walking by store-front windows on the way to my shift at the diner, showing off clothes I can never afford.
The worst thing about my reflection is that I am never alone. He is always next to me, a grinning monster looking over my shoulder, making sure I see myself for what I really am. I’ve left a trail of blood behind me, in so many motel rooms and sleazy apartments, hoping the monster would leave me alone. I was too scared to face the monster itself.
But monsters don’t go away on their own, do they?
Monsters must be defeated.
Monsters have to die.
Fiction © Copyright Sheri White
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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