Contrary to my habits, I’m ending the Absolute Write Water Cooler forum’s blog chain this month. AuburnAssassin has been nice enough to host it this month while I rushed to finish my novel and free up my schedule for NaNoWriMo.
The theme for this month’s blog chain is: Masquerade. Now what can I possibly write with that theme? *wide grinning mask*
They say mirrors don’t lie. I always thought that was funny; at the very least, they’re incredible accessories to some of the worst cover-ups. Aren’t accessories to murder convicted as well as the red-handed felon?
By looking at our reflection, we convince ourselves of nonsense. We’re too ugly or fat. Our hair is wrong. Our skin, boring. We practice the poker face we need for speeches and flirt. We apply tons of make-up until everyone forgets there was ever a face under it.
Aren’t we killing ourselves?
As I dab liquids and powders on my skin, I wonder, for the umpteenth time, if my life would be easier without mirrors. Maybe, if they weren’t staring right back at me, I wouldn’t feel the urge to hide black eyes, bruises and scars.
And then the whole world could see what he’s doing to me.
But here is the mirror, fuelling my lies, as I layer enough foundation to hide the pain without cracking when I smile.
I hope you enjoyed this flash fiction and be sure to check out the other participants:
Auburn Assassin http://clairegillian.wordpress.com/ and direct link to her post
Hillary Jacques http://hillaryjacques.blogspot.com and direct link to her post
Aimee Laine www.aimeelaine.com/writing/blog and direct link to her post
Ralph Pines http://thewonderingswordsman.wordpress.com/ and direct link to his post
Veinglory http://erecsite.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Laffarsmith http://www.craftingfiction.com and direct link to her post
PASeaholtz http://paseasholtz.com/ and direct link to his post
Madelein.Eirwen http://madeleineirwen.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Amy Doodle www.mindovermullis.com and direct link to her post
CScottMorris CScottMorrisBooks.com and direct link to his post
Orion_mk3 http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com/ and direct link to his post
FreshHell http://freshhell.wordpress.com and direct link to her post
IrishAnnie http://superpenpower.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Dolores Haze http://dianedooley.wordpress.com/ and direct link to her post
Aidan Watson-Morris http://mangaka-tales.blogspot.com/ and direct link to his post
WildScribe http://polyspace.wordpress.com and direct link to her post
Hayley E. Lavik http://hayleyelavik.com/ and direct link to her post
Bettedra http://bettedra.wordpress.com/ and direct link to her post
Aheila (That’s me!)