The Face in the Mirror

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Now being a widower, and living alone, lockdown was not much different from his normal life. He would get up early, eat his breakfast, and then pass the day in his set routine, centred around his reading and radio, with some television in the evening before an early bedtime.

What changed was his time in the bathroom. Once shaved, he spent more and more time studying his face in the mirror. Gradually, he began to find that the face staring back at him was not his own; and he thought: if not his, then whose?

He became frightened, being now alone with that face in the mirror. He tried to exorcise it, by getting to the bathroom before it; but it was clever – arriving at the same time and imitating his gestures; he would lie awake at night, knowing it was always there, waiting for him.

Finally, he couldn’t stand it any longer; he put on his facemask and rushed out into the night, into the empty city. Striding past a shop window he staggered; the thing was now beside him in the window; it was even imitating his clothes. He had to be free – he jumped into the glass.

© Dodgem 2022
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Griffonner

Ooh! Didn’t expect that end. Lockdown causing mental issues is a neat concept to think of. Enjoyed that.
Allen

Guaj

This is pretty deep, Dodge. I can understand why some folk would go loopy in lockdown. Pretty gruesome end.

Sadly it reminded my of my neighbour who killed himself slowly but surely on alcohol after his wife died. God knows how he could have handled lockdown when all the pubs were shut.

Guaj

Well done Dodge!!

Kjs68

Tales of the Unexpected, and read as dark as the picture, made me think of my Father a bit, better call him.

Kjs68

He is, thank you. Just after the loss of my Mother and the current situation with Dad being in another Country, I worry.

Ionicus

In this case it was not the mirror that ‘cracked from side to side’ but the person reflected in it.

Griffonner

Congratulations, Dodgem. Well deserved. 🙂

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