Hope & Belief
August 23, 2018
September 5, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Nathan Sowers

“Don’t touch it, Kira. There lies a portal beyond the mirror… a realm to another world”. The clairvoyant whispered in my ears.

Despite the warning, I held the mirror in my trembling hands.

All I saw was a pale reflection questioning my existence. “What do you really see-
a victim or a culprit”, it urged me to answer honestly.

I peered closely… the mirror reflected my concavity, it showed how hollow I had become. The shadow that once was me still remains unwelcome.

I put the mirror on the ground and walked away… and the reflection smiled once again.

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers. You can read more stories based on this prompt here.  


  1. Iain Kelly says:

    I like the idea of the mirror seeing how hollow she had become. Nicely done.

  2. Dear Priya,
    That’s a mirror I’d want to set down and walk away from, too. Nicely done.

  3. Reminds me of the portrait of Dorian Gray…!! How hollow a man becomes in the name of growing up!

  4. BellyBytes says:

    How beautifully you’ve captured the feelings of a ruptured soul.

  5. prior.. says:

    I agree with Lain – nice way of showing how the mirror reflected how hollow she had become.

  6. abhiray59 says:

    I wish I had this mirror. It would be a real assessment of my character.

  7. Sandra says:

    Victim or culprit? Now there’s a question to reflect upon. Well done.

  8. What event causes her to question her role as victim or culprit? She must be in a lot of emotional pain

  9. granonine says:

    Now, is she going to go about figuring out how to fill herself up again?

  10. Break the mirror, life’s ugly as it is 🙂

  11. Akshata Ram says:

    Our image in the mirror keeps changing as we grow older .. we may change as a person but if we cant look at our own self eye to eye, thats a shame. Loved your take on this inner soul searching Pri!

  12. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve written a real conundrum. I wonder if the woman is a victim of “gaslighting”, a form of abuse where the abuser systematically sets out to destroy the self-esteem of their victim?

  13. This leaves so many thoughts behind. Though provoking take on the prompt.

  14. Do you see your true self in a mirror? Excellent.
    Click to read my FriFic tale

  15. Dale says:

    Maybe sometimes we NEED to look into such a mirror…

  16. jillyfunnell says:

    It does sound as though someone else has damaged her self-esteem. If so I hope she finds a way to get strong and confident again.

  17. lisarey1990 says:

    Wonderfully detailed & captured. A very fine job.

  18. 4963andypop says:

    This made me think of anorexia. Don’t know if that was your intention, but hollowness, pale, the trembling hand, shallowness all gave me that thought. Whatever her suffering is, I am glad she cast away the mirror that only made it worse. “The mirror reflected my concavity, it showed how hollow I had become.”Beautiful writing.

  19. James McEwan says:

    I like how you capture that odd feeling of looking in a mirror. When you look your image in the eye, you see what others see and wonder who you really are.

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