Reflection by Nessa SK

Daniel Richard stood in front of his mirror, watching his reflection stare back at him. He stood an even 6’0” at 175 pounds, with blue eyes and artificially shaped brows. His face was clean shaven and his thick black-painted hair was combed back. A black suit hugged his frame, kept from his strict diet and exercise. A grey tie perfectly pulled to his collar was clipped in place to his white dress shirt. Daniel knew he was a handsome man. It would not be hard for him to remarry and find a suitable maternal role model for his late-in-life young son. He had a smile that would dazzle his face and charm a woman.

For a short period.

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Life in the Mirror by Jake Bilardi

There once was a boy. He was young and happy and growing strong. On his first day of school, he climbed on his stool on the floor in his bathroom that he shared with his three siblings, and he looked into the mirror. He scanned himself, and he thought about how his classes would be. He thought about his classmates and his teachers and the subjects he’d study. He beamed with excitement. 

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A Savage Reflection by Joshua Eller

The man dragged a body down the steps and into the damp, dark, dungeon of a cellar. The body twisted and wretched in agony and pain with each sequential thump down the frigid stairs, which posed to bring him further into the hell that he was already a part of. A bag over his head, and with arms and legs tied, this victim was powerless to stop his ever-present descent. Eventually the bottom of the steps was reached, and with a heave the captive was thrown forcefully into the corner. The man slowly removed the bag and looked this younger man in the eyes.  

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The Bloodied Heart by Brandon Davila

Every time I think about it, there is something so incredible about vampires. They are God’s unwanted creation; immortal creatures who walk the night, going out killing and eating people, a lot of times to feed themselves because maybe that’s the only way they can. It’s all you can do to survive in this world, I guess. Besides this, it’s amazing knowing they can’t see their own reflection, the most incredible of their powers, features, whatever the hell you want to call them. As a young boy sitting in front of the television, seeing how Dracula’s reflection didn’t even exist, I mean, it was so mind-blowing to me. Just watching Count Dracula and watching how Christopher Lee never reflected onto any mirror. 

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The Scarlet Solider by Stephen Rowe

Eight months of experience in the Special Operations unit of Raid Company transformed Eliza Scarlet into an exceptional soldier. Spec Ops squads, as they’re called, consist of five highly skilled soldiers who specialize in fast-paced assassination missions. Scarlet’s eyes resembled that of a lion when hunting its prey, and with her rifle, she was just that — a predator.

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