Learn How To Use a Truth Mirror

How do you look at someone without really looking at them?

Here’s an excerpt:

To avoid Shellaire’s defeated expression, Lilly decided to check for stray hairs escaping from her up-do.  Opening her dresser drawer, she reached in and grabbed her compact.  “Are you sure you don’t feel like going with us?” she asked her roommate for the fourth time.

Opening the compact, Lilly turned away from the large dresser mirror and studied the back of her up-do with the small one she held in her hand.  She caught Shellaire’s reflection in her compact’s mirror.  “Nurse Cheshire said it was okay if you went with us to the dance for a little while.  If you want to go, we don’t have to stay long.”

Shellaire shook her head.  “No, you two go on.  I’ll be fine.  There will be plenty of other dances,” but the look on her face was doubtful.

In Lilly’s compact, Shellaire’s reflection had purple bruise-like shadows under her eyes and her face looked haggard and tired.  Startled by what she saw in the compact, Lilly’s glance bounced from Shellaire, to the mirror, and back.

With her own eyes, her roommate looked just fine.

When Lilly returned her gaze to the compact, Shellaire’s haggard face snarled back at her.  Were the shadows in the room distorting her roommate’s image in the small round mirror?

“Is there something wrong?”  Her roommate’s voice sounded snide.  “Why are you looking at me like that?”

Lilly snapped the compact closed.  Before she could answer Shellaire’s question, the hallway door clicked open, causing the Arabian Nights fabric-covered walls of the room to billow inward and settle.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

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