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  1.  Mysterious Love

The Mirror
by A Serviceable Villain

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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'Several attempts were made to remove the seeing glass'


Was a derogation of everything

that was reflected in front of its’

cracked appearance – did show

what sinister things had transpired.


The mirror sat on the mantle over

the fireplace, and like the burning

logs, it gave off little warmth; instead

left the room rather cold and surreal.


The old Victorian had been passed

down from generation to generation

Along with all the disturbing secrets

that were hidden in the home’s past.


All one would have to do is look into

the mirror and see all the horror that

had precipitated in a bygone era – an

assortment of suicides and killings.


And to insure that none of the secrets

would ever leave, on stormy nights, the

past came to life – previous occupants

would arise and come out thru the mirror.


Well-equipped to permanently silence

all would be blabbermouths – would do

things like remove tongues; mangle hands

so one couldn’t write; or cause heart failure.


If worst came to worst, the ghosts from a

a disturbing past would drag one from their

bed and throw them into the fireplace atop

hot embers; or pull their carcass into the mirror.


Several attempts were made to remove the

seeing glass, or throw it into the fireplace; all

attempts failed – the following day, it was right

back atop the mantle, watching one’s every move.


Then one new generation came along and

decided not to move in, but rather into a new

home in another state – mistake; the mirror was

sitting on their fireplace mantle the following mourn.


‘2009’ RLS

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Reviewed by David Young 2/27/2009
Great imagery and detail, enjoyed it.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/25/2009
Great story. Reminds me a bit of the old twilight zone one where the mirror pulls people in to it and they cannot get out. I was afraid of mirrors for years; wouldn't go near them. Very clever the way you are able to manipulate "in a good way" the readers experience and imaginations. Wow! Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 2/25/2009
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by 000 000 2/25/2009
I use to like Twilight Zone friend! as they reflect each part of the I will think of this when I look at one. LOL
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 2/24/2009
A haunting mystery.... AND..... good story line....M
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 2/24/2009
Your words are draped within painted veil of darkles night!
Opening fiendish crystal visions; so perfectly seen;
reflecting transparent shards equip to delve within “The Mirror”
Fantastic Stroll Through Nightscapes Visions of Your Pen Poet!
Peace, Love & Poetry

Fabulous Photo!!
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 2/24/2009
I love this story!!! Wonderful write, Lance!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/24/2009
Gothic narrative with all the essential elements to frighten, mystify and entertain, a mirror the perfect symbol for this. Well done!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/24/2009
You should call yourself Lance the StoryTeller! You're good at them! Very well penned; bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/24/2009
Well done in this mysterious mirror yarn. Might make a good picture.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/24/2009
I know that mirror, it shows me just how handsome i really am, though nobody else believes it works...;-)Ed
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/24/2009

You do know how to tell a story - hypnotic! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/24/2009
Quite chilling, and quite captivating, my friend.

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