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.