Mirror mirror on the wall

PHOTO PROMPT © Nathan Sowers grandson of our own Dawn M. Miller

The magician said, “Ask what you want to see and the mirror shall show!”

“Show me something happy,” the girl demanded.

The mirror went blank and then flashed an image. A little girl was playing in front of a shed.

“Show me something scary,” her partner teased. A father was hitting his teenage son. The man scowled and left with the girl.

The magician gave a knowing smile. He muttered, “Take me to someplace I can never go.” A small boy was throwing pebbles in the river.

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.





About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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44 Responses to Mirror mirror on the wall

  1. Sandra says:

    Lovely. And poignant.

  2. Alice Audrey says:

    Wait. The magician never threw rocks as a kid? Is the man in the second part walking of with the girl from the first? How long has the magician had the mirror? So many questions.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Lovely reflective piece.

  4. granonine says:

    The reality of human nature. Well done.

  5. Akshata Ram says:

    such diverse pictures.. you painted them well Anshu

  6. abhiray59 says:

    Nice mirror.

  7. Three people all related to childhood. That was a very beautiful take on this piece.

  8. Priya says:

    The mirror reflected the askers’ own happy, scary and nostalgic places. Beautifully written.

  9. jillyfunnell says:

    A place where none of us can physically return to – but in our imagination we can go there anytime.

  10. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve imagined a very interesting concept, that childhood is the place we long for even when we’re adults and even when the childhood has been less than perfect.
    It’s an ambitious concept, and all credit to you for choosing to work with it. I hope you don’t mind me saying, though, that I found it difficult to understand the concept from the story – I needed the comments to help. The main stumbling block for me was the man’s wish. It didn’t seem clear that he’s the teenage boy; he could be the father, hitting the boy.
    Anyway, a good story, and I shall look forward to reading more Friday Fictioneers stories from you in future!

  11. StuHN says:

    Methinks he just knows he can never go back to place in his timeline. A favorite place to visit, for him.

  12. Dale says:

    Lovely piece, Anshu. I love that we all would choose to look back at childhood.

  13. James McEwan says:

    Nice story of escape, if only mirrors were so magical.

  14. Dear Anshu,

    Some of us yearn for childhood and some would prefer to forget. Nicely done.



  15. lisarey1990 says:

    A lovely poignant story.

  16. You can never get back you lost time

  17. Slightly confusing at first, but a good piece none the less. Looking forward too the next one!

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