After

Avatar Author: Alice O'Bright At twenty: I can’t write or sing, I hate people while constantly surrounding myself with them, and I have these beautiful stories trapped in my head which my pen has yet to give justice. Read Bio

Finishing the glass, the sharp liquid scorched its way down her throat. It had been a long time since she’d had a drink, and the room spun in response as Alicia’s slender fingers worked to extinguish each light in turn as she stumbled towards the bathroom.

The pressing silence sickened her.

Despite bracing herself, the roar of the faucet startled the young woman as she drew her bath. It was then that she caught her reflection in the mirror.

She took a moment to stare. Not long ago, she had been beautiful. Alicia still felt the ghost of her once long, amber locks – the way they’d curled about her face and slid down her back. She remembered when her full, luscious lips had evenly framed any smile she’d chosen to share. But such memories only made her current visage even more abominable.

In three lithe motions, the attacker entirely erased the woman she’d known, leaving only ghastly reminders etched upon her face. Alone in the dark, she wished the monster had at least killed her.

“Aren’t you a lucky one?”

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very painful scene, and I liked the idea of looking and seeing the ghost of what had been before. Definitely a heart breaking situation. Some minor nitpicks: I think the sentence about smiling should be, “…smile she had chosen to share…”. Also, I didn’t quite get the context of the last statement. I kind of do now after a reread or two, but just thought I’d mention it.

  2. Avatar Alice O'Bright

    I really appreciate you’re advice.
    I lost a lot of contextual information throughout the short due to the character limitation. I am sorry if reads strangely though.

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