Glass

August 13, 2011
By rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?


Shiny glass. A flash of black hair. Long, gnarled claws reaching, reaching. Bloodred eyes looming. An ice cold voice whispering: “Soon…Soon…” The claws, growing ever closer. Snatching now, snatching at black hair, red eyes burning into brown ones, razored teeth gnashing, gnashing at porcelain skin.
PAIN.
TERROR.
DEA-

Madison Hays bolted awake in her bed, her breath escaping in terrified gasps, for the third night in a row. Shakily, she brushed her long, raven hair from her face and trained her blue eyes on the glaring green digits of the digital clock on her bedside table- the only light in the room. 3:14 am. Still feeling uneasy from the nightmare, she hesitantly ran her eyes around the darkened room, an effort which proved futile due to her eyes not having adjusted yet. She blinked a few times to speed up the process and caught her breath. There, between blinks, she had seen… something... about her height in the mirror, standing with its head bent. Pure, cold terror grasped her chest. She froze, afraid to blink or make even the slightest movement. Her heartbeat roared in her ears, blocking out all rational thinking. The figure had disappeared, but for how long? Her incapacitated brain recalled at that moment only the reasoning of a child’s imagination and she felt the desperate urge to burrow into all her blankets and reach safety. Realization of her inability to think clearly gripped her and she flung herself down into her bed, pulling the thickest afghan up and over her trembling figure. It was like this, rigid with fear, sweating from the heat of the blanket and certain of her impending doom that Madison finally faded into the sweet oblivion of slumber.

Her eyes opened for the second time that day to rays of sunlight flooding in from the window over her bed. Sitting up in bed and stretching, she sighed. She recalled faint strains of terror from the night before and marveled at her own imagination. As she pulled herself out of the nest of sheets and blankets on her bed, she noticed the mirror that had so frightened her earlier. She walked up to it and stared at the glassy version of herself. The same old long black hair, boring brown eyes, gawky figure and pale skin stared back. Yea, there was nothing wrong with this mirror, except for maybe the person standing in front of it. She mentally berated herself for her panic earlier and turned away, reaching for her radio dial, ready for the sweet release she could only allow herself while alone. She cranked up the volume on her favorite heavy metal album and closed her eyes. Standing in front of her mirror, she swayed to the beat of the music as the high-pitched vocals screamed into her mind and soul, clawing through her with serrated edges, taking her over and erasing, for the moment, the memories and thoughts she was so desperate to forget.

Eyes closed, however, she couldn’t have known that she was not, in fact, alone. There was another being there, just inside the mirror: her reflection. A being that stayed absolutely still despite Madison’s movements with the music. One that, instead of mimicking, watched with bloodred eyes and an expression on her face that would send chills down the spine of even the most hardened criminal. Her fist clenched and then relaxed, and she slowly extended her arm to the thin barrier between her and Madison. Met with no resistance, it passed through easily and began to grasp for the oblivious girl with gnarled fingernails. Reaching, reaching for that raven hair and porcelain skin. Gnashing her teeth with anticipation. Ever reaching.

“Soon…Soon…”


The author's comments:
I wanted to write a story that preys on people's fear of the unknown. Something that would make you afraid to lose sight of your mirror. I welcome and appreciate any comments, thank you :)

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on Dec. 23 2011 at 9:24 am
jarofsouls SILVER, Montpelier, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope." - Author unkown

I was sypposed to review a long time ago sorry!!!!!!! I really like the story, but while I think the vocabulary makes you sound intellegent, getting wordy can tone down the fear. In the middle, instead of saying she saw something bent over in the mirror add some suspense. Like.....say it looked like - no,it couldn't of been- but still madison swore she had seen...but it was good. Just take this as positive critisism!!!!

on Sep. 18 2011 at 2:28 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you! :D

And I know about the eye thing, it was a careless mistake.


on Sep. 18 2011 at 12:17 pm
CarsonFaircloth, Nowhere, New Hampshire
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Hello! Congratz on placing in my contest! :)

 

This was very chilling. The dream was a great way to start the story of, but then carrying it into her actual life...very haunting. I'll definitely think twice before looking at my mirror at night. o.O

 

The only mistake I noticed was when you said "blue" eyes at the beginning, and then "boring brown eyes" somewhere in the middle, when she's looking in the mirror. But, perhaps, I am mistaken. Just something to look over.

 

Otherwise, the grammar was perfect, and the concept of this story was rather...disturbing. In a good way, though. I could definitely see you making this into a book, actually.

 

Well done!


on Sep. 10 2011 at 4:01 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you! And yea, I noticed that right after it was published >.<

I have fixed it, however, and just in time to submit it for a place on my school's literary mag! Fingers crossed!


on Sep. 10 2011 at 3:45 pm
TimeForCoffee BRONZE, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
3 articles 1 photo 23 comments

Oh. My. Word. That was really freaky. It was so good and I loved it. But I have one or two things:

 

(1) I know somebody else pointed that out, but earlier you said she had blue eyes and then all of a sudden she had brown eyes. Watch out! That usually ruins the appearance. :)

(2) You used reaching in your story a little too much. Try not to do that next time, but I loved it. :D

 

But I still loved it! Good job. ^^


on Sep. 7 2011 at 6:10 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you! Dr. Who.. that sounds familiar, slightly. Sounds like an awesome show :D. 

I like your reviewing method, I try to do it like that too. And I pride myself on my vocab, so that was fantastic to hear :). 

As for the speed, I don't know how that happened haha. Most of my pieces are very descriptory. Thanks for pointing that out!

Great review!


on Sep. 7 2011 at 4:56 pm
RhythmAndRhyme BRONZE, Rockford, Michigan
4 articles 0 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva." ~~Josh Groban

Hiya! I review with a "Stars and Wishes" method; Stars are things I liked, while Wishes are things changeable, out of place, confusing, etc. Continuing on:

Stars: The main idea of the story, first of all. Very cool. (I watch a British sci-fi series, called "Doctor Who," and many of the storylines for each episode have to do with the scary things in everyday life: shadows in the corner of your eye, statues that can move....reflections in mirrors, even. This really reminded me of that. Sweet job.)

The vocabulary is spectacular. Great word choice---it made the piece all the more fun to read. Also, more interesting. Fancy words are fun to see. ;)

I was also impressed with the thoughts you were able to give Madison; how she rationalized the situation and waved away any possibility of the supernatural, like most people on earth would.

Wishes: The only problem I have with the piece is that it goes a little too fast. It could use a little bit of description to make it a little bit better of a read, but leaving it alone would be peachy, too.

Nice job! 5/5! :D


on Sep. 4 2011 at 9:17 am
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you!

 


AsIAm PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 4 2011 at 8:16 am
AsIAm PLATINUM, Somewhere, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. (Generally those who don't have to do it. Politicians and writers spring to mind.) I've never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you're also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking." — Jonathan Stroud (Ptolemy's Gate)

You should be proud of it! You did an amazing job. :) Good luck with the mag!

on Sep. 3 2011 at 11:42 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you so much! And yea, the blue eyes thing >.> that was a proofreading err on my part. Like I said, I switched the color halfway through and forgot to go back :"/ 

I'm glad it sounds original, this just popped into my head once when I was contemplating my mirror. 

And I did submit the war story I wrote for your contest, I'm pretty proud of it :) It's not something I would normally write about, so I'm glad that your contest pulled it out of me! I'm planning on submitting it in a writing portfolio to apply for my school's lit mag. 


AsIAm PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 3 2011 at 10:57 pm
AsIAm PLATINUM, Somewhere, North Carolina
48 articles 3 photos 608 comments

Favorite Quote:
"According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. (Generally those who don't have to do it. Politicians and writers spring to mind.) I've never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you're also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking." — Jonathan Stroud (Ptolemy's Gate)

Thanks a lot. -_- *glars evilly at bathroom mirror* Haha really though, as far as first impressions go, I thought this was fantastic.  But here's my critique - we'll start with the basic good, the bad, then more good, then a wrap-up. 

 

My first impression of this story was very positive.  The flow was good, and I thought your voice was excellent.  You really pulled the reader into the story, even in the short time you had.  The vocabulary was great, and so was the grammar.  I especially enjoyed the ending - I love it when stories are circles.  Who knows why.

Like every piece, there are things that can be improved.  You accidentally called her eyes blue in the beginning - easy fix. :)  I wish I could comment more on grammar, but that's reeeaaaally not something I'm any good at. xD  As for the previous comments saying some of the words are overused, I ask you to keep two things in mind: Nobody likes stories that don't feel original (which yours does, by the way), but there is a reason certain things are used so much, and that's because they're fantastic.  Just make sure to balance that every time you write.

My favorite part of this story is the idea.  You don't see a whole ton of unique things these days, but this was very creative.  Great job. :)

Keep writing!  I hope to see something about war one of these days. ;) Congrats again on the contest!


on Aug. 31 2011 at 3:10 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you!

on Aug. 31 2011 at 12:47 pm
ZephyrVon-ZombieOverlord BRONZE, Cartersville, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. -Douglas Adams

An awesome story. If i had nightmares, that would be one of them! Awesome...

on Aug. 27 2011 at 4:17 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

thanks, that means so much!

msp49 BRONZE said...
on Aug. 27 2011 at 12:26 am
msp49 BRONZE, Middletown, Connecticut
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I'm not even into scary stories, but I liked this piece!  I pictured the last paragraph and it's the perfect picture of an extraordinary frightening situation.  Excellent.

on Aug. 25 2011 at 7:21 am
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

Thank you!

on Aug. 25 2011 at 5:46 am
dancemaniac GOLD, Mansfield, Texas
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wow! this is awesome! loved it!

on Aug. 24 2011 at 11:12 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

thank you :)

on Aug. 24 2011 at 9:49 pm
TheCoffeeKitten BRONZE, Saugatuck, Michigan
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*shudders* Not looking in my mirror again for a while... great story!

on Aug. 22 2011 at 6:05 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
4 articles 7 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

How cool is that :)


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