Flash Fiction Friday – Mirror, Mirror

April 17, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story of something/someone dark-eyed. What could be a dark-eyed situation? Or is it a dark-eyed beauty? A dark-eyed junco? Maybe it’s a futuristic piece of technology. Go where the prompt leads! Check April 17: Story Challenge in 99-words for more details.

Mirror, Mirror – by Hugh W. Roberts

As a child, I was always captivated by the abandoned house on the hill.

Driven by curiosity, I entered and found a room with a cracked mirror. It caught my reflection, but my eyes were pitch black, devoid of colour.

My heart pounded as I stumbled back and left.

Since then, I’ve been different. My mind has taken on dark themes, and nightmares plague me.

Desperate to find my old self, I returned to the house. When I looked at my reflection in the mirror, I saw my old self screaming to get out.

I’d never left that house.


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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38 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Mirror, Mirror

  1. Nice unnerving one Hugh. It had the feel of The Haunting of Hill House, one of the first series I saw on Netflix.

    1. Was that also a movie, Paul? Or am I thinking of the movie ‘The House On Haunted Hill?’
      Nevertheless, I’ll check out ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ on Netflix when I next find myself looking for a series to watch.

    1. Thanks, Terri. I concentrate more on Charli’s word prompt than the image she displays on these challenges. The image has more to do with her post and connects to the word prompt. So it was the words (rather than the image) that got this piece of flash out of me.

  2. It took his/her soul! Lately, I saw the movie “Mirrors” with Kiefer Sutherland, everyone who died in that specific building was caught in a mirrored world.

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