A full length mirror

The splendor of himself. His limbs, his hair, his eyes, his voice — perfection.

Edmund had always been taller. He was admired and broke the heart of his first girl at fourteen.

At fifteen he was invincible, at sixteen he only listened to himself.

Unnoticed by everyone; his twin brother Luke stayed silent and let himself be trampled on,

But roads diverged. Luke went to university; Edmund started making money in any way he could.

They didn’t meet again, until Edmund, out of rehab, came to stay with Luke and his family.

Edmund still only craved a full length mirror.

The image this week made me think in more symbolic ways, and of course Narcissus came to mind. But what if Narcissus had a twin brother, who later surpassed him in beauty? What if this brother grew up to be a great and humble man? Maybe it would have been like Edmund and Luke.

I also take the opportunity to market the collaborative collection of short stories that is now finally on Amazon. My story is one of fifteen, and we are all writers local to the Stockholm area.

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Friday Fictioneers is a blogging group of authors who write 100 word flashfiction every week under the leadership of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields



February 10, 2016

73 responses to “A full length mirror

  1. Ha. So because Edmund’s vain, he’s thereby a useless alcoholic who can’t make any money … and sweet, humble Lukey is Mr. Perfect? Hilarious characterization.
    Why does everyone think it’s so wrong to think your own body is attractive and to enjoy your own company and your own mind?

  2. ah….the switch in terms of life’s realities Two brothers….and one has only the full length mirror. Excellent take on this!
    Quick note Bjorn: Typo – “The didn’t meet again,” — think you want “they”.

  3. I take the last sentence to mean that Edmund hasn’t really changed and he craves the mirror to reinforce his sense of superiority. Well done story.

  4. I suppose it’s alright to have a mirror until, like most other things you let it take control of your life.

  5. Dear Björn,

    Quite a story. Having known a couple of Narcissists in my lifetime, I’d say that Edmund will never crave anything but the full length mirror. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  6. Ah, quite a Narcissus, indeed, your Edmund! Poor chap! All that beauty sure was a liability. In the end, all he wanted was a full-length mirror!
    Truly, it’s better to be plain and unregarded — one can go about invisibly doing what one wants.
    I do see the resemblance between your story and mine in terms of Narcissus! Nice connection, and thanks for stopping by my blog again!
    And I loved your story, as I always love your stories!
    🙂

  7. This is great, Bjorn. I really like the symbolism of the full length mirror. It says so much. It’s not just any mirror. Only a full-length one will do. I think people like Edmund are never happy, because they’re looking in the wrong place. Excellent!

  8. It doesn’t always work that way. Good guys don’t always get the breaks while the bad guys pay through the nose. It’s always a good idea, though, to reinforce that image in people’s heads in order to remind them of how things work out ultimately.

  9. I’ve seen this play out. People who were so popular in high school and voted “Most Likely to Succeed” often flop, and the unnoticed wallflower goes on to become the next Bill Gates or Stephen King.

  10. So often happens… not in MY case of course! 😉
    Seriously, Anyone who puts his own beauty first and foremost will be the most disappointed in life.

  11. This is perfect. I’ve also been briefly thinking of Narcissus when I saw the picture, but then did something else. I love how you describe the two characters. There’s quite a difference between loving and accepting oneself, and ONLY loving oneself. I admire how you turned the theme of the mirror upside down by showing the exact opposite in his twin brother, like a mirror image he is similar, but not the same. And, like the picture of Dorian Gray, one will grow uglier with passing time and the other one will not, Luke will show true beauty, the beauty that comes from within.
    I’ll stop now. 😉 And congrats on the book.

  12. I love your take on the picture prompt! Intriguing tale! I also was intrigued by the title of your collaborative book and bought it. I look forward to reading your story as well as the others 🙂

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