The woman in her mirror. Had she forgotten how to smile? Flash fiction

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While looking in her dresser mirror, Rachael realized she needed someone to make her feel beautiful again.

Rachael sat looking into the mirror in her beautiful bedroom, decorated in creamy lime and yellow with a hint of pale blue. She was oblivious to the beauty around her, instead, she was searching her image staring back at her.

The lines around her eye's and mouth were more prevalent this past year. She noticed she had lost the twinkle she once had in her eye's.

" Age, what a sneaky enemy she thought, arriving ever so slowly and leaving a telltale gift. "

She remembered how beautiful she once was, petite with thick black hair that was naturally curly and shiny.

She had been a happily married woman with a son Nick whom she adored.

When her husband passed away, it seemed the bright lights dimmed around her, never shinning as brightly again. Her son was her pride-and-joy. His marriage and her first grandchild brought back some meaning to her life.

Remembering and smiling at her image, she turned to walk away but suddenly caught a glimpse of sadness appearing on her face. She turned toward the mirror once more and said out loud, " I need more. I need someone in my life who can make me feel beautiful again. "

That said, she pulled out her makeup drawer on her mirrored dresser and began applying makeup. The first time she felt the desire in a long, long time.

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Rachael began a daily routine of applying makeup and caring more about her appearance.

One day, just out of the blue, she thought, " I am going to get a job. " She was excited! When the evening paper arrived, she scoured the want ads hoping to find something she could do. One ad seemed to jump off the paper, ' Wanted, a mature woman in our cosmetic department. ' She knew she would be good at this and it was at her favorite store, Macy's.

She arrived early hoping to be the first to apply. She met with the store manager and the interview went well. She was hired immediately. She was thrilled!

As she walked to her car, she seemed to have an extra bounce in her step. She felt alive! When she turned the key in her old Honda Civic, she thought, " I think i'll swing by the dealership, i've been needing a new car for years and this dull gray color has got to go!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

"Age, what a sneaky enemy...." Great line, Ruby! Loved this a ton. It is fun to watch a writer grow before our very eyes and you are growing leaps and bounds.

Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

bill


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Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Lovely story, great hub and so very true what Billy wrote. I like your hub name, always exploring.


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Hi Ruby. This story was built up very nicely. First the problem and then multiple steps in the solution. I enjoy a happy ending. Great piece.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. Your writing is always a pleasure to read. There is such a strong messae in your words. Your character did not give in to the image in the mirror, she set about changing the things around her that she felt needed improving. And that the bounce in her step returned is just the reward that she desired. Bravo. Tweeted and shared.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK, I think I am becoming a Ruby groupie for your flash fiction...yet I don't want the story to stop either, what a delightful quandary?!

I feel sure that Rachael might find love again, at the very least she is loving herself and loving life!

The JT was the icing on the cake in your musical selection.

Hope you are having a peaceful weekend. Love, Maria


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

You capture the mood from 'fed up' to 'buoyant' so well. Just goes to show, it's how you tackle life that makes the difference. Age does sneak up on you unexpectedly but then so do confidence, family, friends and the beauty all around us. A great read!


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Lisawilliamsj 3 years ago

I loved this story! it is beautiful and well written-very descriptive! I loved experiencing this woman find her confidence! I definitely voted up!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

It just goes to show, Ruby, my dear,

Put on some makeup and your future is clear.

When you go buy your new car,

The Honda dealer is not far,

The salesman is single and handsome I hear.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, You made my day! Happy you think i'm improving in my writing. Thank you..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nadine, so nice to meet you. Thank you for the follow. It seems like i am always exploring something so the name came into being. Thank you for kind words. Cheers my new friend.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gerry, I love happy endings too. Glad you enjoyed. I've been enjoying your poetry all week. Good to see you back writing again.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, I was inspired to write this piece because of a comment made by my sister Eva, she was complaining about the lines in her face. ( She might not like this one. Hee ) Thank you for a positive critique of my poetry and thank you for sharing my friend..


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Nothing more rejuvenating than a new job and a new car...

"Mature" is a much better description than Middle-Aged :)

Here's to Rachael and to you, Ruby :)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, I am so glad you are in my GROUPIE, Hee..Your comments are so much fun to read. Thank you. James Taylor is another favorite on my long list. I am having a quiet , peaceful weekend. Love you too...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello annart, Thank you for a lovely comment and we agree. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. Winter is not my favorite time of year. I often find myself thinking of a car and driving south. I hope Rachael is on the road. HaHa..Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lisa, So happy you enjoyed. Your comment projects the feelings i was hoping for. It is never too late to find meaning in one's life. Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj, What street did you say that Honda dealer is on? Hee.. I knew i would get another witty ditty from you. Do you know that i have quite a collection from you and i love each one. Thank you dear friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, I think you are right about the mature vs middle-aged. What woman would ever answer an ad that said, " MiddleAged woman wanted etc. Hee.. If Rachael is anything like i want her to be, she is nearing the Florida line about now. Cheers my dear friend...


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading your story. Makeup does make a difference when you are applying for a job. Great write. Voted up.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur, Happy you enjoyed my story. Makeup is a gift that pleases. Hee..Thank you...


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Wonderful as always my talented hub sis and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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Susan Recipes 3 years ago from India

Beautifully written hub as ever. I just love reading your hubs. Thanks for sharing.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Great writing as always.

Odd i have been feeling just like your heroine and have been searching my head for something to make life worthwhile again. (although make- up won't be the answer for me - i have been contemplating the Lifestyle Lift - as seen on T.V.

Great reminder.

Love the video selection.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love flash fictions, Ruby, and you do this well my friend...and I agree with Billy about you “growing in leaps and bounds.”

Age is a tricky thing…Mother Nature brings us little presents to remind us about these changes that we can see in the mirror, but she also brings the same possibilities in the beauty of the natural world around us – and still within us -- that the mirror may not always reveal. Beautiful write, Ruby. :-) Voted up and shared.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello sis Eddy. So happy you liked this. Thank you for coming...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, so glad you like reading my stories. Thank you....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello d, I haven't seen the lifestyle lift, what is it? I think we all need something extra sometimes. I say do whatever makes you feel better, i know a manicure does it for me. Happy to see you. Thank you for coming...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna, Your comment it very true. Beauty is all around us, we must look up and remember that the good outweights the bad. Thank you for thinking i am improving with my writing. I love to write and i dearly love all my hubber friends who faithfully come to visit. Thank you..


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

http://www.lifestylelift.com/

Here is the link to that site. I called them for the brochure and it is quite enticing. I am going to make an appointment for a consultation, the first of the year, out of curiosity. The closest place for me is in Jacksonville, Florida, but i imagine they have branches all over the country.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

After i sent you the link, i viewed some videos on youtube about this procedure. Apparently there are several parts of the investigation done by CBS news. Here is the part one tape: http://youtu.be/Y7ePKnhSycI

This is enough to deter most from having it done. However, there are some testimonies that were successful. This segment was done on the surgeries done in Atlanta, Georgia.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Wow d, i watched the video. I don't know? Maybe further research on your part will prove beneficial. Whatever you decide, good luck, and thank you for coming to read my piece. Take care.......


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Love the story ruby, and it has a message to all of us, pick ourselves up, make ourselves up and get back out there! lol! wonderful, voted up and shared, nell


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You have some great lines in this Ruby--age can be a sneaky guy! Hope you write more of this kind of flash fiction!


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Such a good story. We must perserve in order to make our way through life. Voted up and shared.


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BeatsMe 3 years ago

Nice story.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, One foot in front of the other and go girl! Happy you enjoyed. Thank's for sharing...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey, I miss your poetry. Thank you for the encouragement to write more flash fiction. I really enjoy trying to tell a story in a short fashion. Happy you liked it. ( poetry please )


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello torrilynn, I agree with your comment. We must keep-on-keeping-on. Thank you so much...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello BeatsMe, Nice to meet you. Thank you for the nice story comment...


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Ruby, such a gifted writer you are. Life is hard, there's no doubt about it. In most cases, we control the car. Life will always find a way to bring you down and twirl you around, even if you're prepared. The key is having the will to overcome life's obstacles. Love your message. Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, I enjoy your comments so much. You are a wise youn man, and i am glad to see you on my page. Thank you for your kindness toward my writing...


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carolinemd21 2 years ago from Close to Heaven

I love this story Ruby so beautiful . It's so true when you say that beauty is how you feel about yourself. Great inspirational little story. :)


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

I love your vivid descriptions and the way you took us into the heart and soul of your character. Am voting this story up across the board except for funny and I also wanted to congratulate you on winning a GC Gold Fiction Award.

Hugs,

Gail


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Caroline, so sorry i missed seeing your comment. Thank you, happy you thought it was inspirational...I agree, feeling good inside adds to anyones appearance...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gail, so happy you enjoyed my story. I am unaware of winning an award, was it for this story? Where can i look to see this. I am thrilled and surprised. Thank you for telling me..

Hugs..


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Ruby,

I think you already saw the award hub by now, but if not, here's the link to it: http://jogoldsmith11.hubpages.com/hub/GC-Publicati...

Hugs,

Gail


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

As a "Ruby groupie", I had to come back and wish you a hearty congratulations for your GC Publication Award, dear friend!

Well deserved...you go, girl!! Love, Maria


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello again Gail. Thank you for coming back. I emailed Mar and she gave me the link. I was not following Jo but i am now. She is so sweet to highlight hubs. Thank's again...Hugs


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dear groupie, Hee..Thank you for being my friend. I wish you lived next door so we could chat until we are filled to the brim. Thank you for your constant encouragement. Love you much!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Ruby, beautiful and I want to echo what Billy Buc said. This tell what can be accompolished when one has a purpose instead.

Instead of sitting by and watching the artistry of a sneaky enemy

Drawing his fine lines of time.

I would rather grow old with Grace

She can help me face the sneaky enemy, i.e. Father Time.

P. S. The video has retired.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron, I agree, i'll take Grace any day. Father time can be cruel, but he can't take our dignity. I hate it when a video retires. Thank you for stopping by my place..


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

I absolutely love this. I have ben feeling so "old" myself recently.

You showed dismay the door, though didn't you?

Make-up is a girls' best friend (Or diamonds)

Cheers for such an uplifting hub.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Dim, so nice to see you. Oh the dreaded lines around the eyes, enough to make one feel old. Make-up is a girls best friend, but diamonds are a close second. Hee..Thank you for coming by. Happy it was uplifting for you...Cheers..


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Neat story. I love your character in it!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Victoria. So happy to see you on my page. Glad you liked Rachael. Thank you much...


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Rusti Mccollum 2 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

I absolutely loved this!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rusti, so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for an uplifting comment..Cheers.


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suzzycue 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Your Flash Fiction is right to the point. No fooling around. I love the ending and the photos that go with it. Well Done a very good read. Enjoyed it.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

suzzycue, so happy you thought this was a good read. Thank you so much..


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

What a fun flash fiction read my friend. I love how Rachael transformed her spirit with just little changes in her life.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Linda. Nice to see you. Happy you found it a fun read. Thank you for stopping by...


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Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

I found the story both sad and uplifting at the same time. Well done.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Larry. Nice to meet you. So glad you enjoyed my story, and thank's for the follow..Cheers..


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Astra Nomik 2 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Gosh, what a sweet story. This lady needed a change in her life and something made it happen. Yes make-up is a girl's best friend, apart from her best friend of course. LOL.

Seeing ourselves and wanting to put a better side of us forward into the world around us is a good thing, Ruby. And even though the Writing Award was a while ago, congratulations and well done on your success. I honestly wasn't aware of it until I read all the comments here. You are so inspiring to us writers.

Thank you for lifting our hearts. :)


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cathy. You are so generous with your sweet comment. Thank you. I was thrilled to be chosen and i might add, quite surprised. So happy you liked my story. Make-up, a gift from above. Hee..


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Very nice story. She needed a change and just did it. I wish I found it so easy.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello mylindaelliott. Thank you for the nice story comment. It's not always easy to make a change, going to work was a good thing for her or anyone. Thank you..


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

I enjoyed reading this again. I love the thought of "Beauty is how you feel inside, not what you see in the mirror."


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

So happy to see you again Dim, it's rare for someone to return for a second read, Thank you so much. Yes, when we feel good about ourselves, the outside seems to look better too. I agree with you. The mirror is but an image, it can't see your heart only your imperfections and makeup is a really good friend. Hee. Cheers..


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daydreamer13 2 years ago

Wow! Your writing has certainly evolved since I've been gone. Very well done! Bravo!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

daydreamer i'm so glad to see you back on HP. I missed your poetry. Thank you for coming by...


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love the story and very well written. God job, Ruby. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello prasetio. So good to see you back on HP. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you..


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Scarface1300 2 years ago

A wonderful write. beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I thought that this was beautiful. Chris


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Chris. Happy you thought this piece was beautiful. Thank you...

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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