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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall Whose The Fairest Of Them All ? Flash Fiction

Updated on March 30, 2016
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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.

Beauty is only skin deep.

Ashley stood in front of a mirror in her room at least twenty times a day, asking the question, " Mirror, mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all? "

She just recently celebrated her twentieth birthday and was in her second year at the University Of Tennessee. Her sister, Lisa eighteen had just graduated high school and was preparing to go to the same college.

Lisa would never in a million years stand in front of a mirror staring at herself and asking that stupid question although she was very beautiful. She was not into glamor. She just wanted to be a teacher, that's all she ever wanted. On the other hand, Ashley wanted it all, beauty, fame, and fortune and she would stop at nothing to achieve her distorted goal.

Ashley hated the fact that Lisa was going to the same college. She was jealous and always had been since they were little girls. Of course her parents or Lisa knew nothing of the deeply embedded hatred she kept hidden inside.

The summer ended and both girls were packed and ready to go to the University, a new adventure for Lisa and she was excited. All Ashley could think about was all the attention would probably be on Lisa, not her.

Since they were sisters they were assigned to a two bedroom unit in the dorm. They both kept busy getting settled in, but Ashley's jealousy was alive and thriving. All she could think about was how she was going to make her disappear?

Ashley kept a hand mirror by her bed, and before going to sleep she would repeat over and over, " Mirror, mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all? "

One evening Lisa decided to soak in the bathtub. She loved music. She turned the radio to her favorite station. She undressed and slipped into the warm water, lost in the music of Michael Jackson singing ' She's Out Of My Life '

The small radio was on a shelf overlooking the bathtub. Lisa's eyes were closed, enjoying the moment when Ashley quietly slipped into bathroom, pushing the radio into the bath water. Sparks lit up like a Christmas tree. Lisa died instantly.

Ashley quickly closed the door and went to her room. She looked in the mirror above the dresser and thought, " Now whose the fairest of them all? " Suddenly an image appeared. It was Ashley, but she was covered in aged lines, her long blond hair was thin and gray. She looked like the witch in the book her mama used to read to her and Lisa when they were little girls. She fainted, striking her head on the sharp edge of the dresser.

When both girls were absent from class the matron went to check on them. She was shocked to find both girls dead.

The college newspaper wrote a story about two loving, beautiful sisters who accidently died on the same evening.

The entire hometown turned out for their funeral. The two caskets were placed side-by-side. As the congregation passed by to view the bodies, one person said, " They both were so beautiful, especially Lisa."


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello gerimcclyn. Nice to see you. Thank you for visiting my story and leaving a ' well written ' comment.

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      Geri McClymont 13 months ago

      An eerie and sad story about such a powerful emotion: jealousy. Thank you for the underlying message that what lies beneath the surface is what matters more. Well written!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Shauna, I agree. Jealously is a green monster that grows, so sad when it happens in a family. Thank you so much...

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      Shauna L Bowling 18 months ago from Central Florida

      Great job, Ruby! The little green monster has a way of biting us in the ass if we allow it to appear and stick around. What goes around comes around, you know?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Genna, I knew it would be you when I scrolled down to your comment. You have been busy visiting my hubs this weekend. Thank you for the complimentary comment. I am smiling BIG time. Hugs.

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      Genna East 18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Jealousy is the green-eyed monster that is ugly. This is such a good story, Ruby; and one with an important message. You continue to be a very talented flash fiction writer. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann, there's jealousy and then there's insane jealousy. Somehow Ashley got on that extreme path. Sad but all too real in some cases. I'm so glad you liked this piece. Thank you so much....

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      Ann Carr 19 months ago from SW England

      Great story! So much for jealousy, eh? So sad when is eats away at people's hearts and shadows hope and life.

      I guess Ashley got her comeuppance but poor Lisa had so much ahead of her. You've certainly crafted some superb flash fiction here.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur, Thank you for the ' awesome ' comment..

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      Nithya Venkat 19 months ago from Dubai

      Great write, sinister and dark. Awesome!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita, your work sounds interesting. I received your note and answered. Thanks again...Blessings my friend.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      I am an RGN and an RMN. I am also trained in Coronary Care from Thames Valley University. I am 64 and have moved from the wards. I now do 0900 - 1700 hrs 4-5 days a week. No weekends.

      I am in Imaging Recovery, so for example, I prepare the patients for surgery, and look after them post surgery. I do not generally go into the theatre, but work with the patients, their attachments and monitors in Recovery.

      We see cancer patients, and do ops associated with this condition. We also do embolisations of varying sorts and quite a few other things. Ha ha. Hope this helps. I have re-sent a brief note to you. Higher blessings.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals. so glad you enjoyed my flash fiction. Thank you...

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      Susan Haze 19 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I love it. What a great story. Fairy tale and reality all rolled into one with a great moral.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita, I didn't receive a letter from you. When did you send it? What do you do at the hospital? I'm nosy! Hee

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE, sorry you are familiar with this. Jealousy is so unnecessary. Thank you for reading...

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      Not this time. I should be in New York. But I did not have the money and now I do, but it will break my Sister's heart if I ask her for the time-off at the hospital. You know how it is. Happy you missed me. Ha ha.

      p.s. You got my letter, right?

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi You are talented and shared a great story. The moral I am so familiar with and you definitely brought out the best here.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I agree. Jealousy is alive and well but not to this degree, I hope? I've missed your poetry, you must have been on retreat somewhere? Good to see you. Thank you. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, I love your comment, how you do go on! Hee. Writing flash fiction is so much fun and your appreciation makes it so much better. Thank you. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, so good to see you. I miss you writing on HP. Happy you found this story powerful. Thank you. Hugs.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      Great story! Nice one Ruby. This competition consciously or not goes on in life, and yes we do bad things to stay on top. So not so far from reality.

      A great read!

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      mckbirdbks 19 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      " Mirror, mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all? " Oh, I better put this mirror down, before it starts laughing at me and cracks up.

      Your story is so well put together. Shocking (ouch) actually. Ruby you are so talented.

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      Martie Coetser 19 months ago from South Africa

      Oh, Ruby, what a powerful story. Wow, I am shocked. Jealousy is a devil, destroying lives wherever it exists.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello VenKatachari, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my story. Shyron is my rhyming gal. We enjoy leaving poetic rhyme on each others hubs. Happy you got a good laugh. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John, your statement is true, jealousy is a curse. I'm just trying to spread my wing's and write in different genres. Happy you liked it. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, who would want to soak in a tub when a shower is so much clearer ( and safer ) Hee. Thank you for the compliment. Smiling BIG time..

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great story. Well crafted by you. Jealousy took the toll of herself besides her sister. A great moral behind the story. Enjoyed a lot.

      HaHaHa!!! Enjoyed the poetic chat of both yourself and Shyron.

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      An unfortunate, but well-written tale, Ruby. I enjoyed it. Jealousy is certainly a curse.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, Ruby, you are just getting so good at these flash fictions....great ending to this one. Makes me glad I don't take baths. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHaHa, ugly goes to the bone

      Please ugly leave me alone

      My bones are fragile and weak

      My condition is critical, I can hardly speak

      My bones rattle like my pa's old pickup truck

      Reckon I was born without any good luck

      Having a rhyming friend such as you

      Makes it all better, but I feel warm, reckon I'm comin' down with the flu

      I reckon that'll pass too.

      Hugs galore my rhyming friend...

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Dear Ruby,

      Wow! I did not see this coming.

      You really kept the intrigue humming

      If beauty is skin deep

      I hope I don’t get skinned so someone can take a peek

      That would really make me moan

      I heard that ugly goes to the bone

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      Way to go, my gem of a friend

      Blessings and hugs

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello tsmog, I guess the moral would be, ' beauty is only skin deep. ' I appreciate your confidence in my ability to write flash fiction. It is fairly new to me. I learned from Frank atanacio, he's the best around. I hope to see one from you. Thank you much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello MizBejabbers, so happy that you enjoy reading flash fiction. This one is pretty far-out but fun to write. I have seen jealousy in a family, not to this extent but close. Thank you so much...

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      Tim Mitchell 19 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great story and entertaining with a moral too. Thanks . . . plus, I am learning more from your flash fiction. Might give it a try as I learn more. . .

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      MizBejabbers 19 months ago

      Ruby, that was short and not so sweet, but it was a good read. Justice (or Karma) will get you in the end. Something in the Bible about "vengeance is mine, saith the Lord." (Included for people who like to quote the Bible.) You are very good at flash fiction.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. How very true your comment is! ' Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ' ' Beauty is as beauty does. ' I've heard these phrases many times. Thank you for coming to read my flash fiction...

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

      Whoa, Ruby, this one has a bit of devilish charm ...eeks!

      Reminds me of the scripture in Proverbs ..."Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."

      At some point the physical beauty fades, but true beauty comes from within ...the heart, I believe.

      This is a great flash fiction, Ruby. I enjoyed the read.

      Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will. ' me ' sweet turned a little sour. Hee. Thank you for a great comment...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive, That's a great title! Why didn't I think of that? lol. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Tammy, now you know how I spent my day. I hope you are feeling better? Thank you my sweet neighbor...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric, the devil made me do it! Hee..Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, I couldn't think of anything to write about, so I typed in writing prompts and the mirror, mirror on the wall came up and literally jumped out at me. I'm so glad you liked it and the video, another one of my favorite's from M.J.

      Love and hugs.

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      WillStarr 19 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Whoa! What a chilling narrative from our sweet Ruby Jean!

      Very good stuff!

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      Clive Williams 19 months ago from Nibiru

      nice, should be, mirror mirror on the waLL, who is the deadest of them all

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      Tammy 19 months ago

      Great story.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby this is a great one. Or should I say it is a terrible one? Yikes!

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      Maria Jordan 19 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby,

      This sparkles with irony and divine justice...what a perfect song to leave out on... unexpectedly dark in the brightest way!

      Excellent story - Love and hugs, mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Frank, so glad you liked this. Thank you for the awesome comment...

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      Always you are getting so much better.. this was very well written...Loved the idea too awesome