TWA #67 – Mirror, Mirror

“Arlovski’s Maze” by Tony Southcotte


“The Mirror Maze” by Jemma Beggs


TWA 67 MirrorsGreetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.

Narcissus fell in love with one, Lewis Carroll took us through one, Dracula doesn’t show up in them, and the Candyman is called via one. What are we talking about? Why mirrors of course.

From polished bronze to pools of mercury to reflecting ponds to plate-glass backed with chemicals, we humans have always loved making mirrors. And, naturally for such an odd object, mirrors have shown up in stories in endless ways, often with an eerie vibe. After all, few things are weirder than pondering just who exactly is staring out at you when you look into a mirror.

But we haven’t set any restrictions of mood or genre on our authors this week. Nope. All they have to do is give us a tale in which a mirror, or mirrors, plays a central part. Other than that they are free to take their mirror into any genre they want and have it do whatever they deem fit.

Who will reflect and who will refract?

Let’s find out!

Tony Southcotte represents the arena this week with “Arlovski’s Maze.”

Taking up place opposite him is Jemma Beggs with “The Mirror Maze.”

The Mirror Battle is on!!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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