Hand-Me-Down Dreams

The reflection staring back at her is a stranger. The teased hair, thick makeup, and blue eyes under fake lashes should be familiar, she’s worn this mask for almost 16 years, but the eyeshadow, hair extensions, and spray tans have never felt comfortable, no matter how many times she’s slipped them on.  She reaches down the front of her shimmering gown pulling the rubbery oval from one side and then the other. She can hear her mother’s shrill tone the first time she’d tried to give them back.  You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a Member? Join Us

The reflection staring back at her is a stranger. The teased hair, thick makeup, and blue eyes under fake lashes should be familiar, she’s worn this mask for almost 16 years, but the eyeshadow, hair extensions, and spray tans have never felt comfortable, no matter how many times she’s slipped them on. 

She reaches down the front of her shimmering gown pulling the rubbery oval from one side and then the other. She can hear her mother’s shrill tone the first time she’d tried to give them back. 

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Allison Spooner

Allison Spooner brings worlds, characters, and stories to life in as few words as possible. In the last two years, she's published two books of short fiction; Flash in the Dark: A Collection of Flash Fiction and The Problem With Humans: And Other Stories. Allison’s writing crosses genres and has been compared to The Twilight Zone and Harlon Ellison.

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