The Finding: Part One
“You found it on the beach? You know, when most people take a walk on the beach, they pick up seashells.”
“True, but does anything I do ever make sense anymore?”
“Ha. Well, that’s what I love the most about you, Babe.”
The sunrise welcomed me with its friendly warmth as I headed back from my restless stroll. My mind has not let me rest in weeks. The beach has become my closest companion as I let her sing her beautiful, ever-changing melody as the touch of her cloth covers me.
But tonight I experienced more than calmness. A shot of curiosity and adrenaline ran through me the minute I tumbled over something sharp and reflective.
“Woah,” I winced as I noticed I pierced my ankle. “Ugh….ouch…”
I turned back, expecting to find a piece of driftwood or abandoned beach toy.
“What the…” I noticed a handle of a gold antique mirror sticking straight up out of the sand. “Why would something like that be here?”
A gush of sandy wind blew in my face when I pulled it out. As I dusted it off, my fingers tingled as they ran across the cracks.
“Woah…” my eyes widen as I glanced at my reflection. “It must be just a delusion…”
I blinked, but I still saw three reflections of myself making three different expressions: happiness, sadness, and anger. A chill ran down my spine as goosebumps popped up on every itch on my body.
“I seriously need sleep…” I rubbed my temples.
“No. What you really need is our help…”
My body tensed up with complete shock as I realized the reflection with the bright smile answered.
A deep laugh came from my anger self, who kept her arms folded and her forehead furrowed.
“Ha, don’t waste your time, Smiley. She wants to stay boiling with rage.”
“The hothead was right. There is no use,” my reflection with the baggy, puffy eyes sobbed.
I threw it as fear increased the speed of my pumping heart. I continued my route home but paused again.
“I have lost my damn mind.” I exhaled as I picked up the mirror and stuck it inside my pocket.
What I found terrified me but it might be what I have been looking for…
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