What the Mirror Shows

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! We are a community of writers from around the world who post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.  Please visit Rochelle’s blog for more information…and join us if you wish!

This week’s photo is by fellow writer Janet Webb. Thank you, Janet!

I’ve been absent from these pages for a couple of months, busy (overwhelmed, actually) coping with medical issues.  If this story seems a little different from my usual fare, it is. I’m not sure it follows the “rules.” It’s exactly 100 words, but it’s not really fiction. It is, however, full of feelings that I needed to express.


Photo Copyright: Janet Webb

What the Mirror Shows

by Jan Brown

Jennifer packed her bag. No makeup on the day of surgery. The mirror shows every time-worn line around her questioning eyes. Is it hope she should be feeling? Or something closer to dread?

She blinks back tears as the doorbell rings.

Carmen, her BFF, is taking her to the hospital. Jennifer is hesitant to unload her fears and sadness on Carmen. Her friendship and moral support is priceless; it deserves a positive response.

The tears fall anyway, and Carmen gets a flood of raw honesty, a gloomy glimpse into her friend’s desperation.

Jennifer wonders: What will the mirror show tomorrow?


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7 thoughts on “What the Mirror Shows

  1. So genuine and honest. It’s great you have the support of a friend. Those are your true friends that see you through a hard time. Take care, Jan. It’s good to see you back and expressing something you need to write. I think it works as a story perfectly.

  2. Dear Jan,

    I can’t believe I missed this story entirely. Did you link it late? At any rate I apologize. I hope and pray your recovery is going well. This story is wonderful but it’s what I’ve come to expect from your writing. Glad I caught it…better late than never.



    • Thank you, Rochelle! I actually wrote it on the eve of my surgery–which was a Tuesday evening and, of course, the eve of the next photo prompt. So it was too late to link, but I thought it was important for me to post it. I’m so glad you saw it 😊

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