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Mirror, Mirror

by Casey White
June 13, 2002

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Mirror, Mirror_Casey White- She was beautiful. She really was. I was thinking, 'If she isn't a model, she certainly should be.' Her long, flowing blonde hair was luciously falling down her back. After applying a little powder on her clear-skinned face, she looked in the mirror - right into my eyes. Then she pulled her brush from her purse and started to comb through her hair with long, soft pulls. The brush moved forward and she straightened out the natural bangs falling evenly across her 22 year old forehead. While doing this, her cell phone rang, which she answered with one hand, while using the fingers of her other hand to finish touching up her hair. She was mostly a listener in the phone conversation, with a few words thrown in here and there, but her mind was still on the primping. Changing the cell phone to her left hand, she now used her right hand to pull her lipstick out of her purse. She looked back at me again in the mirror - not turning around - just looking back - and for more than a second, her elvish, smiling eyes lingered just a bit. She said a few more "uh..huh"'s, and then looked out the window. But quickly, she gazed back straight into the mirror, more intently now, in order to get the lipstick on just right. "Uh..huh." She smacked her lips together slowly. "Uh..huh." She capped the lipstick and put it away. She looked back at me one more time. Who was she talking to? And what do these looks mean for me? And now the light turned green, and she stepped on the gas, pulling away from the intersection. The car behind me honked to awaken me to the changed light, and I finished my drive to work, with a hesitant, right-hand turn.

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