One Side of the Looking Glass

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I write code full-time and words in the gaps in between.

He can see her there, standing just on the other side of the glass. She's next to him, of course, there but not here. He can reach out with a hand and touch her shoulder. She smiles at him. Warm. Affectionate. But also sad. Because he is not truly there. Only here. He can touch her, but he cannot feel her.

"Hello," he says to her, as he always does. They learned long ago that she cannot hear him, nor he her. But they have learned to read lips. He sees her mouth move in response, her lips forming the word, Hi. But it is silent on this side of the glass, just as it always has been.

He knows little about her world. It's not like his own, despite the reflection. He can see only her but nothing else. It is an enigma he would dearly love to solve. He would give anything to pass through that barrier to be with her.

Her mouth forms words again, as he knows they must, as they have so many times before. I have to go, she says. She turns and slowly fades away, leaving only his own reflection and aching heart.


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Comments (2 so far!)

ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Nicely done! It's hard to read lips. You also read gestures and facial expressions. His touching her shoulder was a little confusing, because it would be his reflection touching her, right? To her, he would be pawing the air. They might as well touch palms to cold glass.

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Robert Quick

Robert Quick


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Story challenge:

I challenge you to write a story where something is out of reach (literally or figuratively). This distance should drive the actions of your character(s) and thus your story. All subjects and genres welcome

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