Since October is the month for gremlins, goblins and things that go bump in the night, I thought I'd avoid the telling of the origins of the holiday and do something fun. There will be a few things that Halloween wouldn't be the same without.
So let's look through the glass.
Through the Looking Glass (Backward)
“What is this place?” Mary Alice wondered. She walked toward the wall that looked transparent. It should be solid, but she could see through it. Something was on the other side. Poking her head through the glass, she checked her arms and neck for cuts. Unharmed, all she found was a warm rush of air. Her skin, on the side through the glass, tingled, but it wasn't an unpleasant feeling. In fact, it was very pleasant.
Climbing further into the room, she looked around cautiously. “Why, it’s backwards,” she said astonished. “The dresser should be over there by the window.”
Mary Alice whirled around, clasping her hand over her mouth. The window was wrong too. For an instant, she waited for things to move back into place. Even though she willed it, the furniture remained stationary.
Why should that surprise her, she thought? She’d just climbed through a mirror. Turning toward the huge gilt-framed structure, it was much larger than her own mirror, monstrous in fact.
“Who are you? And how did you get in here?”
Mary Alice whipped around. She'd heard no one. Yet there was a tall man across from her. She staggered away from him. Blocking the doorway, even thought it was in the wrong place, it was her only avenue of escape — except the mirror.
“Well?” he asked again.
“My...my name is Mary Alice.” She gripped the post on the side of the mirror. It moved reflecting sunlight in the man’s face. His hand went up, shading his eyes. Eyes that were as blue as summer grass.
“How did you get in here?” he asked again. This time annoyance was clear in his voice. "I was in the other room and you didn't pass me."
“I came through there.” She pointed toward the mirror.
His gaze followed the line of her fingertip.
Mary Alice looked too, only to be surprised that the world she expected – her world – was gone. The wall was solid, broken only by the large mirror hanging on it. Her startled reflection stared back at her.
“You couldn’t have come through that. It’s a mirror, not a portal.”
He moved into the room, stopping at the window. Fear held her in place until she looked beyond in and out into the world. Mary Alice’s jaw dropped. Forgetting her fear, she approached the open glass. With her hands on the wooden sill she leaned out. Why the sky was blue and the grass was green. Somehow the colors had been reversed. And they were in the wrong place.
“My," she said. "This is certainly an upside-down world.”
I hope you enjoyed it and that your own Halloween will be filled with fun, carved pumpkins and lots of candy. We've already made pumpkin muffins and I'm thinking there are candied apples in my future.
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