Write about a character pretending to be someone they’re not.
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“Motorcycles In The Sand” by Stevie B
A long time ago, when I was about seventeen years old, in a place far, far away, I had a very unusual job. Five mornings a week I’d show up for make-up and shoot the breeze with Elena, the make-up girl, as she applied concealer, pancake, and finished up with a light touch of eyeliner and a hint of color here and there on my face. No, I wasn’t a cross-dressing performer in a burlesque show—for almost a year I was acting in a soap opera on a Brazilian TV show. I played a young American rock musician named Steve....
“The Ancient History of You and Me ” by Ryl J.
The day I met you, I thought you were the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. Sadly, I never told you. When you pushed open the door of the café and I glanced up, my heart skipped a beat. Round glasses, green sweater, black pants, backpack slung on one shoulder and, in your grasp, two thick books that made me shudder. I watched as you placed your belongings on a table, took some deep breaths, and immediately ...
“The Artist” by Shifra Steinberg
The unbearable thing about living is not so much being but being oneself. God put billions of us into the world and gave us all, as a joke, our own life and morals. The universe never planned on me, or you, only some specimens based on the original model. Like a car, each made of the same essential central engineering. The only difference being the license plate. For a human, the license plate is their ...
“The Eternal Mask of Tanya” by Charlie Bright
The Lady Chuprova Ioanna Yaroslavovna was an elegant woman. Highly regarded by her peers, the lady was well-known as generous and loving, having hosted countless charity balls in the past few years to fund projects all across the country. Despite being low-titled, she was known by every royal, peasant, and merchant. She was a high-quality woman. So high, in fact, that she was publicly known to be engaged to the second p...
“You and me” by A. A. Yepiz
You said that you love me. That was a lie.You said that you cared about me. That was a lie.You said that you knew me. That was a lie. I sit on the cool earth, touching soft soil with my hands, planting things that will grow in love. Thinking about you. And what your love is. And how it’s not truly love. And maybe you can’t discern love from anger. I am growing sage. I am replanting i...
“Grama and the Wolf” by Lins E
Grama peered out between the closet doors, slightly ajar. She did her best to keep her breathing quiet and even despite the giggles that bubbled up in her every time she glimpsed the Wolf through the narrow opening. He'd pulled the flowered quilt up over his snout and was still wearing her lacy bonnet. He kept his head low, only peering out the tiniest bit.He looked ridiculous and sounded silly too, as he tried to keep Grama's youngest grandchild from coming any close...
“I am Perfect” by Eve Y
Aria was perfect, at least that’s what her mother said. She didn’t feel perfect though. In fact most of the time she probably felt the opposite of that. However, her mother said she was, and her mother was always right. At some point or another, Aria simply submitted to the fact that it was true. She was perfect and that was final. ***Aria finished up the last touches of her makeup in front of her irregularly large bathroom mirror that her mother had especially installed for her.
“House of Lies” by Jude S. Walko
Jeremy didn’t know the first thing about real estate, other than what he might have learned on those fixer-upper flip shows. He actually hated those shows. They were always the same. Some overly attractive couple, with a more than modest income, relocating or looking for their first home, in which to start their 2.5 kid-rearing family. They weren’t real, anyone could tell that. People didn’t look like that, nor talk like...
“Truth or Dare?” by Jeannie Labelle -Potvin
As We Speak the Truth.“Raise your right hand and repeat after me.”“I, Wilfred McNab do solemnly affirm that the evidence to be given by me shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Wilfred looked nervously around the courtroom. He’d been in jail several times in his life and the prospect of returning was not one he relished.His big dilemma about taking the required oath was whether to tell the truth, or slightly bend the e...
“Hippolyta Goes to Market” by Alexandria Stubblefield
Hippolyta hooked up her cart to the old mule she kept just for the purpose. The poor creature was humpbacked with age, and it was missing patches of fur. The dark, damp conditions of the Hottentot Woods had not been kind to the beast. She had purchased him off a traveler at the Crow’s Foot Inn in Hazletown. The traveler had been a shabby drunk from Whitecaps who was in need of more drink to soothe his nerves. H...
“Janine” by Alejandra Mora
Janine examined her reflection in the full-length mirror. Nordstrom's was having a holiday sale, so this was the perfect time to buy a dress for the funeral, that is if she was still going. Her friend Ava crunched loudly on cheese crackers as she sat on the bench in the changing room. She nodded her approval. “That’s it right there! That outfit is killer.” It was a poor choice of words and Ava realized it as soon as she said them. “Oops, my bad. It is an ‘exquisite ensemble.’ ” Ava laughed loudly at her own joke, that mimicked Janine’s mo...
“Heart of Gold” by Brandon Uddstrom
TW: murder“You’re so beautiful,” I whispered, extending my arm. “I don’t deserve you.” Her delicate blue eyes grew wider in the moonlight. You could spot every star inside of them.“Don’t say that, babe,” Grace implored. She laced her fingers with mine. They were barely poking out of her grey sweater. She was always so cold. “What we have… it’s wonderful. Real. You’re everything.”The fire crackled in the background as crickets sounded off, maybe cicadas. They were undoubtedly nestled in the pine trees that c...
“As Much A Princess” by Kevin Broccoli
I find that people are often looking for the essence of a thing more than the thing itself. Usually, whenever someone finds something or meets someone, and they feel--If they were to say they felt let down--I suspect it would be because they had an expectation of what that introduction or discovery would feel like and, for them, the feeling didn’t match up. It didn’t have the se...
“Sisters” by Ananya Voss
The sister was shaking as her hand tremulously unlocked the front door using the key on the small key ring with a miniature slipper. She let herself into the familiar flat and looked around. The light shone in and threw dappled shadows of the tall Parlour Palms gently onto the cream walls. She turned the salt lamp on in the corner and a soft, hazy orange glow diffused through the room. The flat exuded style and taste. She was sure she had left the boots by the entrance- yet there they were by the window: slim, tall, pol...
“Simply Another Secret ” by Luc Ozich
They grow up in stops and starts, she finds the quiet corners and he drags her to the loud ones. She sits beside her father at court, and he winks at her from the crowd. Together, they learn how to read and write and add numbers.And together, they orbit until they can no longer pull away.They read, once, about twin gods. Brother and sister separated from birth, desperate to be reunited.They decide that is the type of love they share. They are right.At sixteen the Crown Princess...
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