005: The Mirror Trick

{A handwritten letter, with the lingering scent of perfume on it. — Ed}

Hello again sweetheart, how are you? I believe its nigh time you and Eilidh got a little more practise, by yourselves this time. Here’s something that you can do without even leaving your home, and its fairly safe, no inviting things in or exploring abandoned buildings like you seem to be intent on doing! It can be harrowing though so make sure you have some liquor handy!

For this you’ll need a candle, a mirror (which you shouldn’t need to close), a dark room and somewhere comfortable to sit. Position the seat about half a metre in front of the mirror and then place the candle half a metre behind the seat so that when you turn off the lights and light the candle you should be able to see yourself in the mirror but not the candle itself. Now just wait and just watch.

The eyes are the windows to the soul but sometimes they can be doors too. If you keep your stare and don’t look away from the gaze of your mirror image you’ll see your own face begin to change. Its important you keep looking if you want to seek the truth. Your reflection’s face will deform and become something else. Bits of skin will change shape and its eyes might disappear completely into blackness. Your own face with too many rows of teeth in a screaming mouth. Or maybe you’ll see something that looks like your parents… but They aren’t. They are something else entirely. The thing you have to realise is that whenever you look into a mirror, behind your reflection’s eyes something else is looking back at you.

You have to understand They are looking through at us all the time. My friend Dolly who you met last fortnight at the meeting says that we’ve evolved to see only our reflections because They would take notice of people who spent too much time looking and hunt them down. Po Face thinks reflections are like windows or doorways into the city’s dreams and They are its nightmares. I don’t know if I believe either of them but the fact remains that They are there, They have always been there, and They will always be there. Sometimes I think They will find us all and there will be no-one left who remembers They exist.

Trust me honey I don’t want to scare you, I want you to be prepared for what must come. You can’t save everyone, but you can save everything. By that I mean you can record all of your experiences, write them down, share them with people, and hope that even if something happens to you, you can still have something to help the next generation. That’s all the Chain is honey, a chain of association. A link from one generation to the next. Some day you ought to make a new link in the chain by passing on what you know on. Remind me to take you along to meet our friend Ms. Christchurch next time you’re at the meeting okay?

As always if you can’t stay safe stay careful honey. Mwah! x

Lady K.


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