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Picture it & Write is a weekly creative writing exercise.  Submit your own 250 word story based on the offered photo or read the entries Here.

Picture it & Write

Picture it & Write

Waking with a start, she clawed at the film, realizing her entire body was molded to a hard metal surface. Her screams reverberated in her ears as she struggled. This was wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong!

“Hello?” she called, “let me out!”

The film didn’t impede her breathing, but that didn’t make it any more enjoyable.

“This is wrong! She’s supposed to be here, not me!” She screamed.

Doctor Abraham promised her a perfect clone, a source of blood, tissue and organs if she ever needed them, but something had gone horribly wrong. Tears stung her eyes as she clawed at the film, a scream ripped from her throat when someone turned out the lights.

In the real world, the people in her life were heard commenting on the change, saying it was like she was a whole new person. Once cold and cruel, she was now warm and caring with a bright life ahead.

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I pass a mirror and gasp, surely that wasn’t my face staring back at me. If it were, it would be gray, crisscrossed with deep, black furrows cutting into the flesh and dead eyes consumed with pain the doctors can’t fix and refuse to treat. It would be tight, drawn, ugly.

My face would reflect the self-doubt clouding my mind, it would redden at the thought of my insecurities and shortcomings. It would smolder with the anger over lost careers, relationships and skills, all stolen by the pain.  A river of tears would flow over bloated cheeks, representing lonely hours, sleepless nights and a mountain of pills taken in vain.

How can that seemingly normal face staring back at me, be mine?