The Hall of Mirrors
I was young when my parents died in a tragic accident and left me and my brother alone in the world.
After they passed my brother and I neglected the estate, our once grand, luxurious home soon became a hollow house of crumbling corridors filled with cobwebs. There was only one spot of the entire estate we bothered to maintain, The Hall of Mirrors. It was a large room, with walls made of ancient mirrors that shone strangely even in the absence of light. It had always been my mother’s favorite room.
Thusly, it was the only room in the house that held some remnants of joy, some glimmer of happiness long lost; soon it became common for us to dine in the glimmering room.
It was during one of these bland meals that I observed my reflection, my blonde hair was frizzled and my blue eyes were stained with tears. Those eyes had once been the source of my name; they had once sparkled so brightly that my mother had insisted they name me Andromeda, after the sparkling Andromeda Galaxy.
But now they seldom sparkled, they only wept. They wept for the lives that had been lost that fateful day when God had called my parents home. How God could ever leave a child and his elder sister alone to fend for themselves, I never understood.
I was barely a teenager and now I had to take care of my little brother. My parent’s deaths affected my brother even more than me, as evidenced by his dreadful reflection. His heart was broken in such a way that I doubted it could ever be healed. I yearned for a way to ease his pain.
Then she came. She came suddenly, as if in answer to my silent prayer for my brothers healing. I saw her, a terrifying, beastly creature and although she was human in form she was not so in actions. Her wild gold hair flew outward in all directions and although she attacked my brother it was I she looked at, never taking her dangerous blue eyes off me.
My brother screamed my name, “Andromeda! Andromeda!” He cried. But it was as though I was dreaming, I wanted to stop her but I couldn’t.
She slammed his head against the floor and blood trickled down his face. He cried out for her to stop but she wouldn’t, she had a job to do and would see that it was done. She slammed his head several more times against the marble floor and his screaming was eventually silenced. His blood splashed up against the mirror.
Wait-The Mirror? I froze and so did she. She ran a bloodied hand through her tangled locks and so did I. Every move I made, no matter how slight, the killer mimicked. My blood ran cold.
My reflection. I had watched my reflection kill my brother. But reflections can’t kill people, I thought. I felt sick. Had I killed my brother? I was shaking and crying but I couldn’t stop staring at the mirror, at my bloodied reflection.
I saw my brother’s corpse in the mirror too; I saw the blood dripping off his face in a steady rhythm. The liquid made strange patterns on the floor, like a design painted on it by some demented artist. The sound of the blood falling echoed horribly against the glass walls, a revolting sound, like a melody composed by the devil himself. Drip-drip. Drip-drip. Guil-ty. Guil-ty. Guilty!
The word echoed horribly in my mind, “No,” I screeched at the polished and blood splattered glass. “No! You did this, not I!” The reflection in turn accused me.
I put up my hands to my ears to block the sound of the blood, but I couldn’t stop looking at the mirror. Even when I closed my eyes, the hideous image stayed with me, haunting me, and plunging me into a feeling of indescribable agony. I beat my hands against the glass, smearing the blood in odd patterns, distorting my reflection, making it look even more beast like. “No! No!”
I was frantic; I fear all my sanity had fled from my mind, “You did this! You killed him!” The mirror echoed back my words and any glimmer of sanity left in my soul vanished. I threw myself at the mirror, desperate to avenge my brother’s death, desperate to destroy his murderer. The glass shattered and the many pointed shards pierced my body. I fell to the floor and my blood mingled with that of my brothers. Now the blood-patterns on the floor seemed strangely beautiful.
I smiled softly at the swirling sea of red, for even though I knew I was dying, I was content. I had destroyed the beast that killed my brother.
Clermont County Public Library is offering many options for Gingerbread building programs this December. If you are interested in bringing your children to make a candy-covered house of yum, then why not sign up right away? Remember, gingerbread has a tendency of going rather fast.
December 14, 2013 Holiday Sweets and Treats 11:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
December 2, 2013 Gingerbread House 6:30-7:30pm
December 7, 2013 Down Home Christmas Celebration & Gingerbread Houses 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm
December 2, 2013 Gingerbread House Decorating and Open House 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm
December 14, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 10:30am & 2:00pm
December 7, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 12:30pm-4:00pm
December 14, 2013 Holiday Open House 10:00am-12:00pm
December 7, 2013 Gingerbread Houses 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
For those of you who would rather watch a performance for the Holiday festivities, Owensville Branch is offering an Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration December 14, 2013 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and Williamsburg Branch is having a Holiday Open House & 25th Anniversary Celebration on December 6, 2013 from 5:30pm-8:00pm.
Local Author J.S. Bailey on Writing
Do you enjoy reading ghost stories and fantasy? Do you like Christian fiction and mystery? We have good news for you!
Local author J. S. Bailey will be visiting the Union Township branch November 26 at 6:30pm to discuss her books, writing, and the route to publication. Bailey’s suspenseful works often involves mystery, suspense and faith. Her recent novels include Rage’s Echo and The Land Beyond the Portal. For more information or to register, call the library at 528-1744 or sign up online here.
If you would like to do a bit of reading before the visit, try these two titles by J.S. Bailey:
This November we want to know your plan to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Tell us where you’d go, how you’d survive and who you’d take with you all in 200 words or less. The winning plan will receive a Zombie Survival prize pack including; The Zombie Survival Guide and a Zombie Survival Kit Lunchbox. Our team of not-Zombie library workers will judge all the entries and announce a winner by December 16th. But be quick you only have until November 30th to submit your plan.
If you have a pulse, check out some of these books about Zombies. If you don’t…stay away from the library.
Ohio ghost stories come alive on the pages of the new book, Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again. Meet the author of this chilling new book and learn more about his local ghost hunting adventures. John B. Kachuba will show photos and more in this not-to-be-missed presentation. He is the author of other books including Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, SpiritSeekers and Other Investigators of America’s Paranormal World. Join us at the Felicity Branch on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:00 p.m. to hear him speak. Register by calling 876-4134 or registering online.
Design your own superhero–complete with an arch-nemesis and an oh so tragic past. We’ll also watch a movie about a revenge obsessed dark knight superhero who lost his parents as a child, so come hungry for popcorn…and JUSTICE! Join us for superhero fun at the Bethel Branch on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Register by calling 734-2619 or registering online.
Create a beautiful painted tile using alcohol paints. The paints expand and mix with each other to create bright, delightful patterns. All supplies for the program are provided by the library. Bring your creativity and sense of fun! Join us at the New Richmond Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Register for the program by calling 553-0570 or registering online.
After finishing the fabulous Theatre Illuminata Trilogy, I realized I was a little rusty on my plays. A lot of the books I’ve read lately give references to the classics, but with this series set in a theater with characters practically living and breathing Shakespeare, I noticed plenty of references to things I read in school. And plenty of things I’d only heard about but never read. It was time to fix that.
While browsing the library’s collection of classic literature, I noticed the ever-present cliff-notes and other study guides printed in order to help people “translate” Shakespearean and other forms of Ye Olde English listed along with the originals; then I discovered an entire collection of Shakespeare plays had been made into manga!
Since the main character of the series that sparked my newfound interest in Shakespeare is named Beatrice, I went first for the play with the character she is named after: Much Ado About Nothing. This manga version uses direct quotes from the play, and while there is a short summary in the back, rather than relying on paragraphs of footnotes to parse through the text, you use the pictures to get the gist of the story. With this light introduction to the story, I’m looking forward to reading the original text and knowing a little bit of what’s in store. Not to mention the art was just plain fun to look at!
During my search I found comic book versions of other classics, like The Iliad and Pride and Prejudice, biographies of historical figures like Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank, and even an action-packed comics version of the Bible! Mixed in with the superhero comics and manga, just waiting to help you with your required reading for school. Instead of taking shortcuts with cliff-notes and Wikipedia, why not try some comics?
…But seriously, read the originals too. You might end up liking them, especially with a visual already in your head! And then the next time you read a book with a character talking about Cathy and Heathcliff, or see a chapter beginning with a quote from The Odyssey, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about!
Movies today seem to be chalk full of meaningful close-ups. You know the ones. They are usually pasted up on the screen following a bit of dramatic music in case you didn’t get the hint. Well I don’t know about you, but when I see an extreme close up of an actor’s nose hair it does more for my funny bone than my tear ducts. Here are a few of my favorite close-ups, complete with snarky captions (with help from Eric K.)
For other great close-up fun visit our “I Know You Are But What Am I” teen contest starting June 1st and enter to win a Bubble Wrap Keychain, where the bubble popping fun never ends.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the summer reading program. You guys totally amazed and impressed me with all of your reviews and comments.
The winner of the laptop is Molly from the New Richmond Branch – congrats to her!
We’re going to have a couple of new contests starting in September so stay tuned!
Take part in our summer reading program by showing us your artistic side.
Make a comment here sharing some creative writing and get entered into a prize drawing. You can also write a review to be entered into the drawing.
Include what branch you go to most often.
Did I mention there are prizes involved??
You can also submit original artwork at your local branch to be entered into the prize drawings.
Take part in our summer reading program by telling us what you think.
Make a comment here reviewing a book, magazine, CD or movie and get entered into a drawing for a prize.
Include the following:
- Title of what you’re reviewing
- Your rant or rave
- What branch you go to most often
Did I mention there are prizes involved??