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The Mirror Cracks

Stephen S. Power's first novel, "The Dragon Round," will be published by Simon451 in 2015. Another story inspired by Coorlim's Generator recently appeared in 365 Tomorrows, and a third appeared in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. A Pushcart-nominated poet, his poems have appeared most recently in Clarion, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Measure, and Prime Number. He tweets, often about publishing, prose and poetry, at @stephenspower.
The mirror's seen a lot of bullshit in its time, but this beats all.
The princess Mewlin and some nameless bard stumble into her room, kick the door closed and fall on her bed. In minutes they're naked. He starts to roll on top of her, but she stops him with her hand.
"Wait," she says. "Am I really the fairest of them all?"
"Absolutely, babe."
"Oh, come on!" the mirror says. "He's lying just to have you."
The princess sits up. "How could you say that?"
"'Cause you're not the fairest. Not even close. I've told you a million times."
That's when her shoe finally shatters the mirror.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

When I'm desperate to write, but stuck for an idea, I turn to Michael Coorlim's Random Story Title Generator, which provided me with a variation on this story's title and set things in motion.

- Stephen S. Power
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