: author's note :
she was named ember because her image was burned into the back of anyone’s mind who laid eyes on her.
she was named alene because she had been destined to feel lonely.
on finding beauty within yourself rather than through a reflection in a mirror.
this short story was created in the tears of a girl pained by her own vanity.
dedicated to those who spend their hours counting blemishes, noting flaws.
dedicated to beauty, found in many forms, even if it’s only through the eyes of another.
you are beautiful.