Demosthenes would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Mirrors

By Demosthenes All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Scifi

Opaque

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

No one knows who said that. How ironic. Nowadays, this statement is our philosophy, our religion, and yet we don't even know who thought of it. I never did understand that; I never will.

They taught us in Courses that beauty was once firm, coveted, and utterly fake, like a porcelain doll; it was a toxic poison that could make a person into a physical daydream, but at the end of the day, they were all but hollow inside. They've written it into the Texts many times, and we've been forced to read it over and over again since the age of four, when we first enrolled in the Courses. For a society that so blatantly opposes the concept of beauty, we sure are obsessed with it.

It's because of the pill.

Shaped like a small cube, it's as white as creme and smells of mints. Once a year, on our birthdays, each citizen must report to his or her local Dispenser and pick up his or her dosage. Taking the medication is simple enough: put it on your tongue, close your mouth, let it dissolve. The nurses must supervise each citizen during this process. The effect of the pill, however, is not quite so simple.

As the chemicals in the pill quickly transmit themselves through the fluids of our bodies, they begin to change the way we perceive the world around us. We no longer see people as they physically are - instead, their appearance is a reflection of how we feel about their personality. If someone finds a person kind and sweet, they will perceive them as beautiful. If someone finds a person cruel and inhumane, they will perceive them as horribly ugly. Although the system seems just, it has its downsides - the biggest being that we have no idea what we actually look like.


Black. This is what I wake up to every morning.
White. This is what I wear every day.Brown. This is the color of my coffee, steaming from underneath my fingertips as I grasp the handle of my clay mug."Mom, pass me the bacon."Looking up from her Newsbook, her bright grey eyes pierce into mine like daggers. "Of course, dear." She extends her long pale arm and pushes a clay plate of sizzling bacon across the table. She smiles warmly, and her eyes glisten from underneath the Dullers, which are essentially contacts everyone is required to wear. They're exactly as they sound, for they're used to rid our eyes of the twinkle that produces a reflective surface.My world is opaque - it always has been, and I'm not expecting it to change. Looks are dangerous, so we must ignore them. There can be no reflections. It is because of this that I wake up to complete darkness, that I wear pure white fiber clothes, and that I drink thick, oily brown coffee. Everything is designed so that there are no remnants of our true selves, like fragments of broken glass.
Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Ahmad Momenai: it was a great time reading this story,i really enjoyed it but there were many, if not some plot holes that I'm curious how would be filled. plot holes like 'what happened to the baby tree?' 'what happened to the uncle and the godfather?' what happened to the scientists?' .i would love to read a ...

David Ramati: I can easily identify with the characters as having gone through those terrible times myself. The writer has skillfully brought yet another side of those days to life. A good read which I recommend to everyone.

Rita Kovács: It is a brilliant post-apocalyptic story, and there is a lot of work in it! Also, I'm really happy to see, it got published with all its seqences, because this story deserved it, it is wonderfully written, it's imaginative and original.

Drew C. Elyon: I've only read one chapter so far, but from what I've seen, this is steampunk at its best. The narrative flows so beautifully I could envision every scene in an almost cinematic fashion. I believe in the complexity of simplicity, and this story has that in its descriptions.

James Lawson: I enjoyed this so much I immediately bought (and read) the sequel from Amazon.ca - and am eagerly awaiting the third installment.Since this is a review and not a synopsis, I'll share my impressions rather than write out a condensed version of the plot.There were enough plot twists and turns to ke...

William Elliott Kern: Whew. one telling his story, in the Bar, to his friend, who questions some circumstances that need clarity, The Confusion comes from a man, carrying his dead friend Chappies, while conversing with himself, and Chappies, and his alter ego......a broken mind, not yet forgotten..........The Author ...

Ariel: First book from the Author I've read, and am extremely impressed and very much satisfied that this story was a short-story, yet, filled with great writing, fantastic characters, and all I'd like is more, please. Malice, she is my favorite!!

Hayley: Beautiful story that has been well written. Something I will definitely read again. I loved how you could feel the tension between them and I loved the ending because It left it open to our imagination. I look forward to seeing to reading further stories by the same author.

greatbooks: Kudos for writing such a masterpiece. I would like to feature your Inkitt book for free to my list of newsletter subscribers. If that is alright by you then please email me at exzordersplrwso AT gmail.com to book your spot, thanks. Only 40 spots are left.

More Recommendations

Jalakins: I loved this story. The characters were very interesting and engaging. The plot was very interesting and I had a hard time when I had to stop reading - just wanted to read it all in one sitting! My only complaint on the story is that sometimes I felt like the storyline jumped from one thing to a ...

Ding Fernando: very nice read.so realistic you can hardly put it down,i really like the character so human despite posessing immortality and eternal youth.though i would prefer a better ending..i still love this novel and i am recommending it to all sci fi fans to give it a try .you will love it too!!

Nida Bhounr: the novel was a very typical and clichéd plot boy meets girls , impregnates her and leaves her because of prior commitments then they meet up again. but nonetheless it was very nicely written. it was very typical but i liked it.

Chevonne Prinsloo: I loved this book.. I didn't want to stop reading it! just my kind of book... I really love how the plot of the story carries along. I hope there are more books to follow after this one! I like the way she describes how Rogue is feeling and the way she shows the emotions going through Rogu. I als...

Jordano Quaglia: I was taken to the future, to the shock of worlds among the people in the underground versus the mutants. The characters are well defined and rich in details, as I felt that I empathized well with them and envied their adventures while being scared by their predicament. It i a world that I would ...

Lydia Sherrer: I first read The Speaker almost a decade ago when I first discovered author Sandra Leigh. I loved it then, and I still love it now. It is a simple, easy read, yet deep in meaning and rich in storyline. I do not know what kind of research or prior knowledge Leigh has of First Nation tribes, but sh...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.