There is a world of impossibilities out there, a thousand things which you could never be. Astronaut – never had the math. Pirate – three centuries too late. Perhaps an artist – far too much effort. Everybody told you different, but you know it’s true. The world is not made for you, served on a platter at your desire, like the Baptist’s head before Herod. You need to stop, for just a moment, and then ask yourself a personal question. “What have you done with yourself?”

Ask yourself “Who is in the mirror?”images (1)


Because I’m going to tell you another impossible thing before breakfast.


Don’t expect a metaphysical answer – it isn’t you.


They’re coming for me. After a lifetime spent ducking and weaving – I left ‘em fighting shadows, but they’ve found me.


Too many mirrors.


Inhumankind, struggling to survive in the reflected life we give them.


Too many mirrors.


Keep the doctor away.


I’ll die on my own terms.


Written for this week’s BeKindReWrite prompts – a world of impossibilities, keeps the doctor away, who is in the mirror, inhumankind, and fighting shadows (all five this week!) As well as for the Trifecta gang, with the word survive. Comments and criticism always welcome!

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14 thoughts on “Inhumankind

  1. The photo fits this inner scream of a piece nicely. The spaced out sentences nicely punctuate the impending doom. And the Wonderland reference – nice.

  2. I like the line, struggling to survive in the reflected life we give them.

  3. Sandra says:

    Loved this, and the photo fits perfectly. There’s an ultimate horror in imagining that a reflection has a life of its own.

  4. Draug419 says:

    oooo creepy (: I love it!

  5. atrm61 says:

    “Too many mirrors”-so true & “I’ll die on my own terms.”Dignity is so important & de-humanization & analyzing too much is not always good for the soul.Powerful writing -liked it:-)

  6. marc nash says:

    conjured up the image of a shattered mirror and all the tiny reflections in each shard off into infinity

  7. Really interesting concept! I’d actually really like to see an expansion on this! Great work!

  8. […] Inhumankind by ChrisWhiteWrites ~ @Chriswhitewrite ~ Less than 500 words ~ Magical Realism […]

  9. Mike says:

    A clever use of all the prompts in one story.

  10. elmowrites says:

    I’m impressed you got all the prompts into this piece. it reads slightly jagged, but to me that is totally a part of the character you’ve created. nice one!

  11. My first introduction to your reading Chris – LOVE IT! Love the Baptist’s head reference and quick writing. Very urgent and sincere. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the picture you used to go with the piece. Great job!

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