She enjoyed talking to her own reflection in the mirror. She would turn out the light
and light the candles, then put them on both sides of the mirror and start to talk.
She would do that only in the evenings. She would tell her reflection about her day, how she spent it and with whom. She would even argue with the reflection sometimes. She treated her own reflection like a real person.
She looked forward to talking to her reflection today. It was already the evening at last. She got ready, sat down at the mirror and began to talk.
“You know, I met a very nice guy today. I liked him at once. He is tall, cute, and well-bred. If you saw him you’d like him as well.”
“Are you going on a date with him?”
She gave a start. It was so unexpected to hear it talk.
“You talk? But you are just a reflection?”
“As you see, I can. It’s just so interesting.”
“Yes, it’s interesting, but rather strange” she thought.
She was surprised however she was talking briskly about her new friend .
They were going to meet each other next day. She could hardly wait.
They spent a wonderful time together. They went to a park,then to the cinema. As it turned out they had much in common.
“I think I love him. I wonder what he thinks about me?”
she was sitting in front of the mirror as she usually did.
“I am waiting for a declaration of love from him , because I think he likes me.
What do you think?”
“I think he loves you but he doesn’t dare tell you about his feelings. Just don’t hurry him, give him time.”
As the time passed they started to think about the wedding. She was shining with happiness.
“I wish I were your bridesmaid.”
“Yes, it’s a pity that you can’t be one. You are my only friend . I love you so much.”
The wedding was celebrated in the family circle. The bride’s dress was very beautiful.
She went over so many dresses until she found the one she was looking for. Her reflection liked it too. It really outshone the other ones . She didn’t want to rent a dress because of a strange thought that haunted her all the time; “a dress for rent is like a husband for rent.”
“I will buy this dress no matter how much it will cost me. The dress will be mine
and he will be mine as well.”
Spending two hours every evening alone to her heart's content was the only condition from the start of their life together.
She did not tell him anything about her conversations with the reflection.
“What if he doesn't understand?”
Her condition was approved by her husband. At least she would be at home close to him.
Of course he was curious to find out how she was spending those two hours alone but, he kept his promise and didn’t ask her about it.
Once, while being alone in their room she heard a phone call. Somebody was calling her husband. She heard him tell her later;
“ I’ll be back soon, darling.”
Having talked to the reflection, she decided to take a bath. While lying in the bath she heard something that was like the rustling of leaves or even squeaking of a door. However she didn’t pay any attention to that sound as she was reluctant to get out of the warm bath.
Shortly after her husband came back.
“I thought I would come back earlier. I am sorry to have made you wait for me. I have been offered quite a profitable deal for both of us, but I would have to spend most of my time at work if I accept it. If you are against it I will decline it."
“But it’s a good chance for both of us. Why should we miss it?!”
“I saw you in a shop today while you were trying something cute on. Will you show me that?”
“I spent all day at home. I didn’t go out today.”
“But I saw you. You bought a dress of rather a bright color but I think it’s okay for a change. You even waved to me. I was surprised to see you there. I assumed you were bored because of spending all the time at home and decided to go shopping.”
“No, I was at home. Perhaps you saw somebody who looked like me from a distance.”
“Well, maybe. I didn’t think about it.”
She could hardly wait for nightfall. This was the only time when they could talk.
“That was you!” She asked the reflection in a curt tone of voice.
‘’Yes, it was me. What if it was me?”
“Why did you do it?”
“I didn’t do anything. I caught his eye and he took me for you. What’s so bad with it?”
“But that’s impossible.”
“You don’t know anything about what is possible and what’s not.”
“I don’t want to talk to you anymore, I will destroy you.”
“You can destroy me here but what about seeing me outside in the streets or what about in your pictures?
You can’t destroy everything and you've got so used to me. We had better not fight. You will know everything soon.”
Her husband never read newspapers.
“They are full of lies. Why should we read people’s fantasies.”
He never bought newspapers himself nor let his wife buy them . As for Magazines they were not banned and he knew that she read only the society columns .
She wasn’t able to take her eyes off a picture in a magazine. She read the article several times.
The article was about a businessman who was going to get married eventually. She was shocked, as the businessman in the picture was her husband.
It could not have been just a coincidence that that man had the same name, he was of the same age as her husband, and that they worked at one and the same place. There was only one difference. Unlike her husband that man was very rich. Her husband could only dream of such wealth.
She decided to go to his work immediately.
“Wait, let me explain everything to you.”
The reflection had never tried to talk to her by day before.
“He was right when he didn’t let you read newspapers but he should have forbidden you to read magazines as well. If it had not been for this failure you would never have learned the truth.
Haven’t you ever thought that there might be other people who can talk to their reflections just like you and that not only your own reflection can lead it’s own life.
You see, the reflection of that man even married you.”