The Other Side of the Mirror (Deja Vu Challenge)

by JMBauhaus
originally published at 01:58PM on Friday, May 09, 2008

He had always seen ghosts. Not like that kid in that movie. Nothing creepy like that. Just glimpses, quick shots of people who weren’t really there, going about their lives, minding their own business, completely unaware that he watched.

As a child, he’d been called insane, among other things, and sent to get his head shrunk. Later, he was a psychic sensation, except he never believed what he saw was psychic. Now, he was a forgotten oddity. The public had moved on.

But he still saw ghosts. And they never saw him.

Until now.

He stared at the face in the mirror, and got an overwhelming sense of deja vu. He had seen the face before, many times. It had belonged to him, once, long ago.

He’d worn that face the first time he looked in the mirror and saw someone else.

Saw the face he wore now.

He stared at the ghost of his boyhood, as it stared back, unknowing, at its future, and wondered.

Which one of us is the ghost?

Prequels

Sequels

Comments

  • from NightMaiden:

    Wow; this is a deep ficlet. I like the question he asks himself at the end. I like the fact that you put in that his “status” changed immensely from “insane” to “psychic sensation”. That is how the human nature goes; something new comes along, we forget what we were looking at a minute ago. Thanks for entering.