Monday, January 1, 2018

The Newest Me ★ (Flash Fiction)


Every morning I wake up to a new identity. 

I get up and my skin feels all rough, so I take a straight razor and cut it. I peel it off of me like tape and throw it in the garbage. I shower, then I start my day.

It’s not bloody or gory in the least.
I just make a small incision at the top of my forehead with the razor to start it off. 

The rest comes off quickly and easily. 
As soon as I start peeling, I’m able to see my new hair color. 
It’s different everyday when I wake up.  


The next thing I learn is my new eye color, followed by how long my new hair is, along with its texture. 

I don’t often change my name when I see my new identity, but sometimes I do.

It wouldn’t matter, no one can recognize me from day to day anyway. 

I live by being unrecognizable.
It pays to be this way. 
I could rob a bank today and be gone tomorrow, and I have in the past. 

Even if I don’t get away, the police would take me in, book me, and find a different woman in my cell the next morning. Different fingerprints, different eye color, different hair. They can’t very well keep the wrong woman locked away in a jail cell for a crime they can’t even prove she committed right?

I can’t control what I look like each day, although I assure you, I’ve tried. I’ve tried focusing on it, and praying about it. I’ve even tried magical spells. 

Of course none of them worked. 
But, if I exist, then magic probably exists too. 
I don’t remember where I came from. 
I just woke up one day. 
Just opened my eyes. 
My head was halfway underneath a dumpster. I’d been beat up pretty bad. 
I don’t remember anything before that. 
Do I have parents, or any family at all?
Are there other people— creatures— like me out there? 
Or am I just a freak? 
A fluke of nature? 
A one of a kind thing?



Your guess is as good as mine. 




-X-

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