Let’s Face It

Let’s Face It Flash fiction by Robert Castagna, 950 words She was the gem of the century and she knew it looking into the mirror at her beautiful face. She would spend hours with hair and makeup and grew accustomed to viewing herself as someone else. Looking at her face, her skin, her hair as a facade. I think we have all felt that sensation, that we were merely spirits occupying a body, a consciousness. For some this leads to religious devotion, to others philosophy and for others, like Ashley, the ability to detach herself from the “actress” she was and to “work it” for all that it was worth. She treated her beauty like it was an asset listed out on a balance sheet. She was the accountant and money manager ensuring that proper investment was done to leverage her account for greatest profit and not to write-off losses just yet due to depreciation.  A magazine sat on the table next to the mirror and she was on the cover. The caption read “Gem of the Century?” It was a play on words referring to her soon to be released movie “A Hidden Gem.” Inside she was compared to the great beauties of movie stardom and named this century’s successor. Her stylist worked her curls and flashed excitedly at the cover, proud of the hair that graced her movie star’s head.  “You look beautiful on the cover.” “Thank you darling. I owe it all to you.” She said this in mock Greta Garbo and smiled. “You couldn’t ask for better press,” her stylist said. “True, as long as...

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