Once described as the most beautiful woman in the world, her days were now spent watching re-runs of her old movies.

It wasn’t age that had led to a life of seclusion.  Age had been kind to her.  Heads still turning in the autumn of her years.

But now they turned for a different reason.

The stroke had come out of nowhere, disfiguring her facial features to the extent she recoiled at her reflection in the mirror.

Only under the dark shadows of night was she able to venture out.  A star… beneath a starry sky.  The moon… her spotlight.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago

Another great story Linda, an unfortunate turn of events for your protagonist

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
8 months ago

This story is really thought-provoking. Good job Linda!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

How sad when your protagonist got a stroke. It was so touching and heartbreaking. Well written, Linda.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

You’re welcome, Linda.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hi Linda, I remember reading an article once about the ‘Night People’, those persons who are disfigured physically or emotionally, who cannot face people in the day time. I just wonder if it is the ‘Day Time People’ who are really the disfigured ones? Great 100 words.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Linda, this is so sad for your protagonist. Your story shows the reader how something like beauty or even wealth can be taken away in an instant. Very often it is the reaction of the “day people” that cause people who look different only to venture out at night. People can be cruel in their thoughtless comments or actions towards others who might be or look different. This is a great story.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

You are most welcome, Linda! I love your stories. It would be great if you could expand on this story. Keep us posted!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

This is a story that triggers a lot of associations in different directions, Linda. One thought goes to your own story called The Heart is no Different, where the protagonist’s heart is shown to have the same need and ability for love and closeness as her more good looking friends. Here, we see that an attractive exterior is very vulnerable and eventually will disappear, leaving the former star with a sad and lonely heart. Again, the outcome is that what matters most is the inner reality and quality. Great writing! Especially the two last, short sentences are brilliant!

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

Wow! Linda. I love this story. It reminds me of what Sharon Stone had to go through. It’s quite a while since I heard about her. At times I do ask, what had caused hers?

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