“It’s a very rare mirror from the 18th century. This mirror is made of silver. It’s marvelous, isn’t it? I will tell you it in secret Sir, that mirrors like this one hold the mystery within.” The seller did his best to interest Edward.
“It doesn’t even cost too much,” he continued.
“All right, I will take it but what if my wife doesn’t like it?”
“It’s impossible, Sir.”
The mirror was really beautiful and heavy too. Edward had never seen such an old mirror before. There was no doubt anymore that she would like it.
“Darling, I have got a present for you.”
“Oh, Edward the mirror again!”
“This one is special, honey. You like antiques don’t you?”
Lora really did.
“Where would you like to put it?’’
“Anywhere you like, but not in the sleeping room.”
“Not in the sleeping room?”
“They say that mirrors should not be placed there.”
“I didn’t know that you were superstitious. All right, as you wish let’s put it in the cabinet.”
The mirror suited the room although it was old.
“You are looking in that mirror all the time darling!”
“But, Edward that is why you bought it.”
“Yes, you are right.”
Edward came up to the mirror.
How strange! He couldn’t see himself.
“I can’t see myself in the mirror, darling.”
He wanted to dress up, but there was no reflection of him in the mirror. As Edward turned back he noticed a young woman who was smiling and calling him.
She was pretty and her clothes seemed to be ancient-looking. Edward was so terrified that he even shouted for Lora to come. His voice scared her. Edward pointed to the mirror as she came .
“Don’t you see her,Lora?”
“I see your frightened face and mine, nothing else.”
“Don’t you see her?”
“See who? Who can be there?”
“Don’t you see the woman?”
“Don’t talk crap, there is nobody in the mirror, Edward.”
“But the woman! I see her, she is there a young woman she is smiling and calling me.’’
“Then why don’t you follow her?” She said ironically.
“How can I … it’s a mirror. Are you mad, Lora?”
“Mad?! Me? But my dear I don’t say that there is a handsome young man in the mirror who is calling me.”
He approached Lora carefully.
“Do you really see yourself in the mirror, honey?”
“Don’t be absurd.” Lora left the room laughing.
Edward looked in the mirror again. The woman was still there and he fainted.
“Edward are you alright? What happened darling?”
“She is still here Lora!”
“Is it serious doctor? He never drinks and he has never had hallucinations before.”
“Well, this calming medication will help him, don’t worry ma’am. In case of anything unusual feel free to call me anytime.”
“But what if he goes mad?’’
“I don’t think so. Let’s hope for the best.”
Unfortunately the doctor didn’t manage to calm her down. His condition worried her.
“let’s just get rid of it at all.”
“But, Lora I want to understand what is going on. You know, the doctor really helped me. I am not scared anymore and this mirror even excites me.”
However the woman would appear again and again. She wanted to tell him something important that he was not able to understand. Lora began to believe in her existence eventually, although she wasn’t able to see her. This mystery was a puzzle to both of them.
Lora would spend more and more time in front of this mirror smarting herself up. She wanted to see that woman she was trying hard to, but all that she could see was her own reflection and the room behind.
As for Edward, he would see her walking up and down again and again and smiling. She never tried to enter their own sleeping room.
“It’s an old silver mirror from the eighteenth century. The price is just symbolical.”
Having sold the mirror Edward sighed with relief at last.
“Why not buy something for Lora?” He asked himself.
But the memory of the mirror made him change his mind.
Edward tapped at the door. Lora opened the door and Edward noticed that she was looking aside and not directly at him.
“Edward why didn’t you tell me that we would have a guest today?”
“What guest, Lora there is nobody with me.”