Imperfect Beauty

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
Alice Michaels is a Special Effects Makeup Artist in Hollywood California but the city of dreams and tensile turns a nightmare. During a writer’s strike that makes a dent in her field and her pocket, she takes up a job applying effects makeup to a stranger who wishes to be disguised. Soon after a series of murdered women begin to plague her dreams forcing her to see their last moments. Is it a clue or a warning? Questioning her sanity and the decision to create a disguise for a stranger, Alice and her industry friends search for answers before another dies.

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Imperfect Beauty

Submitted: November 29, 2009

Alice Michaels is a Special Effects Makeup Artist in Hollywood California but the city of dreams and tensile turns a nightmare. During a writer’s strike that makes a dent in her field and her pocket, she takes up a job applying effects makeup to a stranger who wishes to be disguised. Soon after a series of murdered women begin to plague her dreams forcing her to see their last moments. Is it a clue or a warning? Questioning her sanity and the decision to create a disguise for a stranger, Alice and her industry friends search for answers before another dies. Read Chapter

Submitted: November 30, 2009

Plagued by nightmares and a dwindling bank account, Alice takes a job applying special effects makeup to a stranger who insists on paying her in cash. The job, make him unrecognizable leaving her to wonder why he would want to hide. Was the money worth the risk of bringing the cops to her door if he was a thief...or worse? Read Chapter

Submitted: November 30, 2009

Chapter Three “You’re not going to rob a bank are you?” Alice asked removing her hands from his face. His ... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 01, 2009

Chapter Four "Why are my Spidey senses tingling Chuck," she asked taking a seat at the island while her partner in crime busied himse... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 01, 2009

Chapter Five “Why did you ask me here Mason?” Mason is the pioneer in the special effects makeup industry. Despite the fact t... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 02, 2009

Chapter Six “All I’m saying is why would anyone have Edward James Olmos’ naked ass as their screen saver,” Alice argued setti... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 02, 2009

Chapter Seven Angela grabbed her head blood pouring onto the rock. A thousand orders from her self-defense training course sounded in... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 02, 2009

Chapter Eight Ally Michaels jerked awake. Knees were already over the edge of the mattress and heels slid off hitting the ground with... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 03, 2009

Chapter Nine It took some fancy talking and more than a little tap dancing to convince Chuck that nothing was wrong. No one named Ang... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 04, 2009

Chapter Ten “I mean how hard is it to give a courtesy call if you’re not going to show up for a job,” Ally groaned. She pulled ... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 06, 2009

Chapter Eleven Alice rubbed the back of her neck letting the laughter of the group subside. They were having some fun at her expense.... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 09, 2009

Chapter Twelve Bleach was so strong that it began assaulting senses to the point of overwhelming. There was so much of it that it mad... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 10, 2009

Chapter Thirteen Ally sat in the plush espresso brown leather chair watching the three of them knocking about in the kitchen. Th... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 11, 2009

Chapter Fourteen Alice Michaels was losing her mind. How could he have gotten in the room with no one noticing? Whirling around, hand... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 13, 2009

Chapter Fifteen It was too early for wine and too early for coffee. She didn’t want to have the jitters quite yet. But she couldn... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 14, 2009

Chapter Sixteen “I mean this in a loving and caring way, but what the fuck are you doing here this early in the morning? Just got u... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 14, 2009

Chapter Seventeen The loud laughter from Bear had acted like an alarm clock waking everyone up in the building. The morning was flyin... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 15, 2009

  Chapter Eighteen Peace of mind didn’t come and the day couldn’t have gone quick enough for Ally. She so desperately wa... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 16, 2009

  Chapter Nineteen Tabitha hooked her arm around Alice’s as the pub was roaring with upset over a technical dink a great d... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 20, 2010

Chapter Twenty “Are you really planning on working tonight,” Garrett asked walking in beat by her side. Bear who was on her other... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 21, 2010

Chapter Twenty-one Her muscular friend aided her in setting up the workstation. To the left of the staircase on the first floor was w... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 23, 2010

Chapter Twenty-two It was like moving through a thick fog. No matter how she tried she couldn’t open her eyes. Whatever was fl... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 28, 2010

Chapter Twenty-three While Chuck was focusing on getting plenty of water in Alice, Garrett was busying himself with the door. Surpris... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 28, 2010

Chapter Twenty-four “You’re insane,” Ally exclaimed mixing the homemade marinara sauce. “Zombies would be in there eating you... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 28, 2010

Chapter Twenty-five Sculptures completed and prosthetics waiting impatiently by, Alice drummed her fingers on the counter top. Spread... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 28, 2010

Chapter Twenty-six When speaking mathematically it’s been argued that coincidences are miracles. According to Littlewood’s Law, p... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 29, 2010

Chapter Twenty-seven It was such phenomenal sounds that Alice was certain her brain was making a note of the cell phone ring in her m... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 29, 2010

Chapter Twenty-eight She stood out from the others. Didn’t blend in. And that fact didn’t seem to bother her. She seem... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 29, 2010

Chapter Twenty-nine Tears were forming in the corner of her eyes the frustration was too much. This was so real and Alice was helples... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 30, 2010

Chapter Thirty Alice tried to make light of the situation but was finding it difficult to do. It was a natural reaction when people b... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 30, 2010

Chapter Thirty-one Alice wasn’t exactly what she considered a control freak but seeing as she was being incorporeally pushed aside ... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 30, 2010

Thirty-two Jasmine washed over her, a smile touching her face. Since renting this apartment she had made her own mark on the place. P... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 02, 2010

Chapter Thirty-three Alice Michaels’ love life wasn’t a Meg Ryan romantic comedy but not quite Stephen King. Now if you were to c... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 03, 2010

Chapter Thirty-four A shower, quick change, and two coffees’ later, Al was on the road tracking down the mystery. The fancy GPS sys... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 04, 2010

Chapter Thirty-five Spies everywhere are heaving a great sigh of relief that you’re not in their profession…why would you use you... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 13, 2010

Chapter Thirty-six Richard looked towards the kitchen to make certain there were no eavesdroppers. It was painfully obvious that Mr. ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 22, 2010

Chapter Thirty-seven The fire spread to her toes propelling Alice into the shower/tub that was hidden in the bathroom. Experience and... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 23, 2010

Chapter Thirty-eight Alice closed her eyes, silently counting the seven dwarfs jump over a brick wall. It wasn’t working as a distr... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 02, 2010

Chapter Thirty-nine “You look like hell,” Alice blinked; chin nearly sliding off her hand. How long had Al been in her own world?... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 04, 2010

Chapter Forty Several glasses of water and perhaps a glass of wine later Alice was home on her couch her knight in shinning armor pla... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 12, 2010

Chapter Forty-one “Oh no you don’t,” Al turned around a baggy filled with a particularly odd assortment of grease paints in her... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 15, 2010

Chapter Forty-two Alice swerved the truck back into the lane. “You know you don’t have to come with me,” she turned the corner ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 18, 2010

Chapter Forty-three Generally speaking expectations were horrible when reality fell short. But here, it was a blessing. There were no... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 18, 2010

Chapter Forty-four It wasn’t in his nature to panic but if he were the type now might be the time to consider rash decisions. She w... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 18, 2010

Chapter Forty-five “Al please,” Tabitha pleaded. It was getting harder and harder to come out of the revelations. Her friend... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 18, 2010

It's been revised a little, I hope you enjoy. Read Chapter

Submitted: March 21, 2010

Chapter Forty-seven In the beginning the air was strained with unspoken concerns and fears from everyone in the room. This was an env... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 21, 2010

Chapter Forty-eight “Do you mind if I hop out of the office for a bit? I have some family business to take care of,” C... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 21, 2010

Chapter Forty-nine She had to weave a tale that would impress J.K. Rowling herself but she managed to convince Chuck and Tabitha that... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 21, 2010

Chapter Fifty She came awake with a jolt, heart hammering, and every muscle tense. Something had awakened her, something that made he... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 21, 2010

Chapter Fifty-one As far as escapes went this one was piss poor. Alice swung on the hook towards the glass her knees smashing into it... Read Chapter