The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. This year, I’m planning to do short pieces of fiction (not a series), or a poem based on a word with that letter.
Quentin had a queer feeling that he was being watched. He couldn’t explain it, but he’d had that feeling before.
Even the wind was voiceless that night. No shadows came on the tightly drawn curtains that covered the closed windows.
“Who’s… who’s there?” he called into the silence around him.
He anxiously looked around as he stirred his coffee in the ceramic mug.
“Am I being queer again?” he wondered.
But then he saw, and with an almighty heave, he threw the mug, shattering the newly replaced mirror.
His spectrophobia had resurfaced even after many months of therapy.
To write 26 days in a month on a theme, a moral support is quite useful I feel. This year, I’m taking the challenge along with my friend Bhavya. We’re writing on the same themes each day, and giving each other the themes on alternate days. Day 17, the word chosen by Bhavya was QUEER, around which this story was written.
Spectrophobia is a specific kind of phobia that involves a morbid fear of mirrors. This fear could be the result of a trauma involving mirrors. It could also be the result of the person’s superstitious fear of being watched through the mirror. As with most phobias, this can be cured through treatment, medication or even relaxation techniques. (via Wikipedia).
(19th April 2014)