Noirvember 2016 Challenge – 0002

by ryankl

Welcome back to tonight’s regularly scheduled:

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A month-long writing exercise where I propose a pulp noir story title and idea/blurb for it. We hope that you enjoy instalment 0002…

THE MIRROR IN THE ATTIC

Nicole Raimi inherits her grandmother’s rural estate and moves in with a plan to flip it to fund a trip to Europe. But when she pulls the sheet to reveal the mirror in the sunroom, her whole worldview shifts as she stands looking at herself, only ten years in the future.

Through arcane mysticism, the woman Nicole will become is able to communicate with her, and tip her off as to what lies in wait forever in tomorrow, through this antique structure of wood and glass.

Nicole’s life starts to turn around as she has the heads up on problems and opportunities well in advance, and while she doesn’t know how her older self communicates through the looking glass, she never once considers that maybe she’s ended up trapped in there. And will do anything to earn or steal passage back to the real world.

When a pretty, young, transient painter named Molly moves in to upgrade the mansion’s facade, she falls in love with the Nicole in the mirror and thus begins a brutal and passionate dance that will see only one of the three women survive, and the other two cast into a half-life in this world’s reflection.

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