As you turn away meaning to leave a shaft of moonlight fell across her features, illuminating them. Illuminating a face...

; "No", you whimper, "NO!"

Illuminating a face so like yours that you scream. she started screaming and you couldn't stop, because suddenly you understood -- she understood -- you knew what kind of dark vanity might drive a woman to murder her entire family except the one child who was most like her, knew it without being able to put a name to it, knew it even though your soul burned from the understanding of it. And you knew that every time you looked into the mirror from now on you would see that face, not your own, that those eyes would stare out at you from your own reflection, terrible empty silver eyes so like and unlike your own, eyes that had looked out upon the vast expanse of Hell and found its terror wanting--

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