Read the story at http://at-the-bijou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/smile-reflecting-lily-childs.html
The Bijou's hostess, February Femme Fatale and Pleasure Town Predictioneer Absolutely*Kate Pilarcik was also kind enough to interview me, and so it seems was the late Alfred Hitchcock.
Thank you Kate - it's been a blast!
EXCERPT FROM 'A SMILE, REFLECTING':
She’s seeing as though through a mask, its hugging surface woven of fine leather and peeking with thorns. Woe betide the kissing man who will surely die from her spikes.
Counting down the seconds with bites of her blackened nails she begins to worry her lovers won’t come. They must! She is tearing at the skin now, ripping sore shreds away. Saliva slips into the wounds, puffing the flesh.
At last their car pulls into the driveway. He gets out first, does a comedy run around to her side to open the door. She’s looking beautiful tonight – he’s probably telling her that as he lifts her hair and speaks softly into her ear, his hand slipping down that long, slender neck.
It’s strange to see them together. She is used to having each of them to herself.
*Is this wrong? Can I do this, can I share?*
The plan doesn’t seem as solid as it did yesterday, when she’d whispered the invitation.
“Don’t tell.” ...