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This story is for the Vocal "Broken Mirror" Challenge.

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read


This story is for the Vocal "Broken Mirror" Challenge which you can read about below. The music is David Bowie's cover of "Around and Around" . By the end of this story, you will know why.

This was inspired by a five-second sequence in the film "Everything Everywhere All at Once".


The mirror showed a reflection that wasn't my own. I looked in the mirror, it was round and shiny, it wasn't me in the mirror, well it was, in and out, but my head and mind were spinning. There was something wrong, it was like the mirror would not let me go.

I wasn’t sure how I had got here.

There I was, sitting on the floor looking into this strange mirror that would not let me close my eyes, it would not let me go. I needed someone to help me escape, but I was pinned here by something, almost paralysed.

I was helpless.

I couldn't take my eyes off the mirror, and it was speaking in some kind of demonic, unintelligible language, I think it wanted my soul.


I don’t know if it’s the stuff that the guy gave me last night. He told it would blow me out of this world, but now I am sitting looking at this mirror. I need a drink, but I can’t move, my flesh feels like it it drying out, my blood feels like it is turning to dust in my veins, and there are flies buzzing, and that is driving me mad.

The flies, the buzzing, and the mirror is twisting my mind like a wet towel squeezing out all the life from me.

The mirror is stealing my soul and the flies are stealing my life. I am being eaten alive. I know I have a phone in my pocket but I cannot move, I know that soon I will be no more. Something is coming for me and I cannot stop it. I am doomed.


After calls to the police about a missing person, he had not turned up for work or phoned in, and family and friends had called to the house but were unable to gain access. All the curtains and blinds were shut and had been for weeks according to neighbours.

Police broke into the house and were appalled by the smell of decay and the sound of buzzing from the garage. There was a door from the kitchen to the garage and when the police opened it a swarm of flies flew out.

In the garage was a desiccated body, that had been attacked by the swarm and on the floor next to it were emptied packs of Class “A” drugs and syringes. It looked like the owner had been on some kind of drug binge and was sitting on the floor in front of the washing machine, which incredibly was still running.

It was stuck on a wash cycle and was still spinning the contents around, and this man must have been just watching it. Who knows what was going through his mind or why he just stayed here until he died watching the washing machine?

Maybe the autopsy would reveal something, but until now he had just been a normal everyday person. There was no history of mental problems or drug abuse, but the scene in the garage told its own story.

Was this the drugs or something more sinister? The empty syringes and packets were more than a lethal cocktail for anyone, and the question was, what had caused this man to do this to himself?


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  • Dark Moon Empire2 months ago

    The beginning of this was trippy and the ending blew me away. I like how you explained the facts behind the mans illusions. Had me on the edge of my seat!

  • Max Russell2 months ago

    Great story of drug-fueled horror!

  • Rasheek Rasool2 months ago

    Great Story

  • Veronica 2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story 🤗💖great job!!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the top story

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Great story, Mike. Well done.

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Really good Mike! I enjoyed that movie. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story ✨🎉❤️

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Excellent details here, well done!! Congratulations on top story brother!!♥️

  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    Congratulations! Creepy at it finest Mike 😎

  • Lori Melton2 months ago

    Wow!! Absolutely incredible from start to finish! Congrats on Top Story! Love the ending 😊❤️

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Nice pacing Mike. What a great Way to draw the reader in. Congratulations on Top Story

  • Loryne Andawey2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Mariann Carroll2 months ago

    Very dark story for sure.

  • Loved the message from your story, gotta stay away from washing machines, lol! Jokes aside, this was so creepy and unsettling!

  • Lisa A Lachapelle2 months ago

    Interesting ending with mystery!

  • Loryne Andawey2 months ago

    Oof, that sent a little chill down my spine. Kinda makes me want to watch Everything Everywhere All At Once 😄

  • I really liked this great job Mike

  • 😮😉✨❤️

  • Leslie Writes2 months ago

    That was such a cool twist! Poor guy took one hell of a trip! Love the music and film inspiration as well!

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