Anne lays sprawled across her bed watching the cellophane trademarks fracture and rearrange against a neon light. She had been given the kaleidoscope for her sixth birthday by an ancient aunt.
Two hours later, the cheap glass jewels were replaced by Jolly Rancher wrappers, her favorite candy.
Fast-forward ten years, the metal tube is now a way to talk to Mr. Blu, her amorphous lover.
The prompt for the Chimera 66 Challenge #11at Grammar Ghoul Press is the word “kaleidoscope,” a noun meaning “a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns that are visible through an eyehole when the tube is rotated.”
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