2- An Honest Mistake

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"Let me go, Maria Stone!" The reflection- now known as the real Sophie Carter- said in a venomous voice.

"My plan wouldn't work if I did such a silly thing...Would it?" The blonde girl – Maria Stone- said in a playful tone. "Now Sophie, I did not come down here to get a headache. If I wanted one, I would've stayed with that irritating family of yours-"

"Mother and father!" Sophie yelled in a panicky tone, fear lacing her voice. "What did you do to them!?-"

"I must warn you, I hate it when people cut me off." Maria told the reflection firmly. "Now, I can assure you that nothing has happened to your pitiful family...yet."

"Don't you d-dare hurt them!" Sophie stormed in wrath, but her voice cracked in ache. "I'm only a 12 year old girl with no wealth or riches. You will not benefit from me. So please just let me go! Just leave me alone!"

"My precious little Sophie..." Maria said in a sickeningly sweet voice that made Sophie's stomach churn. "If you haven't noticed, I'm a simple person...I don't desire treasure...no... I yearn for something much more valuable than that...Life."

"Maria, don't do this...please." Sophie begged through the mirror's thick wall. "It's been 3 months! You've had my body for 3 months...we could take turns or-or make a deal or something! Please don't leave me here again! I'll go mad!"

"Oh honey...you're already mad." Maria said with a smirk. "But no... There will be no deal making in this cottage. I've won this body fair and square, so I'm not letting you cheat your way back into it. I'll tell you what'll happen in the future; I'll keep your young, youthful body for as long as I want to, and you'll stay here. Locked up in a mirror, in my old, weak body... Now I haven't come down here to chit-chat, I'm here to check up on my appearance- birth appearance of course. You see, if I forgot how my birth face looks like I won't be able to come back to this hell-hole I've called a home for the past decade....Simple magic just doesn't exist anymore.."

"Maria...p-please...don't hurt my family..." Sophie's reflection softly begged to Maria.

"My apologies, child...I don't make promises." Maria said in the most unapologetic manner and gradually walked away from the mirror.

"NO! PLEASE! DON'T DO THIS!" Sophie sobbed and banged her hands on the mirror wall. "MARIA! MARIA STONE! COME BACK! DON'T HURT THEM!"

    Sophie's reflection slowly changed back as her screams faded in the midair

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    Sophie's reflection slowly changed back as her screams faded in the midair. Maria took a deep breath and grinned balefully at the cottage. She walked out into the deck and carried herself with the grace of a queen. When she reached the end of the deck, she looked around one last time at the ill-lit landscape and sighed sadly.

"How much I'll miss you

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"How much I'll miss you." She whispered to the place and looked at the water with a deep smile. "Take me back."

    The water suddenly swallowed her just like the hat did. When her feet finally hit the solid ground she smirked to herself. She looked around her and found herself in the same spot she left.

    Maria dusted off her dress and picked up her top-hat. She placed it on her head and walked with a little skip in her steps. When she reached the backdoor of the house, she pulled up her skirt. She grabbed the familiar handle of her smooth, metal hand-gun with a grin.

"Time for some fun..." She told herself as she looked at her gun warmly. She raised her eyes to the hat and smiled darkly. "Don't you think so, Sophie...?"

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And that's the end... Made this story originally for a writing competition I had at school, anyways thanks for reading and please leave a comment ;)

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