I am alone in a dark room sitting in a hard-backed chair. In front of me lies a vanity table, littered with flower petals and with a pair of pearl earings waiting on the white-washed wood. I pick up the earings and try to put them on- but I can’t find the backings.
I use both hands to start to search- when the pearls fasten themselves to my ears. I am not alarmed at first- and when a tube of lipstick appears infront of me I take it. As I lean closer to the mirror, lips puckered, I notice that the skin around my ear is changing. Cold dread fills me and I realize that the pearl is spreading over my body encasing me in stone. I am frozen.
Lipstick poised I am paralyzed as the pearl glazes over my skin- down my neck, my chest, my face is last and my panicked eyes are pinned open when they too are transformed.
I only have a glimpse of myself in the mirror- beautiful, lustrous, but frozen in time. I try to scream, and then I wake up.