Robyn Sharpe

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Contest -

SHE LOOKED PEN­SIVELY at her re­flec­tion. The mir­ror, a gaudy, elab­o­rately or­nate, gold en­crusted be­he­moth, al­most too large for the room. A room equally be­decked in over the top or­nate gold fur­nish­ings cho­sen for their bla­tant dis­play of wealth rather than any style. The over­all ef­fect tacky rather than classy. It had been eigh­teen months since that soul crush­ing day when her ridicu­lous, or­ange hued di­nosaur of a hus­band had done the unimag­in­able, the im­pos­si­ble and had com­pletely ru­ined her life, for­ever. One sum­mer down and hope­fully only three to go, Me­la­nia thought to her­self. She never saw it com­ing.

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