Jane Jago’s Daily Drabble – Two Hundred and Twenty-Three

Adakichi the beautiful was the most treasured concubine of a man with enough wealth to buy the stars should he so desire. 

She pleased her master greatly.

In a moment of rare whimsy he desired that she explain her attachment to a beaten silver hand mirror of little value. She smiled her secret smile.

“It is flattering to this poor face, Tokugawa Sama.”

He laughed.

Eventually alone, she lifted the mirror and looked into its depths, seeing a toothless crone smile back at her and knowing that one day she too would be free of the probing fingers of men.

©️jj 2019

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