Little Tub Of Lies

Day 90 of 365:

{One Word Writing Prompt}


To think I invited you into my life.  What was I thinking?

Here’s what I was thinking…..

I chose you after feeling a strong reaction to the way you spoke to me.  It was a feeling of want.  It was a feeling of commitment.  I listened as you made your promise, there in the aisle, as I gazed upon your bright, attractive packaging and shiny words.  Sure, I was tentative at first.  My temptation was guarded as I am not one to be easily swayed.  You just seemed so confident.  So passionate.  So absolute.  Too tantalizing to pass up.

“Concealer.  Fair complexion.  Evens out and balances skin tone.  Covers imperfections”

I felt as though I was holding all that I wanted in the palm of my hand.

I grasped you tightly.  I went to the cashier.  I handed over my money.  I brought you home.

You seemed so perfect.  A little tub to solve my problems.

Conceal my imperfections.

Conceal the purple pools of colour under my eyes.

Cover up that weird, blotchy red patch between my eyebrows.

I delighted at the idea of having perfectly balanced skin tones.


But that was then.

That was before I put your promises to the test.  Before I unscrewed your little pink cap.  Before I, following the directions on your packaging, gently blotted you all over my imperfections, red patches, and purple circles.  Before my desperate attempt to blend you in.  Before I tried to make you keep your word.

My optimism was naively high.  My expectations were based outside of reality.  I can see that now.  I was foolish.

In a brief moment, I had let my guard down and I let you in.

The imperfections, blotches and circles…they all remain, just as they did before: Unconcealed.

You let me down.  You lied to me.

You hid nothing….



(I’ve decided I quite like doing these writing prompts before I settle in to working on my book.  Composing my response is like cracking your knuckles or doing jumping jacks – it  limbers you up and get the juices going!)




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