‘Come on, it’ll be fun!’
‘No. I don’t want anything to do with your stupid scheme. It’s wrong and it’s deceitful.’
‘Hell, who’s to know? It’s only a laugh. He probably won’t even notice.’
‘That’s the point. It’s cruel and unfair.’
The two sisters argued, but as always the younger gave in, and donned the red wig.
‘This colour doesn’t really suit me you know.’ she said, in the vain hope she could change her sibling’s mind.
‘Well it suits me, and that’s the whole point’.
She was waiting for him in the restaurant as agreed.
Nervously, she twiddled with her hair, watching the door for her ‘date’.
Actually, he wasn’t her date at all. He was her sister’s latest boyfriend, and she had come up with this hair-brained idea of a test.
If he loved her (her sister that is), he’d be able to tell the twins apart.
In truth, they’d only been going out for a month and as yet, other than a selfie photo, she had no idea what the latest beau looked like as they’d never met.
That all changed when this handsome guy walked in and headed straight for her table.
‘Maddy, darling!’ he said as he kissed her fully on the lips and sat down ready to order.
‘Sorry I’m late, I got held up at home. Family crisis and all that. How are you? Have you been waiting long?’
Oh boy. This was going to be harder than she thought. He was totally gorgeous, and when he smiled, he had a sweet little dimple appear in his left cheek.
She couldn’t tell you what they ate or what they talked about, yet by the end of the evening, she was in love. For the first time in her life. Ever. Totally and Absolutely.
His kiss goodnight left her breathless and aching for more, but she held back.
He wasn’t hers.
‘I can’t invite you in,’ she stammered.’ My sister will be in bed and she has an early start tomorrow’.
Maddy had waited up obviously wanting to know all the details but Chris told her very little. Throwing the red wig on the bed, she went into the bathroom and wept.
As sisters, they had always been close, and as identical twins, closer than most.
They played tricks on their parents, which ended up with both of them being punished just in case the wrong one got the blame for the misdoings of the other.
But this was the first time Maddy had asked her to go on a date in her place, and as an experiment, well, it depended on how you looked at success.
He hadn’t noticed she wasn’t Maddy, and yet she had responded to him as if she was head over heels in love with him (well, that wasn’t difficult, she smiled wanly to herself, I am dammit!)
For the next few weeks, she avoided the subject and made sure she was well out of the way when Pete came calling. She couldn’t face him, knowing her face would betray her, and she would be accused of trying to seduce her sister’s boyfriend then have to face the angry music. What a mess.
Things came to a head, as they always do, when they least expected them to.
The doorbell rang, and Chris answered it.
Pete was stood on the threshold, gathered her in his arms and said he was sorry, but he’d fallen in love with her that night and couldn’t get her out of his mind. He went on to say he knew his brother would never forgive him, but he had to let her know how he felt.
Just then, Maddy came out of the kitchen and dropped the plate she was carrying.
‘What the hell is going on?’
Pete stepped back and did a double take.
Mirror images filled his vision, but there wasn’t a reflective surface in the room.
He looked at Chris and back at Maddy.
‘Which one’s the redhead?’ he asked shakily.
‘ME! and how dare you try and make out with my sister! Get out!!’ Maddy yelled, then looked for something to throw at him as the tirade of hurt, dismay and disbelief kicked in.
‘Wait! Hang on,’ he ducked as a cushion went sailing past his ear. ‘HOLD IT!’ he shouted.
Suddenly another figure appeared in the doorway.
‘Ah, I see sibling has finally met sibling. My, isn’t this a surprise?’
and he started to chuckle.
Chris collapsed on the sofa and put her head in her hands, shaking uncontrollably.
Once everyone had calmed down, Maddy took hold of Pete’s hand and said
‘Pete, this is Chris, my twin sister’.
The dimple Chris loved surfaced as he replied,
‘No, I’m Robin, Pete’s twin’.
Soon, the four of them were laughing hysterically.