This week Michael asks us to write our version of an “Ugly Duckling” story.
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It was easy to hide behind her mask. With carefully applied makeup, she could look out at the world with confidence, knowing that what people saw was only on the surface.
It hadn’t always been like this, the need to camouflage her true self, but she had been disappointed and hurt on so many occasions, now it was just second nature.
As a child, she had been the centre of attention, always the one preferred over others. Never unnoticed in a crowd, she stood out like a sore thumb.
As she got older, her life was not her own. There was always someone wanting to propel her forward, push her beyond endurance, capitalize on her popularity.
Family betrayal had been the final straw, and she had left with little other than the clothes on her back, her makeup case, and a few hundred bucks.
Surprisingly she found it easy to invent a new persona, one that would never be identified with the person she was. She kept herself to herself, deterred romantic interest, and her few new friends often laughed about her not being able to face the day without her makeup in place.
She laughed with them of course. If they could see her fresh faced, they would recognise the starlet of yesteryear, a child star of natural beauty which had been a curse, rather than a gift.
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