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The Exultation of KabukiHouse of Glass
The bath water grew cold and it took little effort to pull herself from the frigid waters. Standing, Kabuki pulled a robe over her porcelain and crimson flesh, and slid out of the tub and onto the tiled floor.
She pulled the plug in the bath and began to run a silver comb through her obsidian hair, calmly assessing herself in the mirror of the vanity. The blood left a sticky residue on her skin, and it was the best she could do to clean it off with the make up remover.
She put on her best dress, the red silk with black and yellow butterflies floating delicately on its surface, and then slid her mother's glass and horn head-dress into her hair.
"Flawless." She murmured, sliding the glass dagger into her belt, and then caressed her reflection in the mirror.
She stepped over the body and walked out of the room, sliding the washi-board door shut behind her.
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Her customers were the elite of the elite. Kabuki had no problems earning her silks and food. Working in the
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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