Genius in a Bottle
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Genius in a Bottle

The Lizard Woman

Reflections show Eloise her true self

In the mirror, I am a lizard. I spray my hair into a wig, apply my make-up, my clothes. I moisturise and cleanse, pumice my feet and paint my nails, but still, I am a lizard. I wonder sometimes if people will notice. The bus driver, the woman who sat next to me this morning. Do I have a lizard smell? And what do lizards smell of anyway? Something cold-blooded and…

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Svetlana Smith

Editor of The Crystal Palace. Writes short stories, mostly about relationships — between friends, siblings, lovers — but with the odd folk horror for fun.