TITLE: The Lovely Invisible
GENRE: YA fantasy
I stared at the face of the god of love instead of the polished bronze mirror balanced on his wings.
“Look at yourself.” Nuri tilted up my chin with her thin brown fingers.
I kept my eyes fastened on the marble god. His mouth was sculpted in such a way I couldn’t determine whether he scowled or smirked at me.
Scrutinizing my choice of attire, Nuri clucked her tongue. “You shame the patron goddess.”
I wriggled my chin from her grasp. “I thought the virginal white would please her.”
“Don’t try and fool me, Isidora. I’ve been in your service since the day you were weaned. You chose the white because it’s plain.” She grabbed a fistful of my robe as if it were enough evidence to banish me.
I sighed and glanced at the foot of the mirror, where three scrolls of newly delivered papyrus lay waiting to be read. I wanted this day to be over. I wanted to curl into a quiet corner of the palace and read about the new cranes in Athens that lifted massive blocks of marble, the paved slipway near Corinth where boats were dragged across the isthmus, the rare collection of elegies by female poets. “Why should I draw attention to myself on Procession Day? The glory should go to the goddess.”
The god below the mirror definitely scowled at me, as if he were more than chiseled stone and could hear my lie. I cared nothing for the glory of Aphrodite.