If the mirror has started telling lies, they're very interesting ones, because it tells me that my hair's as long and glossy and curly as my pre-adolescent and adolescent self dreamed it should be, my eyes are as dark and alluring, my lips are as full and promising, and I've finally achieved that constant little smile that makes my mouth not frown all the time (as if we were brother and sister by blood instead of just soul, ralmathon and I have the same thing going on with our face).
In the shower after work, I brushed my hair free of the tangles of the day and bound it up, like my magic, lest it fly out and get things tangled and snarled beyond easy repair. I closed my eyes and ignored the swirling sigils of creation and destruction as I plaited the last few inches into safety. Perhaps one of them was my own death I saw, and my own rebirth.
I brushed my silver medallion with the last little bits of the strawberry toothpaste and my own toothbrush. Other jewelry, I brush with a scrub toothbrush. This, the living silver that's been threaded through and through with the bond energy, I brush with my own toothbrush, because it's as much a part of my body as a geek's primary computer is part of theirs, as a magician's tools are part of theirs, as a prosthetic limb becomes.
Once out of the shower, I bound the plait of heavy hair twice and squeezed the water gently from it. I lit the three-layer berry-scented candle that's come to represent my constant search to find the self that I must be true to, and the ongoing process of coming to recognize those truths and those uncovered soul-roots. I dug through my incense drawer, and the package on top was the Dragon's Blood. The scent of magic will carry me into my dreams, and I'll go to sleep with the medallion nestled snug against my throat (cord adjusted back to choker-length after the medallion had to hide at full extension of the cord because there were clients in at work) and the feel of my bondmate's shoulder warm and illusory against my left cheekbone, right where we fit best.