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She saw right through him

Elizabeth Bravo

Carmichael, United States

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Thanks Maxy……it was a fun collaboration. Works great with the image.
She saw right through him
By Maxy
The city lights, the tall buildings, she wanted it all and felt ready.
She had never been to the big city before
and she couldn’t get over the excitement of seeing and living the experience for real.
It was exhilarating, the cool air hit her as she exited the doorway, oh, those revolving doors!
She had to remember to exit at the right spot.
After missing the exit a couple times, trying to make it look deliberate,
her friends’ words lingered in her mind,
You’ll be fine, don’t worry,
you’ve always been the lucky one after all.
Even at 21, she knew her parents would tell her something different
Their words of caution stood like soldiers standing guard.
But as she scanned the area and saw him across the street, the only thing she could think about was him.

He was handsome, bouquet in hand, and his head covered with a hood to the light sprinkle of rain.
That dark hood made him look rather anonymous – he could have been anyone,
but she recognized the flowers.
In his message he said he would be bringing tulips,
An array of colors in a huge satin bow.

She had never met him before, but they had talked many times over the internet. He was an artist, like her, engaged in a photo-shoot that was taking place on Fifth Avenue. They decided to attend together. There he was, standing across the sidewalk, looking like a star, self assured with so much confidence it scared her.

He gazed into her eyes and smiled. A killer smile. She thought it would melt her on the spot, but the misty rain kept her focused. As she reached into her bag, she realized she had forgotten her umbrella and her hair was starting to curl from the rain. He remarked how much he liked it and they headed off to Fifth Avenue.

It was easy to get caught up in the moment. He continued to talk and keep her mind busy and she didn’t even notice that they had turned down a vacant street next to a park. The park looked dark and ominous in contrast to the lights of the tall buildings.
She looked over as he started to remove his hood. His hair was picture perfect, dark, thick and had a slight wave that tickled his scalp. A few strands fell loose in front of his face revealing a look that was more than she could handle. She thought she might break the mood by taking pictures of him as they walked. He loosened his shirt and she noticed the broad shoulders, the muscular form leading up to the shoulders revealing strong, firm biceps and the slight hint of hair on his chest….she realized she was staring, and worse, she realized he was staring at her!

His next words didn’t surprise her. She knew what he was about to say. Lets just make a stop at my apartment, we can have a quick drink. Instantly, she saw right through him……..
Her heart started to pound like a jack hammer and for the second time that night she thought of her friends. Their words of encouragement seemed childish now, irresponsible and she wished her parents could swoop down and rescue her. Suddenly, she realized she wasn’t the lucky one after all.


The first layer in this mix was an image of a building in Seattle. I stood in the street and the branches were perfectly placed to give me that lovely texture. But the gray tones really did nothing for the image. I started to see the potential for working with it when I did an inverted image. I loved how the branches popped out.
So this is an inverted image with layers of added color and light to bring the building to life.
I also used my new technique of tile application, Gaussian blur, motion blur, and then paint daubs. I layered the images of my brother and his wife at the beach as silhouettes. I loved the affect of seeing through them.

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