Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Secret Lives of Digital Photo Models, Vol. 2

(Brooke and I were given a digital picture frame as a gift. While hooking it up I found that there were several photos on there already. The instruction manual says that they are just sample pictures, meant to show you how the display will look. I like to think there’s more to the story.)

"Of course they know nothing. They are just children. Not even my children. Just kids."

This thought ran on a loop in Tony's brain as his family posed around him. "Not mine, not mine, not mine."

Of course he knew. He'd always known, regardless of the fact that he'd wished he hadn't. It was one of the many lies a man tells himself to avoid the unbearable conflict of a falsified life.

"How could she?" he'd wondered from time to time. But those questions were always drowned in another business trip, another holiday, another family vacation like this one.

No more. It was time for the truth to set him free. This picture would mark the end of the fraudulent family portraits; the end of the family altogether. Not that it was all bad. He would miss the soccer practices, the recitals, the look on his daughter's face when he handed her another trinket from a hotel gift shop in middle America.

"But I'm young enough," he convinced himself. "Young enough to start again. For real this time. No more faking it."

He huddled together with these people one last time.

It was over in a flash.

12 Comments:

Blogger Mad Phoenix said...

That was much darker than the last one. Way too intriguing to be that short! Is he gay? Was his wife cheating with his brother? Where does he end up? What happens to the rest of the family? I can't go on not knowing!!!

August 13, 2009 at 3:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LiLu said...

Cylons. Definitely Cylons.

<---- Dork.

August 13, 2009 at 5:35:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous juniperjune said...

ha, "not his" was my immediate thought too, but i was going to cast him as the poolboy that she ran off with and is now attempting to be happily married to.

August 13, 2009 at 6:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger miss. chief said...

look at her, all smug in her half shirt

August 13, 2009 at 9:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a one of those children even has the same father! It's best for him to move on--I'll take him!

Canadian Queen

August 14, 2009 at 1:44:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Kristin said...

What mom poses for a family photo in a midriff baring top ? I mean, other than Hugh Heffner's ex girlfriends ?

August 14, 2009 at 3:36:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Liberal Banana said...

You AND your commenters are hilarious! I think juniperjune hit the nail on the head: pool boy lover! In reality though, they probably just walked up to all of these random attractive people on the beach and said, "Hey, would you like to pose for a stock photo?" and whoever said yes and signed the release was plopped in front of the camera. Real models can be expensive to hire, you know!

August 14, 2009 at 10:11:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Heather said...

Haha, this was a good one :-) I can't wait to see more!

August 14, 2009 at 11:39:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a little sad that Fake Brooke Shields' crop-top didn't make it into the story.

August 14, 2009 at 1:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kat said...

He's totally photo-bombing. Why else is he wearing BLUE??

August 15, 2009 at 8:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger KEDA said...

I dunno ... that little one on the left is a maybe. It could be a William & Harry situ -- do the other 2 realize they have a different dad??

August 15, 2009 at 10:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Trooper Thorn said...

Five years later, he has reconnected with the kids over Facebook. They are struggling through adolescence because Mom cannot keep in a stable relationship for more than 3 months. Life becomes increasingly more dramatic and they reach out to the only stable figure in their lives, even if he is not 'related'.
Eventually, they are living with him again since mom has moved to Columbia to start over.

August 20, 2009 at 3:05:00 PM EDT  

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