Monday, April 23, 2007

Entry #19

Reality Bytes
by Katherine Napier


“I have to go soon”, she typed. “I have a photo shoot to get ready for and I have to be on time. They’re sending a Limo.”

: Why a Limo?

“Because some idiot in a Chevy hit my Lexus and now it’s in the shop.”

: Were you hurt?

“No, I’m ok. I’m lucky I didn’t break like a stick, though, with so little meat on my bones. The E.R. doctor said it was lucky nothing happened to my face, as pretty as he thought I was.”

: Speaking of which… why won’t you send me a pic?

“You know why. My contract doesn’t allow a freebie.” She grabbed a cigarette out of the pack and lit it, the spark of the lighter sending 4 cats running for the kitchen. She took a swig of her beer and, cigarette drooping off her bottom lip, she began to type more. “I’m sorry I’m so exclusive.”

: I understand…I guess.

She flicked her ashes into an over-full ashtray. “I’ll be going to a premiere after the shoot, so I won’t be online until tomorrow.”

: Okay

“See you then.”

: Okay. Bye.

“Bye-bye.” She shut the computer down, stood up, and stretched her 5 foot frame as far as it would go. She stepped over the pile of newspapers on the floor, sending cats in all directions, and waddled toward the bedroom for a nap.

11 comments:

Scott said...

I liked the way you employed the : to make it look like a computer speaking.

Jude said...

Ah the irony of it. How we assume different persona's behind the screen!

Joni said...

This is great. You never REALLY know who's out there. Of course, I really AM a model.

Beth said...

So true of online life. You just never know.

briliantdonkey said...

VERY good glimpse into the online world.

BD

briliantdonkey said...

I'm just glad she didnt turn out to be some guy named bubba. Not that that has ever happened to me.



often.



BD

Terri said...

This little story fits really well with the photo, and it has left a smile on my face - nice!

September said...

Congratulations on your story, Katherine. :)
I like the way you captured what many people do - become someone else behind the computer.
Now, if you'll excuse me - I have some espionage to complete. Shhhh... don't tell anyone.

Trevor Record said...

Congratulations on your win, Ms. Napier.

You know, when I read this I sort of thought that you could easily be making fun of all of us. But I'll have you know that I truly am a rich baron living in a castle.

angel said...

what a brilliant extension of the photograph!

jason evans said...

Oooh, very nice! Makes you think about your online contacts, don't it? Excellent dialog & realism. I love how the sense of position comes through so clearly. The woman has all the power.

Congratulations on 5th place!!