Who we’re told to be, who we pretend to be, and who we are, framed within a frame within a frame. Faking it, loving it, and not caring.
Be pretty, I command, always with encouragement. Turn your head into the light.
We abandon the Valley on Sundays and forage the city for new locales. Stand here, I smell blog, and she peeks from doorways for me and poses Instagramably atop boats and in front of murals and descends staircases and makes faces until she gets bored with it (which is soon) but there is a window, a golden mean in an afternoon before the misty glow of alcohol hardens into caloric grumpiness and the dread of the looming work week when she’s eager to muse. I am Pygmalion. We defy time. We create our own mythology.