the mysterious Madame X

Well, Chrome finally got around to setting up the new SecondSnaps photo studio today, and since I was to be his model first time around, I was eager to see what he could do with it. Naturally, I had to dress for the occasion, so I put together an outfit that I thought might inspire him to do something new and different, or maybe even old and ordinary. Whatever he wound up doing would be pretty good, I figured.

When he had taken his first shot, he stepped back and stood silently for a while, gazing at the image he had captured. “Well,” I said, “how does it look?” He pondered it for a little while longer and then slapped his forehead. “Of course!”, he said; “That’s who it reminds me of!” He was jubilant, and I was puzzled; “Can I see it?”, I said. He showed me the image and I thought, “Wow, this is pretty amazing for a first attempt; but who does it remind you of?”

“John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame Gautreau, which he entitled Madame X in a vain attempt to conceal her identity, causing such a great scandal at the Salon in 1884 that he left Paris for London, never to return. The two of you would have made quite a pair – you, the ‘camilleon’ who never appears the same way twice and who could drive any man mad; and Madame X, notorious in Parisian high society for her beauty and rumored infidelities. Two peas in a pod… how ironic, and….  how coincidental.”

“Second Life seems to be full of just as many mysteries as the first one is.” I said, smiling at my new friend from another world. She looked away, as mysterious as ever.

About Camille Topaz

A good friend of Chrome's and a member of his art team. I appear in his comic strips, and often in his paintings. Once a member of the rock band Cherrybomb, now a proud member of Onyx and Topaz, an exotic Middle Eastern dance duo.
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2 Responses to the mysterious Madame X

  1. Shoji Kumaki says:

    Wonderful, Chrome. The beauty and infidelity are the two key elements that make a woman more attractive, aren’t they?

  2. Chrome says:

    Seems to be the way, Shoji. Darkness can make light even more alluring in the hands of a master… though it sure isn’t easy being on the dark side of the fidelity issue. :)

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