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.