Short Dialogue with Vree.
“I liked your story,” Vree said to me. “Will you tell me another?”
I hoped you could tell me more about yourself.
“Why? Are you writing a book?”
Yes, I am.
Someone like you. I think you would be the perfect model for her.
“Okay … here, Mr. Nosey, write this down:
“I have blue-green eyes that look bluer if I wear light-colored clothing, greener if I wear dark clothing. I have straight, shoulder length blonde hair parted in the middle. I want short hair for easier maintenance but my mom says no. I have light skin, I suppose you could call it fair complexion, though it’s more like peach skin tone. I rarely wear makeup. I’m 4’ 11” and weigh 85 pounds. I like jogging to clear my mind, and I like wearing casual clothes—T-shirts, shorts, jeans, tennis shoes in the summer and sweats, leggings, and heavy socks during cold weather.
“I hope that’s everything you need.”
What about family, friends … school?
“I have a mom, no dad, a brother and sister who are older than me by a few minutes, a neighbor boy named Lenny who I think has a crush on me, and I’m in the 11th grade this fall.”
You’re definitely introverted. You love being alone with your art.
“I love painting landscapes.”
Artists love to create.
You find bliss in solitude, are quiet and thoughtful, and at one with yourself.
“That’s a pretty accurate description.”
I knew someone like you before she left.
“You’re talking about me. What was I like before things changed?”
You can read about it when I finish writing this book about Ridgewood.