The Trickster Diaries/Chapter 117
Sometimes these photo collage pieces can utilize dozens if not hundreds of CS 6 editing tools and take days to complete. And this one, though it’s only a two layer affair, is in that category.
But there’s something else about it. Something quite unintended but undeniably there. The usual intrigue is there, the crazy depth of field and juxtapositioning of objects, there. What’s missing is the unanswerable question.
Jesus. I actually have to stand back from this one, then shut down the program for some hours before returning to make sure it’s talking in the language I think I’m hearing. Or seeing, I mean.
Only Juliette would get it. She’d get it right away. Closure. Our perfect goodbye.
Weird on weird is the timing, the fact that tomorrow, February 11, is the one year anniversary of the night it all crashed and burned.
By now I know the FB crowd well enough to guess how it’ll go when I post. It’ll get just under 20 likes, maybe three or four comments. So I gamble that maybe, just maybe people with make the emotional connection if, just under it on my feed, I also post one of Juliette’s horror show recap videos.
It’s only FB. What the hell.
When I return to FB a few days later it’s as predicted: four comments, 18 likes. Juliette’s video, by contrast, has received zero action.
For good reason.
No image behind the play arrow. Only black background.
I know what this means before clicking: that either someone has seen it and alerted her or that she’s seen it and deleted it from YouTube.
I click, Firefox opens a new window and yes, all the videos on her YouTube channel are now dead links. Nothing there but those frowning red thumbnail faces.
Jesus. This is how we used to play on Ello, only expanded now to cover two social media websites. Wow. All a part of our delicious spy game, our secret code. It’s misdirection. it doesn’t mean what an outsider would suspect at all.
So I go to her feed on Ello, scroll down a few days to a rare, single post on February 11. A black & white, aerial GIF of buildings being blown up, or imploding. Under it is the caption: “Come back and make up a goodbye, at least. Let’s pretend we had one.”
I Google the quote. There’s even a video clip. It’s a line the girl says to the guy in a scene from the film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.