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Topic Started: Aug 4 2016, 07:47 AM (948 Views)
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((Nadia Riva continued from Flashing Lights))

Nadia stepped out of the backseat of the Dodge Challenger, stretching her arms over her head. She bent her torso to the left, then the right, then the left again. Hooking up in the back of Rod's nice car had some glamour to it, but Nadia always felt slightly cramped when it was all done. Maybe it was her size, or maybe it was just laying in one position for a long period of time, but it always felt good to get out of the car right when they were done and she had her skirt back on.

Nadia looked up at the night sky. It was a clear evening out in the Mojave desert, filling the sky with stars. Nadia didn't have much to love about Kingman, but she did love the way the sky looked on clear, spring evenings like this one. They were free from all the pollution and the bustle of the city, leaving everything quiet and peaceful.

Yesterday, Nadia had learned one of her photos was published on Photo Vogue, so she and Rod went out to celebrate. Naturally, that led them to the backseat of Rod's Challenger somewhere in the middle of the desert outside of Kingman, but she wasn't going to deny that she hoped it would end up there.

Nadia walked back to the car and opened the passenger side door. Her purse was still sitting on the seat, so she reached for it. She opened it up and pulled out her camera. After putting her purse back on the seat and closing the door, she took a few steps away from the car and pointed the camera lens at the sky. There was a flash, and then Nadia had a picture of the evening sky.

"I know it's kind of cliche to take pictures of the night sky," she said aloud, "but dammit, I think I'm actually in love with it tonight."
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Nadia took a few more snapshots of the surrounding area. Rod mentioned he'd miss that he'd miss the view. Nadia felt slightly melancholic at the mention. College acceptances would be arriving soon. Rod had gotten a few offers, but Nadia was still waiting on letters from UCLA and USC. She wouldn't see the sky like this in Los Angeles (or any sky with the smog levels as they are there), but she'd be trading it for something a lot more amazing.

Nadia turned and saw Rod laying on the hood of the car, patting for her to join. Nadia walked over and slid on top of the car. She nestled herself close to Rod, keeping the camera in her hands.

"Man, it's really almost here," she said. "It's hard to believe we're almost done with school. Just a few more months and then we're out."

Nadia looked over at Rod.

"You ready to get out of here?"
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Nadia smiled as Rod pulled her closer together. When she first met Rod, she figured he would be a rough jock type who she wouldn't have gotten along with. However, it was moments like this that reminded her of how gentle and loving he could be. It was really nice, and so she nuzzled her head against his shoulder.

"Yeah, meeting you was one of the best things about this place," she replied. "I can't say I like a lot of the people here, but I love you, so I think that puts you above most of this town's residents."

Nadia looked out at the vista before her. The desert seemed really dreary and lifeless, but tonight it seemed like one of the most beautiful places in the world.

"But you know, I think I'm ready to move on from this town. I mean, I'll come back to see my parents and for summer break, but I'm more excited to see new sights. There's just so much out there in the world to see."

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Nadia gazed up at the night sky as Rod replied with a similar declaration of love. She couldn't help but smile at it. Nadia always felt it was dumb for girls to get too into guys and romance. She had heard enough of that when Rochelle was always talking about he several boyfriends back when she went to Cochise. Still, maybe it was because she hadn't experienced it at the time, but now that she was here with Rod, she could see what the fuss was about.

Nadia raised her camera to the sky and took another picture. Rod said she'd do great in LA.

"I hope so," she said, lowering the camera. "I mean, I know this business is competitive, and even more restrictive for a girl like me, but at the very least, I want to get some good times out of it."

Nadia adjusted herself slightly on the car hood.

"Well, at least I don't want to leave feeling like a failure."
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Nadia let out a small sigh. Rod asked why she'd feel like a failure, especially when she had the picture in Photo Vogue and was set to get out of Kingman. Nadia shrugged.

"I mean, I don't feel like a failure now," she explained. "It's too soon to feel like that. Especially before I even take a photography and film course or even start going around on go-sees. I just want to feel like it was all worth something, but...well..."

Nadia set the camera in her lap and then held her hands up to the sky.

"It's like...I believe I can do this. I think I can go to LA, break into the modeling industry, and make a name for myself as a model and photographer, or at least let that be a launching point to another career. But at the same time, I feel like I can't put too much hope into this. Like, I have to put a reasonable amount of faith and realism into these goals of mine, but if I tip too far into either direction, I'll fail. Either I'll fail because I couldn't grasp the seriousness of the business, or I take it too seriously that I lose all individuality and imagination. Both options seem frightening, so I feel like I can't get too swept away by this all. It's like I have to accept that I'll either succeed and live the dream, or fail and be left in a void where I'm not sure what's next."

Nadia lowered her arms and cleared her throat.

"I don't know, am I just babbling? Or does that make sense?"
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Nadia was glad Rod understood what she was talking about. Part of her would have been embarrassed if he didn't understand any of her insane ramblings. The other part would have been upset if he had no idea what she was talking about and couldn't help her make sense of her feelings. Maybe they were more in tune than she thought. That was comforting, at least.

Way I see it, this is your passion, what you want to do with your life, yeah? So you have to fight for it, give it all you've got. You're not going to lose all your individuality or anything, but all this second guessing is just setting yourself up to fail. You know what I mean?

Nadia nodded along as Rod gave his thoughts. It made sense. It really wouldn't be too hard to lose her individuality as long as she kept to her own style when taking photos and represented herself well as a professional.

"Yeah, I know second guessing can only get in the way," she said. "Maybe I'm just assuming my time in Los Angeles will be like Barton Fink. But that's unlikely."

Nadia nuzzled her head against Rod's shoulder.

"But what about you? I mean, you've got some ideas for what's next, right?"
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Nadia felt Rod run his large fingers through her freshly-dyed hair. The repetitive motion felt nice as she lay next to him. Rod seemed to have a few more things straightened out in regards to his college picks. He was in talks with three schools, which sounded pretty impressive for an athlete from their small town.

"Well, what's going to push you to choose?" Nadia asked. "Would it if they offered a full ride? Or would it be more about location or academic programs?"

"I mean, have they started to show how desperate they are for you?"
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Nadia listened as Rod mentioned the schools he was scouting. AU and Stanford were pretty big schools to go to. She knew his dad went to Stanford, although she knew he was hesitant to be too similar to his dad. Still, it was nice that Rod was thinking of distance for where he'd go to school.

"Well, I don't want to be all that holds you back from going to a specific school," Nadia said. "Stanford would be nice for the five hour distance, but if American has programs you are more interested in, go for it. I'm cool making long weekend trips to Stanford, and I hope you'd like to do the same if I get into UCLA. And if you choose American, I'd be willing to fly out and see you on holidays. I've never been to DC before, so I would make the effort."

Nadia stretched her back a bit before settling into her comfortable place.

"Honestly, a long distance relationship sounds daunting, but I've read about people whose relationships were entirely long distance before they got married. I'm not talking about mail order brides or prison relationships, but relationships done completely over email and the phone. I definitely think we should try as long as we remember to put the effort into it."

"I mean, I know you're not the kind of guy who would give up easily, so I won't be that kind of woman."
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"Yeah, the East Coast isn't as pleasant as the West," Nadia said. "I think you'd do well in San Francisco. Lots of cool museums and natural sights to visit. I haven't gone there yet, so I bet we could have fun there."

Nadia watched as the desert wind blew some dust in the air. She closed her eyes, thinking some might get in. Once it was quiet again, she opened her eyes.

"But still, pre-med is good," Nadia added. "I know that's going to be pretty tough, but there's always plenty of opportunities for that."
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Nadia smiled while Rod talked about becoming a doctor to help out the Navajo nation. She loved that he had such reverence for his indigenous heritage. She was one-quarter Japanese, but the most her family did with to celebrate that was to make curry for dinner every other week. She had never even been to Japan or seen where her grandparents grew up. Rod at least had a place to celebrate his heritage, and Nadia was pleased she was allowed to see it with him.

Rod then suggested that they take a trip to one of these cities. Nadia nodded.

"Yeah, that'd be a fun thing to do to celebrate the end of high school," she said. "I wouldn't mind doing a romantic getaway. See the sights, eat local cuisine, just live it up in a new place. It'll definitely require some convincing from my parents, but I'm sure I can do it."
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Nadia chuckled to herself as Rod attempted to translate the coyote howls.

"Well, I'd howl back, but I'd probably mess up the grammar," Nadia said.

It was pretty cool being out here at night and hearing the coyotes. It added to the ambiance and made her appreciate their choice to come out here. Nadia had thought that, of everything from her Kingman heritage, she would take the southwest influences and desert scenery with her to wherever she went. It really was an aesthetic she wanted to carry with her for the rest of her career.

It was then an idea came to her. Nadia held up the camera in her lap and looked at Rod.

"Hey, want to do something fun?"
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Nadia slid over to the edge of the hood and hopped off. She stretched her back a bit and slowly moved to the front of the car. After sitting on the flat metal surface for a few minutes, she wanted to get some feeling back into her lower body. Once she was in front of the car, she placed the camera strap around her neck.

"Let's take some pictures," she said to Rod. "It's a gorgeous night, I'm feeling good, and I think we can make some magic happen. Well, magic different from the kind we made in the backseat, but magic nonetheless."

Nadia found it kind of cheesy, but she really loved taking pictures of herself and her boyfriend. For one, she thought Rod was attractive enough to be a good model with the right direction. Second, it felt like a good gift for him and other people. She could get a really good photo of Rod, then have it printed and framed. Third, they had a perfect setting. They didn't have the best lighting, but they could improvise or at least try for silhouette photos.

"You up for that?" she asked.
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Nadia put her hand under her chin and began to hum to herself. It was one thing to impulsively want to take pictures, but she actually had to think this out. First was the setting. There was a car, and bare desert with a few rocks around. She could work with that. Next was lighting. Her camera had a flash, and they could use the headlights of the car. It wouldn't look the best or the most natural, but she was sure she could come up with something. Maybe the absence of lighting was what she needed for this.

Nadia looked around. She saw a rock that looked slightly flat. From a certain angle, she could see nothing in the background by the sky and all the stars. She looked back at Rod taking in his figure and his appearance. That's when the idea clicked.

"Okay, I've got one I'd like to try," she said.

Nadia pointed to the rock.

"I think if you step on the rock and look off into the distance, it'll look really cool. Maybe take your jacket off so you can look more natural. Don't worry, you can keep the pants on."

"I'll try to play with the settings on the camera. How does that sound?"
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Nadia watched Rod take his place on the rock, taking a moment to admire his shirtless physique, before she moved over. He was standing with one foot on the rock and with his hands on his hips.

"Hold on, let me try something," she said.

Nadia looked over him. She reached out and touched his right hand, pulling it off his hip and letting it dangle to his side. Next, she moved his left hand slightly down, keeping it on his hip but making the space his arm made smaller. She then moved to his front and looked him directly in the face. She placed her hand under his chin and tilted it slightly. First a little to his right, then a little up. Nadia took a step back and looked him over.

"Okay," she said. "I think that'll work. I'll try from a few angles, so try to hold that pose."

Nadia moved over to Rod's left and took a few steps back. Once she stopped, she held the camera up and looked at Rod through the viewfinder. The night sky was clear enough that Rod wasn't an amorphous blob in the darkness, although the lighting wasn't as great as she had hoped. The car was on to run the AC, so there was some lighting behind him. Nadia shrugged and decided to not worry. She could edit the photos at home, and from where she was, there was enough of Rod to capture his manliness and powerful expression.

"Okay, here we go," she said.

Nadia clicked the shutter, snapping a photo. She then flicked the camera to turn the flash on.

"And once with flash."

She took another picture. Nadia began to move around Rod in a half circle, from his left side to his right. Nadia knew they were just messing around, so she was going to merely take as many pictures as she felt necessary and then look at them on her computer.

"You're looking great," she told Rod. "I'm almost done."
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Nadia took another snapshot, and then lowered the camera.

"Okay, that should be good."

Nadia looked at the pictures on the camera. Some angles definitely looked better than others, but for lighting and other details, she'd probably need to check on them at home in better lighting. Still, she was feeling quite pumped by this photo shoot and wanted to keep going.

Nadia looked around the area, listening to the distant howls of coyotes. She then looked at Rod's challenger, and a thought came to her.

"Hey, let's do one together," she said. "I think I have an idea."
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