Every other week at the FairVista store he did a presentation on the Lyphend line. Occasionally he sold one or two of their lower range cameras but most often it was their combo radio/cd players that sold. Sound quality that out did Bose, half the size and twice the price.
“Good afternoon.” He opened the Lyphend display case and took out the travel mug and the leather loop used to attach it to a shoulder bag. He squeezed the handle and when the screen lit up on it there was a muttering in the people gathered around. He pulled the loop apart rolled it between his hands and it flattened out into rectangle which he placed the mug on. A keyboard appeared on the the rectangle. He typed on it “Welcome to the latest from Lyphend.”
That appeared on the small screen as well on the over-head screens in the shop. There was some applause.
“Lyphend had always been on the cutting edge of technology and practicality. It also takes suggestions by their customers seriously. The Traveller came from such a suggestion. Still very much a prototype. Dishwasher safe is the challenge.”
He looked over the handful of people. Teenage girls, some boys, a couple men in business suits and what he figured was a father and daughter pair.
He went though his usual presentation. It started with a bit of Lyphend history, some of its innovations, the various lines of merchandise it offered. He demonstrated some of the smaller digital cameras. These were the ones that sold well because of their size and the image quality. He ended with one of the larger models. Today he selected the retro Newsman. It was a small copy of the 30’s newspaper reporter camera with a flash attached.
The flash was designed to replicate the old flash bulb in brightness and even had a sound chip to make the searing noise of the bulb going off.
“Who’s ready for their close up.” He asked pointing the camera at the teenage girls who quickly posed and giggled as he snapped several fast pictures.
“You really taking pictures?” Daughter with the father asked.
“Look?” he turned the view screen to her and flipped through the pictures he had just taken.
“That’s a very fast shutter speed.” the girl said. “Actually I know it doesn’t have a shutter per se.”
“Yes that’s one of the features of most Lyphend’s. No delay while the chip captures the image. Plus no cables needed if you have the Lily Pad.” He placed the camera on a round pad by the lap top and the pictures automatically appeared on it.
“Cool.” she said. “But not good for protecting the image.”
“You merely have to change the settings so that you have to be asked before downloading anything off it.”
The girl looked to her Dad.
“It’s Ashely’s birthday.” Her Dad said. “She’s been watching His Girl Friday.”
“Rosalind Russell?” Dan asid.
“You betcha!” Ashley said sharply. “Daddy?”
“How much?” The Dad asked Dan.
Dan handed the dad a card that had the price. “We can talk, if you are still interested, after I finish up here.”
He quickly wrapped up his presentation.
“Here’s some catalog’s for you.” He handed each of the people who stayed for the whole talk. “You can only buy their line from us here. David or Hamid would be happy to help you.”
Ashley and her father were still there. He fully expected the Dad to take one look at the price of the Newsman and move on or at least encourage her to look at one of the more reasonably priced cameras.
“Mr. James,” Ashely smiled. “I was wondering if this came in any other colour options?”
“Not that I know of. I doubt if they would entertain any other color options either. The original was black, with the silver moulding and lettering.”
“Ashley has a fondness for blood red.”
“Dried blood red to be precise. But I guess this black would do.” She held the camera up to her eye and took several quick pictures as she turned around on her heels. “Let’s see how these turn out.” She put the camera on the Lyli Pad. “Not bad.” she said as the pictures appeared on the monitor. “A bit of distortion. How hard is it to change the capture speed?”
“Simple enough.” Dan took the camera and pressed the view screen on the back for the functions menu to open. She leaned close to him to peer at the screen.
“Cool.” she said. “Daddy look.”
She stepped aside so her father could see what she had just seen.
Dan was aware of the man’s cologne, it had a smokey coconut undertone. The man put his hand causally on Dan’s forearm as he leaned in.
“Very nice.” the man said.
“Daddy you are supposed to look at the camera not the salesman.” His daughter laughed.
“I am Ashely’s father.” He stepped back and tugged at the outside legs of his pants.
Dan couldn’t help but glance down and he saw the Dad was well packaged under the dark surge of his suit.
“You like?” Dad asked opening his light top coat and giving his hips a slight thrust that empathized his package even more. “Top coat is Boss, of course. The pants are from one of my Kiton’s. Custom fit.”
“I see.” Dan said. “You get asked often?”
“Often enough. Now about this price.” The Dad asked.
“Not negotiable I’m afraid.”
“I realize that. But what does my 24K include?”
“Life time warranty, for any owner. One full replacement should it be lost in, say, a fire.”
“Password protected so only the owner can use it. Plus GPS fibre chips.”
“Fibre chips?” Dad asked.
“Oh Daddy,” Ashley said. “You don’t know anything. It’s tiny chips embedded in such a way they can’t be removed without destroying the camera. Right?”
“Close enough.” Dan answered. “They have their own power source, too, so taking out the camera battery won’t shut them down.”
“I should get some hair extensions made of those for you young lady.” Dad said.
“There’s also two private tutoring sessions with me if needed. But it sounds like Ashely is fairly knowledgable already.”
“But I’m not.” Dad smiled widely.
“Ah, yes.” Dan was even embarrassed as he had been when he was caught eyeing the man’s package.
“Good. Then we’ll take it.” He handed a credit card. “You do take AmEx here.”
Dan stared at the black card. He’d heard of them before but had never expected to actually see one, let alone hold one.
the princess’s ball
This sample is from November 13 – past the 34,000 word mark. I’m letting my wishful thinking create the Lyphend product line – things I certainly would love to own – a travel mug computer. I’ve always wanted a travel mug that lights up so a computer version would be even better. I did some checking with a photographer friend of mine about limited edition cameras & values & 24k isn’t unreasonable.
Lyphend isn’t based on anything real or researched. I do develop some of their back story. The travel mug also figures in later as well but when I seeded here in this scene I had no idea of what I might use it for – but I never toss an unused idea out until editing.
the lonely ball
I introduce another character here – Moxham – the last name comes from the east coast – google Moxham’s Castle – it also has a bit of Beckham resonance as well. I did instant research on suits and credit cards to pump up his wealth. His sexuality is ambiguous (unlike his package which is definitely big).
The character and his daughter came to me as I was writing the scene so I’m not clear on what role he gets to play other than adding to Dan’s eventual relationship perplexities. The handsome, unbelievably rich stranger is a romance novel trope I want to play with.
This is the last of the NaNo sample for this year. I ended up with over 65,000 words this year and am at maybe the halfway point in the story arc. When i started I saw the bulk of the story taking place in the Maritimes as Dan investigates the missing children & the challenges involved in that – so I have mile stop go before I reach the end. Thanks to the runaway sleigh ride of December I won’t get to do any more work on Picture Perfect until the new year.
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