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Sometimes days go by and no one comes. Weeks even.

That's the way of it, these days.

Les Américains no longer revere our fashion esthétique the way they once did. de Vise, Doucat, Paquin...these names mean nothing to les Américains any more. Even Chanel must compete with the Gap and Wal-Mart.

Odious, Wal-Mart is. But what can one do? C'est la manière des choses.

My shoppe, it grows dusty. I smell the mildew trying to take hold. But it will not win - let it never be said that Madame de la Rouche keeps a dirty store.

Once I was the busiest magasin d'habillement in all of New York City. The mayor's wife, she came frequently. All the stars of Broadway, too. Where else to get the latest Parisian fashion but at An American in Paris? The waiting list to even enter was months long.

But no more. Les Américains that came earlier were my first customers this week. And they left without buying. Probably couldn't have afforded my wares anyway. C'est la vie.

Les Américains...I both love them and loathe them. They are so full of hope, of life. They look at the sky and see a future of wonder, of joy.

Or at least they were - now their eyes look down instead of up. They move like rats in the Paris subway - scurrying along, suspicious of their neighbors.

I moved from Paris as a young girl, with stars in my eyes. I saw the bright lights, the bustle of the city. I would be part of le rêve Américain. I would create my dream. And so I did - An American in Paris was my dream.

And for awhile, the city dreamed with me.

But no more.

The world changes. I become obsolete. One day no one will remain who remembers Madame de la Rouche and her An American in Paris.

C'est la manière des choses.

This has been an entry for LJ Idol. Once again, we are paired together, so my fate is linked to [ profile] i_17bingo. His entry is linked above - I encourage you to read it first, as his nonfictional tale inspired my fictional one. If you want to vote for one or both of us, the poll will likely be up later today.

Date: 2011-04-19 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, now you're just making me feel bad.

This was such a wonderful, melancholy compliment to mine. Thank you so much for being my partner!

Date: 2011-04-19 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like both of our pieces.

Date: 2011-04-19 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can totally hear her accent in this! Really quite sad, nostalgic. I enjoyed the different perspective you offered to [ profile] i_17bingo 's entry

Date: 2011-04-20 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I just hope the French is valid - I don't speak it. I tried to keep the phrases short so that babelfish didn't have to do anything too complicated lol.

Date: 2011-04-20 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked yours a lot, and were it just yours alone, I'd vote for it in a heartbeat, as I've voted for you pretty much every week you've ever been in LJI. But I found your partner's so offensive that I'm waiting to see whether he can redeem himself before deciding whether I can vote for you or not (this being a team thing, a vote for you is also a vote for him). I started a discussion on his post, if you're curious as to why I feel the way I do.

Date: 2011-04-20 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read through the dialogue, and I will tell you what I told him -

You're both good people, and both passionate people. I can see both sides of the argument. I am Switzerland. :)

As far as voting, that's on your conscience - I love you neither more nor less regardless of your choosing to vote or not. If you choose not, for moral reasons, I can respect that. At the end of the day, it's just a silly competition.



Date: 2011-04-21 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Quite complimentary with your partner's entry. Both well done.

Date: 2011-04-21 02:14 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-21 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As someone who's taken lots of French, I really imagined the accent going along with this and enjoyed that aspect.

Nicely done!

Date: 2011-04-21 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't speak French at all, so I'm glad to have your seal of approval. :)

Date: 2011-04-21 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw! This was very bittersweet and added a sort of melancholy note to [ profile] i_17bingo's piece. The whole thing together has an interesting Sunset Boulevard vibe for me.

Date: 2011-04-21 10:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-21 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So much feeling in such a short piece. Very well done. I found it interesting that with the way you put the words together, even the English sounded French, if that makes any sense. Like an actual French person were putting those phrases together, etc.

Date: 2011-04-21 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I don't speak French, but that was the vibe I was going for - I tried to choose grammar structures that had a bit of that "not quite a native English speaker" feel.

Date: 2011-04-21 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This makes me sad after reading your partner's entry. Well done, emotionally.

Date: 2011-04-21 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks for reading, and thank you.

Date: 2011-04-21 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love how you were able to develop this character so much with so few words.

Date: 2011-04-22 03:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-22 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOVED this! I think you captured the woman's voice from [ profile] i_17bingo's entry really well, and although this is fiction and there's no way of knowing what that woman was actually like, I feel like I better understand her behaviour in his piece.

You did a wonderful job with so few words :D

Date: 2011-04-22 03:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-22 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw! Now I feel sad for her! LOVED this :)

Date: 2011-04-22 02:53 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-22 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know, I think you do a great job making her sympathetic, but I read bingo's first, so I still think she's a jerk. However, now she's a sympathetic jerk. CURSE YOU FOR MAKING ME EMPATHIZE WITH HER! :D

Date: 2011-04-22 10:57 pm (UTC)


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