Friday, February 18, 2011

Drew in the Beginning

How often he was overlooked is unknown.  Perhaps that's what made him successful.  This type of neglect can foster independence.  In Drew's case, the rich and famous world of law established the precedent of success.  His family had more resources at their disposal than the jungle.  His parents were accustomed to extremely high profile cases often requiring police protection for him and his family.  He had become an expert, though, at skirting the babysitters and escaping his prison.  This made it easy for for him to fly just under the radar, discovering his own hobbies without having to fall prey to the grimy hands of his parents and siblings and their attempts to lure him into status and corruption.  His siblings were either plastic surgeons or attorneys themselves, each working independent of their parents and in some cases against each other without skipping a pretentious beat.  Their hearts were hard and cold and he was aware at an early age he either rooted himself out or he would suffocate and die.

He had a teacher in high school mentoring him in the art of photography.  He noticed Drew's inexplicable talent and put him to work on the yearbook immediately.  His parents had given him his first camera. Unbeknownst to them, it would the the tool that freed him from them.  His teacher, Mr. Aarns, guided him through contests and competitions.  He won time and again and began to stash and save the money in anticipation that he would not be receiving approval from his parents.  Mr. Aarns was keenly aware of Drew's plan.  He knew exactly who Drew's parents were and discreetly helped Drew.  It was never discussed, but it was made clear he needed and wanted the help.   As the end of his high school years approached, his parents began to take notice as if he had finally became worthy of their attention.  They were ready to pull their lofty strings at Harvard Law, but he had other plans, thus beginning the tail spin separating him from his family. The long road that followed left him lonely most of the time.  He liked it that way because that was when he did his best work.  He went to school for photography.  He made very short term goals and usually lived right in the moment always keeping one eye open for someone who might steal him back to his family's conniving circle.  He trusted few people therefore flourished in the confines of a dark room.  His success began to roll in despite staying out of the limelight.  Soon, he was the proud owner of a well know studio where he was coveted by most anyone who was in the business in New York. 

Average height.  Light brown eyes and a perfect complexion.  Well mannered and eloquently spoken.  Drew's favorite spot was a little coffee house that, at just the right moment in time, would be the ultimate twist in the chain of destinies stringing throughout the world.

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