Man of Means

I’ve worked here for 8 years, since I was 15. I get up early Friday through Monday, and I come here to staff the desk for Giancarlo’s Barber Shop, setting appointments and taking money, sweeping up and making change. He’s one of the few remaining shops in the area, mostly because so many businesses didn’t own the building they’re in, but GC does, so he’s been here almost 50 years.

The entire time I’ve worked here, GC’s first Friday appointment every four weeks is Mr. Lewis. He arrives in his sleek German sedan about 30 seconds before I open the front door, and GC comes down from his apartment upstairs, coffee in hand. The coffee goes on the counter, and GC gets to work. I usually study at the desk while there are clients in, but I’m always alert and listening when Mr. Lewis is here.

He has this soft, deep voice that he doesn’t have to raise at all, but you can hear him speaking throughout the room. I read up on him once; turns out he’s the CEO of an international company that he started in his basement when he was 15 and he went to live with an aunt after his parents died. He has a house on an island he created in a lake because he loves the water but didn’t want to be on the coast, and he had some sort of attachment to the site. He’s a few years shy of forty years old now, and despite being seen with Hollywood starlets as arm candy, he’s never been married. I’m not really sure what that says about him.

GC told me once that Mr. Lewis grew up nearby, and that he’d actually given him his first haircut. He apparently drives over an hour each way to keep this appointment, which lasts little more than that every time. That’s a level of loyalty that’s lost these days, according to my grandmother. I don’t know about that; I haven’t been around long enough to really know what loyalty looks like. But I do like to look at Mr. Lewis. I think I’ve had a crush on him since he swept in and the scent of his cologne made me weak in the knees. He introduced himself to me at the door on my first day, and kissed the back of my hand, without making it seem sleazy. Now, he still says “Good morning, Emma,” each time, and my heart does somersaults to hear him say my name.

He’s the most handsome man I think I’ve ever seen up close. I know GC was very attractive in his day — he still is, really — but something about Mr. Lewis sets him apart. It’s not that he’s got any one thing that makes him outrageously sexy, it’s like he has everything together. He’s very smart in what he and GC talk about; his laugh makes me feel like when the sun hits my face on a cold day. His eyes are clear hazel, with little flecks of gold near the center, and it seems like he notices everything around him. He complimented me on my haircut when GC styled me over, but he always has something nice to say to me before he goes. He pays in cash, which he gives to me in an exact amount with a generous tip before he smiles almost shyly and waves goodbye. It’s the highlight of every single month.

Featured Shoes: Deadwool Monk Shoes by Masa Plympton (at Monsieur Chic) and ILLI Manuel Monk Shoes by Equitum

On Mr. Lewis:

  • Head: Catwa Jackson by Catwa Clip
  • Skin: Clef de Peau Phil in Tone 2 by Marcopol Oh
  • Eyes: Mayfly Liquid Light Eyes in Desert Twilight Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Hair: Action Inkubator Hair Theo by MarilynMonroe Munro
  • Suit: Deadwool Peak Suit (Wool) in black by Masa Plympton (at Monsieur Chic)
  • Socks: Deadwool Dandy Socks by Masa Plympton
  • Shoes: Deadwool Monk Shoes by Masa Plympton (at Monsieur Chic)
  • Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands in Casual by Siddean Munro
  • Sitting pose custom by me

On Giancarlo:

  • Head & Skin/Appliers: Samurai Kyle Mesh Head Aged in Default Tone by Primrosestar
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous Eyes in Mountain Lake by Arkesh Baral
  • Hair: Exile Traveler in Naturals by Kavar Cleanslate
  • Body: Adam Body by Ginger Chevalier
  • Sweater: Deadwool Ernst Sweater in Chamois by Masa Plympton
  • Jeans: Deadwool Worn out jeans in tumbled wash by Masa Plympton
  • Socks: ILLI Applier Socks for Omega by Equitum
  • Barber pose custom by me

Other details:

  • Apple Fall Buffalo Taxidermy by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha item)
  • David Heather -Shaving Shelf RARE by Gianni Broda (gacha item)
  • David Heather Whiskey Soap Dispenser by Gianni Broda (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // shave stuff by Superjaix (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // mirror by Jammeh (gacha item)
  • David Heather Toiletry Skincare by Gianni Broda (gacha item)
  • LISP – Mesh – Newspaper and Coffee – Blue by Pandora Popstar
  • oyasumi / cash register / grey by Kenzo Gateaux (gacha item)
  • David Heather Electric Razor by Gianni Broda (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // clipper heads by Superjaix (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // dye bowl by Superjaix (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // gentlemen sign by Jammeh (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // barber’s tools by Jammeh (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Comb Jar by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // barbershop posters by Jammeh (gacha item)
  • (fd) Cat – 11 Sitting by Toast Bard (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Crumpled Newspaper by warehousefifteendesigns
  • Lusch Motors Excelsior Umbrella by Owen Lusch
  • David Heather Shoe Shine Kit by Gianni Broda (gacha item)
  • dust bunny . coat rack by Lxlnoel  (gacha item)
  • David Heather Cameo Bag/Decor/Black by Gianni Broda (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // barbershop station by Superjaix (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // reception desk by Jammeh (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // waiting chairs by Superjaix (gacha item)
  • xin + toro // barbershop chair (black) + rare by Superjaix (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Barber Supply Cabinet RARE by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Barrel Chair by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Barbers’ Sink by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Country Hall by warehousefifteendesigns

Invitations

“I must go where I am invited, or I should be too lonely. Why not come with me?”

Archer felt that at any cost he must keep her beside him, must make her give him the rest of her evening. Ignoring her question, he continued to lean against the chimney-piece, his eyes fixed on the hand in which she held her gloves and fan, as if watching to see if he had the power to make her drop them.

Archer felt that at any cost he must keep her beside him, must make her give him the rest of her evening. Ignoring her question, he continued to lean against the chimney-piece, his eyes fixed on the hand in which she held her gloves and fan, as if watching to see if he had the power to make her drop them.

“May guessed the truth,” he said. “There is another woman—but not the one she thinks.”

Ellen Olenska made no answer, and did not move. After a moment he sat down beside her, and, taking her hand, softly unclasped it, so that the gloves and fan fell on the sofa between them.

She started up, and freeing herself from him moved away to the other side of the hearth. “Ah, don’t make love to me! Too many people have done that,” she said, frowning.

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

Featured shoes: Purple Moon Titania Sandals in Red by Poulet Koenkamp

Her details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous in Deep Paris Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Skin: Glam Affair Denis 10 in Polar by Aida Ewing (gacha item)
  • Lipstick: Deetalez High Gloss Appliers for Catwa Heads  by Steffi Villota
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Hair: Runaway Margaery Hair by Candela Kira
  • Dress: Purple Moon Drew Gown Xmas Edition by Poulet Koenkamp
  • Necklace: Minimal Swift Necklace in gold by Ors Quan
  • Hands and Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Flat and Casual; High Feet by Siddean Munro
  • Manicure: Hello Dave in Rich Reds by Maia Gasparini

His details:

  • Head: Catwa Jackson by Catwa Clip
  • Eyes: Mayfly Deep Sky Eyes in Green Tourmaline Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Skin: L’Etre Marcus Skin in Cotton by David Cooper (dam1710)
  • Body: Slink Physique Male Mesh Body by Siddean Munro
  • Hair: Exile High and Dry Naturals by Kavar Cleanslate
  • Jacket: Kauna XIV Double Breasted Jacket in Black by Ross Myhre
  • Shirt: Kauna Tuxedo XIV Shirt in White by Ross Myhre
  • Bow Tie: Kauna Tuxedo XIV Accessories in Paisley B&W by Ross Myhre
  • Pants: Syn Frank Pants by Synystercreator
  • Shoes: Deadwool Dandy Shoes in Black by Masa Plympton

Scene details:

  • HAIKEI Dusky White Skybox by QoOop
  • The Loft Claryon Curtains in White by Nardya Rousselot
  • Fancy Decor ‘Triumphal Entry’ Print by Jake Vordun
  • Fancy Decor ‘Diana the Evening’ Print by Jake Vordun
  • PILOT Romantic Candlesticks in Silver b Kaz Nayar
  • NOMAD Gustavian Armchair by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha item)
  • NOMAD Amore Desk by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha item)
  • NOMAD Amore Chandelier by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha item)
  • AF Calla Lilies by Apple Fall (gacha item)
  • AF Carved Corbel Shelf by Apple Fall
  • Studio Skye Enchanted Woods v2 -8 (3 group) by Alex Bader
  • Pose by me, Invitation (unreleased)