The Thompson Family: Snap Happy

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Gemma was so excited! It was the weekend and she was going to visit a park she’d never been to before! It had a SPACESHIP!!! She ran to find her big brother.

‘Karl! Karl! Are you coming to the park with me!?’

‘Of course!’ cried Karl dramatically, ‘I wouldn’t miss the chance to go… TO SPAAAAAAAAACE!’

Gemma made and excited squeal noise and hopped up and down, ‘TO SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!’

‘But first,’ Karl whispered conspiratorially, ‘I need to go and catch Dave and convince him to return to his home planet of Goobleflumblegorb.’

He actually just needed to go and have a shower, and he was going to meet Gemma at the park later. But Gemma grinned and nodded eagerly, and he went off to pretend to catch the monster under the bed.

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William had to go to the office that afternoon, but wanted to send some time with his daughter first. So he took Gemma to the park and agreed that Karl could come and take over alien impersonation activities when he was ready. Another boy was there with his little sister and William got chatting to him. He seemed nice and William thought he seemed like a good friend for Karl.

The two girls started playing naturally with each other. William felt pleased that there were other nice kids around for his children to play with. It was always difficult when children had to move house and start a new school.

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Karl arrived and his dad introduced him, ‘Hey Karl, this is Felix, he’s interested in photography too.’

‘You’re interested in photography?’ Felix asked him as he sat down.

Karl laughed nervously, a little embarrassed about his Dad’s pushy parenting. ‘Umm.. yeah. Well, I want to be an architect, so I sometimes photograph buildings and sculptures and things. It’s just a hobby.’

‘Hey, that’s really cool,’ enthused Felix, ‘I don’t have any kind of specialised subject, I just see things that I think are beautiful and want to capture them on film forever.’

‘You use film?’ Karl asked surprised.

Felix laughed self-consciously, ‘Well, not usually. I normally just use my digital. But I think old cameras are kind of cool, I have a couple that I found in antique shops and the flea market in San Myshuno, and I tinker around with them a bit. There’s something more… real about capturing an image on film than on a microchip, you know?’

‘Yeah, I get it,’ nodded Karl, ‘I like old buildings. It feels like people used to invest real money in old buildings in the past: sculptures, and carvings, and decoration. Now it feels like most modern buildings are done as cheaply as possible. Everything is laminated or veneered.’

Felix looked at him thoughtfully for a moment. ‘I have to admit I like the clean lines of modern buildings. The simplicity of them.’

‘I do too,’ insisted Karl, ‘my own style is quite clean and modern, but with the care and attention to detail of the past. Look…’

Karl thumbed through his photos on his phone and showed Felix some of his projects.

‘Hey, those are amazing!’ Felix enthused. ‘I’d love to live in one of those apartments! You know, there are some cool sculptures around Windenburg, maybe we could grab something to eat and I can show you around. Got your camera?’

‘I do!’ Karl called to his sister, ‘We’re going to go exploring!’

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They arrived at the restaurant but Felix had a phone-call and had to dash off, he apologised and said they should meet up again soon. Karl spent some time taking photos of the sculptures around the area, Felix was right, there was so much to photograph! There were boats too, Karl loved all things nautical and got some great pics of the sea at sunset. Gemma was happy exploring and throwing coins into the fountains.

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[I had waaaaaaaaay too much fun taking photos around Windenburg!]

It started to get late and Karl took Gemma for something to eat. These two are so sweet together! Karl joined Gemma in colouring in place mats and they designed fairy castles together while they waited for dinner. Afterwards, Karl couldn’t resist taking a few more shots of Windenburg at night before they headed home to bed.

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