Somehow I made a shot of a sentient hairball into a strip about toxic relationships.
Four wide panels stacked atop each other.
1. A woman in her early 20s, oval face, classically beautiful, stands in front of a bathroom mirror. She’s smiling at herself as she brushes a beautiful head of perfect, straight, almost waist length black hair.
CAPTION: “No, I like your hair.”
CAPTION: “I just think it might look cool shorter.”
CAPTION: “I mean you’ve had it that way since forever, right?”
2. The same woman, the same pose, the same bathroom. She’s in her mid-twenties now. Her hair is a lot shorter, down to her shoulders now. She brushes it, smiling slightly though not with the same enthusiasm.
CAPTION: “Yeah, no, I like it.”
CAPTION: “I do! What’s wrong? Why are you being like this?”
CAPTION: “It’s just hair. It’ll grow back. What’s the big deal?”
CAPTION: “You’re projecting. I didn’t make you cut your hair.”
3. The same woman, the same pose, a different bathroom. It’s smaller, cramped and a little bit drab. She’s in her early 30s now and her hair is even shorter now. She’s just about able to tuck it behind her ears. She fusses and toys with it, a blank expression on her face.
CAPTION: “You cut it again?”
CAPTION: “Is this you trying to make a point?”
CAPTION: “No, I listen to you all the time.”
CAPTION: “I’m not talking over you.”
CAPTION: “Fine. Have some space. I’m going out.”
4. The same woman, the same post, the same bathroom. She’s in her mid 30s now, though she looks older. Her hair is shaved and her hands grip the basin as if to steady herself. She looks with resentment and anger back at her reflection.
Note: At this point maybe the captions should be larger, almost overpowering the image.
CAPTION: “I’m sorry too.”
CAPTION: “No, we can go back to how it was.”
CAPTION: “Yeah. We can do all of those things.”
CAPTION: “The past is the past, baby.”
CAPTION: “Hey, you should grow your hair again.”
CAPTION: “I always liked your hair long.”