We’re just waiting for the other model,” the photographer tells me, as I get my hair and makeup done.

Okay.” My stomach is full of butterflies. I’ve only been modeling a few months and have never modeled with another person before.

He should be here any minute now.”

He?! My palms sweat. I’m posing with a male model? Oh god now I’m even more nervous. I’ve never even had a boyfriend before, how am I going to pull off a believable photo with a stranger? Ugh, why did I have to be a late bloomer? Eighteen and no experience with guys—can I fake it?

When my hair and makeup are done, I get out of the chair and take one last look at myself in the mirror. I’ve never looked so good in my life. The people here are true artists.

Nicki, I want you to meet your partner.”

I turn around and find myself face to face with my older brother Charles. I freeze and don’t know what to say. He quickly takes my hand in a loose handshake.

Hey, I’m Chuck,” he introduces as if we’ve never met before.

I’m speechless. Does he really think we can pull this off? We have to tell the truth!

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