Are you dummies talkin’ to ME?
Irving liked exploring on his own, but at times he had the distinct impression strange characters were following and taunting him.
He imagined the mannequins took orders from a man in sunglasses and a Mao cap, using an untraceable mobile phone.
Irving reckoned the strange yellow symbols above the mannequins might be the key to the whole shebang, but they were unlike anything he had seen growing up in Biloxi, even that year he spent in high school.
Today, though, Irving was feeling very good about himself. His therapist had convinced him it was all in his mind, and he wasn’t going to fall for it and turn around. Life was good.
A man speaks on the phone as he stands in front of a skeleton in a mannequin shop in Shanghai, August 27, 2009.
A man looks on as he stands outside the mannequin shop.
REUTERS photos by Nir Elias