Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Cousins

(Shoe store in Midtown Manhattan. Emily, Ashley, and Diana are looking for shoes, Samira is bored along for the ride )

EMILY: What about these? Do they look good on me?

SAMIRA: They're so high....are you going to be able to walk by the end of the night?

EMILY: Four inches is really not that bad, I swear. I'll keep flip-flops in my clutch or something.

SAMIRA: Wait, you're talking about the one with the silver sequins right...

EMILY: Right, the one goes with the dress.

SAMIRA: That one's tiny! It barely holds your lipstick and your phone.

EMILY: Diana can carry them in hers then!

SAMIRA: She's going to love that

(Leila enters)

LEILA: Samira, weren't you just in here yesterday? 

SAMIRA: This time it's not for me. Emily, this is my cousin Leila

EMILY: Nice to meet you.

LEILA: You too. Let me know if you need help finding anything.

EMILY: Which side?

SAMIRA: Um, the white side. Of course.

EMILY (smacks Samira): Samira, I can't believe you said that!

SAMIRA: What, she's white. She knows she's white.

EMILY: That's so rude. (to Leila) Sorry about that. (holding up the pair of shoes) Do you have these in a seven?

LEILA: Let me check, I'll be right back.

(Leila exits. Ashley and Diana walk over)

DIANA: Did you find anything?

EMILY: I think I like these. Samira's cousin is looking for a seven for me.

ASHLEY: I didn't know your cousin worked here.

SAMIRA: Yep, she...

EMILY (interjecting): She introduced me, and when I asked her what side of the family, she said "the white side". Can you believe that??

DIANA and ASHLEY simultaneously: What?! Samira! I can't believe you said that. Why would you say something like that. (etc)

ASHLEY: What do you call the other side of your family? The colored side?

SAMIRA: No, the Indian side. Duh. They're Indian.

(DIANA, ASHLEY, and EMILY continue to talk about Samira's comment. Leila returns with the shoes)

LEILA: Here, try these. 

EMILY (trying them on): They're perfect, I'll get them. 

LEILA: Great! Follow me, and I'll ring you up.

(Leila and Emily exit. Samira starts to follow.)

SAMIRA (turns back to Diana and Ashley): Are we getting out of here or what?

DIANA: Wait, that was your cousin?

SAMIRA: Yeah, why?

DIANA: I was expecting her to look more mixed.

SAMIRA: She's white!

ASHLEY: But her hair's so light. And she has green eyes. Personally, I expected her to look more like you.

SAMIRA: I...you realize that I'm half-German right?

(Samira exits. Diana and Ashley pause for a beat and then follow)

The boyfriend