Large and pleasant smiles: appearances that can't be trusted. With David, like with the others, I quickly learned to read this particular "smile," the ghost's smile, slightly frozen, sometimes visibly constrained: his mask hides something that will emerge during the interviews. One have to protect oneself constantly against the irruption of the spectral dragon, his light sleep, who always threatens to distort this face, to tear apart the screen of social conventions, to burn what remains of norms in human relationships, and decency in words.
How, at the same time, bypass, not trigger this attack by the dragon, while considering the sleepy monster, enormous, who's lying in the middle of the room? And what is the need to do it? Talk about David's war trauma? Seven wars did not break David, but the eighth...Iraq annihilated him: three hearts attacks, one long and severe depression into which he dragged Paulina, his civilian alter ego. David's Iraq war, transformed into a war against PTSD, became Paulina's war as well. They both would sink. And resurface.