We’ve all known people like this, haven’t we? People who are sweet as pie to your face and pretend to be your best friend when, in reality, they have their own agenda, and their only interest is in using you. With friends like that who needs an enemy, right? Meet Louise Dickenson, one of the antagonists in The Deception. Louise is more than happy to be your friend, provided you have something of benefit to her, which makes her such a great antagonist. She’s the kind of woman we all love to hate.
Louise is a semi-retired commercial photographer. Years before, she was the photographer who shot all the print ads of Carrie, the leading lady, when she was a child model. The two forged a friendship, or so Carrie believed. Later on, when Carrie became a commercial photographer herself, Louise mentored her.
Louise is now an art photographer. She has a show coming up at a local art gallery, and she’s also picked up a private commission from clients who want a series of photos of a female nude to display in their home. Louise plans on including the nude photos in her upcoming show as well, but first she needs a model. Knowing that Carrie is down on her luck with hardly a penny to her name, Louise decides to help her friend by offering her a well paying modeling gig, but when Carrie hesitates about posing in the nude, Louise skillfully calms her fears by convincing Carrie that she really is trying to help her. Finally, Carrie accepts, but the experience leaves her feeling manipulated and exploited, and as events unfold, she’ll finally discover that Louise was never her friend.
Louise is a fictitious character, but she’s loosely based on a family member who was also a master manipulator.