Side Effects of Being Nice

“Ruth! This is not working anymore. You said that your mom will die if you betray her, I am going to die now. I will not ask you to choose my life over your mother’s. “…….Victor hangs up the phone and a deadly silence follows. Nobody knows him, he was still the unknown. That charming face had its secrets which were unknown to the world.

Are you curious about the background of this (love) story. I am not going to betray you here. Let me introduce you to the characters here, the main protagonists. Victor was a 18 year old lad, madly in love with Ruth whom he met at college at the age of 18. They have been going strong with each day. Ruth was this introvert and shy girl and she had no idea about relationships and this cruel world. Initially, Victor had just infatuation and it slowly turned into love. Gradually, Victor became an integral part of her life. He was her protector in this world where unkind ones outnumber the kind. Victor never compromised with her comfort and she became his priority in life. Every relationships has its demands, this one was not an exception. After few months, the incidences of the library stirred Victor:

“Give me your hand Ruth, you are my everything…..”, he hugged her tight and a emotional passion followed. His lips reached for those delicate ones of Ruth’s. She moved away and said, “I don’t like it”. Being the usual nice guy, he smiled and let her go. But deep within, this did not go down too well with him. He kept asking questions to himself. He devotion reached such extremes that he asked himself if he did anything wrong. Victor was from a family where no-one believed in expressing love and this was the first time when he felt the real meaning of hug. This teen kid began looking for answers. His wisdom had no answers to these. That issue became history soon, but not for Victor’s love-starved heart. As happens during teenage years, Victor started exploring affection in the outside world in order to find out if he did anything wrong by trying to kiss Ruth. He took a wise step and ask Ruth about her views about it.

“Physical love is fake, it has no real importance when two people have a serious relationship”, Ruth’s words echoed in his ears as he walked past that porch where they first met each other. The mental condition of Victor was beyond any logical explanation. He felt immense, unconditional love for Ruth, but his need for intimacy led him into the deep and dark trough called ‘Cheating’. His ‘Cheating’ was different from what we know. He tried looking for girls in the world and initiated conversations with them. He met a few, kissed some of them, had steamy chats with others. It all felt good to him. The weird part is that, he kept loving Ruth more and more but he explored his options for his need for affection and intimacy. This guy had just found a way to deal with his relationship. Amongst all these happenings, he came closer to getting laid with few girls but he opted out at the last moment. [At this point, I leave it to the readers to decide about the character of Victor. Be judgmental and try to be a good critic.]

This went on for about five years and the college was about to end. In the meantime, Victor kept on convincing Ruth about the need for intimacy in a relationship. Ruth was unaware of the demon he was feeding by being adamant. Finally, she did feel the need for the same when the college was about to end. Our romantic couple stayed together for two days and had some intimate moments, but again Victor found out Ruth’s discomfort with it and he stopped begging. For my curious readers, let me declare that they remained virgin”. Victor found solace in whatever little love he got and he controlled his inner demon and stopped chatting with other girls.

They went to different cities after college. Victor was a smart guy and his career got a shot in the arm when he got selected for a prestigious job. His career was well set at an young age of 23. Meanwhile, Ruth took up a job too. Then, Victor asked her about the future plans. She told him that she would never betray her parents and that is why she would like to discuss marriage it with her parents. Victor left for a far-off place and the relationship continued. Ruth promised him that she would talk with her parents and let him know about their decision. Victor had no choice, but to wait for their approval. The shy girl, managed to convey this to her mother and her mother:

“Mamma! You already know how nice he is. He has never let you down. Such boys are rare these days. He proposed me for marriage. I want you to decide about it”, her mother kept silence for a while and told her that she will think about it and let her and Victor know about the decision. Victor felt good because his Surname was different from Ruth’s, then too her mother considered him was a small victory for him. He waited for the decision.

“I miss you! Come here soon. You are all I need. My first and last desire in life”, Victor said in his usual romantic tone.

“I will be there soon”, Ruth replied. Victor asked, “How soon?”.

Ruth paused a bit, “Very soon my love”.

These were the statements which were said for innumerable number of times during the decisive phase. Victor never questioned anyone because she meant a lot to him. A decision never came for 4 months. One day, he got drunk and called Ruth:

“Ruth! This is not working anymore. You said that your mom will die if you betray her, I am going to die now. I will not ask you to choose my life over your mother’s. “

He is still waiting for the decision. His keeps on asking God about his fault, Is it because he kissed a different girl? Is he because he might be genetically programmed to need sex? Is it wrong when he feels the desire to have sex-only relationships? Is this his genetic makeup? Should he kill himself to end this genetic pool which makes him value physical intimacy? His mind is floating in troubled waters. He need some answers. This story can never end.



35 thoughts on “Side Effects of Being Nice”

  1. Very interesting views and really highlights the dilemma between personal needs and family obligations. And it shows the fundamental struggle of being human. Victor’s path may not be completely correct, but could the girl have taken a more assertive stance towards her parents? Or is it just we don’t know that much about her side of the story and what she really wants?

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  2. Very good story, could be drawn from life. It shows the dilemma of being cought by the own convictions, cultural and family’s imprints, and the fear of breaking out of them, the fear of loosing or hurting someone in following the inner call. Very good written. I also hope that Ruth will find out that she has to decide over her life and what she wants.

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  3. Intriguing. I like the way that you are talking to the reader–feels kind of like an episode of the Twilight Zone or Hitchcock Presents. (Maybe you’re too young to remember those shows.)

    Still, it feels unresolved. You ask questions the reader is supposed to think about at the end of the story, or the young man is thinking about, but just one more line–an action line–would end the story.

    Ruth does something. He does something. The mother does something. Pick one. Startle the reader with something unexpected. Bold. In bold face.

    Not that you were asking my opinion…

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    1. The best reader is the one who never waits for being asked to give his/her opinion. That was too kind of you to relate me to Hitchcock-The Legend. I would be grateful even if I could become 0.0001% of him. The Twilight Zone ended 27 years before my birth, so I do not know much about it but, I thank you for telling me about it. I will find its episodes and try to nurture the writer within me. About the end of this story, I will surely incorporate your suggestion in my next work. This was my first attempt and thus, I welcome all the suggestion. I want my readers to be judgmental. In this story, I can even say that Victor did no wrong and defend my views. I have thought of some potential ways in which I could have startled my readers but, I am not going to reveal those 😉 haha


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