[short] Story Sunday #11: Choose to hurt

a story by pushkar prabhat

We crave new. We get so excited for it. But seldom do we consider that for something new to begin, something must end. We must make space for something new, as so something old must be cleared out. They are lucky, who do not have to get rid of the old, but that would mean they had that space, that emptiness till now. Maybe this life does not discriminate in doling out misery.

He was so happy. He had been, finally, awarded the gift of love. Just a week ago, she had accepted his proposal. He was ecstatic. He did not have a girlfriend in school or college. Let’s just say he was shy and unpopular. But now with the help of his best friend, he was able to woo the girl of his dreams. It’s always advantageous to have an insider into the tribe you want to, ahem, convince.

But, since yesterday, he had been deeply distressed. He had a choice to make. A choice that would leave him unhappy no matter what choice he makes. Though there would be happiness thorough each choice but, he was not concerned about happiness. When confronted with such situations, we seldom are.

He had to choose between his best friend and his love. It was inevitable and he had anticipated this moment. But no matter how well we speculate or deliberate, when the moment hits, we are always left gasping for breath. No amount of philosophy seems to help. Wisdom seems unfair. Yes, life is unfair, and knowing this eases nothing rather leaves us helpless and hopeless.

On one hand he had someone, who had helped him get through every difficult situation in life till now. And on the other hand he had someone, with whom he had dreamed to spend the rest of his life. On one hand he had someone who had helped him get the girl of his dreams. And on the other hand there was that very girl, who now wanted him to get rid of that very friend. And though this last fact paints an evil picture of the girl, she was not. It was jealousy that was evil. And she was extremely vulnerable. Most girls would not want their boyfriends to be close to any other girl. Some might be okay. They might not issue some ultimatum. But, it always creates conflicts and misunderstandings. It does not pay well to be a saint, when it comes to relationships. It was only fair and rightful of her to ask her due. No one likes a date with jealousy.

He, usually, used to discuss situations such as this with her. But this was different. He knew that if he told her, she would, for him, take herself out of the equation. He could not do that to her. It would be too cruel. He, despite having love and friendship, both, in his life for the first time, felt so alone and ever so desperate for the affection of either but, no one was there to help him through this. He had to do this alone. He must let go of stability for the promise of future or for stability, he must let go of that future.

He knew people would judge him for any choice he made. He did not care anymore. It was his choice to make and he had made one. Hurt and uncertain, he took out his phone and dialed that very familiar number. He hadn’t decided on the words. He was numb from emotional exhaustion. As his life was about to change, he was about to change someone’s life. Burning away something, clearing away something might make space for something else but, nothings ever fills the void completely afterwards. And nothing ever goes away without leaving its mark. He was about to be scarred for life.


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20 thoughts on “[short] Story Sunday #11: Choose to hurt

  1. It is a pity that I never got to know whom he chose! I was just rushing to the last line to check that. Well, he seemed confident so would have made the right choice.
    life does throw us strange situations where we suddenly have everything that we dreamed of and then we are forced to make our choices! The story flows so beautifully leaving the reader lost in its spell!

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    1. Hi there……so sorry for the late response……great to see your comment……i thought for writing a definite end but……i felt that would take away from the conflict…….So glad you still liked it…….Thank you so so much!!! 🙂 🙂

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  2. Gosh you weave the feelings and the plot so well and then I wish you also let me know what the choice was …but then you are good at writing this way …leaving the reader to find the answer in their own world. I hope he chose stability …futures are created and there are multiple possibilities from a place of stability.

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    1. Thank you so much…..i myself enjoy open ended stories……i feel sometimes a conclusion or ending might take away from the actual theme or soul of the story………some people would hate it………maybe they should write their own endings right……thank you again for a power boost to my ego and weird brain…….have a great day!! 🙂 🙂

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      1. Most welcome! Ya you are right when you put it that way …open-ended keeps the story alive in the reader for long. In fact it came back to me later in the day …I was pondering my response to you …in what circumstances would I let go of stability for a desired future …or what if I can keep both …
        See I got the weird brain too!! LOL

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  3. Things change but only it stay the same without that critical sacrifice. I am reminded of the tale of the one who took his own suicide not his way, the way of his peers. and after hundreds of years they proclaimed him, king. Then if one guy can do the ultimate sacrifice, how can we sacrifice life in pain daily. Then yes, i will ask this guy and advocate his decision and be a friend and stand by the guy and ask him. “Dont use the phone, make the sacrifice and face her once for all, no matter what happens.”

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    1. Thank you so much for this amazing comment…….you are absolutely right…..we must make the sacrifice for the change to usher in……you must be a great friend to have……and he is facing his demons…….it’s not actually about which choice……it’s about the strength to choose and the conviction behind……as you have very effectively pointed out! Thanks again…….i truly appreciate it!! 🙂 🙂

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