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is just my interpretation of the situation.
absolutely had to escape his grip
For a lot of the
consequential events that took place in the situation, I made myself
an onlooker from an outside edge, rather than referee in the middle
as I so often found myself. Before you hear or read the interpretation,
you shouldnt get too excited about the story. It was simply two
teenagers with common naivety taking their underdeveloped emotions far
As you may have assumed by now, one of our teenagers is male and the
other female. Let us call them Mr M and Miss K. They are both the same
age, give or take a few months, and were sixteen at the time. M and
K had been seeing each other for about six months, and possession seemed
to be a recurring theme within their relationship. M was very possessive
over Miss K, and for some time it was quite rare that Ks friends
ever got to spend time with her. At school they would meet up during
breaks and for every lunch, and Mr M would get quite upset if Ks
weekends were spent with anyone other than him.
So, staying with the theme, Mr M was possessed by the fear of losing
his girl. After all, Miss K was, and is still, undeniably, an exceptionally
beautiful girl. Shiny blue eyes, strawberry-blonde hair, near perfect
skin, stylish dress sense and a body to match. She attracted the attention,
often unaware, of men as old as twenty-five, and of boys too young to
even understand the concept of female interaction. To many of you now,
I am sure, Mr Ms anti-sociable behaviour seems somewhat more understandable,
although still thoroughly unreasonable.
Miss K felt trapped by Mr Ms over protective tendencies, so she
decided that she absolutely had to escape his grip, even though she
cared about him. Well, that turned out to be the biggest dilemma of
them all. Every time K made an attempt at ending their miserable relationship,
Mr M would erupt in a blaze of human emotion, causing Miss K to feel
obliged to stay with him. These eruptions ranged from shouting like
a wife-beating lager-lout after his team has been relegated from the
English third division, to crying like a child with a grazed knee and
a fallen lollipop. Worse still was the fact that every time Miss K failed
to walk away and stay away, Mr M became more possessed by his need to
be possessive over Miss K. So every time it happened it worsened, and
K found escape increasingly more inaccessible. So she was left with
what she thought was her only remaining chance.
K tried to think of every possible way to change how Mr M felt about
her. She started with small behaviour changes, simple rudeness towards
Mr M and attempts at embarrassing Mr M in front of his peers. For example:
getting stupidly drunk; spitting in public; belching competitions with
myself, Mr A; swearing at Mr M and his friends
etc. While this
did upset him, it was not enough, and Miss K was growing progressively
less happy and less patient. It was time for a rather rash decision.
She didnt want to do it, but K decided she had to really hurt
Mr M for him to get the hint. Miss K slept with her ex-boyfriend, Mr
H. She made sure Mr Ms friends delivered the news to him with
the help of a little bit of gossip manipulation at the house party where
it took place.
The situation was messy. To cut a long story closer to the length of
a maximum word count, a whole group of friends was pulled apart by the
situation. As is the solution for a bunch of cheap-beer-drinking, Marlborough
Red smoking, soap-opera watching sixteen/seventeen year olds from a
depressing private-school. Both teenagers were left with a shoulder
each to cry on. Mr M had Mr Ds, and Miss K had Mr As.
The situation was nothing special. Unfortunately, there are a million
Mr Ms obsessed with a million Miss Ks, and a million Miss Xs are being
possessive over a million Mr Ys. Just like Mr G is possessed by his
feelings for his straight friend Mr S, and Mr S is possessed by a new
found need to avoid Mr G. If Ive learned that there is something
to be learned from these kinds of clashes in humanity, its that
possession amongst people is always temporary. My Thesaurus quite rightly
links possession to the word control. Most people, I believe,
hate the idea of being controlled by someone or something else. And
so, like Miss K, theyll fight viciously to evade the Mr Ms and
Miss Xs of this world.
Well, thats just my interpretation. Maybe Mr M should look for
a Miss X, but to be honest, I really dont care, as long as they
keep away from me.
Stay in school kids...
© Andy Walker December 2004
Andy is a Creative Arts student at University of Portsmouth
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