Chapter 28: (v.28) "a bone of contention"

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Stubbornness is a basic human characteristic. It can be fed by a lot of feelings; insecurity, selfishness, love, hate, misunderstanding or full understanding. The truth is that nothing good comes out when stubbornness is involved.

Jenny was born to disagree. She just loved to argue. She was always right in her head, even when she was wrong. Andrew was also like her. In his mind, he looked like a leader, a natural born leader. It would be safe if the two of them never have met. But unfortunately they were born and raised in the same city. They spent their childhood dividing the neighborhood's children. Jenny's team included all the girls and a couple of boys who had crashes on some of the girls. Andrew's team was a boys only group. The first bone of contention in their relationship was a treasure. Some kids found a "special gem" as they called it, and both of the team leaders claimed it with zeal. This "special gem" was nothing more but a broken glass of a beer bottle, but it did not matter. In children's eyes every common and useless object can be as precious as a treasure. Jenny won that dispute and Andrew won the second one; a colorful ball they found on the playground. This kind of small claims kept on and on while they were growing up.

There was a little something that never stopped to annoy Jenny. In one of their arguments Andrew called her ugly. She just could not accept it. Andrew on the other hand, had his word to remember and hate her for. She called him stupid once making him furious inside. The years were passing and both of them kept on trying to form their own lives. They finished school and entered college. They both studied hard and became what the wanted to. Jenny became a lawyer and Andrew a doctor. They might have been passed a lot of years since their gang's war but they still remembered their dislike to one another. The words ugly and stupid never were forgiven and forgotten.

But life is unpredictable. No matter how hard we try to plan our future, life is always finding ways to mess up with our plans. So, long story short, the rivals ended up being married. The first night of their honeymoon decided to talk about the past. "See? I might be stupid but i got you to marry me. You are now married to a stupid person.", said Andrew smiling with glee. "And you are now married to an ugly woman.", replied his bride. "But don't fool yourself. I would never be married with someone smart. Clever wives need stupid husbands.", continued. "I would never be married to a beautiful woman.", replied quickly Andrew. "Beautiful women are dangerous.", continued.

Their marriage lasted a honeymoon and a day. It wasn't really a union of two people, but a revenge. Signing their divorce papers they both felt a unique jubilation. They felt like winners again. Their heads were full of cheers of their childhood's teams.



-the end-

 


Submitted: October 14, 2016

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