Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Marital Secrets


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if you just learned that your spouse killed someone before you both were married? What if that person (that your spouse killed) was known to you? (This question is going read very different depending on if you are married now or not.)

17 comments:

  1. Interesting question. I would have to know why they killed someone (threat against someone, threat against me, etc.) Once I had that info, then I would probably try to find out how the police investigation is going and I would ultimately probably want to have them turn themselves in. Very interesting question.

    betty

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  2. After I got over my shock, I'd want answers. Not an easy position, that's for sure.

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  3. Oh my! I don't think I want to know this kind of thing. Good thing I am not married right now!

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    1. Yes, it might put a wrench in things.

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    1. We're not talking serial killer or anything. Although, that might be interesting...

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  5. I'd be pretty cool with it. I know Sean. There's not an ounce of cold blood in him. I'd try to be supportive and help him deal, and I'd take his secret to my grave.

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    1. Like I said, if you are married, it changes the question. Because you know your spouse (I hope ;).

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  6. If my spouse already did the time and I would know he was sincerely repentant, then life moves on. If he told me he killed someone but they were still looking for him...yikes that is a toughie. I would be doing some deep soul searching and I would even talk to someone where they could not break confidentiality but knowing he took a life and not saying something would probably keep bothering me no matter how much i loved the man and how bad he felt. If he felt bad enough, he would have turned himself in. If he was ever found, and this can happen 40 years later, I could be held accountable..No I would turn him in because I could not live with myself knowing he did something and never answered for his crime and hurt all the people around the victim. No, on the other hand, if he killed someone in self defense or the person he killed was a mean and evil person (which this also has happened), then, no, I wouldn't. I would have to investigate all the circumstances before knowing what I would do. I would be one to investigate in detail

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  7. killed as in defence or in cold blood? The second one would send them to jail and I wouldn't be baking prisoner cakes for sure :)

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  8. Whoa, I don't think I'd be able to look at them the same way. If it was an accident, maybe, but even then it might be hard, depending on how I felt about the person who was killed. I definitely don't think we'd be married anymore.

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  9. I would be in absolute, total, shock and denial. I've been married a long time and to think I was fooled all that time. I truly don't know how I would react after I recovered from the initial shock. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  10. Gosh, that would be one interesting conversation. I actually just read a book where that was the basis of the plot. Made for an interesting journey. I think it would depend on how things were handled after the fact. If he'd made it right, I would be able to move on. If he hadn't, that's a completely different story.

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  11. I'd clean out the bank accounts and bugger off faster than spit dries in an Aussie summer. I reckon I have read enough fiction to do a bit of a Hodini (? spelling) If he can do it once he can do it again.

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    1. But what if you knew that you were in no danger?

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