Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Trusting the Enemy


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 the only person you can trust with/for (insert problem here) is your lifelong nemesis?

I'm keeping the problem non-specific on purpose. I'm sure you can think of a time when this could happen.

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  1. The TV show, Dominion, popped into my mind, and the status between archangels Michael and Gabriel.
    The prompt is amazing actually. If the protag and antag have the same background (archangels) and they know how to destroy the other but choose not to because of their brotherhood, it opens a whole storyline.

    Good job! Maybe this will help me start writing again. *crossfingers*

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    1. I saw something similar on another show (which I can't recall at the moment). I hope it works out for you.

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  2. I couldn't imagine an enemy being a most trusted person. One of the usual reasons and enemy is an enemy, is because they can't be trusted.

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    1. But sometimes enemies have the same goal. And if you really know your enemy... Of course, in the end, one might try to betray the other.

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  3. Perhaps at the end of it, they won't be a nemesis and might actually become a friend.

    betty

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  4. I don't know how I would ever be able to trust them. Even if we absolutely needed the same thing, I can't imagine I'd be able to.

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  5. the enemy of my enemy...I can think of a couple of scenarios along this line. But boy, if it was me, I'd have a real hard time trusting my enemy.

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  6. I would tell them, let's unite this one time, you save me and I save you. I'm reminded of that show, Survivor, where people that hated one another had to form alliances. It would probably be something like that. Great question.

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    1. I think part of the point of the show was to make rivals work together.

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  7. Perfect scenario if the problem I have is a blocked loo.

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    1. Oh, I'm sure there could be other situations ;)

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  8. I trust everyone which has often been my downfall. I don't like having enemies so I'd do my best to make peace I think.

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  9. I can so see this happening. I think I would put it to the other person as "just this once, we aren't friends, but let's benefit ourselves by benefiting each other." You've given me possible food for a one-day story. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you got a story idea from this. (That's the whole point, after all.)

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  10. I only trust my husband and my mom...and my dog. I think my dog is the one who is my nemesis in hiding. She's gathering secrets on me as I type this!

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    1. So, relying on anyone else is like trusting the enemy?

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  11. So the last two full length upper MG novels are basically this premise. I love forcing teens to face their arch enemy and actually need their help! GASP! Ha:)

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    1. That is a good MG plot. I bet they ended up friends in the end.

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  12. Hmm, interesting question! Reminds me of soap operas, when situations come up where lifelong enemies have to bury the hatchet and get along because of a mutual interest...or politics, where sometimes people with totally opposite viewpoints have to join together for a common cause. Lots of possibilities, with also lots of possibilities for tension and drama!

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    1. Ah yes, soap operas. Definitely happens a lot there.

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  13. I LOVE tentative alliances. The real question is, does your nemesis also need to rely on you? If not, you're sunk. Period.

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  14. The sad thing is that usually they will eventually use what you tell them against you unless you have something on them. I have been in situations where it seemed the only one who could help me was my enemy and I chose not to trust them and still strike out on my own. It was the best thing to do.

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  15. I think you would have to just forget the past and trust them. What other choice is there? You could be their last hope too.

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  16. Ooh I love this what-if. It's actually one I built my urban fantasy story around. :-)

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