Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Bad Bargain


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 way to save your significant other is to make a horrible deal with the villain? 

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  1. I don't think I would do it, and I would hope my significant other wouldn't do it either. I would want to keep my integrity and if that was compromised in any way (or my faith) than I couldn't do the deal no matter what it cost.

    betty

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  2. Ooh, this is good food for thought to fuel my writing. Thanks! I'd have to look at all the factors before making the choice in real life. Happy Teachers Day!

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    1. It's actually part of the novel I'm working on at the moment. Let's just say the character in question doesn't make a good choice.

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  3. I don't think so. I can't imagine that a SO would want me to make a deal like that--and that's assuming that they're not in a position to say so for themselves. I'd try to help them some other way if I could.

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  4. Hmmm I'm wondering how horrible this deal would be.

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    1. I didn't specify, so you can choose, but in the case of my novel in progress, it's pretty dire.

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  5. haha....got to locate a significant other first!! haha....but if you are talking ex, I would let the evil have him! Oops....did I type that? Thinking I need to go get a fidget spinner for this stress! :)

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    1. Yeah, I don't have one of them, either.

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  6. Oh boy....it's easy to say I wouldn't do it but I could see doing something but I would talk to the cops or figure something out to protect myself because if they took my spouse and offered some deal you know they are not to be trusted

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    1. The deal would probably protect you as well. But, villain...

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  7. Usual the villian is horrible people and maybe the only deal they will work with is a horrible one.
    Coffee is on

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  8. LOL I'm like someone else up above. Gotta find that significant other first. lol I'd do a lot to save BabyG, though.

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  9. If it were 'the only way' to save him, I think I would as long as it didn't involve anyone else. It would, of course, depend on what the horrible deal was. You have to draw the line somewhere!
    That's Purrfect

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  10. Oh, that's a good one. Many say they love their SO or spouse more than life itself. But what is the horrible bargain? Could we live with ourselves? Hate to answer this way, but my response would be "it depends on what the bargain is!"

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    1. I didn't specify the bargain, so you can make of that what you will. In the case of my novel in progress (the idea behind the question), a whole planet will suffer the consequences...

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  11. That's a thought-provoking question. I wonder if you can make a horrible deal with the villain and use the terms of the deal to turn tables on the villain later on.

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    1. That could be done, I suppose. It would all depend on the setup.

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