Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Unlikely Ally


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. 😉

I've done this one before, although in a slightly altered form...

What if the only person who could help you was your middle school bully?

28 comments:

  1. I feel like this has a qualifying question. Is this person helping me TODAY or in Middle School?

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    1. Oops, I meant today. But, I didn't specify, did I? And my rule is, if I didn't specify, you get to determine the answer to the question.

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  2. I would hope he/she would be willing to help me and I would hope I would be gracious to accept their help.

    betty

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  3. What Robert asked. If it was back then, no way - she was mean.

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  4. Then, I guess you'd better not expect any help. Unless that person has drastically changed.

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  5. Well, That would suck because I had more than one bully. I believe I would have to be without limbs with certain death looming to ask and, even then, they may just smile and not help. They would have an agenda and would like it too much so I would not want to ask

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  6. Nope. I have no reason to trust them and I'm not going to.

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  7. At this time of my life, I don't have a bully. Middle school consisted of 12 students and we had grown up together.

    I guess I was lucky then and am now.

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    1. Yes, you were lucky. I didn't have a middle school bully either, but that's primarily because I was a loner.

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  8. Its funny how one remembers the bullies, Sallo as everyone used to call him was a real piece of work. I recall in fact. The school authorities letting me go home early on several occasions because no-one f---s with Sallo, his words! I laugh now but even still haven't forgot his victims, just glad he saw me as his friend... not that I deserved the honor of such esteemed company. When he followed me home one day, eventually he met my very serious father who was an executive at a Bank. They had words and Pop put the run on him, course I paid for that later in school.

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  9. I would work it out myself. There would have to be an alternate solution!

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  10. Never ever. I would try my best to solve my problem myself. No way.

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  11. There still part of human race, I would and hopeful the event would lighten there soul up a bit.
    Coffee is on

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  12. Well, I was never bullied and I never bullied anyone so.....I would just have to say that I would hope that we had both grown up and gotten over the crap that caused bulling. Not that I could completely forget but if they were helping me I would be thankful.

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    1. It's good that you weren't bullied. It's such a prevalent issue. Sad that that's still so.

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    1. That's not a good question... But as I didn't specify, you get to pick.

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  14. I was lucky as I didn't have anyone bullying me in school, nor later.
    Coming to your question: well, probably, it would depend on what sort of help I needed. I would try my best to avoid taking the help of someone I don't like.

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    1. So nice that you didn't have a bully. If only that was everyone's experience. It totally should be.

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  15. Oh hell no. I'd never go to him for anything.

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    1. These bullies seem to have been evil back in the day.

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  16. I'd have no one to help me then since I didn't have a bully.

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