Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Not False

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 accusations leveled at your friend turned out to be true? (I won't specify what accusations, but it could be anything such as bullying someone online, money laundering, lying about something, or even murder.)


  1. Depending on the accusations, I'd talk to them about it (maybe he or she didn't realize what was said online was bullying), call the police if I had evidence of wrongdoing, or stop being his or her friend. First I would probably deny it was possible, but we hear that too many times. "He was such a good neighbor, he'd never do that..." I would wonder how they fooled me.

    1. You got to the heart of where the question came from. So many people deny that their friend or neighbor could have possibly, and I wanted to explore that a bit.

  2. I guess it would completely depend on what they did and why.

  3. I figure they would have to take there punishment. It depend what it was and circumstance for how I would react.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  4. That would be tough. Depending upon what they were accused of doing. I actually had this happen to me. A friend turned out to have done some things, lied about it, and eventually got arrested. I don't know where she is today but she betrayed a few people, me included. I don't hate her though and hope she got her life together after.


I appreciate your comments.

I respond to comments* via email, unless your profile email is not enabled. Then, I'll reply in the comment thread. Eventually. Probably.

*Exception: I do not respond to "what if?" comments, but I do read them all. Those questions are open to your interpretation, and I don't wish to limit your imagination by what I thought the question was supposed to be.