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When Anna's boyfriend decides to break up with her, Anna is the one who ends up laughing.
Paula M Shackleford
I am 21 years old and have just graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with an honours degree in Marketing and Communication. What I really want to do though is write, that has been my lifelong dream. I am the kind of person who could happily spend my entire life sitting at a computer, writing story after story - of course, that doesn't mean they'll be any good, but practice makes perfect. . .supposedly. I would appreciate any feedback and criticism regarding this story, its not as if I'm going to see any of you face to face!
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Don't Bank On It (Short Stories) This is the story of how a petty argument can develop into a full-scale war, when it comes to couples living together! And then this silly squabble is put into perspective when the couple involved fin... [3,766 words]
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Image Obsessed (Short Stories) A brief "Bridget Jones" moment. [816 words] [Humor]
Letting Go (Short Stories) A guy who has broke up with his girlfriend is writing her a letter to explain his actions. [1,264 words]
Night Of Living Hell (Short Stories) This is a story I wrote a couple of years ago about a girl who is waiting outside the cinema for her date, and wondering if he is ever going to turn up. [1,227 words]
Please Sir (Short Stories) This is the first three chapters of a story I am trying to write, a sort of bonkbuster-cum-comedy about a gilr who seduces her English teacher. Note: As I am British, my spelling, grammar and dress ... [12,851 words]
Smothered (Short Stories) The story of a girl who drives away men without meaning to. Will she ever find true love? [3,970 words] [Romance]
Paula M Shackleford
"Whatever happens, we'll always be friends, ok?"
Why do they always want to be friends? They worm their way into your life, they make you love them, then they dump you like last week's rubbish. The cliches fall thick and fast - "It's not you, it's me" is probably the most widely used example of a break-up line, and he used that line on me, ten minutes ago, trying to placate me after he'd told me, "Things are moving too fast, I think we should slow down and see other people."
He already was seeing other people. Or one other person to be precise.
And he was serious about her.
See, his words were worth crap. He couldn't just come out and be honest from the start, admit he was two-timing me with some other lassie, that he thought he had fallen in love with her. He had to make it sound like he was doing me a favour, ridding himself from my life so I could be at peace. I was at peace until he dumped me.
I had suspected that he was up to something for a long time.
He'd return home in the early hours of the morning, stumbling drunkenly into the flat we had shared for close to six months. I would smell her perfume on him, and it angered me to realise it was not a cloying, cheap scent but a subtle sophisticated one. A perfume I would have loved to have worn had I been able to afford it. The phone would ring, I would pick it up, and the caller would hang up instantly.
I had suspected, but I hadn't said anything. Because I had grown to love him and I did not want to lose him. I was prepared to accept his behaviour because I did not feel I had any other option, not if I wanted to keep him.
And he was dumping me anyway. For her.
Although he didn't say it, it was obvious to me. He'd never been a good liar, and he found it impossible to hide the guilt on his face. Or the pity. He felt sorry for me because he was moving onto a different stage of his life, with a different woman, and I would be left behind, alone and unwanted. I guess you could compare it to a game of Snakes & Ladders - I'd moved up the ladders gradually as my relationship with him had progressed and matured, and now I'd slid down the biggest, most slippery snake, and was back on the first square. I now had to find a new man and begin the painful process all over again, knowing that, like all the relationships I had ever had, I was destined to slip back down the big snake sooner rather than later.
"Why don't you just admit you have a new woman in your life?" I snarled at him. "I know about her. I heard you speaking to her on the phone earlier. You thought I couldn't hear, but I could. I heard you telling her you would leave me tonight, and go and stay with her. I'm not stupid - I KNOW!!!"
He looked cornered, like a frightened animal. Then he turned nasty, cruelty being his particular brand of defence mechanism. "So what if you know," he snapped back at me, his eyes flashing. "I no longer care. I'm in love with this other woman and you just can't possibly know how deep my feelings are for her. You're so immature, Anna! You don't understand what a grown-up relationship is all about."
"I understand that a real, grown-up relationship is based on honesty," I returned. "Something you clearly know nothing about."
He smirked at me. "You're such a baby. Is it any wonder I went looking for a mature, older woman?"He stood up and walked to the door, collecting his suitcases and other belongings on the way. Turning back, he cast me another pitying look, but this time it was laced with a kind of sarcasm. "In a way, I feel bad for you," he said smugly. "You probably will never find the kind of relationship that I have with Alicia . . ."
"Alicia?" I stopped short. I only knew one Alicia and, as far as I know, he only knew one too. "Alicia Kendrick?"
He looked embarrassed. In his malevolent mood, he'd obviously let slip more than he' intended me to know. And it was little wonder that he hadn't wanted me to know. He didn't reply but I could tell I was right. I started to laugh.
"All that talk of me being immature," I hooted. "Now I see why. If I'd known you preferred Alicia's sort I would have chucked you myself a long time ago." I collapsed back on the sofa, tears pourng down my face. But not tears of grief - tears of mirth. "Get out," I told him, unable to keep a straight face. Go to Alicia."
He couldn't believe I was laughing at him, but that was what he deserved. He didn't know why I was laughing. He thought it was because Alicia was, at forty nine, twenty five years older than him.
But it wasn't.
Me and Alicia had once had an honest, frank discussion about life, she lived in the flat below ours and we'd often got together for coffee. I'd found her to very pleasant company. The night when we had got drunk, she'd admitted to me that she hadn't always been a woman. An operation ten years previously had altered the assets and sex that nature had bestowed on her. at birth, the assets that she had never been happy or comfortable with.
As I curled up in a giggling heap on the sofa, I couldn't help wondering if David would ever realise this. Whether he did or not, I knew that every time I thought back to this break up, I would end up convulsing with laughter. And let's face it, fifteen minutes ago, I wouldn't have dreamed that could be the case.
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"I loved it! Is this a fictional experience?" -- Meg.
"Thankfully, it was a fictional experience! The truth is, I started writing it at three o'clock in the morning yesterday and I had no idea how it was going to end until about five minutes before I got there. But I was pretty satisfied with the ending!" -- Paula, Hamilton, Scotland.
"I'd be grateful for any feedback on this story or any of my others (see list above) so please don't hesitate to review my stories. Thanks!" -- Paula.
"How cool! Never saw it coming, but loved it when it did!" -- Jennifer Nobile Raymond, New York, NY.
"Thanks a lot Jennifer!" -- Paula.
"Nope, you lose. It is no longer cool to make transsexual people the butt of jokes. Get a clue. With all the crap that non-trans people do to trans people, she WOULD be a lot more mature. Certainly a hell of a lot more mature than the vast majority of society that would rather terrorize trans people and keep themselves in gender prison, rather than encourage gender freedom for themselves and others." -- Clyde, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"I appreciate your opinion and all but don't take it so seriously! I'm sorry if I have offended you but it wasn't intended in that way." -- Paula.
"Hi there once again Paula, I do hope you've received all my two-cent reviews as well as my hopefully informative e-mails. All I wanted to say concerning this story, is if you're not trying to influence someone's opinions about a certain topic, in this case transexualism, I wouldn't worry about what anyone like Clyde think's, though I wouldn't give him your personal home address if you know what I mean. It may be that Clyde likes to dress up as a woman, and takes a lot of grief because of it, thus is highly sensitive to anything written about his kind. But unless you're going out of your way to say all transexuals are evil perverts, or something else scandalous I wouldn't worry. It's not worth worrying or even saying your sorry if people take it the wrong way despite an accurate explanation on your part. Good luck in your writing Paula, and remember you always got a friend in EC Allen here, whether you like it or not." -- EC Allen.
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