How Much Love?

How much love is there in the world?

Once in a while

you will feel it.

A spark between strangers;

a light in the blue mist.

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10 Types of Relationships in Literature

After reading a few romances, writing a few books, and just generally living, I have figured out some of the relationships that occur between two people.

1. Perfect: These partners never have any problems at all. Almost impossible in real life, but books have this type occasionally.

2. The Upswing: One of the partners is an almost perfect match. The other one has problems but is trying their best to get over them. This can lead to a happy ending eventually.

3. The Downswing: One of the partners used to be a perfect match, but the other is falling into personal problems and starts arguments. It is a sad situation. They may eventually break up if the second person gets bad enough.

4. “Well, it Seemed Perfect” This one is where the partners think their relationship will be amazing before it ever starts. Then, once it does, they reveal their true problems and actually don’t get along too well.

5. Bickering: They are actually a decent match, but can never stop fighting about everything. Despite this, they want to stay together at least somewhat. Happens all the time in real life.

6. Opposites but get along: They are very different but their differences accentuate each other. Like a rugged survivalist man being softened up by a nice but rather shy girl.  She comes more into her power too because of the relationship.

7. Opposites but fight: Like a typical Democrat and Republican. They can have fun sometimes, but fight over political, moral, and whatever else they can think of issues.

8. Big Problem divides the two: In this situation, they both love each other a lot, but there is a big problem with one of the people that prevents them from getting married. For example, the man is Amish and the woman doesn’t want to be, so they have to stay apart. The problem eventually is solved, however. In this example, the man leaves the Amish so they can stay together.

9. Horrible Surprise: Hope this never happens. After they get into the relationship, someone declares a life-ruining secret. The relationship may end after that.

10. Convenience: They don’t actually really like each other, but have to stay together for practical reasons, at least legally.

Schoolgirl Troubles

Schoolgirl Troubles

by Azure James  (part of a series of Southern short stories)

Christie Earnest seemed like she always was in trouble. When she was first in school, everyone would pick on her. It got perty bad sometimes. Guess the whole reason was that she was… “different” looking. Wasn’t her fault– she was born that way and her parents had Jesco as well, who turned out perty alright. Aside from what happened when he was about twenty-five… but that’s another story.

     Christie wasn’t too perty. Her face was too tall and her eyes were squished together a bit and she was ’bout as heavy as one of my grampy’s prize hogs. Joe and Matt Powell would always tease her, try to hit her sometimes. They were pains, but I can’t blame ’em too bad, since they only grew up with a mom, since the dad got hit by a train in thirty-eight. Ma wasn’t good to ’em– they took their anger out on jes’ about everything livin’ and dead anywhere. ‘Specially Christie Earnest.

    Well, one day, there was a particularly bad round of teasin’ and Christie jes’ locked herself up in her room and wouldn’t come out. Jesco tried to talk to her, but she didn’t seem to care. It took Ma makin’ her favorite special cornbread to get her to eat anything for dinner, and she just ate it in her room anyways.  Her ma and pa were at a loss about what to do. 

     Jesco got the bright idea to go fetch her some flowers, since he thought that ‘girls always love flowers’. He was out all the next day findin’ dandy-lions and tiger lilies for her. It cheered her up somewhat, but Christie was still as pouty as ever.

     Day after that, a truck showed up at that house across the street which had always been for sale. Someone had bought it, finally. Christies’ ma and pa went over and introduced themselves to the neighbors, and brought ’em a pie as well. A real nice one. Pam Earnest was one of the best pie-makers in Pike County.

     Turned out Christie recovered alright from that day, but she still had some real problems with the Powells. She was ‘fraid to go to school every day and her ma would have to yell at her or bribe her t’ make her go at all. She was comin’ home one day from school and really wasn’t fixin’ to talk to any of her family members, so she jes’ showed up at the new neighbor’s house. They let her in, since they had a kid too, ’bout the same age as Christie. They were both fourteen if I remember raht.

   Christie and that kid Robert got along as well as cornbread and buttermilk. Darn. They were out playin’ in the woods and doin’ whatnot until it got dark and Christie’s ma showed up and took her back home. That night, Christie just wouldn’t shut up about Robert Randall and how great he was.

Here’s the kicker. Next day, Christie wasn’t in such a great mood, but lucky fer’ her, Robert showed up at school. He’d just been enrolled the day before. At the time recess came, Christie told Robert about the Powell kids teasin’ her for being ugly. He wouldn’t have none of it, feeling protective as it was. School went fine that day, and when they were walkin’ home, Robert an’ Christie thought there wouldn’t be no more trouble that day.

     Suddenly, the Powell kids showed up outta’ nowhere.

“Well, how are you, Miss Uglyface?” teased Joe.

“Who’s this guy here? He think yer’ pretty or somethin’?” asked Matt.

“Yeah,” agreed Joe. “You like stupid people or somethin’, stranger?”

“Y’all just shut the hell up and leave her be. She’s my neighbor and I’m frands with her,” defended Robert. He was gettin’ to a roaring boil after all that time simmerin’ at school.

“Stupid kid thinks he’s just as dumb as she is! Why the hell’d all these retards move into this town, anyways?” Matt shot a sideways glance at Joe and smirked.

Robert was sick and tarred of the whole thing, and he intended to stop it all. He walked right up to Matt.

“Sorry,” he said, extending his hand, but smiling slightly. Matt started to laugh, but right then Robert kicked him so hard in the cajones that they just about fell outta’ his pants. He dropped down and started’ screaming and squirming like a dying millipede. Robert took one quick look at Joe’s terrified face, then Joe ran for his life.

Well, Christie ain’t never been teased since, and she turned out to be more then just friends with Robert after a while. Guess everyone has a good chance at love if they just look for it.