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All Or Nothing
Loosely based around an experience I had, but is generally about a one sided feeling of attraction that pushes the character to the edge. Written in the 1st person to be more personal.
[1,087 words]
Peter Halpin
Please feel free to give reviews, I always appreciate an honest opinion of my stuff.


[August 2006]
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All Or Nothing
Peter Halpin

There is no feeling that can be more puzzling than confusion, except, perhaps, bewilderment. Or love. Love that you cannot have, but still you feel throughout your entire being, that fills every amount of emotional space in your head for every waking second and every dream at night. It is a love that one should hate, it could make you want to die and leave it forever, but instead it drives you on and makes you feel more alive than anything else.

If you are unable to relate to this situation, let me explain it to you more clearly, for this is my existence, it is my confusion. She is my love and yet she is anything but. We are friends and nothing else, yet so much more, at least to me.

* * * *

I keep wondering what it would be like to tell people we are together, or how it would feel to get home to find her there, awaiting my arrival, needing me like I know I need her. I sit alone on the bus. A stranger is perched warily next to me as I pretend I can see through the steamy window into the cascade of nothingness that is the night-black dark. I am thinking of her when she's happy. Though however content she may be, she will never know just how much joy that smile of hers brings to me.

It is impossible, I feel, to ever love anyone else, certainly not with the intensity that I have for her anyway. If I meet other women with the same name as her I feel anger towards them for bringing her name into disrepute; only she deserves her name, like a unique title to set her apart from all the others.

I have written reams and reams of poetry about how I feel for her, yet I am never satisfied that any of them do her justice, none of them fully describe her beauty or truly envisage my emotions. I have recently given this up as I have come to realise that I, or indeed anyone, could possibly come close to totally fulfilling the task. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but there will never be enough pictures painted that would say how she makes me feel inside.

In times of sheer madness I have thought it best not to think about her, deliberately, to find someone new and put her out of my thoughts, discarding her as a bad idea. But I was torturing myself with every minute, and as each hour passed the minutes became more punishing. I cried so much more than any adult male should. I found new lows. Having been feeling such highs, I was even more confused and disorientated than before.

(Depression hits you like a slow punch to the head. You see it coming, you feel it, then it hits you and you slump.)

When tears are made of air and you find yourself just staring at a blurred view of a room for a timeless time, people begin to notice. They'll ask the ironic question, as to whether you are all right, and yet you say all is fine, nothing wrong, nothing at all.

This girl had taken me over in every way you could imagine. I couldn't do anything, go anywhere or even see another person without something making me think of her in one way or another. She had grabbed me by the heart and dragged me around without even knowing it. I had reached the peaks of lust, wanton desire and frustration before plummeting the equivalent of pole to pole in a split-second and landing more than unceremoniously into depths of dangerously depressing self-hate.

No-one could argue that I had certainly taken a strenuous, stressful and sickening roller coaster of a journey, except maybe her, as she carried on, unconscious of the concequences that her innocent actions had been having.

* * * *

It must have been several months since I last saw her, or even heard her name mentioned. She had told me of her plans to travel and I can only assume that's where she got to. I'm glad I didn't know when she went or said goodbye, doing that wouldn't have helped.

To be honest, I don't really know what or when it was that I changed. One day I just realised I wasn't upset, I hadn't thought about her for a while and I was felt free. I just stood there and smiled. I smiled - I hadn't smiled for so long. A tear welled up in the corner of my eye; I knew I was happy. Things had changed for the better and life was worth living again. I could wake up in the morning and not be disappointed that I'd done so. I was glad to be alive in this world.

It's true what people say - time is a healer and things will change. No matter how bad things may seem at one point in time, there will always be the times that make up for it all - the times in our lives that make us buzz and feel warm all over when we remember them.

If we never experienced the really awful moments, how would we know the great ones were so very good?

(This isn't a matter of having a belief in fate or destiny, it's just quite simply remembering the fact that things do not stay the same forever.)

As it happens I am still single, on my own and looking for that special someone. I can now look back on that chapter in my life as just that, a part of what now makes me 'me'. I suppose now I'm in a queue for the next roller coaster that will hurl me in all directions, before letting me off at the other end, whereupon I look back at all the twists, turns, dips and drops I just experienced with a wry smile, and a memory.

For the time being though, I'm just happy, happy to be gliding on a level plain. Life would be pretty dull if it was like this all the time or if you knew what it had planned for you, wouldn't it? There is no script for you to follow, no lines to learn and there are no directions to remember and perfect. There will always be the audiences and the critics, but if there is no script, no 'guidelines of life' that you should stick to, how can anyone truly say you've made mistakes?


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January 2006

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