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Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)
- TITLE: DO YOU DARE FACE THE TRUTH?
By Joanna Jayaprakash
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David had lofty impressions of himself – a financially secure hotelier in his early forties, flamboyant in nature with attractive stature. He was confident there was no way she could resist his charm. When their eyes met, he could sense the feeling was mutual. David was a married man, on the verge of a divorce. There was nothing secret about it as he lived a bachelor life and openly admitted it to the women he met – even to Angelina.
Angelina smiled coyly once more. He noticed she understood the hints behind his question of whether she was seeing someone, after declaring his marital status. “I guess it’s hard to be faithful when you’re in this line of business,” she said. “You hit the nail right on the head. You’re a smart woman,” he replied, impressed by her answer. “In this line, if you expect me to suppress my feelings, I would have to kill myself,” he defended himself, while she just listened without judging. He wished he could spend more time with her, but she had to go.
Although that was the last he saw of her, telephone calls followed in monthly intervals. He relished the fact that this young woman looked up to him and asked his advice about the business world. She offered to help in anyway she could, refusing anything in return. “Nothing is free,” he would chide her, while she happily chirped “Some things are!”
She said they were friends, but he saw it as a chase, which he very much enjoyed. He always reminded her that he was the ‘Devil,’ worlds apart from her love for God and belief in values. But she consistently rebutted that he wasn’t. Amazingly, they managed to see and accept each other just as they were - carefully standing behind the boundaries. Though he slowly began to care about this new friend and hated to hurt her, his flesh craved her form more than anything else
David knew Angelina liked him a lot, or she wouldn’t be calling. In fact, she had confessed she loved him. So, he sensed the time was right to ask her out. To his surprise and pleasure, the woman who had said ‘No’ for months finally agreed. He had gained her trust and she dared to meet him. They chose the beach as their rendezvous – in an open-air stall where they each ordered a coconut drink, served in its husk itself.
He gazed into the eyes of the one he so desired, and electrifying feelings hovered over them. “There’s a motel just behind – we don’t need to ‘do’ anything. That would be adultery for you, I know. I just want you in my arms,” he asked suggestively. In his heart, thinking, “Whatever transpires later, who cares?”
He knew she had feelings for him – her eyes couldn’t lie. But her soft voice that rode a trail of words totally blew him away. “You are not the Devil by nature. You are one by choice. I know that women are passing things to you, but I am a friend who cares, and I’m here to stay.” Speechless, he just looked at her kind face.
All this time, David took great pride in calling himself the Devil. However, at that moment in time, for once, he felt terrible about being bad. All the while, he had evil intentions towards her, but even being so young in age, she was able to turn the wheel’s direction. He hated the rejection, but he couldn’t help but admire her beautiful soul. She had unveiled the hidden meaning of love and friendship in a world of temporal pleasures. The truth struck him – he was an expert with blazing lust, but he did not dare enough to face love. Behind all emotions that clouded the mind, David finally caught a glimpse of Him.
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