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January 26, 2005

A Fair-weather Friend (Part I)

P and V started off being mere acquaintances but within no time, they became what was termed as 'best friends'. People thought they were sisters because they looked freakishly similar, even their respective parents agreed on this point. They had some amazing times - blowing off lessons to hang out, discussing the merits and flaws of their crushes, analysing the conversations they had with the guy of their dreams and interpreting every sentence he said in a million different ways, picking one of those interpretations and later finding out that was the farthest from the truth, conferring about their plans for the future, and so many more. But the one thing that nobody doubted was that they would be friends forever.

A few years later

It had been a year since they had spoken. V couldn't believe that they were once best friends. Where did it all go wrong? Well, that was a rhetorical question, for she could actually pinpoint the day when it all started to go pear-shaped - the day when a single event changed her entire life forever. She turned to the one person she thought would provide the comfort and support she needed. But that very person instantly turned her back on her. It emerged that P was a fair-weather friend. As long as everything was rosy, she chose to be by her side and yet, as soon as the proverbial black clouds approached, she fled with astonishing speed. At that juncture, the proverb, 'Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone', started to ring true in her head. They both moved on but some things are unforgivable. Maybe P's guilt and V's resentment drove them apart to the point that they simply lost touch with each other.

Today

V was just thinking about her yesterday and, out of the blue, P contacted her today to ask if she wanted to meet up. V agreed to do so but, in retrospect, was regretting it. A year is such a long time and so much had changed since they had last spoken. Would they even have anything to speak about? And even they did get along like a house on fire, could it even go back to the way it was? More importantly, should it go back to the way it was? What exactly were either of them hoping to achieve through this rendezvous? V reasoned that it was too late to back out and decided to take the meeting with a pinch of salt while hoping for the best. 

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Comments

There are always two sides to coin, and likewise a story - perhaps P found it difficult to be there for V...?

I agree with Little Miss Sunshine - P deserves another chance, even if what P did may have been unforgiveable to V.

Good friendships are hard to find.

Posted by: Skittle | Feb 3, 2005 9:01:04 AM

HAve learnt from painful personal experiences - that a mirror once broken, can never be rejoined - similarly, any relationship (including friendship), once the mirror of happiness, satisfaction and trust is broken - joining it back is next-to-impossible.

Anyways, if time permits, a try doesnt harm, but tread with caution on what u think are slippery waters......

Posted by: Inspirator | Jan 29, 2005 4:21:40 PM

I think that you should keep an open mind but be cautious at the same time. If you rekindle your friendship, there's no guarantee that she won't ditch you again when times get tough.

Posted by: Adam | Jan 27, 2005 5:41:44 AM

Willie Morris explains beautifully:

When I see an honoured friend again after years of separation, it is like resuming the words of an old conversation which had been halted momentarily by time. Surely as one gets older, friendship becomes more precious for us, for it affirms the contours of our existence. It is a reservoir of shared experience, of having lived through many things in our brief and mutual moment on earth.

Posted by: SV | Jan 26, 2005 10:28:54 AM

I think that V should give P a second chance...after all, good friendships are very hard to come by as it is.

Posted by: Little Miss Sunshine | Jan 26, 2005 8:33:15 AM

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