FASHION PULIS: Failing a friend

Published August 28, 2021, 11:07 AM

by Mike Lim

When Newbie 1 (N1) and Newbie 2 (N2) found themselves together in the same project years ago, they started to build a friendship that seemed to be for keeps. N1 and N2 bonded. N2 became N1’s confidant. N1 also epitomized the typical discovery story − she was alone. To make N1 feel better, N2 opened her home and provided the car she needed to go to her commitments.

As time progressed, N1 and N2 had diverse career paths. N1 shot to fame, while N2 did several supporting roles. N1 became busy with her projects and N2 chose a different path away from the limelight. They tried to keep in touch, but N1 often replied very late to N2’s messages with an excuse that she was busy. When N1 was stable, she took the responsibility of taking care of her family.
Years later, N2 was in dire straits and called N1, who was her last resort. N2 needed a loan for family members who were in the hospital. N1 said her finances were handled by a Close Relation (CR). Upon hearing the amount, CR flatly refused for N1 to give out the full amount to an estranged friend. Although N1 defended her friendship with N2, CR wanted a collateral. N1 told N2 the conditions, but the latter said she no longer had a car and the property title was with the bank. N1 asked for time to convince CR to release the amount.

A few days later, N1 told N2 that she was able to borrow money. However, N2 said she no longer needed the amount, as N1’s past lover already gave her the loan with ‘pay when able’ and no collateral conditions. N1 was left speechless.

‘It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.’ ― Deb Caletti

Safe Strategy

Seems like Clever Boy (CB) found a way to satisfy his libido while His Lover (HL) went on trips. CB could not stand the loneliness due to the absence of HL in their home. Thus, he found a way to amuse himself secretly.

CB entertained admirers, and chose the best-looking ones. Once he had picked the woman, he set his restrictions: no photos. The moment the woman entered the premises, her mobile was taken away. CB wanted to prevent possible complications in case the woman would have ideas of stalking or blackmailing him after or possess evidence that can be used against him.

According to one of his guests, the time spent with CB was worth it. He was a master in the art of intimacy and knew how to satisfy his partner. He was very kind, too. However, the encounter was purely physical, with no emotional attachment, and a one-night stand. CB adhered to a one-time policy. There was no second time for the same woman and the contact number CB used no longer worked after the meetup.

‘Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.’ − Alan Alda

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