Today, take a cue from something you’ve overheard and write a post inspired by a real-life conversation. Revisit a time when you wish you’d spoken up, reminisce about an important conversation that will always stick with you, or tune in to a conversation happening around you right now and write your reaction. Take time to listen — to what you hear around you, or what your memories stir up.
Today’s twist: include an element of foreshadowing in the beginning of your post.
By John Yeo
I find myself wrestling with the danger of rumour and false impression that is very real and can generate a lot of hurt.
Some time ago I met a very old friend, Ena, at the bus stop. There was a couple in front of us, almost oblivious of us, one of them turned to the other and said quite loudly: “She is a thief, it was all over the town, caught red-handed. Mary something, pretty well known, I hear”.
We were sitting on the bus, when Ena nudged me and remarked: “Did you hear that? They must mean, Mary Smith, round the corner. Well I never! I would never have believed that! They said she was well-known here.”
The news spread like wildfire among the locals and Mary soon became ostracised with her reputation ruined. “Keep your children away from that Smith woman! She is a thief and not to be trusted!”
It was not until the truth was revealed that a well known TV star, Mary Stevens had been caught shoplifting, and it was her the idle gossips were referring to.
Sadly our Mary Smith never got to realise who blackened her name, although it became clear to everyone close by that she was innocent.
I wonder, should I speak out, or stay quiet?
Copyright (c) ~Written by John Yeo ~All rights reserved. All characters and situations in this story are fictitious.