SlickSlider Posted December 8 Report Share Posted December 8 Say you are a 17 year old girl (or boy, if you can't use your imagination), and your best friend, also a 17 year old girl (or boy, if...), had a stepbrother who ran away from home when he was 17 or 18, over five years ago, never to be seen or heard from again. Your best friend is a popular girl, who has many friends, and is friends with friends of those friends, ect. Everybody who knows her seems to like her, for the same reasons as you are her friend. Your friend, lets call her Cara, has a purely plutonic male friend named John, who is in his early 20's. One of John's friends is a man who Cara does not speak to although she has encountered him several times while in the company of John. Likewise, that man, Nick, shows animosity toward Cara when he sees her, and acts so far as to be annoyed by the sight of her, even being outright rude to her. His reasons? No one knows, not even John. And Cara, although your best friend, obviously has secrets she does not wish to disclose. But, one day she opens up and reveals to you that that man, that rude friend of John's, is her brother. Her mom and stepfather do not know where he lives or even that he has remained in the same county, and only you and John know that he is her runaway (step)brother. You do not understand why Cara has never revealed his location to her mom and stepfather, but you wonder if it has something to do with the dislike expressed between them. Yet you also remember that she told you that they were extremely close as children and that she missed him. Perhaps you wonder if that is the reason why she has spent time with John even when she knew that it would mean crossing paths with Nick.But there is something that has bothered you. Cara has always been a moral, honest girl, but you ask yourself if by not telling her stepfather that Nick was safe and close by, even though Cara had never been asked by said stepfather, was her omittance of the truth a lie? Would you percieve her silence to be not only a lie but an immoral deception and deprivation of Nick's father's wish to be reunited with his son? Would you have a hard time going to her house, having recently seen Nick yourself, and not saying something to her stepfather? Would your conscious so nag at you that you would have to tell her stepfather, even though she has her (undisclosed) reasons for not doing so herself? Or would you mind your own business instead and tell yourself that if Nick wanted him to know where he was, he would have called him himself? If you were determined by morals that Nick's father had a right to know where Nick was, even though both Nick and Cara had their private reasons for not wanting him to know, would you openly contact him, knowing that it would destroy your friendship with Cara completely, or send an anonomous message to the stepfather and not tell Cara that it had come from you?Now take the above scenarios and imagine that you are new to the area and have recently become friends with Cara (and the other girl mentioned above). You have met John, and eventually encountered Nick, and then found out that Nick was Cara's runaway brother, same as above. You envy Cara's life (her family has money) and popularity, and love her warmth and personality, and being new to the school you are thrilled to have made a friend in Cara. But the knowledge of Nick's secret bothers you, as does his rudeness and apparent dislike of the girl he once shared a home with, whom you and so many others love. Do you think you would have no trouble minding your own business, or would you morally feel that someone should tell Cara's stepfather about Nick?I talk a bit more about the story in this post:The above people and situations are part of one of my novels, a pure work of fiction. I would like to know how other people might react in that situation, not for the sake of laying out the storyline for it has been fleshed out already, but for the sake of wondering how people other than fictional characters created by me would react. And no, it isn't anything like Dawson's Creek (retch) about teen angst or some stuff like that. It involves Cara's life from the age of 17 to 28, but the story is really about John and his relationship with her and the tragedies he goes through in his life.Opinions please? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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