Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship?"
I don't ever remember entertaining the feelings of jealousy, certainly not to the point where I would act on it in any way. I was always aware that an old friend from my schooldays would get eaten up with jealousy and he would betray this feeling by his reactions to certain achievements that I and indeed many of our friends made. These reactions would take the form of an aggressive sulking and caustic negative comments. I would then hesitate to inform anyone, particularly this person of any successes and gains I made, for fear of inviting this sort of unpleasant reaction.
FICTION ~ "GINNY"
by John Yeo
I can imagine a story of jealousy and intrigue between siblings and the resulting bad blood raised by the introduction of a person of the opposite sex.
Let us imagine a large farm in the middle of the rural district of Norfield. Farmer Wilson and his wife Alice had farmed their forty hectare farm very successfully for many years. Wilson, (No one ever found out if that was his family name or an unusual first name.), and Alice had six children. Four girls and two boys. After the eldest daughter, Susan arrived, they immediately carried on, trying for a son and heir. Then Sally, Sarah, and Samantha, followed on, one after the other, into a wonderful home full of caring and sharing the family chores. After Samantha arrived, Wilson and Alice began to despair of ever producing the much desired son.
After several months of a harsh winter in the early spring, Alice gave birth to two bonny bouncing twin boys. There was elation and much happiness in the family. Wilson and the rest of the family were delightedly trying to find suitable names for the twins. Alice suddenly announced that their names would be William and Walter, and they would both share the middle name of Wilson.
William Wilson Wilson and Walter Wilson Wilson took their places in the family and both enjoyed a happy contented childhood, brought up together happily with their four older sisters. The six children all did well in the local school, impressing and pleasing the village schoolteachers immensely. The twins both got excellent grades in their exams and went on to agricultural college where they met and both fell in love with a very attractive pretty girl, a fellow student by the name of Ginny.
Everyone noticed the difference between the brothers from that day forward as they tried to outdo each other in their attempts to impress and win the heart of Ginny.
Ginny was a sensitive level-headed girl who liked both of these two impetuous brothers equally and although she was flattered by the attention in the conquest for her love, she never led either to believe he was anything more special to her than his brother.
Enter a spoiled wealthy farmers son by the name of Cedric, a villainous two-faced idiot who also had a fleeting desire for the affections of Ginny. This jealous troublemaker began to feed false rumours to turn one brother against the other brother. Jealous of the friendly firm friendship that had built up between the three friends, Cedric did his best to sow the seeds of discord and stir up trouble by spreading false gossip between the twins.
One day Cedric told William that Ginny favoured Walter and she was walking out with him, and he tried to turn her against both of the brothers by spreading false information and wild malicious gossip, sowing the seeds of doubt and jealousy in the minds of both brothers, one against the other.
Ginny was a very quick intelligent young lady and she began to suspect this wily fraud and she set a trap for him. Ginny arranged for both brothers to meet her in a coffee house in the nearby town at a certain time, and she made sure she let them both know what she was doing. Cedric meanwhile was busy stirring things up to her about both brothers courting some of the other students and indeed that very night they would both be attending a wild party in town with some red hot women. Ginny feigned surprise and sadly asked Cedric to take her somewhere for a coffee to talk about this very sad shocking situation. Delighted with this turn of events Cedric agreed and escorted Ginny into the darkened coffee house.
Cedric was absent from college for the rest of that term and fell drastically behind with his studies. The twins and Ginny remained friends throughout college and kept in touch for years afterwards.
The jealousy of Cedric cemented the bonds of friendship between these three people for the rest of their very fruitful fulfilled lives.
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