John Marsden Writing Topic #508

Write about a battle in which no shots are fired…or only one shot is fired**

The (Emotional) Battle Against Heartache

Men, I can live with them and I can certainly live without them, I should know, I’m the one that makes them fall in love with me and then dump them like garbage.

I can’t tell you exactly how long I’ve been doing this but after years of constantly being unceremoniously dumped by men, I decided to battle against heartbreak by dumping men before they dumped me.

It doesn’t take me long to have these men wrapped around my finger. I either dish out the big sucker story of being inexperienced, or I make them feel like they’ve won the jackpot by telling them I only want just sex, or I just give them enough attention to make them want more. Whatever works, sometimes I get bored with my stories.

Not all men are stupid though, some of them do become flaky or restless, which just does not work for me at all, but it’s never a problem for long. When they start getting restless or pulling away, I throw them a bone and give them what they want….but only for a little while.

Still, despite the risk of some men getting the jump on me I’ll never stop. There are so many men out there who need to be defeated and taught a lesson in what heartbreak feels like, especially the cocky ones. I’m seeing one tonight in fact. He’s a young, knows-he’s-good-looking detective. Despite being a detective, he still won’t have any idea what he’s in for! Detective or not he’s another man! The battle against heartbreak continues on for another day or date.


**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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