John Marsden Writing Topic #438

Tell of a time when you were treated unfairly. Then retell the same episode from the other person’s point of view**

The last time I felt I was treated unfairly was about this time last year when a man I briefly dated but tried to be friends with, told me that he didn’t want to be friends with me anymore.


He didn’t want to be friends with me anymore as I asked him an uncomfortable question relating to our brief dating experience and he started dating someone new (which he conveniently only told me about when I asked him the uncomfortable question). I felt that he lied to me about wanting to be friends and that he wasn’t a real friend at all for throwing me out of his life like a piece of trash because he found a new girlfriend (I actually told him this and those were the words I used). While I meant what I said, I also said this because I was hurt and upset and wondered why he bothered being friends or more likely pretended to be friends with me in the first place.


Why did she ask me this question now? We dated ages ago, I thought we were passed this? I think it’s best not to answer straight away, however I know she’ll press me for answer. I waited another day and told her, now’s the best time to tell her about my new girlfriend. She told me that I didn’t care about her, which isn’t true, but I feel that us being friends won’t work right now (or ever). She told me that I wasn’t a real friend, there’s no point talking to her again now.



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

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