I have lived long enough to have learned what the poets, artists and the lovesick mean when they speak of a romantic analogy of women to a flower, more specifically the rose. In every way, it is a romantic epitome, a delineation that would inspire almost all men to do great things in order to take heed the affection that emanates from them. History is filled with stories how a man achieved great heights in any endeavor when they followed the powerful emotion towards women. Napoleon Bonaparte is one of them, and as we all know, drove him to create an empire across Europe. Hence, the truth in the saying “behind every man’s success is a woman.”
However, there are also those women who combine beauty with ruthlessness. Deceptive and cunning, and who are willing to go to great lengths to achieve their avaricious end. They will use everything at their disposal and wouldn’t think twice in destroying their victims (which of course, in this case their suitors and lovers). In my lifetime, there is only one woman I saw who possesses this kind of attribute. I thought that such person would only exist in the fiction genre of comic books as a villain and her character is so reproachable you would think she is probably a figment of Alfred Hitchcock’s imagination but I guess this is what the trite expression “reality bites” means.
So it goes to say that this demimonde (more appropriate term than lady because quite frankly she is a disgrace to womanhood and what women represents) has been well known in our office for quite some time long before I even assume my work in the government; feeding on someone’s paycheck and insisting on sharing with someone else’s spouse. Her reputation doesn’t seem to affect her, though. According to her version, she filed an annulment from her husband because of his infidelity and to some extent, his psychological incapacity. Her statement is as dubious as she is because that line has been hackneyed by everyone who wants to get out of marriage when they are already romantically involved with someone else. Truthfully enough, when she did file for an annulment she is involved with another putrid individual whose life’s only purpose is to perpetrate all the wrongdoings in the government. Looking things in a broader perspective, they deserve each other. The problem is, the demimonde has an insatiable appetite in both sex and financial needs. And so she went to have another relationship in our office other than the putrid personnel. Mind you, she got a brand new model of Toyota from this guy and still she claims that nothing happened between them. Is it possible that a guy from the twenty-first century would dole out roughly 800,000 pesos in cold cash to buy a car and wouldn’t ask anything in return from a girl? I find that hard to believe, but since she insists on her story I strongly recommend she tell that to the marines.
Life as I have said before is not an entirety of black and white. It has lots of shades of gray. Some people are driven to do illogical things, nay, actions that are hideous and even against the moral norms that our society has imposed. Maybe in her case, she is only lonely. Searching for the proverbial knight in shining armor who would rescue her from the abyss of her misdeeds. After all, we as human beings yearn for someone who will reciprocate our affection, we seek those who can understand us and can give us comfort in times of our misery. However, something is not right and it would further be wrong if I were to give her the benefit of the doubt. Why? Because if you happen to talk to her face to face and bring all of these things up, not a single amount of remorse would register in her face. She wouldn’t be moved with the things that is wrong with her actions and would rather be exulted and proud about what she did. She even once flamboyantly expressed, “when you see the wives of my men, you can see why they sought me because I’m far too pretty than they are!”
Habit has destroyed her good side. Nothing is left of her humanity. She gauges men by the size of their wallets and incomes and how much they could earn by doing extracurricular activities that comes with being an employee in the government. She thrives on rumors that she spread, depicting a self-portrait of beauty and self-absorbed belief that all men are attracted to her when there is none. Misconstruing a man’s action whenever he talks to her for a simple conversation, interpreting it as motive to have a relationship with her. She harbors the notion that she is pretty and attractive when in reality she is nothing more but an empty bag of flesh and skin, the only reason why her “lovers” persevered to get her. Nobody took her seriously… how could they? When you know the background and motive of this person, humanity and its virtues would jumped out of the window before you could even say “wait”.
If you sow misdeeds, you will reap it in ten folds more than what you have sowed. The truth of that proverbial axiom was validated when somewhere along her journey she contracted an STD, courtesy of the putrid personnel. She carries a large aura of bad luck because whoever comes close to her whether in casual conversations or otherwise, the poor soul would be jinxed for more than a year. Maybe this was a manifestation of her severely destroyed moral compass that’s why a lot of chi energy (or whatever you want to call it) cannot properly be channeled out due to her misalignment. In our office, the lightest sarcasm I’ve heard towards her is the term “user friendly”. Well, I cannot argue with that and we need not further elaborate on that statement since it is self-explanatory.
Maybe all of these writing about her are nothing but a harsh judgment and one that I am not entitled to. Conversely, I believe it is more of an eye opener to the world and for the people out there to be wary in spotting a person like this in the future (but I do hope she would be the only one left on this planet since it would be a disaster if she is not alone).
In every rose carries with it its thorns. In some instances, there were no roses that stayed in your hand except for its thorns. Then, there are roses and there are thorns. Sometimes along the way, you may get mystified. You may think it’s a rose you see but it’s nothing more but a bunch of thorns. And more often than not, there are many thorns than those of the roses and had confused them with each other that you would mistakenly dare pick or yearn for. And then again, maybe it’s not a shrub of roses you’re looking at but only a shrub of thorns.