Jealousy Is Rottenness to the Bones, Part II

Continuation from part I

This is a continuation of an article that I previously wrote, entitled, "Jealousy is rottenness to the bones." I won't rehash the entire prior article. I only want to finish fleshing out the remaining characters, and to conclude the series. So, to fully understand these characters and the entire article, (if you haven't done so), please read the first part .

Our cast of characters are: Suspicious Sam and his wife Innocent Irene, Little Bad Bobby, and his Sweet Sister Suzy. Then we have Wanna Be Model Model Mother Mary, and Model Daughter Daisy. We also added Good Son George, and his Jealous Dad Jack. Those four duos were already dealt with. Now we want to bring to life our remaining cast of characters. We begin with workmates, Diligent Danny and Slacker Steve. Then we go on to Best Athlete Adam and rival, Second Best Brian. The last two duos are, "good" friends, I Got The Best Betsy, and I Could Care Less Carrie, lastly we have Nasty Neighbor Ned, and Kind Hearted Ken. Now let's get started. Just to let you know, these are not real characters,or real events, they are all contrived by me, so if some situations seem far-fetched, they are. Although, you will find that most situations are likely, and predictable. Enjoy!

Scenario four

Let's begin with Diligent Danny and Slacker Steve. Slacker Steve has been top man at the company for well over ten years, due in large part to marrying the boss's daughter. He actually does not work very hard anymore, however he is hailed as the top employee in the company. His father-in-law has never really cared for him, but because of his beloved daughter he has tolerated him. To be fair, he does know his job, and he did bring the company out of the red and made it profitable. These days he's resting on his laurels, and just cruising by.

In walks Diligent Danny. The great new talent that the boss found and brought in to take the company to the next level. Danny is a very personable fellow, a real rock star, never sitting down on the job. The boss's expectations, to say the least , are met beyond his wildest imaginations. Of course you know, according to Steve, Danny is, "trying to steal the show," he says that because of Danny's hard work and diligent attention to details. Steve does everything that he can to, as he says, "take Danny down a notch." (There's been numerous attempts at sabotage). He eventually sees the perfect opportunity to do just that. The big presentation for a new contract to take the company over the top has arrived. Diligence Danny has done all the preparation for the presentation, including research and actually preparing the report himself.

Slacker Steve is up to his old tricks, of trying to discredit Danny, not really realizing what's at stake or maybe not even caring, he pulls what he calls his coup de grace, he intends to once and for all put Danny in his place. He prepares a completely erroneous report and replaces it with the correct one. Presentation day arrives, everyone is excited, Danny takes out the report and begins the presentation. All in attendance has a copy of the report, as it's opened and perusal begins, puzzled looks all around, is this a joke...........Needless to say the new contract was in serious jeopardy. Fortunately the culprit was unmasked, and for Slacker Steve the end has come for all that he's worked for, his marriage, and his career, and Diligent Danny is where his is supposed to be on top. Proving that hard work and diligence, wins out in the end every time, over cunning and conniving, . Well, maybe not all the time, but that's just my version, so go with me on this.

Scenario five

Now here's a good one. These two have been friends, or rather rivals throughout their lives, they actually grew up together. Best Athlete Adam has been at the top of his game his entire life, not really trying, it just comes naturally. He truly loves sports for the sake of loving sports. However he doesn't put it before everything else. To him it's just sports, not his whole life. Now Second Best Brian, has worked hard at being the best, forsaking all else, but it has not put him where he wants to be, #1. Although he claims to like his "buddy," BAA, he never misses a chance to take a verbal jab at him. Oh, he calls it good natured fun, when he's called on it, but secretly he's trying to embarrass his friend. Well during a special track meet, Second Best Brian came in first, he won, but it was later found out that he cheated. Did I mention that he was by now in college and was there on a scholarship? Well, he lost his scholarship and had to drop out of college. All of this happened because he was jealous of his friend. What a shame.

Scenario six

Well, now we get to, I Got The Best Betsy, and I Could Care Less Carrie. The girls met in college as roommates. Betsy and Carrie were from different backgrounds. Carrie came from a well to do family and could get anything that she wants, but "things," meant nothing to her. She never let on that she was from "money," her focus has always been on getting her education and giving back as a way of proving that money can't buy you happiness. However Betsy always wanted the best, and she got the best that her hardworking single mother could provide, no matter what her mother had to do to get it. Each time her mother sent a "care package," she'd lord it over Carrie. I Could Care Less Carrie always shopped at Kmart, and was proud of it. I Got The Best Betsy would only wear clothes from stores like Macy's, and Nordstroms, never missing a chance to wave her new digs from those stores in Carrie's face. (If she only knew). I Could Care Less Carrie was very popular and well liked by all, especially the faculty. Of course Betsy had her wanna be followers, and all concerned tried to make Carrie's life difficult, but Carrie, true to her name, could care less.

Well, meet the parents day arrived for the University, and all parents were encouraged to attend. As usual, Betsy wanted to show off and had her mother send her the most expensive outfit that Nordstroms had, for the event, of course she had to point it out for all to hear, especially, "Miss popular," (I Could Care Less Carrie). All students were asked to meet their parents at the curb and escort them into the auditorium. I'll just bet you know where I'm going with this. Okay, I'll tell you anyway. To her chagrin, Betsy's mother drives up in her 10 year old Dodge Caravan. Mortified, Betsy waits on the sidelines, until her mother exits the car, (she had asked her mother to rent a nicer car). Meanwhile Carrie's parents arrive in their Limo, of course no one knows that it's Carrie's parents. Carrie also was mortified, but for a different reason, she never really wanted anyone to know that she came from a well to do family. She always wanted to be, and was, accepted for her abilities. Well, after the limo driver gets out and waves over to Carrie, he opens the door for her parents, they jump out and rush over to Carrie, and they all embrace. You know what happens at this point, Betsy had to pick her jaw up off the ground, never realizing that Carrie only shopped at Kmart because she wanted to. Well you can just about guess what the rest of the school year was like for both girls.

Scenario seven

Nasty Neighbor Ned and Kind Hearted Ken had been neighbors for well over 10 years. To Ken their friendly rivalry was just that, friendly rivalry. Not for Ned, he worked hard at making his yard stand out in the neighborhood, but of course Kind Hearted Ken had a green thumb, no matter what he did, his yard always came out the best. Because he did not take the rivalry seriously, he always offered Nasty Neighbor Ned tips on how to make his yard as nice as Ken's. You just know he refused any help at all, choosing to, as he says, "do it my way."

Every year the block was judged, as to the beauty and functionality of their yards. Of course, you know that Ken always won. No matter what he did, Ned could not win for the life of him. Nasty Neighbor Ned was determined to win this year, and he had a plan. He would steal into Kind Hearted Ken's yard the night before and trample down as many of his flowers and shrubbery as he could. Well, as Murphy's Law would have it, because of all the noise, Ken called the police, not knowing it was his, "buddy," Ned. Ned was caught red handed, and unfortunately both lost the competition this year. Ken vowed never to compete in this event again.

Part three is coming up

Since this article is too long again, We'll do part three next.  You do want to know what I have to say about each of the duos, don't you.  If so let me know.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Yay - a fastfreta hub! I'll stay tuned.

We have to be aware of people who are jealous of us - often we don't know because these people can be harmful to your well being. Then we have a whole 'nother issue fastfreta - why do we allow toxic people to remain in our lives?

And women must remember that a jealous boyfriend is never ever ever OK - that is not love - that is a super weak man! Avoid him at all costs.

Thanks


ashleyr24 7 years ago

I'm looking forward to part 3 fastfreta! If you wrote a book, it would be a definite page turner!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

fastfreta - you paint such a real picture with words - you can almost see all that simmering envy and jealousy! Your hubs are a pleasure to read!


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Bail Up ! 7 years ago

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. ~William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Can't wait to see what you have in store for us!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks BK, you are so correct, and I hope women take heed to that.

Thanks ashleyr, it's coming soon.

Thank you Shalini, for your encouragement

Thanks Bail Up for that quote, wish I had it before I wrote my hub.

Thank you Veronica, it's coming.

Thank you all very much for your support.


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

Love your characters. I'm so glad I'm not a jealous or envious person, and my husband is not. Life is too short to agonize over what others have, instead of being grateful for what we have!


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

For some reason it printed twice, so I'm editing the comment. Looking forward to more, FF!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks DoodleLyn, you both are fortunate. I totally agree, life is too short, too much to do, too many people to see, too many places to go, to spend time on an emotion like jealousy. Thanks again, and part 3 is on the way.


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James Ginn 7 years ago from Ohio

fastfreda, I live in a "Nasty Neighbor Ned and Kind Hearted Ken" neighborhood and it is the same as your story. It always seems that there is a loose wire in these connections and one person "gets it" while the other takes things too seriously, just like your characters: "To Ken their friendly rivalry was just that, friendly rivalry." I seem to be surrounded by these relationships. Thank you so much for your take on daily life and those who have roles in it.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks James for weighing in, and thank you for your comments. Most of us know at least one of those characters.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

fastfreta, very nicely done. There will always be jealous people in this world. But what your lessons seem to be saying is that jealousy only uses up valuable energy that could be channelled into achieving one's goal.

Looking forward to Part III.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Yeah, yeah, that's, that's what I'm saying. Just kidding, but I couldn't said it better. May I quote your very eloquent statement in Part III? Thanks DynamicS for stopping by, come again soon.


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for your jealousy hub, it is right on time, jealousy can destroy, relationships and friendships. Great hub.

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks creativeone59 for stopping by, and thanks for your comment. Please stop by again soon.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Really enjoyed this...good character development. Now I gotta go back and read part one. And am looking forward to part three. Wow! This could turn into something big! Thanks, fastfreta.


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Great stuff. Keep it up


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks alekhouse and Jess for stopping by, and part three is on the way.


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Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

Good point,and very engaging scenarios!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Waren E, for stopping by, come again soon.


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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

I read this earlier and got carried away voting and thumbing so back to say a great follow up to the original.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Helen for weighing in. I am beginning the third sequel. Hope to see you then.


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norah73 7 years ago from San Manuel, AZ

Love it! Can't wait for part 111. I am hanging on every word. I love your work. Just love it.??


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

fastfreda I just love your style of writing and I realy mean it.

I'll never unsterstand jealousy because everybody got so much and nobody can have it all. So were is the point to be jealous.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Norah and Hello, hello for those encouraging words. Come again soon please!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Another serving - great read like the first one :D


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Cris A for stopping by. Please come back again soon.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

fastfreta you did it again. I am looking forward to part III, but I am also looking forward to the play and the movie. I can't wait.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks create a page, you're too good to me. The County Fair is in town, so I'm having writers block, because I'm always at the fair. My daughter bought me a season pass. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to the fair. So bear with me, during this period.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Ok...I'll try to.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks create a page for your patience, (smile).


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

You should be a Play Writer Fastfreta. I'm really enjoying this. An important message passed across, in an interesting way.

Regards, E.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Lady_E, I'm working on part 3, but the County Fair is here and I am so into it, that I can't think to write. But I will be back soon. Stay tuned.


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BRANCH66 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

Aye Me again, Lol This is really good. I'll see you at the next. Keep It 100


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Branches for honoring me with your attention to this series. I'm so glad that you're enjoying it. See you over at the next one.

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