Sunday, March 02, 2008

Writers Island. Rivalry

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There were two sisters. Twins. They were so different from each other. If you'd met them you would never have suspected they were even related.

It started at school. One was academic, the other artistic, but each wanted to shine above the other. Their sibling rivalry taught them independence, gave them strength and set them on the right course to succeed in future years.

Yet when one needed the other, their
sisterly bond made them stronger, more able to deal with those around them and taught them the value of putting up a united front. They were the very best of friends.

One became a business woman, the other a designer. One made her fortune, the other was the toast of the fashion world. Both married yet remained as close to each other as they were as children.

The rivalry of those formative years gave them grounding in healthy competition. They knew the importance of being the best yet never let greed lead their lives.

One was always there for the other when things went wrong and each provided the other with a shoulder to cry on when their parents died within a few days apart.
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Yet sibling rivalry reared its head in the harshest of ways when the contents of their parents will was revealed. Each thought that the other had been treated better and slowly but surely the bond that once made them strong began to fade.

Suddenly they were two separate souls walking two different paths The rivalry which once gave them strength now set them one against the other. Each sought empowerment, one over the other.
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The once perfect relationship lay in tatters as the rivalry became bitter and savage.
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They have since gone totally separate ways. It has been many years since they communicated let alone talked. The sibling rivalry which once was their strength eventually turned out to be their downfall. Even friends of old have kept away rather than choose between the sisters that they all knew and loved. They remain isolated from the people who once surrounded them.
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A few months ago two young people struck up a friendship at college. They share the same birthday. She is academic, he artistic. They enjoy a friendly rivalry, yet have become extremely close and bounce off each other’s egos in a way the other students envy.

They will probably never know that they are cousins.
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15 comments:

  1. Yes how often does this break families apart In your story even twins. Nice end What ashame for their children although they found each other anyway. hopefully they don't make the same mistake.

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  2. very nicely written...my mom always tells us (we r 3 sisters) to be very careful in money matters...'cos that's what sadly brelks most families...i refused to believe it till i saw a father-son bond break...

    (just to tell u the story starts with twin girls...but *Even friends of old have kept away rather than choose between the brother and sister that they all knew and loved.*)

    my attempt...
    http://ontheprompt.blogspot.com/2008/03/i-still-remember-that-trip-in-bus-when.html

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  3. Thinking aloud - thanks for your observation. The story started off as brother and sister, but when I found that picture I changed it, but obviously I missed a bit!

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  4. What a great story and hopefully if played out they would find out and this would be the bond that brougt the two sisters back together.

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  5. That was a neat story. Nicely done. :)

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  6. That sad story happens so often. I can name on my fingers how death and inheritance create enemies from blood. Very nicely done!

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  7. That happened with my sis in laws, not with inheritence but with lottery...bro in law won and sis in law refused to share one red cent with anyone...other sis inlaw got really mad....money and love...I'm glad with my hubby, love is stronger...he didn't care about the lottery...

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  8. Its the story found most everywhere....its sad...but it also depends on how they were at the start...sometimes I believe in having a little bit of rivalry over trivial matters while yound an dthen moving onto forged bonding while grown....

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  9. Its really sad what money can do to people

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  10. Oh, how true, how true. Sisters can be like cats on fire. All nails and no brains.. Well done....BTW, do you know my sister? ; )

    love-bd

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  11. Very nicely written.. Sibling rivalry.. turned sour!!

    Empowered

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  12. Keith,

    A classic story. I don't want a love story to spring out of this. God, I know where this is going. This could be a great material for a soap opera. Or could be a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

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  13. isn't it a shame that greed for money seems to trump all? nicely written.

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  14. This can be the sad impact of money quite often. They would have had so so much more had they embraced the inheritance and a love of their sibling -- but that, for some, is very difficult.

    Turning to another thought -- after touring your several blogs Keith, I've discovered you are a man of multi talents... bravo!

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  15. that last line made me sad....you said it beautifully well.

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