By Vita Forest
I am right and they are wrong. Yes her, and them, and those others too. Wrong. With the letters after their names. Wrong. With their heaving bank accounts. Wrong. Just plain wrong.
I ignore. I obstruct. I cast red herrings into the air like confetti. If I do it long enough, they will bury and obscure. Eating up time.
I let her lead it. The investigations. The options. I am at best lukewarm, at worst, indignant.
I bring out my arsenal. The alternative so ridiculous, so offensive, it will be rejected.
I am good at this. I learned this as a child. Do something so badly, so wastefully that others throw up their hands and give up on me. They finish the irritating chores that should have been mine to complete. I smile smugly as they exhaust themselves. If I leave it long enough, someone else will step in, someone else will pick up the pieces, someone else will pay.
Works for me.
Bad workmanship brings its own rewards.
I’m worth it. I deserve it. I have my own rules. I am important. I need more. That is just how it is.
She needs so little. She has got used to not having much. It would not hurt. It would hurt me. I am worth it. I deserve it.
I will use the language of a debate and the structure of an argument. I will get my way. There are reasons and I will list them in righteous indignation. I will puff myself up until I am red in the face, blood juddering through my temples. I will thrust my finger back and forth. Dotting the “i”s, punctuating my points, underlining the main ideas with a thick black texta. I am right, that is all there is to it. If I shout loud enough, you can’t hear anyone else.
The reasons are these…
After careful consideration…
I am being fair and reasonable…
It would be petty to suggest otherwise…
I didn’t have it and it never did me any harm.
Look at me! How well I turned out!
I will catastrophize. I will weave a story of my own making from out of the air. One that serves my purpose. I am completely within my rights… She is completely unreasonable. I will pontificate with my friends, discuss it over a beer or three. Spittle flying from my mouth as my finger swings through the air. Stabbing. Righteous.
I am right and that is all there is to it. It is unreasonable to expect more. It would not be convenient for me.
If it’s so important, someone else will step in.
What could it possibly cost me?