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Master of Disguise


She was a master of disguise and the mistress of malevolence; yet outwardly she appeared to be the nicest friend anyone could ask for, kind and caring, and above reproach.

There was another side to her, very dark and discovered only by the few who got close enough to really know her. Out of view of the public eye her kindness would turn to relentless criticism and emotional manipulation, leaving those who tried to befriend her off-balance and confused.

Woe to anyone who dared to call her out on such behavior; she would feign shock at their accusations, then switch from denial to attack mode in a heartbeat and systematic character assassination would ensue.

Acquaintances who thought they knew her would sympathize with the pain purportedly caused her by such a "hateful, heartless" person, never suspecting who the perpetrator really was.

But life has a way of has a way of coming back around full circle, and one day she found herself abandoned by everyone, alone in the bitter company of her own smug self-righteousness.

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20 comments:

  1. What an apt character study. Excellent writing Josie.

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  2. Amazing character portrayal, Josie. Wonderful 6 sentences.
    Love,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Moon! I suspect that many of us know someone like this.

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  3. People like that are sad at the core.

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    1. I'm sure you are right about that, Mimi! Such a sad way to live too, and so damaging to relationships.

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  4. Awesome! We apparently have a mutual friend ! Lol.
    I know people like this for sure. Good job!

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    1. LOL, Paul! This seems to be more common than we would want to believe.

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  5. Karma. I can only hope and pray that people like that have a date with karma one day.

    Elsie Amata

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    1. I think the karma comes in them living in their own self-created misery, inwardly very unhappy people.

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  6. hey, you know what struck me first about this story? the rhythm in the very first line. If I knew anything about poetry and such, I would come up with something pentameter something something... lol
    Liked the story.
    (roger would be the appropriate predominant worldview of this person)

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    1. I really liked that first line when it came to me too, Clark, I liked the tone it set for the piece! Yes, definitely a Roger worldview.

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  7. Now there's a character a lot of us will be familiar with . I would like to see know more about her journey into isolation. A good story n- well done.
    And thank you Josie for all your lovely comments on my blog . You don't realise how much of a lift your words give me. They truly help me to believe in myself and carry on . You always take the trouble to write some positive critique - thank you again...xxx

    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Maz! Yes, it seems she has a lot of folks who behave just like her, we all know one or two. It would make the good foundation for a story about someone who runs off everyone who tries to befriend them.

      It is my pleasure to visit your blog and comment on your writing, Maz, it's good stuff! I think encouraging each other is important! XOXO

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  8. Loved how you described the character...

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  9. This describes a guy I know to a freaking tee. Well done!

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    1. I am amazed and sad too, that so many of us have encountered this kind of person in our lives. Maybe everyone needs to stop and ask themselves, "What kind of friend am I?" The way we treat each other is important!

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  10. I hate to have to say I have known one or two of those in my day. They play it out so well, and are totally toxic! Of course, once again, this was well written. 💐
    Come see my daughter & her graduation surprise! #Caneyhead: High School Graduation. :)

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    1. You are right that some people excel at playing the victim. Those people are best left to themselves, rather than allowing them to confuse our thinking and poison our lives.

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