I’m pondering a situation in which someone has died. This person is popular amongst her peers. The main character of this story is only one of a few who knows the deceased for what she really is: a cruel, passive-aggressive manipulator. This has been kept secret in order to maintain appearances for years. The dilemma is this: Everyone expects grief, mourning, an elaborate funeral and/or memorial service from our main character. She wants none of it. She is actually relieved at the removal of this person from her life. Yet, will everyone else think she is a monster for feeling this way? What does she do?
Imagine the effort it would take to stand in a line, accept everyone’s sympathy, thank them for their support… While secretly leaping for joy. While privately and happily contemplating a future free of this negative influence. But also perpetuating the lie.
On the other hand, would it be courageous of our main character to decide not to fake it? To just arrange for a burial and forgo the formalities? To let everyone know their sympathy is wasted on her? Or would that be horrible?
The direction I take going forward from this plot point is dependent on it’s outcome. I really would like your feedback. Bear in mind this is less about right versus wrong than it is about what would make a more interesting read. Issues abound no matter which decison is made!