What Would You Do? || by Vivien Brown

When she was good she was very, very good.

But when she was bad she was horrid

We’ve all seen it in the movies. A character has a decision to make, and there’s a little angel sitting there on one shoulder, telling him to do the right thing, the sensible, law-abiding, boring thing… while a little devil on the other is saying quite the opposite: Go on, risk it! You know you want to. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Of course there are no angels and devils really. It’s the two sides of our own personality battling it out to decide which is right. Usually, both have equally valid points of view. If they didn’t, the decision would be easy. No contest! But, if both sides are able to explain their reasons and justify their actions, which one do you listen to? You might as well toss a coin, because whatever you do is bound to have repercussions and, so often, someone is going to get hurt.

It’s a bit like trying to decide whether to go with your head or your heart. Pick Mister Security, with his career all mapped out and money in the bank, and who clearly loves you in his own plodding, predictable way, but who has the sex appeal of a badger… or Mister Unreliable, who can’t hold down a steady job and is constantly letting you down, but whose deep brown rock pool eyes make your heart sing, soon as look at them. It’s a toughie, isn’t it? Or is it??

So, here are five everyday moral (or immoral?) dilemmas you just might find yourself facing. Angel or devil? Head or heart?  You decide…

  1. You find some money in the street. Would you hand it in at the police station, or slip it in your purse? Of course, a lot depends on how much it is. Nobody in their right mind would take the trouble to hand in a one-pound coin, and I’m sure nobody losing it would bother reporting it missing either. But what if it was a fiver? Or a twenty? Or a suitcase stuffed with notes? What then? When does taking it become theft? Where do you draw the line? It could belong to some poor soul who now won’t be able to eat until pay day, be small change to a millionaire who won’t even miss it, or the loot from a bank robbery. Think what you could do with that money. Who will be hurt if you keep it? And is your need greater than theirs? You may never know. It’s a tricky one…

 

  1. Would you tell a little white lie, if it saves someone’s feelings? It can be so much easier, and kinder, to tell a small harmless fib than to suffer the fallout if you choose to tell the truth. Like when you hate the new dress a friend is wearing and think she looks like a hippo in it, but what good will it do to tell her? She’ll be upset and you’ll feel bad, so why do it? Or you accept a lift home from a hunky new work colleague, but you tell your husband you caught the bus. You know it’s just going to cause a row, or worse, if his suspicions are aroused, so why arouse them? Even if the hunky one did have a glint in his eye and gave you a peck on the cheek as you climbed out of the car…

 

  1. Would you cheat? At cards, or Monopoly, or whatever your game might be? Would you skip part of the marathon course and re-join it five miles further on? Or take a sneaky look at your phone under the table and Google all the answers during a pub quiz? Would you take the praise, and the prize, without any shame? Because it feels good to win, doesn’t it? After all, nobody’s really been hurt, have they? Or would you feel guilty that you’ve deprived the rightful winner of the glory? But then again, that trophy would look great in your lounge…

 

  1. Or maybe even cheat on your partner, because you can…? It’s naughty, but it could be exciting, and knowing you can get away with it makes such a difference, doesn’t it? He’s away all weekend for work, you have the house to yourself, nobody’s ever going to know… except you. What he doesn’t know can’t hurt him, but could you live with the deceit, in order to experience the thrill? The devil says you can, and pushes you into buying new silky undies especially for the occasion. The angel shakes her head and drags your eyes towards the wedding photo on the mantelpiece. The devil turns it face down and pops the champagne in the fridge…

 

  1. Could you leave a child at home alone? And for how long? For a few hours, so you can work an extra shift and earn enough to buy her the new shoes she so desperately needs? For a night, so you can go out with the friends you hardly ever see now that you’re a mum? Or just for a few minutes maybe, to get a breath of air, or go for a run, or pop to the shops for milk? Well, yes, okay, maybe just a few minutes. You’ve been with her all day. You need a break, some time to yourself. Where’s the harm? She’s tucked up in bed and you’ll be back before she even knows you’re gone. You can lock the door to keep her safe. What could possibly happen to her in that time? Or to you?…… Oh, Ruby, what have you done?

 

Find out why Ruby has left her little girl all alone in Vivien Brown’s debut novel Lily Alone, a gripping family drama available everywhere digitally.

 

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One Reply to “What Would You Do? || by Vivien Brown”

  1. It’s great to be back here on the blog for Day Two of the Lily Alone discussions. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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