It may come as a surprise to you – or perhaps it won’t – that not everybody thinks I’m wonderful. Strange as it might seem, there are those at large in the world who consider me to be their worst nightmare. The reasons are both long, and complicated, and I’m certainly not going to go into the details here, suffice it to say that such feelings have usually arisen out of shared experiences and differences of opinion, and that consequently crossing paths with these people is never comfortable.
The feeling is however mutual, and as much as I may be their version of evil personified, they are very much my own nemesis too. Thankfully they are few and far between, with only one that springs to mind from SL, and perhaps three in the real world. Happily – for me, anyway – my inworld nemesis has left SL to the best of my knowledge, and geography combined with circumstances in the real world do a good job of preventing unwanted incidents elsewhere
At least, that’s what I thought.
It doesn’t always work out quite that way…
Pick a random city, to which I, and nobody that I’ve known, past or present, has any connection. Pick a random day that I’ve taken off work to enjoy a trip to somewhere new. Then, on a random street in that random city, at the specific time that I happen to be wandering down it, I hear a terrifying sound: A horribly familiar cackle… And, walking don that same street, mere paces ahead of me: My primary nemesis, who by some freak of circumstance had contrived to be in exactly the same place, at exactly the same time as me.
And then, it happened again today. Once again, a day off work and a day out to somewhere off the beaten track for me and a place that no-one connected with this incident would have any real reason for visiting. I happened to pop into a charity shop – a very, very small one, at that – and there, within touching distance, another of my nemeses from my past! Needless to say, I hightailed it out of there.
What are the chances? Well, apparently, if you’re me, around 100%! In fact, it seems that the only way I can be wholly assured of not running into harbingers of doom from previous lives is never to leave the house in the first place. This is a shame, since never leaving the house tends to be my default – and rather irritating – position, and actively making myself go out and do something in the big, bad world outside was precisely the point making the effort on these two occasions. It seems that my nemeses have unwittingly gained the upper hand in these instances, which is rather galling!
A rather miserable side-effect of today’s, and my previous, experience is that I’m now developing an irrational fear that I’m going to unexpectedly run in to my inworld nemesis, despite the chances of that being pretty slim… Although, I thought that about RL, and the chances of it happening there are probably far greater, I reckon.
The trouble is, unlike in comic books and movies, unless you happen to be some sort of superhero, running into your nemesis isn’t actually all that it’s cracked up to be – it’s certainly not fun, no matter which side of the equation you happen to sit. In my experience, there’s not a whole lot of chasing through busy streets, excaping from exploding buildings, or tense moments involving lasers, shackles or unexpected hidden twists. Neither are there villainous cackles, steely-eyed glances or looks of grim determination. I’d suggest the overiding emotions tend to be anger, resentment, fear and an overwhelming urge to get the hell out of Dodge, followed by a lingering persistent feeling of unease, dismay and self-loathing. Not exactly an enjoyable feeling, whether it’s in RL or SL, and in my view, something that I’d rather avoid given half a chance.
We tend to joke that those who tout the ‘no drama’ message in their profiles are those whom you can guarantee that drama will accompany in all its forms, however I am firmly of the school that really does prefer no drama, be that in the real world, or the virtual – although it seems that no matter what I do in RL, I’m destined to run into an arch-enemy around every turn. I can only fervently hope that the same doesn’t start to happen in the virtual world too!
I’m the babe that sleeps
Through the Blitz
I am a sudden and quite unexpected twist
I am your one true love who sleeps with someone else
I am your nemesis
David Gray – Nemesis