Deep thoughts today.
The character, Ava, in my novel, Whit’s End, learns something nefarious about someone she loves that she is forced to face. She either has to remove herself from that person’s life or rework that relationship.
What if I told you that someone you cared about and trusted had committed some ugly, dubious act? Would you believe me? Would you confront the person and get the truth from them? If you did confront them, what if they told you I was lying?
It would make sense for you to believe the person you’ve long cared about and trusted instead of me. What if I then provided factual evidence that the person you trusted was involved in misconduct? Would you confront your friend with the evidence? What if they lied and said the evidence was manufactured? What do you do then?
A person in this situation may feel confused and betrayed. They might go into safe-mode and deny the facts forever. Or, they’d come into acceptance after the five stages of grief.
What would you do? Would you be able to eventually accept the bad news, or remain in denial because the emotions might prove too difficult?