It was her simplicity that attracted him. He had told her so. But that had been a year back. Things started changing by the time they were some months into their marriage. Her simple outfits and no-make up look became irritants. Her choices were picked upon and criticized.
She was left feeling inadequate.
So she changed herself to fit into his expectations of her. Her wardrobe was revamped, hairstyle changed; even her way of talking and walking altered itself to suit his wishes. He was thrilled and showed her off at parties and events he attended. That he had a role in the transformation made him swell with pride.
For a while her inner self fought a losing battle with the outside transformation, till one day it gave up and with a final exhalation of dying breath was laid to permanent rest. She had now truly transformed into someone else, someone who so far as went to set trends for others to follow.
Then one day something rumbled inside him making him feel uncomfortable and also unhappy. Slumbering jealousy had woken up. Who was this confident woman, this fashionista he was seeing who drew admiring glances wherever she went? When they met she had been such a simple, shy girl with long hair plaited, wearing traditional clothes, talking and behaving like the average person next door, not standing out at all.
He started sighing wistfully in her presence and reminiscing of early days when she had been more traditional and also simple in the way she dressed. He dropped hints of the artificiality of make-up, the finiteness of glamour. She laughed incredulously. He couldn’t be serious.
Jealousy had him totally in its grip, filling him up with insecurity and anxiety to the brim. He lashed out at her, calling her names, abusing her. He demanded she change to her old ‘beautiful’ self that he had fallen in love with. Yes, he had been wrong in forcing her to change, he now realized. So she had to go back to who she had been. The present one turned him off. He couldn’t stand the sight of her and would surely leave her if she persisted being this version of herself.
No, she replied, I won’t be going back to being my old self or any other self. I changed once for you, in my ignorance. I am not going to do it again. Please do whatever you have to. I am going to remain who I want to be.
Fiction for Daily Prompt: Simplicity
A powerful story, Shail. How our ego and insecurity makes us do such kinds of things? Glad she didn’t dance to his tunes now.
Shall, that is a wonderful story. Is there more?
Mick Canning said:
We are never satisfied with what we have…
Why either of companion wishes other’s makeover , as per him/her —-?
Though it happens latter with married couples! One adapts many good bsbits n some bad too, from other one , leaves Manny!
But compelling the same is shameful! !!
Damyanti Biswas said:
Love the writing with daily prompts!
Zarnain Shah said:
Quite realistic. Everyone wants to fit a woman to their standards of beauty and perfection. They don’t realize that everyone is unique in their own way and we are imperfectly gorgeous if allowed to be ourselves. Very well-written.
So she changed according to his whim and (became) fancy
Which, in turn, changed him into a pansy
Her new-found poise
So she “to-hell-with-him”s and remains sassy!
I wish this concept was embraced more, allowing girls to discover themselves and be who they are (as long as they are a good person) and being loved for it, rather than being judged. I know the feeling of being pressured to be of a certain notion d/t societal expectations etc. I got reprimanded before for not being “girly” enough and taking on the role to be a traditional housewife and be that girl who serves as piety for the community. However discovering myself and my own identity helped me branch out more and know better. After reading reddit and hearing all struggles the LGBT community is going through for acceptance, especially Asians who are being treated harshly for their orientation, many people in my generation are working to break all barriers and expectations so that love, respect and acceptance will only exist and create better humanity and peace for future generations.