For the sake of this post the character of Miss Elizabeth Bennett will be portrayed by Daughter. Mr Darcy is The Boyfriend and Wickham is The Bad Boy/Stalker.
It was a pretty exciting evening at ours on Friday night. I made Spaghetti and meatballs. No that was not the exciting part of our evening.
I am well aware that Miss Bennett has a “boyfriend” whom I have named Mr Darcy. Sidenote: for illustration purposes I have included this photo of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy (definitely the best Mr Darcy). I still remember seeing this BBC show the first time and going “Woah” when he climbed out of the pond at Pemberley. Anyway Mr Darcy in this little post goes to the same school as Miss Bennett. They call each other boyfriend and girlfriend and she has updated her social status appropriately as “In a Relationship”. Help me please!
So Mr Darcy and Miss Bennett continue to flaunt their relationship at school with wistful glances and perhaps a little hand holding as they walk the corridors between class. While true love blossoms there is a thorn – a thorn who also has love for Miss Bennett but whose affections are not coveted. Yes. We have a Wickham to our Mr Darcy (so to speak).
Miss Bennett calls him “The Stalker” but let’s stay in character and call him Wickham. Wickham is in her class and since school started in September he has attempted to gain her favour with bunches of wildflowers on her desk, the occasional chocolate and, yes, even love letters hidden in her school bag. Miss Bennett does not covert this attention and, in fact, has told Wickham in no uncertain terms to go and get f*cked (definitely not very ladylike) but Wickham perseveres with his unwanted affections. He sits behind her in class and draws on her school shirt with a permanent marker – “I love you” in English. His eyes watch her as she is in the school yard with her friends (or with Mr Darcy) and has recently started following her home from school of an evening. Very stalker-esque yeah?
Miss Bennett has mentioned Wickham to me before. She told me that she dislikes Wickham immensely and even told me about an altercation a few weeks back between Wickham and Mr Darcy. I warned Miss Bennett that she should keep away from Wickham and that perhaps he is not a very good friend. On a serious note as a parent when do you say that a child has crossed the line, that the child’s intense need for friendship has become too unwanted by your child or that his behaviour makes your child feel scared or feel like a victim? In Turkey children are not taught the same boundaries that are taught at school in Australia. Is it considered cute when a boy harasses a little girl and follows her home each day? At what point do you say to your daughter – this kid is a psychopath! Run, don’t walk!?!
Anyway on Friday night Wickham followed Miss Bennett home yet again. Miss Bennett yelled at him to leave her alone but he continued to follow her. Miss Bennett proceeded to run the last couple of hundred metres passing her Uncle Vito on the way home. Vito (being Vito) stopped Miss Bennett and, after learning what had happened, chased after Wickham giving him a piece of his mind followed by a fast whooping. Wickham ran into the darkness in tears while Miss Bennett rushed home yelling about the embarrassment she has suffered.
After a couple of deep breaths we sat down to our spaghetti and meatballs when we had a knock at the door. The polis had arrived. It seemed that the whooping Vito gave Wickham had understandably upset his family who also arrived on our doorstep shortly after the polis. Wickham began yelling about his love for Miss Bennett and the fact that Mr Darcy had stolen Miss Bennett’s heart. He explained that he had in fact had dibs on Miss Bennett and Mr Darcy should be reprimanded for his behaviour. Miss Bennett reply was a fast “F-you” (much to my embarrassment and to the shock of the other adults in the room) while Wickham’s parents yelled at Wickham so furiously that I couldn’t even begin to grasp was what being said. Moments later Vito came running through the door grasping a large stick (no doubt ready to give Wickham another whooping) while the polis tried in vain to calm the whole crazy down.
After a lot of accusations and finger pointing Wickham has agreed to not follow Miss Bennett as she walks home anymore. The Turk, in his wisdom, has decided to go to the school (yet again) to ensure that Wickham is appropriately dealt with and Vito has promised to not attack children for no good reason (yes I think it was for good reason).
The Turk and I are hopeful that Wickham has learned his lesson. He will become merely a blip in our memories as Darcy and Miss Bennett continue their fledgling friendship (should I say relationship(?)) into the future. Finally we are all hopeful that Vito refrains from chasing children with sticks.
Never a dull moment in our house – for sure.