Relentless

RELENTLESS

 

It is a beautiful day. The kind of day that feels full of possibilities. The sun shines in the cornflower blue firmament, birdsong fills the air as the scent of grass, flowers and optimism hangs heavy. You stand at your window and look out across the view of your well-tended garden and then the fields beyond, stretching away to the hills in the distance.

Your time is your own and you stand considering not only what you will do this gorgeous day but what is next for you and your life. What direction will you take it in? Where will your steer your good ship to? There have been some stormy waters in the past but you navigated them and jettisoned that unnecessary cargo which threatened to sink you and here you are now with so many choices, so many options and opportunities available to you, unhindered by others that may seek to impose their own values and decisions on to you.

You are freedom personified although you must admit there are times when you would welcome someone to share this unparalleled freedom with, but there is no rush to achieve this. It will happen when it happens, you believe in such things. As you continue to look out across the view, the telephone rings and you break off from your thoughts to answer the telephone.

“Hello,” you declare into the receiver. You hear a voice, clear, confident, warm and strangely inviting, speaking to you.

“Hello, I am Mr Saul Mate calling from Somnium Incorporated and I just wanted to let you know that I am able to deliver whatever you require twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Remember it is all about you. Thank you for your continued custom.”

The call ends.

You smile and replace the receiver. It rings again and you answer.

“Hello, Mr Saul Mate calling from Somnium Incorporated. Please remember I am by your side even when I am not there and I am always ready to attend to anything you require. What you need, I provide. Thank you for your continued custom.”

The call ends again and as you stand contemplating this call there is the ping of a message on your mobile phone. You replace the landline receiver and walk over to where your mobile rests on the sideboard. You pick it up and see you have a text message from a number that you do not recognise. You open the message nevertheless.

“Somnium Incorporated – taking you to a new level in the provision of delight and joy.”

The landline rings again and you mutter as you answer.

“Yes?” “Hello, Mr Saul Mate calling from Somnium Incorporated. We have undertaken an extensive profiling exercising which puts us in the optimum position to understand all your needs and most importantly satisfy them. Every. Single. Time. Thank you for your continued custom.”

“Look, I haven’t ordered anything from you,” you protest but the line goes dead.

Another message arrives on your ‘phone.

“Somnium Incorporated – just say it and you will have it. Heaven awaits when you let us take care of you.”

There is a noise from your laptop and you replace the receiver and walk to the computer to find an e-mail from soulmate@somniuminc.com

“Dear Customer, we just wanted to let you know how much we adore looking after your every need. You are very special to us in fact you are the only one we want to serve.”

“What is going on?” you ask yourself aloud. Your ‘phone pings again and the sound of an e-mail arriving rings out. You are about to look at these messages when your doorbell rings.

“What now?” you mutter.

You open your front door to find a courier stood there holding a huge bouquet of flowers.

“Good morning miss, delivery for Miss Victoria Tim,” he smiles. He hands you the bouquet and walks away. There is a card attached and you read it.

“For you dear customer who we will always serve and provide for no matter what – Somnium Inc.”

You carry the flowers inside which are admittedly beautiful as you hear something being shoved through your letterbox. You place the flowers down and return to the door to see several flyers in different styles and colours have been pushed through your letterbox. All of them are from Somnium Inc. and contain a variety of promises, declarations and plaudits concerning you and them. The doorbell rings and you pull the door open in irritation, still clutching the flyers. You can hear your landline ringing again and the repeated pinging of your mobile phone and chime of your laptop. A different courier stands at the door this time with a parcel which he hands to you.

“Victoria Tim?” he asks and you nod.

“Just sign here please,” he says with a smile and pushes the signing device towards you. You oblige and he wishes you a lovely day as you retreat inside with the parcel which bears a tag.

“From Somnium Inc. to our best and most wonderful customer, we want to serve you forever.”

You shake your head and put the parcel down to answer the landline.

“Hello, Mr Saul Mate here just calling to remind you how special you are to us and how we will only ever have your best interests at heart.” The doorbell rings again.

“Stop calling this number!” you shout and slam the phone down. You snatch up your mobile and see 25 messages have arrived all from the same number. You glance at a couple of the messages.

“We just wanted to let you know that we have never had a customer like you before. You are unique in every way and we just want to give you everything you deserve – Somnium Inc.

“We have never felt this way about one of our customers before it is like we have been sent from corporate heaven to make you happy forever – Somnium Inc.”

The landline rings again but you ignore it. You can hear more chiming from your laptop and you see that your inbox is filling with e-mails from the same source; soulmate@somniuminc.com You let out a cry as the doorbell rings once again and flinging the door open, phone ringing in the background you are confronted by a line of couriers who snake down your pathway and onto the road beyond. They are all carrying items such as flowers, parcels, baskets, balloons and such like.

“Delivery for Miss Victoria Tim,” they all announce in unison and provide you with a winning smile and a wink of the eye.

“Go away!” you shout, ” I do not want them. I don’t have anything to do with Somnium Inc.!”

You slam the door and march back into the living room as the landline keeps on ringing, your mobile pings incessantly and the chiming coming from your laptop will not stop. More flyers land on the doormat as you fling your mobile to one side, placing your hands over your ears trying to drown out this cacophony but to no avail. You hear a loud knocking at your front door as the chiming, ringing and pinging continues.

You curse and wait. You consider going to the internet to find the details about this company Somnium Inc. and Mr Saul Mate in readiness of making a complaint. This is harassment. No company should be acting in this fashion and anyhow, where did they get your details from? How did they know your telephone numbers, e-mail address and residential address? You never gave them out. The knocking at the door continues and you stomp to the front door.

“I said I – ” you begin as you wrench the door open expecting to find the line of waiting couriers but there is nobody there. Your eyes look down to the doormat on your porch floor and there is crisp white calling card with black embossed letters. You stoop and snatch it up, the din of ringing and alerts seeming to fade as your attention is drawn by this card. You read it.

“Sorry we missed you, we will call again.”

The name Saul Mate is in one corner and Somnium Inc. is another corner. You look across the lawn but there is nobody there. You go to the front gate and look left and right along the avenue but it is empty.

If any company or organisation treated, you in this manner you would complain. This behaviour is our calling card and you not only embrace it but you want it. And you call us the twisted ones?

27 thoughts on “Relentless

  1. Empath007 says:

    Relentless. So true. We enjoy it because Hollywood has swayed us to believe that this kind of behaviour is romantic. That a woman plays hard
    To get and if the man really loves her… he will be relentless. We feel like the stars of our own movie. Suddenly we are the leading lady… surely we are a prize to be won. How exciting. Until it’s not.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Indeed and who do you think is behind that Hollywood image?

      1. Empath007 says:

        Extremely good point. I watch movies so different now. And I do notice the messaging is starting to change in them… which is good for the next generation.

      2. blackcoffee30 says:

        HG – Which article is that? That’s one of my favorites, but I can’t remember the name.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Prince Alarming or False Champion. The Narcissist´s Control of the Narrative is something where this theme will be expanded upon.

      3. Empath007 says:

        Also explains why the audience never gets to see what happens after the coupling is made… movie always ends in the golden period… they know it’s all devaluation after that…

        1. lisk says:

          . . . ah, the classic fade-out.

    2. Violetta says:

      There was actually a 19th-crntury society lady who finally married her stalker. When her friends asked her why, she said, “It was the only way to get rid of him.” (He had, of course, promptly begun ignoring her and cheating on her, so she had some peace at last.)

      1. Bubbles 🍾 says:

        Dear Violetta,
        Abba’s Agnetha, had an affair with her stalker (he stalked her for two years) a Dutch fork lift driver, Gert van der Graaf
        Apparently, she received very intense attention including over 300 letters
        He secured a run down cabin close to her and inside was plastered with pictures of her from floor to ceiling
        It all resulted in her wanting to know him more
        They dated, fell in love and two years later they split ( they split up twice)
        He continued stalking her
        She said their relationship started like Romeo and Juliet and ended up like Jekyll n Hyde
        His tone became more threatening and behaviour cruel
        She eventually feared for her life
        She is a recluse n hermit more so now
        Luv Bubbles xx 😘

        1. Violetta says:

          Bubbles:

          Was this before or after she made the “Can’t Shake Loose” video?

          1. Violetta says:

            Never mind: it was long after the video.
            She seems predisposed to narc addiction.

            You’d think Anni-Frid would have the psychological problems: her father was a German soldier, she may have been part of the Lebensborn program. Her mother left Norway after the war so Anni-Frid wouldn’t be bullied or even put in an institution for being a Nazi’s child.

          2. Bubbles 🍾 says:

            Dearest Violetta,
            I believe Anni-Frid did suffer from depression, but to what extent I’m not sure
            Agnetha’s anxiety n panic attacks started on stage, as I recall
            Luv Bubbles xx 😘

        2. lisk says:

          This feels a little Stockholm Syndrome-y.

          Please pardon the pun.

          1. Violetta says:

            Oh, you can take your time, baby (oh)
            I’m in no hurry (yeah)
            Know I’m gonna get you (know I’m gonna get you)

            So she took a chance on him.

          2. Bubbles 🍾 says:

            Dear lisk n Violetta
            😂 funny clever girls

            I just researched, as previously with Agnetha
            The Stockholm Syndrome came about from a botched bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden (Sveriges Kreditbank) whereby four employees of the bank were held hostage in the banks vault for six days
            A bond developed between the captive and the captor

            The reverse of Stockholm Syndrome, where the captor develops feelings of sympathy for their hostages, called Lima syndrome
            It’s orgin comes from a hostage situation at the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru in 1996
            I remember Patty Hearst was another famous victim of Stockholm and of course Disneys Beauty and the Beast
            Luv Bubbles xx 😘

          3. HG Tudor says:

            Lima Syndrome is called Shrivelled Balls Syndrome.

          4. Bubbles 🍾 says:

            Dear Mr Tudor,
            🤣
            Luv Bubbles xx 😘

          5. Narc noob says:

            Shrivelled Balls Syndrome? Ha ! Must be a bloody empath 🙄

    3. Witch says:

      I never understood the “playing hard to get” and someone trying to pursue you.
      Maybe because I’m honest, I would honestly tell you that I’m not interested and if you keep pushing the issue I would have you tell again more rudely this time.
      Say what you mean, mean what you say.

      1. Empath007 says:

        Expect that doesn’t work with a narcissist. If we’ve been selected As a target they generally have already figured out how to “crack” us… so if they get the sense the grand romantic gestures won’t do… they will change their approach to what will. They are camilions able to adapt. Being that my narcissist dated a few women in my office his approach with each of us was different… and it worked.

        As for the woman “playing hard to get” I think for the most part we do mean what we say but we don’t have the confidence to really enforce it. For myself… I don’t consider myself attractive or a prize to be won. I did actually turn down my narc at first in a calm, rational manner… he was wounded for sure. And because he A) cried and B) said romantic things about how he felt… I abandoned my own thoughts and feelings and started focusing on his. Then the back and forth will naturally continue cause it’s a narcissist.

        I really admire women like you who say no and stick to it… regardless of how the man is acting.

        1. Witch says:

          Oh no Empath007 … I was loser!!!
          If someone was interested in me then I went along with it. Some time later when I had more self respect and knowledge did I care about my own feelings. I just meant I never played hard to get in order to be pursued. I didn’t understand “games” and didn’t think they were romantic. I always thought people should just be direct and this is why some people think I’m intense.

          1. Empath007 says:

            It’s funny how as women we are almost trained by society to believe that a mans validation is our highest worth. I’m happy to hear you got yourself out of that mode and feeling more self respect.

            Yes “games” are definitely annoying. If it’s on purpose I can see why you think it’s odd.

            Direct is good ! There are so few people like that left in the world haha. I mean… a lot of people are rude… but rude and direct are two different things. I very much respect the latter. Too be honest the only moment I really respected out of my entire relationship with the narc was when he admitted he was one… i thought… dam… you just told the truth. And you’ll loose me for it. But at least you told your truth.

          2. Witch says:

            Yes
            Empath 007
            I think this also stems from my narc addiction. I had crap parents so at the time any attention was flattering to me (unless that person was literally a crackhead.)
            I was easily amused.

            In terms of gender differences, I think women are made to feel bad for being shallow but even a male troll is allowed to go straight for the most attractive woman in the room.

            If I had a daughter I would raise her to have ego and to be shallow lol I would tell her there’s no shame in her wanting more than a troll as long as he seems nice.
            I will tell her to go for the most attractive guy in the room as long as he isn’t a narc, because that’s what guys do.

        2. Bubbles 🍾 says:

          Dearest Empath007,
          Please don’t ever say again “I don’t consider myself attractive or a prize to be won”

          You are a beautiful individual with an abundance of attractive qualities to numerous to count and you are a “prize won” to those who are truly worthy of you

          You are special Empath 007
          Don’t you ever forget it !
          🥇🏆🥇
          Luv Bubbles xx 😘

          1. Empath007 says:

            That’s very sweet bubbles thank you. It is the truth about how I felt at the time and how I’ve felf most of my life though… I needed to admit this to myself in order to start healing from those wounds of the past. I’m working on not seeking validation in others and accepting myself for who I am.

            You are a lovely person as well. I can tell by your comments ❤️ Have a great day !

          2. Bubbles 🍾 says:

            Dearest Empath007,
            Thank you for your lovely words Empath 😊
            We empaths tend to allow others to walk all over us, often without even realising it because we’re so “nice”
            I believe, applying measures to think better of yourself, positive confident self talk, creates an awareness of how people really treat you
            I try very hard to listen more intently to what’s actually being said, question what they say (shock horror) and saying no, without justification, that’s a hard one for me, the justifying , but I’m getting there, practice makes perfect haha
            It can feel somewhat foreign to us n narcissistic, but it really isn’t
            We do in fact have fabulous qualities, that’s why we stand out to narcissists and they’re jealous of us, so they set out to destroy us
            We have to believe in ourselves and our own fabulousness in order to establish boundaries not being crossed and by taking the first steps
            We are more than good enough
            We’re better than what we think we are
            We’re amazing 😉
            Luv Bubbles xx 😘

  2. Fellowgirl says:

    Funny thing but when narcissist was seducing me and finally got my phone number, his first text to me was very similar to this one:

    “Hello, Mr Saul Mate calling from Somnium Incorporated. We have undertaken an extensive profiling exercising which puts us in the optimum position to understand all your needs and most importantly satisfy them. Every. Single. Time. Thank you for your continued custom”.

    Yes, he was playfully mocking this type of company with this kind of text. I thought it was funny. Made me laugh, lol.

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