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

“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; 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?

7 thoughts on “Relentless

  1. Duchessbea says:

    HG, reading a lot of your work here tonight and listening to your videos, it goes without saying all of which is brilliant, something occurred to me. I know you have said about IPPS being no more than the toaster or the washing machine, fuel and residual benefits, would it be possible for you to do a ‘Day in the Life’ of each cadre of Narcissist. From the moment they wake up, to going to bed. Their approach to the day, thought process, opinions and thoughts about people they meet and interactions. I know each narcissist is a different person, but a general overview would be brilliant. I understand and get the fact that your kind just have no feelings whatsoever, and no matter how hard I try, that is still just a foreign concept to me.
    Dealing with my sisters, in various interactions, it’s very obvious I’m from Venus, but I don’t think the planet exists in the solar system as to where they are from, (and I mean that in the nicest possible way). I mean the stories I could tell you HG, from tennis matches where the racquets were smashed on the ground and broken because they lost a match, to stealing and sleeping with other sisters and friends boyfriends, the constant feigning innocence and fakery, the pity plays, pillow fights (where I’m sure the eldest, and most devious used to put a brick inside her pillow case), (she is also a big fan of yours HG, but while I’m here for logic, she is here to hone her ‘skills’ so to speak), constant fighting, silent treatments etc. etc. I could go on HG, but I’m sure you get the picture.
    Would be great just to get an inside view to the day to day thought processes and interactions of the different cadres of your kind.
    Thank you HG.

  2. Asp Emp says:

    Fkg hell…… re-reading my comment last year on this article…… I had completely and utterly forgotten all about THAT story – it’s a true one because it ended up in the tabloids……

    Relentless in the ‘attentions’ towards someone who was married & had kids. Sneaking around and planting things in the front garden (fkg crazy). Demanding to meet up or be ‘exposed’. Following by car to another town miles away from local home town resulting in this ‘Saul Mate’ being seen & freaking out the driver of the family car (family were in the car!). Eventually, it ends up with restraining order issued (and other ‘actions’ but not mentioned here. Also resulting in a family being split.

    ‘Saul Mate’ acted as if nothing had happened. Fkg unbelievable s**t. During all that time, the MRN was ‘side-lining’ me cos of his secondary source intimate whatever you call them was in serious trouble. WTF. Seriously, it was not my doing, not my fault, yet I was treated as if it WAS my fault. Fk Off. At this same time, the new IPPS had started. WTF. That was certainly a REALLY shi**y year for me.

    People read and hear about these kinds of ‘behaviours’ but (I have started laughing now……. that ‘Saul Mate’ was bat s**t fkd up crazy)……. I mean, repeatedly planting things in the front garden and scaring the spouse who was unaware of the affair……. it is not funny that it happens…… but FFS, that one needed a strait jacket for sure……

    What is more, I had to raise an issue about ‘Saul Mate’ behaviour towards me (similar – taking photos, spying etc) and I was NOT believed at the time. I wonder if that sprang into the minds of those I spoke with when ‘Saul Mate’ was officially caught 4.5 years later…… ‘Saul Mate’ and I were not even friends – asked me to be friend on FB – I am so glad I said “No”. MRN said “Yes”…… ho hum.

    There is a complete difference when there are people you like, get on with and want to have around but the ones mentioned above – ah, completely different.

  3. citydesertgirl says:

    I had found this post on the Facebook wall of a guy that I dated once, and I thought it was relevant. It stood out as an example of the prevalence of this type of thing. The acronym was DENNIS, and this is what it said: D=Demonstrate value, E=Engage physically N=Nurture dependence N=Neglect Emotionally I=Inspire hope S=Separate entirely. A lot of men commented below stating that is how they went on getting their girlfriends, wives, etcetera, saying, “it works every time.”

  4. Ciara says:

    Indeed, this is a very deep and profound message!! Great Irony,H.G.

  5. A Victor says:

    I love this article, the picture it builds in my mind. It is also one reason I am concerned about dating, what if I want to stop someone like this and they won’t? So though I love the way it is told, it is also a nightmare.

    1. smarinucci1970 says:

      CERTAINLY has been a nightmare. The article is very informative and thank you , ALWAYS.

      1. A Victor says:

        Oh no, you had this experience? Or are having? Are you doing NC? Is it working? This is probably my biggest concern about possibly dating in the future. How do we stop it, if we recognize red flags, before they begin to think they can just push through and win us anyway?

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