Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hunting for a Teenage Heart

Judging by the horrific retellings of beloved fables with increasingly disturbing revamps, you obviously can't judge a storybook heroine by her picture-perfect cover. If the wonderful Fables ( great collection of graphic novels btw ) would have its merry way, Cinderella would be a butt-kicking super-spy, Gretel would be an amateur witch and Beauty would be a murderous two-faced succubus. So who knows what hides behind that sweet gamine smile?

Even a seeming innocent like Pretty Panacea has some secrets to hide. Seems our local princess didn't spend all her time sewing samplers, strumming strings and singing serenades while locked up in a forbidding tower.

Panacea : I'm hardly Snow White! I have quite the unsavoury reputation!
Paul : You interest me greatly. Pray tell.
Panacea : Well I once had a brief connexion with a particularly dashing huntsman of twenty-three.
Paul : That's not particularly scandalous.
Panacea : I was barely fourteen.
Paul : That's not scandalous. That's borderline illegal. I feel like I should inform the respective authorities!
Panacea : But why!
Paul : The huntsman - a fellow I'd have to assume is a full-grown adult male - is stealing away the heart of a callow schoolgirl in pigtails barely out of primary blues!
Panacea : I was never callow. And by God, never pigtails!
Paul : A schoolgirl nonetheless.
Panacea : But the huntsman was extra charming!
Paul : Paedophile much? I would have taken an axe to him!
Panacea : He was always the gentleman. 
Paul : Let me put it this way, can you imagine me dating a teenager? 
Panacea : Eeew.
Paul : Precisely.

Am I the only one seeing how very wrong it would be for a reasonably mature man in his early twenties to dine and romance a vulnerable adolescent schoolgirl almost a decade younger? Isn't it just a little bit disturbing?

It's not the chronological age difference that matters to me but the immaturity of one half the relationship. Terribly old fogey of me but I could only think that the man has wickedly prurient designs on her virtue. Surely they couldn't have all that much in common to share - with him on the first rungs of the career ladder while she's busy cramming for her geometry exam.

Huntsman : What do you think of my new bar?
Panacea : You do know I'm underaged right?


Not that I would ever agree to it but could this be what our learned judges meant by speculating assumed 'consent' for the recent spate of disconcertingly lenient sentences for statutory rape?

As much as my heart - and other lower bits - might occasionally lust after the virile teenage youths in their secondary greens, I don't think I would ever act on it. Dewy smooth skin, firm young muscles and sweet innocence certainly couldn't compare with the frightening thought of dealing with the anger, angst and agonies of a hormone-stricken teenager. *shudder

5 comments:

Vincent~ said...

Some ppl just like fresh, fresh, fresh meat. Though the older counterpart is to be blamed. The young boys/girls is equally weird. Apart from money, i cant really see what makes the youngster go for it.

I-Zach said...

Well. I'm a particular guy .. or boy , who are into guys over 25. Not because guys over 25 are financially good that I would want to be with them. Is because SOME of them really know what they really want and are good in picking up theirs' responsibility in some sense. And being with them I do feel secure though. That's what I really need. :)

I-Zach said...

Well. I'm a particular guy .. or boy , who are into guys over 25. Not because guys over 25 are financially good that I would want to be with them. Is because SOME of them really know what they really want and are good in picking up theirs' responsibility in some sense. And being with them I do feel secure though. That's what I really need. :)

I-Zach said...

Well. I'm a particular guy .. or boy , who are into guys over 25. Not because guys over 25 are financially good that I would want to be with them. Is because SOME of them really know what they really want and are good in picking up theirs' responsibility in some sense. And being with them I do feel secure though. That's what I really need. :)

savante said...

Usually blame the older counterpart since they should know better. Well, vincent, according to Panacea, she likes men who are more mature and stable :P

Know what you meant but I think the older fellow should also know where to draw the line, zach.

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