No Is Better Than Silence

This monologues comes from the one-act play No Is Better Than Silence, about Arash going through major changes in his relationship.

Arash: You see, for the longest time I’ve felt less. Not so much as a dude, I’ve always kept that intact but more so as a human being. I fell into the trap of relying on you, for everything.

So much so that I couldn’t go anywhere without asking for a handout. The last time I used to go around like that I was a child asking my mother for change, so I could hit up the candy store and get candy.

It affected my psyche and began chipping away at my psyche until finally bringing me back to a place where I couldn’t cope with the imbalance between us. You started giving me demands, I started doing things I didn’t want to do around the house, out of guilt. You gave me more demands, started questioning me all the time, until finally I caught you reading my novel, without my permission and all you had to say was nothing but negative things about it.

All you cared about was your own character in my book. Never taking into account that it’s a fictional character, stemming from my imagination. Yes, there are similar traits, yes you’ve inspired me to create this character, but you went way too hard on me in such a selfish, inconsiderate way that something finally snapped inside of me, like a rope keeping a boat in place during a hurricane and I was that rope and I’m the one who SNAPPED! Now I’m off sailing as the captain of my own ship and I can go wherever I want, whenever I want and I don’t need you.

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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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