[The Story] Banter Between Buddies

There are some people I’ve talked with over the years where I’ve felt an instant connection, where nothing feels weird, there’s no friction even when we disagree, and even when we don’t communicate our ideas well, there’s a degree of empathy that we’re approaching the topic with mutual respect. For others, there’s conflict and anxiety when just saying “hello.” Of all the characters in “The Story,” John and Trishna will have the closest bantering bonds.

Spoilers?: Minor (exploring character interactions)

[Trishna’s username]: “hi! :)”
[John’s username]: “Hello.”

Communicating over instant messenger over the course of their late middle school and high school years, they will quickly become comfortable communicating with each other and build lasting rapport through sharing positive emotions or bringing the other out of negative emotions. If John is having a bad day, Trishna will always figure out a way to help him feel better, whether it’s indirectly like talking about some silly antic Pollyanna – her fourth-wall breaking service dog – did, or more directly by talking about the problem. If both are having a bad day, they’ll both work toward helping each other.

They will learn to trust in each other’s personalities.

They’ll arrive at a comfortable middle ground in their communication styles because Trishna may be more inclined to be excitable than John, can type faster, and will initially have less concern for typos. John is a more deliberate typer, even though he’s only able to use his left hand to type, because he initially believes that correct typing and communication is the best way to go. They arrive at a middle ground where it’s OK to make typos and type slowly. John will let occasional typos happen and Trishna will practice one-handed typing empathy by petting Pollyanna on the head while typing.

In a sense, they’ll find their personalities endlessly compatible.

One will usually always be open-minded when the other shares something, and they’ll always arrive at a comfortable middle ground, even if they don’t agree on the whole of the issue. In that way, through conversations like that through perhaps middle school and certainly high school, they will always feel comfortable around each other. Their banter builds a mental image in each other’s head for how they are, how they might act or react to certain situations. It might be as small as when one goes to use the restroom, they might return with drinks since one was thirsty and might assume the other would be, too.

Or a deeper sense of trust over how they’ll handle themselves.

When they get to college, there will be many opportunities for one to feel jealous over the activities of the other. There may be some anxious moments of concern over how one might do in certain situations, however, these will all be easily resolvable with some communication and alone time to explore the thoughts and concerns of the other.

Maybe, in part, because of their years of banter?

Or maybe they just naturally feel comfortable around each other?

Quotes: None.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: Recent conversations with people. Some felt natural, others not. Of course, I like to broadly analyze my life through ambiguous analogies, but only to a certain extent, because this is John and Trishna’s story – and not mine.
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Picture: Generic picture to save time.
Written On: November 11th [45 minutes]
Last Edited: First edit; final edit
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