Love in 20th century is entirely different from when Marie De France lived. In her time, she wrote a sweet story of two women who love the same man, Eliduc. He leaves his wife, Guildeluec to go fight in another country even though she is devastated by his decision. During his excursion he ends up with a younger woman named Guilliadun. The two fall madly in love. Ultimately, Guildeluec detects the affair and behaves with not a shread of jealousy or desire for revenge.
The way she tells the story is surprisingly peaceful considering Eliduc lies to both women. However, my version of Eliduc, is written in 2000 mode. The society has metamorphosed into a chaotic blend of moral dysfunction. Many are unwilling to mend broken relationships. Instead, they choose to lie, cheat and deceive those who have been faithful and true to them. The repercussions of these betrayals are far more nauseating than Guildeluecs reaction to Eliducs affair. Beware, if you loved Maries version this might be too intense for some readers.
First, the names of the characters are a bit more modern than the monograms Marie used. Now, Eliduc is called Eli, Guildeluec is Gail and Guilliadun is Jill. Here is how the story goes in 2000.
Eli and Gail were together all through high school. They eventually got married because their love had grown into a bond of true friendship and love. The two-shared happiness but Eli would focus the majority of his time on his career. Gail accepted Elis ambition and never really gave him trouble about it. She had enough to do between work and home. Besides, Eli was a good policeman. He always took pride in his work and the chief always favored him. He treated him special.
One day Eli came home from work exasperated because some of the other guys on the force were jealous of Eli. He told Gail “they told the chief I sell and use drugs!” “I cant believe this, now the chief wants me gone.” Gail said, “oh sweetheart, we can work this out. Things will be fine. We have enough money with my salary at the hospital to last us until the chief comes around. I could even ask some of the other nurses if I can pick up another shift” Eli answered, “I am going away for a while. I got a job offer in the South. Gail shrieks, “what do you mean? You know I cant leave this hospital because of my contract. Youre just going to take off on me?”He says, “I love my work and if that bastard does not appreciate my services; Im going elsewhere. Im sorry because I know this will be hard on us but I promise I will be true to you, Gail. I love you.””I guess there is nothing I can say to change your mind”, she says. “Ill be here when youre ready to come home. I love you too.” Gail sobbed as she walked away, not because Eli was abandoning her but the feeling in her stomach felt inexplicable. For some reason she sensed a disastrous situation coming. Gail yearned for the ache to go away, but it lingered for weeks.
Eli arrived in the South and the new chief had not recalled talking to him about the job. Aggravated, Eli told him “I will go to another city and fight their drug war if you dont want me.” The chief welcomed Eli because the city had an immense drug problem. Suddenly, the alarm sounded in the station! There was an emergency; a riot had broken out in a dangerous section of the city. There was a shortage of officers on duty. Eli jumped in a cruiser and sped off to find the violators.
At the scene, blood was everywhere. People were screaming and crying. The protestors were spewing vulgarities at the policemen. Eli witnessed two officers go down, and many of the other cops hesitated to break up the chaos. Eli took action and planned a route to raid the rioters. It worked. Eli attacked the leader; scrambled, fought, and clubbed the drug dealer until he was under Elis control. Since Eli apprehended one of the biggest drug dealers in the city, everyone on the force praised him. Actually, the chief was so happy he wanted to celebrate that night by having a party.
There were numerous people at the party. Eli met what felt like a million people, but only one face stuck out in his mind. Her name was Jill and she was the chiefs daughter. The chief was powerfully strict with Jill. That was his only baby girl, so naturally he was protective. Despite the chiefs “keep safe attitude”, Eli couldnt stop thinking about her.
Subsequently, Eli called Gail because he felt guilty about his straying thoughts. When he heard Gails voice on the answering machine he did not feel anything, no longing, sorrownothing. He was kind of relieved because he did not want to hear how downhearted she was. Worried, he started to think of the promise made to Gail. Soon afterward, he crawled into bed thinking about how good Jill looked.
The next day, the chief came up to Eli and told him Jill would like to go on a date with him. Ecstatic inside, but not showing it, he accepted. Later that night when Jill called him he felt the butterflies flying around his stomach. He thought of the last time he felt that way for Gail; he tried to recall the feeling but he couldnt.
Jill asked Eli to wear something nice because they were going out on the town. When Eli picked Jill up she looked stunning. He felt like his whole body went numb and his heart had melted inside his chest because of her loveliness. On the other hand, Jill took one glance at Eli and she was swept off her feet. Later that evening, after dinner, Jill wanted to go to a bar to have some drinks. Eli decided the bar was a good idea. The whole time the two of them were fixated on each other. Gail never once entered to Elis mind. He decided that Jill was his true love.
After a few too many drinks, Eli and Jill went back to her place. Jill invited Eli in and he went without a single hesitation. That night they made passionate love and decided they had to be soul mates. Eli had never felt so good in his life. Things couldnt have been better. Subsequently, the two lovebirds spent every free minute they had together. Their love was indestructible. During the next few months they felt like they hand known one another forever and their intimate connection became stronger. Eli and Jill both believed in their undying love, yet he had left out one small detail…his wife back home! Gail has been tossed to the back burner and has felt the heat because Eli was cold and distant. He never called her; and when she called, the conversation would be abrupt. Gail knew something was going on. She was not simple by any means; actually she was quite cunning.
Later that week Jill came over to Elis and the phone rang. Startled, Eli answered, hoping it was a telemarketer or anybody besides Gail. The call was not Gail, rather his old chief, begging him to come back home. Fighting the urge to say “no way, *censored*,” he said he would return. He could not be disloyal; it was his duty.
After the call, Jill asked what was troubling him. He explained his situation and they held each other, weeping and sobbing. Jill decided she would go with him and they could get married. Eli wanted that so much but he had to devise a plan. He promised Jill he would send for her shortly.
Scared to go home and face Gail, Eli walked in and gave her a hug and said, “Whats going on?” Gail freaked out calling him every name in the book. She can not believe the nerve Eli had after all the pain he put her through. She said she wanted him out and never wanted to see him again.
Eli was excited, he figured everything would go much smoother now that Gail was gone. So, he decided to go sneak Jill away from her fathers possession. Gail packed and got ready with much anticipation. When Jill saw Eli her heart skipped a beat. She experienced a wave of passion, then saw her entire life ahead with her wonderful Eli. The drive home was a long haul. They stopped often to eat, sightsee and just gaze at each other. The chief allowed Eli some time off considering he came back. At one site Eli went into deep thought; he felt bad for taking Jill away from her father. She was all he had, but he wouldnt have understood how much Jill meant to him. Then he pondered on Gail and wondered if she had a nervous breakdown by now. Eli shook his head expecting his conscience would quit and it did…for a while.
The moment Eli and Jill reached their new apartment, Jill fell in love with it. She could not wait to decorate and furnish the place. Eli was happy that Jill was happy. She mattered more than anything, even his career did. A few weeks later, the happy couple was settled. Jill was busy running errands and getting acquainted with the town. As Jill had driven by a big building she spotted the police station. She was so excited because Eli loved surprises. Walking into the precinct, she stopped at the desk and asked if Eli was there. The dispatcher asked if Jill was a friend of his wife. Jill stopped short and said, “his what?” Dispatcher says, “yeah hes been married for quite a while, high school sweethearts, I think.” Jill continued to act as if nothing was wrong but the tears started to role down her cheek and she ran out.
Now Jill didnt know what to do. She still loved Eli, but he had deceived her. She couldnt believe he had a wife. She started wondering; maybe all those hang up phone calls had been from Gail. She decided to keep the whole issue to herself until she figured a way out of this mess. That minute, the phone rang, Jill answered and heard a womans voice on the line. She told Jill her name was Gail and she would like to talk to her about Eli. Jill asked Gail if that she was Elis wife and she said “yes.” They decided to meet at a local coffee shop. They arrived at the same time and Gail felt a sharp pain when she saw how beautiful Jill was. Jill was shocked this was even happening. At first, she thought Gail was going to punch her in the face, more wisely she sat down and said she needed some answers because her heart has been broken. Feeling sorry for Gail, she answered all of her questions. Gail asked many questions about intimacy, passion, length of the relationship, how and when they met etc. Jill was very uncomfortable but she figured that was the least she could do, considering she did steal her husband. Gail was quite clever and she had manipulated Jill to tell her everything she needs for her revenge.
That night Jill went home and told Eli that she had met Gail. His mouth dropped to the floor. He was lost for words. He just prayed that Jill wouldnt leave him. Fortunately, Jill truly loved Eli. They talked for hours and hours, getting everything out in the open. They both felt closer than ever.
A few weeks later, Eli went to work as usual and Jill was reading her Bride Magazine, suddenly there was a loud bang at the door. Jill jumped up and answered the door; it was Gail. She said, “REMEMBER ME?” Frightened, Jill tried to shut the door but she was too late. Gail pulled out a needle… Jill was crying begging her to stop, Gail just had this insane look on her face and without blinking an eye she stabbed the needle into Jill. She even gave it a good twist just for her own personal pleasure. Finally, Gail was at ease. Jill was dead from the overdose of morphine and her plan was almost complete.
Leaving the needle out on the table she plopped Jill on the couch. In front of her, she placed two more needles, a small mirror with cocaine on it, and a pound of marijuana distributed in baggies.
Gail looked around, took a deep breath and laughed to herself: “what a dumb bitch and now Eli has nothing. Theyll get him or possession of illegal substances and the intent to distribute. I bet hell be sorry now. Ha!.” Looking at the clock she realized shed better jet.
About ten minutes later, the police answered a call about some screaming. Eli was responding to the call and it was his own address! Eli drove at a ludicrous speed, almost killing himself, which probably would have been better than what was in store for him. Eli flew up the stairs with two other cops. Horrified he screamed and cried, holding Jills delicate, pale body. All he could do was rock back and forth, not paying attention to anything but Jill.
Next thing Eli knew, he was being dragged away from Jill and handcuffed. Then he looked around and saw all the drugs. Eli tried to tell the cops he was framed, the younger cop said “yeah… yeah…tell it to the judge. We always knew you were a druggie. You left your sweet wife for this junkie? Boy, what is this world coming to?” The older cop said “we have to accept it…its just not the like the good old days. Too bad huh?” “Yup.”See, in 2000, people experience harsh emotions and they act on them. Society has changed into a “me first” society and humans do what they feel, acting on instinct rather than rational. Gail reached the end of her rope because Eli mangled her heart. His lies caused Gail to disregard the lives of either of these people. Jill suffered a wrongful death and Eli is behind bars their souls were taken because she wanted revenge. When Marie De France wrote her story, women were demure and submissive to men. Nowadays, women have the power and authority to take a stand. However, Jill is an example of the horror going on in 2000. There are murders, rapes, abductions, drugs, corruption, and so on. Facing daily ordeals is becoming a common place. Sadly, the lives of others are constantly being traumatized. What is worse, the compassion of our world is dropping rapidly because too much dismay is swarming in our lives. People are getting accustomed and to not feeling as remorse. In addition, the moralistic values are sinking deeper and deeper as the years pass. Even the president of the United States lowers his standards by lying and committing adultery; and hes the head of our nation!Unfortunately our society has little control for such a chaotic environment. Shamefully, people perpetrate these misdeeds. In reality, the tale of Eliduc 2000, is a conceivable scenario we could end up reading over breakfast some morning.