John and Jack were identical twins. When they were born, they were so like each
other that even their mother could not tell them apart.
When they grew up,
they were therefore the butt of everyone's jokes. People wondered whether they
thought alike, or went to the bathroom at the same time. The brothers were
sometimes perturbed and irritated by these
jokes but overall, they took it in their stride.
Beyond the physical side, however, the resemblance ended. As they grew older,
both began to differ more in character. Jack was always the extrovert one. He
liked sports and was known as a ladies' man.
On one fine day, Jack approached John for a favor. He had been in a
relationship with a pretty college belle, Jessica, for some time. However, now,
he wanted out of the relationship but despite the ample hints, Jessica did not
seem to understand what he had been driving at. Jack asked John to stand in for
him whenever Jessica wanted to go out with him. Jack and John were studying in
different private colleges, so Jessica was not aware of a twin brother.
The first meeting between John and Jessica was a success. Jessica was
pleasantly surprised with John's attentiveness. She felt that Jack behaved like
a gentleman on that date. Of course, she was puzzled at some point; he had
coffee instead of tea and he was not swearing like he usually did. John found
Jessica interesting. He was attracted to her beauty, intelligence and honesty.
Meanwhile, Jack was getting enamored with
another popular college girl, Merry. Merry, however, hinted to Jack that she
would welcome his attention only if he gave up his relationship with Jessica.
Although John was the one going on dates with Jessica, Jack still had to hang
out with Jessica on campus.
Jack asked John to end his relationship with Jessica. However, a shocked
Jessica could not believe that Jack wanted to end the relationship. She also
refused to believe that it was John who had been going out with her.
Jack now knew that things were going too far now. He scheduled a meeting with
his twin brother to try to reason with Jessica. Jessica brought along her
brother, Thomas. At the meeting, Jack apologized for misleading Jessica.
Jessica, however, refused to believe that John had been posing as Jack, even
though the twin brothers stood before her. She had fallen in love with Jack and
she believed that he was the one who was courting her all the while. Even though
John gave her certain details of their dates which would conclusively prove that
he was with her, she refused to listen and practically shut her ears.
"I have been dating Jack and it is Jack I want to marry. If he is trying to
get out now because he wants to go out with Merry, I will pursue him to his
death," she asserted angrily.
Thomas then dropped the bombshell to the shocked twins. Jessica was pregnant.
She believed she was carrying Jack's child as he had been intimate with her. If
Jack persisted in denying his responsibility, the matter would be handled by
their parents and the school authorities.
Jack pleaded and argued with Jessica and Thomas but to no avail. Jessica
insisted that Jack bore the responsibility for her pregnancy. She wanted to be
married as soon as possible.
Desperate, Jack turned to his brother, John, for help. John tried to persuade
Jessica to change her mind. He argued that even if they were to be married to
each other, Jack was no longer in love with her. It would be meaningless. John
also reminded Jessica how they got along so well together. Jessica, however,
refused to listen. It was Jack all along, she insisted vehemently, who had been
By now, Thomas was feeling rather annoyed. He argued that Jack had to bear
the responsibility as the baby was his - Jack was the one she had been intimate
with. Moreover, everyone had thought that Jessica and Jack were a couple. He
also stated that his parents were old and could not take the blow if Jack did
not marry her. As for Jack getting John to pose as him, he was uncertain about
the truth. All he was certain was that Jack must face up to the fact that he was
responsible for. When Jack protested again, Thomas silenced him with these angry
words, "A man must be responsible for his actions. You do not have a choice."
The impact of these words sank into Jack. He was
stricken with guilt. A week later, he finally apologized and asked
for Jessica's forgiveness. Then he held his future wife's hands as they went to
their respective parents to explain the situation to them. He was determined to
make things right, for Jessica, for their child.