Lonely handsome geeks seeks a companion
The search for love unleashes all forces in the Universe: Meet Peter Wornicki, a very intelligent and handsome, but socially challenged man. His Asperger`s brought him superb knowledge of the working universe but no friends and more importantly no loving girlfriend to share it.
As time passes by, the loneliness forces him to take the leap of faith into the chaotic world of relationships. And the cosmos, accompanied by his demanding family, knows just which universal laws to break on his journey to true love.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 – 50
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We all love the quirky characters, people with funny little flaws that enrich our lives. But what if you are the one with those traces? How does the world look from your perspective? And why nobody gave you the manual of how to perform in those important steps in life which seem so easy to do for other people?
The story presents Peter, a very handsome and likable, but socially challenged man, and his search for love and happiness. Being a slightly weird myself, with this story I tried to describe how does it feel to be on the other side of the spectrum. With all the unpleasantries and giggles I have in that peculiar life package.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
How come I have a few friends and members of the family enjoying the various perks of the autism spectrum, including yours truly, it was fairly easy to pick some of their traces to paint their respective hearts and minds. And, of course, to develop a fairly accurate tale of one very special man and his life struggle.
The sound of the slamming door made Peter raise his eyebrows in disapproval. He already had tried to prepare himself for the unavoidable clamor which will would be followed by completely irrational bursts of emotions. Of course, contrary to the postulates of common sense, he would be expected to willingly participate in all of it and act accordingly. His subjective point of view on the matter wasn't relevant because, according to his mother, it was an important event.
His sister was coming home. Again.
That high-pitched and obvious statement was from his sister Barbara who just showed up at the kitchen door, bearing a truly unnecessarily wide smile. The foreseeable reaction of his birthgiver was immediate.”
“There she is!” his mother exclaimed, quickly approached the newcomer, and hugged her. “How are you, darling? How was the flight? Oh, I love your tan! Did you have time to have some fun? And who was that gorgeous man on that picture you sent? I want to hear all about it. God, you must be starving! Come. Are you tired?” The confusing flood of questions ended by pulling her daughter’s hand and installing her at the table.
“Thanks, mom. Oh, bought you something,” Barbara said. “It's not the most usual souvenir, but maybe you will like it.”
“I'm sure I will, darling,” her mother replied warmly and then addressed Peter with a demanding voice. “Aren't you going to welcome your sister?”
“Mother, I am a responsible adult, well-acquainted with social protocols. There is no need for such infantilized instructions.” After seeing her unfathomable uncomprehending expression, Peter turned to his sister. “Welcome, Barbara. I hope you had a pleasant trip.”
“And is this all you have to say?”
Even he couldn't miss his mother's criticizing critical tone and was about to reply when Barbara cut in. “Mom, leave him alone. Why are you tormenting him?”
“I'm not. I just want for my only two children to show some joy after not seeing each other for three weeks. Is that too much to ask?” Her whining tone suggested that it isn't, so Peter looked to his sister again. She always handled their mother much better than he did.
Barbara smiled getting the hint.
“You treat us like a couple of toddlers. And it isn't true that we haven't seen each other for that long. We did have several video calls while I was there.” Her statement was correct so he nodded with approval.
“It's not the same,” their mother protested. “You children completely overlook the importance of proper interaction. And caring for each other.”
“But we do care. Only in our own way.” Barbara was trying her best but they both knew that their opinion wasn't corresponding with her with their mother’s.
“I'm sorry to say it, but this is not appropriate. He could have at least picked you up at the airport.” she protested wrinkling her nose. “Or asked a friend or a colleague to do it.”
“But why should anyone do that?” Barbara asked baffled. “Take the day off from work and lose several hours driving? That is completely unpractical. Secondly, you know very well that Peter isn't socially active. Not in the classical sense, anyway. And it would be very awkward and rude if he were to ask a colleague to pick up his sister at the airport. Besides, I am completely capable of taking care of myself; thank you very much.” She finished lifting up her chin.
“But this is just a loving gesture, not some silly outwitting who's competent enough.” Their mother tried again but she was greeted with Barbara's stern face.
“Mom, Peter and I are proving our fondness to each other in many ways. Wasting time and money, which would happen if Peter took a day off, is surely not one of them. God, mom, you raised us; it's not that we are a couple of strangers who just wandered into your kitchen. Honestly, we had this conversation about a thousand times already.”
Peter observed their verbal match without a word spoken. Mentioning the lack of his social life was unexpected and a little insulting. He couldn`t deny that lately, he did feel a little lonely, but that surely shouldn`t be the reason to make him the star of the family gossip. Luckily, his sister solved it elegantly. Barbara was capable of many things but defending their relationship in front of their mother was something she really excelled in. As he expected, after Barbara's last remark their mother pursed her lips, raised the hands showing how hopeless they were, and walked to the stove.
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