How would it feel to be in love with your own*cough* stepfather?Hang on-before you get any weird ideas here let me make this clear that er it's not me...I don't have a stepfather to begin with!
It's this girl called Yue who fell in love with her dashing,handsome painter stepfather Kouki and didn't know what to do about it.In the beginning she thought it was just a stupid kind of crush that would go away in time.But damn it!It didn't.On the contrary it grew stronger.With each passing day she felt even more attached to him especially after her mother died prematurely in a tragic car accident.Now an 11-year old Yue had noone left except Kouki who then decided on looking after his dead wife's only child.Thus the 2 of them started living together under less than ordinary circumstances.
Oh well you must be wondering who these two people are and what's with these weird Japanese names?Well they are the 2 protagonists of a shoujo manga(Japanese graphic novel).So of course they have Japanese names!I read this up a few days back and even though initially I was a tad disgusted with the storyline as I kept reading I realized that this too was just like any other love story I have so much enjoyed reading.It just talks about love between two people which is unacceptable in the eyes of the society.Yes it wasn't only a stupid crush that Yue had.She was genuinely in love with her step-father and he too,with her-even though he never showed any signs of weakness.The manga was able to capture quite deftly the despair and the hopelessness that one might feel in this kind of a situation.In the beginning even Yue thought she could perhaps let go of this feeling by being with some other man and trying to persuade herself to like someone else her age.But it turned out that she was fighting for a lost cause.She simply couldn't get herself to love anyone else.Kouki was the only one she wanted-her mind and her heart didn't long for anything as much as they pined for his company and his love.Though at this point Yue was completely unaware of Kouki's feelings towards her.They were revealed at the very end of the manga.
I am not going to reveal how the story ends and spoil the fun for others.But I can say I was quite happy with the conclusion.I guess true love is the only thing in this wide world that can transcend all barriers with ease.So in the end it doesn't matter what the society says.If you are true to yourself then there is nothing else in the world that you have to be afraid of.Yue and Kouki weren't depraved.Had that been the case Kouki would have probably jumped at her any of the numerous times they were alone under the same roof.But he wasn't like a hungry beast nor was he like any of the cliche perverted stepfathers we get to hear about everyday.Instead Kouki denied his own feelings for a long time 'cause he wondered whether it was morally correct to love someone who was born of the same woman he once loved and married.But it turned out that Kouki and Yue were simply in love with each other and no matter how hard they tried they couldn't stop themselves from having those feelings.It was only love.So what if they were related?So what if they had a certain age gap between themselves?So what if the society would probably always regard their love as an unpardonable crime?
We have one life to live,one life to achieve something and one life to love.So I am not afraid to say that I want to do those things in my life that would make me happy notwithstanding the objections other people might raise to my actions.It's okay to be selfish.It's okay to break the so-called norms.And it's okay to put yourself before society...atleast sometimes it is.
Tasting the forbidden fruit isn't always necessarily a crime.