In Our Defense: From a Different Perspective
A Series of One-Shots in a Guy's Point of View

by Meilanu


Title: Here's to You, Average Joe
Word Count: 947
Rating: T
Summary: But you know what? Here's to the guys out there that know exactly how I'm feeling. Here's to Average Joe who's trying to find someone in his life but finds that people won't give him a second glance because of his glasses, or his clothing. Here's to the guys who weren't "blessed" with certain attributes, with that perfect smile. I salute to all of you.

Here's to You, Average Joe

In most stories that you have read, in most chick flicks that you have watched, in most clichés that exist, the main plot never revolves around a guy. It's always in a girl's point of view, and no matter what happens, in the end, the guy would sweep the girl off her feet and they all live happily ever after.

They don't go through the complications of the guys. What the guys have to go through in comparison as to what the girl does. If it's the falling-in-love-with-brother's-best-friend cliché, most never show what the guy has trouble with, what he's struggling with. How it feels to fall in love with your practical brother's younger sister. And if there are two guys fighting for a girl, they never show what happens after the heart-broken guy. They shove him aside, and maybe, just maybe some other girl picks up the pieces. The two couple are happy, and he's forgotten.

Some say that it's always the guy's fault. That we only look at girls who have legs, the smile, the weight. Girls are so hard to work with because each have their own fantasies, they're own version of love. And who has to work for it? Who has to work to be worthy of your attention? We do. And you say you have it hard for you.

You wonder why it's always the gay best friend who are openly caring and would agree with what you have to say, and never the one that you're in love with. Why they tell you straight out what they're thinking, and never your crush.

In defense for guys, we don't have a lot to go on. The media has plastered us as to being hot and good-looking. That we have to have that certain grin, a certain height and weight, we have to have the body. It's not only you that has something to worry about. We're just the same as you.

We talk between ourselves, wondering. Wondering what we have to do to prove our love. Wondering if you're thinking about someone else. We talk between ourselves for advice.

You only look at one side of the story. You think that, when it all comes down to it, it was the guy's fault the relationship wasn't a success because you weren't pretty enough, or we were heartless. Well, what if you were the one who cheat? What if it was you who broke our hearts? We have feelings as well, and it's hard when you just step on us like that, blaming us.

There are all sorts of stories when it comes to a guy's pain. But is it ever an important scene? The main idea? Never. And you wonder why guys hate reading and watching chick flicks. Why would we read a story about a girl who is having a dilemma about choosing between two guys, when we could relate? When we know exactly how the guy who isn't chosen is feeling, but the girl is misinterpreting it all? Why would we watch a movie that has the girl of our dreams running towards another man?

There's always that second guy, the one that's left behind. Sometimes there's another girl who picks up the pieces, but it would never be the same. They always tell the girl "As long as you're happy, I'm happy". But it's never true. It's never true. But that's our last ounce of dignity, of pride.

We do so much you. Some have given up their lives for their girl. We are so under-appreciated. Why? Because of these made-up fairy tales that say that the guys only want the physical. That we only have eyes for good-looking, manipulative girls. That we're all players who don't appreciate what you do for us. Like, dressing up, just to see what we have to say about it.

You come up with fantasies that you're one and only love would be tall, dark, handsome. Well, what's wrong with the average guy? What's wrong with normal? What's wrong with a person who just wants to help you in life? What if tall, dark, and handsome was the one who just wanted a physical relationship? What if quiet, average Joe was the one who was more intimate and had so much more things in common with you, and agreed exactly with how you felt about a certain topic?

My questions may never be answered.

But you know what? Here's to the guys out there that know exactly how I'm feeling. Here's to Average Joe who's trying to find someone in his life but finds that people won't give him a second glance because of his glasses, or his clothing. Here's to the guys who weren't "blessed" with certain attributes, with that perfect smile. I salute to all of you.

As for me? I'm not an Average Joe. I'm not the guy who doesn't get a second glance. I'm just a drifter. I don't sit in the back unnoticed, I'm a guy who would be welcomed in any clique or group. I haven't dated, but I know all this from experience. My friend's, my brother's. I've grown up with this. One day, things will change. When it comes to love, we will be noticed.

And no, I don't have anyone yet. I could see the girl who I might end up with though. I'm on a mission to prove all of you wrong. I will change the life of a girl one day. I will tell her one day…exactly what I just told you. And even though she might retort to these following words, I'll fight on. For the guys, for the average Joe.


A/N: I got the inspiration to write this...from a friend. We were talking about various topics, and then this just came to mind. You don't have to agree with this, and the above is not exactly my thoughts, but it's somewhat of an opinion as to what a guy might think (depending on the guy). Know that all of the one-shots that are going to be added into this collection will all be in the point of view of a guy and the stories could vary from happy to sad, ranting to regrets. Look forward to more one-shots (: