What Should Not Matter (A Tragic Lesbian Romance)
“What Should Not Matter” tells the story of two beautiful women, who despite being opposites from a physical point of view are very similar in their mentality and nature which allows them to become the best of friends. Rosa and Britta are these two women who come together not only due to the liking they take to one another but the circumstances that surround both their lives at the time of their first encounter; which just happened to be the day the World Trade Center was brought down by terrorist.
Rosa is a women from Panama, who meets Gerald O’ Leary while working as a cleaning lady at the World Trade Center while also being about to complete her education at the New York School of Music. It is Gerald who would go on to not only inspire Rosa to finish her education and become a member of the New York Philharmonic but who would take her to wife. All of which making Rosa’s life one of happiness at least for a time that would see her recover from the loss of her father, who unfortunately was taken from her by the 1989 American invasion of her country.
It was however on September, 11 2001; a day that should have brought Rosa endless joy as she found out she was an expecting mother that she witnessed the building were Gerald worked at be destroyed with the knowledge that her husband had not managed to get out in time. It was this that served as a backdrop to introduce Rosa to Britta; a gynecologist working at Lenox Hill Hospital who brought to Rosa’s attention not only that hers was to be a mother but a widow, showing her on TV what had happened that very day.
Rosa naturally fell in to deep depression following the sight of her husband’s building fall down, with the sad reality that it was her husband who would never see grow the life he had created in her. This alone would have been a cause for great sadness in Rosa but added to this was the fact that it brought back memories of her father’s death making her believe that perhaps those around were not meant to last very long and it was with these feelings that she clung to Britta.
Britta, for her part was a Swedish born gynecologist working in New York’s Lenox Hill hospital, who despite her success in life had never felt true joy, given her fear of God and the temptations of life which might lead her to sin. All of which would jeopardize her place in the heaven she was sure would follow her life on earth. Britta however also suffers due to the relationship she has with her father, who in spite of his desires to be a loving father can not find a way to express his care for either his daughter or wife in a way that is not destructive.
Britta upon meeting Rosa takes an immediate liking to her; admiring not only Rosa’s dark beauty which contrasts her own but her free style and temperament which she because of her time in Latin America noticed to be so typical of those from the southern part of the American continent. Naturally like most of New York’s sophisticated society she also becomes a fan of Rosa’s; who had recently been accepted as a second violinist by New York’s prestigious philharmonic. All of which makes Britta want to be a friend to Rosa whose need for her is equal to her own given the tragedy she has just suffered.
Britta however in her longing for Rosa notices herself not only desiring to consul her friend from her lament at having been widowed at a very young age with an unborn child but falling in love as opposed to merely loving her friend. Britta’s feelings though not completely alien to her are confusing as she is fully aware how they will lead her on a head on collision with her strong religious believes which strongly condemn not only actions of the sort but even the mere emotion. All of which creating a dilemma for Britta, who is torn between her religious sentiments and not wanting to leave her friend, Rosa; who is in desperate need of a friend even if theirs would end in disaster for many.