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  • Better off now

    • 11 Apr 2010
    • Posted by km3329

    I met my ex over a year ago and we seemed to really hit it off quickly... a little too quickly now that I look back at it. We moved into a serious relationship faster than we should have. I usually don't move into things quickly but he was so manipulative, he convinced me that it was something I wanted to do. He even convinced me that I was in love with him and had me considering moving in with him after only a few short months. He did a lot of traveling for work- or at least that's what he would tell me. I found out that his trips weren't as long as he made them out to be- he was seeing another woman while he was "working". He was actually with her when we met but since she lived in a different part of the city, I never knew. He messed up a few times- calling me by her name, blaming it on the fact that it was just because he was so tired and I reminded him of his long-time "friend" (our names were very similar). He would answer her phone calls in front of me, claiming it was a work call, and even accidentally showed a text from her thinking he was showing me one from his buddy. He wasn't good at much, but he was a great liar. Every time he'd mess up, he would be able to lie his way out of it and we'd move on. He was so good at lying, when I found out that he was twice divorced because of cheating, has kids, and had spent time in jail and felt bad for him. I didn't listen to my friends when they would point out how blind I was about the whole situation. I don't know what was different about this last time, but I finally decided not to put up with it any more. We went to dinner before he had to leave for a 15 day "work" trip and she called. He answered the call in the middle of the restaurant and said that it was work and he had to take it. I ended things with him as soon as we left the restaurant and felt more relief than grief. Since then, he has attempted calling me and coming over, but I simply tell him I'm not interested and he needs to move on. I like to think about this relationship as a learning experience more than wasted time with the wrong person.


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