I have a terrible friend who I’ll call “Emma” (always hated that name!). Me and Emma both applied to the same college and were accepted, and we were both ecstatic, being best friends at the time. However, Emma was diagnosed with a rare cancer right before we entered, and instead decided to wait a year to enter. Well, during that year I made a wonderful group of friends and had so much fun with them. But when Emma came back that second year, things took a turn for the worst.
Emma didn’t know anyone except for me when she entered, and I very generously allowed her to sit with my friends on the first day. They got along well, and Emma had quite a few classes with them. The second day, Emma and I didn’t have lunch together because of my dentist’s appointment. But when I came back to campus, I found out that SHE had lunch with MY friends WITHOUT me!!!In the first few weeks of school, she had made friends with a handful of MY friends and was now sitting at lunch with us every day! Well, of course I was annoyed! Didn’t she know how to make her own friends? But I almost exploded one October morning!My friends and I were planning a halloween party, and of course they HAD to invite Emma! But what really got me angry was when I had to leave early for another party, and Emma asked if everyone wanted to come back to her dorm! Seriously, she was acting as if they were HER friends when I met them first!
Emma even invited me to lunch on day with a couple of friends. That’s right- she had the nerve to invite ME, even though they were MY friends! She made plans with them behind my back!
So I just decided to erase Emma from my life. I would ignore her and wouldn’t allow her to sit at the table with us! Of course, she had no other friends because she was mooching off of mine, so she sat alone. But when my mom called and asked how Emma was, she found out about my behavior and forced me to apologize to her. After that, I just decided to be the better person and not have anything to do with her!
To this day I ignore that stupid, tacky woman! 0225-11
So, readers, what was your reaction to this story? Was it initially like mine where you come to the conclusion that the story writer is actually the obvious choice for deportation into Etiquette Hell instead of the intended target named Emma? Were you gearing up to write a scathing commentary on how petty the OP was? I was…that is until I noticed the name of the person sending in the story in the email header data. It’s a very cleverly written story Emma.