(I'm not sure if I posted this in the right spot, or if it would fit better in "Life...In General". I put it here because it deals with the internet, but I might be wrong.)
For anyone who doesn't know, "RP" stands for Role-play, and in this case it refers to the "chat-speak" kind. As in:
Character1: *says something*
That sort of thing. It's basically just two-sided storytelling, can be completely original or can follow a fandom, and it's pretty addictive.
I spend a lot of time online, and I've made some friends over the years. Some are still friends of mine, and some have drifted away, or I have myself. I've been friends with one girl for over 5 years, and we've had a storyline going for a couple years. In addition, I've been a sympathetic "ear" every time there was drama where she is. There's been plenty of drama on my end as well, but I didn't feel right unloading when her problems were more serious (can't disclose). Over the past few months she's seemed to lose interest in our storyline, which I know happens. I don't have a problem with that. I've done that myself, gotten into something else and so on.
What I do take exception to is being lied to, and having my character names ripped off. My friend has started a forum-type RP with someone else, which really doesn't bother me. She volunteered the link, and asked me for my opinion. It's actually turning out pretty good, but she must have forgotten that I've been following along--at her suggestion, mind you--because she took a character name from the RP we had going, and used it in this other RP without asking me first. Ironically, I probably would have said yes if she'd asked me. She's also disappeared on me without saying goodbye a few times. And finally she's signed out, saying that she's tired and is heading off to bed...but then I would go to check out her forum RP to see the new posts a few hours later before turning in myself, and I'd notice that the time stamp for her entries indicated that she was still awake hours after she was supposedly "so tired".
Okay, I know that sounds weird and stalker-ish of me, but I swear that isn't what I'm doing! She has even asked me to check out the occasional post for spelling/grammar mistakes, which I didn't really have a problem with. I guess she figured I'd be okay with her using my character's name, but she could have asked me before going ahead and doing it. And I'm not so insecure that I'd get bent out of shape over one of my friends "playing with someone else", so I don't understand why she had to lie to me. If she'd told me, "I'm just not feeling it tonight" I would have understood. Being lied to...well, frankly, it hurts.
She doesn't know that I know about the character name, and she doesn't know that I've caught her in a lie. Same lie, more than once actually. It was just the character name thing that was the crowning insult. Should I confront her about this, or would it be better all around if I began to withdraw a bit?