Revenge: How Sweet Is It?
by Jovan Tahale
When I saw my best friend slip my boyfriend a note at a party one night, my stomach jumped in anger, but I rationalized that it had something to do with surprising me for my upcoming birthday. I was turning the big 30, and I guessed that my friends were all conspiring to throw me a birthday party. I watched as he put it in his jacket pocket and gave her a big grin.
Later that night, when he brought me home, I offered to hang up his jacket, and quickly snatched the note out of his pocket on my way to the closet. The note read, “What a stud you are. My bed will never be the same.” It was not signed. Within the one minute it took me to walk back into the bedroom where he lay sprawled across my bed, I hatched a plan for revenge.
I went into the bathroom and sat on the bathtub for a strategic ten minutes. When I came out, I pretended to have a sudden upset stomach and asked him to leave, in the weakest sickest voice I could come up with. The next morning I mailed the note to her hot-tempered boyfriend and taped it to my personal stationary detailing what happened. I knew he would recognize her very distinctive handwriting and he did. She ended up with a black eye, and no man, and I ended up with no man and no best friend. Ironically, I never felt the satisfaction of revenge. I felt hurt, anger and betrayal only…and I still do.
My neighbor Sandy fell hard for a gorgeous guy who told her upfront he was a free spirit and a “polygamist dater” but she felt she could “tame” him. For awhile, she was doing well with monopolizing his time, until she walked into a high-end restaurant one night and caught him having a cozy candlelit dinner with her cousin. She confronted them and ended up throwing a glass of red wine in his face. Later, she took advantage of her occupation as a social worker working with at-risk teenagers. She paid some neighborhood thugs to smash all his car windows in front of his home at 3am one morning. The following week, her car windows were smashed and her tires were slashed while her car sat parked in front of her home at 2am.
When my friend Karen found out that her fiance’s “important” business trip to New York turned out to really be a weeklong pleasure trip to Cancun, Mexico with an ex-girlfriend, she stroked out. She found out by accident one morning, when she was sitting in his car waiting on him to come out of a store. The sun was shining brightly in the car when she pulled down both sun visors to block out the sun, and a photo fell out. It was a picture of him and his ex-girlfriend in bathing suits. At first, she thought it was perhaps an old photo, until she turned it over and saw the date and the handwritten words on the back. “Remember this week in Cancun on your wedding night.” She put the photo back under the visor, and got out of the car. She decided to take a cab home. Though she was scorched in anger, she believed it was Fate. She knew she had to get revenge in a way that would knock him off his feet. As she rode home in the cab, she devised a plan of revenge. .She decided not to let him know that she knew what he had done. She sat down and wrote him a “dear john” letter and called the wedding off with the explanation that she had met someone else, and she asked for his forgiveness. She knew with his huge ego, that such an act would practically put him in the hospital…and it did, to her regret.
As these cases show, it’s apparent that vengeance can be, and often is, a double-edged sword-sometimes dangerous for the recipient and the perpetrator.