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Hey, I’m Emmet. My love for a girl ruined many of my relationships, and honestly, made me act like a bad person.
I had a best friend for my entire life, his name is Patrick. We have been friends since kindergarten and I can’t imagine a friend better than him.
One day, he got himself a girlfriend, and her name was Lilly. We hung out together pretty often and it was always fun, although maybe it was a little bit weird that I was, like, a third wheel - a couple and their friend. And so, what do you think happened? Well, I started to like Lilly so much that I kinda started to fall in love with her. I kept trying to find moments when it could be just me and her, even if it was just for a minute when Patrick was at the store or something. And I know I was supposed to feel bad about it, but there was a reason why I didn’t.
Patrick was always shamelessly flirting with other girls and telling me all about it. Every time he saw a pretty girl on the street, he would make a comment or try to flirt with her.
And it made me so angry that he had this amazing girlfriend, but he was CONSTANTLY hitting on other girls.
I mean, it did make me angry, but to be completely honest, I was kind of happy about it, because I saw this as a chance to break them up.
Instead of just telling Patrick that maybe he should stop doing what he was doing, I... encouraged him, hoping that this would lead to the break up. Every time he would hit on someone, I would comment about how much that girl probably liked him. I hoped that, at some point, Lilly would somehow notice this, or like read his messages, but Lilly was such a sweet person that she completely trusted Patrick and would never even think badly about him.
So I finally decided to show her directly. Once Patrick and I were at a party and there was this girl - he asked if he should chat her up and I encouraged him. He was talking with her for like ten minutes. She was laughing a lot and he was standing kinda near her, like waaay closer than he should have been, and it looked like they were going kiss at any second. I took my chance and took a few photos.
Later when I was hanging out with Lilly I showed the photos to her and she was so shocked, she couldn’t believe her eyes. I convinced her to break up with Patrick and she did it right away, over the phone. I was listening to how he was asking her why she was doing this and she told him the whole story. He was mad. He tried to call me like 10 times but I never picked up the phone.
When we finally talked, we argued for a long time and he told me he was mad that I did that behind his back. I liked Lilly so much that I wasn't even thinking about MY actions.
So basically, Patrick and I stopped being friends altogether. I didn’t mind, because now I had the chance to spend more time with Lilly, and maybe we could even start dating. After all, we saw each other almost every day.
But something completely different happened. One day Lilly called me and said that Patrick had changed and that they were getting back together. I was mad, but that wasn’t all she said. She also couldn’t be friends with me anymore because Patrick was against that.
I couldn’t believe it!
I was thinking that maybe I could win her back, but then... I decided that maybe I should just move on. I reflected on all the things I did, and how I had been a horrible person and instead of doing something useful with my time I was spending all my energy trying to date Lilly. So I started focusing more on studying, my hobbies, sports, and even meeting new friends.
I got more confident and found a lot of new friends. One of them, Kate, was a very cool girl and I kinda started to like her. And I started to think that she liked me too, because she would always text me first and call me to hang out somewhere.
So one day, I finally asked her to be my girlfriend and she said yes! I was so happy about it. I thought this would be the end of the story, but no, I started doing stupid things AGAIN.
It was great for a couple of months, and then... Lilly texted me. She had broken up with Patrick because he actually hadn't changed and everything was still the same as it was before. She had been putting up with it for the past six months, giving him chance after chance, but he always made the same mistakes.
I started chatting with her and I was very chill about it because I had Kate, so you know, I was just friends with Lilly... or so I thought. One day she asked me to hang out and I agreed, never even thinking that it might mean something.
We spent a very fun evening together, and honestly, it had this... romantic vibe to it.
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