Good Riddance

It appears that Krystal got a little excited and couldn’t wait for me to start telling the story. I’m going to try to pick up where she left off.

I had finally reached my breaking point and I no longer wanted to tease Rebound. I didn’t want him thinking that I was in love with him when I didn’t even like him. He was already planning our lives for when he got back. He tells me that he had just bought a car in Vegas and it was cheaper for him to fly home instead of driving. He decided that we would take a vacation together in a couple of weeks. A road trip. We’ll drive my car over to Vegas and then drive both cars back. All I could hear was I want you to pay for a road trip so I can get my car. Oh yeah, I want you to pay to drive my car back home too. I was done.

I took some time off from work and drove over to Krystal’s apartment. We decided that we would just end it over the phone. He was waiting for me to call him back and give him an answer about the road trip. I had already said no, but he was giving me time to think about it some more. My answer was still no, hell no.

We didn’t really have a plan for what we were going to do. We just sat down together and I handed her my phone. It’s amazing how I can never get him to answer the phone when I want to talk to him, but he will answer immediately if he wants something. Krystal used my phone to call him and he answered. And then he hung up.

I didn’t realize that he would be such a wimp about it. As soon as he heard Krystal’s voice, he hung up. She gave me the phone back and I tried calling him this time. He didn’t answer. She tried calling on her phone and still he didn’t answer. I sent him a text message asking him why he hung up on me. His response, you didn’t call me. I acted as if I didn’t know what he was talking about.

Me: Who’s Krystal?

Rebound: Just a girl I know. She dating one of the boys I hang with.

Me: Oh really? That’s not what she says. She says she’s dating you.

Rebound: Don’t belive her shit. She playing some game. I barely even know her.

Me: You barely know her, but she went with you to Atlanta.

Rebound: Not just her. Her man drove me. She just rode along.

This was true, kinda. Krystal told me that he wanted it to be just the two of them, but she wouldn’t go. He asked Hood for a ride and then asked her to join them. The three of them rode to Atlanta together, but Rebound focused on her completely. And Hood was not her man. This I already knew. I’ve known Hood as long as I’ve known Krys. He has always been there.

Me: idk. She sounds pretty sure.

Rebound: Bitch lying. She don’t know me like that.

While I’m having this text conversation with him, Krystal is also having a conversation with him. She was giving him the full force of her temper (not a pretty sight) and he was still trying to get with me. He was trying to calm her down at the same time. We let him think that we had run into each other while I was out to lunch.

Me: So you calling my cousin a liar?

Silence. Yes, this was the best part for me. He stopped talking to Krystal too. Planning his next move. I didn’t say anything else. I just waited for him to come up with the lie he was going to use. I knew that he wouldn’t just walk away. He wanted something from me and he was going to keep working me until he got it.

Rebound: You going to believe her over me?

So his next move was to blame me. Make me feel guilty. Wrong choice. I already knew that he was a lying SOB. But now with the help of my dear cousin, I knew that he was the worst level of SOB. Damn, men make me stupid sometimes.

Me: She family. Why would she lie to me? I’d tell her momma. (I would too. Well, not her momma, her grandmomma. Very intimidating.)

Rebound: I don’t know why she lying. She crazy. She obsessed with me.

Me: Really? She says you the one chasing her.

Rebound: Fuck no. I never chased her. She won’t leave me alone.

Me: Then how she get your number? You had to give it to her.

He had this habit of changing his phone number every couple of months. He was running away from something. Probably a woman, but it could be anything. He changed his number again when he went to Vegas. He was out of touch for a while, but when he wanted something from me he calls to give me his number. Krystal had his new number, therefore he had to give it to her. In fact, she had it before me. She was the first one to give it to me. Because she already gave it to me I recognized the number when he finally called.

Rebound: I didn’t. I don’t know how she got my number. Baby, don’t let her come between us.

Me: You’ve lied to me before. I’m supposed to believe you now that you’ve been caught.

Rebound: Not caught. I didn’t do anything wrong. I never touched the girl.

Again, this was true. Krystal said she wouldn’t let him touch her. She was not his woman and he had no right to touch her. She thought that he was still with his highschool sweetheart and she wasn’t about to be his girl on the side. She told him that if he could prove that he wasn’t with her then they could have something. He hadn’t been able to prove it. He couldn’t invite Krystal over to “his” place cause it was mine. He wasn’t with her, but he was with me. He sure tried his best to get in her pants though. I read some of the messages. I let Krys know that she wasn’t missing out on anything. It was better back in highschool.

Rebound: Baby, not over the phone. We can talk when I get back home.

Me: I don’t need to talk.

Rebound: I’ll be home soon.

Me: Ok, but home is not my house.

Rebound: Baby please.

This was about the time Krystal sent him the text about the laptop. Something like your ass need to stop lying and give cuz back her laptop. You know you got it. I know you got it.

Rebound: I’m sorry bout the computer. I plan on bringing it back.

Me: You been lying about it the whole time.

Rebound: I took it without asking, but I intended on bringing it back with me. I didn’t want you mad at me.

Me: I don’t believe that. How is you lying supposed to make it better?

Rebound: You gonna get it back.

Me: Good.

He had some legal issues and was currently on probation. He never told me this. I found this out from Ty. Ty ran a background check on him and gave me her findings. He was just like my ex, other than the beating on me. But according to his background check he had been arrested for beating on the girl he was living with. Damn. I sure can pick ’em. The point is, he didn’t need me pressing charges against him. His ass would go right back to jail.

He kept on trying to convince me to forgive him. He even had the nerve to try to convince me to get him a plane ticket so we could talk about it. How difficult is it to understand that I do not want to talk about it? I’ve made up my mind.

Me: It’s over. You can stay there. I have no place for you.

Rebound: Baby. She lying.

I didn’t respond. I didn’t respond to any of his texts or phone calls for over a week. He finally stopped trying. At least for a little while. I figured that he would just stay in Vegas, but something was drawing him back here. I don’t know how he did it, but he did make his way back to town. I haven’t seen him, but he calls every now and then to tell me that he loves me. He knows that he was wrong, but he’s saved now. He is ready to truly be with me. Krystal and I have a good laugh over this. He tells her the same thing.

I was able to move on from Rebound with no problem. I deserve better than that and I know this. My judgement about men still isn’t all that great, but at least I’m free from Daniel and Rebound. Kinda. Daniel is still a pain in the ass. I can’t be completely rid of him because of our child, but dammit I wish he would just disappear. The other men in my life find it so easy to disappear. I need that to rub off on him.

So that’s the story of Rebound. A part of it anyway. There’s other crap that went on, but nothing as bad as I’ve already told you. And no, I never got my laptop back.

We Be Family

I’m just going through life, minding my own business when I get a message on my Facebook account from my cousin. At that time Bobbie and I didn’t really know each other. I remember seeing her at the hospital a few months back and we caught up with each other a bit. We didn’t even exchange phone numbers or anything, just polite conversation.

When I got the message I thought that maybe she sent it to the wrong person. It was just a short one, “I need to talk to you about something. Call Me.” She left her phone number. I called her and she asked me if I knew Rebound. Yeah, I did. I asked her why? She didn’t tell me. She wanted to know if we were dating. No, we weren’t. Not yet. He had been chasing me for a little while, but I was still playing hard to get. I was interested, oh yeah, but he had other female issues that I wasn’t comfortable with.

I told Bobbie that I was not dating him. Once again I asked why. She told me. They had been dating, but weren’t anymore. He was a good for nothing SOB that stole her laptop. Oh, wow. I wasn’t expecting that. Damn. That shit was uncool. This ass was actually trying to get with me while he was with my cuz. What the fuck? Oh hell no. That was not going to work for me.

I told Bobbie what was going on, which wasn’t much of anything. I had just gotten back a couple of days before from taking him to Atlanta. That was how she figured it out. She was just going through her friends on FB and noticed my recent posts. They matched up to things that she knew was going on with Rebound. Hell, my last post was “In ATL with the babe. Spending some quality time before he goes off to Vegas.”

I knew something wasn’t quite right about Rebound. He told me that he was no longer with the crazy girl, but he wasn’t clear about where he was staying with me. I thought that maybe he was still with her, but I was wrong. Bobbie set me straight on that. That SOB was one hell of a liar, but not a good one according to cuz.

I had gotten my hopes up. He told me that he was working at a law firm as a paralegal and making decent money. He had a nice car and a nice place. All lies. He stayed in a nice house, but it was Bobbie’s house, not his. He had a car, but it was a piece of shit. Hell, I drove us around more than he did. I even knew where my cousin lived because I had dropped him off there one night when we had went out to play pool. I was starting to fall hard for him and he was just another good for nothing lying jackass.

Hearing all this from Bobbie was a bit of a shock. She always seems so cool and in charge and her life is perfect, but that was wrong too. She told me about Daniel and then some more about Rebound. She’s just a woman, like me, and she had been taken advantage of. I hate that. Bobbie is good people, more importantly, she’s family.

Bobbie told me that she wasn’t trying to keep me from seeing Rebound. I could see who ever I wanted to, but she wanted me to be cautious. He has proven not to be trustworthy and she didn’t want me to let him get too close and have him take all my shit. Oh no, Cuzzo. This punk ass man has messed with the wrong family. I was going to keep talking to him and let him think that I was eagerly waiting for him to come back home. Once he got back to town I was going to get cuz back her laptop. I was also thinking that I would get Hood and his boys to beat the shit out of him. Yeah, that sounded like a plan.

Bobbie told me that she did not think that Rebound was coming back. I thought that he was. Every time I spoke with him he talked about what he was going to do when he got back. I was still certain that he was going to return after his one week trip turned into a two month trip. He never once said that he was going to stay in Vegas. He was having some money trouble, which I’m certain was true, and he just needed to get up the cost for a plane ticket or at least gas money. He was planning on buying a car and just driving it back. (I know, that makes no sense, but that’s what he said.) Bobbie thought that he was trying to get me to play for a plane ticket. She had done that for him once before. I didn’t have no money to be buying his ass a ticket. I wouldn’t have done it even if I did have the cash.

A couple of weeks into his trip he started calling Bobbie again. He was giving her those “Baby I love you and I can’t wait for us to be together” stories. She called me the second she got the first text from him. We agreed that she would pretend to miss him and want him back. He was either going to her or me first when he got back into town. We were just trying to get that laptop back. Bobbie kept their conversations to a minimum cause they made her sick to her stomach.

It was funny. He would text her and she would forward me the messages and I would do the same. He would lie and lie and we knew about it. He was a damn fool. We had to be careful about what we said to him. We couldn’t let it slip that we knew he was full of shit. We both dropped hints every now and then about family. lol. Bobbie told him that they could have a cook out when he got back. It could be a party. She had a cousin that she wanted him to meet.

We both got tired of playing along with him waiting for him to come back. Bobbie said that she couldn’t pretend to be nice to him anymore. It was making her physically ill. She could do without her laptop. She would rather never see him again. Ok, I could go for that. But he made it clear to us both that he was coming back. He wouldn’t give either one of us a date, but he was going to be back. He tried to get Bobbie to buy him a plane ticket, but she refused. Told him that if he woulda paid her back for the last ticket like he was supposed to then she woulda had the money for a ticket, but he didn’t pay her back and she was broke.

Bobbie tried her best to hold out until he got back, but she finally reached her breaking point. She made it clear that she was still upset with him and didn’t think that she could just jump right back into a relationship with him. He still denied taking the laptop. I know for a fact that he has it because he let me use it when we went to Atlanta. Anyway, he told her that he understood and that they could take things slow. She let him know that he did not have a place in her house and that’s when he started to lay it on thick. He was in love and wanted to marry her as soon as he got home. She listened to that BS without bursting into laughter.

While he was proposing to my cuz over the phone he was professing his love to me as well. His lease was just about up on his place and it would be a great time for us to move in together. We were meant to be together. I countered with the fact that my lease was just about up too and I would just rather we stayed at his place since it was so much bigger than mine. He didn’t like that, but couldn’t explain why he would want to stay at my small apartment when he had such a big house.

Bobbie got fed up and she didn’t want to play games with him anymore. It was time to end it. She could just get her a new laptop when she had the money. She already had an older one at home that still worked fine. The laptop that Rebound took was actually one of those netbooks. She loved that little thing and hated to let it go, but letting it go was preferrable to possibly being in the same room with Rebound again.

It was time for the two of us to end things with Rebound. Just calling him up and telling him wasn’t good enough. We wanted to make him sweat. And that’s exactly what we did. Good times, oh yes. Check back for the rest of the story.