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.

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