A woman named Sarah had once dated a man named Dave during their college years, but she eventually broke up with him due to his various behavioral problems. However, Sarah was soon surprised to discover that her friend proceeded to date Dave, so she gave her a warning which fell on deaf ears.
Realization of Issues
Within just ten months of being engaged and living together, Sarah began to notice serious issues with Dave. These included his excessive laziness, greed, and other problematic behaviors. Their relationship started to deteriorate, leading Sarah to break up with him.
Sue, the Longtime Friend
Sarah had a close friend named Sue, whom she had known for a long time. Sue was supposed to be Sarah’s maid of honor when she was still engaged to Dave, so she was naturally upset when they broke up. However, a few months after the breakup, Sue dropped a bombshell on Sarah.
Dave Asks Sue Out
One day, Sue called Sarah and revealed that Dave had asked her out. Sarah expressed her concerns: “Sue, he’s not a good guy. You’re like a sister to me, and I wouldn’t want my sister involved in the same situation I just escaped.”
Sue claimed to understand Sarah’s concerns and promised to consider them seriously. Sarah acknowledged that Sue was a grown adult and could make her own decisions, but she wanted her to be cautious.
Dave and Sue Start Dating
Despite Sarah’s warnings, Sue and Dave started dating. Sarah chose to distance herself from the situation, blocking her ex and moving on with her life.
A Year Later
Fast forward a year and Sarah’s life had improved since she put her past relationship with Dave behind her. However, Sue called her one day, and it was clear she was in a dire situation.
Sue’s Difficult Relationship
Sue was now engaged to Dave, wearing the same ring Sarah had returned to him, and she was pregnant. She was at her wit’s end. “She cried that he doesn’t help with the house and pays little on bills, told her to go donate blood if she was so worried about money, and how he’s lazy and refuses to work”, Sarah explained. “I let her cry to me for about an hour.”
Heard it All Before
Dave had clearly not changed one bit, and this accentuated Sarah’s relief to have put their relationship in the past. Whilst she felt bad that Sue had now picked up this burden, she couldn’t help but feel smug considering Sue had clearly not listened to her advice.
Sarah’s Honest Reaction
After hearing Sue out, Sarah couldn’t resist saying, “Sue… I told you this would happen when you started dating…”
In reaction to Sarah’s ‘I told you so’, Sue hung up immediately, clearly upset with her friend’s smug attitude. However, Sarah defended herself, reasserting that she had not meant to say this in a nasty way. Despite this, she couldn’t help but consider the fact that she could have just kept quiet.
Sue was no longer speaking to Sarah, leaving the woman conflicted and seeking advice. She headed online to gain the perspective of internet dwellers and was thankfully met with a positive response. “You warned her, so you’ve done nothing wrong”, defended one reader. “Message her unapologetically, telling her if she wants help to get away from your ex, to call you.”
Broke Up for a Reason
The most common topic of discussion in the comment section was how Sue had hooked up with Sarah’s ex, despite the clear warning signs. “As your friend, it was weird of her to go date him after you”, someone pointed out. “You broke up with him for a reason and warned her – you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make ‘em drink and now the horse is pregnant!”
She Thought She Knew Better
This topic sparked a broad discussion within the post. “I always suspect that friends who date your ex, after knowing everything you went through, think that they are better than you and that your ex will treat them better”, another commenter explained.
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