A 17-year-old woman had a close childhood friend named Hanna, also 17. Their friendship began at the age of five when they first met at a playground, and it seemed like the pair would be friends forever. However, this hope would soon come crashing down when the prospects of college arrived.
The Mask Slips
The woman explained that Hanna initially seemed like a quiet and shy girl. However, her polite facade soon crumbled. She transformed into a bratty, lazy, and clearly rich individual, frequently relying on others to do her work. Whenever Hanna faced challenging situations, she would flee her home, forcing the woman to track her down.
A Solemn Promise
Amidst Hanna’s erratic behavior, the woman made a solemn vow: “One day when I was 5, I promised her that I would always stay by her side. Hanna also agreed to the promise, and our relationship bloomed ever since.”
The Burden of Care
Over the years, the woman found herself shouldering the weight of Hanna’s demands. She became Hanna’s de facto caretaker, delivering snacks, chauffeuring her, selecting her outfits, and even completing her school assignments.
Controlling Her Choices
Hanna even exerted control over the woman’s academic choices. She insisted the woman took the same classes to maintain her dependency on her.
Moving forward to the present day, the two women had entered their senior year of high school, and the time came to navigate the college application process. “My other friend that I made this year, Maya, asked us where we wanted to go”, the woman recounted. “Hanna proudly said Harvard and that she’s going to go with me since she made me apply as well.”
However, the woman had other ideas. “I didn’t really want to go to Harvard”, she explained. “I told Maya that aside from Harvard, I looked into some in-state schools such as Georgetown.”
Hanna was taken aback when the woman revealed her interest in other schools. She questioned why the woman hadn’t disclosed her application to Georgetown, expressing her disapproval.
A Heated Confrontation
Tensions escalated as Hanna insisted that if the woman gained admission to Georgetown, she must withdraw her application. Maya, however, strongly opposed this demand, recognizing the woman’s hard work and denouncing Hanna’s spoiled attitude.
Harvard vs. Georgetown
Hanna sternly questioned the woman’s choices. “I told her that I’m not rich like her; college decisions are a gamble and Georgetown is one of my dream schools”, the woman explained. “Hanna laughed at me, stating that I would never be good enough for Georgetown because I’m a selfish brat, and when they reject me, I shouldn’t go crying to her.”
The confrontation left the woman and Hanna not speaking to each other. While Maya offered support and advised the woman to distance herself from Hanna, she grappled with guilt for applying to college without her best friend. She was unsure of how seriously to take Hanna’s harsh words, wondering if she had just been emotional because of her secret application.
Struggling to process her friendship breakup, the woman headed to an online forum, desperate to find some useful advice. The advice she received was clear – everyone felt that Hanna was to be avoided. “Read your post back”, one reader suggested. “She has used you, put you down, controlled you for your whole life… she has never been a friend to you. Drop her, your life will be so much better.”
Not a True Friend
This sentiment was matched by hundreds of comments. “Hanna has been and will continue to milk you as a crutch for her personal benefit and company”, pointed out another commenter. “You’re not her friend, you’re her EMPLOYEE. She’s toxic, manipulative, and controlling, drop her immediately.”
Staying True to Her Word
Whilst everyone backed the woman up, some comments were baffled at how she had stuck by Hanna for so long. “Uhhhhh… so you’ve been this girl’s servant for most of your life, because of a promise you made when you were five?”, questioned one bewildered reader.
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