Anyone buying that? No? Just me? Great.
Every flaw of his, I chalked up to PTSD and abandonment issues. The last thing you want to do is abandon him, too. Especially when he finally tells you he loves you, in a fucking poem written about you, no less. What's a young writer to do!? I loved him. Our only issue was the distance, right? I booked another ticket to see him so we could start planning the next step: me leaving New York.
Which is when the biggest red flag of all popped right into my Gmail inbox. This one was a little harder to ignore.
... and apparently, so did his girlfriend
I was in Germany covering a conference, a week out from my reunion with David. He texted me that morning to tell me how excited he was to see me, to finally show me his apartment because I was "worth it." To tell me how much he missed me. He conveniently did not tell me he also had a second girlfriend.
Her communique to me appeared as I was checking my email.
"My name is Jessica and I'm David's girlfriend. The reason I'm contacting you is because I wanted to ask you, girl-to-girl, if you continue to talk with him. I know you did it in the past. In fact, I know you came here in September. I caught him, but I decided to give him a second chance because we all deserve it, I guess. We have been dating for a year, but at this time we are going through something and you came into my mind again. So I want you to be 100% honest and let me know. I think you would like to know if you were in my shoes. Thank you."