The option of retaliation
The wind howled waking her up almost constantly. It was hard to sleep soundly when you were constantly worried that your entire house would be blown down. For a person already overcome by anxiety and stress, this was almost too much to bear.
The morning began with rain in addition to the gale. It was ice cold outside.
She had promised to meet him at their usual café. She was comforted by the fact that it was almost certain the fireplace would be on today.
He was already waiting for her when she arrived. But, following the gentleman’s rulebook, he hadn’t ordered yet.
He smiled widely upon laying eyes on her. His whole face brightened immediately, bringing out the sun in an otherwise freezing day. She was still reserved. It wasn’t easy to let things go so abruptly. To forget. Overthinkers have this disadvantage. They remember everything. Especially the bad things.
He reached out to grab her hand but she pulled back using the cold as an excuse.
He was seeking another chance. A fresh start. A new beginning. Hope.
In her head, a million things were gushing through. Thoughts of retaliation, of payback, of making him experience the same, of handing him too the same absolute demands and the ultimatum he so carelessly gave her back then. She could feel the anger steaming up inside her. Her head suddenly felt all too hot and it wasn’t because of the fireplace.
She took a deep breath, trying to quieten down the yelling inside of her.
It wouldn’t lead anywhere. She tried to console herself. If she acted in the same way, if she wronged him as he had once done to her, there was no point in even trying to be there together. Ghandi had said “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. He was right. There is a reason why one person must always maintain a superior level. Because if you too retaliate in the same way, you are no better in the end. Perhaps you’re even worse, because you knew of an alternative way and did not take it.