The Boy is Mine: Catching a Cheating Man
An accidental mistress plots to catch a cheating man.
I’ve never wanted to end a story with ‘don’t tell anyone I did that.’ I’d like to think I shamelessly own up to every weird, sordid, embarrassing decision I’ve ever made. But my meeting with Scott’s girlfriend, you know, the man I’d been dating for a few weeks who was actually in a relationship, was automatically placed in the vault.
The Plot Thickens
Cynthia, the girlfriend, had an elaborate plan to give Scott what he deserved. A plan, she promised, that would only work if I, the accidental mistress, was on board. I had doubts but my emotions got the best of me.
“I swear, I didn’t know Scott had a girlfriend,” I repeated, hoping to be forgiven.
“He’s a coward and a dog,” she told me. “This is not the first time he cheats on me. That’s why you have to help me.”
Catching a Cheating Man
I’ll be honest. Catching a cheating man red handed, like some sort of scorned dynamic duo, was tempting. It’s what my middle school friends and I incessantly spoke of after watching Brandy and Monica’s video for “The Boy is Mine.”
But I am in my early twenties, I thought while discussing the plot with Cynthia. I shouldn’t entertain these kinds of shenanigans. Nothing good can come from it. I’d heard horror stories of revenge plans gone wrong, like the woman who confronted her man’s cheating ways by kicking him and throwing things at him. She was then arrested for domestic violence.
Still, Cynthia persisted.
“Call him from your phone and tell him you want to meet him at this address,” she ordered. “Then we’ll both be there. Maybe I should call my cousin?”
Her cousin? How did I go from happily dating someone to an episode of Basketball Wives?
“I’m sorry-- I don’t think I want to do this. I actually don’t even care anymore. You can tell him you spoke with me. I think this cheating thing should be handled by the two of you.”
Some Dating Advice
She didn’t take my bowing out well. Cursing was involved. It was a messy situation, but I did learn two very important lessons. Men and women can go from sanity to insanity in a matter of minutes. And always ask a man if he has a girlfriend no matter how charming he is, or how single he may seem.
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