I've always hated being wrong, and I'm generally a good judge of character. This time, however, I was completely wrong. I fell in love with a selfish, lying narcissist who on the outside appeared to be perfectly sweet and charismatic.
But Just like Cinderella's Prince Charming of "Into The Woods"—he was charming but untrue. Except he never apologized for hurting me or taking my virginity.
In fact, I remember his last letter to me was particularly cruel. I sacrificed a lot for him—but he wasn't willing to fight for me.
Just when I thought I was over all of this, and putting it all behind me I received word that he had married the woman he had cheated on me with and got a promotion at work.
I was furious!
Men like him don't deserve to be called men let alone have happy endings, and I trolled his wife's prt (I had to know who she was); and I saw he didn't seem proud of her.
So somewhere my rage subsided because I realized he wasn't worth my rage. He was and is and forever will be my past.
I have worth and value even if he could never see it. I will shine, I will succeed, and I will live my life knowing that I am not a monster who destroys lives.
I realized sometimes rose tinted glasses needed smashed in order for us to grow. I am not ashamed of who I am, anymore.
He has no power over me.
Linda M. Crate's poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications) and one forthcoming through Barometric Pressures Series. She is also the author of the Magic Series; the third of this series Centaurs & Magic due out November 2016.