Broken – To Tell or Not to Tell That is the Question

I had an interesting morning/afternoon yesterday to say the least. My ex asked me for a favor. To pick her up after dropping her car off to get fixed. I had to get her take her home and my kids to school. The garage is located even closer to Hailey’s new guy building than I am. Oh boy.

Broken is a story that is best read Chronologically to start from the beginning – Prologue

I had an interesting morning/afternoon yesterday to say the least. My ex asked me for a favor. To pick her up after dropping her car off to get fixed. I had to get her take her home and my kids to school. The garage is located even closer to Hailey’s new guy building than I am. Oh boy.

We planned to meet early way earlier than I am normally out. I pulled around from the other side of the neighborhood to get a spot right out in front. I had to pull a little forward and I saw Hailey’s car. Oh brother it’s 60 feet away and she could see me if she comes out.

Sure enough I was sitting for about 5 minutes when she came walking out with his dog and carrying what looked like presentation materials. I knew for him, because I now know what he does. I could glean he was traveling a lot and maybe even more lately. So she was likely dropping him at the airport. My ex and kids came out from the garage after dropping the car off.

And she stared and stared while loading her car with the dog and materials. I wondered what she felt like in that moment. All of her shame on full display. A family torn apart but together. A good man picking up his ex no matter how many times I was beat up by her and Hailey knows most of it. The kid she knew so well, her own child’s peer, such an accomplished student and talented young leader. The woman whose husband she stole. I have to give it to my ex she looks fabulous these days. I don’t think it’s all been healthy but I am happy for her looking so great.

In that moment I had a lot to think about. Took me a few minutes to snap out of it. As I pulled away I saw him coming down, poor bastard. I dropped everyone off and headed back home. In the small adrenaline spike I wanted to tell him everything, even if he didn’t want to know. I dislike her being so close and that close to my family. My kid will be working over the summer nearby. But that feeling quickly dissipated. And I was in a good mood. And also I have nothing to hide. I even wrote my silver linings post and was feeling great after the sighting.

I called Darcey that afternoon to chat over lunch. I had nothing to drink in the house so I decided to go to the corner store. As I hit the air it was so nice I decided a little walk would be good and asked Darcey to be my walking buddy and stay on the phone. My walks always consists of me walking past his building.

As I approached his building yesterday it was with a level of serenity. He is away and maybe even Hailey. But nope. I saw her car tucked around the corner. Interesting. I mentioned it to Darcey and she said why? I tried to give her reasons but none of it was flying and no sooner was I about to give up I looked right… Oh | My | God (said in best imitation of Janice from Friends, saw reunion had to do it) HOLY SHIT!!!!

There she is… Hailey… on a fucking lunch date… with some other guy… across the street from her boyfriends apartment building… while he is away. I could and couldn’t believe it. This was all too familiar. Holy shit this has happened to me. Probably more than once. But to witness it was totally something else. I literally got like a gossipy school girl. Almost skipping down the street in hysterics with Darcey. I didn’t know what to do.

But I really did. I went back to my apartment lickity split. I was going to grab some art. I practiced for about 2 minutes of getting a burst picture while I drove. Then it was time. I drove by pointed my camera and attempted all the evidence I would ever need about her treachery. I got to the end of the street and pulled over.

I took a video? It was blurry… fuck! I blew it. I had one more shot. I parked at home and went to the garage that over looked them I took a picture it was the back of her head though. Clearly if you know her it would be her. But it wasn’t the definitive I was looking for I hung out nearby for a few minutes but had to get back to work. Incidentally they were the only ones there when I finally walked away and were there for 2 hours. It’s a date!!!

I got home and was a bit disappointed until I looked at the video. I frame by framed it… HOLY SHIT!! I caught her, and him, and her face on a fucking date. Darcey and I felt the weight and the levity all at the same time. I have rid her of my life for the most part but could I rid her from my presence? That levity at first and then the weight… Oh shit this poor fucking guy. She moved him into hostile territory from across the country to already have attempted bringing others into her shit pile of a chaos life. WTF!!

I have already approached him. She has painted me as obsessed. And maybe I am a little but not in the way he thinks. If there is an obsession it’s justice. And who doesn’t want that. Especially with someone so willing to lie about you. I don’t want to hurt anyone, but honestly it’s not hurt it’s truth.

But I always boil it down to what is best for me? What is healthiest for me? I easily let go that morning and can do it again. Forgetting about it til he asks me questions.

But I digress what to do from here… Thoughts? Anyone? What would you do in my situation? And can you fucking believe it?

By the way if anyone thinks it’s not fair to her or him… fuck off. Ok maybe that is harsh… But she put this on herself by literally moving him and herself next to me. I am all for live and let live but she didn’t let me live for a second. If she was anywhere else and not antagonizing me I could give a shit.

The real question is what is best for me and/or do I have an obligation to tell him considering the context? And will he accept the information? Or do I have to sit on it and wait til he is ready?

They tell narcissistic victims it’s not your obligation to inform future victims plus it’s not always going to work… so there is a dilemma. Plus she will do what she can to protect her ego. Also there is this what is the freaking universe telling me to do here?

Witnessing the prep for her dropping him off to the airport, watching her stare at my family, seeing him come down completely ignorant of the severity of her proximity, then seeing her on the date. Every… freaking… time I am ready to put this down it sticks it back in my face. Oy vey! If I had a magic 8 ball it feels like it would come up “all signs point to yes”… every… single… time.

Author: Matt

Hi, I’m Matt. Just your average uneventful guy. Dedicated Dad, emapth, and nurturer. Going through something I couldn’t possible ever thought possible. My story is called Broken. About an affair at the end of a long marriage and how ultimately I experienced the worst heartbreak of my life. It's honest, raw, and a little bit entertaining. I hope to share my story so people can learn while being therapeutic for myself.

7 thoughts on “Broken – To Tell or Not to Tell That is the Question”

  1. Everything about her behavior is grotesque. Offering my opinion here – I’d sit on the evidence and not do anything with it just yet. I know you want your justice and holding back with this for now could delay it. She will do something fucked up in the near future as she always does (or some other Hailey-type event will happen) and it will perhaps be more clear when the right moment is, to do what you feel you need to do with this video.

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    1. I sort of agree. Something is guiding me giving me signs, not even that I believe too much in that stuff but it seems like the opportunity will present itself. And to be ‘ready’ if necessary. I kind of feel like I have justice. All that is left is the justice for the smear. So to me it’s more about do I just want her presence to move away? And should this guy know?


  2. I’d sit on it too, Matt. You approached the boyfriend before and he turned you down when you offered the letter. He may approach you next when he feels something’s off with her, and that will come if it hasn’t already. You have what you need but you don’t have to start anything. H is digging her own grave.

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  3. I hope you will take this as me showing you that I care for you, Matt, because I do care. I’ve been following your story since the beginning. I want to remind you that you wrote that you have made your peace with this, that you were moving on. You wrote that you had found your justice, that you were done. So BE done, make that choice again. There will always be drama with Hailey…that is who she is. You don’t need any evidence of anything….she is no longer a part of your world. As crazy as it must have felt to see this, to see right in front of you what you knew to be true, that doesn’t mean you have to get sucked back in again. Try to move on from this, Matt…for you, for your health and sanity. I could give a shit about what is “fair” to Hailey or new guy. My only stake in this is your emotional well-being and this isn’t what is best for you. You have written that working out and meditation is helpful in centering you….do some of that today, get some perspective. Again, I get it…this was shocking to see. But you are ready to move on, right? Then move on. One of your biggest fans, nora

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    1. Hi Nora! I get it. I am putting it in a box. But I want to just point out the two distinct things here. Am I done? Yes the day I confronted him I was done done. Hoping it would push her away and it has. I no longer suffer from a broken heart or missing her.

      But I have to deal with the narcissistic abuse. What she did to me throughout our relationship is done. Not going to litigate that. But her playing with my life since November, moving some guy in so she can keep an eye on me, triangulate me, continue to manipulate me, keep herself in my life, smear me, leer at my ex and kids. As much as I can see her she can see me. And that allows her not to be done even if I am. This is a person that can still hurt me. Maybe not like before but she knows enough about me or has already painted me. For all I know some guy tomorrow could walk up to me with the intention of hurting me.

      The best thing for my emotional health would be for her to be gone as well as be done. And I can’t overlook the opportunity for my health to give that an assist. I am sorry I know you may not believe she is a narcissist or that I was a victim of abuse but I know my truth. And even though I have no feelings whatsoever for her anymore, it doesn’t mean there isn’t anxiety leaving my apartment or walking in a nearby store or restaurant. And I don’t take responsibility for having that anxiety just healing from it. But if I can stop it tomorrow I am going to take a long hard look at it. Me telling him isn’t a desire to get involved it’s a desire to make it go away… for good. Just like when I approached him the first time.

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      1. I am sorry you still feel so unsafe from her, Matt. She abused you terribly, so that is not too surprising. I only want to see you taking steps towards healing, which you are.
        You could approach new guy and share the video, but most likely, Hailey would find some way to explain it away as she does. I think James always wanted to confront you (I remember he would come to your house and park outside) but he never quite got the nerve to actually talk to you and tell you things. Even if he had, Hailey had painted him as so crazy and emotionally volatile to you… you probably wouldn’t have listened to him. Now… Hailey has done the same to you…and so likely, should you confront new guy with the video…she will find a way to paint you as an obsessed stalker who won’t leave her alone, and follows her around taking pictures/video. So, my vote is lose the video and just keep moving on. But, whatever you decide to do… I hope you know that I support you. With everything you’ve been through, maybe you just need to do this…just to do it and see what happens. Whatever happens, you WILL be okay…because you are strong and because you have recognized her game for what it is.


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