I Know You’re Sleeping with My Boyfriend

The voicemail that changed my perspective about “the other woman”.

Katrina Paulson
Jan 9 · 7 min read

The Voice Mail

The message came from a woman’s voice I didn’t recognize. She said her name is Madeline — Brandon’s girlfriend. She said she knew I was sleeping with Brandon and asked me to, “please stop”. No hint of rage in her voice, instead it was shaky and uncertain. Then she hung up.

The Doctor’s Appointment

I was about two blocks away from their apartment building when Madeline called again. More news — Madeline and Brandon were trying to get pregnant. She had a doctor's appointment in thirty minutes across town, but Brandon took off with their car after his conversation with me.

The Apartment

Everything looked the same, well, almost the same. The same burnt orange walls and unmade bed where I’d done more than just sleep. Except now there were pictures of Madeline and Brandon, both together and apart, throughout. Her toiletries returned as did her clothes.

These Are the Days of Our Lives

An awkward silence lingered. I went to leave but Madeline stopped me. She asked if I would stay a little while longer, just until Brandon gets back. This way, she figured, we could confront him together and he couldn’t weasel out with more lies.

The Confrontation

From the darkness of the closet, I watched Brandon launch into another apology. His excuses were the same, but he brought flowers this time. I heard Madeline cry, though I couldn’t see her.

Afterward

Brandon had the guts to show up at my place the next morning, where he was not received, nor acknowledged. I never heard from him after that, but I did hear from Madeline about two months later.

Final Thoughts

My perception of who the other woman is changed after that day. She isn’t always a sexy villain who spends her time tempting unavailable men. Sometimes, she’s a nice girl who’s totally oblivious to the situation.

Hello, Love

Love changes us. Love makes us human.

Katrina Paulson

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Life is a curious adventure. I write words & hope they help people not be jerks to each other. Get my newsletter: https://curiousadventure.substack.com/embed

Hello, Love

Love changes us. Love makes us human.

Katrina Paulson

Written by

Life is a curious adventure. I write words & hope they help people not be jerks to each other. Get my newsletter: https://curiousadventure.substack.com/embed

Hello, Love

Love changes us. Love makes us human.

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