How does it go? 'Hell have no fury like a woman's scorn'? Those expert vixen of the surreptitious mind games. How I envy them.
Normally, I can see these games coming from a mile away, and I do admit I've been known to start them once or twice before; but one recently crept up behind me and swallowed me whole before I could let out a gasp of surprise.
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She: "You should totally live [where I live]."
Me: "Nah. I don't want to get mugged."
She: "Excuse me? Are you implying you can't get mugged right here in the city? Because that's exactly what you're implying."
I was stunned. I hadn't realized that was what I was implying. But I wasn't going to let up. I was determined to set her straight. Okay, I was just foolish.
Me: "No. It's just.. uhm.. so little street lamps and therefore darker where you live at night. And I feel safer where there's more light."
She: "I can't believe what you're saying. You just don't know, do you? I don't believe that. I want to see statistics."
And I dig myself a little deeper.
Me: "Plus, there doesn't seem to be any convenient stores around there anyway."
She: "Yes there is. There's one on the other cross street, not the one you took from the subway."
She: "Just because you didn't walk around, you're implying that there's no stores. You haven't even walked around [the area] 10 minutes! How could you make that assumption? Do you know how stupid you sound, right now?"
And STILL I continued.
Me: "Well, I just wouldn't want to live there anyway."
She: "Why? What, you think you're too good to live [where I live]?"
She: "You think you're better than us?"
She: "You think you're better than ME?! DON'T YOU?! You ...[blah blah blah]"
Everything else she said after was a blur. I was speechless. My face flushed. She was a tornado and I was the mobile home being tossed around while my brain looked through the windows of my eyes, helpless to do anything in the situation.
The ball-buster, she got me good. Bravo. I'll definitely have to practice this technique of turn-everything-you-say-into-a-personal-attack insinuation.