A 22-year-old woman who was bullied for her looks as a kid says she ran into one of her former tormentors this week, and he asked her out on a date. She agreed, but only so she could stand him up in the ultimate middle-school revenge fantasy.
"I was pretty pissed off he asked me out, to be honest," she said. "It really made me angry that now I'm attractive, he instantly wants to jump into bed with me," Oxford student Louisa Manning told Buzzfeed.
"My gut instinct was to say no, but then I realized what a brilliant opportunity it was, and after bouncing ideas off a friend for a few hours, we came up with an idea."
"Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? ... Perhaps you don't, or you wouldn't have seen how I look 8 years later and deemed me fuckable enough to treat me like a human being," she wrote.
This is how Manning looks now:
But just to make doubly sure he remembered that the girl he asked out and the girl he called "Manbeast" were one and the same, she says she enclosed a photo of herself at age 12.
"Picture the girl in this photo," she wrote, "Because that's the one who just stood you up."
After her note started spreading on Facebook, she posted a comment saying she actually received an apology from the former bully. Here's what she says he wrote:
Hey… For what it's worth, I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance to meet up looking to make friends, not because you are very good looking. I guess I had it coming though, and certainly don't blame you for standing me up.
I can't change who I was 8 years ago, and I won't insult your intelligence by pretending that it didn't happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I'm a completely different person now. I can only apologise and wish you the very best. I guess I won't hear from you again but I mean it when I say that I hope you have every success you deserve."
"If he'd intended to apologise he should have done so when I bumped into him last weekend rather than asking me out for dinner first," she told BuzzFeed, "but it's still an apology and it's still amazing I got one."
It's so perfectly '90s-high-school-comedy that it wouldn't be shocking if the entire thing were staged—it's not that hard to write a note and photograph it, after all—but sometimes revenge scenarios that seem too good to be true actually are. It's a nice thing to believe.