In a tale of deep-rooted friendships and fresh romantic bonds, the Original Poster (OP) finds herself amid an emotional storm sparked by a birthday gift – an old copy of The Great Gatsby. As she navigates the turbulent waters of her boyfriend’s jealousy and her best friend’s sentimentality, the significance of the gift takes an unexpected turn, propelling her into a whirlwind of decisions.
OP and Logan’s friendship traces back to their early years when they were just 7/8 years old. Their bond was as strong as any sibling, and they shared many adventures together. Little did they know that the course of their friendship would span continents.
When OP turned 24, she met Matt. He was charming, a contrast to the playful memories she had with Logan. Their relationship grew swiftly, filling seven months with laughter, love, and some differences.
Keeping in Touch
As life took its course, Logan moved to another country. Though separated by vast distances, their bond remained unbroken. Messages and calls kept their friendship alive, even during the times they couldn’t see each other’s faces.
In 2013, after years apart, plans were set in motion for a reunion. Conversations buzzed with excitement, with both eagerly listing out things they wanted to do together. A movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby stood out prominently on that list.
Logan, unfamiliar with the classic, was tasked with a challenge. OP, passionate about the tale, insisted he read the novel before watching the movie. Though not fond of reading, Logan completed the book, forging an inside joke that would last for years.
The Birthday Party
For OP’s 25th birthday, a dinner followed by clubbing was planned. With eight friends, including both Logan and Matt, the night promised to be memorable. But, as the gifts began to open, an old copy of The Great Gatsby took center stage.
The Priceless Gift
The book, more than just paper and ink, symbolized the deep connection between Logan and OP. This edition, however, came with a hefty price tag. It was a token of friendship, rich in memories and meaning.
The morning after, Matt said he felt the book was an inappropriate gift because of how expensive it was. OP tried to explain to him that it was just a sentimental gift and that the cost wasn’t the point.
Matt said he felt weird that another man gifted her something that cost more than his car. In his eyes, Logan’s gift overshadowed his, and the expense seemed inappropriate. Arguments ensued, touching upon the boundaries of friendships, relationships, and materialistic values.
The Tension Grows
With each passing day, the tension between OP and Matt grew. He saw the book as a threat, a testament to a bond he didn’t understand. OP, on the other hand, found his jealousy misplaced and unattractive.
Family and friends were pulled into the fray. While OP’s mother advocated for patience and understanding, her father held nothing back in his opinion of Matt. The matter divided her girlfriends, leaving OP more conflicted than before.
The Secret Meeting
Unbeknownst to OP, Matt, and Logan met to discuss the situation. Logan, wanting to avoid causing a rift in OP’s relationship, offered a solution. Yet, as they spoke, it became clear that Logan had feelings for OP.
The Trip Decision
The day before OP’s awaited birthday trip, emotions ran high. She sought advice and perspective, torn between her feelings for Matt and the cherished friendship with Logan. With the trip just hours away, a decision had to be made.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posted her story online for feedback and validation. Did she do something wrong by staying in touch with her male friend despite her new relationship? The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “Logan gave you a gift that holds sentimental significance to both of you. If it had been a girlfriend who had given it to you, Matt wouldn’t care. He cares only because he’s jealous.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “Matt’s being a child. It’s an expensive book, not a ring. One that means a lot to you. Don’t listen to him. Keep it.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “I can see where your boyfriend is coming from, and his feelings are valid. He is insecure in your relationship. He should be. You have been together seven months.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “If this is the first time he’s spent this much money on you, it’s a blatant power move by Logan to make Matt feel insecure and humiliate him in front of your friends, combined with a big romantic gesture.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.