In a religious school where popularity defies traditional norms, the Original Poster (OP) is at odds with Loretta, the enigmatic and paradoxical head girl. As years pass, Loretta fades into obscurity, only to re-emerge with an unsettling midnight email promising “big stories” and an apology. Just as OP tries to piece together what her mysterious message could mean, a series of unexpected events ensue, culminating in an eagerly awaited video call that promises to unravel the secrets of the past.
The Rise of Loretta
Loretta became head girl at a religious school in 2009, capturing everyone’s attention with her wit and charm. Despite her popularity, she doesn’t conform to the usual norms—she has no boyfriend and does not partake in parties. OP finds Loretta’s persona misleading as she privately holds fundamentalist Christian views.
Threat and Exclusion
Loretta tells OP that she hates her and makes frequent snide remarks. The tension escalates when Loretta becomes friends with Jackie, one of OP’s closest pals. The friendship between Loretta and Jackie complicates OP’s efforts to steer clear of Loretta.
Heavenly Litmus Test
Loretta learns that Jackie is sleeping with her boyfriend and reacts fiercely. She hands Jackie a pamphlet titled “WHY ALL GOOD PEOPLE DON’T GO TO HEAVEN,” containing a quiz to gauge Jackie’s suitability for eternal bliss. The disagreement reaches its peak when Loretta claims that even innocent children can go to hell, causing a rift with Jackie.
Cracks in the Facade
As the school year progresses, Loretta’s true colors become increasingly evident. Friends and the wider school community start distancing themselves from her. By graduation, OP couldn’t care less about her.
OP moves to London, comes out as gay, and secures a rewarding job. Loretta becomes a distant memory, primarily associated with KFC, where she used to work. OP eventually gets married and starts a family.
Years later, OP learns that Loretta is also gay but refuses to date women due to her religious convictions. OP feels this may be an excuse because Loretta is unbearable. For the most part, she fades from her life.
The Midnight Email
Out of the blue, OP receives an email from Loretta, hinting at “big stories” and ending with an apology. OP is shocked but intrigued by the sudden reappearance and promise of revelations. Multiple theories begin to churn in OP’s mind about what Loretta could potentially disclose.
The Best Friend’s Secret
Jackie reveals to OP that she had been in contact with Loretta all these years, adding another layer to the narrative. She advises OP to hear Loretta out but remains cryptic about the details. OP’s anticipation intensifies.
Spouse Weighs In
OP’s spouse suggests that Loretta might have had feelings for OP, a theory that OP strongly rejects. This perspective, however, opens the door to an array of possibilities, complicating OP’s emotional preparation for the looming conversation.
An Unexpected Ally
OP is contacted by a former classmate who shares that Loretta has been in therapy for years. This news prompts OP to consider that Loretta’s forthcoming stories and apology could be part of her healing process. Nonetheless, OP remains skeptical.
Loretta sends another email inviting OP to a video call. She mentions that it’s time to “set things right,” but the ambiguity of her words sets OP’s mind racing. OP grapples with the decision to accept or decline the offer.
The Forgotten Journal
OP stumbles upon an old journal from their high school years together. A forgotten entry describes a strange interaction with Loretta that could potentially connect to the upcoming revelations. The entry details finding a half-empty bottle of vodka in Loretta’s backpack when OP was looking for a book she had lent Loretta.
The Sudden Delay
On the video call, Loretta reveals that she is in AA, having become an alcoholic in high school. She turned to alcohol at the time due to her insecurities about her sexuality and trouble at home. Through the AA recovery program, she had to face some truths about her past and the people she hurt, so she was contacting OP to tell her she was sorry for her past behavior.
More to the Story
OP feels there is more to the story especially when Loretta says she must go but wants to talk more tomorrow. OP is left wondering what other big news Loretta will tell her. Her mind explores the possibilities as she continues about her day, eagerly awaiting the next revealing conversation.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts her story online for feedback and insights from the public. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “I’d guess it’s related to her having been indoctrinated (maybe abused) by fundamentalists in the past – and maybe now she has become more enlightened; maybe she’s shed the toxicity and wants to make amends?”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “I don’t have a theory, but I’d be tempted to invite her to begin with the apology, so you can decide whether you want to hear about the rest.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “The juiciest story would be that she fell in love with a fellow congregation member, and they both got kicked out after being caught together. Then she finally accepts herself after a shame spiral.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “Sadly, my guess is it’s going to be a bunch of stories that (in her mind) justify her bad behavior, followed by an apology where she feels like she’s doing you a favor by offering it to you.”
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.