When the Original Poster’s (OP’s) wife forms an unusual bond with their neighbor, Walter, over shared horror movie interests, an unexpected conflict unfolds in their suburban home. As the wife’s dinner and movie nights with Walter become frequent, OP grows increasingly uncomfortable, bearing the brunt of babysitting duties, culminating in a heated disagreement over compensation. Will this eerie camaraderie shatter their peaceful family life, or is there more than meets the eye?
A Fresh Friendship Blossoms
OP’s wife, a dedicated fan of scary movies, finds a new cinephile companion in their single neighbor, Walter, who has an eight-year-old son. The pair start frequenting movie theaters together, exploring niche genres.
The Babysitting Dad
Uninterested in horror movies, OP willingly babysits his six-year-old daughter and Walter’s son during these excursions. The children play nicely together and are not too needy throughout the evening.
An Extended Invite
Walter invites OP and the children to join him and OP’s wife for dinner at an expensive restaurant. Despite the generous offer, OP declines, preferring to stay home with the children. This rejection sets a precedent for future dinner outings.
The New Normal
OP’s wife and neighbor enjoy regular evenings, including dinner and a movie. Walter covers the expenses, allowing OP’s wife to enjoy lavish experiences. Meanwhile, OP remains at home, looking after the children, increasingly uneasy about his share of the responsibilities.
The Babysitting Burden
Feeling overwhelmed by the childcare duties and unable to leave his house on the evenings his wife spends with Walter, OP voices his concerns to the horror movie enthusiasts. Walter understands OP’s plight. He proposes paying OP a standard babysitter’s fee.
A Heated Dispute
While OP welcomes the recognition and payment for his time spent trapped at home with two children, Walter’s proposed solution does not sit well with OP’s wife. She adamantly believes her husband shouldn’t be paid to watch their own child or Walter’s, given their close relationship.
A Failed Attempt
Walter tries to convince OP’s wife about the babysitting fee. However, his attempts are unsuccessful. OP’s wife insists her husband does not need payment because he is doing her a favor. This disagreement escalates into a full-blown argument, putting strain on their marriage.
The Mystery Movie
During one of their movie nights, Walter and OP’s wife choose a rare foreign film that’s only showing in a distant town. This means a late return home, increasing OP’s babysitting time. OP reluctantly agrees, hinting at his growing dissatisfaction.
An Unusual Evening
On another evening, OP notices that his wife and Walter return from dinner much later than usual. The lateness raises suspicion in OP, adding a subtle hint of jealousy and insecurity to the situation.
The Overheard Conversation
OP overhears a late-night phone call between Walter and his wife. The conversation hints at a private joke, deepening OP’s suspicion about their relationship. The increasing ambiguity around their bond adds a tense undercurrent to OP’s formerly harmonious home life.
The Silent Treatment
The tension reaches a tipping point when OP’s wife begins to act withdrawn, not finding joy in their shared time together. The sudden shift in her behavior baffles OP, making him feel even more alienated.
The Unsettling Suggestion
Walter suggests a weekend trip to a horror movie festival for him and OP’s wife. This proposition alarms OP, who’s already worried about their growing closeness. The tension in the story reaches its peak as OP faces this challenging scenario.
Fueled by all the previous events, OP confronts his wife about his concerns. The confrontation reveals a deep rift in their relationship that’s been growing unnoticed, raising questions about their future together.
Was The Husband’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts his story online for feedback and validation. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “Don’t be surprised if your wife ends up leaving you for Walter if they’re not already having an affair…”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “You are outsourcing your wife to the neighbor. You should try to engage in your wife’s interests and find stuff you two can do together, not start taking a salary to watch the kids.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “Whether or not you should get paid for babysitting is entirely between you and your wife’s boyfriend.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader replied, “You are just hoping Walter will fulfill all your wife’s emotional needs, and you won’t have to put anything into the relationship ever again. It’s a mess.”
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.