Back at her condo,Greg begged Michelle to invite him in, asking for only 15 minutes of her time. She finally caved in. What would 15 minutes hurt? She would soon find out.
‘He seemed so desperate,’ said Michelle. ‘It wasn’t long before he tried to kiss me. I was attracted to him. I began to question my other relationship.’
‘He then asked if he could spend the night because he was locked out of his condo. I couldn’t turn him away. I told him he could sleep on the couch…just this one time.’
Greg never left after that fateful night. In fact, he moved more and more of his things into her condo while she was at work. Also, his jealousy was rearing its ugly head more and more. He questioned her relationship with her very-married boss, accusing her of sleeping with him. Greg would snoop through her belongings while she was gone and then interrogate her about the things he’d find in her drawers. When she got upset at him for invading her privacy, he’d tell her he had a right since he was living with her.
And all of a sudden, he was in her life. He was a presence. Greg had taken possession of Michelle’s condo and her belongings. Next, he would try to possess her very soul.
Over the next several months, Michelle lived a life she never dreamed of experiencing. Greg was involved in drugs. His addiction put him and her into predicaments that could have proved fatal to them both.
Michelle said, ‘It was like I was looking at someone else’s life.’
She soon found herself supporting them after his employer placed him on probation for failing a drug screening. She wasn’t happy with the arrangement and tried to push him away. But the harder she pushed, the more possessive he became.
Greg had also taken possession of her car. When she demanded he finally get his car out of the shop, she was appalled to discover that his car had never been in the shop. He had sold it for drug money. Michelle felt betrayed.
She was also feeling smothered. ‘He either drove me or shadowed me everywhere. He acted like my father, telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. I bucked. I called my resistance independence. Greg called it rebellion.’
His patience with Michelle’s ‘rebellion’, however, was running thin. So far, he had managed to limit his abuse of her to mild emotional and verbal attacks. But she had a stubborn streak, and he was still unable to control her completely.
Therefore, he had no other choice but to escalate the abuse.
To be continued…
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