I hated my boyfriend, John. I'm sorry, I mean my ex, now that we're no longer together. It's just that we're broken up so recently that I'm still not used to it yet. Not that I'm complaining though, as it has been a liberating experience.
The relationship had been toxic, we brought out the worst of each other, with all the constant arguments and fights. In hindsight, I'm surprised that we even got together. I guess when you're young and impulsive, you tend to make hasty decisions without really thinking them through. Which was why I said yes to that no good excuse of a guy in the first place.
But that's not the reason I'm here. The reason why I'm here in this sub, like so many others, is to ask for help, if anyone is willing.
My story goes like this.
A few weeks prior to this, me and John got into another fight, which lasted more than three hours after midnight. It was incredibly tiring, considering how I needed to work the next day. It was over his unemployed status, and all I asked was if he was looking for a job. Everything just blew up after that.
By the time he stormed off, I was feeling extremely hurt, and as someone who has been on Reddit for a while, I instinctively turned to the place I know best, hoping for some advice and support.
I crafted an incredibly long story using a throwaway account and posted it in /r/relationships, detailing my relationship problems with John. There were many helpful replies and suggestions, but one stood out from the rest.
It was a message from a Redditor who introduced himself as Mike, who said he could make John "go away" for the right amount of money. $50,000 in total.
At first I thought he was joking, and I told him off as such. "I don't have time for jokes, and I am not interested in murder," I told him flatly.
He replied almost immediately. "Oh, who said anything about murder. I could literally make John disappear, without a trace, and no one would even notice or question his disappearance. It'll be like he never existed. Except you of course, since you're the client."
A chill ran down me when I saw the message. I never told him that my boyfriend's name was John. But with tears still flowing down my cheeks from the earlier argument, together with the devastating hurt that I felt, I saw nothing to lose.
"Sure why not. If you are as good as you claim to be, I would be more than happy to give you $50,000," I typed out.
"Deal. It'll be done by tomorrow morning when you wake up," came the reply.
The next morning, like Mike claimed, John did indeed disappear from my life. No, from existence. His number was no longer saved in my phone and when I went online, there was literally no trace of him at all online. His Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, everything gone.
I texted one of our mutual friends and asked him if he had seen John, and the reply that came back was "Who's John? I've never knew anyone named John."
Before I could reply that friend, however, my phone was interrupted by a text from an unknown number. "So, how's your new life without John? Told you I would do it. And oh, don't forget the $50,000 payment yeah? Love, Mike."
It was then when it finally hit me. I didn't have the money to pay Mike. I had thought that he was just joking. I told him so.
"Uh nuh, no do. Once something it's done, it's done. You think I'm what, Microsoft Word where there's an undo button? If you're not willing to pay, I guess I have to release what's left of your dear little ex to play with you," the message warned.
The thing is, I don't think that Mike was kidding. I've been seeing glimpses of John around me. At the corner of my eyes, just staring at me. I don't know what Mike did to John, I don't think I would even want to know, but from what I could glimpse, it was painful and gruesome. The feeling of hate was unmistakable.
I've tried to ask Mike to give me more time to pay him back, but he refused to budge. "As long you don't pay me, I don't have to fulfill my end of the bargain. Your dear dead ex is free to roam as he please. And it's natural that he chooses to stalk the one person that put him into this situation."
It's getting worse now, John's presence. Yesterday night, I swear that I heard the familiar sound of his breathing beside me while I was sleeping, only to disappear when I opened my eyes. And for the whole night, I didn't dare to sleep, because every time I closed my eyes, his laboured breathing would return.
I went back to beg Mike earlier for a temporary solution, to which he reluctantly gave me one. If someone is willing to be John's companion in place of me, it would at least give me some time to save enough cash to pay Mike.
Mike also assured me that John would not harm anyone who never hurt him before, just that he would follow you around for the time being, like a faithful boyfriend.
So Reddit, can I humbly ask if anyone is willing to take accept a ghostly boyfriend for the time being?