Eternal Sunshine of the... I Forget

Story Submitted by Tim:

Carol was a college girlfriend.  We had been dating for a couple of months when she called things off, but she said that she wanted to stay friends.  I was disappointed, but wasn't too hung up on it.

One night, we were out with a group of friends, drank a fair amount, and ended up hooking up in her bedroom.  We fell asleep, but she woke sometime after two to ask me if I'd leave.  I left.

She called me the next day with a strange request.  "Last night wasn't supposed to happen.  We've got to undo it."

I asked her how she proposed to do that.  She said, "I felt filthy every time you touched me.  I want that out of my head as fast as possible.  There has to be a way to undo it."

Way to make a guy feel good.  We hooked up.  It happens.  I told her that I'd stop talking to her or spending time with her if that would make it better.  She agreed that it was a good idea, but that it still "didn't undo last night."

I said, "I don't know what to tell you.  I don't think you can undo the past."

"I can," she said, and hung up.

I didn't see her again for a while.  Later in the semester when I did, at a party before finals, she introduced herself to me as if she had never met me before.  She also had a new boyfriend.

I didn't want to make things awkward, but the fact that she pretended as if she had never met me before really creeped me out.  She even asked me things that I know she already knew about me.

I was tempted to ask her certain questions that I couldn't have otherwise known, but decided to play along, if that's how she wanted it.  What was weird was that she dropped in a lot of lines like, "Have we ever met before?" or "I feel like I've known you for a while."

At the end of the party, she asked me if she could give me her e-mail address and I quoted it to her (as I already knew it).  I then asked her, as her boyfriend was elsewhere, why she was pretending to not know me.  I said, "We have history, but we can still be friendly, can't we?"

She said, "I'm sorry.  I have no idea what you're talking about."

I stayed out of touch with her after that, which was probably her plan all along.  Still, the fact that she never broke character was a chilling experience that I've never forgotten.


  1. Hypnotism maybe? Or just seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind one too many times and brainwashed herself.

  2. "'I felt filthy every time you touched me. I want that out of my head as fast as possible. There has to be a way to undo it.'"

    This is why I love coming back here, because I know that every time I do a little piece of me dies inside.

  3. "I felt filthy every time you touched me"
    There are these magical things called words that you can use to let someone know you're feeling uncomfortable.


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