The Grae Area is a series that tackles Morality (what’s right and wrong) and everything in between. After my part 1, part 2, HWWV and part 3 posts I’ve decided to put the HWWV issue to rest and focus on the positive outcomes.
This is going to be downright honest but lesser swear words because I’m fine now. ^_^
My entire series talks about vengeance and forgiveness, and since I’m sort of done with the details of the HWWV drama, I’ll talk about the Office revenge, which was a different type of revenge altogether. While the HWWV revenge was a spur-of-the-moment reaction to the lies I heard, the Office revenge was something pre-meditated and it took me two weeks of preparation before I planted the bomb that eventually blew up in their faces (figuratively of course. Planting real bombs would require more complex preparation and training. Ain’t nobody got time for that.).
I’ve decided to start today’s post with a Harry Potter quote because, let’s face it, Harry Potter is bae.
“Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I want to share a secret on how to know when the revenge you’re plotting is “the right kind” of vengeance because if you’re going to go to war, you better make sure it’s not going to backfire on you.
Choosing your Vengeance Scheme
Literary works have what we call Poetic Justice, which is basically consequence to a character’s own actions. It could range from minor accidents to major ones.
The reason why I’m pointing this out is because the people in the Office made rumors about me “improperly escalating reports to the client” when in fact, I only gave the reports to the Team Leads and QA (which is why they knew in the first place). If I had escalated reports to the client directly, none of them would have known since the clients protect the identities of those that want to help improve the company.
So my course of action was to use their own improper practices against them in an “improperly escalated report” which I not only escalated to the clients but my Team Lead and Manager as well. However, this time, I didn’t let the Manager stop me from sending the e-mail to anyone.
TLDR: They said that I tattled to the clients when I didn’t… so I tattled to the clients.
For the HWWV, I also just used something she once said about me. In her conversation with a friend, she claimed that “I ruined her good name in Cebu” so she could never come back. And yet, during Sinulog, she came back. Why? Because I didn’t really do it (duh).
So my course of action? Show her a taste of how I attempt to ruin someone’s name. It wasn’t even anything massive. It was just a tiny morsel compared to the destruction I would have caused if I had put in even a little bit of effort and preparation.
TLDR: She said I spread crap about her when I didn’t… so I spread crap and I spread it good.
The Tools Just “Appear”
My type of vengeance requires patience, timing and knowing when to spot the “opportunity” to strike back. Most people make the mistake of wanting to immediately get back at someone who has wronged them; and obsessing about how to get back at him/her. Nope. Not my style.
The Office rumors started in March/April 2013 and my “opportunity to strike” was during December 2013/January 2014. All the while, I kept my head down and my mouth shut, taking in a lot of insults and harassment with a heavy heart and heavier spirit. It even got to the point when I was “publicly humiliated” in front of my office mates (they shouted “kick that bitch” when the Manager escorted me in the middle of the shift) that June/July. For the record, she gave me a PAID half-day off because she verified that the rumors weren’t true. So the joke’s on the retard who shouted that line and the idiots who believed that I was getting “kicked” that day.
I just kept to myself and believed that one day I would be able to attain justice.
When people make mistakes and they don’t get punished or caught the first time, they get sloppy or arrogant. If a person thinks that he/she can get away with anything and loses respect for the delicate balance of Karma, then you can rest easily knowing that someday, you’re going to have your chance.
Everything has a perfect time and place.. even revenge. ESPECIALLY revenge.
If you’re in-tune to yourself and everything around you, you “just know” when the right time comes; and when it does, you will always have a choice either to use the tools being handed to you or to wait for someone else to use them.
Know When It’s Plausible
Not all crimes need punishment. Not everyone who wrongs you will get consequence that you have any direct involvement on. You should know whether to fight back, to wait or to just let the whole thing go. Anyway, if it’s not in your hands, it’s in someone else’s. You reap what you sow, so to speak.
Best Served Cold
In the words of George R. R. Martin “I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.”
Like I said, revenge was not necessarily my first option. In the HWWV issue, at first, I let it go and tried to move on, but I finally decided to do retribution when I found out that she wasn’t going to stop if I kept quiet. Betrayals and lies aren’t new to me, but when marriages and children are involved (the married man she had virtual sex with had a kid. I have a kid, as well), mama bear claws come out to play.
In the office issue, I knew that unchecked improper practices would someday catch fire and I wanted to be there to fan the flames. So, yes, I planned it all along. Now you know.
The funny thing about the office thing is that the only ones who were guilty of improper practices were the ones who got punished. The ones who kept quiet and probably didn’t do anything bad, were spared.
The Team Lead I sent the report said that I shouldn’t tell anyone that I was the one who did it but (lo and behold) they found out anyway, without me telling them because you really can’t trust anyone.
According to my source, they didn’t know the traceable IP in the office. Prior to the creation of the smurf accounts they used to play games in, they tried to check if the IP could be searched, and nothing came up.
I obviously had too much time on my hands since I not only traced all the IP’s in the office, but created over 2 weeks of data with over 50 smurf accounts. That’s what happens when people alienate someone, no one is there to stop whatever I had planned and by the time they would have (stopped me again), it would have been too late. I had already discussed the entire matter with the clients and left the workplace with a huge smile on my face.
The bomb exploded one or two weeks later. None was the wiser.
Was I wrong? Who knows. Revenge is such a gray area that I can never really say for sure.
However, like I said in part 1, Revenge or Vengeance doesn’t happen if no one does something bad FIRST. If it’s not PROVOKED, it’s not Vengeance. Moral of the story? If you don’t want people to strike back, don’t strike first. Defend yourself if you have to but don’t initiate a conflict that you can’t follow through.
I end my post with this quote: “Beware the fury of a patient man.” ― John Dryden
There is 1 part left! Thank you for everyone who has read and supported the series from start to finish.