A woman bent on revenge will stop at nothing, Spa! finds. Tit-for-tat is not enough. She wants “vengeance 100-fold.” More often than not, she gets it.
Koichi, 29, seems an inoffensive fellow -- a straight arrow at work, a gentleman at all times. His ex-girlfriend -- we’ll call her Meiko -- was three years older than he, and ready to get married. He hemmed and hawed. Then her father died, and she sobbed into the phone, “I have nowhere to go now!” Koichi’s heart melted. “Move in with me,” he said.
He’s in the construction business, and just around then, things got very busy at work. He’d be at the office until the small hours -- weekends too. Meiko was convinced he was having an affair. She accosted him: “It’s your fault my nerves are in shreds!” Late one night, Koichi awoke suddenly to find all the windows open and Meiko standing over him with a carving knife. He managed to calm her down, but from then on, living with her was intolerable.
She agreed at last to leave -- if most of the furniture went with her. Koichi went along. Then she phoned him: “I can’t work because you destroyed my nerves; you’ll have to pay my rent.” He gave her 500,000 yen on the condition she leave him alone thereafter. So far she has, but Koichi naturally wonders: “What did I do wrong?”
Whatever it was, he seems to keep doing it. His next adventure was with another slightly older woman who one evening invited him out for a drink. “Well, I like to drink, so why not?” They became drinking buddies. “One day a friend says to me, ‘Are you going out with her?’ ‘No way!’ I said. I mean -- she’s so homely! I would never sleep with her.”
Not long afterwards, Spa! continues, she told him she loved him. He let her down gently but firmly. The next thing he knew, one of her friends was on the phone. Never mind that it was past midnight; if he knew what was good for him, she said, he would show his face at such-and-such a restaurant on the double.
He did, and faced quite a grilling -- a trial, in fact, with the spurned woman and two of her friends as judges. “Give my life back!” the head judge shrilled.
It was 5 in the morning before Koichi finally made his escape. He probably went straight to work.
Daisuke is a 23-year-old “freeter” (part-time worker) who was careless enough to leave a letter from a casual lover lying around for his live-in lover to see. We’ll call the latter Yuri. “I’m 28 years old,” she said. “If we break up, what’ll I do?”
Daisuke apologized profusely but told her candidly, “I can’t marry you. Maybe we’d better split.”
“OK then!” she stormed, flinging herself out of Daisuke’s apartment.
They’d been together three years, and Daisuke felt sad, but before long, other matters claimed his attention. Strange things were happening in his room. An unaccountable rattle in the air conditioner, long hairs in the bathtub. Data inexplicably disappeared from his computer. His PlayStation memory card vanished. “I was afraid,” he says. “I tried not to think about it.”
One day six months later, he came home and found Yuri in the room, ripping apart his beloved teddy bear with scissors. Suddenly everything was clear. Yuri had copied her key before handing it back to him.
“Weren’t you a little slow figuring out the obvious?” Spa! asks. “Well, yes,” replies Daisuke. “It’s just that… I don’t know, she was always so quiet…”© Japan Today