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  • What if you are the villain in someone else's story?

  • So imagine that you're 21 or 22 years old; you moved out of the house as soon as you could at eighteen because your family just never appreciated you.

  • You were basically invisible in your own home.

  • You loved your sister, but she was always the more special one and always had a way of making you feel sort of small.

  • So you left home and you found a man who makes you feel like the most special and beautiful person in the world.

  • You guys have a kid together, who you love more than you've ever loved anything.

  • And you are not going to repeat your parents mistakes.

  • You are gonna make sure that he knows that he is the most special thing in the world.

  • You go about your business that day, and your husband is working hard, and you want him to know how much you appreciate that.

  • You cook an elaborate dinner, you deal with your fussing baby, who's teething.

  • Your husband comes home and for some reason he asks about your sister.

  • Why would he bring this up today?

  • Yes, I think about calling her everyday. Yes, I sent her a gift at Christmas.

  • But the last time I saw her, I met her new husband, and he was terrible to me.

  • You've heard that she has a new baby, around your son's age, but you just can't ever get yourself to pick up the phone.

  • That night, you and your husband put your child to bed.

  • You go to bed yourselves.

  • You get woken up in the middle of the night by a sound at the door.

  • You open the door, and you have to look down before you realize that what awakened you is the sound of this adorable baby in a bassinet

  • who's bleeding from the forehead and the only thing with him is a letter.

  • You pick up the letter, and that is how you learn that your sister has been killed, and this is your nephew whom you've never met before.

  • You realize that the life that you have fought for for the last few years has just evaporated in front of your eyes.

  • The life that you had worked so hard for is gone.

  • You would be Petunia Dursley in the first chapter of Harry Potter.

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What if you are the villain in someone else's story?

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