Closure Denied



We do not do the clean break. We never allow closure. There is no neat conclusion when you have been entangled with our kind. You are not allowed the precise and final cut of the surgeon’s scalpel but instead you must be content with the rusty saw that has sought to effect an amputation but instead has merely created a grisly abomination whereby there remains tendrils attached and ragged and torn flesh. No matter how hot the water which flows in your shower and the vigour with which you scrub your reddened flesh, no matter how much detergent you apply and no matter whether you use scrubbing brush or wire wool you cannot remove that residue. We linger. We remain. We percolate and infiltrate.

This, like much of what we do, is a calculated act to maintain a connection between you and us. We can never let go so we see no reason why you should be allowed to either. The residue which we create and which you cannot remove, takes many forms. It may be the fact that we chose you when we worked together so that each day you have no choice but to see us across the floor space in the same office, in the cafeteria or striding across the car park. Once upon a time, like every good fairy tale, you smiled and you felt your heart skip a beat as you saw us exit the lift and smile at you. That wonderful smile which was just for you. Now when we exit the lift and our cold, dead eyes alight on you, the smile is no more than a sickly leer which slowly opens up across our face as we know the residue of our impact on your remains deep inside you. You are faced with this each day. It is either that or leave and go somewhere else and even though you know that the latter is probably the most appropriate cause of action, something prevents you from doing so. Is it because you still want to see us? Of course it is. You may very well hate us but you cannot still help yourself as you want to see what we are doing and allow yourself the indulgence of looking at us and remembering.

In a different way the residue may be the fact that we owe you money and you are left to contact us, despite not wishing to do so, because you want, no, because you need that money. After all, we leeched from you so successfully that we have left you in penury and you need this money to be reimbursed. Part of you would rather write it off and in doing so hope that you can scour us from your memory, but circumstance dictates the necessity of collection. We know this and we shall provide excuse and exhibit delay and prevarication in order to keep you hanging on and in order to keep the connection between us alive still. The money will be paid by the end of the week promise. Sorry but we had to have a new boiler fitted so it will be next month now. The bonus was not as large as had been promised so it will a further three months as I shall have to pay you by instalments. What money? I do not know owe you anything. We keep you dangling and pull at the connection that remains between you and I. If it is not money, then it will be possessions. We will purposefully leave our belongings in your house and you will repeatedly ask us to collect them. We issue similar excuses to the repayment of the borrowed money. I am a bit busy at the moment maybe next week. I need to collect it in a car and mine is in the garage at the moment. If the possessions are not ours at your property then we will have ensured that in addition or as an alternative we will have kept items belonging to you with us, causing you to have to keep some form of contact with us in order to recover them. We ensure we select those items which are expensive and of sentimental value so you will not be able to replace them but instead you must keep asking us for the items. We will string out the return of these items by failing to be in when you call to collect them, turning up to deliver them when you are not in, forgetting to do so and so forth. It all maintains the link between us and increases your upset, annoyance and frustration. We want to keep our residue in your life so that when we choose to make our move we can suck you back in without difficulty.

We will remain in the same circle of friends as you. With our notoriously thick skin we will still turn up to meals and drinks knowing that you will be there. You will feel uncomfortable and resent our intrusion. Third parties will try to keep the peace and of course we will maintain our façade in order to show that we are a good person and we are just trying to be civil following the ending of the relationship. You may react to this and it enables us to point out that you are unhinged, unpleasant and always have to bear a grudge. Is it any wonder that we left?

Whilst we create the ever presence so that you see us everywhere you go, in sounds, in sights and tastes, we also like to leave our mark on you, smearing you with the residue of the relationship so that you feel tainted for the rest of your life, marked with the repeated reminder that you have been embroiled in a relationship with us and moreover to let you know in the clearest terms that you will never be free of us. We can never be washed away.

7 thoughts on “Closure Denied

  1. Lisa says:

    Sometimes drastic times call for drastic measures. My solution was to move thousands of miles and many countries away, back to my family. He has all the ‘stuff’ and I don’t care. I have a cat and some photos. Done.

  2. Healing Victim says:

    The last time I saw my narc. at the court house. I had his stench on me for two weeks. Before that I did not see him for over a year. I had to do so many spiritual healings to get his stench off of me. I really feel many of them are into black magic and cults of evil. The ones who have money and power, have the means of pushing their narc abuse to the limits.

  3. Kate says:

    I was feeling like a “Little Miss Smartypants” after I wrote my previous comment and realized that I need to correct myself. This article is about closure being denied. My last sentence states that he did not achieve everpresence. I did achieve closure (yay!), but he definitely has an everpresence and in many ways – but that is not the subject of this article.

    I also made him out to be a big loser and he was not. Before the age of twenty, his father (who I never met) lost his business and family due to alcoholism. This young man stepped up, becoming the man of his family. Not only did he never borrow money from me and take me out to all sorts of places, he paid his own college tuition, rent, bought a car etc – and he helped support his mother and two younger brothers. Although I don’t like how he achieved this, I respect that he was a man who worked hard, never complained. We did get along quite well for about a year. He was very attractive, intelligent, charismatic and introduced me to many kinds of music (live performances). Thanks..

  4. Jo says:

    Hi Hg. The ex narc (after 6 months of no contact after I discarded him) has just contacted me wishing me happy birthday. He was very typical, in that he couldn’t believe I didn’t recognise his number (I deleted it and not contacted him since) and said “wow I obviously didn’t mean much to you.” I responded once he said who it was with a plain thanks. He hasn’t text back after he said he would let me enjoy the rest of my day. Is this a prerequisite to a further hoover, or is this a one off?

  5. Kate says:

    This article makes me think of the first guy who I lived with. He cheated on me. The apartment lease was in my name only. Money, possessions, people – all relate to this shitty relationship.

    I didn’t have him removed by the security guards until after I got his half of the rent (no money ties). His possessions were with me. I lived with his things for weeks (?) while he lived with the bitch and until he got his own apartment. I was a good custodian of his things (No possession ties).

    He moved into an apartment half a block away and next to the lot where I was parking my car. One day I found it missing the hood emblem and someone had smeared spit on it. I went to his door to ask him about it. He nicely let me in and showed me around the place. We were standing in the bedroom when the bitch walked in (one of his friends let her in). He accused her of f___ing up my car. All totally gross.

    People – most (not all) his friends were pretty hideous and my life became more peaceful without them. Or him. Or his crap.

    I stopped parking in that lot, never walked near his apartment and re-did my apartment (and everyone remarked how it was a completely different place).

    This person did NOT achieve everpresence with me.

  6. sarabella says:

    Before I got my money back, I had read narcs do this intentionally. Borrow money to keep a link. I found it hard to believe at the time because he was behaving so hateful and ugly, clearly hated me, that why ever would he borrow money to keep a link going with me, and long distance? It made zero logic to me then. But I read this enough to know that if this were the case, he borrowed the money to hold me to him and to hurt me by not paying it back, then he was going to pay me back and he was never going to experience out there, waiting, like he kept me waiting with everything else he had lied about. He heard me begging to continue what he had started, buthe had the money, and shut me out. Read texts of course, never replied but when he felt like it and never ‘chased’ me again. So he got it all from me.

    I got the money back, after a major attack on him and with threatening to expose him to the world for his seedy life, involved his sister and a few other people.

    HG, What would you do if you lost those things to keep a bond going with someone? I know, find fuel elsewhere and all, but underneath, would you be seething that it failed as a strategy? It still seems so stupid to want to keep someone bound to you who you clearly hate.

  7. Heather says:

    I have to say, you have a great photo-artist. Excellent.

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