Ask Angel – Pen Pals

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When I was much younger, I used to have a penpal who I would write letters to as a favour for her grandma, who was her only family (we knew each other through my grandma) because she wanted her to have a friend. I was a bit embarrassed back then, so I used one of my childhood friend’s names (without telling him) as an alias when writing to her. We sent letters back and forth to each other for several months but I lost contact with her once my family moved out of the city.
Fast-forward to present day, I had moved back to Toronto 3 years ago, and by complete chance, she was recently hired at where I work. I got put in a lot of shifts with her, we started to become friendly with each other, and I eventually caught feelings. She would always bring up her mysterious penpal (me) from a couple of years ago who she apparently has had a crush on ever since. Apparently, she’s been searching for me for years, but has had no luck. (My childhood friend doesn’t use social media which is why there’s no trace of his name online)
I felt really bad for disappearing from her life, and I wanted to make it up to her in any way I could. So, I contacted my childhood friend, explained the situation, and asked him to pretend to be me and meet up with her just for one day to cheer her up. The problem is, my childhood friend ALSO caught feelings for her, and asked her out.
Now, they are dating and he’s continuing with the lie that he was the one who wrote letters to her. I feel betrayed that my childhood friend would do me like that. Technically, yes, I did use his name without permission, but I’M the one that was her pen pal and I’M the one who she fell in love with! Am I the bad guy if I tell her the truth about everything and expose my childhood friend?
– H
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