This Redditor accidentally caught her older brother cheating on his wife with his other brother’s girlfriend! It’s a mess, and she doesn’t know if she should tell everyone about it after his threats!
Two Older Brothers
OP (Original Poster) is an 18-year-old with two brothers, James, 33, and Brad, 24.
James is married to Vicky, while Brad had just broken up with his 8-year girlfriend, Fay, when this story was posted.
It Was Hard
The breakup took a toll on Brad and Fay, even though it was “technically mutual.”
OP explained, “I honestly don’t think either one of them wanted to break up. I think they just had so many people telling them that they’re so young and they haven’t dated other people and they should go out and explore ‘what else is out there,’ even though neither of them really wanted to.”
He’s in on It
James was one of the people telling Brad this exact statement. He kept telling Brad that it “was crazy” that he “tied himself down” for his high school and college years.
He said that even though Fay is a “great girl,” Brad should “date around a bit.”
Going to the Next Town
The day before this story was posted, OP was babysitting for a family who went to the center she worked at the next town over. She went for a walk and “just happened to walk through town,” where she said Fay’s new apartment was.
She explained that Fay and Brad used to live together, but she had to move to another town because she couldn’t afford the rent there by herself.
Not on Purpose
OP said that Fay’s apartment was right on Main Street, so it wasn’t like they went out of their way to walk by it.
However, she saw her oldest brother’s truck parked on the road while walking down the street. She didn’t think much of it because there could be “a million reasons why he might be there.”
Everything changed for OP when she was at a takeout place across the street from the apartments at around one in the morning with her friend. While eating, she suddenly saw James and Fay talking outside his truck.
She said it all seemed “totally normal” at first, but when Fay went to walk away, James grabbed her arm, pulled her back toward him, and kissed her. Then, the two got into the truck and drove away.
Confused Heart and Mind
OP doesn’t know what the right thing to do is. However, she approached James and told him he had to tell his wife about what she saw.
She also told James that if he didn’t do it, then she’d be the one to tell Vicky.
However, James didn’t react; it seemed he wasn’t affected. He just rolled his eyes at OP and said that if OP told his wife anything, he would “convince everyone” that she was jealous of Fay and “was lying to cause drama.”
It’s a Dare
OP was furious and told James he was a “jerk,” and she’d do it anyway. Unexpectedly, James just agreed, pulled out his phone, and FaceTimed Vicky.
When Vicky answered, James said, “Carrie has something to tell you.”
I Thought So
Then, James turned the phone’s camera toward OP and handed her the phone. Unfortunately, OP froze up; she didn’t know what to say and how to say it because she wasn’t unprepared.
Vicky just said, “What was that all about?” Then, James answered, “Oh, it’s just her being dramatic again.”
I’ll Be Watching You
After James hung up, he told OP that she “had no idea what she was talking about.” He even threatened her and said that he would “make things worse” for her if she didn’t mind her own business.
What Do I Do?
OP doesn’t know what to do next.
She said, “I’m really confused as to what I should do because what if I tell her and she doesn’t believe me, and now everyone thinks I made up a horrible story and hated me?”
The Community’s Suggestions
Redditors advised OP to tell Brad because he deserved to know.
“I’d start with talking to Brad since James was probably f****** his girlfriend before they broke up,” suggested one Redditor. Another wrote, “Honestly, Brad deserves to know from you more than Vicky does; he’s your brother. Even if this started after the breakup, his brother is sleeping with his ex, and that’s beyond f*****. That betrayal plus threatening you says everything y’all need to know about James. Sibling solidarity with Brad is the way to start, there’s likely a lot about Brad’s relationship and breakup with Fay that you don’t know, and this info could help him get some answers.”
Others advised OP to catch James and Fay and consolidate the evidence.
One wrote, “Next time, grab proof. I bet if you go to that town some other time, you can photo his truck at her apartment. That would really help him not be able to lie to his wife. In this day and age of technology, solid evidence is easy to gather; a photo sends a thousand words. But also definitely chat with your other brother about this.” Another user shared, “If you and Brad confront James again, record it so when he tries to make you a liar, you have his own words against him. Don’t be obvious about it, but have it recorded at your side.”
You’re Brother’s Acting Weird
Some users are also concerned with how James reacted to being caught.
This Redditor wrote, “He was ready for confrontation. He denied something very emotionally charged so nonchalantly, almost like he had it rehearsed, and then called his wife and put OP on the spot, knowing it’s an emotionally charged situation and she would likely not be prepared, in order to build his alibi or story of her ‘being dramatic.’ This guy is either evil, a sociopath, or both.” Another noted, “Yeah, he thinks he is above reproach and beyond accountability. I would be worried about what else he has done and what else he is capable of. Definitely untrustworthy and narcissistic.”
Any thoughts on this whole situation? What advice can you give OP?
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