what do you do?

What do you do when you realize that you really don't so much like a ...person in your life? What do you do when you've really had it... I mean had it, but you're together so much, your lives are so wound together, that you're stuck? What do you do when there is no going back with this person, when they are so threatened by being wrong that they simply can't accept when they are?

You must play nice.

I'm getting manipulated, corralled in a subtle way that I recognise from long experience, and I don't like it. It's that sort of thing that shouldn't matter, but is part of larger pattern, and either way I'm going to end up the bad guy. I think I have to step back, step away and find some distance.

I'm sick of this. Not really their fault; I tend to attract these people for some reason, and then they hate me when I see through the charade. Now I see crisis coming, an explosion of Iraqi proportions, and I'm trying to head it off.

So I guess the question is: how much should it cost to play nice?

I've paid, in spades. I'm done.

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