This time it took close to a month to get Maria on the phone. She was making it clear she didn’t have to talk to me and if I kept pushing this she would simply stop picking up the phone.
I tried to appeal to her Christian values this time and voice my concern that way.
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Switching to their default position, Maria figured ignoring me was the way to go. The old “Ignore it and it will go away” tactic was a proven winner for my father.
When Cindy from Vegas started blowing up my burner phone after Soon- didn’t pay her off, I called my father.
“Ignore the calls,” Todd said with the confidence of someone who had done it a hundred times, “it’s been my experience if you just ignore it long enough, it will go away.”
Unlike Cindy, they had called me “family” at one point. We are talking decades of family holidays, vacations, graduation, etc.
I kept trying to prove to myself my suspicions were wrong, that they really loved me and I didn’t want to accept the fact that they considered me nothing more than a prostitute, someone to be used, exploited and then discarded.
Eventually we did get on the phone again and Maria immediately tried to talk over me and bully me only to hang up when I asked if I could turn down the TV. The phone call lasted one minute.
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It would be another three weeks before I could get her on the phone again.
After several days we had another two minute call before she hung up on me.
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Each conversation Maria and I had she tried everything she could to shut me down. When she didn’t get what she wanted she broke off communication and I had to start calling her several times before I could get her on the phone. She was making it clear that if I continued to press she would just stop picking up the phone.
After being hung up on within a minute, I sent the below followup email.
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Her response in the one minute call was classic Maria.
“I didn’t know anything,” she started the conversation and then tried to immediately shut it down by continuing with, “I am going to talk about this once and then never speak of it again.”
However, I was done letting them bully me. I asked her calmly to stop yelling. She hung up in two minutes this time.
True to my word, I called two hours later. not surprising me she didn’t pick up.
I would get a hold of her several days later…
I called Todd up to discuss the text and after he tried to turn it into an argument about money, and I wouldn’t engage in that, he hung up the phone. The conversation lasted 2 minutes. He was going to employ the same tactic he used with the prostitute he hustled, thinking, Ignore him and he will go away. I was expendable. To him, I was just another prostitute. At that point I realized I had no other choice, but to loop his wife Maria into this.
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I had attached the text I sent to my father. I honestly didn’t expect much, but was hoping she would show some type of remorse, something. She called me on on the phone screaming and hung up within a minutes time.