Gym Romance, Good Idea?
Let’s explore option 1: Stifle jealousy in order to continue a gym romance.
Their names are Joann and Harry.
In this scenario, Harry is the jealous one. He is used to being the one who likes/love less than the other, so he does not know how to deal with the emotions he is feeling. He sees everything through the lens of personal possessions, so Joann is his alone and is not to be shared with anyone. Harry does not want his gym mates to see that he is not in control of Joann, so he stifles his jealous feelings and pretends that everything is normal and wonderful. Meanwhile, he is seething inside. His one thought is how can he undermine Joann’s position in the gym and get her to rely on him more.
First, Harry goes after her reputation for being a dependable professional. Joann teaches yoga 3 times/week at their location. One night before she is scheduled to teach, he punctures her tire with a nail to give it a slow leak and replaces her cell phone battery with one that is not charged. On the way to the club the tire becomes completely flat and Joann can’t make it to class, nor can she call another instructor to replace her. Harry’s ultimate hope is that she will get fired or quit and be forced to move to another gym.
Two weeks later, Harry sends anonymous emails to the club manager with false complaints about Joann’s teaching methods. He sends one complaint a day for a week. The club manager calls Joann into his office and confronts her about the anonymous complaints. She is completely taken by surprise and has no defense. The class is made up of students that have been with her for years and none have complained to her. Her certifications are all up to date and she constantly updates her teaching skills. Her boss accepts her statements but explains that he has to respond to all complaints. He reminds her that she is responsible for giving sufficient notice if she is unable to teach her class. Joann leaves the office feeling a little bit diminished because she knows the club manager is obligated to watch her performance and closely.
Later that night she confides in Harry about the complaints. He is quick to comfort her by telling her that her boss may be lying about the complaints because he wants to get rid of her. Now ,she not only doubts herself but her boss motives as well. She thanks Harry for being so understanding. Harry smiles at her and tells her that he believes in her, but if her boss wants her gone, maybe she should leave before being fired. He continues on and tells her that this is a new manager and that he really does not like the way he looks at her anyway. Joann hides her angry reaction to Harry’s statement by turning her back to him. She knew that he had been jealous and possessive before, but she thought that he was over that. Joann says nothing to him about what she is thinking, instead, she tells Harry that she is tired and asks him to leave so that she can get some rest. She turns her face as he attempts to kiss her goodnight and the kiss lands on her cheek.
Joann now suspects that Harry is the one that wrote the complaints, but she also knew there was no way to prove that he did. She wondered if he was responsible for the flat tire and dead cell phone battery? If that were true, he had put her life in danger, which meant that she would have to end the relationship.
How could she prove his deceit?
How will he take the breakup?
Can they both work at or attend the same club? Will one leave and let the other stay?