Back in middle school, Louisa Manning wasn't exactly voted Most Popular. In fact, in those days, the 12-year-old was teased mercilessly by the boys in her class simply for the way she looked. They said she was ugly and hairy, and hurled countless insults at her for years. They even coined a new devastatingly hurtful nickname for her: Manbeast.
It was something Louisa would never forget. Particularly because, after all of the destructive comments that came her way, she went on to develop an eating disorder, denying herself meals and struggling for years with terribly low self-esteem.
So when she bumped into one of her childhood bullies recently at a university ball, it's no wonder those old feelings came flooding back. And when he later Facebook messaged her to ask her out on a date? Well, her emotions reached fever pitch.
Because you see, Louisa has come a long way in the last 10 years. She's now a 22-year-old student at England's prestigious Oxford University, and is pretty much on the path to success.
Oh, and she just so happens to look like this now:
"I was pretty pissed off he asked me out, to be honest,” Louisa, now 22, later told BuzzFeed. “It really made me angry that now I’m attractive, he instantly wants to jump into bed with me."
But while you might expect her to have turned the guy down, she didn't. Instead, she decided it was time to get even.
"My gut instinct was to say no," she explained, "but then I realized what a brilliant opportunity it was, and after bouncing ideas off a friend for a few hours, we came up with an idea."
That idea was to arrange to meet her former bully at a restaurant, arrive a little bit early, and ask a waitress to leave this note for her "date":
The letter reads:
Hey [name is hidden],
So sorry I can’t join you tonight.
Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do—I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner.
Remember the monobrow you mocked? The hairy legs you were disgusted by? Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me Manbeast? No perhaps you don’t—or you wouldn’t have seen how I look eight years later and deemed me fuckable enough to treat me like a human being.
I thought I’d send you this as a reminder. Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo, because she’s the one who just stood you up.
Pretty sweet revenge. So sweet, in fact, that Louisa couldn't resist taking a photo of the card before she left it at the restaurant, and later sharing it in a post on Facebook.
What happened next, though, blew her mind: She got an apology.
Not long after posting the photo, she received a Facebook message. It read:
Hey… For what it’s worth, I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance to meet up looking to make friends, not because you are very good-looking. I guess I had it coming though, and certainly don’t blame you for standing me up.
I can’t change who I was 8 years ago, and I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that it didn’t happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I’m a completely different person now. I can only apologize and wish you the very best. I guess I won’t hear from you again but I mean it when I say that I hope you have every success you deserve.
"I’m so shocked, I actually got an apology,” she told BuzzFeed. "It’s 10 years too late and really if he’d intended to apologize he should have done so when I bumped into him last weekend rather than asking me out for dinner first, but it’s still an apology and it’s still amazing I got one."
See, world, revenge may be sweet. But when it gets you a long-overdue apology you never thought you'd get? Well, that's even sweeter.