I lost my 'best friend' since first grade about a year ago, at the beginning of our senior year of high school. It's a long story and I won't bore you with the details other than I finally saw who she was. Today someone asked me if I would ever take her back into my life if she apologized and I didn't have to think twice. NO, I wouldn't take her back. I tried to help her when she was making a huge mistake but she made me feel like it was all in my head. She was always tearing me down in subtle ways to make sure I felt inferior to her (and it worked). It was a verbally abusive relationship that I'm honestly still recovering from where my self-confidence is concerned, and I never want that back in my life. It was always about her, nothing could be about me for very long. She made sure to run off any potential threats to her (other friends, but mainly boys) so I had no one to lean on but her, and so if I decided to leave I would be completely alone. It was always a competition and she made sure I was the loser every time. While I'll always be mad at her for what she did to me, and at myself for what I ALLOWED her to do to me, I do have to thank her for showing me what a parasitic relationship is like and all the warning signs that come with it. I'll never let someone have that kind of hold on me again.