There’s a reason they say never go to bed angry. Especially if you’re married! Even more especially if you’re married and the person you’re angry with is your spouse and they’re angry at you too. You definitely want to sort those situations out as soon as possible. It’s not always easy, but it’s best to swallow your pride/anger/shame and just try to make peace after you and your significant other have a fight. If not you could end up like 48-year-old Masumi Nishino of Osaka, Japan.
It isn’t clear what Nishino and her husband were fighting about on the night of August 31, but whatever it was, the fight was heated. So much so that the husband, a graphic designer by trade, decided to sleep it off in his home office that night. The couple’s fiery spat didn’t end there, though. In fact, things really blew up when actual fire got involved.
Nishino not willing to let things cool off just yet, decided that shoving burning pieces of paper through the gaps between the wall separating her husband’s office from the rest of their home would be a good idea. Because so many good ideas happen when you’re angry.
You’ll remember that this is the same office said husband had retired for the night. Eventually, she grew tired of this when she realized her plan to get her husband’s attention wasn’t working, so she too went to bed.
This is probably the point where many of us would ask, “What the hell are you thinking, lady?!” which, I’ll admit, I did too. Then I thought about it and realized that if there’s anything that reduce even the most rational, sensible adult to a ball of senseless, emotional responses, it’s relationships.
Ain’t love grand? Still that only serves as an explanation and not than an excuse.
Ironically, much like a metaphor for relationships itself, those tiny fires Nishino paid no mind to and walked away from, grew into a huge blaze on the husband’s side of the wall. Fortunately, he woke up in time to see the room on fire and managed to escape. Then he realized his wife was still inside. This was when he ran back into the burning house to rescue her.
Guess who owns whose ass for the foreseeable future.
They were both taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Nishino was released three days later while her husband, who got the worst of it, had burns to his respiratory tract (probably from – oh, I don’t know – running back into the burning building to save her) and remained hospitalized. Again he’s a lucky man because the doctors expect that he’ll recover.
Police questioned the couple during their hospital stay and this is when the truth came to light. In a statement Nishino admitted:
I was just trying to annoy him. I had no intention of killing him or even burning down the house. I had no idea this would happen.
Congratulations! You burned your house down and almost killed him (twice if you count the time he went back for you) as well as yourself. I’d say he’s probably annoyed.
Maybe I’m being too hard on her. Obviously there was some lack of foresight in her thinking, but I believe after rendering herself homeless and possibly having to face the end of her marriage, Nishino can walk away from this having learned a valuable lesson about the dangers of acting impulsively.
Let’s not forget she did break a law or two after all. Which is why, on her release, police charged Nishino with the attempted murder of her husband and the arson of their home.
When karma repays, she does not hold back on the interest.