I'm in a club enjoying some dancing and time socializing. They are closing out and I'm closing out with a girl whom I've known before and I'm still debating going home with her or sleeping much more comfortably alone. Approached by an odd assortment of a group. 3 males and 1 female. She's attractive and new so I engage her. This is where it happens. I break, for the first time in a long time.
I'm chatting with this girl and the guys are there talking amongst themselves off to the side slightly but still facing us. They are clearly listening. We are chatting, I see her eyes lighting up with a smile and she's laughing at all the stupid shit I say about shitting out the toilet before she leaves so I don't have to suffer in her apartment. When one of the guys turns to me and just goes "that's gross man, have some respect for the lady."
She tells him to basically butt out and sarcastically goes on about how she's not any bodies little girl. I shrug this off. Unfazed but aware now for intrusions of more "knightly" behaviour. Also aware that this guy must have some emotional investment in her. His behaviour is an indicator.
Eventually she gets to asking who I am. Looking at me like I'm full of mystery, as conversation has led her to beleive. I pull one of my favorite lines and say "nobody." And move in on her as she gives me that look I'm giving her and I'm already thinking I'm set and this is a very wonderful woman to spend some time with tonight when a chorus of "OOOOHHHHH OOOOHHHHH OOOOHHHHHS." comes in from beside me and these dudes are looking at us laughing and pointing at her like "oh he said nobody. Oh ROASTED girl I told you. Ohhh rejection. Must be GAY" Shit of that nature. Insinuating I was trying to insult her with my reply.
I am completely thrown off at this behaviour and my frame is shattered. I look at her and she's just staring around at the floor and looking back at me and sees my frame is clearly broken and I'm expressing shock in my face. Suddenly she's angry with me and replies "well I'm EVERYBODY and I don't need NOBODY" to which I'm greeted with more obnoxious "OOOHHHS." and such.
I don't like to use the terminology regularly associated with in here in any attempt to demean another, but God damnit I just let myself get thwarted by a bunch of orbiters. It was very clear all 3 of them had the weirdest of boners for this woman and they'd probably all share her if they had the chance with the mutual understanding that they wouldn't talk about it. So none would get jealous.
At the time I didn't realize my mistake fully. I escaped the situation. Paid my tab and walked the fuck out avoiding contact with her completely. I realized my error afterwords. Driving home on my third chain smoked thinking cig wondering what the actual fuck that nonsense I just experienced was. I felt like I was back at a high school football game or something with such a move. I let myself react emotionally. That's all there is to it. I tried to blame the guys that were essentially my peanut gallery but in truth the choices of another should not bar such a hindrance on my own pursuits and I should not be so prone to a reaction such as I displayed. Live and learn.
What I learned
TL;DR Emotionally reacted to simple behaviour tactics. Would be shamed, but what's the point? I learned something.