There is someone I used to be terrified of that I have done more killing with then against recently. It is rather funny how things change in those ways. He almost killed my hauler the other day because I forgot to tell him I was picking something up and see if he minded not killing me. I got a bit lax.
In that, it was my fault. I really, really should have checked. I thought he was busy or AFK and now I realized I misread those signs. So I undocked, and he undocked behind me. It's a spit out station as well. One of the ones that shoots you out from the underside like a high velocity fart and the undock is about the width of a hair.
I stopped as soon as the grid loaded. He undocked behind me in a Vigilant. I hit dock but I was out of the dock range. "Setting course to docking perimeter." Its like Aura is laughing at you as a Vigilant webs your Prorator and you start to burn. Stations are the number one place to pop cloaky haulers.
I debated switching to Sugar's window and trying to get his attention I decided not to. After all, i'd made the call. I figured I'd follow through to losing everything and sigh at my decision. I just spammed dock. It was all I could think of. I was in structure and then the screen went black. To me utter amazement I loaded in the station.
Did I mention I was picking up a Cynabal BPC along with some other stuff? I was being very, very stupid and I normally know better. I normally do better. However, I was selling this BPC to Hurome. I'd built the ones I purchased from Ender some months ago. After I purchased three from him I proceeded to pop another three for myself. I built two and this one has been hanging around. Hurome asked me if I had one the other day and it just happened that I did.
Obviously someone wanted Hurome to have this BPC because Uber should have killed me at that moment.
But that is why Eve is fun. I was moving some high value stuff and getting it out of low sec and I said to someone, "It wouldn't be fun if it wasn't a panic attack the entire time with scouting and gate checking and worrying about bumping the jump freighter." And it wouldn't be. I don't want that adrenaline rush where I'm going. I want it to be uneventful and my stuff moved and my ISK made. But without that chance of loss it would not be as fun.
In a way, I like when I'm on the other side of the guns. It is not the same as when I am in a fight. I'm defenseless and pewpew is not going to save me. It is humbling. I made sure to check before I undocked the next time.
Yet, I find the changes amusing. Someone that once regularly hunted me down now is someone that I have responded to to assist on kills and called in turn to assist me. If he had killed me I'd have made sure to put a sad face into chat and promised to be smarter the next time. I do love that about this environment. The social structure is volatile and complex. I remember when I was so very new to it that my only reaction was fear.