It was the evening of her 25th birthday, the hall was beautifully decorated using red and white which were her favorite colors. Caterers and ushers were all in place, the guests had already arrived and everyone was having a good time. Heads turned as she walked in looking even more glamorous than usual in her long red dress. Her long black shiny hair looked as stunning as always. As she walked in, she was welcomed with lots of smiles from friends and family. She was confused because she thought she was having a simple dinner with her boyfriend. Even amidst her confusion, she still surrounded herself with an aura of confidence. She spotted her boyfriend from afar and the look on his face told her everything she needed to know. As they walked towards each other, the hall grew more quiet. “Happy birthday honey” he said as he embraced her and gave her a peck on her forehead. He told her how beautiful she looked and how much joy she had brought to his life. Not withstanding the fact that he was almost twice her age, he had grown very fond of her over the months. Before she had time to catch a breath, he went down on one knee and brought out a diamond ring from his pocket. The hall grew even more quiet than it already was as all the ladies both single and married awed in the background. He then said to her, “will you spend the rest of your life with me?” ….. The air became very tense because 10 seconds had gone by and there he was still on one knee. Everyone was staring while they all waited for a reply.
“Definitely not honey.” she replied after which she walked away. As those words came out of her mouth, he felt as though a spear was pierced into his heart, he felt as though ice ran through his body. He really didn’t see that coming. He was still trying to figure out what just happened as he felt everyone’s eyes melting his skin. He wished he could open the ground and enter, disappear or perhaps wake up from this nightmare. His knees grew very weak but somehow, he managed to get up and follow her. Embarrassed, heart broken and confused at the same time, he hurried up and caught up with her outside and he was able to make her stop. “what was that about?” He asked. She looked at him and said, “i’ve got a story I want to tell you.” “I’m in no mood for stories. What was that all about. I thought you said you loved me and wanted to be my wife. I was only trying to make it formal. What were all those talks about saving it for our wedding night all about?” he replied. She went on as though he had not spoken a word. Once upon a time, she started. There were two sisters who lost their parents in a car accident. They went through very hard times but life was easier because they had each other. When the elder one was 23, she met a young man who seemed to be desperately in love with her. He made her his wife and promised to make her the happiest girl on earth. After the ceremony, she moved into his house with her kid sister who was only 8 years old. Barely months into the marriage, he started abusing her physically. One afternoon, when she tried to get away, he beat her up, threw her down the stairs and left her lying down there unconscious. The little girl who watched the whole drama as she hid under a table ran to her sister and tried to wake her up as tears rolled down her cheeks but she wouldn’t wake up. She ran upstairs, got a phone and called an uncle for help. The good news is, she managed to survive even though she was severely wounded emotionally. She became an emotional wreck. This young child grew up to be this beautiful lady standing in front of you. Ashley? He screamed. She then said, “I never knew you will provide me with such a perfect scenario to dump your ass but here we are” It was then he realized that he had been living in a fools paradise. The girl he had desperately fallen in love with was just a girl earnestly seeking revenge for her sister. He looked at her and said, I’m truly sorry for the way I treated your sister. I have regretted it everyday of my life and if I were to turn back the hands of time, I would definitely do things differently. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she walked to her black Lexus he had bought her for valentine and drove off. As time went by, the guests dispersed as everyone talked about the event of the evening. There he was driving back home alone with his driver at the back of his limousine. This was not how he imagined the night would end. Staring out the window, he thought about all the sorts of things he had done in the past, all the beautiful moments he had shared with Ashley and all the time and money he had invested in her.