She felt inferior to him. She couldnt believe she was dating him. She found it hard accepting she was now his girlfriend. She was so insecure. Marlon had everything he wanted. His parents were rich,maybe billionaires. They could get him anything he wanted. He lived a life many people would give an arm and leg for. He was social,outgoing,happy but one thing that really made her worried was he was never a hardworker. Yes,he got everything he wanted but never through making himself work so hard. He was proud of her. He said he really loved her,made everybody believe so.
Mercion dreamed of a life like his. Unlike Marlon,she couldnt get everything she wanted. She had to work really hard to get what she wanted. Her family was not above at the social ladder neither were they below. They worked so hard to get what they had and so she knew the meaning of hardwork. She never let her parents down,was always at the top rank in her class.
She reflected on what Marlon had done for her. He had done a lot for her beginning with the expensive dinner dates,short vacation trips,dresses and shoes he bought,his little fancy treats. He truly loved her. He saw his future with her.
“Mercion,”Marlon called out.
“Yes dear,”she replied.
“I would like to take you to meet my family.”
“What!” She said,choking on the food she was eating.
“Why are you surprised? Dont you want to meet my family?” Marlon asked,surprised at her reaction.
“Umh,that’s not the case. I would really love to meet your family but dont you think it’s too early for this?”
“Nothing is ever too early or late for love dear. I love you and meeting my family is not going to change that. Besides,they really want to meet the girl am dating. Please!”
Mercion was not comfortable with the idea. She felt it was too early for her. Given their social differences,she wasnt sure of how to behave before them. Nevertheless,she loved Marlon deeply and couldnt say no to his request. She sighed.
“Ok,when are we going?”
“Tonight. Thankyou so much for accepting to come. I love you,” he said smiling at her.
“Marlon,tonight??? Are you kidding?”
“Am not. It’s tonight. Am so happy,cant wait to be…”he stops after realising Mercion is downcast.” What’s wrong dear? You dont look happy.”
“Am okay. It’s just that i dont think i have something to wear for the dinner.”
“Dont worry love,we are going shopping after this. Before you say no,let’s go. The car is waiting outside.”
Marlon bought her a red valentine dress with a sweetheart neckline accompanied with silver heels. She was ready by seven just as instructed. She heard the sound of a car entering their compound and instantly knew it was Marlon. She rushed downstairs to say goodbye to her parents.
“Mum,dad,he is here.”
“Yes baby,we heard him arrive. Go before he gets anxious. And be a good girl,remember your manners.”
“Yes mum,love you all.”
“Love you too our baby.”
She went out and found Marlon at the doorstep.
“Hey babe,you look beautiful in that dress.” He said while taking her hand and heading her to the car. They drove in silence each lost in their own thoughts. It took them 30 minutes to reach the mansion. She stared at the beautiful white building in amazement. It was bigger than she thought it would be. How does the inside look like? She wondered in silence. She followed Marlon silently as they entered the house.
“Mum,dad,we are here,”he called out. His mother came out of the kitchen at once. She looked elegant and beautiful. She embraced them before heading back to the kitchen for final preparations. His father came in next and did the same. Some of their relatives were also there since it was a family dinner. It wasnt long before they were called to the dining area. She tried to behave just like the rest of them. She answered the questions directed to her politely and in the best possible way. Dinner was successful and she interacted with most of them. They were so good to her. After dinner Marlon drove her back home and thanked her for being there.
It had been a week after the dinner and she had not seen Marlon. She was beginning to get worried. He called less unlike before when he used to call her on a daily basis. What was going on with him? Did i do something wrong? She asked herself several questions but found no answers to them. She decided to call him. She asked him to meet her and he accepted. Thay had coffee together,talked about how their lives had been since they had dinner before Marlon decided to spill the beans.
After a long silence between them,he answered,“We have to break up.”
“What! Am i dreaming? Why? What did i do wrong? I can change. Just tell me what i did.”
“You did nothing wrong and please dont make this more difficult for me. Let us part in peace. Stay away from me. Okay?”
“Why? Why are you doing this to me? Marlon,i thought you loved me. Where is all this coming from?”
“Just accept it. We cant be in a relationship anymore.”
“Give me a reason Marlon and i will stay away from you.”
After she persisted for some time,Marlon ended up telling the truth.
“Why Marlon? You cant just do this with no proper reason. Talk to me.”
“Okay. My parents want us to break up. They forced me to do this. They dont want to see you near me,”he answered tears streaming down his chubby cheeks.
“What!”Mercion mouthed. This had been her biggest insecurity. She had to take it either way.