Proposing to my girlfriend was one of the best moments of my life. I whisked her away to a luxurious resort where we spent a romantic weekend together before I got on my knees during a private dinner. It was an outstanding night that lives on in my head to this day. My girlfriend was also excited as she immediately accepted my proposal. Things seemed to be going perfectly until two weeks to our wedding, I found out my girlfriend had left the country with another man.
From the beginning, most of my family and friends weren’t very supportive of my relationship with Ann. She wasn’t the friendliest person and didn’t make an effort to be nice either. It got to a point when I stopped taking her to my family gatherings and other outings where she could meet my family or friends. Despite her hostility towards them, I still came to her defence and urged them to give her time.
“She’s a bit shy. Once she warms up to you, you’ll like her.” I explained to one of my brothers.
“I’m not sure. I think you should be careful about her.” He warned me.
This was the last time I ever took her to visit my family. After finding out how they felt about her, she completely rejected the idea of being friendly with them. However, this didn’t stop our relationship from progressing quickly. Ann was my dream girl. She was beautiful, smart, and ambitious. She motivated me to be the best version of myself as she saw my potential.
Even if she didn’t want to have a relationship with my family and friends, she still encouraged me to go and visit and even did shopping for my mother whenever we went. Oh, and she was a great cook. What more could I want from my future wife?
After one year of dating, I was sure that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. She had also been hinting about doing a wedding. So, I figured I would propose to her on Valentine’s Day. However, my family didn’t take the news of us planning a wedding very well.
“Are you sure she’s the one you want to spend the rest of your life with?” my mother asked.
“Mum, how could you be against the wedding of all people? I need your support now more than ever.”
“If you decide to marry her, you have my support. I just want you to take your time. It’s a bit too soon.”
I had already made up my mind that I was going to propose to her and nothing would change my mind. Besides, Ann wanted it so I didn’t see any reason why I shouldn’t go through with it. it’s not like it was a one-sided decision.
Everything went smoothly. Ann was happy with the proposal and started planning the wedding right away. We organized an intimate engagement party for our family and friends which went surprisingly well. I guess after seeing that she was serious about our relationship, they warmed up to her. We had agreed that we wouldn’t do the whole dowry negotiation and instead, I went to her family with a small gift of Ksh. 200,000 in cash.
I then transferred Ksh. 500,000 to Ann’s account so she would start planning the wedding. Every day, she would give me updates on how the wedding planning was going. The planning process even inspired her to want to start an events planning company.
“Babe, when we get married, I want to start an event planning business.” She said to me.
“That sounds nice, babe. I’m very proud of you.”
Everything seemed to be going well until one month leading up to the wedding. This whole time I hadn’t seen any of the wedding preparations. She would send me pictures of the venues, décor, and cake but I hadn’t physically seen them. So, one month before the wedding, I told her I wanted to go with her to see the events planner.
“Babe, you don’t have to. These things can be boring. Plus, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you. We’re handling everything, trust me.”
I’m not a pushy person so I took her word for it. Also, I was happy since she hadn’t asked me for more money which meant that she had stuck to the budget.
As the days approached, Ann grew more and more distant. I assumed that the stress of planning a wedding and the pressure of getting married was finally getting to her. However, I didn’t know that other sinister things were happening behind my back.
Two weeks before the wedding, I got a call from one of my cousins.
“Henry, have you checked social media?”
“Was Ann supposed to travel?”
“Not that I know of but maybe something came up.”
“Well, she just posted that she was at the airport waiting to board a flight.”
“I think she’s going for her dress. You know how she can be impatient.”
“She didn’t inform you?”
“As I said, maybe it’s an emergency.”
I felt like I was in a twilight zone but I still refused to believe that something was wrong. I went on with my business knowing that the woman I had proposed to wouldn’t be that heartless to call off our engagement two weeks’ to the wedding. However, as the day went on, it dawned on me that something about our wedding was off and that our wedding might not be happening. I replayed every excuse she gave me whenever I asked to see the progress of the wedding planning.
It took a lot of acceptance but I finally came to terms with the fact that she had betrayed me in the worst possible way. After a few days, she posted a photo of herself in Paris embracing another man with her caption “The city of love”. The picture is still fresh in my memory three years after the incident happened.
Ann has never returned to the country. I didn’t want to know why she called off our wedding and ran away with another man. All I know is that I should have listened to my family and friends when they warned me about her.
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