Emmy has always been a go-getter. Everyone who knew her would tell you that she never settled for less. If whatever she wanted required her to walk to the moon and back, she would gladly do so because nothing else mattered to her than the goal she had in mind. She wanted Mike, and she got him. Now she wanted to keep him, and she was determined to do so. The only issue was that Mike had standards on the type of woman he’d be with.
As per the conversations he had had with Emmy, he made it clear that Emmy was an interesting, sassy and beautiful woman, exactly how he liked his woman. This was a good thing to hear from the man she was in love with. When she heard that she was exactly how her man had wished for his woman to be, she thought that their love was heaven-made. The universe had conspired to bring her love.
Except that Mike had not finished his speech because days later, he mentioned to Emmy how he also liked his woman having a medium body size.
“You are everything I want in a woman, babe, except for your body,” he had said, giving her body a disapproving look.
This left Emmy confused. What was wrong with her body? She thought he had said he liked his women exactly like her.
“But you said you liked your women this way?” She asked, with so much confusion on her face.
“Yes, I said I liked everything about you and it’s what I’d wished for. But I did not mention your body, or did I?” He asked.
Emmy had to go back in time and think about every word he had said to be sure that she had not heard him well.
Emmy was blessed. When God created women, He gave Emmy a double portion of whatever every other woman got. That had never been an issue to her even in this era of social media and body shaming. Her family had worked hard to ensure that their daughter felt confident in her body and that’s how it had been for her. She was healthy and that was the only worry she had.
But now, Mike had specifications that made this part of her an issue and a hindrance to the life they were trying to build together. He said that he wanted his woman with a medium body size, which she didn’t have.
“You know it’s possible to get your dream body. You only need to diet and exercise.” Then he added, Or go for surgery.”
‘My dream body’, Emmy wondered about that. She felt okay in her body and had never dreamt of having any other body except for the one she had. But because of love, and the blindness that this particular love came with, she yielded.
She started asking about the process of getting the dream body her man had said she could acquire. The thing was, this conversation was gradual. It took place over months. In between, it seemed like Mike took to himself to research how the whole thing of weight loss happened, because he had all the answers at his fingertips.
When Emmy mentioned this to her friend, Isabella, she was infuriated. The thought that Emmy was even considering the whole idea from a man she met a year ago drove her crazy.
“Are you even listening to yourself right now?” Isabella asked angrily.
“I know what I want, and I think it’s time.” She answered defensively.
“Oh really. So all your life you’ve loved and wanted to be in this actual body and have never wished to be smaller but all of a sudden you want to be medium size?” She questioned Emmy’s intention.
This was because she could not make sense of the sudden desire to follow that route. She knew very well that it was not her idea but whatever Mike had done to Emmy to believe that she needed to change, Isabella had to talk Emmy out of it.
The problem was that she was late. The boat had already sailed and what she saw was a distant silhouette of the already voyaging boat against the sunset. Emmy was already considering going for surgery because fasting and exercising seemed to take forever to see results. She needed an instant transformation if she was to keep her man.
Other friends and family saw what was going on clearly. They saw it for what it was, something that Emmy was not in a position to see. The love, or whatever she had for Mike was blinding her from seeing that what she needed was a man who would not put her through so much stress to meet the societal standard of beauty.
“Did Mike even know what he wanted in a woman if he was willing to make the woman he claimed to love take such a step?” Isabella asked one of the common friends they had with Emmy.
“I do think the focus should not be on Mike but on Emmy, because you know that is such a huge step. It needs to be her own idea because it’s life-changing.” Lorna said.
Their attempts to stop this move by Emmy were futile. Mike was working even harder from his end to ensure that Emmy went through with this plan. He was doing all he could to ensure that his girl became the woman that he wanted. He talked of their life together, and how they’d make moves on the internet as a perfect couple only when she became smaller. How they would even become one of those famous social media couples and make some money out of influencing as a couple.
Mike sold a dream, and Emmy bought it, however expensive it was. Without looking into the details of what she was signing up for, she went for liposuction. She had the money and did it by herself. She got out of the procedure without any complications. She was happy that they’d finally get the dream life that they had planned for.
The healing went well and weeks after the procedure, Emmy was looking good according to Mike, whose opinion was the only one that mattered. An hour girls figure, you’d not afford to ignore the well-toned edges of her new body.
Mike took selfies with her now and then. He was posting her all the time and her pictures and videos were all over his social media handles. One thing to note was that Mike’s obsession was with the curves more than the woman that Emmy was.
On the other hand, Isabella and their friends could not help but admire their friend’s new life. She seemed happier and all they wished was that nothing went wrong in her body, or her relationship because it would be devastating. They hoped that the couple would now be happy.
Their prayers were not answered though, because Mike started changing. The spark that had been ignited by her body change had disappeared. He stopped showing interest in Emmy. He rarely took pictures of her and even the time they spent together became less. This was concerning especially after the promise of a forever after following her sacrifice to get the body shape he desired.
Emmy wanted to believe that she was not accurate in her observations because that could not happen to her. She had sacrificed a lot in the name of keeping the man she loved. Against all that her family and friends had warned her, she had listened to him and went ahead to carry out the procedure to get the perfect body he wanted. The reality of rejection after all she did gave her anxiety.
The dream that she had envisioned was not coming to pass, he was not spending time with her. His calls became rare, texts became one-sentence or sometimes even one-word replies. Suddenly, he became one very busy man whom they rarely met as they did before.
Isabella knew that the worst had happened. All she hoped was that Emmy had also wanted to change her body for herself because if it was all for Mike, then this reality wouldn’t be easy for Emmy to bear.
After trying to pin him down for a while on what was going on finally Mike came out clean.
“I have changed my mind about us, Emmy,” he bluntly said.
“What? Mike. After everything you’ve made me go through?” She asked angrily in between sobs as she cried her eyes out.
“I am sorry, Emmy. But I think this is the far as we can go,” he said.
Emmy wondered what had changed. Everything seemed heavenly with their love as paradise. He had promised a life of fun and growth together and forever love. Suddenly, he had changed his mind and without any concrete reason, he was leaving her hanging. She at least had to know why.
“Then tell me why,” she had asked.
“You’ve lost too much weight. I like my woman to be medium size. I had told you.” He said bluntly, uncaring of her feelings.
Emmy sobbed uncontrollably as Mike packed his things and then left. She was so ashamed that she did not listen to her friends and family when they warned her against having the procedure. She was heartbroken and she did not know how she would move forward.
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