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That night while they were at one of their regular hang out spots, he turned to look at her with a longing in his eyes, a way he’d never done before. Words did not need to be spoken; it was as though time stopped and they were the only two in the universe. All the time they had known each other seemed to culminate in that particular space and it was magical. As his lips touched hers, she couldn’t stifle the gasp that escaped from her lips. She felt alive. She felt like she had been thoroughly prepared for this moment.

Evan and Joke met at university and had been friends since. After university, they grew even closer. Joke was seeing someone but in her mind she wasn’t thinking marriage, she was just in a relationship; she hadn’t thought that far yet. Her boyfriend had mentioned marriage but she felt it was something in the distant future, something to be considered when that time came. Evan was in a relationship himself. That night at the bar, everything changed; nothing mattered but both of them.

Joke’s boyfriend, however, amped up the marriage talk and the next thing she knew, his family were coming over to talk about getting to know each other better and possibly an introduction. Once his parents came to the house, things spiralled out of control. Joke’s parents went into “our daughter is getting married” mode.

She desperately wanted to put a stop to things and asked her boyfriend to slow things down; things were going way too fast. She needed more time, but he was more than ready as he was a few years older and the pressure from both parents and his siblings was insurmountable.

Joke, in the meantime, pondered on how she could leave the relationship and be with Evan. In the time since that night at the bar, she was a different kind of happy, she just wanted to be with him. They talked about her upcoming wedding but she didn’t know how to tell him that she didn’t want to get married that she wanted to be with him. She didn’t want to scare him away by making him think he had to be party to such a huge decision.

She also wasn’t sure if he felt exactly the same way or that night just happened. She was worried and confused and lacked the courage to speak to anyone about the turmoil inside her. By this time Joke was on a fast moving train and didn’t know how to get off. Both families had done the introductions but her heart was somewhere else. She was in love with her friend and didn’t know how to end things with her boyfriend. She didn’t want to hurt her boyfriend’s feelings, he was a good guy.

Her future was playing out right in front of her eyes but she couldn’t take hold of it. Evan was her safe place, her happy place but she was lost.

A month before she was to walk down the aisle, Joke finally plucked up the courage to talk to her mother. Children are led to believe that their mothers will have their backs at all times; that they will go to any lengths to protect them, especially their daughters. Joke realized that day, that in her case this wasn’t true.
So on the appointed Saturday morning as Joke processed down the aisle to meet her soon to be husband, she did so with a broken heart as the love of her life watched her from the congregation.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Michael Zhang

Mya Williams is a fiercely passionate and fun loving rebel/nonconformist. She loves to write in her free time. She emphatically believes that certain societal customs and norms must be challenged if one is to have a truly fulfilled and happy life.

23 Comments

  1. le coco

    June 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    NOOOOOOO JOKE!! dont do it. oya turn around, its nt too late…. nd please why is evan jst sitting in the congregation.. stop the wedding….*sigh*… lovely piece

    • Tkum

      June 16, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Evan is just a jew boy….chai! his feem better have part 2 oo cos i cant shout…

    • Tkum

      June 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

      *this

  2. marie

    June 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

    saddest thing ive read in a while and whats worse……Most girls end up as joke

  3. Babygiwa

    June 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Sighhhhhhhhhh! This is the reality of so many people. Joke, turn right t back and get out of that place and I’m with le coco on this one, why is Evan sitting there like a log of wood? Get right up and claim her. Maybe she’s walking down the aisle cus she’s not sure if you’ll meet her half way.
    Please read my sister’s blog diaryofmsgenesis

  4. jess

    June 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

    my life is over, i am dying inside. i love him so much and i ruined everything………its been over 6months i have been keeping this secret……… last night i confessed. i told him what i did, shouldnt have been with his friend…..or anybody else, i told him because i know he knew i cheated on him but he was quiet bout it, his silence hurt me the most, cos his eyes, gosh those eyes say it all- the betrayal, we made love again after 6months, twas d best i ve ever had…..i know iv lost him forever………..please dont leave me! please…..

  5. Tkum

    June 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

    i v seen this movie in the cinema before…the title is story for the gods…thank me later

  6. Tkum

    June 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

    @ the cinema

  7. Blue

    June 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

    ..I will assume Evan doesn’t the same way Joke does…maybe that night was just a spur of the moment for him, if not, he would have manned up and save Joke from her misery…after-all, men will always be the ‘chaser’ while women will be the ‘chasee’

    • Realist

      June 16, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Yup! Spot on. Evan did not profess anything to her.

  8. Great Lady

    June 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Nonsense story. I don’t believe an adult can still be forced into marriage. Nonsense how can one marry just because of Marriage. She’s just foolish.

    • Beauty

      June 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! DID YOU GROW UP IN THIS WORLD? I hope you read the story right. it wasnt like anyone forced her. She practically had no choice cos she was not sure of anything any more apart from the fact that she was now in love with Evan, her friend. but even Evan after the whole kissing ish didnt say anything or make any more moves after then. so what is she supposed to do? Cancel the wedding and go to Evan who she wasnt sure loved her or was just caught in the spur or should I say lust of the moment?
      though it seems wrong, I think she did the right thing. And “MAMA GREAT LADY she is not a foolish girl.

  9. ednutey

    June 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Dont get it twisted @Great Lady, peeps still just get ‘married’ in this age and time,I know a very good friend of mine who just did,he barely knows the girl,and they even gave the girl condition of getting preggers before the wedding could happen…pressure from his parents n all.

    Sorry Joke n Evan,better luck next life.

  10. lily

    June 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    joke followed her head and not her heart

  11. kemi

    June 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    why was she two timing hian… biko move

  12. funmi

    June 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    This seems to be like a fictional story but honestly I relate with this story. I am in that dilemma

  13. funmi

    June 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    So what’s the way out? Continue or get out of the marriage

    • Beauty

      June 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      confirm if your Evan loves you and has good plans for your future. compare and contrast wit your current boyfriends proposal, then, pray fervently and ask for GOD’S plan for you

  14. le coco

    June 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    @funmi get out of the relationship. I think life is too short to h unhappy

  15. Realist

    June 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Evan never professed love to her. What if she had called off the wedding, and told Evan about her feelings and it wasn’t same on Evan’s end?
    Sometimes, we ladies yearn for what is not real. If she puts her mind off Evan and invest in her union, she’ll be surprised at how happy she’ll be with what she’s got.

  16. pretty

    June 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    My understanding of the story…

    Joke was in a confused state and was not being forced. She dated her boyfriend( let me call him Allen) whom i assumed is a good guy because that is one of the reasons why girls date boys they do not have sparks for. Let me talk about Allen(whom i don’t know but whose type i have met in real life). Allen is the type of guy who is faithful, generous and a respectful man but then, joke does not have all the sparks for him. Allen is seen as a respectful son-in-law from a good home. How do you expect a mother to advise her daughter to leave a man who treats her daughter well because she does not feel butterflies? Lets get to Evans, What would you call the relationship between joke and Evan, other than temporary lust. After he has had his way, what next for joke?. joke likes Evans but does Evans ‘really” ‘Like joke. Evan has a girlfriend whom he may not leave for joke and if he “liked’ joke why did he not express himself to her earlier in “words”. To my last point, how come it’s was when Allen started talking marriage, joke suddenly realized she had feelings for Evan?

    My point, one should be careful about people, feelings and times when a good guy proposes because that is when strange people and feelings begin to crop up and if you are not careful, you may give in to these people and feelings and loose at both ends. Joke’s mum was only protecting her daughter from falling into that trap. Joke on the other hand should have asked for more time .
    That’s my interpretation of the story. cheers

  17. cleo

    June 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    She and Evans had known each other for a while, if Evans was interested he would have told her. Evans has sister zoned her.

  18. afia

    June 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Evans may not have professed his feelings to joke because he respects both his friend and her boyfriend as well as their relationship. i’ve been in the same situation and my dear sweet friend didn’t make me aware till i had broken up with my ex but unfortunately for him he did quite too late…apparently everyone around us knew about his feelings for me except me…hope there is a sequence to this lovely story

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