Nina sat on her living room couch watching TV. Suddenly, her
"Hey u", read the text.
Nina replied, "hey baby how's u?"
"Am good darling how's u?", said Mark.
"Am okay now.", Nina replied.
"Well I was worried about you. You didn't message for a whole one
day. That's not like you. You message me every two hours to see
if I was free to chat with you."
"Yeah, you're right, except for Saturday and Sunday. I was not
well. I felt dizzy, my left arm ached, the left side of my chest
pained terribly, and I had stomach pains. I sweat like a pig. My
bed was soaked in the morning."
"Oh my God, baby, are you ok now? Did you take any meds or visit
a doctor?" Mark texted.
"No, just thought about you and wanted to be in your arms."
"Aw, sweetheart, I know, but you don't take care of yourself,"
"Anyway, a smile came to me as I remembered how you came into my
life three years ago. Those were the good old days."
Mark replied, "Hmm. Ok. Be right back."
Nina disappointed but at the same time happy that he cared for
her. "Okay," she replied.
Nina thought about her life. She was a confident 26 year old
girl. In her thoughts she returned to her childhood. Nina was the
only child of her parents. Born with "Myopia"(which is a eye
problem that effects the eye balls and makes the person have
problem focusing or seeing an objct like a ball being thrown at
the person to catch), Nina could not see distances but everybody
said she was a smart kid. All the neighbours would carry Nina and
take her to their homes just to hear her talk. The neighbors sat
Nina in their midst and listen with rapt attention to her tell
stories. At two years old, the adults marveled at her ability to
tell such beautiful stories.
Nina could charm anybody. Even the toughest soul would soften
when he heard her talking and laughing. Folks told her parents
that she possessed a most remarkable kind of Charisma. In their
zeal to protect her, her parents refused to let Nina play outside
with other children. They feared she would fall and get hurt.
Nina lived in her own world. She talked to plants and her dolls,
artfully decorated her room, and painted amazingly well in her
colouring book. She never longed for the life outside. She simply
did not know. With both parents working Nina learned to enjoy her
When she finished high school, she attended junior college where
she excelled in her studies and was encouraged to write essays
and get into extracurricular activities. Arranging flowers and
writing essays came easily to her and she won a number of
Boys were a different matter. She refused to date. She refused to
even give her cell phone number away. Once, a boy from her
college came to her house and asked her father for Nina's number.
She went wild on her father. He never did that again. Nina also
did well in Degree college, graduating with distinction, but she
still refused all the advances from the boys.
After graduation she joined a company. She immersed herself into
the job as she had with school. Nina loved the atmosphere and
spoke to people all over the world, many overseas. She knew it
was time to turn her attention to a matter which she kept in a
Since her youth, Nina determined to keep herself until marriage.
Many young men were attracted to this beauty but she resisted.
However, the natural hormones which flowed through her body
raged, demanding extraordinary control. The men she met regarded
her as "old school".
The free flowing hormones affecting Nina also affected the other
young women her age. When she saw the broken relationships and
hurt the other girls experienced, Nina knew she was right, even
if her body said she was wrong. Hearing the local gossip of
Nina's peers, and perhaps reflecting back on her own life at that
age, Nina's mother asked Nina to quit her job and come home. She
feared for Nina.
Nina agreed, quit her job, and returned home. Still
over-protective, her parents prohibited Nina from going out with
her girlfriends for movies, shopping, lunches, and sleep over at
a friend's place. They also restricted her from talking to her
friends on the phone because they thought the company of her
parents was enough for Nina. They gave her pocket money but she
had to account for the where and how much she spent.
Nina sank into a depression. To combat her sleeplessness, she
took alcohol based cough syrup.
One day Nina called her girlfriend Lennex. Nina was startled to
hear a man's voice. It was Lennox's boyfriend, Mark.
Mark, Lennex, and Nina chatted for almost an hour. Nina laughed
happily and the blues seemed to fly away, at least for awhile.
"May I have your phone number, Nina?" asked Mark.
Nina said, "Lennex might feel bad if I give you my number."
"She won't say anything. She's sitting on my lap."
"Okay, then." Nina and Mark exchanged phone numbers.
The same day Nina got a message from Mark. "Hey beautiful, how
are you?" "I love your voice, you're a very sweet girl. Your
voice is still ringing in my ears. I hope we will be together
forever and ever."
Nina, who usually would have deleted or screamed at the sender,
felt some kind of happiness in her heart. She smiled and replied,
"Mark, I loved your voice too. You make me laugh. But honey,
you're committed to Lennex and if she sees this message that you
sent to me, she will feel bad."
"Nah, she won't. She knows me. I showed it to her and sent it."
Nina believed Mark and never brought it up again.
From then on, Mark and Nina talked to each other for hours. When
he traveled from home to work, they came to know each other, and
he told her that originally, he thought to hook her up to one of
his friends. But then after they talked for two days, he dropped
the idea. Mark began to fall for Nina. Mark said he wanted to
protect her and be her boyfriend and lover, but only in a virtual
way. He respected her wishes regarding physical relationships.
As days passed, their fondness for each other grew. Mark offered
to donate one of his eyes so that she could see better. He said
she was so caring about her friends when they needed her she
would fight with her parents and go to help them. He said she was
very simple, kind hearted, and too sweet. He called her the
daughter of Mother Teresa.
Nina quit her habit of cough syrup and her outlook on life
improved. Though Nina knew she could never have him, she fell for
him and loved him. She anxiously awaited for his calls and texts.
After a few months, he said the magical words every girl desires
to hear, "I love you."
"I wish I had met you before Lennex."
Nina said, "No, never think like that. Lennex is your first
priority. Never leave her, ever. She needs you."
"See this is the best thing in you Nina; you never think of
hurting people, even if it hurts you the most. Lennex has two
friends who told her to her face that they loved me and that I
was theirs. I was the husband of each.
"Though I said, 'I love you', you say am her's first. That's why
you're so special to me. I don't want anyone to hurt you ever. I
will make you so tough that if anyone tries to hurt you, I will
kill them. I want to see you at the top were no one can mess with
And this way Mark and Nina became a sweet couple who had not met
each other in person for two years. They decided that Nov 10th,
which was the first time they spoke, would be their so-called
wedding day. Although legal papers declare Mark and Lennex man
and wife, Mark stated that no papers were needed to tell that
Nina was his wife, too. For him his real happiness was hearing
Nina's voice everyday.
Then time passed they celebrated their 3rd anniversary still only
talking on the phone. Nina was 25 years old and Mark 26.
One day Nina told Mark that the baby she wanted to adopt when she
was working could be hers only with Lennex's help with the money.
Mark was so excited but suddenly heard Nina crying. "What's
wrong?" he asked.
"My parents don't allow me to go out alone. They've even stopped
me from doing anything. When I asked them to buy me a bicycle for
my 25th birthday, they declined. They said, 'When you ride it on
the road, I might fall and get hurt.'. Can you believe that? When
I asked my mom to buy me a hair band, she said, 'You're not a
child anymore and hair bands were for kids'."
Mark got wild and said, "This is heights. You're twenty-five, a
Major, and they treat you like this? I want you to come out of
home as soon as possible."
Nina replied, "I can't run away from home, that will cause them a
heart attack and I need a house to stay and money too."
"You have some money that you saved when you were working right?"
"Yes I have but it's with my Father."
"Oh God. Listen, I will talk to Lennex about this and will tell
her to come and pick you up this Saturday. You can stay in the
house beside ours. I will talk to the owner. Don't worry, just
pack your stuff, and be ready."
On Saturday Lennex arrived and took Nina away, despite the
shouting by Nina's mom to stop them and then her useless threat
to kill herself they left home. They went to a police station and
told the Inspector everything. The Inspector asked them to write
a statement, submit her ID proofs, and give her a case number
should something serious occur.
Although Mark and Nina were alone on many occasions, they never
got tempted. They knew that, though they loved each other, all
they could do is only hug each other. But one day Mark
unexpectedly hugged Nina, he told her that she was precious to
him, and gave her a peck on her lips kiss. She reveled in the
moment of her first kiss on the lips. Her brain was a
thunderstorm of emotions. Slowly and sadly, Nina realised that it
was wrong. She knew she was right. She sadly realized this first
time was the last time she would feel his smooth and soft lips on
hers. Nina proudly proclaimed, "I will never allow another man to
touch me because I am now yours and I don't mind dying a virgin."
Nina applied for a new job and with a little money she had asked
Mark to take Lennex for dinner on Mark's birthday.
Even though Nina was away from home her parents kept calling her
and said they missed her and wanted her back. Her mom used to cry
on the phone and call her everyday and night. Somehow her parents
located the house where Nina lived and started meeting her daily.
They asked Nina to give her certificates to them so that they
knew that she would come back. They came to her house daily and
showed Nina her mom's medical reports. They claimed her mom lost
weight because Nina left home. Her parents coerced Nina to inform
where she was and what she was doing when she went out.
One day, Nina told Mark she wanted to pay Lennex back the money
she owed her. She also wanted to help them financially, too.
Wisely, Mark said, "That's a bad idea, Nina. If you give up your
money you will be again stuck in hell again."
"It will be all right Mark", Nina tried to assure him. "You need
the money. It's my money and I love you, don't I?"
Nina went to her dad and asked him to give her money back to her.
Okay. I will give you the money but only if you stop talking to
Defeated, Nina moved back home and quit her job as her parents
requested. Quite soon her parents resumed acting as they did
before. They forbade Nina from speaking with Mark and her other
After two months Mark contacted Nina via text message. She told
him how lonely and horribly treated she had been. Mark said he
missed her and regretted letting her return home.
Not long later Mark got a text from Nina. "That's it. No more
mistakes. I'm leaving this place. I no longer care what my
parents think. I'll tell the police to keep my parents away from
me." Mark raised his eyebrows as he read on. "It's time for my
own life. A life with my adopted child and you."
Mark grinned and replied, "I love you and I always will. It's
time to stop dreaming of your life. It's time to begin living
This is not a normal or a perfect love story but it is Nina's
Special Love Story.
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