Behind You - Episode 4

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I can't believe am getting married and that to some low-class girl. I just came back from Netherlands happy that finally I will be taking over the company but instead I received unexpected news. Events of what happened flashed through my mind.


We were sited eating diner, when dad announced he wants to talk to me, I was a little happy, because I thought he was going to talk about handing me the company, but what he said was unexpected.

"You're getting married" I choked at what my food.

"What? Dad getting married, I just came back from Netherlands"

"No son, you're 35, you need to settle down now and we've already discussed with her family, she's a nice girl, you will like her" I just stared at my dad totally surprised.

"Dad I can't, am not ready to get married" I blurted out. Seriously am not ready for any marriage, besides I want to marry someone I love.

"And what if I said you must" dad said with a serious tone.

"Calm down son, we want what is best for you" mom chipped in.

"But mom, I want to marry someone I love not someone you choose for me, am not a kid"

"You have no choice but accept this marriage or forget about the company" dad threatened.

"Are you serious dad" I asked utterly surprised at my dad statement.

"Did I ever joke to you? Choose: you either get married to her or forget about the company" he fumed in anger and ushered out of the house. 

I was stunned, i looked at mom for some explanation but found none.

"Look son just trust us, we won't choose what's bad for you . Think about this, what will they think if we tell them we won't go through with the marriage

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. Please do this for our sake" she patted my back and left leaving me sitting on the dining totally speechless.


I connect my fist with the chair beside me, and placed my head on my hands I swear she's going to suffer, its all her fault this is happening to me, I have no choice I will have to accept this marriage proposal or I will lose the company I've been dreaming of.

I perform my wudu and prayed salat, after am through I started getting ready as we are going to my so called wife-to-be house, I hissed. I wore my navy blue kaftan and smoothen my black her with my hands. I walked downstairs to meet my parents already dressed waiting for me, I looked at dad but he didn't glance at me he's still angry. We made our way toward the cad and drove off.


It’s a simple modern house, with black gate and the walls painted in milk and white, we made our way towards the front door and pressed the doorbell. A girl opened the door. 

"Assalamu alaikum aunt"

"Assalamu alaikum uncle" she greeted my parent with a smile she's cute.

She led us inside the house which is also simple with 4sofa, a plasma TV, and wall frames hanging on the soft wall. I sat on the 2sitter sofa while mom and dad sat on the 3sitter. A woman who will be almost the same age with mom came hugging mom she must be their mom. I was busy with my phone when I heard a soft voice greeting mom I looked up and my eyes met with a beautiful one's she is wearing a maroon abaya, with a lipstick matching her outfit and a scarf covering her head. The moment she noticed me staring at her she quickly averted her eyes, my lips form a smirk.

After all the greeting, we were sitted at the dining eating, all the families are chatting which I have no interest in. From the corner of my eyes, I saw Farah focused on one direction. It was her mom’s voice that brought me back from my thought.

"How's Netherlands jawad" she asked

"Fine ma" 


We are through with the eating and the families are in the living room discussing. And they gave us space to talk to know more about each other. Farah is leading us outside and am walking behind her. We sat on one of the benches outside, no one speaks a word. I bet she's nervous. What she said almost made me laugh but I held it in.

"Salam am Farah" she thinks I don't know her name.

"Am jawad" I spoke back without showing any emotion.

"You must have heard about me from your parent, so tell something about you"she bite his bottom lips this girl is playing with fire, she wants to know me 

"Don't worry, you will know me when we get married" I glanced at my watch we've spent some time already.

"If you don't have anything to say can we go inside" I stood up. It’s better if I show her a little side of me so that she won't give her hopes high. She bites her bottoms lips again. 


We went back inside and I sat on the place I was sited when we came and she sat beside her sister Yasmin. Dad starting speaking.

"Since everything is settled now, let fix the date for the wedding" everyone nodded.

"OK let's fix it in the next 3weeks, are you okay with it Farah" I wish she could say no but no am wrong.

"Yes uncle" I felt angry now am going to marry this girl in the next 3weeks ya Allah.

"Masha Allah may Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala see us through" dad prayed 

"Ameen" everyone answered.


We are leaving to our house, after everything is being discussed. I opened the car for dad and entered the drivers sit waiting for mom to finish her talk with Farah mom, she approach me frowning.

"Jawad why are you behaving like this" she placed her hands on her hips

"What did I do mom" 

"We are leaving and you didn't even give Farah your phone number, even if you don't like her you shouldn't disrespect her like this. Give me your phone" my mom likes nagging if she wants something she will do anything to get it. So as you my inner voice spoke. 

I gave her my phone and she went away with it towards Farah. I hissed in anger without dad noticing wallahi I will make her suffer, she's going to regret getting married to me.

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  • Dolapo Oloyede picture
    Dolapo Oloyede
    That's the problems that African parents always put their children into miserable marriage, that is not based on love for each other
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    Dolapo Oloyede
    Well done job Zeelex
  • Zeelex picture
    Thank you
  • Emash picture
    Na wa o. Such a sweet gal
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