“Martha, you really need to do something about this issue. It’s taking forever to be resolved” Martha wasn’t going to give in to her mum’s emotional blackmail. She had been talking about this issue for days but Martha wasn’t ready to budge. It was her life and she deserved to take a break whenever she so desired

This break had been long overdue but for countless advice from her family and mentors; she would have walked away a long time ago. She would have walked away from this ‘sham’ the world called a relationship. She stayed in the relationship for fear of not being able to get into another because of her age. He took advantage of that & never failed to bring it up whenever they had an argument

Everyone around them looked forward to the wedding, as they had been together for so long. Martha played along when he proposed; although, deep down she didn’t feel right about the whole thing. A relationship could be managed but a marriage was another ball game

As the day drew closer, Martha settled into a world of silence. She wanted to say so much but words failed her. She wanted to protest but that would cause more drama. So she sat in silence as preparations went on. She only spoke when spoken to; and it was usually just a few words. People didn’t think her “silence” was strange; they thought it was her way of expressing excitement at finally getting married

Her fiancé didn’t seem to mind the “arrangement”. Martha was perfect “wife material” for him; she never questioned his decisions. He would live like a “married bachelor”; he was ecstatic

Martha tried to speak several times but didn’t know what to say. She hoped they could hear her through the silence. Maybe if they all moved past their selfish desire to marry her off; they would notice that she was in pain

How could she explain the fact that the man she was about to marry was not the person they thought he was? They had dated for so long & she had never doubted his lies about being an orphan with no siblings.  It was only a few weeks to the wedding when she received the phone call from a woman claiming to be John’s mum. Upon further investigation; it turned out that his parents were alive & he had 4 siblings

Martha knew John; he was too clever for his own good. If she confronted him, he would wriggle his way out. She was afraid to tell anyone; they won’t think it was a serious issue. After all, he wasn’t a murderer or thief; just a man who lied about his real identity. She knew she had to stop the wedding preparations because he probably was hiding a lot more. So in silence, she hatched her plan

The tell tale signs were there all through the relationship but people called her paranoid & nosey. “Men will always wander; it’s in their nature” – they said. Martha was told to be less judgmental and conscious of the fact that she wasn’t getting any younger

When John’s parents showed up on the morning of their supposed wedding day; his reaction alone was enough to send everyone into frenzy that led to the postponement of the wedding.