Ritta Confronts Marius

“You’re still in love with that woman, aren’t you?”

“She has a name, Ritta.”

“You haven’t answered my question.”

“Yes! I’m still in love with Elspeth. Are you satisfied now?”

“You’re out of your mind. She’s older than you and she’s White.”

“Neither of those things matter to me. I was an idiot to break up with her.”

“What kind of a future do you think you would have with her?”

“When I finish university and get a good paying job, I hope to marry her.”

“Marry her? You think her family would accept you?”

“I don’t need their acceptance.”

“What about her? Do you think she would go against their wishes?”

“Ritta, as you pointed out a short time ago, she is a grown woman. She doesn’t need their permission to do what she wants with her own life.”

“And you think she will want to marry you?”

“Why wouldn’t she?”

“Marius, it’s one thing to be a black man’s lover but quite another to be his wife. She may not have a problem with being your lover or even shacking up with you but marrying you may be something she would never consider.”

“For your information, before she and I met, she was dating a black guy.”

“So, she has a thing for black men, it doesn’t mean that she’s going to marry one.”

“Not all whites are racist, you know.”

“The majority of them are. They don’t like working with you, living in the same neighborhood with you or sending their children to the same school. Granted there are some decent ones out there but most of them would have a problem with interracial relationships and marriages.”

“Elspeth said that her parents didn’t have a problem with her dating her ex. She said they liked him. It’s the rest of the family who were against it.”

“Would her parents have accepted him as their son-in-law?”

“Yes, they would have.”

“Tell me something, Marius. Have you ever seen any photos of her ex?”

“I saw a couple on her Facebook page. Why?”

“Is he light or dark like you?”

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“Why does that matter?”

“It matters a great deal. They might not have a problem with him because he’s light skinned but they might have a problem with you because you are dark skinned. And if he’s bi-racial that’s better than him being fully black like you.”

“That’s crazy but even if it were true, it still wouldn’t matter to Elspeth.”

“I think you’re making a mistake.”

“I don’t think so. And it’s mine to make.”

“I can’t believe that you would throw your life and your future away on a white woman.”

“You talk about her family being racist and what do you think you’re being now? Love is color blind, Ritta. I fell in love with Elspeth for who she is and not for the color of her skin. And I know it’s the same for her.”

“I’m not a racist and I resent you saying that I am.”

“It’s because of what you just said. You have a problem with Elspeth because of her color. I’m not throwing my life and future away on her. She is my life and my future. When you’re lucky enough to find true love like this, it really doesn’t matter what other people say or think.”

“I hope you know what kind of a future you’re letting yourself in for.”

“I have an idea. Thanks for your concern but I have faith that everything will be fine. She and I will have each other and God.”

Ritta walked over to him and hugged him. “Take care of yourself, Marius.”

He hugged her back. “Thanks, Ritta. You take care of yourself too.”

She pulled away from him, turned away, grabbed her bag and walked briskly out of the living-room. Outside in the hallway, she leaned against the wall for a moment, tears running down her cheeks. “Marius, you dope. I hope this woman realizes how lucky she is.”

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