But I Never Listened (Part Three)
Content Warning/Trigger Warning: Domestic Abuse- If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
After she ran away, the rumors flew around him. I didn’t listen to any of them; it would be silly. Rumors are nothing but that, they’re rumors. Of course the police talked to him, he was her boyfriend at the time. They didn’t see him how I did. They saw this monstrous version of him; they painted him out to be an abuser, a murderer.
He’s never laid a hand on me. The way he looks at me is indescribable. He looks at me like I’m the most beautiful thing in the world. When he tells me about the sparkle in my eyes, I don’t know how to tell him it’s because of him without sounding too cheesy. If I could tell him he’s the reason for the light in my eyes, our relationship might bloom. We’re just friends right now, but it’s going to be more. He’s beautiful.
I didn’t need to listen when I was told he was a murderer. I knew it wasn’t true. There’s no way he would hurt a fly! He brushes my hair back, he holds me and wipes away my tears, and he tells me I’m beautiful. When he touches my face and tells me how soft my skin is, how beautiful my eyes and lips are, it makes me feel like I’m the only woman in the world.
Looking into his eyes, I can see he’s broken. When she ran away, he was destroyed! I don’t know why they keep saying these things about him, it’s been over a year now. I was with him recently after she ran away, and he was broken. He was destroyed, people were staring at him, dissecting his every move. Our friendship was dissected, wondering how he could move on so fast. They were broken up before she ran away!
We’ve talked in depth about that. She ran away after telling him she didn’t love him. How could that happen? How could he be seen as the problem when she’s the one saying she doesn’t love him, so she ran away? She’d been planning to run away for a while. Everyone blamed him for the bruises—they didn’t know the real story.
When we talked, he told me about her abusive home life. He told me that her mother didn’t care, she yelled at her all the time. Her mother was the reason for the restraining order, that she didn’t want to do it. He dropped her off somewhere she told him to drop her off. That girl was out of her mind! She called the police after he dropped her off, but they were arguing and she demanded to get out of the car.
Then she made up a story about him kidnapping her, and she went into the police station the next day to take it back. There was no kidnapping, but he was slapped with the restraining order anyway. She called him almost hourly for days until he answered and talked to her again. She was the one pursuing him. I heard the whole story from him, and his story made sense. I could see the pain in his beautiful eyes when he told me.
Sure, there were worries about it at first. There were some questions. I didn’t know what to believe, but after talking to him, I didn’t need to hear anymore. The rumors make less sense than his story. If people would actually hear his side and stop giving him the evil eye whenever they see him, it would get cleared up.
He’s an amazing person. He’s the sweetest person I’ve ever met, and he treats me like royalty. These stories of abuse were all made up. I can’t believe anyone would make sense of it, if they would only listen to him. No one listens to him, and they say I’m brainwashed. A sociopath? Psychopath? Yeah, right. He’s not anything like what they’re saying, so I’m not listening. I won’t listen to what they say about him.
I’m going my own way, and he’s involved in it. He’s part of my world, he’s become one of the focal points of my world. I love looking at him, talking to him, and being with him. I think I’m falling in love with him. There’s something about him that’s different than anyone I’ve ever met. Bad luck seems to follow him, but that’s all it is. It’s bad luck. He’s incredibly kind, sweet, loving, and he shows me more compassion than any man I’ve met before.
He’s never hit me, he’s never hurt me, he’s never done anything like what these people are saying. It’s horrible no one will listen to him. I didn’t listen when people told me about these rumors. I didn’t listen when people told me these out of base stories. They’re out of reality, they’re out of their minds. It doesn’t make any sense. What makes sense is him. I didn’t listen and I don’t need to listen, as long as I have him.
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