Derrick was significantly older than I was, and in the beginning of our relationship, the gap in our ages made me uncomfortable. So, for the first year I did not introduce him to any of my friends or family. Spending time at my house was strictly off limits, and although Derrick was very understanding about the circumstances of our relationship, my living situation did pose as a predicament. We lived miles apart from each other, and all of our rendezvous always started with a minimum two-hour commute just to see each other.
One hot, summer day, my Old Man—“Old Man” was my own little pet name for Derrick—picked me up in his Maserati. I was excited to see him and got even more excited when he told me that he had great news. He had bought a small house in the city, and because it was closer to where I lived, it would help to alleviate our commuting problems. I was ecstatic to hear that the distance between us would finally get shorter.
“Here we are,” he said, as we pulled into the driveway in front of a house. I was slightly surprised to see how small this house was compared to his mansion that I had grown to love. That being said, it was still much bigger than any house I could ever afford. It was beautifully landscaped, and this looked like a newer, upscale neighborhood. If it was this nice from the outside, I could only imagine what the rest of it was like.
Of course, the decor inside was nothing less than spectacular. As Derrick gave me a grand tour of his new home, one thought kept gnawing in the back of my head: there was a black Mercedes parked outside the house. I had never seen him driving it before, but kept telling myself that it must have been his. After all, this man had more cars than I had nail polish. He had a different car for work, summer, winter, vacations, and so on. He even had a luxury car, and one just for cruising. I figured the Mercedes parked out front must have been one of his “whatever” cars.
“Do you like it?” he asked, bringing my attention back to the new house.
“Oh yeah, it’s beautiful!” I told him with excitement, adding, “I’m definitely going to enjoy spending time here with you, and now that you’re closer, I’ll get to spend even more time with you!” Instinctively I wrapped my arms around him and kissed him passionately. In that moment, I realized that when I was around this man, I was genuinely happy. I’m not usually one to fall hard for a man, but against everything I believed in, I was falling in love with Derrick…