Markus & Rufus…

Arthur & Marilyn weren’t a match made in heaven, more of a ‘Match made due to calculations & for benefits.’ They’re completely the opposite in nearly everything, they went together to the same high school, & again attended the same university, she’s wasn’t Arthur’s type, nor did Marilyn like Arthur, but the moment Arthur saw her again at university he knew she’s the one, she’s was so not for beauty, status, wealth or educational achievement, he just knew in his heart that she will run his home well, give him great children, help him chase his dreams, & climb the social ladder quickly, because like him she wanted more out of life, so much more than this little town is willing or can give to both of them.


On the other hand Marilyn never liked him, made fun of him with her girlfriends, the way he dressed, talked,  his hair, teeth, how he ate his food  & everything about him, but she saw in him a drive, thirst, & hunger to be something great & not just an ordinary guy or a nobody working in a boring governmental job, or like most of the guys she dated in her town ‘Most of those guys wildest dream was to own a store & have a mega TV with all the channels that one can imagine.’


No, Arthur wasn’t like them, he wanted more out of life, to move out from this dead ugly town to the city & she recognized in him that he’ll be willing to do anything to get to where he wanted, no matter what the price is.


He was her ticket to success; her only way out of this miserable place. She thought that if they were to marry each other, maybe later on the two of them can fall in love with each other, & if they didn’t, it doesn’t matter!


They married, & she said yes to him nearly on everything, to stay home, not to have a career, not to study again, to give him kids, run his home, & make him happy! But all on one condition; that all her heart’s desires were to be fulfilled, all her whims were to be met.


Arthur loved dogs, Marilyn loved cats & they agreed that it will be a ‘No pet marriage’, but soon after she became pregnant with their first child ‘Markus’,  he brought a little dog ‘Shih Tzu’ & named it ‘Rufus’, he said he will keep an eye on the baby & keep his company. For the first time on earth she saw Arthur capable of loving someone & something, he dedicated much of his time, that he spent on making wealth & lots of money on the two of them, the time which he nearly didn’t spend any of it with his wife except on rare occasions, he spent time with them & on them. & she saw him becoming a child, a peaceful creature, not the aggressive, obsessive, abusive, emotionless, heartless husband; he became all of a sudden a loving parent to his son & his dog.


Marilyn hated the dog, hated it so much, to the extent that when her husband wasn’t around, she never allowed Rufus to stay indoors. Markus was just like his father; he loved the very beautiful dog so much, even more than his mommy, & that made her hate the dog more.


When Markus was four he asked his mother one day why Rufus isn’t allowed to be them when his father was away?

She said to him ‘Dogs inside the house bring bad luck!’

Markus didn’t understand, smiled innocently & never asked her again because since that incident he spent most of his time outdoors with Rufus while his mother spent her time on shopping & on her friends.


All went well till the day her son nearly drowned in the swimming pool & Rufus died rescuing her son. When Arthur found out what happened, & also that Rufus was not allowed to remain inside the house when he isn’t around, when he finally discovered what kind of a sick woman he’s married to, he couldn’t stay married to her any more.


As he was leaving he said  ‘Because of Markus & Rufus I wanted to be a better man, they made me realize that life was more than money, those little creatures helped me understand things, things that the two of us never knew they existed, they gave me unconditional love, I despised me every day, they found in me something to love, when you failed to love anything in me except the life & luxury I offered you, they loved me even when I’s incapable of loving me. Why Marilyn did you fail to grasp the message of love that Rufus was trying to teach you?!’



This story belongs to Samia J. Hassan no part of it is be to used in any manner without the author’s permission.


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