Anniversary Present

I had been dating this guy for three years, and finally it was our anniversary. He wanted to surprise me. I thought that was really sweet at the time, but later I found out differently. You see, I was a strict vegetarian and didn't eat any meat or dairy at all. I was against any kind of animal cruelty. So, on our anniversary, he blindfolded me and put me in the backseat of his red convertible. We drove for about 30 minutes when he stopped the car and asked me to get out and take off my blindfold. When I did, I realized the odor I had been smelling came from the slaughter house that I was standing outside of. It took me a couple of minutes to get over the shock. He took that opportunity to drive off and leave me stranded. It took me five hours of hitchhiking, and it was 3 in the morning by the time I got home. It took me two weeks to get over the experience, and then I found Mike.

— Barbara, 24

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