The Mischievous Nerd's Guide to World Domination
Author: Stephen Oberauer

Chapter 73
Wedding preparations

It had been three months since our engagement, and Shelley and I were at a wedding exhibition. We were looking at dresses, cakes, decorations and photos of venues. Wedding bands played CD’s and videos featuring their talents. Even ministers of various denominations handed out business cards. Shelley, unfortunately, was not her usual self. I imagined that she’d be over the Moon with excitement to be at such a girly event. ‘What’s up?’ I asked.

‘Nothing,’ she replied, and sighed.

‘What do you mean, “nothing”?’ I asked. I had learned from Shelley that when a girl says ‘nothing’, she means ‘something’, and if she sighs at the same time, it means that ‘something’ is a rather big problem.

She sighed again.

I stopped and turned her to look at me. ‘My parents don’t want us to get married,’ she said, angrily. ‘What fun is a wedding if your parents don’t even want to be there? What if they don’t even come?’

‘I’m sure they’ll come,’ I told her, trying to comfort her.

‘They won’t,’ she said. ‘I can’t have a wedding without my parents’ blessing.’

I sighed. ‘What will it take, to get your parents to give us their blessing.’

‘Let’s see,’ she started in a sarcastic tone. ‘How about if my fiancé was intelligent, successful, loving and highly motivated to make the world better for other people? Oh, no, wait, he is!’

A priest approached us with a business card in his hand, ‘Would the two of you...’

One look from Shelley made him stop mid-sentence. Awkwardly, he turned around and looked for someone else to bother.

‘Nathan, if they don’t love you already, I don’t think there’s much more that we can do. Unless you can find a magical way to unbrainwash them.’

‘I don’t know if it’s possible, but I can try. Perhaps if we explain to them how hard I’m trying to find out the truth. It might help.’

‘Well at this stage I’m willing to do anything,’ Shelley agreed.

We left the wedding exhibition, and drove home, immediately starting a letter to her parents. The letter went like this:


Dear Parents

We’ve decided to postpone the wedding until all of our parents support our decision to marry each other. We are going to extreme lengths in an attempt to learn the truth about which religion is right, and to share what we learn with you, and the rest of the world.

Attached is a detailed plan that we, and the leadership at Beyond Insurance, have put together in order to form the best system in the world for determining the truth. Please read it, and let us know whether you agree with our plan or not, or if you have any suggestions for improving it.

We love you so much that we are willing to do whatever we can to get your blessing at our wedding.

With love,

Shelley & Nathan

 

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