As usual another day, another interview and another rejection left Tinka despondent and demoralized.
Eventually, succumbing to her father’s advice, she took a job at “Anneke”, a local hair salon. She became the most famous hairdresser in her hometown.
One day out of the blue there was a letter for Tinka from some place unknown to her. But the letter was not from her sister or even Pieter…it was from someone very special she knew long ago, Steven. He wanted her back in his life…but was still in the navy and had four months left before returning back home. As fate would have it Tinka was to meet her future husband the very same day Steven came home; a husband that would take her deep into darkness.
Steven and Tinka were talking when Michael walked into the store looking her straight in the eye and catching her off guard. She and Steven made a joke about this very strong looking man and giggled like teenagers. That same day Steven asked Tinka to marry him. But something held her back for yes.
“Steven I am not saying I won’t marry you…but coming out of another bad relationship with Pieter to go back into another is not something I am ready for. Please give me a little time to get back on my feet. We can still be good friends and we can take it from there okay?”
Steven did not argue with her…just too pleased to be back home and finished with basic training. So they just enjoyed each other’s company celebrating his homecoming.
The next day Tinka went to the local swimming pool to cool down and just enjoy the day. But fate had its own plan. As she walked back home Michael spotted her and made his move on her.
“Hi There young lady…why are you all wet and out on the street this late?”
“Oh…this is none of your concern sir…but if you have to know I just came from the swimming pool…does that make sense to you?”
Thank goodness Tinka’s forward sister was with her and she took over when he asked if he could take them home because it was not safe for girls dressed like that to be out alone. She eccepted the silly invitation…and that is how he landed in their living room. Forward as ever Tinka’s sister offered him a drink and he did not resist. Immediately he started to put his focus on Tinka…and little sister did not like that at all.
At first Tinka could not get herself to respond to him, but gradually he became this nice person everybody adored and even she thought he might be a good man.
They started to see each other on a regular basis; Steven now out of the picture, after she found out he impregnated another girl and wanted a way out of his responsibilities
In the meantime Tinka became the proud owner of her own hairdressing salon. Life was not bad at least until that day four years later when everything changed for her.
In a moment of weakness she allowed Michael to make love to her resulting in her pregnancy. So being responsible she started to make plans to get married. Even though she lost the baby a few weeks later the wedding went off as planned because she could not face the fact that she had to tell anyone that she had slept with a man out of wedlock. In truth, Tinka married out of guilt, not true love; a mistake that would make what came before seem like paradise