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A sad-looking woman sitting on a bed | Source: Amomama

My Fiancé Disappeared the Day before Our Wedding — I Was Shocked to Learn It Was Because of My Own Sister

Byron Loker
Jun 20, 2024
11:26 A.M.

My wedding was just one day away when my fiancé disappeared without a trace. As I frantically searched for him, my sister approached me with a revelation that shattered my world and exposed a betrayal I never saw coming.

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The day before my wedding, I woke up excited and nervous. Ryan and I had planned everything to the tiniest detail. I rolled over in bed to find his side empty. I thought nothing of it at first — maybe he was grabbing coffee or running last-minute errands.

Jane wakes up alone, her fiancé gone | Source: Pexels

Jane wakes up alone, her fiancé gone | Source: Pexels

I went about my morning routine, smiling at the memories of how we met. It was at a friend's party — he spilled his drink on me, and we ended up talking all night.

Ryan had been so apologetic, trying to wipe the wine off my dress with a napkin. His embarrassment was endearing. We started laughing, and that was it. From that night, our relationship grew stronger every day.

Ryan came from a poor family. He worked hard, putting himself through college while juggling multiple jobs. His perseverance and dedication were some of the things I admired most about him.

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Jane reminisces about the night she and Ryan first met at a friend's party | Source: Pexels

Jane reminisces about the night she and Ryan first met at a friend's party | Source: Pexels

Despite his humble beginnings, Ryan was always generous and kind-hearted. His proposal was perfect, too — a sunset at our favorite beach, just the two of us. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever.

***

"Ryan?" I called out, but there was no answer. I checked my phone, no messages. Weird, but not alarming yet. I tried calling him, but it went straight to voicemail.

By noon, I was starting to worry. His phone was still off, and nobody had seen or heard from him. I called his best friend, Mike.

Jane calling Ryan's best friend, Mike, for any news about his whereabouts | Source: Pexels

Jane calling Ryan's best friend, Mike, for any news about his whereabouts | Source: Pexels

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"Hey, Mike, have you seen Ryan today?"

"No, Jane. Is everything okay?" he asked, concern in his voice.

"I don't know," I admitted. "He’s not answering his phone. I can't find him anywhere."

I hung up and tried his parents next. Same response — they had no idea where he was. I could feel panic creeping in.

"Where could he be?" I muttered to myself.

Susan, Jane's confident and wealthy sister, arrives in town for the wedding | Source: Pexels

Susan, Jane's confident and wealthy sister, arrives in town for the wedding | Source: Pexels

My sister, Susan, arrived in town that afternoon. She was always the confident one, married to a big-time businessman and living a glamorous life.

We had our ups and downs, but I was glad she came for my wedding. It was the first time she’d been back in years. Her life seemed so different from mine, almost like a world apart.

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"Susan, have you heard from Ryan?" I asked as soon as she walked in.

"No, why?" she asked, a curious look on her face.

Jane explaining Ryan's disappearance to Susan | Source: Midjourney

Jane explaining Ryan's disappearance to Susan | Source: Midjourney

"I can't find him. He’s not answering his phone, and no one knows where he is," I explained, my voice trembling.

Susan’s face remained impassive. "I'm sure he'll show up, Jane. Maybe he's just got cold feet."

"Cold feet? No way. Not Ryan," I insisted, though doubt was starting to gnaw at me.

Hours passed. My friends and family joined the search. We called every mutual friend, checked his favorite spots, even the hospitals. By evening, the dread was overwhelming.

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Susan revealing that she met with Ryan the day before | Source: Midjourney

Susan revealing that she met with Ryan the day before | Source: Midjourney

My phone rang, breaking the tense silence. It was Susan. "Jane, I need to talk to you. Alone."

I sat with her in the living room, my nerves frayed. "What is it, Susan? Do you know where he is?"

Susan's expression was unreadable. "Jane, I did something. I arrived in town earlier than you think, and I met with Ryan yesterday."

"You what?" My heart skipped a beat.

"I...," she hesitated, looking away for a moment. "I wanted to talk to him about you, about his plans."

"Why wouldn't you tell me?" I asked, confusion and fear swirling inside me.

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Jane overwhelmed by the thought of Ryan missing right before their wedding | Source: Midjourney

Jane overwhelmed by the thought of Ryan missing right before their wedding | Source: Midjourney

"I thought I was helping," she said, but something in her tone felt off. I couldn’t shake the feeling that she wasn’t telling me everything.

I felt like the ground had been ripped out from under me. "And?"

"He said he needed time to think," Susan said, her eyes avoiding mine.

"Time to think? The wedding is tomorrow!" My voice broke. The room seemed to spin around me.

"Jane, calm down. He'll come back. He just needs space," Susan said, her voice infuriatingly calm.

Jane, in tears, feeling betrayed | Source: Pexels

Jane, in tears, feeling betrayed | Source: Pexels

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"How can you be so sure?" I whispered, tears streaming down my face.

Susan shrugged. "Better now than after you're married."

I wanted to scream, to hit her, to do anything to release the agony tearing through me. But all I could do was stand there, shattered, as my world collapsed around me.

I stormed out of the kitchen into the garden, needing to get away from her, from everything. I couldn't wrap my mind around it. The love of my life had vanished, and my own sister was involved somehow.

Susan talks calmly to a distraught Jane | Source: Midjourney

Susan talks calmly to a distraught Jane | Source: Midjourney

I didn't know what to do next. All I knew was that nothing would ever be the same again.

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Late in the evening, Susan approached me. I was a wreck, pacing around the back garden, hoping Ryan would walk through the front door. Susan, on the other hand, was as calm as ever.

"Jane, sit down," she said, her voice steady.

"I don't want to sit down. Where is he, Susan? What did you do?" I snapped, my patience worn thin.

She took a deep breath. "I met with Ryan yesterday."

Susan confessing to offering Ryan half a million dollars to disappear | Source: Midjourney

Susan confessing to offering Ryan half a million dollars to disappear | Source: Midjourney

"I know that already. What else?"

"I offered him half a million dollars to disappear from your life forever," she said, her words hitting me like a freight train.

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"You what?" I felt my whole body go slack. I clung to the arms of the garden lounger I was sitting on.

"I wanted to test his loyalty. To see if he was truly committed to you," Susan continued, her tone unnervingly calm.

Jane in shock upon learning Ryan took the fake money to walk away | Source: Midjourney

Jane in shock upon learning Ryan took the fake money to walk away | Source: Midjourney

"How could you? How could you do this to me?" I shouted, my voice breaking.

"Jane, listen. I needed to know if he was with you for the right reasons. And he wasn't," she said, as if she was doing me a favor.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. "Did he take the money?" My voice was barely a whisper.

Susan nodded. "Yes, he took it. Without hesitation."

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I felt like I was going to be sick. "Half a million dollars? Just like that?"

The world seems to spin around Jane in her distress | Source: Midjourney

The world seems to spin around Jane in her distress | Source: Midjourney

"It wasn't real money, Jane. It was fake. But he didn't know that," she said, her eyes cold.

"He... took fake money?" I was in shock.

"Yes, Jane. He sold out his love for counterfeit cash," she said, almost mocking him.

The sky and stars above spun around me. I couldn't believe the man I loved could do something like this. My heart felt like it was being ripped apart.

"You ruined everything," I spat, tears streaming down my face.

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Jane walks back towards the house, angry at Susan's intervention | Source: Midjourney

Jane walks back towards the house, angry at Susan's intervention | Source: Midjourney

"I saved you from a lifetime of misery," Susan shot back. "You deserve better than a man who can be bought."

"All I can say is, you need to talk to mom and dad, and get the wedding called off. That's all on you now," I said.

Susan stood there, unmoved. "You'll thank me one day."

I couldn't stand to look at her. I ran to my room, slamming the door behind me. I collapsed on the bed, sobbing uncontrollably. My mind was a whirlwind of emotions — anger, betrayal, heartbreak.

Jane in bed, replaying memories of Ryan in her mind | Source: Pexels

Jane in bed, replaying memories of Ryan in her mind | Source: Pexels

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I spent the night replaying everything in my mind. From our first meeting to the proposal, to the planning of our future together. I saw the signs now, the things I'd ignored in my love-struck state. The way he always seemed a bit too interested in Susan's wealth, the times he'd mentioned money in passing.

Morning came, and with it, a sense of clarity. As much as it hurt, I realized Susan was right. Better to find out now than after we were married. Ryan wasn't the man I thought he was. He wasn't the man I needed.

Jane telling Susan she needs time away from her to recover | Source: Midjourney

Jane telling Susan she needs time away from her to recover | Source: Midjourney

I emerged from my room, feeling drained but resolute. I found Susan in the kitchen.

"I don't know if I can ever forgive you for this," I said, my voice still shaky.

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Susan looked at me, her expression softer than before. "I'm sorry, Jane. I really am. But you'll move on. You're strong."

"I need some time. Away from you," I said.

"I understand," she replied.

Jane standing in front of the mirror,  seeing a stronger and more independent woman | Source: Pexels

Jane standing in front of the mirror, seeing a stronger and more independent woman | Source: Pexels

The days turned into weeks, and slowly, I began to piece my life back together. My friends and family rallied around me, offering their support. I focused on my career, threw myself into work, and started reconnecting with old friends.

Months later, I found myself at a crossroads. I had distanced myself from Susan, reevaluating our toxic relationship. I realized that, while she had gone about it in a terrible way, she had exposed something I needed to see.

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I stood in front of the mirror, looking at the woman I had become. Stronger, more independent, and more self-assured. I had survived the worst heartbreak of my life and come out the other side.

Jane meets someone new at a party with friends | Source: Pexels

Jane meets someone new at a party with friends | Source: Pexels

One day, while out with friends, I met someone new. It was too early to call it love, but it was something. Something real, something built on mutual respect and honesty.

As I reflected on everything that had happened, I realized I had learned valuable lessons. I vowed to trust my instincts and prioritize my happiness above all else.

The pain had been immense, but it had also led me to a better place. A place where I was hopeful about the future and open to the possibility of love again — but this time, on my own terms.

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Jane dancing at the party | Source: Pexels

Jane dancing at the party | Source: Pexels

What would you have done? If you enjoyed this story, here's another one for you about a millionaire’s daughter who disguises as a homeless person to test her wealthy fiancé days before the wedding.

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided “as is,” and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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