The flowers that the boy gave me, the day he proposed.
Update 2023: He had already been abusing me for over a year at this point, from public humiliation, undermining my writing achievements, straight out verbal abuse and cutting me off from my friends. Each time I tried to breakup, he’d beg me to stay and suggest a deeper commitment. When his family got involved, money became part of that ugliness. The minute I called it out as dowry demand, he threw me across the room and almost broke my nose. This was after multiple counts of destroying my possessions, including an ipod. This proposal was the PR campaign so I wouldn’t out him.
And everyone around me told me how lucky I was.