# Relationship trouble
My boyfriend stopped talking to his parents for 7 years
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. It was one of the most awkward situations I've ever experienced. I dated a coworker. On our first date, he took me home to meet his parents. They were aloof, but polite, and I thought they were a typical family, even if they seemed reserved.
My friend's sister was horrified to learn she'd lied about having a fiancé
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. My friend told me stories about her fiancé, but he never even existed. Several years ago, I met a young woman at work. As we worked, she regaled me with stories about her fiancé, who often brought her flowers and took her to fancy dinners. She said he was a frequent guest at her home. Her parents and her sister loved him.