The result is that they now have to defend their situation to all the gossips. Not that Maria feels that she’s made an error of judgement:
“She doesn’t feel that they are doing anything wrong. Maria gets really annoyed actually, so much so that she even snaps at Roy the next day. She’s having breakfast the café and Roy comes over to speak to her and Maria jumps down his neck and says, yes, she and Marcus are an item.
“Roy is taken aback as he was only going to ask her about her breakfast! She’s really sensitive about it all and does defend their situation to anyone who asks.”
Later in the week, she’s left feeling less than sanguine once more when, on a night out at the Bistro, Marcus runs into his boss and introduces Maria as his best friend. So what explanation does he give when Maria tackles him on the issue?
“He tells Maria that it’s a massive change in his life and that he’s not ready for the Spanish inquisition off everybody at the moment. He just wants to deal with it in his own way.”
But, in so doing, will Maria be left fearing that Marcus will eventually fall out of love with her and in love with another man?
“Yes, I think it’s a natural fear to have that this may happen,” admits Ghadie. “But I think deep down Maria is trying to hide these feelings for the time being.”