A young romance is a fragile thing in the social media era.
Just when you think you’ve got a good thing going, that special someone books a spring break trip to Miami without you.
A few mojitos, some rightward swiping on Tindr, and a few suggestive Instagram photos later — BAM! — you might as well kiss your new love goodbye (Assuming her new Speed0-rocking papi chulo allows it).
That’s exactly what Azel Prather Jr., a 25-year-old Glendarden, Md., man was thinking when he turned to the popular crowdfunding Web site GoFundMe after his 22-year-old girlfriend, Marissa, booked a ticket to Miami with her friends for spring break.
“We have a great thing going and I would hate to see it go down the drain for a little sand and sun,” he wrote. “If you can find it in your heart to donate ANYTHING to help save my relationship I would greatly appreciate it. I just need a round trip flight.”
Estimated cost of said flight: $300
Unfortunately, he noted, his funds have been “exhausted.”
After being together a year and a half, Prather, who works in Marketing, but has a knack for comedy, told The Post he’s secure in his relationship. It’s not the relationship he’s worried about, he noted — it’s Miami.
“If I had to pick one place for my girlfriend not to go, Miami would be it!” he said, referring to the “Magic City” as every boyfriend’s “worst nightmare.” “I think the sun just melts all the morals in Miami. It’s a free-for-all!”
Now I know what you’re thinking: Does this guy realize that most hotel rooms in Miami Beach start at $300 a night? As it turns out, Prather is a step ahead of you.
“I will be staying wherever she lays her head, eating whatever she eats, and overseeing all parties and fun activity for the duration of the trip,” he wrote.
I’m sure she’ll be thrilled, bro.
“Please fellas,” he added in a final desperate plea, “I love her.”
Despite being shared more than 1,600 times, the campaign started off with more of a bump than a bang, with $25 raised in under an hour.
Later on, he responded to those questioning his motives.
My gofundme was from the heart… Meant it “@TyMoorehead: The lady I got love for miles away. Plane tickets expensive. Let me pull a "Zel"”
— Big Zel (@Hail_Zel) March 12, 2015
In the midst of skeptics, Prather’s supporters stood firmly behind him.
“No man should have to lay in bed waiting for calls from South Beach during spring break,” wrote Mike Pierce before contributing a whopping $6.
“Sir I read your amazing story and I must say you are absolutely right,” wrote Reggie Reg. “In the bible it says ‘thou woman not loyaleth when it Miami’ – Austin 3:16. So with that being said The First Baptist of Freebands would like to donate to your cause.”
A $5 donation followed.
Three days after the campaign began, Prather has raised a total of $91.
Guess I ain't going to Miami
— Big Zel (@Hail_Zel) March 12, 2015
A series of increasingly panicked tweets noting Instagram photos and missed phone calls have ensued.
“She’s posted on Instagram two times and both times she was in a bathing suit and it received more than 200 ‘likes,'” he told The Washington Post. “I asked her to stop. That’s too many likes for me.”
When she in Miami but her phone dead pic.twitter.com/Apb4zS6sAp
— Big Zel (@Hail_Zel) March 10, 2015
Prather told The Post he isn’t giving up and his fundraising effort will continue until his girlfriend returns to Maryland later this week.
“The weekend is halfway over in Maryland, but every day is the weekend in Miami,” he said.
Don’t worry, dude, you know what they say. If a social media-obsessed, millennial couple can make it through a Miami spring break, they can, uh, make it through anything.