“Sky why are you doing this to yourself” Jessy’s voice thundered into my ears with a bang coming in a shrieking pitch.
I cast a long stare at the bold sparkling transparent glass cup in my hand, the golden brown liquor sparkled and shimmered inside the cup.
It has been 4 days since Chioma dropped our engagement ring. I have tried going to her house only to be stopped short by Hassan the second time under the directives of Chioma’s father.
“You must open this gate today” I barked at Hassan charging towards him with clenched fist and tightened face.
He was visibly shaking being intimidated by my towering 6’9height standing at 5’8ft himself with a tiny physique.
“Oga abeg, na oga say make i no allow you” He sounded pleading, the sparkle in his eyes betraying his fear.
“I don’t care Hassan, i can’t take it anymore” I barked banging both my hands and feet on the gate, hot dripping sweats covering my face dripping down to the crack my back smearing my ash coloured t-shirt.
My bangs on the gate became louder with each passing minute, the sweats stepping out in a more bolder manner as the sun battered my face.
Sitting down in front of the gate for a little more than two hours, i could make out people casting a suspicious look at me, some where pointing at shaking their heads.
i over heard one remark “Oh who did this to this young man” betraying the fact that they were under the impression i was going nuts.
Hassan’s eyes were popped out through the hatch, a remarkable look of pity written all over. * *
“Sky i don’t like this thing you are doing one bit” Jessy thundered banging her hands on the long sitting room bar table.
I had lost any reason to talk, i deemed it unnecessary, taking another long gulp of the liquor, i felt as a hot sensation travelled from the base of my tongue down to my abdomen.
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“Give me this cup” Jessy blurted out making for the glass cup in my hand, within seconds she had wrestled the extra-large glass cup from me and i heard it crashing on the floor in a shattering song.
My head felt light and view blurred. i made for the almost finished bottle of henesy sitting a few inches from me only to get another shattering sound of breaking bottles as Jessy quickly pushed it out of the bar with quick reflex.
“Sky you want to kill yourself right? . . Look at what you are doing to yourself trying to drink yourself to death because of Chioma. is this the end of your life?” She was barking at the top of her voice.
her eyes wet and was almost ready to drop, depression was written all over her face and a sense of utmost concern and pity.
I dragged myself up, couldn’t maintain my balance as my legs kept wobbling under me threatening to give way, the surrounding appearing to be in a uniformed spin.
I staggered to the sitting room and slumped into a sofa. “Jessy just leave me alone for Christ sake” i groaned.
I watched as Jessy paced around a bit, dipped her hand into her silvery sleek hand bag and brought out her phone, caressing the keypads as she dialed a number.
“Hello Chioma” she sang into the ear phone still maintaining a depressed look smeared in a blank composure.
“Oh please stop the pet names, see listen to me very carefully. If anything happens to my twin brother, I will never forgive you. Mark my words” She yelled into the phone then cut the call with a hard punch of the finger flinging the phone carelessly which luckily landed on a lone sofa beside me.
Her depressed pitying look now turned red with anger with a little pinch of frustration.
“Sky we have to go and see papa, he must be told of the latest developments”
I threw a long stare at Jessy, it really might be a good idea, i shouldn’t carry this cross alone papa should know.
Jessy made lunch for me with a cup of hot coffee after which i took a cold shower and slept off for the first time in days.
The evening was gloomy and twilight appeared darker than normal. The compound looked deserted and cold as Jessy taxied the car inside with me seating on the passengers side watching Effiong struggle and wrestle while closing the gigantic gate.
His small frame wrestling the gate was a kind of unadulterated amusement to me anytime i see it.
Papa sat on his usual sofa in the sitting room, the t.v remote control on his hands as he toggled between A.I.T and it’s equally annoying counter part N.T.A.
He has gotten leaner and paler than the last time i saw him and his whole physique appeared weak and feeble even though his wounds were almost healed.
Good evening Papa” I greeted and Jessy’s almost immediately after mine.
“Ooh Ejimam!!!” Papa intoned flashing the front part of his dental formula.
His words sounded like he forced them out of his throat and exhibited a lot of weakness.
“Nnam, You dont look well, what is the matter?” Papa asked almost immediately i sat on a sofa beside his, his eyes peered into my face both of them appeared to have gone deeper into his face due to his clearly visible cheek bones.
“Papa, am fine” I said with a forced smile tilting my face out from the range of his face.
“Nnam remember you are my son and i have watched you grow, i know when you are fine and when you are not. You cant lie to me”
Papa’s gaze on me intensified, his breathe sounding loud as someone who just finished a marathon race.
“Papa dont mind him, i brought him here because their is something we wanted to discuss with you” Jessy chipped in nodding at papa.
Papa gave a consenting nod, leaning back unto the sofa his chest rose and fell hard and his mouth dropped a little open.
“Papa are you alright?” Jessy asked standing from her seat placing her hands on papa’s head and chest.
“Yes am fine Nne, please go to that drawer in my room, open that your mother’s old drawer, You will find a bag containing my medications” His words were even more forced out now.
Jessy disappeared into the stair case, i kept on looking at papa who now closed his eyes relaxing into the sofa.
I can’t believe papa turned this weak and lean like that but right here before my face he was slipping.
“Sky! Sky!! Come up here!!!” I heard Jessy’s voice from the direction of Papa’s room.
“What is it!!” i Yelled after her maintaining my seating position.
“Just come up here this imbecile!!!” Her voice appeared even angrier and pissed.
I sprang up from the seat and reluctantly made it up the stairs. Papa only peeked open his eyes, let out a weak smile and closed it again.
“What is it eeehn??” i let out on getting into papa’s room, Jessy sat beside mama’s old desk holding up a little transparent plastic cup of medicine with little yellow tablets inside, her whole gaze were fixed on it.
“What is it naaa??” I asked again getting closer.
“Sky, look at this medicine, if this is what i think it is…” she was handing me the little plastic container.
I looked at it for a little more than 2seconds, all i could see was just a bunch of little yellow tablets.
“It’s just papa’s medicine jessy, what do you think it is” i asked handing her back the little container.
“Sky if my guess is right these are Haimdal’s pills” She was sounding anxious and visibly sweating when the air was chilly to me.
“Ok Jessy what’s Haimdal’s pills, do you think am also a doctor or what?”
“Sky just shut up, Haimdal’s pills are very toxic pills, it slowly shrinks and kills the human organs which will inevitably result to the death of patient if administering is persisted” Her eyes were popped as she was still casting a cold look at the container.
“How did it get into papa’s medicine then?” I asked a little pinch of fear sipping in.
“I don’t know, it smells like it and looks like it, i will have to take this to the hospital tomorrow to check and be sure” She announced slipping it down her pocket.
We went down to papa who still sat calmly with his eyes closed. All of a sudden appeared like he was dying to me.
“Papa who brought those medicines for you?” Jessy asked going to seat beside papa while i sat opposite them looking on.
“Nne it was Amanda, doctor called and she went and picked them up for me and she gives it to me as prescribed by the doctor on daily basis but she’s not home now” He said peering at Jessy.
My heart skipped a beat immediately the name Amanda was mentioned.
“Here papa, take this medicine tonight” Jessy said handing papa a satchet containing white tablets.
“what about my medications nne” papa asked with confusion written on his look.
“Don’t worry papa, dont touch them again i will go and see doctor and make a little adjustments in your medications and bring them to you myself tomorrow” she smiled at him throwing a blind wink at me.
“Ok nne” papa smiled back.
“Now nnam tell me what is it you wanted to” papa asked still smiling.
I was reluctant not knowing if it was a good idea feeding papa such bad news at this moment. i looked at Jessy who gestured me to.
I took time to narrate everything to papa, from Amanda’s sabotage to my supposed parents-inlaws, to her claim of Ryan being my son and lastly i and Chioma’s shaky and fizzling relationship culminating into a foggy wedding possibility.
Papa slumped back into the seat again, he was strangely very calm.
“I knew this may happen someday” He muttered to himself yet it was audible to i and Jessy.
“I should have done this a long time ago before now” He sighed again.
“Nnam do not despair, everything will be fine. i need to do what i should have done before, we are going for a DNA test”. He announced a lot of calmness and confidence written in his words.
I just hope he is right that “everything will be fine”
..To be Continued..
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