The ringing of my phone brought me up and I quickly picked it.
” Hey girly!” Responded Kegan immediately I picked the call.
” Yes man! What’s up?” I sighed placing the dishes in the sink.
” What time are you coming?” He asked
” Coming?” I inquired surprised.
” Yes coming, don’t tell me you have forgotten today is my birthday and am having a party this evening! ” He shouted obviously disappointed I had forgotten.
” I was just kidding silly, how can l forget ” I lied thrusting my finger in my hair.
” Am coming definitely” l added looking down at Benjamin and thinking of how I was going to be doing it. Leaving him alone in the house didn’t seem a good idea and now that I thought of it. It was like I was going to be my own prisoner.
My movements would be affected. The thought of taking him to Chainama came, but then what was I going to tell them?. I hardly knew him and the fact that I just kidnapped him worsened the situation.
” Oh my God! ” I sighed sitting down after cutting Kegan’s call. I had to find a solution to that problem.
” Yes!” I exclaimed recalling I had an old friend working at Chainama hospital . I had to give it a short even if we were not in good terms, she was my only hope of helping my Benjamin.
I looked at the watch once again, ” if I can go now, then pass through Manda Hill to get Kegan a gift, then I would make it back in time to prepare for the party” I talked to myself and started acting by walking to my room and grabbing my hand bag.
I walked to the door and stopped recalling I had to make sure Benjamin was okey when he works up.
I gave him another dose of sedutive, which I knew would take almost 3 hours to ware off. I placed the Nshima I left in the pot on the table besides him and walked out ensuring the door was locked.
” What a surprise!” Exclaimed Hellen upon seeing me.
” Yeah I know right? It’s been years my dear, how are You?” I acted up trying to pretend she was a good friend of mine.
” How is the man you grabbed from me?” She asked sarcastically. The main reason we were not in good pages. The girl couldn’t get over the fact that Daniel choose me over her years back. We were friends from high school but after Daniel flirt a bit with her he settled for me and she was mad.
” Well, you were saved the heart ach my friend, Daniel is a jerk I shouldn’t have agreed to his proposal years ago” I shrugged trying to act cool with her sarcasm.
She laughed loudly making me loose my patience, but I needed her so I played a fool.
” Anyway, so what made you recall I still exist?” She made a face taking in my attire. I knew Hellen always hated my curves and my ability to blend some clothe colours, which was a challenge for her even after getting herself a rich husband, who showered her with cash. My simplicity, and uniqueness couldn’t match up her expensive but unmatched choices.
” Well, I missed you and I realise it has been long, besides why fight over that Daniel when we both have moved on right?” I giggled looking at her across the shining table between us. Thanks to her Doctor husband, she got herself a position of nurse in charge and she was practically boasting with her domination in that office.
” spit it out Jen, I know you” she smiled mockingly.
” Okey, you caught me.” I smiled sheepishly.
” I need your help and am willing to pay you.”
” Mmnmmm now it happens I am in need of money” she responded making a face of disgust.
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” Oh no don’t get me wrong my dear. The thing is am desperate. My friend is not well. They are saying he’s developing a mental problem.”
” So ?” She cut me before I could finish my explanation.
” Bring him to the hospital and some doctors will diagnose him” she went on.
” That’s the problem. I can’t ” I sighed sadly.
“His family has refused to let him out of the house, so I can’t help him and am here to ask if you can help me with the medication for mental patients to give to him. I can be taking the drugs to him every day and am sure he can be fine” I explained trying to sound as genuine as possible.
” No am sorry, it doesn’t work like that, the doctors need to see him and then administer some medication for him. They all don’t get the same medicine. So please if you want to help that your boyfriend, then lower your ego and bring him to the right place ” she answered with a bit of harshness and I felt my temper raise.
” Please!,”l begged but she shook her head.
” Am sorry Jen and now if you don’t mind am leaving to go and check on the patients” she stood up.
” You b*th! I cursed inside looking at her poorly done extension. I felt like taking my anger out on her but I needed to stay calm.
” Well thank you for nothing!” I answered as we walked out.
Without answering she walked away leaving her office door slightly open. I pretended to be walking away and when I looked both directions , I ran back to her office and pushed the door slowly entering.
Straight away I went to the small cabinet with some drug packs. My hands trembling as I grabbed a hand full placing the medicines in my hand bag.
I got 3 of every type not knowing which one l would need. Satisfied I had enough I ran out and peeped on both sides of the veranda before walking out and composing myself.
” Am sorry God, I had to” I whispered as I walked to the car park to get my car.
Passing through Manda Hill, I got Kegan a gift and went on a quick shoping for Benjamin’s clothes and lotion.
I got back home 2 hours later, and found him still sleeping making some soft sounds.
I sat down and went on googling the names of the drugs I had and their use. I had to get to work on his healing and there was no way I was going to rest till I achieved that.
“If it meant going to steal from Hellen, so be it” I shrugged as I waited for the results to load.
After searching and studying through the drugs, I finally settled for Antidepressants
, the Buspar which I learnt was a unique drug and that it was non habit forming. It was used for treating generalised anxiety disorder. I also picked, some antipsychotics for psychotic disorder adding some valium too as I needed him sleeping most of the day as I went for work.
Even when it was quite discouraging, when I read that, there was no cure for mental illness, I hopped for the better. If I could get Benjamin stable for a while as I try to figure out the solution to his problem, that would help things a lot.
” Happy birthday buddy!” I hugged Kegan, when I got to the party later that evening.
” What happened?” You are never late for anything ” he asked holding my shoulders.
” I was held up man, but not to worry am here now, right? ” I smiled looking beyond his shoulder to take in the group of guys and girls taking some wine and soft drinks as the loud music played from the stereo.
Kegan’s small yard was clouded. I chatted with some work mates who were also invited and after some long hour which surprisingly bore me, I started looking for Kegan to say bye to him. The party was almost over and I decided to go back home. After all, I had a patient to take care of.
I looked around the yard and the living room but there was no sign of him.
” Where could he be?” I asked his boyfriend who shook his head.
” I don’t know. I bet he must be inside ” he pointed out and I walked inside again this time going direct to his bedroom. Kegan rented a one bedroomed semi detached flat.
” Oh Jesus!” I shouted seeing Kegan making out with a blonde girl. He smiled at me and raised his left hand as he kept doing his thing.
” Give me 5 minutes!” He shouted in his drunken voice and I shook my head closing back the door.
” Tell Kegan I have headed out. I need to do something ASAP” I whispered to his friend and took off. I had no time to wait for him to finish doing a girl he probably met minutes past at his party.
That was Kegan’s weakness, he never let a beautiful girl pass him and that made me get over my hidden admiration towards him. I had initially admired his handsome features the first day we met 2 years back at work. But now, l was content with just us being good friends and since I knew him too well, it never crossed my mind to have anything more with him. Even when he mostly used me to dump his girlfriends making us pose like a couple.
I recalled how he foolishly made me kiss him at a mall, after seeing a girl that was so much into him and he was fade up of her.
” What was that?” I pushed him away and he laughed out.
” You will see that girl will never step a foot close to me again!” He shrugged and licked on the corn ice cream we were eating.
I reached home some minutes later, just to find the living room dark and quiet. I felt sad I left the lights off, now Benjamin had to stay in the dark for the time I was away.
Turning the switch on, I almost screamed out seeing him standing in the corner staring at nothing in particular. It was like he was afraid.
” Oh Benjamin! am so sorry I forgot to turn on the bulb” I told him trying to hold his hand.
He shifted his face to me and looked down my hand holding him. ” lt’s so dark!” He shivered his scared eyes looking whiter than normal.
” lt’s okey, am here now” I sighed pulling him to the couch.
I realised as days went by, that the drugs were working as he kept calm, he never moved from wherever I left him everytime I went for work.
I always made sure I left food which I had come to learn he loved Chicken more than any relish. He would not touch anything else I would save him but Nshima and sometimes oranges.
He always looked pleased seeing me back I could almost feel his crazy smiles meant well.
A week had passed and I could bet he looked better each day, he was always clean and with the clothes I had gotten for him, he looked good. One wouldn’t tell if they came to find him seated and quiet.
I always took photos of him and would watch them whenever at work. I had decided to make my spare bedroom his own and so I always left him locked there with his meals saved. I knew he would get some sleep during the time l was away and I took him out to sit with me in the sitting room after knocking off.
One day, I came back and found him looking out the window. ” Hey Benjamin!” I called out putting my hand bag on his bed, he turned to look at me and I saw his lips curve in a smile.
” How are you feeling?” I asked standing next to him.
He shook his head, ” sad” he responded softly his deep sweet voice so calm.
” Oh, that’s bad” I told with genuine concern.
” But why? Are you hungry? ” I asked him. He shook his head but said nothing. I had come to learn that he spoke less. It was mostly one or two words. And sometimes he would murmer some words to himself and smile too.
I stood closer to him and placed my head in his chest, ” I know, it must be hard being locked up, but what can I do? I can’t let you outside” I whispered rubbing my hand at his chest on top his stripped Gray t-shirt he had on.
Tears fall off my eyes at the thought of how he was probably suffering being in his condition, worst still if he was feeling nothing at all, that would mean he was more like a dead person and it hurt me a lot.
I was sobbing silently still leaning on him and he surprisingly, raised my head wiping the tears from my eyes. I cried the more seeing how he was becoming sensitive to my emotions.
” You can feel me?” I smiled between tears. He didn’t respond but his eyes looked deeply into mine and for a moment I felt he was telling me, ‘ all shall be well.’
” I don’t know what to do Benjamimn, I can’t tell anyone about you, my family and friends would probably crucify me for what l have done. I have practically refused any visits to my home because I can’t risk people seeing you here” I spoke almost to myself as he kept staring at me.
” But I feel in here” l held his hand to my heart. ” What I feel here, gives me hope Benjamin and I know one day I will prove to the world that love is beyond any reason or boundaries” I sniffed in and wiped the tears from my cheek .
He smiled again, but this time, it was his usual silly smiles.