“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
“Sky, look at this medicine, if this is what i
think it is…” she was handing me the little
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
“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
“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
“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
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