I never knew an hour could be so long till I had to sit and listen to Nancy’s annoying voice for that long. Believe me, it was the longest hour of my life! I struggled to listen to her talk during her presentation as I counted every passing second.
Finally, when the meeting was over I asked Nancy to wait behind for a chat, I needed to let her know that I had made my decision; my boss probably assumed it was for further discussion on the project…if only he knew.
“I’m guessing you have some good news for me” she said settling in the chair beside me, “well it depends on what you consider to be good” I began, “I asked you to wait behind because I wanted to watch that smirk you’ve been wearing all day fade from your face when I told you that I would rather let Nonso rot in jail than leave him for you” I said; after I finished my sentence, she started to lose her cool, her face went red and I could tell she really wanted to raise her voice but was trying to control herself because my boss and some others were still standing just outside the boardroom. “Suit yourself then” she said getting up angrily to leave the room, “see you in court”…..
Sandra was kind enough to help me call her brother-in-law before we closed work and he agreed to meet at the police station to help secure a bail for Nonso.
Immediately he was released, I acted all nice and warm towards him because I didn’t want Sandra’s lawyer in-law to suspect that all wasn’t well; I even gave him a warm hug and peck to make the whole “loving-girlfriend-finally-rescues-innocent-boyfriend-from-jail story” look real. From his facial expression and the way he hugged me, I could tell that he knew he was in big trouble and I was only pretending.
When we got into the car, I didn’t say anything to him because I was too furious and hurt to even utter a word but as soon as he opened his lying mouth to say “thank you”, I immediately unleashed the dragon on him; he knew better than to attempt saying another word after that so he sat quietly as I drove like a mad hatter for the rest of the silent journey to his house.
Suddenly, it dawned on me that I had just bailed a serial cheat and was giving him a triumphant welcome by not only giving him a free ride in my car but also intending to drop him at his door step as if I was saying “thank you for cheating”, by this time we were right in the middle of the bridge, I calmly drove towards the side lane to my right, put on my hazard lights and parked the car, “what’s the matter? Is there something wrong with the car?” Nonso asked, “yes there seems to be a problem” I replied with all seriousness, “what’s the problem?” He asked, “my car seems to be carrying a little more weight than it’s used to and it’s making driving difficult” I replied, “What kind of problem is that?” He asked looking very puzzled, “it’s an overload problem” I replied “and the only way to solve it is by making one of us get out of the car. Unfortunately, that person can’t be me” I said with a straight face while he looked even more confused.
“What are you still sitting there for? Get down from the car” I screamed making him jump, I didn’t care if at that point he thought I had schizophrenia like every mad person walking the streets.
Schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain in which people interpret reality abnormally causing them to exhibit a range of psychological symptoms such as very disordered thinking and behaviour, delusions and hallucinations. The cause is currently unknown but is thought to be due to genetic and environmental factors. People with a positive family history are at a higher risk of developing the disorder and it requires life long treatment.
“Are you asking me to come down from the car?” He stammered, “No! I’m not asking you to….” I replied pausing to see his reaction, he heaved a sigh of relief then I immediately completed my sentence, “…..I’m ordering you to get out of my car NOW”,
“seriously?” He asked, “no, un-seriously!” I replied opening the passenger door and pushing him out. Needless to say, getting him out of the car was a struggle but I finally succeeded after he realised I wasn’t joking. I figured he’d be too tired to carry his two left legs to another woman’s house after he was done with the compulsory exercise I gave him, although I have to admit that after a while I started worrying about his safety but I managed to convince myself that he’d somehow find his way home.
By the time I got home to Steve’s place, it was already around 7pm, Mum had decided to retire to bed early. I was so exhausted that I didn’t realise when I fell asleep on the couch while watching tv only to be woken up by Steve when he returned home a few minutes later.
“Wake up sleepy head! Go to your room” he said hitting my arm repeatedly with a throw pillow, “huh!” I exclaimed opening my eyes slowly, I had just been rudely awakened from my beauty sleep by Steven and was still trying to understand what he was doing in my apartment, it took a few seconds for me to remember that we were actually in his apartment and not mine, I hadn’t gotten used to the fact that we were now staying with him yet.
I glanced at the clock and realised it was already past midnight, “wow!” I exclaimed raising my eyebrows, “it’s past midnight already, why are you home so late?”,
“The traffic today was unusual” he said loosening his tie around the collar and sinking in the chair beside me, “there was a major accident on the bridge today, couldn’t really make out what caused it because there was a huge crowd at the scene but from the look of things, someone was knocked down by a bus” he said reaching over to the centre table to grab the remote. It took some seconds for my brain to process the information, I was still very sleepy until I suddenly realised he mentioned the words “bridge”, “someone” “knocked down” and “bus” , my mind immediately flashed back to earlier in the day when I dropped Nonso on the bridge and I let out a loud scream, “what is it?” Steven shouted jumping up and looking round frantically to find the cause of my screaming.
“Did u say someone was knocked down on the bridge?” I asked again hoping I didn’t hear him correctly the first time, “yes I did, what’s the problem?” He asked looking confused.
I was too devastated to even answer him, I felt like the world was spinning around me, I didn’t know what to say or think, my knees gave way and I fell to the ground while Steven rushed to catch me before I hit the it; I could no longer hear what Steven was saying, the only four words echoing in my head were “what have I done?”…….
Find out what happens next in episode 18