Sometimes she would go on
To catch up on old friends, see how life is treating them
She would just watch, like a voyeur...
Then something happened, a darkness overtook her
She started missing deadlines, flunking assessments
She got a warning
She got scared
'They can’t sack you if you were unwell'
She started calling in sick
She would stay on her bed for hours, afraid they'd come check on her and discover she was lying
Hours somehow turned to days
Without sleep, food, water
The fear and dread of failure enveloped her
One day they came
She had been on the bed for seven straight days
The paramedics and police broke down her door
She fought them viciously
She was diagnosed with clinical depression
She told herself, 'I can get out of this anytime'
She tried! Tried hard!! She was stuck
The shadow's cold hands drew her in,
The sun just kept growing dimmer and dimmer
The drugs didn't help
They throw her hormones everywhere
Her parents came in from Nigeria
It is time to try the Home alternative
The shadows grew voices
Die! Die! Die! Was all she heard
They got her a renowned psychiatrist
It didn't help
One day her father took her to the pharmacy
She sat docile in the passenger seat
He left the keys in the ignition, went to get her drugs
The voice said DRIVE!
She drove until the car ran out of fuel
She was found in Ilorin
They committed her to the hospital
Her parents ran to a church
They met a guy
They were desperate
He followed them to her
He came with his own sunshine, his own atmosphere
She could breathe...
The shadows receded, the voices grew faint
He got her to eat, take her drugs
He came everyday
She got better, got discharged
Whenever the shadows grip her, she runs to him
Sometimes she goes to a club, to drown the noise in a noise
Her parents didn't like her dependence on him
He will impregnate you, he is a gold digger
They just didn't get it
They were weary
Their princess is supposed to be high up there
Frolicking with the elites, her class
And here she is befriending a low class crass guy
Shame and disrepute indeed!
What would they tell their friends?
What if he started extorting her?
She wanted to eat Chinese
He had never tasted Chinese before
He said, 'Chinese can make your tummy run'
She: Just take me there, if your tummy is too sensitive, drink water
He: Do you even know where they sell the Chinese?
Babe: Isaac John, we can go this Saturday
He thought about it
He will have to buy Chinese this week?
Last week they went to Thai restaurant, he spent 11,800.
The week before she wanted Italian, he spent 22k on the meal and wine.
He earns 70k a month
Since he met her he had not saved a dime.
This has got to stop!
He went to the Mallam
Bought Spaghetti, sardine, cheese,
Went to Shangisha, bought Chinese soup of 1k
Put everything in the freezer
Bought some fancy take away packs.
He cooked the spaghetti, mixed it with geisha, sardine and green pepper
Microwaved the Chinese soup
He: I am so tired
He: i have ordered the Chinese, they will deliver it soon
She: I don't think they do deliveries.
He: Just relax
Minutes later, the food was delivered by Mallam (As arranged)
She: Wow. How much did you pay for this?
He: I dont think we should see each other again.
He: I cannot afford you.
She: Why are you always complaining about money?
He: I CANNOT AFFORD TO SPEND LIKE THIS? It has nothing to do with you my salary is 70k a month. If i spend 22k every Saturday, that's 88k!
She: I can loan you some money, but you must promise to repay me
He: No, I cannot pay and i do not want to owe you to give you treats
She: Please, I need to go out and i need you
He: Then you take us out and pay
She: Spend my own money? On a man? No way! I am not a fool
He: Why would you rather take from someone who doesn't have? You have houses, you have money, if you don’t work for the rest of your life, you can never be broke, but you must spend my own money on treats I cannot afford? Go and spend your money by yourself. I cannot bear the cost
She sat still for a long time staring into space, then she stood up carried her bag and left.
He knew he had hurt her feelings but she was killing him!
The next day her parents came to his house
She was on the verge of committing suicide.
'We dont know what she saw in you but you are the only one she talks to in the whole world, please help us'
He: I am willing to be her friend but i cannot afford her taste.
Her parents: Don't worry, just send us the receipts, we will credit your account.
Her Father: See, problems can sometimes make one eat at a refuse dump, you are not in her class, she is just not in her right senses at the moment. Don't take advantage of her, she is not in your league.
They made him feel like dung.
He called her because he cared
They went everywhere
The beach, clubs, restaurants, pubs, even church.
She loves to dance and sing aloud
He began to help her reach out to other people.
Then the unexpected happened!
He met a lady, THE ONE
She lives in Abuja, came to Lagos to head hunt him for job
He took the job
He didn't plan it
His girl was like a hurricane
She swept all in her wake asunder
Within a week, he was thinking of marriage
What is he now to do with his 'Friend'?
He told 'Friend', she took it well
She stopped coming
A month later, her parents called
She had been hospitalized
Her parents came
They said: 'We will pay you X Million Naira, give you a duplex, if you will marry her'
He said he will think about it
He packed his bag and left for Abuja
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.