IN LOVE WITH A DOCTOR
She wasn’t really sure of how she felt that next morning but she’d feel her hand banging so hard as if someone was trying to escape from her skull. She let out a cry of pain and sat up opening her eyes slowly. Looking round her, she caught sight of her room furniture all round her. The room looked so familiar. Her family portrait was hung on for wall adjacent to the bed. Her memory got clearer now. She was actually in her own room. Slipping her legs in her slippers, she walked down the stairs and caught sight of Benedicta setting the table for breakfast.
“You weren’t well so I decided to make you something to eat” She explained knowing she would ask anyway.
“It’s okay. My head is hurting so terribly and I feel so much pain all over. What happened? ” she asked sitting one of of the dining chairs massaging her temple.
“You got drunk yesterday night” Her eyes lit with surprise.
“And unfortunately you lost it. Sorry Helia. It’s over now” Her friend had informed her in a low tone with her words mixed with emotions. Helia felt tears flow down her eyes and she sat slowly on the staircase
“No! This can’t be”
FIVE MONTHS AGO
A young woman in her fifties drove into a compound which was surrounded by a small afforestation cutting it from other homes. The area was cold and silent. Only the sound of her engine could be heard that late afternoon. As soon as she alighted, she walked into her building and dropped her car keys.
“Hello mum. You came early today” Her son has said jogging down the stairs.
“Yeah! I have to leave for Lara’s baby shower and as well as check on Helia. Is she upstairs? ” He hissed.
“That’s the last place she will be. She is out clubbing with her friends, getting high and smooching men. That’s what she loves. I also think she is hanging out with that Jamaican guy… ”
“You just shut up! I beg you just shut up! ” His mother urges with an angry look. Sweat sprinkled down her forehead. Why Helia again? What is she needs from her? Drowning in her sorrow, she eyed her phone which was already ringing non stop.
“Hi Miss Kim. Actually the baby shower has almost began. Where are you? ” She asked impatiently.
“No need to apologize. I just wanted to ensure everything is fine”
“Everything is alright” The line went dead. Dropping it in her bag, she felt her head ache and her brain vibrate. She sat with her eyes tightly shut trying to calm herself down. She felt just as if her head was about to explode that moment. She felt herself half dead already. The pain she felt was unbearable.
“Mum are you okay? ” Chris asked with concern.
“Yes. Yes. I am fine”
“Helia, how many more bottles will you drink? You’re gonna go crazy you know ” Benedicta warned feeling worried for her.
“Come on girl, let me drink. That’s the only thing I get to do anyway” she explained opening another bottle of China.
“Hold on! Isn’t that Sterlyn with Deborah? ” Her second friend Maddy had asked staring at a tall young you grinding a lady. Helia frowned at their sight and chose to ignore.
“Yes it’s them. We have both broken up anyway since he refused to but a condom ” She explained.
“O! That’s lame. Why will you break up with such a handsome guy just because he refused to get a condom? ” Maddy asked with shock.
“You see how stupid you are Maddy. He wanted to get me pregnant lady. You think I am that naive? ”
“I know you aren’t naive but why will you dump a guy as handsome as he is? Don’t you know how many ladies are yearning to have him? ”
“That’s one of the reasons I hate him. I don’t want a lady’s guy” She took a sip of her drink. “I am actually thinking of taking a break from men. I don’t want a guy in my life right now. I am not ready to fall sick. If I fall in love with a guy and try all I can to keep him, I might end up getting myself in trouble or have you forgotten Florencia who got Aids just because she refused to stay away from that tout?”
“Yeah she had but unfortunately the hard way” She replied pouring out her drink again. .
“About your mother, I thought she wanted you to spend time learning more about her business. Why do you spend all your time clubbing rather than helping her? She entrusted this responsibility to you” Helia hissed.
“That’s shit. I am not ready to take over anyone’s business. I am not even interested in running anyone’s business. I want my own business. I want my own company. That fascinates me more”
“The hospital is your mum’s hard work. She has been running for years”
“Yes I know but can’t Chris do it? He is a guy anyway and men do it better. I am not interested in running any business for now. I want to just party man!!!! I want to be free like a bird! I want to have fun and feel useful to myself. I prefer it this way”
“O! Please drop this topic already. If you want me to do this then I will but after five years time or more. She can handle the business by herself for now not that she will die tomorrow” She told her friend stubbornly before catching sight of a wealthy looking guy approaching her. She smirked and pecked him lightly on the cheek before walking off with him. Benedicta and Maddy watched on.
There was a huge bang on the living room door just as the family settled down for dinner. Mrs Kim weakly asked her son to start his meal and approached the door. She had been taking her medications and eating on diet as instructed to her by the doctor but her health was getting no better. She felt herself die slowly everyday. She knew her end was near that was why she did all she could to bring the family together and ensure all would be fine when she’s gone but Helia kept making things difficult for her. She wasn’t even sure if to call her prodigal son responsible. Her two matured children showed no sign of responsibility at all or interest in whatever she does. This baffled her a lot. Since she discovered she had cancer. She tried introducing Helia to her employees and had also tried making her realize how important it was for her to run her hospital when she was gone but how wrong she was. The young lady can’t do it. She had no interest at all. Anyway back to the door, she slid it open and there was the spilt brat drunk as usual waving at her like child with a big grin.
“Good evening mommy. I am back home” She announced her arrival still looking unnecessarily happy.
“Helia! ” Her mum roared out causing her heart to leap a bit. “Where have you been? ”
“Well I… I… I… went to hang out with my friends and…and… and….afterwards… I… I… I…came home and… and… and… my mum won’t let me in”
“I am so disappointed in you. I don’t blame you anyway. I blame myself. I gave you just too much freedom. My mum warned me against pampering you two but I never listened. I trusted my kids so much. I never knew I would be the cause of your ruin”
“Huh… Mum, I understand what you mean but you shouldn’t see me as an irresponsible person. That’s not right at all. I am very responsible mother. Very responsible. Really” They both exchanged a long stare. Chris threw into his mouth a peanut before rushing upstairs tired of the family drama.
“Alright. Let me agree with the fact that you’re responsible. Tomorrow my administrator will be coming to show you some few things. No partying. No getting drunk. Nothing except work” Her mum instructed.
“O! Come on mother. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to… ” she declined walking with a wobbly pace into the house.
“You will definitely realize the relevance of this soon dear. I promise”
The next day stacked with a lots of files, Helia was instructed by the administrator to make out the amount of bills owed by the hospital for the government according to the memorandum. Due to her intelligence she got it easily but her heart wasn’t actually in the work. She wasn’t even paying full attention. While hallowing in self pity, she got a message from Benedicta telling her the rich guy she had made out with the previous had come around asking for her. This baffled her.
“Helia I will like you to go through this files. The hospital have been in debt for years and we have contacted these few banks for some loan just to cover up the debt. We have successfully paid part of it but not all. According to these docvments, you should be able to know who we’re in debt with and those we aren’t so as not to be cheated later in future by fraudsters” Her mum explained. Helia only nodded.
“Yeah I understand but i will prefer you keep it. I don’t want them” she confessed lazily.
“I can’t keep them Helia. These should… ”
“Why do you keep arguing mum? You’re acting as if you will die tomorrow. Don’t worry, handle the business for now. All will be fine” She said rudely to her mum before picking up her cellphone. “I am going out with Benedicta today ”
She turned toward her mum and day her acting a little bit strange. Blood began oozing out of her nose. This got her nervous.
“Mum are you alright? ” she asked in a panick.
“Yes. I am fine”