Weeks later, I got a call from Mr Paul, he said he’s at the hospital with Daniel.
“Daniel is down with Malaria” he informed me.
“Huh! Mr Paul you almost gave me an heart attack, malaria!
“You know the fever is alien to his body, he never had malaria before”
“That’s true, I almost forgot he’s new here”
“He’s been tested and the doctor attending to him has commenced treatment”
“I’m coming over, which hospital?” I asked.
He gave me the description and I cut the call.
I got to the hospital, I called Mr Paul, he met with me.
“How is he?” I asked immediately I sighted him.
“He’s better now compared to when he just got here”
He led me to the private ward where he’s been treated
He smiled when he saw me. “Paul called you?”
“Paul, how could you, I don’t her to see me in the state” he queried Mr Paul jokingly
“If she doesn’t see you in this state, who will? And you are all smiling immediately she walked into the room” he countered.
“How are you feeling now?”
I’m much better, he said and held my hands. Thank you”
“Malaria brought a full grown man to the hospital. Welcome to Africa, Nigeria to be precise” I said and we all laughed.
“How come he had malaria, the whole mansion was fumigated before his arrival” I asked Mr Paul
“Mosquito are everywhere my dear, fumigation or no fumigation and more so the place was fumigated two months ago or so”
“Maybe the fumigation should be monthly then or else this Mr new comer here will have to visit the hospital every month”
“Geez! Are you referring to me?” Daniel asked facing me with a funny look.
“Yes, Mr JJC”
“What’s the meaning of JJC” he asked Mr Paul who was just smiling.
“Daniella, Let this man be nau” Mr Paul said laughing.
“Lips sealed” I gestured with my hand.
A nurse came to give him drugs.” Have you eaten sir” The nurse asked.
“No he hasn’t taking anything since we got here” Mr Paul answered the Nurse.
“He has to eat something before I can administer the drugs, since he’s no more on IV fluid” the nurse explained.
“I’ll go get him food now” Paul said
“There’s a cafeteria downstairs” the nurse informed
“I’ll be back in 30minutes time” the nurse said and left the room.
Some minutes later, Mr Paul came in with the food. Daniel refused to eat, he said he doesn’t feel like eating.
“Daniel please try, you heard the nurse, she won’t give you your drugs if you don’t eat” I said.
“I just don’t feel like eating, my taste bud is bitter”
“Sorry… that’s malaria for you, you just have to force yourself or should I feed you”
“No, don’t feed me” he said feeling embarrassed.
“Let her feed you, trust me it works, you’ll finish the food before you know it. Daniella, go ahead and feed him” Paul said and ushered me to the side of the bed.
I fed him and he ended up eating half of the food. The nurse came by later and administered the drugs.
He was discharged later in the evening and was told to come back the next day to take his remaining injections.
Mr Paul drove him back to the Mansion while I returned home because it was late already.
I called him when I got home to ask after his health.
I’m feeling much better now” he said
“Good, make sure you eat and take your drugs”
“That’s if you’ll come feed me”
“Seriously! I was begging to feed you earlier, now you want me to feed you”
“That was then, just promise you’ll come and feed me tomorrow”
“Ok…I’ll see you tomorrow big baby”
“Three names in a day, this fever has ruined my ego” he said and I laughed at his joke.
I promised to check on him the next day. I called Mr Paul too and thanked him. He has always been there for Daniel and I appreciate it.
The next day when I went to check up on him in his house, we chatted about lots of trivial stuff, then all of a sudden Daniel got serious and told me we needed to talk. I told him to go ahead and say whatever he wants to say.
“ Daniella! you know I love you, right” he said
“Yes and I love you too”
“I love transparency in a relationship, you know I don’t hide things from you and I promise not to hide anything from you. I expect same from you Daniella”
I nodded, listening to him with rapt attention.
“Do you promise to be transparent with me?”
My mood changed immediately, I was no longer feeling comfortable around him. I carried my bag and told him I’m leaving.
“Chill! Why are you leaving?” he asked surprised.
“I’m not feeling too well” I lied
“Since when?” he asked
He was confused, he urged me to stay but I insisted on leaving. He offered to take me home but I declined.
I got home and thought about my past, the abortion. I doubt if Daniel will be able to handle it. I know him well enough, he’s a transparent person, he’s so open to me and he deserves the same from me. But I was scared of loosing a great guy like him.
I was still brooding over the issue, then my phone rang.
“Speaking of the devil, why is he calling” I asked myself.
This guy always have his way of complicating things for me, I wonder how someone with such a brain couldn’t understand the word ‘ex’
“Hello, what is it this time?” I shouted, I doubt if I didn’t burst his ear drum.
“Hey! Easy dear”
“Did you just say easy, Tunde if you don’t want the devil to take away the little peace you have left then please let me be and stop disturbing my life, leave me in peace!”
“I didn’t mean any harm…
“Tunde, go and tell those who send you to me that you did not meet me”
I pour out all my anger on him. I lashed him with hot words, I made sure I made him have a share of the pains my past with him has cost him.
I don’t even know how to open mouth and tell Daniel about the abortion. He was quiet all through, he didn’t say a word.
I ended the call when I was through with him.