Behi was devastated. She had not heard from Dozie since their last conversation at the hospital. She slowly recalled everything that had happened.
It was about 9:00am the day after the incident when Dozie opened his eyes. Behi had gone to freshen up and had gotten back to the hospital around 8:00am. Osas had said she will come in much later. She was actually drifting off to sleep when Dozie called her name.
She sat up and looked at him. Seeing that his eyes were opened, she ran to his side and said
“My love!!! you are finally awake”, she said, giving him a forehead kiss
“Why am I in the hospital…what happened…how….”, his voice was quite low.
“Sssh….sssh…baby don’t say anything…just relax”
“I don’t understand…how….
It took him a while to sit up and that was when he felt the pain in his back. In a flash he remembered everything that had happened the day before. He knew someone had done something to his back that made him cry out in pain before he fell to the floor.
“Who did this to me..Behi…who hit me from behind?”
Behi did not know what to say. She had already lied to his mother and brother. She could not imagine lying to Dozie again.
“Dozie let me go and call the nurse you must be probably hungry…..”
“Behi please who attacked me?”
Behi took a deep breath before she answered him
“Bimbo…it was Bimbo
“What!….no….I want to believe you are joking”
“He stabbed you with a screw driver…I am so sorry baby…this is all my fault”
Dozie stared into space processing what Behi had just told him. This Bimbo dude had gone too far. What if the injury had been so bad and had damaged some tissue in his body or something? He said a silent to God for saving him. However this time he was really angry with Behi. This revenge frenzy had caused a lot to happen. He just wanted her to leave. He wanted to be alone.
“What…Dozie please”, Behi said and dropped to her knees by his bed side
“Please..Behi…I just want to be alone right now.”
Behi didn’t move
Seeing she didn’t move, Dozie laid down on the bed and turned so that his back was facing her.
Behi felt terrible. He was giving her the silent treatment. This would not be the first time. Whenever he did this, it meant he was really angry. She got up and walked to the door. When she opened it, she looked back at him and said, “I love you Dozie, I really didn’t mean for any of this to happen”. With that, she left his room.
Present Day 5:00pm
Osas called Behi for the umpteenth time but she still did not pick her phone. She wanted to tell her she was leaving the house to the hospital. It had been difficult to get through to her these past few days Dozie had been in the hospital. She had not had time to visit him since Sunday because of work and made up her mind to do so today.
She hoped Dozie was alright. While driving out of her house she decided to stop by and get a card and probably some red grapes for Dozie at a nearby super market. Less than five minutes after she had entered the supermarket, she heard her name.
She turned to see who was calling her. It was Chuki, Bimbo’s friend.
They exchanged pleasantries and after talking about their lives for a while, Chuki asked her if she had gone to visit Bimbo at the hospital.
“I don’t understand…why is Bimbo in the hospital”
“Osas he had a terrible accident like three days ago”
“No way….I…is he alright?” Osas asked, she actually became worried because she knew it was the same night he stabbed Dozie.
“He’s in a pretty bad shape. He still has to stay in the hospital for a while. “
“Reddington at VI”
“Okay…thanks for the info…take care of you”
Osas brought out her phone and dialed Behis number again. Still there was no answer. She assumed she was in the hospital. As she drove, she thought about Bimbo. He had behaved terribly but she knew there was some good in him somewhere. He was not a bad person. When she got to Dozie’s room, Emeka was just about leaving. She was surprised when she saw that Behi was not there.
“How are you feeling Dozie…brought some things for you”
“I’m better…how is your friend?”
“Erm…I thought she has been here and has left
“Well I told her to leave…we have not spoken for a few days”
Osas could not believe her ears and from that she was able to figure out that her friend was really sad.
“No wonder…It has been difficult reaching her these past few days. Dozie, please forgive her I am sure she is regrets this and had learnt her lesson”.
“Why didn’t you stop her? Her silly, immature behaviour made that useless Bimbo guy stab me”, Dozie said raising his voice.
“Dozie please I never expected him to do that….”
“Osas”, Dozie said cutting her off.
“You are going to sit and tell me every single thing that happened between Behi and this Bimbo guy because I am still clueless and yes thank you for lying to my brother and mother.”
At this point Osas felt really hurt.
Dozie…please just relax when you get better we can talk about it
“I’m waiting Osas” Dozie said looking straight into her eyes.
Osas knew from his look that she could not get out of this one.
“Bimbo is her ex boyfriend…..”
Osas told Dozie everything she knew about Bimbo and Behi. He actually felt bad for her. This Bimbo really was not a nice guy at all. However she had gone too far.
“You know at this point Osas I don’t even know what to do. My family could press charges…”
“No Dozie don’t even think about it…Bimbo’s father is a powerful man and has strong connections”
“He stabbed me for crying out…who does he think he is..he just feels he…”
“He’s in the hospital as well”`
“He had an accident and I am pretty sure it was the same day he stabbed you.”
“Wow…is he getting better?”
“Heard he’s in a pretty bad shape”
“Hmmm two guys in the hospital because of a woman.”
“Well you have to admit that this one is a rare breed”. Osas said smiling.
Dozie laughed a little. Hearing Osas say that made him calm down. Behi was his everything.
“I really love her you know”
“I know you do”
The stared at each other a while and finally Dozie said, “Fine I will call her…Emeka has given me back my phone.”
“Yay!!! Let’s just close this Bimbo chapter in our lives.”
Dozie knew it was the right thing to do but a part of him really wanted to beat the life out of Bimbo. He was a terrible human and had treated his Behi like she was a piece of trash. He did not know if he could ever forgive him for stabbing him.
“I have to go now dear” Osas said standing up. “Please call her…I am sure she’s devastated. She has not picked any of my calls all day”
“I apologise for everything that has happened..I know it is hard but please just let it go.”
“Hmmm…..I will try”
Dozie did not want to forgive Bimbo. “You can’t just go away scot free”, he said to himself. ‘I am going to get back at you”
“There is no need for this”
Dozie knew who was talking to him.
“I gave my son for you”
“Lord I know you saved me from this ordeal but I don’t know if I can just let it go”
“If you don’t ..you are doing the exact same thing Behi did”
He was right. It was exactly the same thing Behi did.. just in another way.
“Dear lord please give me the strength to let this go…I beg you…I cannot do it on my own”
With that he picked up his phone and called Behi.
She picked on the first ring
“It’s fine Behi…it’s okay….Osas has told me everything and I forgive you..let’s just try to move past this.
“Thankyou…thank you so much Dozie..you don’t know how much this means to me”.
“However you need to do something.”
“Anything Dozie…just tell me and I will do it.”
“You have to tell my mum and Emeka the truth. They deserve to know.”
Behi’s heart sank when she heard those words.
“Are you there?”
“Yes….yes I am”.
“So you will do the needful”
“Fine…I will talk to you later…bye”