Click Here To Read; Let’s Play Cupid – Chapter 1
Adam remembered that day as clear as crystal,
Damien had called home to tell them about the job he had just gotten. After he graduated as best of his class he had gone for Horsemanship for a year, done with that he had gone on to be an intern for the same hospital. Knowing his internship was coming to an end he had complained to Adam about being sad that he may leave there soon. But he liked the place and not even his father’s wealth could get him a spot, it was based on good merit, skills and practical accession. They were the best and they took human lives seriously so they wouldn’t want a doctor who didn’t know jack about telling a stomach ache from a person suffering from appendix or worse case scenario a swelling tumor and etcetera.
They were about 100 of them fighting for a 20 person’s spot and he didn’t know if he would pass the exam and practicals, he felt other interns there were better than him, he felt he couldn’t make it.
“Hey D, you do know that you are the smartest kid I know ” Adam told him over the phone
“ Yeah, you are just saying that to make me feel better” His voice was sad despite that he tried to laugh
“No son for real. You are. I mean besides that old bat of your father, you are the smartest. “
Damien chuckles “You do know he is like your father too right?”
Adam scoffs “Nah, But what I am trying to say is this..you can do anything you put your mind to. I mean did you see your S.A.Ts before you left high school, and they literally gave you an award for the best graduating student in Med school. And you did pretty cool at the houseman-ship and that’s what got you an internship into this great Hospital. So why do you doubt yourself bro?”
“ I don’t its just that…’’ he sighs “ its just that..I mean have you seen the interns here? They are like the fxxking geniuses of the entire planet bro. I mean even the girls here are so smart and so hot at the same time I feel I would literally burn if I touch’em. Adam, its messed up. I am going to flunk and get sent home, and worse I come back and settle as a local doctor in one small town. This place..this is like heaven mehn, the doctors are like gods here. This is where I gat to be and if I a’int here I am a failure’’
“No you are not. Well at least if you don’t make it we both can sit around here all day, read my stories to mum and gossip about that old bat and have a few dreams and fart in a box and give Mr Peppe down the street to sniff since he likes sniffing shits and dogs ass” Adam is smiling as Damien roars in laughter
“oh dear lord he still does that?’’
Adam could imagine Damien running a hand through his hair and pinching his nose, smiling from ear to ear.
“Hmmmhum!! He still does”
“That would be fun, and then maybe we can go on vacations and have lots of girls on a boat cruise and go to the ends of the worlds right?”
“ Exactly!!!’’ Adams replies, then he added “but we both know you are going to be a resident doctor in that hospital. You are going to fxxking soar, they would even beg you to sign that job on, I mean you are going to be amazingly great, trust me baby bro, don’t doubt you. I am waiting for that call that is going to blow my mind and make me feel like a proud father to a kid who was a rascal and followed me around like my shadow and loved me too much for his own good” Adam smiles
Adams thought back to how little Damien used to be and how he never wanted to go anywhere without him, even when their father..erm..Gerald took him out, if Adam wasn’t with him he would ball his lungs out and bellow loudly. Sometimes the look on Gerald’s face gave Adam the laughs, he was helpless, Gerald was, he did everything Damien wanted.
If he got something for Damien he had to get something for Adam, it might be of lesser quality or even very little but he had to do it anyways. Sometimes Adam wonders if Damien’s tantrums was on purpose to make sure Adam was at least part of his life and Gerald’s, but he was still a child then, of course he wouldn’t have thought of things like that. But as he grew up..his tactics didn’t change but intensified. He wasn’t going to go to school unless Adam was sent to school, he wouldn’t own a car unless Adam was at least given something to drive, he would take the pent house unless Adam agreed to come back home when he decided he had had enough of his father’s hatred for him and wanted to leave, and he threatened to run away unless Adam forgives his father for punching him in the face and had him arrested for coming back home late one day and with a girl.
Adams smiles shaking his head, there was so many reasons why he loved his brother, but one of them was the selfless love he had for others, placing them above himself.
“ Adams..hello, err bucket-head. Are you there? Wait don’t tell me are you with a girl, is she naked.. are you talking to me while a girl is waiting for you to kiss her legs and make her sing 7 different languages huh?’’
Adam laughs shaking his head , leave it to Damien to be..well.. Damien, “ I was just thinking about how leach -y you were as a boy”
“I was, you seemed a better buddy than dad. I mean, I couldn’t very well tell him about the first time I had s3x you know, or about pissing on myself the very first day I got knocked out from that coke I sniffed and dancing naked on a lawn and had those old cougers having a swell time, he would have killed me, being just 15 at the time, good thing I had you to cover for me and take care of me, even taking the blame”
“That’s what brothers do” Adam touches his jaw
“ I know. I love you man , you know that right ?’’ he could tell Damien was smiling as he told him
“ I love you too son, no homo. I mean I love girls too” Adam replies
‘’ Dick!!’’ Damien chuckles through the phone
“ hey, I am expecting that great news soon Damien , you know that right?”
“ yes father, “
Adam laughs. It was a good laugh.
For most of the day he avoided his father. Going into his mother’s room he had spent the day with her, she was barely able to move around on her own, he helped her around the house, did what she asked and needed.
Since he had refused to practice law he spent his days in his study writing, just writing. Writing gave him peace, it was an escape from the sadness he felt whenever he looked at his father, it enabled him dream of what is and what could be. In his little world of magic where his words weave up all that he never had, conjuring a loving father in his mind and making him love him, a healthy mother who never grows sick or stays in her room all day with a constant sadness and tiredness around her eyes when she sees her husband and first son always fighting and a brother..Damien, just the way he is, for there is nothing he would change about him.
Just like every other day, he had avoided Gerald and spent time with his mother, talking to her about Damien and how proud she would be of him when he gets his job.
It was about 8pm when the butler answered the door, Damien had walked in sullen and sad, his bag in his hands
“Damien, you are here..why? why didn’t you tell me you were coming into town, I would have booked your flight and picked you at the airport” Gerald got up from his chair and rushed to hug his son at the door, dismissing his butler.
Damien silently comes into the house shaking his head, Adams had just come out from his mothers room
“ D..whats wrong, are you okay??”
“ You are not needed here boy, go from here” Gerald spoke without looking at him
“I am allowed to speak to my brother ..”
“He is not your brother ..
“ You keep saying that and I am still waiting when you come up with genius idea to give me prove of that, because as long as I can remember, mother gave birth to him, right in front of me when you were away chasing your dreams, but if you say you are not my father..that feeling I can share because a father would never treat his son the way you treat me”
“Why don’t you just leave my house. I won’t have you talk to me like this boy” Gerald thunders
“oh I will, I am only here because of mother and Damien”
“Which are my responsibility but you are not, never have been. I don’t know why I listened to her.. you are nothing to me, not my son, not my blood and the sooner you believe that the better. You should be grateful that I give you a roof over your head and cloths on your back and pocket money so you don’t go out and beg and disgrace my name”
“ You mean sleeping out in the cottage where you used to keep the servants? Or those second hand cloths you buy off ebay and you mean putting me to work at some book store or the corner of brooke street because I refuse to practice law after going to Harvard law school because you thought you were doing me a favour? because you aren’t. I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I wanted to write. I write and I am a good writer and one day even my name would be on books just like yours because it would be out of my hard work and hands not because of your supposed pity because I don’t need it dad or should I call you Gerald since you like to throw the ‘I AM NOT YOUR FATHER” card. Good.. I don’t consider you as one so can we go past that already so we can find something else to throw at each other instead because that has gone stale I don’t think it hits a chord old man”
Gerald raises his hand and Damien gets up immediately “ Father please..don’t. please “
Gerald takes a minute to cool down because his nose was flaring as his chest was rising fast, too fast..
“One day, Damien won’t be here to save you and your mother won’t be string enough to support you, that day would come and I would make sure you eat the dirt and wallow in self pity because you would amount to nothing, just because you are nobody. Nobody boy”
“Let that day come ..at least I would eat that dirt in peace and contentment, much less I can say for you, your arrogance and bitterness would be your fall Gerald, for I too consider you as nothing, soon, you won’t have to worry about me”
“ I never did” his gerald’s eyes flashed
“That makes two of us” Adam hisses
“Look this is all shades of wrong, I come home after months of being away from my family and I thought of the brightest idea to feign sadness so you both would be worried and falling over yourselves to cheer me up as I tell you I didn’t get the residency. But in actual fact I did and I was going to explode with joy at the last minute and see your reactions..that would have been the height of my glorious day but as usual you both ruin it with your bantering always fighting and thinking of yourselves!!’’
“wait! what! you did?” Adam forgetting quickly turns to his brother, not able to stop the smile spreading across his face, Damien nods with excitement.
“oh my wonderfu,l wonderful boy, a medical doctor, a residency at the most prestigious hospital..oh I knew it, you are my son my brains my blood. Come here son give your father a hug, I am so proud of you, I must tell your mother nudging Adams away he grabs his Damien, kissing his face and huging him again and again
“he, hey dad am not a kid anymore, a handshake would have been enough” Damien is laughing
“Nonsense, you are my boy!!’ he hugs him again before letting him go. “we must celebrate, what do you want son, another car, a better house, more money. Hell I would buy you a country if you need it’’ a happy father chuckles
“no I don’t want anything dad..”
“Nonsense! calling my accountant to get you that new Ferrari, the one with the gold plate with your name on it, your are a resident doctor son, a fine one at that, I am your father so I would do what the hell I want to gift my son..oh come drink with me lets celebrate” his father is making a call and then he goes to the bar to pour a drink, Damien shakes his head and stares at his brother
“what? You want a kiss too?” Adams is smiling, love fills him for this boy
“Maybe” Damien winks smiling broadly “come here big bro, I know you cant resist me” laughing they both hug each other
“I told you so..didn’t I? you are going to be the best doctor in the planet brother” Adam ruffles his head after placing a kiss to his forehead
“ yeah I know, thank you for believing in me”
“ you are my light you know, in this world of darkness and the big bad wolf there pouring you a drink, you and mother”
“am sorry about father..I wish I knew how to make all this hate he feels for you go away and you for him”
“hey it doesn’t matter. I am made of stone”
“ Just so you know, it would be okay and I want to read one of your published books one day if you decide to publish them, they are amazing, you better sign me a copy specially and send it to me. And promise me you would come visit as soon as I leave give me a week to settle and you would come, I have to show everyone my handsome super amazing big brother, promise me?’
“Yes captain. I promise. Go, your father wants to celebrate with you”
“ Nah, later. I need to go kiss my sweet beautiful mother and tell her and then you and I are going to go out and celebrate, just us both. Some friends would be meeting us up there, at the club. Its going to be fun. Gimme a minute and don’t even dare say no”
“Damien..we can celebrate another day..stay with your father, I don’t want him to cry wolf again’
“No” he looks to his father “dad, we going out to celebrate, don’t wait up, going to meet mum..” his father’s protest didn’t deter Damien too.
Maybe he should have stood his ground, maybe if he had none of this would have happened.
Out in town they drank, they danced, they drank and danced again. Damien was happy, he was very happy. Even though he didn’t have dreams of his own coming true, he was happy that his brother was living his own dream.
Four hours of celebration was all it took for his world to come crumbling down. It was already past midnight and they were going home, and he was driving, he shouldn’t have been but he thought he wasn’t stoned and drunk enough..he felt fine, he took his eyes off the road for a second laughing at what Damien had said and how he stood up screaming his lungs out enjoying the midnight air through the open roof..
‘’Get down D..STOP IT!” he said. he shouldn’t have looked away. He didn’t see the truck come out of nowhere, swerving and hitting them off the road, and off the cliff falling down.
When he woke up, Damien wasn’t breathing.