While entering the administration block entrance, I overheard somebody spell my phone contact since the reception for the security office is just opposite the entrance.
” Leave it, he is here”, Betty jumped up and down crying. She turned to me, ” Sam, you mean when I call you can’t even heed to my call? I told Kevin to call you and both of you come to the security office . Imagine how the security could have misunderstood me? You could even have come earlier before they came for you? ” I was puzzled. What the hell is happening? So you mean already the security was searching for me? Why? And Kevin never told me. I looked at him, he too seemed uneasy, confused. I could tell from his eyes, they were big as balls.
I asked Betty, ” What do you mean? I mean, I don’t have a clue of all what you’re talking about! “. He changed her tone, ” Cool sam, I was to come to your place,remember? But security men came looking for me and said I must write a statement about… “, she was cut short by the security guard who was holding my hands together, ” Are we coming to case or taking you to Valentine? You will have your time after this”, he pushed me to the side where the guard on duty was seated, “.. the two fools have been fighting at the students center, they need serious punishment. They even don’t seem to bother. Suspension will serve them better “. I took in a very deep breath. I was now sober and was feeling traumatised by what is unfolding every minute. I cursed myself and bend my head to hide the tears which were forming in my eyes.
“Who started the fight?, ” the officer in charge asked. This time my heart was burning with anger but I never wanted to show it. Tears were slowly forming in my eyes but I had to control them. In the first place I never wanted Betty, who has been crushing on me, to see my tears. I wanted to speak out when Kevin interjected, ” That man is the initiator of everything here. I just asked him what business he had with my girlfriend but instead of answering he barked back to me wanted to know what I could do. He was… “, the soldier cut him short. He turned to me asking ,” Where is his girlfriend, Mr wife snatcher? ” I pointed at Betty, who I realised was looking at me with wet eyes. She gasped loudly before taking a deep breath. I had seen in her face the what-the-hell-is-this look. She posed,looking irritated and facing Kevin, “Ghai, you fought because of me? ”
Kevin must have been amused by the question judging from the way he directed her bloodshot eyes on Betty. Maybe he was wondering why he was the only Betty was blaming but to me, I knew Betty could not betray me. She would always stand with me even when am in the wrong. The officer pointed at Kevin asking him to proceed. Instead he apologized for fighting and said I explain why I was after his girlfriend.
The officer seemed to have understood I had lost my girlfriend. I realized Betty had told them the whole story.
After Dispensary, as she was going to meet Kevin at his room in hostel F, she got a call from the head security guard to go and record a statement. She was too confused for losing such a close friend and since she is that kind of friend that Will stand by you come rain come sunshine, she went. She was yet to meet Kevin and thus had not shared the story of passing away of Vanessa. It was only known by her and I then the security after the nurse on duty forwarded the case. So as she was being interrogated my name surfaced as the boyfriend and the next closest person to be summoned. She never wanted to talk to me, I guess she suspected I was still crying. She texted Kevin to call me and the two of us follow her in the administration building. Instead, Kevin thought it’s a love triangle and decided to first deal with me. The fight.
I was given a foolscap to write my statement as the officer tried to calm Kevin . I must have heard him warn him that I was going through tough time, losing a girlfriend and a serious case waiting me thereafter. He told him the wise and best thing to do was to keep brother company for me to have a sense of identity. All this time Kevin was just nodding while Betty stared me with desperation. We were not given a chance to talk with Betty but I knew mentioning some pills will land her in hot soup. I did my statement and handed it over to the officer.
“Now, when are going to call you tomorrow once the parents of Vanessa come. The case will start after we have a meeting with them and nurses. You must also be there to tell us what you did to our student. There must be something, only that I don’t want you to panic as early as at now. I am going to release you, to go and sleep then tomorrow…. ” Betty could not hide her joy. She jumped up shouting “thank you thank you so so much “. I even wondered. Maybe she thought that we were going to spend the night in Kesses cells.
I started thinking of how my parents would react on hearing that am in a case involving a lost life of a girl and more so, the girl was trying to abort. My father is a lecturer in University of Eldoret and a very strict Disciplinarian. Before becoming a lecture in criminal Justice he was an administration police.
” …and you samike, it must be nasty but take it easy. We are with you and will pray for you during this trial moments”, I heard the guard say when he turned to face me. I at times felt the loss when anyone condoled me. I preferred losing my mind into different thoughts to scrab off the sombre mood. He wished us good night then we left.
Kevin was a few steps ahead of us with his hands tucked in his black leather hood as we followed with Betty. She struggled to make me lively to an extent of holding me across the waist and telling me all sorts of encouragement.
We stood for close to 30 minutes at the junction between hostels K, admin and the academic highway, just next to the National Bank signboard. Betty was residing in J and I in stage so we had to part, for her to follow Kevin who was nowhere to be seen. We hugged and she left.
In my room every thing looked messy. The utensils were dirty and the bed was not made. Since Vanessa feel sick I had never slept in my room. I used to spend in her place looking after my sweet pumpkin. I decided I was not going to cook but rather just sleep and weep to at least vent. I changed to boxer and vest but before I switched the lights off, I heard a knock at the door.
” Sam please open, its Betty. Kevin wants to beat me”.
Without hesitation, I opened for her and locked the door immediately.
****** to be continued.
Questions: Betty is here, She has been crushing on me for a long time. Vanessa is not around.
Why was Kevin beating her? And what will happen if he follows her to my room? Bethel room 5