The Last Kiss is on…
THE LAST KISS
Curtis drives straight to the hospital from the courthouse. He is really depressed.
Flashes of Omar and the Security Guard’s testimonies fill him with bitterness and pain.
All his life, he has played fair. He has not deliberately done anything to hurt anyone yet people including someone he thinks of as a best friend are out there trying to hurt him for no reason.
As for Cynthia, he can understand her motives for doing what she’s doing but Omar and the Security Guard, he is struggling to find a motive for telling lies under oath. Could it be Cynthia has offered them money to lie to collaborate her story? He can appreciate the fact that the security man may have been bought but Omar, he is not the type of guy who needs money. His parents are rich to high heavens and he is doing so well in his IT career.
Is it possible he is sleeping with Cynthia?
Curtis plays with the thought for a while and realizes he is not surprised at all. Omar’s weakness has always been his crave for sex and he does not really mind which body he gets it from when he is in the mood for it. Will he really sell their friendship, almost brotherhood, for sex? Is that what has happened between him and Cynthia. Curtis shakes his head as he becomes more convinced of that fact.
He turns into the car park at the hospital and gets down. He opens the back door of the car and brings out the single rose flower that is nicely packaged in a transparent box he got for his adorable wife on his way, locks the car with his remote and climbs the stairs in frenzy to the second floor where Alicia is.
Somehow, just being around her take the clouds away from him. He sees her propped up in bed with her phone in hand and a smile playing on her beautiful but pale face.
He bends and gives her a peck on both cheeks but Alicia pulls him closer and give him a full kiss on the mouth.
“Guess I needed that, thanks!” Curtis says.
“I needed that more. Missed you morest!” Alicia replies, smiling sweetly at him.
“Missed you too, my love. How did it go? What are they saying?” Curtis asks and hands her the flower.
Alicia opens the box and draws in the sweet scent from the flower.
“Awww, this is so thoughtful of you, Curt. Thanks so much.”
“You are welcome, my love. What is the doctor saying, have they been able to stop the vomiting?”
“In a way, yes, the vomiting has stopped because I didn’t throw up when I took some fruits a while ago. The doctor mentioned that I should take my time to eat. Eat in small portions at a go and it seem to have worked. I took about one hour to eat those fruits and so far, they are still in my stomach.
“That’s a relief. I was getting really worried.”
“He gave me a prescription if it persists anyway. He discharged me about thirty-minutes ago but I knew you were in court so I decided to wait it out. I knew you would be back here so there was no rush and I didn’t want to be home without you.”
“You are too good to me, Ally! Always putting my interests first. I wonder how I ended up with an understanding and caring woman like you. I’m really glad you are in my life. I love you to bits.”
“You taught me that because you always put me first and I kind of like the feeling it brings. That’s what love is all about, isn’t it? Love you more and more each day.”
Curtis squeezes her hand to show his appreciation of her and the special bond they share.
“How did it go in court?” Alicia asks, even though she can see from his countenance that things did not pan out the way he had expected.
Curtis pulls a chair close to her bed and takes her free hand in his hands. He rubs the back of her hand gently, enjoying the smoothness of her skin.
“Not too good, Ally. We should have listened to you not to put Omar on the stand. He really messed me up and I’m still trying to find a reason for his actions. The security guard made it worse by saying that he only came to my door when he heard a lady shouting for help. I’m so confused and worried. How can people be so callous?”
“Hmmm. So sorry about that. People, especially uncivilized men, will do anything for money and sex. I was really hoping Omar will come through for you this time. Anyway, let’s still keep the doors of hope open, with Jude Albert on your case I’m sure he’ll know what to do to salvage the situation. Don’t the courts have something to use and tell if someone is lying?”
“I asked Jude the same question. He tells me there’s something called the Lie Detector but its use is not very common in our parts of the world but he can fall on that when things really get out of hand. He did his best to diffuse the damage Omar and the Security guard caused. But I don’t see how that will get me off the hook. I really wouldn’t want to go to jail for something I didn’t do, Ally!”
“You won’t, my love. I know you won’t. Just hang in there.” She says, running her hand over his gently.
“You must have screwed her really good when you were together to make her want to hang on to you that bad.” Alicia teases.
“Hey, don’t go there. I’ve got eyes for only you!”
“I know, it’s Cynthia who wants to hold on to your dick at all cost. She can’t seem to forget that joystick between your legs but knowing what I know, I can’t really blame her. You are simply unforgettable.”
“You are in high spirits, good to see you like this. Now, let me take you home. I’m kind of famished, what about you?”
“A little hungry!”
“Well, it’s settled then. Let’s go grab a bite at your favourite place then we will head home.”
Curtis holds his wife by the hand after he had picked her hand bag and medicine envelope and leads her to the car. He opens the door for her as usual and ensures she’s comfortably seated with her seat belt secured. And then he walks over to the driver side and gets in.
He drives them to Alicia’s favourite restaurant and they walk in hand in hand.
Alicia’s nose is assailed by the various aromas from the variety of foods being cooked and she feels like throwing up immediately.
Curtis realizes her discomfort immediately she covers her mouth with her free hand and turns around, dragging her with him.
He takes her outside and the fresh air helps her regain her composure. Slowly, he takes her to the car and goes back inside the restaurant and order a packed lunch for them.
They get home quite exhausted because of an unusual traffic on their way, eat and then decide to take a nap together.
Alicia is out within a few minutes. Thankfully, she has been able to keep the little food she ate inside.
Curtis, however, cannot sleep.
Earlier happenings at the court torments him.
He thinks of his friends. Omar blew the wits out of him when he lied on the stand like that. He has always known Omar envied him because he was always a step ahead of him in class and most of the sports.
He has also always indicated that Curtis got the good girls and that was even made worse when a girl he was totally into told him she preferred Curtis to him even though Curtis never went out with her. But for him to bear false witness, that is the lowest a man can go. He really has to look sharp and decide what to do with him going forward. There’s no point surrounding himself with people who will only pull him down for no just reason.
Kobby, on the other hand, has called every day since the trial started just to catch up and see if there is anything he can help with. He has even made it to the courthouse a few times when time will permit him to. He works as an engineer in an oil and gas company and time during the week is a luxury he cannot afford yet he has been of great help and showed he cared.
Curtis knows he has to focus on the trial now. Jude Albert says he has a plan so he just has to trust him. He is still not relaxed though. The way things are going anything can happen. He picks his phone from the bedside drawer and plugs in the earpiece. The last thing he wants to do is wake Alicia.
She looks so divinely beautiful when she sleeps and he wasn’t done watching her sleep.
He goes to his music player and opens it. All the audio loads and he just tabs on play all. The songs play and occasionally the tones and other audio plays and he has to skip it to the next track. He gets tired of the songs and turns to some games on his phone. He flips to his favourite game and he’s asked to update it before continuing. Curtis taps on the update button and a message pops up shortly afterwards. ‘Update failed, you don’t have enough space. You need five hundred megabytes more to download updates for this game.’
He goes to his settings and go to his app for freeing space. A list of items is shown and the megabytes to be saved from deleting each item is displayed beside it. One item catches his attention because he gets to free a little over one gigabytes by deleting it. It is an audio recording and he has not given it any name which is highly unusual of him. He hits the play button and listens…