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.