MARRIED TO A STRANGER
By: Mister Allen
Please calm down, Aunty” Jeff said finally speaking up, “you’re not seeing things, it’s really me” he said pointing to himself, “I’m not dead, I’m alive” he said beating his chest, “come over here and have a sit madam” Omnipresent said pulling Aunty Fanny away from the wall, “ghosts don’t exist and I assure you that you’re not hallucinating because I can see him too.”Hallucinations are situation in which an individual perceives sensations of sight, hearing, taste and smell that aren’t really present, the sensations exist only in the person’s mind.
They could be caused by a variety of factors including taking illegal drugs or alcohol,mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or dementia, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease, migraines, epilepsy, certain brain tumours and even bereavement. The treatment usually depends on the cause but involves mainly taking certain drugs to treat the condition and the use of psychotherapy.Hesitantly, Aunty Fanny followed his lead sitting slowly on the chair in front of her, she didn’t take her eyes off Jeff for a second just incase he disappeared and reappeared beside her.“So if you’re not a ghost then who’s corpseis lying there in the mortuary?” Aunty Fanny asked still staring at Jeff,“it’s a long story” Jeff replied with a sigh,“cut it short then” Aunty Fanny snapped, “okay, if you insist…he’s my twin” Jeff replied, “your twin?” Aunty Fanny repeated,“what do you mean by that?”“Apparently, I’ve always had a twin I never knew about” Jeff began, “I only found out about him about 2 weeks ago when he reached out to me on Facebook.
”Jeff explained, “He had actually sent the message much earlier but I never saw it because I’m not one to keep up with socialmedia; as a matter of fact, I only logged into my account on the fateful day I saw his message because I was looking for alternative means to reach Lara when she arrived in Kenya, before I received an emailfrom her.”Jeff explained,“He had introduced himself as my brother from another mother; initially, I had thought it was a scam until I looked closely at his picture and saw a replica of myself in Clothes I’d never worn and in places I’d never been to. I was amazed at how that was possible, I thought it could be a photo trick but it looked too real to be fake, so I engaged him in conversation and discovered he wasn’t based in the country, as a matter of fact, he had been taken out of the country by his parents since after his primary school education and had never returned since then.” Jeff narrated,“Your story is still not making sense” Aunty Fanny interrupted trying her best to understand what Jeff was trying to say.“Just listen” Jeff pleaded, “I’m sure by the time I’m done telling the story, it’d make more sense”“I’m listening” Aunty Fanny replied, adjusting her position to sit more comfortably on the chair, she seemed to be calming down gradually.“He was really overjoyed that I had finally responded to his message as he did not know any other way to reach me.
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