Dwayne was visibly tired and frustrated of his handicapped financial situation. He sat alone in the middle of the night with a bottle of rum held tightly on his left fist. His condition didn’t sense in him a need to use a cup at all. He has been gulping the liquor directly from the bottle and now reeks like an unkempt brewery. His wife was alone in the room when she turned around to notice her husband was out of the bed. She went searching for him immediately and was surprised to see him with rum in the sitting room. “But Dwayne doesn’t drink. When did all these strange acts begin”, she questioned herself rhetorically.
She moved down from the stairs and sat beside her husband holding him close really tightly not minding the strong stench of liquor. “Why do you have to do this”, she asked romantically seeking an explanation. Dwayne couldn’t hold his tears back. He cried like a baby explaining the bitter situation to her again for the umpteenth time. His wife had always calmed him and hoped for things to get better again. But this time, she got more confidence to tell him to face his situation bravely. “Reach out to Fredrick and tell him how incapacitated you are to pay him again. He won’t kill you. You can know good friends only in times of troubles”. She said. Dwayne looked at the ceiling and back on Rita’s face. “This man needs money for his life and business too. He doesn’t always have to help me while I continue to show ingratitude by not paying back”. He stressed.
Rita sensed the sincerity and maturity in his words. A tear almost dropped but she took it back to encourage Dwayne. “You have to do it one more time honey”, she retorted. Dwayne was about to say one more thing when she stopped his lip’s movement with his middle finger. Tomorrow, she concluded. Both went back to bed. The next morning, Dwayne was the first person to greet Fredrick in his shop. He sat with him and started sharing about his situation again. Fredrick felt really unimpressed with his attitudes and he almost believed that he was being taken for granted. However, he reasoned with him after Dwayne explained to him how much he spent recently on his sick wife too. Fredrick felt very compassionate with him and offered him more money and supported his life and business. Again, Fredrick decided to let the third loan go unpaid. There are huge gains in honesty and sincere friendship.