What do I do?
You could immediately tell there was life in him. He wasn’t just laughing because he just got to Canada. No.
It was obvious he had a cheerful personality. The kind of personality that would hurt no one, so to speak.
We became friends instantly. To him, I was the saviour sent to save him from being stranded at Toronto Pearson Airport that day.
Thing is, we did not need anyone to tell us to live in the same student apartment.
Fate they say works in mysterious ways.
Groceries, gym, soccer and learning the Canadian lifestyle as JJCs in Toronto.
Only thing I noticed was that Eddy hardly ate chicken, beef or goat meat. He wouldn’t even use it to cook.
'Maybe he is vegetarian', I once thought to myself.
He’d say, "these kinds of meat aren't healthy for a man like me".
To me, they were just small talk. So, I paid no attention to them.
I'd just shrug.
On the other hand, I got a job on the outskirts of Toronto, so I had to move leaving Eddy behind.
Hiked the rent, gave strict rules on air condition, no parties allowed etc. Eddy and I disliked him.
I recall after a day from work Eddy had messaged me saying he had a heated argument with the landlord.
Eddy, unable to take it any longer, told the landlord to never talk to him about affairs of the house.
He told him the house was dirty because the Canadians in the house were lazy and the landlord condoned the habit. 😯
To cut the story short, I was at work when Eddy called me.
He said he had been arrested and needed someone to come attest of his good behaviour. Ah! Eddy!
"Is this boy trying to scare me or what?"
"Is it my birthday and someone wants to give me a surprise party somewhere?"
"Could it be true and Eddy lost his cool with the Landlord?"
“You need to come to the Police station because he said you are the only family he's got here”.
Ah! Kama gbo!
On getting to the station, I looked around for any sight of the landlord.
"Where could he be", I thought.
I finally saw my guy after filling a couple of forms and waiting at the lobby.
Well, I have left the station and I am here thinking to myself; how do I tell his family? How do I tell them Eddy is going to jail?
How do I tell people Edidiong is Calabar and was arrested for killing and eating the neighbours dog in Canada?