Love Sickness


“Last night my shadow exploded into hundreds of fluttering black birds, foreshadowing my love taking flight under the cover of camouflage.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Another beautiful piece by Eloho Akofe. Read&enjoy 🙂

She couldn’t believe it.Had she not told him that she had made sure to protect herself. Zainab had been diagnosed with a very common disease,one that could only be contracted out of sheer carelessness. The words of the doctor came ringing back in her head as she could hear him saying, “I’m sorry Miss.Zainab, but you’ve just been diagnosed with a very severe ailment. And this might require our having to keep you here until you get better.” “But doctor…” Zainab had tried to respond almost in a shout, while holding back the tears that burnt eyes. “H-How could you be so sure I have-?” “Well from what the tests indicates, including the symptoms you’ve exhibited, it’s quite obvious that you are suffering from a severe case of “Limerence”, the doctor replied sounding somewhat indignant. She couldn’t blame him, who was she to question his judgment. “Limerence, Limerence?” Zainab thought to herself as she rolled her eyes round the corners of the office room as if in search of something. “Lime-rence”, she tried to pronounce the word thinking she would find its meaning by doing so. “Please , I do not understand what you mean by the term doctor”, she finally blurted out , not able to hold in her confusion anymore. Dr.Akpan who looked like he was approaching his sixties, with tiny strands of gray hair spread  sparsely across his head looked up from the clutter of papers and files he had on his desk, his pen held lightly between his index and middle finger. “Limerence, well, it’s just a medical term used to describe a state of feeling lovesick, an involuntary romantic infatuation with another person,usually combined with an obsessive feeling of having one’s love reciprocated. This is exactly what you’re suffering from”, he answered in a tone that expressed more of pride and mockery than of sympathy. Couldn’t he have said that, just put it in a simple way, “Zainab dear, I’m sorry but you’re lovesick”, Showoff much, she thought to herself, while trying to hide the hateful expression on her face,hoping he wouldn’t get the hint. “Oh, so that’s it, I should have known better”, she answered, trying to force a weakened smile on her face. “Yes Miss.Zainab,that’s your present situation, and if you do not allow us admit you so we can administer proper treatment, I’m afraid things might worsen for both you and your family”, he paused for a while then added, “You see, yours isn’t the first , we’ve had numerous cases from boys and girls alike. And we continue to warn society of issues like this. What we don’t understand is how you allowed yourself become so addicted. Then you started losing concentration in your studies. You should have seen the signs earlier. Now look at you, looking all pale and worn out from the stress, you could be mistaken for an anorexic. No, we can’t keep up this way. We have to create an awareness among the society, especially youths like you. We can’t continue this way. Absolutely not”, Dr.Akpan went on already forgetting about  poor  Zainab who was supposed to be the center of his attention.Zainab remained in the office chair, too preoccupied in her own thoughts to listen to or hear Dr.Akpan’s voice. She was lovesick, she had been all along and as the days passed, she  had allowed herself deteriorate. Thank Allah for her brother Ibrahim who discovered her on time and shouted for help from the neighbors, her corpse would have been on its way to the mortuary by now. What would her parents think or say by the time news of what had happened got to them. As she thought of all these, she felt really sorry for herself and this made her hate herself more. “I’m better off dead without him. Nobody else would love a person like me, not after I tried to carry out such a disastrous act. I’m a monster, I’m better off dead”,she repeated to herself in between sobs.

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#depression #lovesickness #emotions

©Eloho Akofe

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  1. theanonymouscherif says:


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