First of all, I’m sorry I’ve taken some time to write part 2. Kindly bear with my mind.
So, while at the Retreat, I got to meet Nimo, Shiku B, Shiku C (I’m Shiku A), Shishi, Dan, Phillip, Liki, Dann, Ken and Tony, just to mention the few. These are the guys who welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I was home away from home and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I got to have another support system and people who can catch me when I’m about to fall.
So as I said in Part 1, ciggarettes weren’t allowed in the institution right? But tell me why a few weeks later, Dan offers me a ciggy. Who am I to say no, besides, what’s the worst that could’ve happened if we got caught. Living in the moment, lol. So Dan was the plug for ciggs. Us girls, (Nimo, Shiku B and Shiku C) would wake up between 12 AM and 2AM to smoke in our bathroom. I know, what we were doing was wrong but seriously guys, aaaiiiii.
During the day, I’d go to the laundry area, stand where the cameras wouldn’t see us and smoke up a bit. So question is how did we get ciggys? There was a shop about 2kms away. So people used to jump over the fence and go get ciggs then come back. And no, it wasn’t some fancy brand. My friend we were smoking SuperMatch, but they were Kingsize so we couldn’t really complain. And the head rush was maaaadddd….
So we had sheep in the compound grazing and shit, then there was this ram that was easily irritable. People would try to chase it or hit it and that just made it even angrier. So this day, it was a calling day, (yes we were allowed to call home or anywhere 3 times a week), some guy called Mathenge was on phone and the ram ran after him and hit his thigh, he then flew and hit the tree. We tried to go help him but he said he was okay. Trying to play it cool and shit. Lying there like he was on a beach or something.
So tbh, I died of laughter at how he had posed. I couldn’t help myself and he seemed fine to us. Anyways, fast forward to the evening, I see Mathenge and his foot is all swollen plus he’s limping. I ask wassap and he’s like the ram hurt him. If I remember correctly, when he flew and hit the tree and when he was hit by the ram, it was on his thigh, not foot. But hey, that’s none of my business. I mean I’m no doctor. Only for us to find out later that he jumped over the fence to go get ciggs, and when he was jumping back, he fell and hurt his foot. All this was caught on CCTV cameras but he’s gone with the story about being hit by the ram.
Anyways, we get our ciggs and continue with out late night/early morning wake and smoke up. So Mathenge was taken to hospital and even got a cast, when he came back he was causing a scene, threatening to sue the company for negligence or some shit like that. My friend, alidungwa stopper. A stopper is an injection or a tablet that once in your body, makes you pass out for about 24 hours straight. Also before you black out, it’s like you’re drunk. I rememeber some guy was brought on a stopper telling us when he was in the van on his way to the Retreat, he thought he was in a club cause the music was loud and it was dark. He was even telling one of the nurses, thinking it’s a waiter, ‘Leta Tusker mbili baridi’. He thought he was living his best life, LOLEST!!!!
Anyways, so Mathenge’s family was called to come for a family session and they were shown the CCTV footage after Mathenge had told them that he got hit by the ram. It was such a big deal people wanted the ram to be tied up at a spot where it would not be in contact with people. So his family just left and told him to finish his 45 days. You can do 45, 60 or 90 days depending on your doctor.
Then this time all ladies were called by some Head of Department, we knew we were safe cause we hadn’t done anything wrong. Kumbe some bitch ass nigga snitched that the girls wake up to smoke in the middle of the night. This is after some guys were caught smoking behind the laundry area. SO during the meeting this lady calls us all out and is like ‘I know you have ciggarettes and you have been smoking. The boys have told me they want us to provide them with ciggarettes, so what do you ladies want.’ Of course at first we kept quiet then we just apologised and said we won’t be caught in such a situation again. Tell me why 5 minutes after that meeting we were all craving a smoke.
So then came this girl, lets call her Bianca. So Bianca knew I was the custodian of the ciggarettes and one time when we were all at Bible Study, she went through my wardrobe, found our ciggs and took all of them. All 15 of them. Aaaahhh, I was so ready to throw hands. But by the time I confronted her about it, she had already shared them out among the guys. So I told my friend Kamau to keep an eye out, if he saw or smelt anyone smoking a Dunhill (yes, we we priviledged enough to have Dunhills, it was kind of a big deal then), he would come and tell me. I approached the guys who were seen smoking Dunhills and they all said they were given by Bianca.
So a few days later, I called for a room meeting among us ladies to talk about a few issues here and there, including the missing items. So I told Bianca I knew she’s the one who went through my shit and told her never to do it again or else I’d have to let management know. She was told the same by my other roomates and we made peace.
Also, there was a rule, clearly stating that there should be no fraternization within the institution. But you know they’re always those people always horny like fucking rabbits. Kwa shamba, kwa rooms, during movie time, almost everywhere. Well I won’t get into that because I don’t want to get into trouble. All I can say is YUCK!!
Oh I forgot to mention, one of the resident councellors, his name is Les. After Mathenge’s family wanted to leave, remember that story, this guy with a cast and crutches, tried to enter the car and leave. Mind you Les is an ex rugby player, so you can imagine his big body. Lol. Mathenge alibebwa juu juu my friend. Like a leaf. It was so hilarious aki. And he got another stopper. Wueeehh, from then he tuliad until his 45 days were over and he left all peaceful and shit.
That’s all for today folks. The next one, proably last one, I’ll be talking about how I worked the program and what my thoughts are on it. Also, today is 4 months and 2 days sober for me. Yaaaayyyy.
Thanks for reading,