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He comes home tipsy and coated with blood and his scalp has been split open by a sharp object. Though the bleeding has subsided, his appearance could make everyone queasy. He has been in a fight again. It is not the first time that this has happened, but this is by far the most murderous.
So, he tiptoes into home trying to avoid the melee that usually follows upon discovery. And he also knows how emotional mother gets. It is also no secret that he is rather fond of the tipple and he never misses a chance that entitles him to a bottle. But his love for the spirits is not without side-effects, for he is uncontrollable when inebriated. Such people should avoid the drink but as we all know it is much easier said than done.
Presently, crimson water runs down the sides of the sink as he rinses the caking blood around his face and the clothes-soaked water in the washing machine has already turned vermillion. He drains and then refills the machine. Mother enters the bathroom on some pretext and then it is pandemonium. Her faint heart is unable to bear the streaks in the sink and tiles and the vermillion water. She then goes into a tirade, hurling the choicest words (but short of curses) at him. All the while, he remains quiet. Father is drawn to the commotion and issues further reprimands. He (father) is a lenient man and his caveats are not harsh but wise, usually an invective based on experience and the Bible.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…,” he cautions. Further words of wisdom issue from his mouth. The culprit does not talk back.
An air of uneasy calmness encapsulates the family that night and supper is eaten in silence. TV time is boring. Never has been this way! We watch in silence, uninterested as someone repetitively flips channels.
The offender quietly stands and walks away to his bedroom. He has rediscovered sobriety.
Sleep brings peace but soon it will be morning. Will the new day be different? Will he change?