Mikey is thinking about how this happened.
Everything in life was perfect until Craig came along. I barely noticed when Gerard started to talk to himself like there was someone responding to him. I would walk into the room to him laughing at nothing. When I asked about it he would look at me like I was crazy and respond “Do you not hear this shit? This guys hysterical!”
It was always a little odd around him after that. Like there was some inside joke that I wasn’t in on, some conversation I wasn’t allowed to hear.
It was only after Gerard quit his job that I realized how much a problem this was going to be.
I remember going up to him and asking why he quit and he shrugged and said “Craig told me that I was better then them and that they all were using me and either I quit or he would get rid of them, So I quit, Craig is not a nice guy when he’s angry.”
“Who’s Craig?” I asked confused and he glared at me.
“Don’t be stupid Mikey, I’m really not in the mood for this.” And he walked away.
After a few of these occurrences, Gerard bringing home 4 baby rottweilers because Craig told him he needed them, Gerard breaking our T.V because Craig told him it was destroying my brains, I realized that Craig was in Gerard’s head, and he needed to leave.
Unfortunately, Gerard could not see that Craig wasn’t real and when I tried to convince him he actually took a swing at me and threw me out of our apartment.
I was worried but not enough to send Gerard to Clara Maass Medical Center, The Mental Health Hospital where I now worked.
That was until I was stopping by to talk to Gerard one night when I saw fire in his building, fire trucks, ambulances and a crowd of worried people around. I ran through the crown and saw Gerard in a stretcher about to go into an ambulance. I got in with him after explaining my relationship with him, and spent the night at the hospital that night.
The next morning I asked him what happened and he said “Can I trust you Mikey?”
I told him that of course he could and he told me “It was Craig. I tried to stop him but he insisted that the building was all wrong and not good enough for me and needed to go. Please don’t tell anyone Mikes, I don’t want Craig in trouble.”
I knew then that this problem was bigger then just me, and had him admitted into the hospital.
Now I’m here 2 years later and trying to figure out how to protect Gerard, like he has protected me my whole life.
But how do you protect someone from themselves?