This is the third installment of an epic trilogy about love, hate, passion and drama. But mostly about one man’s mind completely coming apart. If you don’t want to get lost in the sea of madness, make sure to read Part I and Part II before you embark on this final chapter. Those who have already done that, here we go…
The first thing I’d done when inside the room was to lock the door. I wasn’t naive. I didn’t fool myself into believing that this would stop Bent if he eventually decided to act out his favourite scene from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I knew that, at best, this move was going to simply buy me a few extra seconds. If all those years in front of TV had taught me anything at all, it was that wooden doors rarely presented serious obstacles to homicidal maniacs in a state of psychotropic trance.
Looking around my room I had come to a sad conclusion that I was grossly unprepared for “maniacal flatmate” emergencies. The only thing that came close to a weapon was a Swiss army knife. This was promptly placed by my bed, just in case I had to end up trying to scratch Bent to death. In the meantime, Bent was still outside pacing about and murmuring bits and pieces of disconnected phrases. Among them the word “fucker” was the most prominent and intelligible. This mad monologue went on for at least 30 minutes. You see, when you have a loyal following of invisible fans, presence of actual people in a conversation is purely optional.
As Bent’s rambling continued unabated, I’d realised something truly horrific. Bent was consciously working himself up into a “battle frenzy”, just like his Scandinavian ancestors used to. That meant I needed to beef up my defences. Under the assumption that Bent could be carrying a gun, I tried to find a long-range weapon. What I ended up with were a few D-sized batteries from my synthesizer…because it’s common knowledge that a well thrown battery travels faster than a bullet.
Thus, armed with a scratching tool and a few glorified stones I tried to get some sleep. Needless to say, I didn’t get much of it. But I survived, although deep in my heart I was sure that only one thing had saved my life that night: the Viking Warrior Spirit that possessed Bent simply didn’t know how to operate a 21st century door lock.
The next morning I told Bent I was moving out, upon which he admitted that he’d been “a bit harsh” the night before. That was like saying that Saddam Hussein was “a bit of a douchebag”. Bent was strangely calm. This meant that either he was temporarily exorcised, or my decision had not come as a surprise to him. He must have had the exact same conversation with each of his many prior tenants. Bent and I agreed that I would try to adapt to his crazy rules until I moved out. In return Bent wouldn’t be mailing parts of my body as Christmas gifts to randomly chosen recipients. It was a fair deal.
Over the remaining weeks Bent’s moods alternated between quietly loony to feral. You know, standard schizophrenic stuff. However, I was now busy checking out new places to live and generally tried to spend as little time at home as possible. This meant I avoided further near-death incidents…almost.
One day I wanted to book the laundry room. However, I had forgotten which of the two “reservation” keys were mine (don’t forget Bent’s ownership fetish) – blue or black. Lulled into a false sense of safety by the fact that Bent hadn’t tried to stab me in the eye or rip my head off for two straight weeks, I headed to the kitchen to ask him a seemingly innocent question: “Bent, which key is it I’m supposed to use to book the laundry room?”
Bent was standing by the sink and washing dishes. He was wearing nothing but his boxers, which of course was a huge step up from just wearing nothing. As soon as I asked the question he had let the dishes drop into the sink with a loud clang. He placed both of his hands slowly onto the kitchen counter and stared at me for a good 10 seconds without saying a single word. It was just like a moment of awkward silence on a first date, with the added flavour of one party contemplating manslaughter. Finally, in what can only be referred to as “overreaction of the century”, Bent essentially yelled the following:
“Is there something wrong with your MEMORY?”
Well Bent, not as much as there’s wrong with your chromosome count, certainly. Please note that up until that point we had literally not spoken for weeks. There was no single logical reason for Bent to go crazy. Then again, when your brain is 80% toxic waste and 20% forces of darkness, logic isn’t exactly your strong suit. He continued with:
“The blue one, I told you to use the BLUE one!”
Understandably shocked by the outburst I tried to ask Bent what was wrong, to which he responded:
“I think you know EXACTLY what is wrong”.
And he was right, of course – I knew exactly what was wrong. It was called “bipolar disorder“. Bent very politely asked me to “please leave his kitchen”. Since there were at least two of Bent (that I knew of) and only one of me, I had done just that. (CONTINUE TO PAGE 2)
16 thoughts on “Living with a psycho: a true story (Part III)”
There’s a lot you’re leaving out, which is pretty apparent. I’d be annoyed at half the stuff you did too. I probably wouldn’t react like this guy did, but it seems to me there was a lot building up to it. This story just doesn’t seem credible to me, meaning, you’re obviously not taking any responsibility at all for any of your own behavior that contributed to this bad situation.
Bent, is that you? Hi! Hope all is well!
“Well Daniel, if you ever need help with anything at all, you know you can always contact me!”
I’ve moved out of an apartment and a few houses in Denmark and every landlord/lady said that as I was saying a final goodbye.I guess it’s a creepy custom.
Indeed. Crazy landlords must be a proud Danish tradition.
this sounds a lot like my last relationship. and by last, i mean i’m afraid at this rate, the next one actually will kill me…
Ha, it would be an interesting twist if Bent and I were in a relationship on top of it all!
This story really scared me! Did you ever check the basement, the attic, false floors or walls for Mrs.”Bent’s” body? There must have been a place where she was held captive and forced to conceive the Devil’s spawn . No way was that consensual. You must have a calming aura around you that can appease the insane. You are a ” Psycho Whisperer.” I’m so glad you lived to tell this horrifying story about your near mutilation and death experience. NestExpressed Great post. :))
@BakedAlaskaInOr Hehehe “Psycho Whisperer”, a term that applies in equal measure to me AND Bent, but for different reasons and with different meanings attached. Also, I’d like to avoid ever visiting any remote locations in Bent’s house in order to keep what’s left of my shattered psyche!
This story is so surreal….I am lost for words. I’m so happy you made it out a live, although the trauma from the experience needs a little attention. The story is seriously and psychotically hilarious!!!
@Duygu It’s funny now, but back then? Not so much…glad you’ve enjoyed it! 😉
Escaping a hell hole like the one you described without a scratch on one’s self equals to an army tanker load of luck… or an invisible guardian angel, whichever you prefer.
You have a great sense of humour!
Heheee yeah it’s been a pure two-month joyride. Thanks for following, appreciate your comments. I’ll give your stories a bit more of a read once this hectic week is over with!
Odd, I always thought open windows kept heat *in*. Guess I have some new habits to learn!
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a mechanical engineering degree – live and learn!
Geez d…I have to agree with Bent on this one…how could you not remember???? I mean..seriously!!
I guess memory is the first thing to go when your time is spent trying not to get murdered in your own room 😉