“What I don’t understand is why you waited this fucking long to tell me,” I said, pulling open the heavy door to the mall.
“Cause he’s a dumb ass,” Jesse said, laughing. Really, it’s more of a manic giggle.
“Because I knew you were gonna freak out and I thought I could buy the pills, but I don’t have the money, so I don’t have a choice –I have to tell you,” Pumpkin said, as we walked to GNC.
Pumpkin has been on probation for two years. Part of his probation is drug testing. He never passes. He always pisses dirty. Usually his probation officer will just lock him up for a week or so for a probation violation. This obviously hasn’t been working since the tests are all still dirty. His PO’s new tactic is to test me every time Pumpkin comes up dirty. My test results would be murky at best. I would then be charged for drug abuse. Pumpkin’s PO thinks he can’t stay sober because he lives in a “using” household. I think Pumpkin can’t stay sober because he is a pothead and doesn’t give a shit.
“Umm, yeah, potentially going to jail does cause me to freak out.”
“You’re not going to go to jail, mom.”
“Your yellow ass better hope not.”
“She called you yellow. High yellow, that’s your handle, yo. Cause you is yellow and usually high,” Jesse chortles between giggles.
“Shut the fuck up,” Pumpkin and I say in unison.
We walk into the GNC and find the Niacin. There are a ton of choices, different brands and milligrams.
“Now, what are you supposed to do?”
“The website said..”
“Stuff Stoners Like, that’s what it’s called. They’re serious, Bro,” Jesse says, interrupting Pumpkin.
“Shut up,” we both say again.
“Ok, two to three days before the test you take 1,000 mg and drink two gallons of water. Day of the test you take 1,000 mg and drink two to three bottles of water. Pee two to three times before test. Use midstream pee for the test.”
“We only have two days and you are like 85% THC, we are screwed. I’m going to jail.”
“It will work. Let’s just get it and go so I can start.”
I grab a bottle of Niacin. I get the most expensive one hoping it will work better, but knowing it won’t really make a difference. We walk up to the counter. There is young girl with long blonde hair standing at the counter. Jesse leans over the counter smiling at her.
“Where you from?” he asks, smiling broadly.
“Bro, stop,” Pumpkin says, pushing him out of the way. The young woman looks very uncomfortable. I place the pills on the counter.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t sell these pills to you,” she says.
“Why?” I ask, not very calmly.
“Because I couldn’t help but overhear you are using them for illegal means.”
“Are you fucking serious? Is there like a GNC oath or some shit? Am I being punked? I am going to jail,” I say, while looking around for a camera.
“Duuuude,” Jesse says, looking at the ceiling while turning in a circle.
“Mom, let’s just go. We can go to Rite Aid.”
“I don’t know if theirs are as good.” I notice a tall black man standing off to the side in a GNC uniform. Maybe he will understand, maybe he is from our tribe of dealing with dumb shit.
“Hey, will you ring these up for me?” I ask.
“Sorry, fam, Becky a snitch,” he says.
“Come on, Becky, no one is going to know. Just ring them up. I got a lot going on and this shit is pointless.”
“My name isn’t Becky and you are making me uncomfortable. I am going to call security if you don’t leave.”
“Well, Becky, looks like I am going to jail either way, so I might as well make it worth it!”
“Awww shit, Ma Dukes is about to throw down,” Jesse says, as he begins to shadow box.
“Mom, seriously. Now, we need to leave, now.”
So, we leave. We go to Rite Aid and we buy the pills. Pumpkin doesn’t smoke for two days. He’s an asshole for two days. He takes the pills, he drinks the water. We go down to his PO’s office for him to drop urine. Did you know there are side effects to taking so much Niacin? Mr. Carrillo did.
“Good Afternoon, young man,” Mr. Carrillo says.
“Good Afternoon, Sir,” Pumpkin says, as he itches his arm, neck and face. He looks flushed.
“You coming down with something?”
“No, I feel good.”
“Looks to me like you might have Niacin fever.”
“Don’t worry, I can test for it. We will find out and treat it appropriately.”
Fuck my life.