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THE BRAT AND THE SHE- DEVIL – CHAPTER 38

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THE BRAT AND THE SHE-DEVIL

#THEBRATANDTHESEH-DEVIL

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

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John closes the door with a bang, he is fuming, he clenches his fist, his eyes red with anger as he stands outside the door.

For a moment he is tempted to go back into the office…and with all the strength he could muster he would push him to the wall and out the window.. if only it was high enough to kill a man as he tumbles over.

I will kill you, Brian, I swear it, I swear it!!!!!!

He is fuming, staring at the closed door.

”I swear it!!!!” he says

And for you Adora, since you have chosen to follow that fool, that that…bastard, after¬†all¬†I have done for you..after¬†all¬†I have done for you.

How could you, how could you? Now because of him you…tell me to get out??

He blows out hot air…

You picked him over me? Him..?

Argh!!!!!!

He raises his fist about to bang the door down, but the thoughts of being slammed into the wall for the tenth time that day made him drop his hands.

First, it was Ikena.

Now, now it was Brian.

And to top it off, hers was worse, telling him to get out, not evening denying it, she didn’t even deny if they were together, if they were sleeping with each other…

Oh, that was worse than being slammed to the wall…that was worse.

”Adora, you fxxking slut!!”

”I will get you for this, I will get all of you for this. I swear it. I swear it”

ARGHHHHHH!!! He kicks the wall walking away and going to Emeka’s office.

He knocks on the door and enters when Emeka tells him to..

”Sir, I have an issue I need to report” he says with anger in his eyes

”What kind of issue?” Emeka asks him

”it’s about Brian and Miss Adora” he says

Emeka looks up from the file he was going through, then he frowns ”What the hell happened to you, you look like you were roughened up today”

”Oh I was, I really was”

”By who?”

”Who do you think?”

”Brian?”

”Yes Sir, Brian, and please ask me why?”

”Okay, I will bite. Why?” Emeka dumps the file on the desk, leans back and folds his hands

”Okay, as I left the briefing and had to use the bath, I was attack-‘ he pauses.

Okay, if he tells Mr Emeka about the attack, he might want to know details of why ikena would do something like that and it would lead to many questions he wouldn’t want to give an answer to.

He decides to skip it.

”You were attacked?” Emeka asks him

”I mean to say that, as I went to the bathroom I overheard Brian talking to someone about Miss Adora”

”What about?”

”About being with her, ” he says

Emeka smiles ”Guys talk about ladies all the time John, why is it a problem? ”

”No, he spoke about actually being with her, like being with her. She¬†in¬†his shirt all night and day, wearing nothing underneath. They are sleeping with each other Sir” he finishes

Now Emeka frowns ”That is not possible”

”It is!!”

”No it is not. They hate each other, You and I know that”

‘Sir, have you not noticed things seem different about those two of recent? I mean, has this premises been this quiet since those two showed up like ever? You remember that when they got here, started working here and saw each other, they wanted to cut off their own necks, throw stones at each other¬† You see him as he is talking anyhow to her and she showing him that even though she was a woman, she wouldn’t let some annoying arrogant man talk to her anyhow.

Oh, Sir, you do remember how he soiled her image online through the company profile, and how she went mad and they almost went cat and dog fight, she reported him to the police and got him arrested”

”You ensured that, did you not John?”

”Well yes, because he was crossing boundaries with his Boss and when I found her that day shaking and …I was mad and thought she was harassed and Sir spanking a lady who isn’t yours and when she did not ask you to is harassment, I don’t understand why he was let go”

Emeka sighs ” You were saying, go on” he puts his hand to his temple, leaning back.

”Okay, but Sir, do understand where I am coming from? They hated each other at some point, yes, we all were privy to that information because it was obvious, they were always at each other’s throat and sometimes we would hear their voices and stuff…but when last was that..ever? When last?
Ever since they started working together on this house designing for the client. Ever since then they go home together to his house, God knows what have been happening with those two when they are alone,”

”They have been working, if the charts and good rating are any indications, they are working” Emeja states

”Yes they are working, but all work and no play Sir, you do know the rest” he says

”I see”

”Please see Sir. You leave two people who hate each other, who literally hate each other alone for a long time, what do you think happens when they are not fighting? It’s like leaving a yam and a goat together on the other side of the river.”

Emeka rubs his jaw ”this would explain a lot of things. I have also noticed the way she defends him these days. The last time that what he did should have warranted him to be set aside from the company, she defended him and I wondered why. She said he claimed he was different and he would do things differently and he apologized for his behaviour?”

”That he is a changed man, grown a new leaf right?” John spat ”All I see Sir is a liar and a manipulative bastard. That guy hasn’t changed one bit, he is the same asshole I met when he arrived and he is still the same asshole now. He has no regard for authority, no respect Sir, you know it. What has he done since he came, if not to cause the company to almost losing face in the limelight, getting himself arrested, and fighting with his colleague and superior, he is not a good model for the company and now, and now, he seduces his Boss…?
He is a bad man person Sir and something needs to be done to put him in his place. I do know that the company has rules and regulations against sexual relations between colleagues, I am sure there is a punishment for that Sir.”

”Now, it all makes sense, now I understand their recent behaviour. Yes, there is a punishment attached to it.. they get suspended first and if found guilty, they get fired. Because it states that everyone should keep their personal relations outside the company so that they do not lose focus at work, and If what you are saying is true, it has already affected her work because she doesn’t even think objectively to know that Brian is bad for the company.

His behaviour is wrong on all levels but she chooses to defend him. That means her feelings is impairing her judgement which would mean that even if he does something wrong, she wouldn’t care but to defend him. He needs to be taught a lesson to know that he can not just waltz into a company that I have put in my time and energy and sweated for years and think he can begin to run things…No, he can’t!

Brian needs to know that he cannot just step on people’s toes. He needs to understand that this is a company that means a lot to me…I mean to you too.. people who have worked their asses off to get it to where it is now… it is not enough that he was disrespective and arroagnant and obnoxious, it is not enough that he almost made the Boss get angry with ¬†me and giving me a condition to clean up¬† his own mess, it is not enough that he had major issues with his own Social Media Boss thus putting the company in a bad way and getting arrested and still fighting with her, now, now…he turns around to add to injury, to insult me to my face…by sleeping with his superior?
The same woman he claimed was the witch and she did not want anything to do with him. See how they think us fools John, see how they play with people…can you imagine, can you imagine?”” he is angry ” Doing nonsense in the company when they are meant to be here to work. .work not screw themselves like little children.¬† This is….punishable. !!! ” he flares up

Oh. So that was Brian’s plan all along right. He thought to himself, to act up knowing his father will never completely cut him off,¬† get on his knees and mine. Now, he goes after the PA, another plan of his to maybe make him look a fool right? Outrightly disrespecting authority…

The company’s authority.

His authority.!!!

But. … wait!

Well, If what John is saying is true, this is good news. He just needs to bring out the rules and regulations against things like this and apply it to their case…

Surely Kenekan would not overlook this, this was his company, there were the ones who set the rules and he had helped but.

They decided that it was good for a working environment to be void of distractions so that people can put in their best.

But with this thing between Brian and Adora, it would best solidify his position , he would have to tell Kenekan that it was because of their own personal issues that they had, that was why they were always fighting each other in the office and thus leading to other things like the arrest, the profile online image issue, everything.

Kenekan wouldn’t be pleased, he would have to pull Brian out, he loved his son but he also loved the company he built, surely he wouldn’t let his son go against the company’s rules, it would be bad example for others, for him too,¬† especially if it went sour and they begin fighting publicly again.

He smiles, yes, this was good news for him. Brian would be pulled out, even if not sacked but he would be on suspension and he gets to decide how long the suspension is or best still. He can send him to another lower, much lower department …or anywhere else that wasn’t in his face.

This was good news.

”Sir?’ John calls him for the third time. ”Are you listening to me?”

”Yes yes John, I am listening to you. Go to the HR office, tell them to give you the file on code of conduct of the company and the rules and regulations plus penalties, quickly, ”

”Okay Sir, thank you for listening to me”

”No, thank you for telling me, I will not condone this nonsense. I know Brian has no sense but I should have expected more from Adora, with all her wisdom and knowledge, she falls for that skalawarg, that ladies man? That child in a man’s body who doesn’t even know what growing up is or turning a new leaf is authority all about.

Brian will never change, never. This is just a guise to get into her pants and when he is done he would dump her like a bad habit. He likes them as they come and then the next he is done. She will just be another lady amongst the faceless in the crowd for him. A typical trait of the boy”

”You sound like you know him more than here Sir?” John frowns

Oh, he knows Brian alright,  he knows his well.
He had watched the boy grow, saw all his silliness and boyish tantrums. Even he began chasing the skirts, the worry his parents had over him, his obnoxious behaviour and arrogance, the way he cared for nothing but spending his father’s money, enjoying the luxuries that came with it, the travels, the women, the endless women.

Oh, he knows Brian so well that… it angered him that Kenekan still wants to force him to take over this company by making him go through training and learning and then to learn to be somebody.

He cannot let a boy like that, No! he won’t let Brian come and be the president and own this company, a company he had worked for all his life, sweated for?

That position should be his,¬† he doesn’t care whether Brian is Kenekan’ son or not.¬† Or that by right, Brian should be President by virtue of who he is.

He did not care.

And He still doesn’t care, Brian doesn’t deserve it. He, Emeka does.
Brain just needs to continue his stupidity but elsewhere, back to the states..far away.

He cannot let him take over what he has been aiming for. Brian has to be ousted out by all means.

And if he truly he has changed? too bad. He needs to fail in everything he lays his hands on. Brain needs to fail.

Emeka wished he add insisted to supervise them on the  clientele house designing
He wished they were not on air all the time they worked on the designs.
He would have ruined his designs, he would have tampered with it.

But that is out of his hands,

He would have to make Kenekan see reasons why he needs to let his son go away and go far.

Brian and Adora are going against the company’s rules by having sexual relations between each other.

Kenekan would have to penalize them. He would have to do so too  in front of the staff so that no one takes the same step and then after that he calls for suspension while they investigate the issue and he would make sure it lasts  for weeks unending and when found guilty he,  he and Adora of violating the rules, they would have to be shown the door.
No exceptions.

Surely, Kenekan would have to let it happen. He cannot continue to let his son get away with something, he cannot.

But if in anyway Brian skips this one unscarred, he would have to resort to the other one. By all means, he would have to a make sure someone tempers with the project Brian has with the IT company, that would be a huge blow to the company if Brian fails.

The whole world would be watching, even Kenekan and he would be representing the company. Yes. He would have to tamper with it and he knows the right person to do the job.

He stares at John ”Get me the files John and get someone to call them both for me” he says

”Okay Sir, I will be back” John leaves, Emeka smiles

He just needs to have John ruin everything he does in LAyefa’s company for their upcoming Tech Project, and that would be a blow to Kenekan. And then, this new client who wants a shopping mall in Port Harcourt before Christmas, he would need to make sure that the design doesn’t come out as perfect as it ought and then, during the construction, he would need to make sure it goes crumbling down. Just like the wall of Jericho.

He laughs

”You will fail in everything you put your hands to Brian, ” Emeka speaks to himself¬† ” Mark my words, you will fail and not only embarrass yourself but your father and his company and as you continue to do so, Kenekan would have to close his eyes and to the needful ., and I will make sure of that Brian, I will.

I will not let you, a small boy who is as old as my son to come here and boss me around with your arrogant self, No! I will not allow it. I worked for this company, sweated for it for years. Helped to make it what it is now.

I will not step aside and let a son. Who has no idea how things are done, who has no iota of idea how many nights and years I have put into this to come and take it?

The president position is meant for me and I have been hoping to step into that shoes for a long time and if Brian did not show up, Mr Kenekan would have given me the opportunity, he would have. I deserve it, I deserve it. ” Emeka continues speaking to himself.

“And when I get this President for this company. I get transferred to Abuja and I take the position right underneath Kenekan. That is the best place to be, the second man after the man.

Kenekan does not need his son to be the man before the man. He should remain his son and spend his money and galavant and womanize. Brian should leave the men to attend to men’s business and remain acting like a child and play children games” he finishes, he continues to think.

He will not let Brian succeed. No. he would never let him succeed.

The knock comes to his door distracting him.

” Yes, Come in”‘ he says

John comes in and hands him the documents which he goes through, Emeka is nodding¬† ”Good, this is all I need, did you get someone to send for them as I asked?”

”I told the secretary, she said she told Tombra to go tell them that you need them in your office now’

”Okay, now we wait’

”Yes Sir, they need to be dealt with”

”Yes, they need to. They really need to, especially him”

” Yes, especially him” John¬† joins in,¬† thinking

He hopes they get punished,  he hopes.
But if for any reason Brian and Adora scale through this. He had a plan.

He was thinking about it as he went to the HR’s office.

He has to find a way to get rid of Brian for once and for good, he has to find a way.

He would need to set a trap for him to fall into. Or..or..

He smiles.

Or he would have to make sure he causes a lot of problem for him in that IT company he is to start a project work and then…he would ruin everything, everything!!!.

Shei Mr Emeka made him supervisor over those going there, whether Mr Layefa likes it or not he would have to accompany Brian there, he would see what he is doing and when the time comes he would push all down like a deck of cards falling like a domino.

Yes!! Frist plan;  ruin him, ruin his works.

The second plan, ruin this thing he has going with Adora, whatever it takes.

The third plan, get rid of him. Dead men don’t talk.

Last plan ….deal with Adora for even thinking of ever allowing that cockroach to touch her.

Oh. She was going to get hers, but before then. He would have to get her and have her.

Shei she was a slut abi, he would show her what was done to sluts.

He liked her, he liked her a lot and was willing to do anything to her, make her his queen to his castle in his heart.
His woman. His all.

Now. …Now she let that person who is plagued with all disgusting things to touch her, wearing his shirt and being naked and allowing him to do things to her body? ….her¬†beautiful beautiful¬†body.

A body he wished he had been the one stroking and caressing.
He wished he had been the one to touch her and kiss her.

He closes his eyes, folding his fist as he boils in anger.

Just to imagine them kissing and touching and fiddling and having sex was enough to make him see red.

Oh Adora, why him, of all people why him?
Did you not see my green light, did you not see my smiles when I look at you. Did you now see how I was happy to be sent by you and wanted to go out of my way to please you, do you not see that I can be all that you think he is and more.?

Oh, Adora, you hurt me, you hurt me and I will hurt you.

I know there is something fishy about this Brian, I will find out what.

I will.

But this thing you both have will go off like smoke into thin air and I will be the one to open the window for it to distil out.

But I will make you pay  for ever stopping to hating Brian,  you will pay liking him and doing things with him you should be doing to me and with me. I will make you pay.

I would have made you happy, but now,…you are filth ..filth.

Unless you beg unless you beg me to forgive you and you will beg, when I get to you.

But I will take that which you have given him from you Adora, your body, your heart if that is inclusive and I will do with it what I want till I am satisfied..then I will make your pay.

But first, Brian will pay for all he has done to me and for today, I will make sure you both begin your journey of displeasure. I promise.

As for Ikena. Ikena…

He shakes his head rubbing his jaw.

All of you will wish you never met me, all of you.

The knock on the door causes him to pull out of his thoughts. Emeka looks up as he says ”Come in” his face is a mask of anger. John smiles.

He couldn’t wait to see their faces when they realize that he actually did report them.

Let it begin.

He did not turn when he heard them enter.

”Yes Sir, Goodmorning, you sent for us?” John heard Adora say

”Yes I did. do you mind explaining to me to me what the hell I just heard?”’
Emeka thunders

John smiles …

That’s right Sir, show them who is Boss.

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“Yes Sir, you sent for us?” I say as we step into Mr Emeka’s office.

I could feel Brian close to me, his hands barely touching mine.

As though he wanted to be near me..to calm my nerves.

John is there, seated in front of him, he doesn’t look at us.

Emeka does, his eyes angry.

“Do you mind explaining to me what the hell I just heard. ?”

“What did you hear?” Brian speaks, he comes closer to me..still not touching me.

“Are you seriously asking me that as though you do not know what I mean?:

“Well technically I do not know what you mean, but if you can please tell us we can be able to give you a concrete answer to your question. ” Brian says

“You think you are smart eh Brian?”

“No Sir ”

“Are you mocking me?” He frowns

Brian shakes his head “No of course not, why?because I called you Sir? Aren’t you supposed to be called Sir?”

“Brain Andrews, this is not a game and I will suggest that you keep your mocking games to yourself because you are in big big trouble..you and her and if you would just quit being stupid you will explain to me that is going on between Miss Adora and you?”

“In what sense Sir?”

“Brian Andrews, do¬† not dare insult my intelligence !!!” Emeka thunders pointing to him.

Brian raises up his hands “I am really not doing that, I was just trying to understand what it is you are saying…that is all. ”

“Don’t act dumb..you both do understand ” he points to both of us.

I blink…”Sir, I can explain if you ..please ask a direct question ”

“Oh good enough to ask me to ask a direct question, Adora.¬†¬† Before I do that,¬† John, repeat to me what you just told me so they know what I am talking about so that when I ask my question they do not look like fools and think we are the ones who are fools. Go on, tell them..tell them what they have done. ”

John turns to us…” I told you, Sir,¬† that It has come to my knowledge that Miss Adora here, who is the superior and Boss to this Brian is having sexual relations with him. And if that is to be so, under the rules and regulations of the company,¬† it is highly prohibited .,¬† and it carries a punishment which the company would accord to the victims who must have read the code of conduct embedded in the company’s regulations.¬† Which to my knowledge and now to Mr Emeka,¬† Miss Adora and Brain here have violated.”

He said

“Take the file there John and read out that rule to them and the resultant repercussion” Emeka pointed to the file,¬† John reaches for it quickly. He flips to it.

“No 17 of the code of conduct, paragraph five and line two. ..

In order to preserve the sanctity of the company and in order that the workplace is kept peacefully, void of distractions and personal grievances against one another attributed to personal relations and what not,  -the company will therefore not tolerate sexual relations between workers in the company,  either between superiors to superior  or lesser staffs to lesser staffs or even superiors to lesser staffs which is a greater offence.

This is because such relations might impair their working conditions whereby instead of focus and perseverance in relations to the company, there would be personal attention accorded to themselves and in the case of personal grievances between said parties, there would be tendencies that it would transcend beyond themselves, and affect their relations with colleagues ,¬† cause their work to lose essence and would lead to physical alterations and behaviours that would be bad for the company’s image and for themselves and because¬† the company do not want any of such,¬† the have insisted that such relations amongst colleagues should not happen. .neither in the workplace and as long as one is a staff of this company, the rules should be obeyed.

Anyone found to violated this would be severely penalised” John said smiling

“Read the penalty for such act John” Emeka urges him on.

I blink,  staring at Brian,  he stares at me briefly,  I feel his hand touch mine briefly,  I read his lips.

“Breathe,¬† just breathe ”

I stare away from him as John continues. ..

“Both parties would be placed on suspension while investigations would be carried out. Suspension without pay for three weeks would be accorded to them.

If found guilty,¬† both parties would be accorded the punishment of expulsion from the company with immediate effect,¬†¬† causing them to return all of the company’s properties,¬† stripping them of their entitlements and benefits and their severance package.

They would be used to set a public¬† example in a bid to stop other falters from making the same mistake..and they would be asked to do the walk of shame out of the company’s premises .” John finished, he closes the file and places it back on the table,¬†¬† he had a smile as he folds his arms stating at me and at Brian, he turns to Mr Emeka.

“That is all Sir,” he says

“Again,¬† now that you both have heard and listened to all that he said,¬† mind explaining to me what the hell¬† is going on between you two before I start what is needful against both of you”

“Sir. ..see I can explain,…” I began, my voice cracking.
This is not happening ..this wasn’t happening…

Dear Lord !!

Why did I even allow this happen,  how?

I bite my lips.

“Yes Adora, explain.. did what John say about you both true? That you both are having sexual relations between yourselves despite knowing what the rules state?”

I turn to Brian before I answer.

“I am talking to you Adora, do you need to seek permission from him before you talk?”

“I cannot believe this!!” John throws his hands up before he realised he did it¬†opening. He drops it as Emeka turns and stares at him

“It’s a huge surprise to you too John right? ” he asked him

John nods “A big one Sir,¬† one minute they hate themselves and the other they begin to share a bed” he shakes his head

They both stare at him,  Brian is watching John, his eyes dim a bit.

‘Adora.. go on, please answer the question,¬† are you both having sexual relations ?”

“Erm…” I began

“Noo we are not” Brian answers

‘”No? Shouldn’t that be a Yes?” John throws at him

Brain stares at him “Are you the one asking or him?” He indicates to Emeka

“What does it matter, Brian? What does it matter who is asking? Is your answer a yes or a no?”

“If I am sleeping with Miss Adora? It’s a No”

John laughs “Liar!!!”

“Adora, do you share in this lie,? Look at me don’t look at him to answer dammit! !” He hits the table

“I..I Erm. .Sir, ”

“Are you sleeping with Brian,¬† yes or no?”

“Y..” I pause.

But…we haven’t slept with each other…we.

We did other things…like kiss and he used his tongue and…

“What is that Adora,¬† finish what you are about to say’

I close my eyes and then I open them.

“No. It’s a No Sir” I say

“Do you deny the allegation made by John?”

“Yes, yes I do,” I say. I see Brian lean towards the door. He is watching me.

“I see, so you would not mind if I place a call to the Boss to let him know what is going on and for him to give the go-ahead to carry out investigations on this matter ?”

“Wait for what? Why?” Brian leans away from the wall.

Emeka smiles “Or that got your attention right didn’t it Brian.¬† What do you think for? You do not want me telling the Boss, why?¬† Are you scared of the Boss Brian ?” He has a smile to his face

“I think whoever the issue here we can settle it here..you do not need to go calling the Boss to discuss something as little as this?”

“Exactly why I should let him know that I am about to carry out investigations against both of you that would lead to your expulsion from this company. Do you know why? Because you both lied to me and to him and to the entire staffs by pretending to hate each other whereas under our noses you were frolicking with each other and sleeping with each other. That is an insult, added to injury.¬† And do you see why you both faulted? Because of your grievance against each other, your fighting and cussing almost put the company in a bad light.¬† You both caused this for yourselves and for every count you both violated¬† the rules and as such, you would be punished. You will answer to the Boss on this one and he would give the go-ahead, and I want you both to hear it from his mouth. ”

“You do not have proof you know. You asked a question and I answered.¬† How the hell did you even get an information like that John?”

“I do¬† not need to tell you Shit ” John¬† throws at him

Brian smiles “Of course because you do not have any proof”

“Oh yeah? I do. I overheard you and your driver talking about her wearing your shirt and she had nothing else on”

I gasp

Brian nods his head “So you are one of those little boys who eavesdrop on people’s conversations just to wank¬† over¬†spilled¬†juices ?” Brian says

“Brian.,” I call his name, sensing his anger.

“You fxxking asshole!!!” John spat

‘Oh John…John..” Brian says with a thin smile,¬† he looks at me, I shake my head.

As though I could read his mind and he was saying…

Don’t worry babe, I am taking the higher road. Relax.

He turns away from me.

“You see how you lack respect,¬† even before me you want to instigate a fight Brian Andrews..and you wonder why I feel¬†disgust¬†staring at you”

“I do¬† not see you telling him that too”

“I do not need to because unlike you, John is respectful, loyal and a good worker. You fuel his anger and you choose to walk all over him because of what? Who do you think you are eh Brian, who do you think you are to walk over before just because ??” Emeka throws at him

Brian stares at him, sensing an undertone. .

You know very well who I am Emeka unless this isn’t only about Me and Adora sleeping with each other.. it seems as though you are out to make sure I have a constant beef with my father.

But Brian says nothing. .he didn’t need to.

Emeka carries his phone and the¬†dails. .¬†“You wait, just wait”

We wait.

I spare Brian a look, he is quiet. Maybe like him,  we feared what the Boss would say.

I knew I shouldn’t have let this happen between us..
Now we are both going to get the door.

Dear Lord, please ..please.

Help me and I promise to end it with him. I promise

I bite my lips.

I won’t ever ever ever let him come close…just please help me out of this mess.

I didn’t sleep with him..we didn’t sleep with each other.

Okay, we had kisses..a lot of kisses and… he kissed me everywhere and used his tongue and…

Oh God, I am going to hell I know it I know it.

The Boss will have our heads.

“Sir..please if you will’-” I¬† began, wanting to dissuade him from making that call.

“Ssshhh,” he says

Brian looks at me and shakes his head.

“Together.. remember? ” his voice came as a whisper¬†to¬†my eyes. I turn to him,¬† he repeats as I read his lips.

“We are in this together”

I turn away.

I didn’t know if I wanted to be in this anymore..much less together.

“Yes Sir, good morning Sir.. Very fine Sir.¬† Sir and the wife? Okay, Sir. ” he laughs nodding his head ” they are well Sir. Yes, Sir, I called you for a purpose. We have an issue and I need your directive to go ahead with what is already on¬†ground¬†?”

He pauses and listens, we all are watching him, John is smiling.

“Yes, Sir..it¬†is about¬†the new media manager and her PA Sir. .yes, let me tell you the issue ”

He puts the phone on loudspeaker, places on the desk and then begins to talk.

The room is silent.

“Where are they?” The deep baritone voice asks over loudspeaker

“Here Sir ”

“Adora and Brian? Is this allegation true?”

“No” Brian states,¬† I am speechless as fear grips me.

” Are you answering for your self or for both of you Brian Andrews?”

“For both of Us,” he says quietly,¬† as one who is treading carefully.

“Emeka, do you have proof¬†to¬†this regard?”

“Well…according to John?”

“Who is John?”

“John Efegor Sir, administration ”

“Oh okay.. yes go on”

“According to John,¬† he overheard a conversation Brian had with the driver about him and Adora here and it led him to believe that something was going on and when I asked they denied it. But we all know that these two acted like they hated each other and cases of their fights have been brought to your knowledge especially the online platform case and the police station.¬† They have¬† been bringing their personal grievances to work and causing a lot of stagnation and low focus and now that he has brought this to light..we know truly undertake the reason for their behaviour and as such we would like to use the penalty accorded to this violation ”

“I see,¬† again, do you have proof?”

“What do you mean Sir? ”

“You are not dumb Emeka are you?”

Emeka is startled,¬† he looks at us “No Sir but..”

“Let me get this straight. John Efegor overhears two grown men talking about his Boss ,¬† whatever it is they were saying and he concludes that they are having sexual relations and runs to you and instead of you to dig in and investigate properly to get proper proof you rush to me and jumping ropes to the end to pull the penalty plug?”

‘”Well Sir,¬† the allegation was looking
Valid and i-”

“Emeka..Emeka, in the court of law, do you not present proof before someone is found guilty of a crime? ”

“But Sir we aren’t in a court of¬†law ,¬†this is a company and we-‘”

“Do you just punish people just because of mere talks. So what they were talking about sex and he overhears.¬† Did he see them making out, caught them¬†red-handed ,¬†have a picture or a video? Is there proof other than what he¬†overhead. And if we are going by word of mouth can it not also mean that it was fabricated ?”

“No¬†it wasn’t Sir!” John states leaning toward the phone ” I did hear him and Ikena the driver¬†taking¬†about her in his shirt and -”

“So you go around like a little boy listening to people’s conversation.¬† Let me ask you something John, do you get sexually aroused from that?”

I gasp

Brian chuckles. Emeka throws him a look, John throws him a harder look.
I frown.

I swear to God.. they sounded alike, same words.

How uncanny. .how coincidental to have such same line of thoughts.

“I asked you a question ?”

“No Sir ..that is absurd Sir” John stutters

“Good.¬†It is¬†a crime to eavesdrop…you do know that right? But never the less,¬† I do not see a harmless gossip or should I say,¬† two people fantasy in about a woman a crime. .even if she is their Boss. Now, you heard them talking, you ran to Emeka to report. Good. Now, you should have come along with proof so that when Emeka calls me .. he has something tangible to tell me other than what he heard you heard…do you understand how this is quite silly?

So because I heard someone is a thief and without seeing that it is true I go to the police and have him arrested and sent to the gas chambers ?”

“That is not what we are saying, Sir?” Emeka says stiffly, his anger showing

“That is exactly what you just did Emeka and I expected me from you. I see that you do not have anything important in your hands to do this morning unless you would have carried out proper investigations before calling me. Be careful Emeka, things like this can pull people out of their jobs,do not take drastic action without prove of I will be forced to take actions against you without as much¬†a as¬†blink just because I heard you are incompetent does not mean I will just fire you,I will make sure before I call the foxes. .you should have done the same.¬† Next time, have something tangible to tell me before calling me.¬† I pay you to walk not listen to gossip Emeka”

He sighs “As for you¬† Adora and Brian, I hope for your sakes this isn’t true because if they do bring me prove I will do the needful as it is something that needs to be done.¬† This is a working environment, not where you want to soar your wide oats and disrupt the work that is mean to go on. If for any reason you not desire each other and you think it is something that is permanent,¬† get married and let it be legal and as such, you both would still need your keep your business outside the company’s premises.¬† I will not condone misconduct, sexual perversion or anything that would cause the company a bad standing.¬† I will deal with you both myself. Is that clear?”

“Yes Sir” I state

“Yes,” Brian says

“Since that is all, I will advise you Emeka do send your minds to other Important things.. leave gossip alone. And John? I know you are paid to do a job, carry gossips like this means me think you are useless and I hope you are not.?”

“No Sir,¬† I am not. I am sorry”

“Good day everyone ” the line dies

“Sir,¬† I think the Boss was-

“Get out!!” Emeka says

“Sir..if only he had listened and- “John continues angrily

“I said Get out.¬† GET OUT. ALL OF YOU GET OUT. GET OUT OF MY OFFICE. GET OUT!!!!!” he thunders

I turn quickly leaving the office.Brian follows me out.John hesitates at the door

“But Sir?”

We turn when we hear John closing the door with a bang as something shatters at the back of the closed door.

John is staring at the closed door, his hands folded in a fist. Without saying anything he turns, walking past us and leaves us standing there.

I turn to Brian…
He is staring at me.

I see him open his mouth .

“Don’t say anything please..”

“I just wanted to say I am sorry for this,” he said.

“I can’t do this Brian..I can’t.¬† I do not think we should see each other any more. I think we should break up. No…i am breaking up with you” I tell him

He stares into my eyes for a brief minute, without saying anything he turns and walks away, leaving me staring after him as he disappears into his office passing the onlookers who were wondering why they heard glass shattering in Mr Emeka’s office.

I sigh turning to my door and entering, once I enter, I close the door going to my desk, sitting down I put my face in my hands. ..

I must have felt a tear drop..maybe two.

*
Teca turns when one of the officers approaches him.

‘Sir, I got the coordinates you asked for” he gives him a paper

Teca¬†takes it. “Sure this is right? ”

“Within the last second…yes”

“Okay, thanks ” Teca takes it and then uses his phone to scan it.

The policeman leaves him.

“Okay girls, ” he tells them ” whatever you find, take it to forensics,¬† and¬†beep¬†them to me. Segun and Gabriel, you guys come with me. Daddy needs to go check out a spot” he beckons to two guys telling them to follow him.

They get to the car ” where are we going to?”

“If my hunch is right, I think my source is following a trail, just so we don’t get surprised, you are the backups..”

“Vampire ?”

“Yes, Vampire ”

“Okay ” they enter their cars.

“Keep your lines open, ” he tells them as he enters his own car and they pull out from the underground parking lot from the last of Vampire’s safe houses he recently vacated and touched. ..leaving little no traces left.

“Ikena, Ikena I have a feeling you are on to something.¬† I hope you don’t do anything stupid. For your sake ” he sighs as he turns on the next street.

Thankfully, the road was clear,  if he steps on it he can be in town within the next twenty minutes.

He checks the mirror to see that the two police cars were still following his.

*

“Anything the matter, why are you all running, what is wrong, tell me please, are we under attack, robbers? Thieves..what? ” the receptionist asks in fear as he moves further away from everyone. .trying to look behind them as he goes to the car, bending low, wanting to keep himself safe at least if anything was going down.

Ikena is staring at him.

There was no doubt. This was Vampire.

Now, looking at those eyes, it was as if everything falls into place.

Now,¬† even the grey hair and the moustache looked out of place, but you wouldn’t know. Whoever did this must be a very skilful artist, a make-believe artist.

This was vampire, it was pretty obvious now.

The way his eyes goes straight to the car, that same car of a few couple of other cars.

Why that?

That was the car Vampire stole., it cannot be a coincidence that this man who happened to look like an elderly man, with warm edges seemed to own that same car with the same colour and same number.

No.

It can only be vampire..

The man who disguises like a priest.. and lived in a place of worship while he kills innocents.

This was Vampire, and the way his eyes darts to the car and then back gave him away.

And those two?

Ikena looks behind him, must be people who worked for him or knew who he was.

Ikena says nothing, he waits for their next move.

He tries to observe them.

If they are who he thinks they are, there would be no way they wouldn’t be harmed.

Good thing the place was clear safe for him and the receptionist. .

He hopes he wouldn’t be hurt, he would hate for that to happen.

He waits.

*

Alex is staring at him.

Yes! This was definitely the man with the child. ..

This was him

Was this a coincidence that he happened to be in the hotel, same hotel that he is and looking for someone…?

Was this man who he really said he was, a family man with a child? Was he?

Alex is staring at him.

He needs to see that picture, he needs to see the pictures he was showing the receptionist.

Something wasn’t right, something really wasn’t right. And he is curious, he needs to make sure this man is no danger to him.

He steps closer, he clears his throat ..” is there a problem? ” he asks the receptionist who frowns

“Aha!! I should be the one asking you?” He comes out from where he was standing between two cars ” why did you all run out to us here, was someone chasing you?”

“Run? We running !” One of the men behind the grey hair man said.

Ikena still says nothing; his eyes don’t leave the grey-haired man.

He could bet his left balls if he pulls that hair, he would unmask him.

He steps closer, the man darts his eyes to him.

“Have we met before ?” He says to Ikena

“It depends, ”

“On?”

Ikena steps closer “if you know someone I know'”

“Who might that be? Because I swear you seem familiar to me,¬† do you go to church? Maybe we met in service ” he fishes, throwing the hook into the river, seeing if he catches.

Ikena sees the hook, he needs to be careful in approaching this before he loses him, he dodges the hook. If he doesn’t do this right, he might get beaten by sharks, if he does, Vampire would be the one in their mouth and that was just fine by him.

He is staring at him, wondering if Vampire recognises him.

Maybe he does, but the question was, did he know who he really was?.

That he was sure he wasn’t sure off, and that was what he needed to find out. Did he know whether he recognises him as Vampire?

”Yes, I go to church, I speak to God a lot, he saved my daughter recently, she was sick, I met a good man of God. he was really helpful” Ikena smiles but it doesn’t reach his eyes. ”He even gave me five thousand¬†naira¬†when I needed to top for her hospital bills. such a good heart he was.”

He throws back the hook, dangling in the water, waiting for him to bite.

The grey-haired man smiles, yes, he was definitely the man from the church, the one with his daughter, maybe, he was harmless…a coincidence he is here. ”Oh, lovely. How is your daughter? is she okay? I am sure the man of God prayed to his God and he answered?”

Bingo!!  good boy..Ikena thought to himself

”Indeed, I went back to thank him, and I told myself I was going to keep attending his church, was there on Sunday you see, for service when I got the news, had to rush out to see that my daughter as well. I came back and..” he trails off,

”You came back and what?”

Ikena shakes his head ”’it was as if the devil struck, it took the church and the people in it I hear. I just left to go home to my daughter and when I got back to church..fire…fire had taken it. I heard everyone within died…I believe the good pastor…died too, and that girl…what is her name?” Ikena looks up at him

”what is her name?”

”Juliet, yes, her name is Juliet, I believe she died too. she was nice to me, she was….she opened the door for me to meet the good man who prayed and helped me. to think that she is dead and he too? I wonder…who could do such a thing to good people, I pray that God should arrest them and cause them worse death” Ikena says looking at him

”Oh that is sad, you say that as though you think they were murdered”

”I know she was murdered?”

Alex raises his eyebrow ”How so?”

”Because fire killed her” Ikena says watching him, ”she looked so innocent, too young to die, too full of life, they said someone set the place on fire. I believe whoever did so killed her and everyone in it. I pray the law finds him, I pray whoever is the Punisher finds him because if I were the punisher….i will-”

”You will what?”

Ikena smiles ” I will send him to hell myself”

They stare at each other, Ikena tells him just what he would do to him directly.

Alex stares at this man, he is frowning.

something didn’t feel right about this guy, not what bit ”How do you know it was a He?”

”The devil isn’t usually a woman”

There was something off about this man, something really off. Alex thinks to himself.

He needs to make sure, he needs to make sure the thoughts were only in his head.

”That picture you were showing him, maybe I can help, you remember I told you I am good with faces?”

Ikena dips his hands into his pocket ”Sure, why not, making you can tell me where to find him if you see him. strangely, he has a striking resemblance to …” he trails off as he brings out the picture stepping closer to Alex he turns the picture over, so he doesn’t see the face until when he is close enough.

Alex is stretching out his hand to take the picture, Mikel and Chike who has been quiet all the while are watching Ikena’s movement.

Ikena sees them, he observes their stance and knows that they are on alert.

He ignores them, he just needs to get close, close enough to snap Vampire’s neck, once he does…he would use him as a shield just in case they pull out their guns…

He would take them down in five.

Then he can be able o close his eyes in peace knowing Juliet’s death has been avenged.

He nears him placing the picture flat on his palm, he raises up his hand at that moment to swing it over his neck and do a quick snap when two cars drive into the garage distracting them.

He sees the two guys take their hands to their back, he knew they were touching their guns, the grey-haired man did the same..but they don’t pull it out. everyone’s eyes are on the men who alight, wearing a police vest.

Teca, what the fxxxk!!!!!!

Ikena frowns.

Teca walks out of the police car, taking off his glasses as the other two alight.. they walk to them,

”Good afternoon gentlemen!!” Teca says looking from one to the other, his eyes rest on Ikena, he smiles ”Funny I find you here, care to explain or rather introduce me to your friends?”

Alex turns to Ikena.

He was right, there was something off about this guy.. he may not be who he says he is.

He looks at the picture turned backwards in his palm. He needs to see who is in the picture, he needs to see who he was looking for. He needs to see the face of the man.

He turns it, his eyes grow big as he looks up in shock.. ”It’s you?” he exclaims

*

TO BE CONTINUED.

 

STAY MOTIVATED

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Don’t hide your Talents..

Let the world know what God has deposited into you. 

Make it known..let it speak. .

Let it  introduce you when words fail you. .

And when it’s time,  relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour ..

And never forget to thank Him, who made it so,  creating you in His beauty, crafting you in His image..

And making all things perfect.
“For the thoughts I have of you are of  good and not of evil to give you an expected end” He says
So be rest assured..that when God your plans drafted into His own plans…
Everything would fall into pleasant places for you.
Sometimes , all you need to believe. ..and know that faith would move mountains.

But remember,   faith without works is dead.
So just don’t work the thought..work the talk..and study to show yourself approved…
So use those talents, make it count..
And when it’s time…

Soar Babyūüėėūüėėūüėė
GOD got you. 

You got you.

Others will follow. 
In time…all things would be as beautiful as the rainbow stretched lazily across the sky. 
Stay Woke.ūüėé

Stay you.

Be motivated.
Xoxo
~Stephanie Egberike 

THE BRAT AND THE SHE-DEVIL- CHAP 37

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THE BRAT AND THE¬†SHE ‚ÄďDEVIL

#THEBRATANDTHESHE-DEVIL

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN

*

John turns to the door realizing who just walked in, his face a mask of anger, so was his ”Oh, speak of the devil” he says shaking his head ”I call his name and he shows up out of nowhere like he owns the place. And what is even more laughable is the fact that you suddenly called her ”your Boss”, like since when did you both become chummy-buddies. Your Boss? Now you come to defend her honour when you have been the one tarnishing her image since you came here, and as if that is not¬†enough ,¬†you dare to cross boundaries and yet you tell me I am the one crossing boundary by speaking to your Boss that way, like.. are you out of your mind Brian eh? Because I believe you are. I do!!!’ he says

Brian is still at the door, his eyes darts to me, I shake my head, telling him to calm down mentally.

If only mind reading was an actual thing. He looks away from me; his gaze rests on John, his eyes dimmed.

”John, again, did you just speak to my boss like that, in that manner, in that tone?”

”It is like you are mad!!” John flares up

Brian has a silent smile on his face as he shakes his head, he rubs his lips slowly with his head bent, he shakes his head again..he takes a slow step towards John ”Oh John, you really do not want me to repeat that question. I am trying so hard, so hard to be calm…but..you aren’t helping me, you aren’t even helping yourself. Again, did you just indirectly insult my boss?”

”Thunder eh? Will fire you. I repeat you are mad Brain the he-goat,” he repeats pointing his right index finger at him, shaking it in his anger.

His eyes as been seeing red ever since he overhead the conversation between Brian and Ikena, about her wearing his shirt and he had walked in and saw her the next day.

Adora was definitely in his house, Brian’s house and in his shirt? That only meant one thing.

They were fxxking each other.

Since when? When did that happen? One minute they were like cats and dogs and the next they were lovers? In what century did that happen? When?

Or did they always pretended to hate each other but in reality they always liked each other? Or, somewhere between the fights and banters and the swords flying over head they found a mutual ground of likeness.

How was that even possible? They went from 0.01 hate to sleeping with each other, that was likeness 2.0

What the fxxk?

What the actual fxxk?

Damnit!!!!!!!!!

”Infact¬†Brian, you are more¬†that¬†mad. You are a bastard, a conniving corny bastard!! You have no place in this company; neither do you have one in this office or close to her. Who gave you the audacity, the effrontery, the liver,¬†chei¬†God!!!” he touches his head as he holds it.

He wants to explode out of hate for this guy.

It wasn’t enough that he came and moved everyone’s attention (which wasn’t much) from him to himself. The little prestige he had in the company as the Go-To-Guy was gone since Brian came.

All the ladies¬†flocked around¬†Brian wanting to kill themselves over him. Every office or cubicle he walks into that there are ladies, it is always about Brian this, Brian that….oh-sexy-hot-fine-Brian.

He is sometimes tempted to smash the ladies’ head to the wall.

Then when he is with the guys, with the exception of Peter, every other guy wants to be like him. They are either talking about how well he dresses, how classy he looks, his shoes and his swatch.

It was unbearably annoying.

If that the girl Peter was pinning for wasn’t into Brian, he was sure Peter would like the guy too.

Boma? That was another story. He is all praises for the guy since he told that Layefa dude that Boma was the best at Tech.

Fool!!! The layefa guy still asked that Brian should tag along.

Everyone simply has likes him, what was so likeable about the fool Brian. Nothing.

He has a pretty face? So what. He works out? So what?.

He, John wasn’t bad either, and if not because of Brian, all these girls would love him …they¬†would,¬†if they all came down from their high Trojan horse and stop pretending like he isn’t worth the chase that is.

But that is just part of his anger.

Why the hell did he not just die, why the hell did Frank mess up..why?

Damnit!!!

If he had his phone still with him, he would have called up that fool to give him an explanation on what the hell happened.

But no phone, no fool and still a bigger fool here staring at him.

What’s worse, is the fact that the lady he had begun eyeing is the same one he, Brian went behind his back and is having…

Argh!!!!

John folds his fist..

Why Adora why? Of all people why him? Why Brian.

He had been the one who has been nice to her when that fool was nothing but an ass to her, a literal pain in the ass.

He has been the one trying to make sure she felt okay and comfortable when she came, making sure things were done when she wanted, attended to directives from her when this…fool of a Brian refused to take up his post as¬†PA ..

He had been the one who offered to take her home, spending his money to go pick her only for that fool to attack him instead and forces his way to take her home.

He had been the one to help her clean up the mess Brian the he-goat put her in. he had been the one nice to her, really nice to her from his heart.

Him, him…HIM!!!

But what does he get? To be looked away from only to stare at that fool?

Why him Adora? How, when…why? Just why.

He thinks to himself,

So that fool Brian has touched you, kissed you, made love to you and had you already when he was wishing to taste her and have her for himself.

Brian already had her?????

Argh!!!!!

He was angry, so angry he could damn the consequences and rush the maggot who is staring at him.

His Boss? His boss?

The one he, Brian already screwing. The one he, John should be screwing.

The one he was trying to soften her up to stand by her side so she depends entirely on him. But as usual, pretty he-goat Brian turns from hater to lover…

And he shouldn’t hate him? He shouldn’t try to smash his head¬†to¬†the wall behind him and pray it squashes into a mass of nothing but blood and condensed cells?

He shouldn’t look for ways to make sure that he¬†suffer, and suffer so much pain he can only imagine and beg to never feel again.

Why Adora?

He had liked Adora, since the first day that he laid eyes on her¬†going by¬†her house to drop documents that that fool refused to take over. He had known then and there that he wanted her for himself. She was so beautiful he could make out the way her curves would look within that silk she wore to come out in the morning. She was a breath of fresh air, she was just the kind of girl he wanted for himself,…and despite knowing she was his Boss and his superior albeit in another department, he knew getting close to her was a priority , and he had jumped at the offer when she asked for help and when she met Brian whom he had met only a few days before when he resumed and the nonchalance attitude he pulled when he came, he already hated him and he had been too happy to see that she hated him too and elated to see that they both hated each other, clawing at their throats and eyes and wanting to make sure they were apart and never under the same roof…

Now, out of the blue…. Just when he thought she was like the rainbow in his raining sky.

She is wearing his shirt, probably after a round of sex, even Ikena saw her in his shirt. It meant that they didn’t care that someone found them in that state…

Argh!!! He winces in pain, his chest was hurting out of anger..

Brian comes here, into this company and all he has succeeded in doing is making a¬†fxxking¬†name for himself, the guy everyone loves…

Except him, and Mr Emeka.., apparently because he isn’t obviously in Mr Emeka’s good books else Mr Emeka wouldn’t ask him to keep an eye on the fool and make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid when they went to that Layefa’s IT company, and he was happy to oblige him.

So it was two against one, it should do.

But somehow, Brian succeeded in making even fat fool Layefa like him enough to sign him up for the program, picking him. Mr Emeka wasn’t happy about it. But it wasn’t his fault, how was he to know that the fool was kinda smart, Tech smart.

Hell!!!!

Brian has too many surprises rearing up, and it wasn’t good.¬†No¬†it wasn’t.

And he had had such good plans to wipe the smirk off his face, and Frank was going to take care of it, but what does Frank do?

Mess up!!!

Allowed the dead to rise …

Oh,. He would send the dead back to where he came from. Yes!!! Frank must have failed, maybe his boys were amateur, maybe Brian had God smile on him.

Or¬†,maybe¬†Ikena has a hand in this¬†somehow ,¬†he could smell it. That attack in the toilet wasn’t normal, no it wasn’t.

Ikena wasn’t just an ordinary driver, he could swear it. His choice of words he used when asking him questions, his strength, wasn’t just that he was strong, it was the way he¬†channeled¬†it to towards him, he was tactful, precise.

And his anger, it was personal, too personal for just a driver and Brian his passenger.

He has to get to the root of it. Something wasn’t right, not, it wasn’t.

He needs to find out who Ikena is, who he is to Brian and their connection and how the hell he got whiff of frank..

And how he knew about the attack and to connect him to it. He can’t be just a driver to have access to that information, where did he get tech from to trace it to his number. How..

And Brian asking him if he had gotten information on the attack..

Or wait, was he a cop?

No!!!! no.

Whatever the situation is, he needs to get rid of Brian, the more he is around him the more he keeps fxxking up his life, making it miserable, making him less visible..

Brian needs to be messed up big time and he needs to do things himself, Yes!!!!

He just has to look for a way to talk to MR Emeka, there has to be something to do to him to make sure that he is gone and gone forever. Even if it means him writing on his tomb stone himself and pouring in the last dirt of the earth on his coffin and tell him to go screw himself in hell. He would. He would.

Brian has not only stepped on his toes, he has taken her, the one he wanted for himself, and that..that was fxxking painful. It hurt like hell. It hurt like burning coal.

Oh, he needs to think of a better plan.

Frank fxxked up.

But he¬†wouldn’t ,¬†no..¬†Brian has to pay for usurping his status in the company and then¬†for getting¬†with the lady he liked…

This just doubled his hate. He hates him¬†sooo¬†much he wouldn’t mind running a knife through him himself right now.

Oh, you just wait Brian, you just wait..

The plan I will have for you, it would be something that you wouldn’t be able to come out from, no!! and dead men don’t talk.

”Brian, Brian Andrews!! You are mad!!!” John repeats again, his hands folded in a fist. He cannot contain his anger, neither can he control his mouth. He simply refuses to.

I flinch. This wouldn’t end well if I do not step in.

Brian, Brian wouldn’t be able to control his anger for so long, and I still didn’t want a face-off between both men, not on my account and most¬†importantly ,¬†I didn’t want one on Brian’s. Besides, this was my office, I would get a query from Mr Emeka, …and worse, asked to explain what he¬†met by¬†his questions.

”I swear eh Brian…if your mama born you well eh, interrupt me again!!!”‘ he challenges him

”John!!” I say sternly ”I will not have you talk to me rudely in my office and ask me stupid questions. Who the hell do you think you are, why would you come into my office and speak to me that way? I will run this by Mr Emeka, in the main time, get out and do not come back until you have a letter of apology signed by you and by Mr Emeka” I point to the door ”You will not insult or talk to my PA like that either, what is the matter with you, what has his mother got to do with this ? what?”

John stares at me incredulously ”You can’t be serious Ma’am, I mean you cannot be actually¬†serious .¬†So because I ask you a direct question it is speaking to you rudely? I only asked¬†you Ma’am¬†what is wrong with¬†you ,¬†I haven’t even yet asked you the real question and you are calling it an insult? Okay, let me ask you the direct question Ma, what the hell is going on between you and that fool standing by the door and you call it insubordination?” he points to Brian.

I blink ”What the hell is that supposed to mean John?”

”what it means, what is going on with you both? Because I know something is, I know it. So what is going on between and the bastard by the door?” with his finger still pointed to Brian, he looks at me.”

”Have you gone mad? What kind of question is that?”

”The kind of question that¬†need¬†answering …so will you tell me or you would tell Mr Emeka the answer to that question.?”

Oh, spill it Adora, spill it. Tell me how you were screwing the guy and ended up in his shirt that a fxxkign common driver sees you in it.

Dammnit!!!

”You will not ask me such a stupid, uncalled for and totally absurd question. You have crossed boundaries and you need to apologize to me for even seeking to ask me that.” I point at him, anger in my eyes, but within…

Dear Lord, how did he know.

He laughs annoyingly ”Me, you are the one crossing boundaries or rather allowing a fool to step in where he shouldn’t ever dream to. Me, crossing boundaries? Madam…I do not think you understand what that means”

”John I will not have you insult me, and Yes!!! You really have overstepped. What audacity do you have to question me that way, and why would you even think about something like that.¬†You dare¬†to ask me what is wrong with me? Since when do we have a relationship like that¬†that warrants¬†you to talk to me like that?” I scream at him. Brian is quiet, too quiet.

”Madam!!! I will speak to you the way¬†i¬†want because it is as if you do not know your place. Of all people to have a thing with it is him, this church rat, this displaced human being. Him,..of all people and then you think you are alright? After all the tantrums and bickering your guys have done and I thought,¬†infact¬†everyone thought you both hated each other but¬†nooooooo, all I see now is you both getting all chummy that he calls you his boss. Where the hell did that come from eh? So you both¬†was¬†just pretending all the while right? Acting like you hated each other but in¬†reality¬†you both probably have more platonic feelings towards each other right?”

He gets angrier, it is evident…

“Of all people – of all people. You choose him?” he shakes his head ”Something Ma, is really wrong with you. All he has done is ruin your day, and yet you…” he exclaims ”something is really wrong with you Ma to follow this mannerless person whose mother obviously had too¬†much¬†times on her hands stroking her husband’s balls she forgot to teach him some sense. He lacks it, and he must have gotten¬†hiss¬†senselessness from his mother too, and it is surprising because I expected more from you Ma with your class and poise and your…I-do-not-take-nonsense-from-no-condescending-fellow-named-Brian,…now you are the one talking it, pun intended, literally from him like a starved horny person who sees clean and better guys but¬†choose¬†to go after the scum of the earth. See¬†why,¬†I cannot even understand you ma…with your class and prestige, you acted like a common, cheap, prostitute and-”

He didn’t finish.

Before I could blink, Brian has his hands around John’s collar and with one quick move he smashes him to the wall as he lifts him up against the wall, he speaks, but his voice is quiet, very quiet that I cloud hardly hear the words as he speaks, I gasp and rush¬†round¬†the table to them, touching Brian’s hands..

”Drop him¬†down¬†Brian!!!”‘ I exclaim

”You asshole, you¬†fxxking¬†asshole, you …you-let¬†me down, let me go, you maggot!!!!” John spat.

But Brian holds his tighter, causing him to wince in pain and he struggles to let go. John continuous to scream at him, I am afraid the staff will hear and come rushing in. ”Let me go you bastard!! I will make sure you regret this I swear! Let me go¬†damnit!!!” he struggles more, now I am afraid¬†more for¬†him¬†now..

I turn to stare at Brian, I see him vibrate in quiet anger. i had seen Brian angry before, especially when he and John are at it, and it is usually when John tests him, but right now, this anger was different.

Fear grips me.

Brian flexes his jaw, I see the vein pop out and then go back.

”Brian, put him down right this minute!!” I order but he ignores me, John is spitting more venom.

”Brian!!!!!”

He isn’t listening to me, no, his eyes are on John ”I can tolerate you insulting me, getting all up in my face with whatever you are. But I will not, absolutely will not¬†seat¬†back and listen to you insult my mother, no. don’t go there, don’t even dare repeat that because it would be your face I would smashing¬†to¬†this wall….”

”Let me go you bastard!!!!” John chokes

Brian moves him out and then slams him again to the wall, John groans, I let out a tiny scream..

”Bastard!!!!”

Brian takes him out more and slams him harder, the wall shook..

”Jesus Brian!!!!” I gasp in fear. The anger in his eyes is too real, I almost felt the heat radiating from his body.

He speaks quietly, through his teeth.

”And another thing John, that would be your first and then your last time you dare to talk to Miss Adora like that.¬†Your¬†last!! ”

”Brian ” I touch his hands ”Please let him go, you do not need this…to disrupt the change you have begun in you, it’s not worth it, I can handle it”

”fxxking¬†Bastard!!!” John chokes from the wall he is been raised against..still struggling to be let go off, Brian held him tighter, his muscles twitching.

God knows I haven’t seen him this mad before, and I am not sure I want to again.

If only John would just shut up. I felt like slapping John myself, maybe now I understand the reason why Brian wants to shut him up every time he rears his ugly head. John was annoying, I never knew how much until today and …right now, John deserves to get the shaking up of his life talking about someone’s mother like that, I wouldn’t let it slide if it were my mother, but¬†still..

This was a company, this was my office, and the work ethics doesn’t involve washing personal linens outside, much less tolerating fights.

And I did not want the management getting whiff of this, Brian already has a dent to his image because, well, he must have stepped on Mr Emeka’s toes and he isn’t too pleased about him being here. And well, he stepped on¬†mine¬†and I made sure to let Mr Emeka know I wanted him away from my office and the¬†company ,¬†but that was before I got to know him, and maybe want him more around than¬†i¬†have ever wanted¬†any one.

So this- this would be bad for Brian if Mr Emeka would get word of his exchange with John, it would just be another push he needs..

Whatever issues Mr Emeks has with Brian, I do not know but..it sure runs deep. Brian doesn’t need another reason to give to Mr Emeka to accelerate his push through the door. I do not want him to leave, not even on my account because he was trying to defend my honour.

And if, if…it gets to Mr Emeka that we possibly may be having something¬†together,.¬†It may also jeopardize my work here. And I have worked hard to get to the place I am, I wouldn’t want some office love affair to be the reason I got fired, or he got fired.

But, where the hell did John get that from? Who told him? How did he know?.

Aside me and Brian knowing I was in his house, no one else knew.

Well, everyone knows I go there to work on the client’s designing with Brian, but they do not know we have…well..a-kind-of feeling towards each other least having a thing with each other, least sleeping over. So where the hell did John get that from?

Was he following us?

Or did Ikena tell him?

It wasn’t me, and …Brian and¬†him¬†aren’t exactly chatting buddies to spill such mushy details.

Was it Ikena? But why would Ikena tell him, he wouldn’t right.

Oh this was bad, this was really bad..

”Brian let him go please” now I begged.

He turns to me, for a moment, actually realizing I was standing close to him and my hand on his arm, he looks into my eyes, I hope he reads the fear in them.. then his hard eyes wavers for a second.. then he looks away, I literally see him taking a deep breathe, he closes his eyes for a tiny breath of a second and then opens it.

I see him struggle with control, then a more seconds pass, I see him relax, so did his features..

He turns to John, looking at him intently ”The only reason I am not going to really make you regret everything you have just said right now is because of her. But by God John, by God…I beg you to refrain from such vulgar words towards me, towards my mother and especially towards Miss Adora. Today you are lucky, and today…I really do not want to take ten steps¬†backwards¬†when I am already moving forward. So please, please do me this favour, you stay out of my way as I stay¬†out from¬†yours. I offered you a hand of friendship but you refused it and you spit on it on a¬†daily,.¬†I do not want to be friends with you, not anymore. There is something seriously wrong with you and I only hope that you get help because you need it, for real. Whatever bad blood we both have towards each other should have evaporated. I am still surprised how it became from water to thick black liquid.¬†i¬†came here to work, I may¬†have not¬†liked it here and maybe did whatever just to bail, that was then. This is now. I will not allow you jeopardize my good intentions towards everything here, no¬†john¬†I will not.

So let me repeat again for emphasis; if my being here upsets you in¬†anyway, I am sorry. If my attitude when I first came sort of thwarted the pyramid you had of yourself here, hell, I am sorry. If I, in anyway made your life unbearable or made you a shadow to the glow you had here, whatever it was, I am sorry. If my smile pisses you off, I am sorry. Fxxk!! If you do not just like me just because, heh, I am sorry. But I am not sorry for being this me right now, I am not sorry for trying to change, I am not sorry for trying to make things right, I am just sorry that you choose to hold on to things that don’t make sense and fights and quarrels that I have come to realize was totally immature and uncalled for and if I have instigated you to feel anyway that caused you to act out, really act out. I AM SORRY JOHN. But this is where my apologies end. I won’t keep apologizing to an obnoxious ass who isn’t ready to let bygones be bygones especially when I didn’t exactly do anything to him directly on purpose. That is the truth. I had nothing against you from the start, the people I directly lashed out were Miss Adora and Mr Emeka and My Fath-”

He pauses, I look at him, wondering what he was about to say, and why it sounded like he was about to say his father.

He shakes his head and then continues ”This is where my apologies end with¬†you¬†John. And I won’t apologize further; I never did anything to you, Never!. So if you want to continue with this¬†behavior, fine. Go ahead, everyone is entitled to their opinions and as well as their actions, but I¬†beg ,¬†I really pray that you leave me out of it, leave my mother out of it and as well as Miss Adora. ”

He lets him go and steps backwards, John crumbles to the floor, and then raises himself up, his eyes in slits as he stares at Brian, me and then back at Brian.

”If you think your-”

I walk to John ”Get out!!!” I stay sternly as I grab his shoulders as I push him towards the door.

He looks at me as he gets there ”You were with him..why him?”

”Who told you that, where in the world did you get that from huh?” I shout at him

”You deny it? Or it is the truth?”

”Get out John and stuff your questions in your rectum” I point to the door ”The next time you come into this office, you better be holding a letter of apology..or you do not cross my part. I want you off my team, I will speak to Mr Emeka to take you back to your department, I thank you for your help. But I do not think it’s a good idea to¬†work under¬†me again”

”Because of him, you chase me out because of him?”

I step closer ”No,¬†because your attitude stinks John, simply that. Get out from my office John¬†Efegor.”

He throws a look at Brian, who is stairing at him, then he looks at me.., without another word, he turns and walks away, slamming the door in my face. As soon as he leaves, I cover my face with my hands..

”crap crap crap!!!!” I repeat

I feel his arms around me

”No Brian, no!!!” I push him away

”Adora!!!”

”No Brian…stay away. This is all¬†wrong ,¬†all wrong. Where did he get that from, how did he find out..this could cause me my job, both our jobs. This could ruin my reputation. Dating a colleague, and worse my junior staff. Do you know what that means?”

”Adora?”

”No Brain, this was a mistake, it was. I think we should..-‘

”What?”

I look at him ”I think we shouldn’t have even thought about it and then …”I trail off, he steps away from me

”So you are breaking up with me?”

”What do you want me to do? Just imagine, we have only begun dating for a weekend and see how the wind blew it to the walls who have hears and he, John comes up and see how he insulted me, insulted you..insulted your mother”

”And I set him straight, I won’t allow someone disrespect you, nor my mother”

”Well that is the problem”

He frowns ”I should¬†seat¬†back and let a¬†mad man¬†disrespect my woman and the woman who gave birth to me? Are you¬†fxxking¬†serious right now Adora?”

”Don’t you dare speak to me like that” I point at him

”Then stop thinking like that. Why would you think I would let it go. I won’t. Even if you weren’t my girlfriend, I will not allow a man who has little respect for himself disrespect a lady. I have respect for my mother and I love her immensely, and I have begun to care for you too Adora, you can ask me to do anything else I will, but¬†don’t ask me to do nothing¬†when you are been hurt verbally and otherwise.”

I sigh ”Did you realize how angry you were, did you see the way you manhandled him?”

He turns away and then rubs his mouth ”I know I can lose control sometimes and let my anger take over me but…you saw him, I was literally trying to control myself but he was just pushing and pushing and I lost it”

”And you don’t need that,..you were trying to be a better person, so be a bigger person next time and walk away, take the higher road. Whatever hate he has for you right now as intensified even more”

”He wants¬†you¬†Adora, that is what I see here, that is his anger, not that the social media boss is having a thing with her PA, is that the social media boss he wants for himself is having a thing with the PA he hates”

I am shocked ” And why would you think something like that, he is just angry-‘

”Adora ,¬†I am a man. We know when someone has their antenna on for lady”

”that’s not possible. He has just always been a nice guy and all up until today”

”He has always been a nice guy because he was hoping to get with you Adora, it’s rainbow clear.”

”I don’t think so, he is just angry. How can he like his Boss, I am¬†technically”

Brian chuckles ”I think that doesn’t count. You are my Boss and¬†I ,¬†your PA, literally your errand boy, two to three levels down, and yet, you are my girlfriend right? ”

I stare at him

”Right?’

”Brian?”

”Come on Adora, you can’t possibly break up with me, over that? Okay, I am sorry, I would walk away next time, I wouldn’t let it get this far. Please, this means a lot to me, for the first time-”

”So you are guilt tripping me?”

”Adora????”

I sigh ”I really love my job”

”So its priority over feelings right?”

”Brian?” now I call his name ”You can get fired, John hates you, Mr Emeka isn’t your biggest fan. You don’t need me to add pepper to injury”

”I can take care of myself “‘

”Great, you can take care of yourself. who will take care of me when you are gone?” I say without thinking

He walks to me, touching my hand

”No…Brian” I tell him shaking my head

He pulls me to himself despite my reluctance

”Briannnnnn”

”Please, don’t kill something about to be beautiful because of this”

”You don’t know¬†that,¬†you don’t know anything Brian” I try to pull away, he doesn’t let me go, he tries to peer into my face

”I know I want you, I know I want this and I know I would rather let go of my anger and dine with the devil just to prove that I will do anything to make sure I do not threaten our relationship again.”

”Brian?”

”No Adora, let me talk. I like you a lot, a whole lot than yesterday and I like you more each passing minute. I want this, I want u..us..this”

I am staring at him ”it’s against the company’s rules, our jobs-‘

”Fxxk the company”

”Stop swearing” I jab him with my finger, I go back counting the buttons on his shirt

”Fxxk that too” he chuckles

I had to smile ”You are stubborn”

”For what I want, yes. And you are beautiful” he caresses my face, his eyes boring into mine.

I smile again ”You know you aren’t helping the situation right, saying that, looking at me like that, touching my face like that” I sink into him as he holds me tighter

”Yes, the idea is to confuse you with my charm, get you to do anything I want” he brushes my lips with his thumb ”is it working?” his voice is quiet.

I swallow…”Maybe, a¬†little .¬†Yes!!”

He smiles before he leans in to kiss me ..

”No Brian” I turn away ”This would be bad for us and-”

”Ssshhhh..come here” he turns my face to his and then captures my lips in a¬†kiss..¬†I dissolve in his¬†arms..

After a few¬†minutes¬†he talks against my lips, ”See, this is all that matters, nothing else does. This moment, these kisses, the way you cling to me and¬†I you. The smell of your air, the scent that comes from you, the way you taste in my tongue, the way my heart pounds with you near… the way you call my name when you groaned that night…even without all of you, I want this, I want you..now, tomorrow, for as long as it takes…so this is all that matters..this…right now..you Adora!!” we kiss again

”And we need to get back to reality and deal with the issue at hand, of how he found out, what if he tells Mr Emeka..that-”

”That what? that we are sleeping with each¬†other ?¬†Like what if he comes to ask you?” he cuts me

”Yes.. what do I then do?’

”Tell the truth!!”

”What?” I pull out to face him, he has a mischievous smile on his face

”What?”

”You aren’t serious are you?”

”Actually¬†I am!!!” he says pulling me back to him and walking towards the table, he perches on it and then pulls me between his legs

”Why would I do that?”

”Just tell the truth!!”‘

”That what, yes we are..having a thing?”’

” He may want to know if we are screwing each other..” Brain shrugs ”Maybe he wants to get a high from it” he laughs

”Not funny”

”Okay okay, not funny but for real though, if John tells him, the next question would be…are you both sleeping with each other?”

”And?” I ask him

”Are we?” he throws back at me

”what¬†sort of question is that?” I frown

He smiles ”Work with¬†me¬†princess, technically, we haven’t had sex…” he says..i¬†blush, then I turn red ” So if he asks if we are sex-ing each other. We aren’t, your answer is no!! get it?” he finishes

Now I understand ”You think you are smart Brian Andrews”

”No baby, I am smart and technically, you wouldn’t be lying, even if you were put¬†infront¬†of a lie detector”

”Wait, he would do that?” I open my eyes wide

He laughs ”Ofcourse¬†not, I don’t think so. This isn’t the military baby, it’s just a company with its code of conduct, don’t get dramatic” he laughs kissing my cheeks

”Oh Brain, not funny. I don’t see why you are making light of it”

”Let tomorrow worry for itself. Don’t worry, we would cross the bridge when it comes, for now…I just don’t want this getting ruined because of that, I rather I face that and keep this than lose this..”

I smile ”You make it hard ”

”I know” he pulls me back into a kiss

A knock separates us quickly from each other..

”Mr Emeka wants you both in his office now Miss Adora” this was the Tombra as she opens the door and puts her head in.

I exchange looks with Brian, I swallow and turn to her ”Thank you, we would be there shortly”

She looks at him and then back at me, her eyes settles back on Brian, there is a frown on her face before she closes the door.

We don’t say anything for a few¬†seconds..

”Breathe¬†babe, just breathe” he says, I realize he is back to standing¬†infront¬†of me right now.

He pulls me towards the door and the opens it and ushers me outside, he whispers behind me as we stand¬†infront¬†of his door, I knock and hear his voice ushering us in…

”Breathe¬†princes, it’s us two, remember that” he takes my hands to his lips and the brushes my knuckles before he drops it, putting his hands into his pocket.

I say nothing , because I have nothing to say.

I open the door and then step in, with him walking in behind me, Emeka looks up, his eyes angry..

*

”Did you just see what I just saw?” Tomiwa nudges¬†Tombra

”Yes, and when I went to call them that Mr Emeka was calling them, it looked as though I just broke them away from doing something they shouldn’t be doing. ”

”So you think, you think that she is the one he zoned out on thinking about her when we were talking to him earlier?”

”I don’t know. But…look at the way he kissed her hand..why would he do that? I mean, he hates her, she hates him right?” Tombra doesn’t understand it

”I know right?”

”When he comes out, I will ask him, he can’t like her, maybe, may-”

”He just felt like kissing the hand of the lady he detests?” Tomiwa laughs ”My dear, there is something up with¬†those two jor..”

”That wouldn’t be fair, it wouldn’t be” Tombra frowns ”when he gets out, I would ask him what was he meant by doing that”

”I too would like to know what he has to say too”

”Look at them,¬†busy bodies” Temi says to them as she folds her hands coming to stand¬†infront¬†of them, blocking their view.

”Mctheeeeeww!!” Tombra sighs loudly ”’look here Temi, don’t start, not now..” Tomba warns her with her index finger before she gets up and pushes her away, Tomiwa sighs and follows her friend.

”Temi not now!!”‘ she mimics her ”Nonsense’!!!” she walks away going back to her desk. ”where the hell is that John¬†sef, since morning?” he wasn’t at his desk,¬†infact¬†he hadn’t been anywhere.

*

”Hello, excuse me, is something wrong?” Ikena taps the table to get the attention of the receptionist who is distracted by the man who just walked to the table, he points at the picture he gave to the young man ”This picture, have you seen him?”

The reception turns to him and then back at the picture, his eyes darts to the man standing there waiting to be attended to..

Why the hell does he look awfully familiar …

And this picture…

Why did it seem as if he has seen that face; the man’s eyes, his eyes were awfully cold and yet familiar, like he had seen him before. But he isn’t sure.

He frowns deeply…he could swear he has seen this person before, but where.

He looks up at the man standing beside the man who gave him a picture, he is surprised, because, he didn’t remember lodging in a visitor who looked like that, so why did he come down from the stairs..who was¬†he..

Why did those eyes look so similar with the eyes of the man in the picture?

”Hello?” Ikena taps impatiently ”it’s a simple yes or no Sir..” he says ”I do not have all day, have you seen him?”

”He probably needs glasses ” the deep voice chuckles

Ikena turns to the man beside him; he seemed elderly, with grey temples and an afro and beards complimenting the slight grey dancing at the edges.

Ikena turns away from him, as he replies ”Maybe he does need one”

The receptionists is looking at the man beside him, Ikena turns back to look at the man again, wondering what the receptionist is looking at.

”One moment Sir” he holds his index finger up at Ikena as he directs his words to the man beside him ”Sir, I am sorry but, how did you get into the premises without going through the front desk and yet you are coming down from the¬†stair case?”

”You are kidding me right?” Ikena says to the receptionist ”Can you please look at the picture to see if you know who that guy¬†is,¬†if you have seen him and then if he is here, it is a yes or no¬†so¬†i¬†can get out of here!!!!”

The receptionist ignores Ikena, how did this old fart get into the building ”Sir, how¬†where¬†you able to pass through here and¬†i¬†didn’t see you? Who are you? And if you came to see someone here what room is the person staying¬†so¬†i¬†can confirm your visit, because¬†i¬†do not remember you checking in and¬†i¬†also have been on duty all day. So?”

The elderly man with the grey ends looks at the receptionist, he¬†smiles..Chaplan¬†obviously did a good job, even the fool for a receptionist couldn’t recognize him, he smiles more, deepening his voice¬†slightly..

”Sorry Son, you were busy with the stranger when¬†i¬†came and¬†i¬†had to use the men’s room, someone directed me to one upstairs”

”Visitor’s convenience is on this floor not on the first Sir, you didn’t answer the question”

”You have got to be kidding me” Ikena says, calm down man, don’t lose your temple, the guy is just trying to lose his job ..he tells himself.

But he has no time, if Frank or Vampire isn’t here, he needs to check other places people said they had seen the car…

”Sorry Son”

”I am not your Son Sir, there is a reason the reception is there to attending to¬†walk in¬†customers, you do not just walk into a hotel and go upstairs because someone directed you without first approaching the desk”

”You do realize you are speaking to a guest, what if¬†i¬†want to rent a room…is that how you will talk to a paying customer?” The man asks

”You aren’t one now Sir..and¬†i¬†will not allow someone make me lose my job, do you know what would have happened if my boss was to find out a strange guest was in the hotel without identification or lodge properly..i¬†do not want any trouble” the receptionist says

Oh, but you didn’t think of that when you accepted cash to let me use your conference room¬†earlier..¬†Money lover. Ignorant fool.

”Very well, My name is …”

”You know it would only take a second to give me an answer” Ikena is impatient as he flicks the picture still in the receptionist’s hand…”Only a damn minute”

The receptionist turns to Ikena notices his change of tone, realizing that the man before him is angry..

”I do not know, he looks familiar, strangely so” he admits rubbing his¬†jaw ,¬†”i¬†just can’t place where¬†i¬†have seen this face, he looks like someone¬†i¬†know or have seen, recently..maybe it’s his eyes… but,¬†i¬†do not know, he looks different…with hair and mustache ..i¬†do not know. Maybe it’s just my mind playing tricks on me” he says shaking his head

”Think Man, think!!!”

He frowns staring harder ”I can swear he looks familiar but¬†i¬†do not know where¬†i¬†have seen him,¬†i¬†am sorry” he hands the picture back to Ikena who takes it

”Maybe¬†i¬†can help you with that” The elderly man says turning to Ikena ”I have an eye for people, maybe¬†i¬†can help you with that” he points to the picture Ikena is¬†holding,.

He was liking the look¬†Chaplan¬†gave him, it wouldn’t hurt to act like a concerned citizen would he.. he would just take the picture..squeeze his eyes, twist his mouth, rub his temple and then nod his head a few times and go ”I think¬†i¬†know who this person is…and¬†bla¬†bla¬†blabadash. ” and if the man asks him to direct him to him…

Oh well, there is a¬†mad man¬†he saw on the street two miles away, he would direct him to the area, tell him to cross the road and enter the bush part…

Oh it would be so much fun to see his face and realize that he was just sent to hang out with a man who is insane, who may chase him around.

He laughs within himself..

Yes!! He loved this new look… who could refuse an elderly man, whose grey hairs looks like he has so much wisdom buried in his head.

He stretches out his hand towards Ikena, spreading it open…

”Let me take a look,¬†i¬†can be of help.”

Ikena looks at his open palm and then stares up back to the man, he takes the picture and then proceeds to give to him.

Just then the door opens, they all turn towards the door and in walks in Mikel and the one Alex had beat down, his black eye is still evident..

They walk to the reception table, looking him and the stranger man over before they ignore them and stare at the receptionist.

”Here to see the occupant of room 307 please”

”A second please” The receptionist says as he picks up the phone and dials the room

Ikena’s hand which was close to the hand of the elderly man’s is withdrawn as he stares at the two men.., he frowns, the vibes he was getting from them were not friendly..not one bit.

He puts the picture back into his pocket as he waits…

”No answer”

”What do you mean no answer, dial again. He did not check out did he?”

The receptionist types on his keyboard shaking his head ”No, no one has checked out from room 307, the occupant¬†paid till¬†tomorrow. ”

”Okay, maybe he stepped out?”

”Eh, maybe ” He said.

The two men exchange¬†looks ,¬†sighing the first one turns ”Okay, we would be in the waiting area. We would check back soon” they turn and leave, The elderly man is smiling, Ikena realised that when he turns away from the two men walking towards the door written ”Waiting Area”

”How about this car, seen it parked here in this hotel?” Ikena brings out his phone and then gives it back to the man at the reception. When he had gone back to the church streets and had followed the girl to her uncle’s house, he had asked for¬†picture¬†of the taxi that was stolen by Vampire, it was the picture he was showing him in his phone.

Now the man nods ”Yes,¬†yes,.¬†I saw this car parked in the garage last night, ”

”Show me?”

He nods but then stops ”Who are you first. Why is this so important, is the person a criminal, are you a cop?”

That got Alex’s attention as he turns to look at the man.. his smile waning down to a¬†frown..

Ikena stares at the man, it wouldn’t be good to reveal the purpose of why he is asking, especially when he said he saw the car parked in the garage, it meant two¬†things..

Either Vampire had passed through here and had since left or…he was still here, and telling this man he¬†is with¬†the forces and that the man in the picture was a vicious criminal wouldn’t be good, …it would give him a scare and that scare would alert others and it might get back to Vampire and that would mean he losing him.

And he wanted to catch him so bad and then make him pay.

And it would be dangerous for the man too, Vampire would definitely come back to kill him, and he didn’t want more casualties on his head,

”No. I am just looking for a friend of mine, his wife is worried sick, hasn’t been home all day..just wanting to make sure he didn’t get into an accident or something. He got a five weeks old child,¬†i¬†just want to make sure he is safe…”

”Okay. ” he nods sympathetically. Then he turns to the elderly man ”Wait here sir,¬†i¬†would be back.”

”Sure” The elderly man nods, but his eyes¬†doesn’t¬†leave the strange man.

Then the receptionist beckons to Ikena as they leave the building.

Alex stares at the retreating back of Ikena, a frown still on his face…

Strange!!!

Really Strange.

He could swear he knows that face from somewhere, he could swear it.

He turns walking to the door where Mikel and the other went. As he enters, he walks to their table where they have a drink and their attention turned to the screen where a match is going on, he pulls out a chair and then seats down.

They look up at him with a frown ”You dey Mad? My friend, you fool! You better get out of here you old man, can’t you see that two grown as men are enjoying a game of football by themselves” this was Mikel, his colleague sneers at him with his black eyes.

He doesn’t budge,¬†instead¬†he pulls his grey goatee, his smile reaching his eyes…

”Yes¬†Mikel,.¬†Yes,¬†i¬†may be old. But you are the one with the¬†fxxked¬†up eyes you cannot tell who is seated¬†infront¬†of you.”

”How did you know my name?” Mikel is shocked as he is on alert, his hands¬†goes¬†to his waist where he has a gun hidden, his second does the same, but this time he puts the gun on his¬†legs..

”Fools!! I thought¬†i¬†trained you maggots better than that.” He says leaning back and crossing his legs ”In a second, one bad move would have gotten you both licking your balls..while your head would be protruding from your asses. Don’t be a¬†fool¬†Mikel, take your hands away from your waist and Chike, you want another black eye, this is a public place you¬†mongreal…you pull a gun on¬†a old¬†looking stranger? I knew¬†i¬†was surrounded by morons” he says

Mikel and his colleague’s mouth drops to the ground.. when they finally realize who he was

”Fxxk me!!” Chike says

”Boss, is that you? I will be damned. What the fxxk!!!”¬†Mikel¬†he laughs covering his mouth

He smiles, ”I know right,¬†i¬†look like a cute old man,¬†i¬†should have paid him more for a wonderful job, that¬†chaplan¬†of a guy is great assert”

”More like the hound, but the grey version of him” Mikel says

They laugh…

”Put your gun away Chike” Alex snaps

He does so quickly, mumbling a sorry.

”So, you guys mind telling me why you are here, I gave you a job to do….is it done, because I find it out to believe you killed all 50 boys this quickly.”

Mikel is shaking his head ”they are all heading to the place I sent them to, telling them the boss wants to have a meeting with them, I should meet them within the hour”

”Okay, so what are you doing here?”

”Actually, I came because he called me” he points to chike who is shifting on his seat

”Okay….you remember what I said Chike….either you got news for me or you put that gun in your mouth and pull the trigger”

”Boss…Bobo and Keme… and Koko haven’t been home. They have been missing since that weekend. No one at school had seen them.. and they didn’t exactly have a family…just a cousin or two or an aunt or uncle.. they haven’t been home”

”I said no concrete information, I will kill you myself.”

”Boss..’ Mikel steps him

”Don’t Boss me” Alex pulls at his goatee

”I do not know where else to look. ”

”the cemetery, the police station damnit”

”I went there but Boss I cannot go in. So, I met a new recruit, told him I am looking for my brothers and stuff, fed him a sob story and shit. He said he would check if the recent boys they arrested were among them, I gave him some pictured. Waiting for his call”

”And when would that be?”

”Anytime now”

Alex shakes his head ”It better come and with some news or else”

Chike is quiet

”So you bring Mikel to protect you, no one can protect you from me you know that right?”

Chike looks at Mikel ”Boss, you know Chike is one of our best guys on the field. he made a mistake, he wants to make amends”

”I will decide on the amending Mikel.. now, you go take care of those boys as soon as you leave here, and one other thing”

”What Boss”

”I need you to get rid of that Cab I came with, must be parked in the garage, get me a ride from the safe house”

”Ford?”

”No, something befitting a Literal elderly man like myself” he smiles ”Maybe a sedan or …just something not too flashy, we have some stolen cars right? Just pick one less shout for me and bring it for me, then tonight, you boys should come take my stuff away from here..we will all reconvene in the safe house, we need to restart operation in another base”

”Okay Boss”

Alex places his hands on the table, his mind drifts back to the reception area, he closes his eyes for a second, something was tugging at him, his head…

” I swear I have seen that face before somewhere” he says to himself

”Boss?” Mikel asks, he opens his eyes..”What, who?”

”The man at the reception, looks familiar, did he to you?”

”No..” they shake their head

”I swear it, I have seen his face before ”

Chike’s phone rings ”It’s him” he tells them ”Yes…okay..yes….WHAT THE FXXK. WHEN..FXXK. thanks?” he leans back, his eyes filled with fear as his hands shakes

”What?”

”They are dead, Keme and Bobo. Robbers, they are dead. ”

”Fxxk!!!” Mikel curses

”All three of them?” Alex asks

He shakes his head ”Koko, he is in jail, barely walkable”

”That means they got to them, that means, they must have drilled Koko to get information about me, that means Koko was the one who pointed them to the right direction……that means Koko might who he is.” He rubs his jaw…

”Get to Koko, find out who the ”He’ is, then tie up loose end. I do not want him breathing more than today”

”Boss, how do I do it, he is in prison, police everywhere…how?”

”That’s your business,” he says getting up. ”Mikel. See why I do need you to take care of those 50 boys…see !!!!! now Koko led the police to me…see!!!” he says

Turning away he stops in his tracks as it dawns on him,…

”That man, he was the one who came to me for prayers saying that his daughter was dying and he needed help to take her to the hospital…he is the one…the only stranger that visited the church before the incident. Yes!!! The man with the dying child. But what the fxxk was he doing here looking for a man in the picture, who was the man in the picture and which car was he going to look for in the garage??”

He is walking quickly to the door, Mikel and Chike notices his strange movements chase after him as they all run out of the hotel, heading to the garage…

”Boss what is it?” they called out

But Alex doesn’t answer, he is ahead of them as he cuts right entering the car park leading to the garage, where he parked the cab he stole from that man.

*

”This is the car Sir, you are looking for right? Red, same dent to the side, even the numbers and all. This is the car right?” The receptionist points to it telling him.

Ikena looks at him, and then the picture, cross-checking the numbers. This was definitely the car.

Either Vampire abandoned the car here and left or..he was still in this hotel. Which meant that he had to be careful not to alert him in any way…

Which meant that if he was here, he definitely would be harmed and possibly not alone, and there were civilians here, which might lead to a collateral damage.. if he knew monsters well, he would use them as barricades and shield…

No one else will die on his account.

He shakes his head ”Actually, this isn’t the car. My friend’s own is maroon, not exactly red. ”

”Oh, but I thought, but the plate number is thesame now or was I mistaken, let me see the picture again”

Ikena shakes his head” Yes you are, no there is no need. I will have to go check other places, thank you”

”Okay Sir, I hope you find your friend so you can take him home to his family?”

”Yes, I hope so”

They turn to leave, walking out of the garage when they meet Alex, Mikel and Chike running into it.

”What is wrong, what is the matter?” The receptionist begins to panic as he almost made to run himself

Ikena was on alert as first as they ran into the garage…wondering what was happening..taking a second to assess the situation.

They were not obviously running away from something, that much was evident as no one was behind them. They were running to something..to what and then why?

He looks at them… observing them, watching their eyes dart from one to another, the two men..they look at themselves.

Curiosity.

Ok, they too do not know why they are in the garage. Strange, then why did they come, why did they run down to the garage for no reason.

He watches them. Unless they followed him…the grey haired old man. But why…He follows their eyes…

They both look at the man, the elderly man who is in front of them…

Recognition..then curiosity…

Ikena frowns, he thought they didn’t know each other…

His senses pick up a vibe. Being in the force for so long can make you get vibes, good and bad..you just get a vibe. And right now, he was getting one and it smelt. In fact, they all smell, and their stench was reeking of filth all up to the high heavens…

He follows his eyes, the man with the grey edges. He was staring at the car… then their eyes meet…

And holds.

Recognition.

VAMPIRE!!!!

***

TO BE CONTINUED.

THE BRAT AND THE SHE-DEVIL $ CHAP 36

THE BRAT AND THE SHE-DEVIL
#THEBRATANDTHESHE-DEVIL
CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX
*
I am smiling stupidly as I go back to my seat, touching my finger to my lips, reminiscing on Brian’s kiss when my door suddenly flews open, and there is John, his face a mask of one mad.
I frown as I look up..
”John, are you out of your mind!!!” I exclaim almost startled.
”The question here Madam is, are you in your right senses!!!!” he throws at me
I gasp at his outburst.
*
Alex is standing in the room with a few dozen men, the door is locked, and on the table is spread out with bags of cocaine, a few shot guns and rifles, pictures of girls, about two bags filled with cash, and then important documents and then cloths.
”Why did you ask us to get you these stash from the safe house?” The one who is standing close to him is asking, Alex doesn’t say anything, his expression is unreadable, at the same time, it is unsettling.
”Is something wrong boss? You never call for a meeting like his unless something is wrong”
”I never should. Where are the new recruits, the university boys, where are they?” He turns to the man who is perched on the table, pressing his phone.
”Classes, school, home. Why?” He answers Alex distracted
”If you don’t drop your phone Mikel, I would have your head on this table while I tell the others to spit on it after I use it to wipe the floor.”
”Sorry Boss!!” he pockets his phone , standing he folds his arms and listens to him
”I asked you where they are?”
”Chasing their personal life Boss; school, with family, etcetera” he says
”All of them, back to their daily life pending till when we have jobs for them, all of them are you sure Mikel?” Alex asks Mikel
”Well, I think so. Why?”
”Who is in charge of choba units, the Port Harcourt university boys; Koko’s team?”
”Me Sir?” the man who speaks behind Mikel has a brown goatee and wore an ear ring in his left ear, he has on a black shirt, and a four lettered word which read ”Fxxk!!”
”Call Koko and Bobo and the other guy, I keep forgetting his name”
”His name is-”
‘Irrelevant, call them, Now!!!” Alex snaps his fingers together impatiently.
”Okay boss” he says as he brings out his phone and then begins to dial.
No answer.
”What is it?”Alex wants to know
”Disconnected”
”Try the next person”
A few seconds later he frowns looking at him, ”Disconnected sir”
”Third person” Alex’s face grows dark as he says it.
Now everyone in the room is worried when he tells him the same thing ”Disconnected. Not available. Or the number cannot be reached” He tells Alex ”What is going on Sir?”
”Are you sure those are their numbers?”
”Yes sir, I am hundred per cent sure. We spoke a few minutes before they all stepped out to carry out your client’s request during the weekend Sir”’ He scratches his beards.
”And you haven’t heard from them since?”
”Well, come to think of it though ”He says pulling it ”I haven’t heard from them since then at all. Which makes it really strange, I mean, whenever they carry out a job for us, they might go low for a day or two just to make sure no one is on their tail, after then they come look for their pay. And they literally are on my ass before it gets to them from you. But it is so strange that up until now, my phone hasn’t buzzed, no calls, nothing and I wondered if you might have paid them already somehow or something”
”Are you stupid? How can you think that? Those boys have never seen my face, the reason why I have fools like you to be the in between man between me and the boys. The only time I talk to them is via whatsapp, with no profile picture and a number that gets disconnected immediately they tell me the job is done. So they fxxking don’t know my face or my name, nor can they tell how my fart smells like. So how can you think that I would have paid them, how? Are you thinking through your Ass?”
”No Sir, sorry Boss!!”
Alex swears 
”Did you even try to call them before today at all, just to make sure they deposited the body well at all, assuming all went well?”
”No sir!!!”
”Did they call you to tell you job’s done, and that they are going under?”
”No Boss!!!”
”Did they even at all, flash you, beep you or fxxking communicated with you as they ought to on a normal, did you even bother to check in with them when you didn’t get word from them eh ?”
”No Boss, I figured that they sha just wanted to be …on a low Boss”
”How can you fxxking assume , how!!! What kind of fools do I have around me? You have a group of boys who are under you and you are supposed to be their fxxking team lead and they report to you as well as they report to me, but majorly they have to sign in and out with you, you did not hear from them and you didn’t think to find out if anything was amiss?” Alex throw the napkin he was holding at him in anger, the man catches the napkin and then steps back as Alex steps forward, everyone else behind the man he was talking to steps away, breaking away from him, leaving him alone in the middle as Alex comes to stand infront of him.
He stammers ”Well-I ‚ÄďI -didn’t think-so. Just- because they are quiet? It still- doesn’t mean- that something is amiss Boss!!” the man says, his voice breaking.
”You said what?”
”I said I do not think ‚Äď that any-thing- is am-”
He was on the floor, holding his mouth as Alex shuts him up with his fist, ”You said you didn’t think anything is amiss eh?”
He kicks the man in the gut, he groans in pain, holding his stomach ”You. Don’t. Think. Anything. Was. Amis?” With every break, his fist or leg made contact with the guy’s body.
No one says anything, or tried to help or stop Alex. They knew better than to stop Vampire when he was mad, they knew better not to be in his line of fire, everyone would get burned, everyone.
So it was safe to stand and watch, and pray he doesn’t transfer his anger to them.
Alex kicks him again one last time, before he stops and turns to them, then he turns back to the man on the floor, whose mouth is bleed already, his nose was broken..that fact was evident as he touches it.
Alex points to him ”You are a fool.” Then he turns to them, letting his finger go round all of them ”Infact, all of you are fools if you think silence is golden in this line of business. When it is quiet, really quiet from the ends where you need to expect noise, you should be wary that something is wrong. It doesn’t mean they are laying low or because they don’t want their money. It means something is fxxking wrong!!” he kicks the table , causing a few guns to fall and then the stash of cocaine rolling to the floor. Mikel bends to pick it up as he continues to talk
”Fxxking leave it!!” he thunders, Mikel moves away quickly leaving it on the floor, Alex continues, he turns back to the man on the floor shaking his head.
”How the fxxk can you assume everything is okay when the people I left you in charge over goes for a fxxking mission , did not return back to give you the 411? The status report and you think it is okay? How daft can you be eh?” he returns back to the man and the kicks him harder this time.
”Boss, I am sorry!!” he groans coughing , ”I am sorry Boss!! Forgive me !!”‘ he cries out
”I should kill you!! I hate incompetence, I hate mistakes, and I hate anything that would put me back on the spotlight with those dirty police. For years I have been hiding out in the open and no one could tell I am the one they are looking for. Now today, today, I had to burn the church house down!!”
”What?” vibrates through the room, the one on the floor looks up, he wipes his nose and lips with the handkerchief Mikel threw at him
”Yes!! And guess why? Apparently, someone got to them, because if you can’t reach them right now it means he got to them, that is the only explanation. Those boys are probably seating in a cell, and probably gave out my information to Him, so he comes searching for me”
”Who is he??”
”That is what I want to know. You remember Juliet?” he asks no one in particular?”
Few murmur a yes while others nod
”Well, she is dead, I sent her to God early”
”Why?” it came from Mikel ”I thought you liked to use her to do business and she helped to keep the place, why?”
”Well, she fxxked up. When he came, whoever he was, she said she gave him my information, everything in the confidential file I had in the room, in my other room. She said that he was coming to get me because I sent people after the one that he protects”
”Who is that?” the man on the ground mumbled out
”Brian Andrews!! He was the guy my client asked me to deal with, and he was the last and only deal for that day, and Koko and Bobo were amongst the three guys who was sent after them through you” he points to the man on the floor turning back to the men .
He continues ”I chatted with them, I mean, Koko had sent a message that it has been done, he also sent a confirmation picture of the dead guy. I showed it to the client who seemed pleased. But imagine my surprise to realize that the guy isn’t dead”
”How sure are you Boss? I mean if Koko sent you a picture, it meant he was dead right?”
He shakes his head ” That should be it, but…that day, while we were chatting about the hit and he sent the picture, he sent something else and I didn’t get to read it because right at that moment, Juliet walks in bearing my tea and pours it over my hands and it fxxked up my device. It was ruined and I couldn’t get to read what he said other than ”Boss, we have been-” that was it. I took it to the repairs but they couldn’t get it fixed. So I dumped the phone. In a safe place”
”Okay, so…”
Alex looks at him coldly, rubbing his jaw ”Yesterday, during the service, I realized that Juliet was nervous, like really i-have-done-something- and-i-know-i-will-get-beaten-for-this-kind of nervous. She just kept looking at the door, as though waiting for someone, as if she knew someone was coming, coming to rescue her you see” he says, rubbing his jaw as everyone paid attention 
”I carried on with the service, waiting for her to come by my side, to share the holy communion and then take offering which she always does at that time of the service, but she didn’t. Like she forgot or she had something more important in her mind. Well, I was right. After the service I approached her, gun in hand and asked her directly. The bitch lied, she lied until I beat it out of her, then she says ”He” he is coming to get me. ” he shakes his head 
”Who is he boss?”
”I do not know, maybe she didn’t know his name or she didn’t want to say. The bitch laughed in my face, called me the devil, said I would die a worst death. She even dared to tell me that she gave him things about me, evidence that could catch me and put me away for life, and what she gave him had my different hideouts and locations, my deport house, the hoe house where we have those girls held up, our operational units, even identities of my alias and my clientele lists, past and present, and even the goddamn phone” he exclaims throwing his hands above his head
”But” another person says ”You said the phone was ruined, it’s not like it would be useful to him”
”In the right hands , they can extract the information without repairing it. ”
”That was why you killed her” Mikel said it more like a statement
”The bitch had it coming, I only regretted that I didn’t do it since. For years I have hidden from the law in broad day light, now because of that slut of a bitch she smoked me out of my hiding place. I do not know who he is but I need to find out. If he is coming for me, I have to go after him first. And all this is because of John, that asshole must have set me up”
”But you said you never told him who you were”
”Exactly, my alias was frank, and it was frank the ”He” came looking for. But what I don’t get is who the other person is really, to have a ”He” who is skilled enough to put two and two together and come after me. he must be some…”
”some what boss?”
”Expert!! But what I want to know is who Brian Andrews is and why he is so important to the fxxker. If I find out everything about him, then maybe he can lead me to this ”He”. I want to know why the hell he caused this to happen to me and then, oh..before then, I need you to go get me John , John Efegor. He is the genesis of all this”
”Yes Boss”
”where does he stay, where does he work?”
”A construction company, Andrews Construction and designing company. I always check out my clients just to make sure they check out and not bring any issue for me. maybe I must have missed something here. If John had a hand in this, trying to set me up maybe stumbling into finding out who I am, I will kill him. And for Brian Andrews, if he had died, none of this would have happened, I will kill him too, and for the ”Him”, I am never one to be a sitting dock…find him, find out who he is, then he and me would have a conversation that wouldn’t involve lips. ”
They nod.. the man on the ground is up, he also is nodding his head, Alex turns to him ”Hey fool, you will do something else for me; find out what happened to Koko and the other two guys, go to their school, go to their houses , go to the hospital and if you don’t find them, check the cemetery, just fxxking get me information on what happened to them. If you don’t find them there, check the station and-”
”The station sir?” he stammers, wiping his nose of blood again, the frontal area of his shirt is ruined with blood
”You have a problem with that, you want more errors to be listed in your line of fxxkups?”
”No sir”
”Good”
”But what do I say when I go checking on them in their houses or the station?”
”Figure it out! I do not care. Just know that if you come back here without any information on their whereabouts, do not bother returning because I will put a bullet in your head myself”
He is quiet
”So boss, what do we do now. Since you said all things , it means whoever he is might be dangerous, he must have found out that Juliet is dead if he actually came back to look for her” Mikel says, making Alex to turn
”Well, he would have found her ashes” Alex laughed, ‘And everything else burned to the ground, every last trail of me” He smiles
”What if he is a cop, or something?” Mikel thinks out loud
”that is why I need to find him first, find out what he knows, who he has told and kill all of them. I will not be taken back into custody, no. I rather burn the city down and everyone in it than go back to that hell hole. So find him”
”But how, he is like a ghost. ‘He’ isn’t exactly a map that points you to the right direction”
”Do not be stupid” Alex snares at him ”I already drew you a mental fxxking map. Find john, he would take you to this Brian Andrews, that’s if he has found out he isn’t dead. Given the circumstance, I believe the dead would have notified the living, in any case, find both of them or the Brian Andrews, he would be the best person to lead you to whomever the fxxk ‘He’ is. Bring them to me; I would put a bullet in their heads myself. ”
”What if this John has no idea what he was up against?” Another person threw it at him
Alex snaps again causing them to shiver ”I do not care. He wanted the fxxker dead right? He contracted me to get it done. Now I am in this fxxkign mess because of him, all of them would pay for disrupting my sweet life I have had for years and I am pissed as hell, so pissed that I do not mind burning down another building with everyone in it who upsets me today, now do me a favor and get to work”
”And the girls?”
”Move them, move them all”
”Where to?”
”I do not want to start thinking of the modalities right now fool. There is no time, if he is a cop, they might be closing in right now. I told you all to clear out did I not? So make sure there are no traces, even if it means burning the place to the ground and tying up loose ends, just make sure that the trail that leads back to me is dead one, even if they get their best dogs to come sniffing. Rent a motel or a house outskirts of the town, get the supplies there, send the girls to. Just fxxking leave the locations and don’t go back”
”Okay Boss”
They begin to move out, he stops them ”Those boys we recruited, the university boys, get rid of them”
”The boys?”
”All of them”
Mikel turns to him fully, ” But there are about 50 of them sir, doing about a few different jobs for us, robbing banks, kidnapping expatriates, delivering goods, smuggling them in and out of us and accompanying the girls to their clients, assignations and lot more. We recruited them and trained them, you want to get rid of about 50 boys from different universities?” he is shaking his head
”We would train another set”
”’It took me a few months sir to get them fine tuned to what we are and do, it took weeks to get them to become bad blood and do all the hell we wanted. Now you want to get rid of all of them, when you say rid, does it imply what I think it does boss?”
”Are you questioning me?” he steps closer to him, everyone backs away from him
”No boss, I am sorry that isn’t my intent, it’s just that you just said you think someone is after you, and we do not know who he is or if he is the cop, now you want to get rid of 50 boys, you think they wouldn’t see the fire from a mile away?”
”Who said anything about burning!!”
He looks at Alex curiously ”What do you have in mind then?”
”You have heard of mass burial right? Dig a hole, a big one, they can all fit in it. I said I do not want lose ends. I would need to get a new alias, and I do not want anything that would associate me with them.”
”But they do not know you, haven’t seen your face ever”
”Doesn’t mean they haven’t heard of Vampire. Get rid of them, after this blows over, and we are sure it is quiet, we have fresh recruits”
He nods sighing ”Okay Boss” he turns to the guys ”You heard him, call in all your team members from the recruits, we would meet at the junk yard”
”what do we tell them?”
”That the boss wants to meet them all officially ”
”50 boys all missing in a day, Boss, the police would sniff this …”
”Then make sure they don’t think back up from their mass grave, get chemicals…anything. I will not tell you how to do your fxxking job Mikel”
”We can just drill them to make sure no one talks”
”If those boys, one of them is caught, they can give information to the police about their team head, who can in turn lead them to me. But before that would happen, I would make sure I send you all to hell. So choose, either you all or them. ”
Mikel is silent
”Let’s just do what the Boss says ” the others says
Mikel sighs nodding, he too didn’t want to die. ”Okay Boss, mass burial it is.”
”Good!! Get rid of all of them. Then, get me John, Brian, and him, you all are dismissed”
”Okay boss, and all these?”
”Find away to get it up to my room unnoticed, tomorrow, we move it into a safe house, get me a contact, one that can be trusted. I need a new base for operation”
”Got it Boss, guys let’s move”
”And Mikel, get me someone who can do a fxxking makeover within the hour. ”
”Who are you going to be now Boss!!”
”I will tell you when I see you, until then, get lost!!!”
”Yes Boss, would call in chaplan.”
”When he is done, get rid of him too”
”Are you just going to kill everyone Boss?!!
”Yes!!”
Mikel sighs , 
”Get out off my face and do what I say”
Alex heads back to the restaurant, too much talks gets him hungry. 
He dials John’s number again, this time the lady who picked cursed him with curses he had never even begun to understand. He sighs dropping the phone and beckoning to the waitress to get him a plate of Native soup and loi-loi.
John was definitely not using that line anymore, he must have gotten rid of it knowing that he would try to contact him.
Not to worry, he thinks to himself, they would be meeting soon and he intends to cut off his balls and give him to feed.
Then for Andrews, that would be a quick death because he was relatively unimportant to him but important to the ”He’, and ”He”, he just has to plan something special for him.
*
”Sir, what do you want today?” Chaplan, who has a bag slashed over his shoulders and some tools in the other hand, asks him. They are in his room.
Alex is seated infront of the mirror, a catalogue opened before him.
”Esq. Pascal Inugo. Civil service lawyer.” He smiles 
Chaplan frowns ”which chamber would you be working for?” he raises an eyebrow
Being a priest was okay to pull, but lawyer? How would be getting an ID card and all, whose firm would he register on.
Alex is watching him ”You would be stupid to think I do not have those covered. I know a friend who knows a friend who can register me as a lawyer, he would get me IDs and all. All I want you to do is just fxxking make me look like a responsible lawyer in Nigeria.”
Chaplan sighs ”Okay. so you want the low court and the beards?”
”Yes, go skin cut, add that thing you do that causes my jaw to feel all beardy, you know it. Or if that would not stick, you should have an attach√© beards, for the jaw and then the side beards. ” Alex says.
”Hmmm, okay. maybe you should go all out, like Prof. Soyinka” Chaplan joked
Alex frowns as he rubs his face ”That playwright and literal icon?”
”I was joking”
Alex smiles ”Maybe, maybe that isn’t such a bad idea.”
”So?”
”So, give me that look”
”You do release that lawyers don’t look like that!!!” Chaplan says emptying his bag on the bed.”
”Well, I decide what kind of lawyer I am playing,” he looks at the time ”Time waits for no man, get to walk”
”So you would be an esquire and a playwright?” Chaplan is confused
”Yes!!!” he smiles Broadly
”Okay Boss!!!” he picks up the grey spongy hair extensions, he gets a skull cab and places glue to it, he drops it on the bed. He takes the clipper and shaves his head and then places the skull cap on his head, he takes the grey beards, attached a glue cap to it, he rubs it over his jaw and side beards, he places it over it.
Then he began to work on Vampire’s face.
*
”Teka, please tell me you got something for me, anything?” Ikena asks over the phone.
Teka is pensive, he turns when someone beckons to him to come over, they are rampaging through a few boxes, and nothing was inside that is useful, he gestures that they still comb the area.
”Well, I have some bad news”
”what kind of bad news?”
”Well, those places in that file? The coordinates checks out all right”
”So, how is that bad, what did you find?”
”Nothing!!”‘
”What do you mean nothing?”
”It means” Teka waves a officer away as he take some things to show him, he sends him to check the last room,
”That” he continues as he makes a turn into the kitchen 
”Dude, I do not have that patience right now, spill it out!!”‘ Ikena snaps
Teka shakes his head, ”They are gone, they were here alright, but no one is here right now, it’s been cleaned, almost torched but we came right on time to find a little boy with 10 liters of kerosene, he said he was paid 10 thousand to pour the kerosene inside the house, everywhere and then go outside, put on a lighter and fling it in”
”that would have killed the boy”
”Vampire and his co-horts do not necessarily care about the human life son, you shouldn’t be surprised.”
”So, you telling me that there is nothing in that house that can point me to the right direction? I need to find him and I need to find him now!!!”
Teka frowns ”No Ik, you do not need to find no fool. You stay down, I am not telling you as a friend but as a police officer,. Yes you must have gotten me some evidence, good evidence but we arrived here too late, all ten hideouts has been cleared, eight torched, the last three my boys are going through to see if we can sniff out a shit, but for you, you need to stand the fxxk down so you do not obstruct police duty. You are off official work for a year Ik, that is no joke, you fxxking went terror on their asses when your father and brother was killed, you became the fxxking terminator, everyone was literally scared of you because you showed no mercy”
”I never killed the good guys, I protected them” he throws back
‘Yes you did, but even the bad ones deserves a chance at repentance, but you off-ed them, literally from their heads when you had the chance. Leaving body parts on trail. That is fxxking scary and you were asked to come back and relax for a year, no official duty, nothing that warrants you going out there and facing criminals. ”
”It’s been a few months and I am great”
”Well, you were great until that girl died”
”Juliet, her name is Juliet, and it was my fault” Ikena”s voice is lowered
”No, it is not! And the sooner you deal with the death the better for you, for everyone around you. When you set your mind on revenge, I know the length you are going to go just to make sure they pay”
”He has to!”
”Vampire is going nowhere other than the cell, he would pay and she and others would get justice”
Ikena sighs , yes, justice, but he wanted more than that. If he keeps talking, Teka would dissuade him, he rather leaves him in the dark of his plans
”So nothing? How are you guys going to find the girls. Juliet mentioned that a few girls are being used for prostitutions and smuggling”
”We would find them, you just relax and go back to being a body guard and a driver to the Andrew’s boy, you know we do not know who wanted him dead”
”John. John Efegor!!”
”That is what the line revealed, but, who knows , it may or may not be him. He came by the station to report stolen device and a laptop this morning. So it is safe to say that he isn’t the one and maybe someone took advantage of that, probably had the phone stolen, made the call and then…set up the guy”
”It is John!!” Ikena repeats, his gut feeling was telling him.
”How do you know that, do you have prove, evidence or something?”
”Nope!!!”
”Exactly!!! Everyone is innocent unless proven guilty. That is the first thing they teach you in force and law schools”
”So you guys aren’t going to pick him up for questioning?” Ikena was pissed
”Nope!! Not until we have something on him, he could sue us you know for defamation of character and i do not need that on my tab”
”You won’t help me find Vampire, you won’t drill John and find out what he knows. So what the fxxk is your use!!!”
”Our use, dear Ik is to keep everyone safe, even you. So that means you need to stay away and let us do our job of finding Vampire and then the client who placed a hit on your boy’s head. Because if my superiors finds you on the field or close to this ? they would run it by the General Brigadier that you choose to go against a direct order and you might have your stay extended or worse, dismissed all together and I know you wouldn’t want that”
”Ofcourse I wouldn’t. I want to serve in the army and I miss it. Being a body guard and a driver isn’t what I am cut out for, but still, I was told to protect him, and I will. That is my job, so that means to also find out who wants to harm him, who placed the hit and who ordered it to be carried out. And as long as Vampire is out there, he isn’t safe, those girls aren’t safe, young boys aren’t safe..no one is”
”And we are doing everything we can to catch him, we would have forensics sweep these three houses from top to bottom, there would be something we can find… but like I said, just relax..”
Ikena sighs ”Fine!! I will stand down. ”he lied. Like hell he was.
”Good boy!!!
”I am old enough to be your father you little punk!!” Ikena says
Teka laughs ”Good to know your sense of humor hasn’t diminished,’
”well since you and the entire police force is useless to me at the moment, I should just go back to babysitting Brain”
Teka laughs again ”Jesossssssss!!!” he exclaims laughing
”He is in Heaven, tired of smelling the stench off vampire’s ass as I am” Ikena chuckles
”Well, he would also have to stand down for us to work. We don’t need angels to whisk him away to hell until we give him our peace of it here first”
”My thoughts exactly!!!”
”Gatto go champ, Brian needs me, need to take him..erm to the other office he is supposed to begin Tech programming”
”Alright errand boy. As you were champ, as you were,” he says
”Safe, let me know if anything comes up, atleast we would feel better ‘
”I would” He frowns ”Hey, where are you exactly anyways Ik?”Teka asks as he hears a sound, it didn’t sound as if Ikena was in a car park or a quiet place in the company.
”Me er…” he pauses ‘Came outside to the road to get breakfast before I take him ”
”Oh Okay”
”Bye!!’
”yes Bye!!
As Ikena cuts, Teka beckons to a level officer.
”Yes Sir’
”Run an APB on this number, just let me know where exactly he is”
”Vampire?”
He shakes his head ”No, a friend. Personal, off the books, just run it and get his coordinates and ping it to my phone.’
”Okay sir”
Teka calls out Ikena’s number for him, as the officer leaves, he turns away..
”I know you Ikena, you wouldn’t let this go. But I cannot let you take matters into your hands, not when it’s a case of national security. Vampire’s head is for the state. You may get court marshaled and I wouldn’t want you to be in that shit.” He says.
Sighing he walks to the other side of the house.
Vampire must have alerted them, there was nothing here, nothing to point them to the right direction on how to find him, nor how to predict his next move.
”Run Vampire, run. You cannot run for ever, the law will find you and I will make sure you get the gas chamber this time, no matter how long the court takes, you will not escape this one” he says.
*
Ikena drops the call, he alights the car and then gets down. 
He knew if he told Teka where he was, he would tell him to turn back and head back to the company .
Sometimes, if you want something done, you do it yourself, and he was definitely not going to stay down.
He was going to get Vampire, and he would make him pay.
Fxxk the law. 
They had him, and they let him slip away from their fingers, and they have been doing a shitty job on finding him. Five years was too long not to have gotten a sniff of the monster. Now a girl is dead, because she tried to help him. How many more gets to die because the police isn’t willing to do what it takes to find the dog and put him down.
Good thing he isn’t a cop. He is military and they are wrongest people to cross. And he is even worse..
Vampire stepped on his toes when he tried to have an innocent, Brian harmed, almost killed. If he hadn’t come on time, he would have been having a-not-pretty conversation with Jonathan Kenekan.
How would he have told the Boss his son died, who killed him, why? Who set him up, Why?
No!!! 
If Juliet had a family, he wouldn’t have known how to face them , to explain to them how their daughter died and why, ..
That he told her to help him safe another, that she died trying to. That If he hadn’t told her to, he would have pulled he out that same day when she told him about the monster.
How would he be able to tell them that he delayed, he messed up and it caused them their daughter.
He didn’t know the girl, not enough. And yet, every death of an innocent under his care whether for a second , meant that he was a failure. He failed his father and brother.
He failed to protect them. He failed those other families that were casualties of the law.
He could hardly sleep at night, hearing them scream, hearing his father and brother call out his name, asking for him. And no matter how much he runs towards them in the dream..no matter how much he tries.
He just never gets to them on time. When he does, there is blood, everywhere , his father, his brother, those women and children, dead. He couldn’t safe them.
He had sworn to protect them, he had and yet, like flies they died.
Why wouldn’t he snap!!
Why wouldn’t he go on a killing spree of the monsters. They all deserved to die and as gruesomely as ever. He had no regrets. He killed them all, never allowing them to face the law..
He saved more people. He protected more innocent, and when you were a harmful with a gun pointed to an innocent, you lost a hand, a leg, maybe your heart gets ripped out of your chest.
No second chances.
Second chances was what killed his family.
”Never trust the devil when he begs you in tears, because as you pull him up with your hand, he sings you into chains, he wouldn’t even listen to your own pleas”
He says
And Vampire, he was the devil’s spawn and he would be glad to send him back to hell to burn.
For Juliet.
For the other girls and women and young boys he had killed.
For pain.
For misery.
He would be his punisher, yes.
And maybe, people like Brian and others can be safe.
He sighs looking to the building he is packed in front of. Leaving his car he walks into the hotel and then gets to the reception.
”Good morning Sir, how may we help you”
”Yes, good morning, I am looking for this guy, seen him?” he shows her a picture of Vampire
He had discretely  put out an APB on the stolen cab, asking anyone to call his number if they saw a car with that number. 
Today,  someone had called them,  telling him that they had seen a car with that description and it has been parked in a hotel for two days now.
So without telling Teka, he had decided to drive down himself, not hoping to find anything since Teka told him that Vampire must have cleared out , gotten rid of any evidence or trails to him.
This might be a dead too. But there was no harm in checking.
He still has two other stops to make before heading back to Brian.
The receptionist held the picture and then frowns, he looks up at Ikena.
Just then Alex comes down, heading towards the reception, nearing the table Ikena is standing in front of. The reception looks at Alex.
His eyes lights with surprise .
”What is it?” Ikena asks, ”You recognize the person in the picture?” Ikena follows his eyes as it lands on Alex.
*
Brian washes his hands , dries it and then leaves the men’s convenience and heads straight back to her office.
He smiles, maybe he should make her upset often, those pacifying kisses were worth it.
Then he frowns, what the hell was going on with Ikena and John in there? Ikena says it is nothing but he could swear he was hiding something, maybe he should just go by John’s and ask him.
Getting to his cubicle he realizes that John wasn’t there, but Tomiwa was.
”Hey baby, haven’t seen you around lately , you have been scarce, don’t tell me that your Boss lady is keeping you away from us”
”Yes!!”Tombra says appearing behind him, he places her hands on his, holding it.
Brian pulls his hands away …”Well, work work work!!”‘
”Since when are you bothered about work?”
”Well, everyone should , right?” He says running a hand over his face ”Have you guys seen John by any chance?”
”You seem different these days” Tombra observes ”I mean before, when you came, you don’t mind chatting with us, indulging us with some lovely talks. You never have decided on when you want to take me on that date you promised” she says pulling his hand
Where the hell did they just appear from just now?
Brian thinks to himself.
”Actually, maybe a raincheck, haven’t been up to going out these days. Maybe I can take you both out, everyone who wants to can join. Infact, when I am ready, the whole office can join us, wouldn’t it be fun?”
She scoffs ”I meant you and I, just us both, in a romantic date not us and everyone else. ” she says frowning
”Actually, I had eyes on him first though” Tomiwa says, she moves closer to Brian, trailing her hands over his shoulder blades covered with his shirt. He pulls back.
Before today, he would have loved all their advances, but..
He has a sweet sexy beautiful girlfriend in that office a few feet from here, why the hell would he want to mess that up.
Besides, he has made up his mind to do things right.
And that meant, he was going to make this relationship work. He has never like a girl like that before, and all too suddenly too. This was a shocker to him, and he was loving the feeling. 
He may not know where they end up but for now, he likes where they are going.
Damn!! He loves kissing her, he would love to do so many sexy things to her aside just kissing her..
But,..
He wouldn’t. Not even when he is tempted but damn that shit is hard.
He remembered sleeping with a boner that night after giving her pleasure with his tongue, he swears it, it took all the control he could muster to shut his boy down, and his ears listening to her moan.
Damn!!
When she went ”What if I want you to..go all the way”
He literally almost spilled at the thought of sinking into her virgin walls, being the first one to. But, he wouldn’t, no. he would be the one to take advantage of that.
He knew that was desire talking, not here.
When she was ready, he would be happy to.
But for now, he wouldn’t be the one to pressure her, and he wouldn’t let her pressure herself too.
Sex to him had always been just that; Sex. Fun. Nothing more.
But, he wants it to mean something more, for the first time, it didn’t just want it to be just sex anymore. 
Not for her, not for her first time.
Whatever feeling he was having for Adora was different, new. Strange and yet electrifying. He loved it.
He wouldn’t want to ruin it. Not at all.
He wasn’t that guy anymore, who loved to sink and enjoy the warmth of every woman who had interests on him. Yes, the feelings were always mutual, always. He had loved spending time with them and them with him. They had always enjoyed each other, the women.
He was the player, the bad boy, the ladies man and he had no regrets.
But, that was then, this was now.
And this Brian was different, and this Brian liked Adora. 
No!
Likes. Liking. The ‘like’ was continues.
And that likeness was growing by the second. When he realized that she was upset with him today for showing up to work when she asked that he stayed back to rest, he knew his day was going to be messed up without her smile.
Her smile, it was radiant, beautiful, as she was breathtaking.
He smiles again, 
‘Where ever you are Cupid, you sly bastard, I still need to have a word with you. Damn, you must have released an arrow to my heart and it is stuck” he murmurs underneath his breath and literally rubs his chest ”And I like it, a lot!’
”Erm…down to earth Brain. Have you even been listening to what I have been saying, how how date, and how I like you and want us to take this up after work?” Tombra nudges him
He frowns, then he shakes his head ”Nope. Actually I haven’t, my thoughts were elsewhere actually!”
”Does it involve a girl, because you kept on smiling and stuff” Tomiwa says displeased.
He smiles ”No comment”
”Who is she?”
”No comment!!”
”Are you being for real Brian?”
”You both are entirely responsible for what thoughts you have. I mean, can’t a guy smile and talk to himself again?”
”Well, it depends. There are two hot chicks infront of you literally fannig over you and asking you out, technically, and here you are smiling to yourself and I know it isn’t about what I said” Tomiwa says
”Neither what I said” Tombra states
Brian looks up to see Peter coming , ”Hey Peter, I wonder have you send John” he calls out moving away from them ”Sorry ladies”
Tombra and Tomiwa watch him go, they look at each other
”Are you thinking what I am thinking?” Tombra says
”That Brian got himself a girlfriend that is why he is blowing us off?”
”Yes!!”
”Who is she, I mean, why would he even think to pick someone over me? ” she pushes up her bosom
”The question should be, why look at someone else other than me, I have it all. I will literally blow his mind”
Temi who has been listening comes to stand behind them ”Instead for both of you to face your work you are there thinking about a man, is that what you were employed in this company for eh?” she folds her hands
Both girls turn to look at her, one of them looks her over
”Well, atleast we are way better than you going around eavesdropping and putting mouth into other people’s business. Who called you eh?”
”You, you both did. Brian this, Brian that..Aha!! na so conji dey hold una reach? Go outside go look for boys na make them open your leg do una. See as you girls are flapping your tongues like dogs after the poor boy, who, I can see isn’t interested in both of you!” She says in pidgin and English
Tombra nudges her backwards by poking her ”You dey mad!!! You think say we are mates? What gives you the right to talk to me like that? Look Temi, your own don do for this company oh. This your sharp mouth I will soon pull it out” she made to pull at her mouth but Temi hits her hands away
”Eh eh!!! Don’t even try it. Don’t! Look, I am just telling you all to face your work and stop chasing man, I do bad?” she shows them her hands palm-out and tucked at her side
”You dey craze you eh?” This was Tomiwa ”You wei be busy body don come”
”No na jolly just come ‘Tombra states
Both of them laugh, Temi rolls her eyes ”Well, I am not like you girls. I do not chase after man”
”As though we do not know that your para for John up and down na because you like am and him no like you.” Tombra spat at her
”Me, God forbid!!” she snaps her fingers away from her
”Na so, biko shift from my front before I forget my hand on your face. Nonsense!!!” Tomiwa pushes her aside , sighing she walks away, Tombra follows suit .
Temi eyes them bitterly.. “Nonsense. Company sluts” Then she turns away to look at John’s desk 
“Now where did that fool go to now?”*
*
“Excuse me John? ” I stand up,staring at him
“You heard me, or should I repeat myself? Okay.. let me repeat myself. What the hell is going on with you and that fxxking he-goat called Brian? ??” 
Just then,  the door opens and in walks in Brian.
He stares at John. ..
“Is it just me or you suddenly just crossed a line with my Boss??”
*
To Be Continued. 

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