THE BRAT AND THE SHE-DEVIL
Jonathan kenechukwu Andrews was seated in his living in his lush apartment in lagos when his wife walks in carring a tray and setting it on the table infront of him.
“’Thank you honey”’ he says putting aside the newspaper and picking up the mug and taking it to his lips “’You know the reason we have maids and servants is for you to sit down, cross your legs and relax while they serve us both, i didn’t make all these money for you to keep stressing yourself for every little thing, i pay the chef a lot of money so my wife don’t have to life a finger”’
Damilola, whom he someimes calls Lolo smiles “’ Nonsense! i have been cooking for you from the day we got married and i will continue to cook for you even if you become the president of Nigeria, rich or not i should not neglect my duties for another. I told you i don’t need chefs to cook for my husband, as long as i have functioning hands and legs and can move, i will do a small duty as cooking, even if it’s your food, I will cook for you and for our son whenever he is around, so don’t scold me”’
‘’Lolo my love, i am not scolding you, i just want you to enjoy all that i have my dear”’ he says tapping her hand
“i have all that i need darlyn, too much luxury i might add. i just cant sit around and do nothing when i get back from running my business and travel and all that, atleast when you are around i should cook and make sure you are okay. My mother never let a maid take care of her husabnd, i won’t let a maid do that for me too. No oh, i can cook besides…don’t you love my cooking?”’ she teases him
‘’Mouth watering my dear, mouth watering “’ he says laughing putting a large chunk of meat in his mouth and covers it with a spoon of jelof rice.
“’So, how is Chukwuemeka doing ?”’ she says looking at her nails.. she grabs the remote and puts on the tv while they seat in the palour “’I hope he is settled in quite nicely ?’’
“’Lolo, that boy gives me headaChe, he refuses to be reasonable”
“’he is a child” she offers
“’Child you say?A Child would be from 0-4, toddler from 6-7, teenager is from that to 15 by, by 20 you are already a young adult, and chukweemeka isnt even in his twenties . He is old enough to get married, some of his mates are already runnig their homes and yet you call him a child? Stop it Lolo, that is why he is spoilt”’
“’But it’s also your fault, you gave him all that he wanted”’
‘’Because my father gave me all i wanted but he also taught me to be reasonable and i was eager to learn because i know what i wanted from life, but i don’t understand his laxity to all that. He is careless, irresponsible and just believes moneyfalls from trees.
I love my boy but he needs to sit up. I hear of rich kids who become useless in life, God forbide my son would follow that trend. Okay what if something was to happen to me?”
“Don’t say that” Lolo cautions
“No Lolo , what if? how would he be able to take care of you my Lolo? he would run my companes to the ground, and within a year because he doesn’t know jack of what i do and how i do what i do, he would lose staffs, money would go just buying luxuries and travelling the world and spending , and in a few years all would be gone. He fogets that money is like a plant, you get it, you use it and you plunge back some into the earth for it to regenerate more wealth for you, but if you keep plucking the fine fruits off the plants and don’t put seeds back into the earth for it to germinmate amd you harvest..how do you keep getting those fruits? soon the land would become barre or deserted from lack of use. And that is what i don’t want to happen.
I have worked so hard to get here and in actual fact, all that i have and will leave one day is for him. My father was a great man Lolo you know, he was…he did all he coudl and passed it down to me as his father did for him, and becuase i harnesed my skills and put into action what he taught me and the knowldegd i acquired when he put me to work in his company, I was able to create my own niche and besides, i built on what my father passed down to me, i also made it four times better, making it my own, pushing out what it is i want and turning it into J.k induistries and what more, i expanded, i spread my tentacles ..and i know my father would have been a proud man if he were alife today.
But what happens to Chukwuemeka? Even if he doesn’t care, he should think of his future family, his children. what does he leave forr them…what? Nothing !!. Please Lolo, i dont know how to ge through to him and the reports from the office isn’t encouraging.. today it’s him refusing direct order from Mr Emeka, another day it is Ikena calling me to tell me off his humuilating scene at a club, tomorrow it would be another thing…and he insults his boss, the manager. it isn’t funny. I dont know how else to scare him, and i was hoping threatening him would work’”
’’well, he didn’t get his stubborness from me. Look he is just acting out, i mean you forced him to come back to Nigeria to work as a PA, it was a low blow”
“’which was needed”’ Jonathan Says
“’True, but still, you flog a child with one hand and you pull him together with another hand with love’’
“’i love him plenty Lolo, i just need him to do right by him, not for me, but for him, then i might relax and close my eyes and not be afraid for his present and his future. i won’t live for ever Lolo, neither will you, and he would bury us.A child is to bury his parents…what happens when we are gone, how does he manage all these, and Lolo my wealth is overwhelming…how does he manage all these”’
“’God will help him”’
Jonathen sighs “’there is a reason God gave us brains and put people in our paths to help us Lolo, chukwuemeka is just stubborn and i need to make sure he doesn’t remain soo. i love him, but f i don’t make him responsisble enough for him, i am not loving him right”’
“’Darlyn, dont worry, i am sure there wiould be no more complains for our son“’
“’i pray so. Please turn it to the news let me see what is going on, you know I like to see what’s happening in the world as I eat“’
“’yes husband”’ Lolo says smiling
“’Thank you wife””
They smile at each other as he takes her other free hand and kisses her knuckles..
As she turns the channel, he suddenly tenses..
“Tale it back, is that not my company’s profile on Tv?””
She tunes it back, suddenly his pone is ringing
“Lolo please pass me my phone “’ he tells her as he reaches for the remote and takes it out of her hands.. he increases the tv volume when a woman appears on screen, showing a picture at the background of a prestigious company situated in Port harcourt owned by one of a Nigerian’s business tycoon by the name J.k Andrews and the controversial profile picture that had been shared over a hundred times and is making rounds on twitter amongst other social sites.
They were callin the company a joke who doesn’t realise that it is a public entity and that they should keep play times in the bedroom and not air it out in the public.
“’A woman who is half naked is seen sucking on a cock , with sagged breasts suggests a very bad public imaging from the company and for revealing this pictured lady who we believe is a work of photooshoot is a recently employed employee of the comapny and we do not understand what games she was playing or was it that she was having a fun time moment with a lover and in the bid to share funny pictures of her fantasy to her lover, but unfortunately it was posted to the company’s profile and shared it on her facebook wall and also linkedin. Whether it was a mistake done in a feat of raginging hormones or on pupose or unknowingly, But whatever the case may be, this a dent for the public image of the company.
This company is owned one of the riches men in nigeria with other companies scattered across the country and sources reaching us is that a few clients have pulled out of the company citing the situation as childish and they have no control over their staffs and how woudl they be able to handle their clients and- ‘’
Jonathan mutes the tv as his wife hands him his phone
“’it is from Emka, the director at your company in Port harcourt, ‘’ she says frowning..
He takes the phone “what the hell is this i am seeing Emeka? And it isn’t even 9am yet and the whole internet and tv is buzzing with this. what the hell is going on in my company? I put you in chagre because i believed you could handle situations like this and what the hell Mr Emeka? Give me a good explanatin or hand in your resignation letter”’ He listens as Emeka speaks
“’what do you mean you have no idea?” jonatham thunders , he listens again shaking his head and raising his voice
“’how did it get online then? Pull it down right this minute, who has access into her profile and company porfolios, and her own personal handles if not her? how can you say she isnt the one?”
“’Look Emeka, i dont care what you do and how you do it , if this thing doesn’t go away and i hear of clients pulling out, you will be sorry, get it fixed now and get me a name of who this now!!”’
He cuts the call fumning, he pick up his tablet and enters twitter “”Dear Lord, look at this Lolo, look at this, there is a trending hashtag already, over a hundred shares, this is bad for my imaging. I will have who ever did this neck. I will fire the person and make sure they never get a jobn elsewhere..how dare they,what nonsense!!’’ he fumnes pacing up and down
He carries his phone again and dailing “”Patch me to my media team now “’ he waits as someone comes on line ‘’What exactly am i paying you for? To sit on your ass and don’t pay attention to things flying everywhere in the internet?”’ he listens as they attempt to give him excuses
“’look, you are supposed to make sure as my media team that things like this are seen on time and stopped before it becomes public knowledge …are you all well at all? Look, if one more client pulls out and my chart drops all of you will be fired, get to working to salvage what is left of our public image before it begins to rub off on our other companies, do it fast and do it now, override if needs ne and pull it down. You are a hacker for God’s sake, make the url or whatever corrupt to stop people from viewing and i dont want to see it up in the next minute, i pay you good money, do you damn jobs!!’’ he shouts cuttig the call
“’Darlyn, take it easy”’ Lolo tries to clam him down
“Take it easy? See the internet going into a happy frenzy, now they have something to talk about. It might just be one of my companys in Port Harcourt but it is bad rep, bad imaging and it could put a big dent to our internal profiling. You might see it as just a picture of a random girl photoshopped bearing all, with a witchy hat and sucking on some balls and wanting- oh dearGod!! it is bad for us. When our competitors hasn’t found anything pull us down they can eat on this, exaggerate it and next thing they would say we do sexual orgies and God knows what.
Look at that picture Lolo and the headlines, who would be stupid to do that thing? Joke or not. I will have her fired, and then i would walk up from there. Incompetent fools !!
Incompetent !!’’ he says pacing the lenght of the room
DamiLola watches him “’calm down, they are working on it””
His phone rings again “’Yes Emeka, you have better have a name for me “” he says as he picks up
He listens, then his eyes grows dim, his mouth thining, he is staring at his wife..
“’Are you sure?’’ he asks Emeka, then he closes his eyes shaking his head
‘’’Do nothing Emeka, do nothing,I will handle it. Give me a direct line to talk to her in five minutes ” he cuts the call
“’what is wrong, why are you looking at me like that?”’ Lolo asks
“’Nothing !!’’ he says turning away, one hand in his pocket as he picks up his mug of coffee turned cold and sips it
“’i dont like that “Nothing” you said, who is responsible for this ?”’
He doesn’t answer, he drops the mug, he is angry, really angry and when he gets quiet, he is making a decision .
“’Jonathan, who is repsonsible for this mess in the company?”’ she asks again, but this time, she had a feeling she already knew
“’Don’t tell me it is Brian?”’
He is silent
“’Abah Brian!!’’ she breaths “’ what have you done now”’ she talks to no one in particular
He is still silent ,..
“’Papa Brian what are you thinking? when you are quiet it is because you have made up your mind to do something, telll me, are you goingto punish him?”
“’This time Lolo, you will not stop me, no more petting, no more protecting him. This is my business, my name, my company. He has gone too far Lolo, if he wants to act like a child becasuse some woman paid him back with his own coin and embarrased him in a night club and he thought the best he could do is to go and embarass her and try to ruin her carreer and at thesame time ruin my company image? it’s the height of irresponsiblity, stupid act and he needs reprimanding and i am me talking to him Lolo. Done !!!”’ he claps his hand together
“’my husband –“she says coming close to him, how does she calm him down, how does she presuade him from taking drastic action again’t their only son. She would have to call Brian to have him beg his father. He has gone to far.
“’Lolo, i know what you want to do. But know it won’t work, not today Lolo, not today”’ he says
His phone rings again “” Yes Emeka, patch me though to Miss Adora Chime now”’
I am shaking, waiting for him to complete his sentence.
Today i had woken up happy, excited .
Today was going to be a good day.
when i woke up, i even bought Wilson my driver food, i smiled at him geuninely and i didn’t cuss him, no i dI don’t.
so why does bad things happen to good people?
Was this happening to me because i didn’t apologise to my driver for being nasty and a goat head to him?
Well God, i will apologise to him right now if you don’t let the Boss of the boss fire me please i beg you..
Oh Brian, you are dead, you are dead!!
“’Miss Adora Chime ??’’ his voice cuts through my thoughts as I held the phone tight closing my eyes and holding my breath.
“’You are terribly incompetent and incapable of handling your PA and it is highly disappointing , very disappontining “’
“”i am sorry sir , but i didn’t think-‘’
“’You don’t think, you act Miss Adora Chime. This outrageous! ! Have you seen the charts dropping, have you seen the clients pulling out? You think thisis just a bad picture, a joke? like why should it ruin the buisness but little jokes likr this causes a whole name to be tarnished and I am highly displeased and i will take actionn , you are here a day or two and this is what happens ? And i was told you are highly professional nd effective but all i see is nothing but a woman who isn’t as professinal as they say she looks on her profile picture. I am greatly displeased. Therefore i have made my decison “”
“’Sir please, i will fix it, i promise i will fix it. That PA, he is abnoxious and he had it out for me because –“
“He? A common PA? The more you talk the more my anger is rising, Misa Adora, pack up your things and-“
“’Sir , please give me second change, i beg you, i didn’t do this , i didn’t “’
“’if you can’t handle one PA , Miss Adora, how do you run team of people if you are to pick your own team of people to work with eh??’”
“’sir, i can handle him, i will handle him. Please sir, give me chance “’ i plead,my career can’t end like this, going elsewhere this would come up,
No, this isn’t happening.
“’You have just one chance Adora, one chance to correct all these, handle your PA, i don’t care how you do it and if you can’t, i would need you to tender your resgination letter , is that understood?”’
“’i need you to take down all that went online, friends who have shared them, family i don’t care, if i still see anyting of that is still online, you are gone”’
“’Yes sir”’ i answer
The line goes dead.
“’oh maám, what did the boss of the boss say?”John asks me..
“’i have to go see Mr Emeka, please help me pull down the post and report the posts on people’s walls so they pull it down , check shared please, sponsor it as well if need be, i need to see mr Emeka “” i say leaving my office.
As i walk out, all eyes are on me, my skin grows hot with anger, embarrassment, humuilation. the whole shebang!
I see posters of me on the wall…i pull it down as i pass, staffs are muttering.and he is no where in sight..the arshole is no where in sight!
I get to his door and knock
“’Come in”’his voice sounds angry
I walk into his office..
“’you were just spoken to by Mr j.k right??’’
“’yes Mr Emeka”’
“’You do understand what he said?’’
“’Yes Mr Eemka “”
“’Their is a media team working to rectify this mess that was created and i hope it doesn’t repeat it self because it is not only your job on the line but mine as well which means i would be hard on you. I have been working here for years and I won’t allow some petty banter and quarrell between two adults to jeopardize that””
“’But he would be punished, he has to be penalised , for doing this. This is also my life, my reputation and my image amd all that i have worked hard to build went crumpling down in less than two hours because he was trying to do what, make a stupid statement? I want to scream and break something sir but it is apparent i won’t be able to unleash my anger and it is painful to act all composed. he has to penalised. I believe breaking and entering, invading’s one’s privacy is a crime Mr Emeka, and he has to be punished for that.
“”Oh don’t you worry about him, he would be severly punished,. But he would still be your PA, you handle him..”’
“’what does that mean.? That he does things like this and gets away with it? I mean this isn’t just my reputation , this is also the company’s, why would the management turn the other way , who the hell is Brian to have him get away wth this, who?? I am pissed, burned and i want to lash but i can’’t and it is upsetting, how does he not get penalised , sanctioned or fired for this. Why do i have to have my job on the line for sonething he did , why?”’
“’oh, he will get punished for this Miss Adlra, that i assure you, but whatever his punishment is, isn’t coming from me. I just ask that you make sure nothing like this ever happens again. You were brought here for a job, do it, you were given a PA, handle him. Not incite him to do more harm””
“’how am i going to do that, smile wide when all i want to do is punch him in the face, when he does soemthing else to me I should tell him thank you when all I want to do is use my heel and punchure his skull” i say raising my voice
“”i understand how you feel, it is your face plastered everywhere with such a headline and to have people see all that isn’t so nice. I get your anger and i understand but at this moment, you have to look the other way and let the Boss handle it, Just do your job.“” he says
“fine sir, but you must understand that we are humans and i may look the other way but when someone is fetermined to get you all riled up and keep stepping on your toes eventually you would roar out in pain and lash out. And i hope Brian doesn let me reach that breaking point because by then i wouldn’t care about the consequences “’
“’i understand Miss Adora, go and clear the mess,”’
“”yes sir”’ i step out of the office and soon as i come to where everyone is, itsudeenly becomes quiet, the posters aren’t there anymore..
I don’t look at anyone, i fold my fist and walk striaght into my office and shut the door, John was still yabbing away at my computer, he had also pulled down the poster from my wall as well and helped to arrange my office
“’Ma’ám, what did they say, don’t tell me they fired you because of that bastard?’’ he asks standing up from my chair and coming to me,
I slowly sit down, trying to calm the anger wobbling inside me, the anger that i was angry at the bastard and angry that i may not be able to do what i want to do to the disgusting prick. The anger makes me shake.
“’Madam, you are shaking , oh God! Is there something you want me to do, anything please”’ he says bending to stare at me
I shake my head “’i need to clear this mess’’
“’i have managed to do what you ask””
“’yes, still i have to go out there, there would be press coming in to cash in on this, media like to chew on this for a long time, it doesn’t matter how silly the post s, it doesn’t matter, anything to get dirt they would jump at it, i will need to put up a team to handle this mess Brian has broight unpon the compnay””
“’yes, i saw the charts, a few clients poulled out, it’s ridiculious, couldn’t they just have a luagh and go?’’’
“’Competitors would aggrevate it John, it’s the business world, everyone wants you to go down and Mr j.K was very displeased, i either fix this, handle him or i resign”’
“’Blood of Zachariah!!! How do you want to handle that bastard madam, you can see he doesn’t respect or fear authority, he dared to enter your office, he dared to play with your reputation and that of the company, please tell me he is getting fired, because that is the only thing that would make sense”’
I shake my head standing up “’that’s the moist painful part John, he isn’t, he isn’t ’!
“’hain madame, it doesn’t make sense, wether you be elite son or friend to big Boss’s, what the boy has done is bad, would cause oga to lose money , alot of money and all that”’
“’well, maybe whoeever is sponsoring the boy is sponsoring your Boss’s company who knows, maybe that is why they are looking the other way. But i need to know who the hell Brian is and why he can’t be touched. And by God John, i may not be able to do anything to him right now but he should best just know that i won’t forget what he has done here today, i will make sure he has a taste of his own medicine, i will”
“’Don’t worry madame, i will help you with anything you want. Infact i would start keeping tabs on him, he isn’ a ghost, i will find out for you okay Madame. So what now?”’
“’You will head the team with me John, i will run it by Mr Emeka, who in your department is good with things like this, dousing fire ?’’
“”erm, my guy peter, then Bola departmental lead from section D. And … that redhead girl is good with computer too oh what;s her name Tomiwa, and Tombra”’ John says
“Good, get them into my office within the hour, we have work”
“’Okay madame. Please take it easy okay?”’
“”thank you John, let me be alone now”’
He nods leaving me as i sink in back into my seat, facing the computer, watching the charts as another customer drops .
I mutter .
Brian is in his office, watching a music channel.. he had ordered Ikechukwu whom he calls Ikena just because he wants, to to go get him another round of breakfast. He had eaten, he was full now and his was happy.
His phone has been ringing nonstop.
Emeka has been calling him but he ignored.
“Ï already know what you waMt to do, shout, querry, but i am not in the mood so fxxk off piggheaded face”’ he says ignoring the call “’i know you must have told my father, so don’t call me, let him do it and if i pick and he shouts, i will just ignore him too”’ Brian laughs
Then his mind goes back to Adora’s office and the look on her face “’Epic mehn, really epic’’
She thought she could humuilate him like that yesterday and not get a huge clapback large enough to make her have hunch back? He hopes she feels crippled now.
The whole internet has been buzzing and he even shared some too on his wall. It was a good laugh to read comments about her, some had gone to her page to rain curses, some called her a slut, a witch, a couger and all sort of names..
Some told her to pull down the post and that she was working for a public company she souldnt bring her fantasises to the world.
Brian has been having the time of his life.
She thought ruining his image infront of those club girls was funny?
No!! Ruining her image to the world was funny. Now she wouldn’t be able to put her head up and walk around without the shame stringing along side her, now if she goes out to represent the company..someone whould point and say “’Hey, cock sucking witchy girl!!’’
Brian hugs his stomach and bursts into laughter.
His phone rings again, yep, this should be the whole mighty Mr Andrews, without looking he picks the call, resting on his chair, with his legs crossed, he was going to be cool and answer and by the time his father begins to scream..he would cut the call and laugh some more.
His father would be angry for a day, maybe two and it would be back to normal.
“hello Father!?”’ Brian says
Hi eyes shots open, he striaghtens and seats up uncrossing his legs
“’Chukwuemeka, how many times did i call you?’’
“three times mum”’ he says
“’what have you done, what have you done? Are you a child, do you realise the gravity of what you have done eh? do you realize the damage ?”
He sighs “’Mum you don’t understand,. That new Manager father employed is a witch, devil’s s incarnate. Do you know what she did to me in a club? she had all the girla hating me, the guys wanting to lyinch me and the bodygards about to cut my bal- erm.. erm.. see mum, i just payed her back tit for tat. No big deal mum”
“’Chukwuemeka. You have gone too far this time”’
“’Mummy i haven’t, it’s just a picture, she should take it down, yes i know people have shared it and all but it’s just for laughs , a dent to her public image and that is all, in a week everyone would look for another thing to laugh about mummy, why is this a problem”??
Really, why is it?
“’Have you checked the company’s charts?”
“”erm why should i?”
“Have you been listening to the news?”
“’erm not a news person”’
“’have you been on the internet within the past thirty minutes?”
“”i was when i posted it, but that was over an hour ago”’
“’And you think this is just about a picture? Chukuemeka, you are disappointing me. I always stand for you when you act like a child, i always tell your father you will outgrow it but this isn’t just about you, this his about that poor girl’s carrear you are messing up, this is yur father’s company, his name you are ruining”
“’mummy, it’s nothing like that i assure you, it won’t do any of those things come on! Maybe dent her image a little but come on mum, how will it affect dad’s company mum, that is ridiculious!!!!’’ he laughs
“mummy, you are being overly dramatic “
“Ÿou think i am being dramatic, stop being a child and actaully take a look. Your father is furous, putting teams on ground in ever section to clear up this mess you have just created, some clients have pulled out, and you think it’s just a picture for laughs? You have no idea what the competition is like out there, everyone is looking for your downfall and even a small thing like a picture is what your enemies and competitiors needs to paint you as a sexual pornograpghic company using thier employees to capture clients by luring them into sex, ‘’
Brian scoffs “who is the fool to think such nosnese’’
“Ÿes Brian, you think they are fools to think like that and you don’t think you are the bigger fool to post it? it is all over the internet, every media house has something bad to say, the news are saying something else and they are dragging your father’s name, his company and calling the company in port arcourt a whore house and you think it’sfunny, people are making up more things for it to look bad and you think it’s funny? the girl’s name is dragged and you think it’s funnny? You father intends firing her and you think she would be able to get a job elsewhere and you think its funny?? I trainned you better than this Brian, i trained you better than this, but all you have succedded in doing is to tell everyone that you lack proper home training and that you are nothing but an abnoxious brat!!’’
“’Jesusmummy, that hurts!!’’ Brian can’t believe his ears “’mummy, you never talk to me like that now, but why?
‘’’because i have petted you for far too long, at first i was begging your father here saying it would calm down but even as we speak, clients are dropping, the charts are going down and everthing is a mess all because of a stupid picture you posted and you think it’s worth praising? When a child errs it’s the duty of the parents to caution not praise and if you were a little boy i would have used the cane on you but you are a man Brian so act like one. You have messed up big time and i wont be able to stop your father from doing what he has made up his mind to do?”’
“’what are you saying mummy? What does father want to do?”
“’why don’t you wait for him to tell you that Chukwemeka, since you can act foolishly, father’s too can act according to your foolishness. i love you son, i really do and you know your father wants the best for you but this, this has gone too far and this isn’t about family ..this is your father’s sweat and legacy and you went too far just because you wnat to hurt a woman who bruised your ego? i raised you better than this Brian, you really have hurt your father, you had better call him and plead and tell him you wouldn’t do anything of this sort again”’
“”i wont beg father, i think you are exaggerrating the matter mummy, really. Okay don’t worry i will go pull down the posts and all that, happy?”
“’You think it is that easy, you don’t understand the damange do you?”
He sighs “mummy love, i am sure it is nothing mummy, please. I am sorry mummy, my mummy love, my queen, my orignial super mum, hey God mummy that thing you said touched me oh, my heart just did quick beats now and the pain that followed eh, but mummy you know i am your son, hmm, don’t be mad, you i will beg, because i know you wouldn’t be charging for me if dad didon’t pour out all his anger and you tapped from it. My sweet queen, okay i won’t do anything like this again, i promise””
“Brian, this isn funny””
“’i know mummy, i am sorry, really. Okay, i really really promise , i won’t play anything that would ruin the company’s anymore, scorts honour”’ he says smiling
He knew his mother well, she would scold and shout but he just has to submit and she would go all soft again, she loves him so, she never could stay angry with him for long.
“’Brian my son, i really wish you understand the gravity of this”
“’Mummy baby, i will handle it. I am sorry, realy, i know i wanted to get head on with father and i hated that he was making me do this and be here and all but not you mummy, you I never want to fight with, i love you mummy, so i am sorry, i am, on my knees okay?”
He hears her sigh ‘’ i love you too chukweemeka , but call your father, i can’t do much from here unless you show you are sorry , not just say it, prove it”
“’mummy, leave daddy, whatever he wants to do is bluff’’
“’You diont understand, the way he has been all morning son, when he wants to do something he gets like that and-“
“’mummy baby,is he not my father again? have i not known him all my life? He bluffs alot, i will do this Brian , i will do that Brian, infact Brian bla bla! but mummy he never does, why? because he loves me that old fart, he loves me like crazy he won’t do anything to hurt me or make me uncomfortable. Look , let it be. I’ll let him cool down then i will talk to him okay, but not today, not tommorw and if he calls me to shout i won’t apologise..yet” he says honestly.
“’hey mum, look! Nothing is gonna to happen. Look i will talk to him, okay?”’
He hears her sigh
“’mummy , i will handle it”’
“’i hope so Brian, i hope so”’
‘’i love you”’
“’i love you too”’
Brian says goodbye to his mother and lets her cut the call.
He drops the phone and stares at his laptop… was his mother being really serious or she was just exaggerratiing ?
Well, there was only one way to find out.
He turns on his lapstop and logins in to the company’s profile, overriding firewalls and getting to the charts, their progress and downfalls
“’Holly Crap!!!!’’ he exclaims
‘’No no no no no no no!!!”’’he gets up pushing away from the chair, he stands up , “Damnit!! It was just a picture how the hell did they aggravate this, what the actuall fxkk!!!”’’
He paces the length of the room.
Oh his father was going to kill him. He messed up big time,
“’DAMNIT!!’’ He exclaims again
He is staring at his phone, strange.
From the people who have called him, his father hasn’t .
This wasn’t good. This wasn’t good at all.
Another twenty minutes passes and yet his father hasn’t called him,then he phone rings, he grabs it looking at it, Mr Emeka
“’yes!!!”’ he snaps
“’Yes?’Yes! is that all you have to say, have you seen the mess you have caused, do you realise that-‘’
“’please please Mr Emeka, i already have eyes and i do see, i don’t need you to call me to tell me nonsense you hear? what are you doing to salvage the situation?Have you put your best teams on it??’’
There was a disbelief exclaimation from Emeka ”You must be mad, you hear me Brian, you must be terribly mad!! You did this and you are asking me what i am doing to salvage this situation. See eh you had better get your ass up and fix this, if i lose my job i am coming for you“”
“’Are you threatening me? Wait till my father hears this”’
Mr Emeka laughs “”Your father? Your father Brian, have you spoken to your father yet Brian? “’
Brian felt uncomfortable ‘’Yes!!’’ he lied
Emeka was laughing, why was he laughing, what the hell was he laughing for ’Why are you laughing Emeka, what’s so funny?’’
“’it’s because i know something you don’t know Brian, and to tell you the truth it makes me very very happy at the momeny despite it all”’
“’what is that supposed to mean Mr Emeka, what do you know that i don’t know?’’
But Emeka just kept laughing “’clean your mess up Brian, son of Andrews, but there is nothing you can do to run away form this now, you really would enjoy this, i definitely will”then the line goes dead
“’Emeka, Emeka!!!!’’ BrIan shouts.
Dammnit !! what did he mean
Why hasn’t his father call him yet?’
He gets up , he leaves his office, everyone was busy talking , the red head girl Tomiwa comes quickly to him “’Brian, are you seeing what’s going on, it’s a mess, who posted that thing online, our phones are bringing off the hook, clients are calling asking if our compamy deals with sexual pornographic-”’
“’Not now Tomiwa, not now”’ he says walking past her
“’hain!! Who is the fool who this now, na hacker ?’’ someone asks from the corner
Brian walks past them heading down to Mr Emeka’s office , he passes John as he comes out from that witche’s office, he didn’t bnother to look in, John sizes him up
“’You just did it now didn’t you? I hope you feel fly with yourself, you are nothing but a-”
“’you might want to swallow that thing you are about to say John because at the moment i am not in the best of moods and you might be kissing the floor before you know it”’ Brian throws off his shoulders walking away
John is fumning “Prick!’’’he spat walking down to the open office area
“”John , what is going on, you have been inside that Madam’s office since morning, what is going on? are you seeing what is happening? it’s a bloody messy situation, i could hear Mr Emeka screaming over the phone“’ Peter his friend comes up to him
“’Guy, that asshole went and did this nonsense”’
As though everyone is waiting for jist, they gather around him..
“’Which asshole kwnanu?”’ someone asks
“”Who else? The one who just strolled past as though he owns the place”’ John says visibly upset “’Miss Adora is in bad shape, the Boss of the boss called her, she was visibly shaken , God knows what he told her, she almost cried, i pitied her “’
‘’but i don’t understand, what happened now and why,?’’ Tombra, the girl whom peter has been eyeing asks
“’see ehen, this morning i met her at the door and she was so happy, so we went to the office together-”’
“’see how he is talking as though she is his girlfriend, we went to the office together’ Temi mimics him
John turns to look at her, this Temi girl always has something to say, he should ask her what her problem is, every single time. she was just busy body trying to put a dent to his person and he doesn’t like it at all, if he shouts on her they would call it sometthing else or domestic office violence. “’I wasn’t talking to you Temi, you don’t have to listen you hear?”’
“’Abeg dey talk jor, omo Cnn, you are always at the forefront of things’’ she says folding her hands and seating down
“’e don do Temi abeg, you are always whinning like someone who is jealous, you never tell us why you dey always attack John, if you like am tell us, not everytime you dey attack am anyhow, we fit they attack am atleast we no get thing for the guy but your own dey seem one kin we done dey suspect this your attack…”’
“’me like this this-John? Tifiakwa!!! Men don finish for river abi? please abeg Tombra don’t insult me to insuinate that biko. God forbid. I rather die a spinster than to have anything to do with this..this useless excuse of a man”’ she sighs
‘’Äbeg abeg abeg, we don’t want to know what you think about you hear, Abeg tell us jist John mbok!!’’ Tombra says turning to him “’John? ehen what were you saying, don’t mind her “’
Temi eyes Tombra,Tombra rolls her eyes .
“’as i was saying, when we got into the office we saw him, Brian, he had scattered her table with food he had eaten, her wall had that picture you saw on the internet and then he wss happy telling her what he has done, and when Miss Adora asked him why he said something about she doing something to him that warranted him to do this”’
“’what did she do kwnau?’’ Tombra asks
“’i don’t know but whatever she did doesn’t warrant this nonsense he had done, it doesn’t and i know she didn’t do anything at all. Ever since she came she as been nothing but nice”
“’To you, ofcourse, “’Temi says
“’shut up!!!’’ everyone says to her
“’what? why is everyone attacking me now? i am just stating the obvious, we all can see John is having the hots for the madame”’
“Ee concern you?”’
“is it your Hots?”
“is it your conjii? ”
Everyone is laughing
“’Guy, belike this chick dey eye you oh”” Peter whispers to John
“’Godforbid, i bind satan,” John exclaims
“”so John , is she getting fired, is anyone getting fird,?”’ Tomiwa asks
“’i don’t want Brian to be fired for this oh”
“’me neither”Tombra says
Every girl begins to nod in agreement,
John and Peter is disgusted “”Be-like you people don’t have sense, so you want Miss Adora to be fired now abi?”’
‘’i did’nt say that, but, i know what he did is wrong but ever since he came here this place is all shades of hot and nice, i mean comeon now, because of him i had to change my warddrop to look dapper for him, if he goes we would be left with guys like you, Peter and Bola..and the rest of them, Mbok!!! Brian can’t go oh, all that hot stuff leaving without me getting a taste of him? No Mba!!!’’
Everyone laughs , “”I see where your priority lies‘’ John says shaking his head and walking away
“’ehen we see where yours lie to “’ Temi shouts
“”Temi Temi”’ some people chants
“’what!!’’ she says
“’Ehen i almost forgot , Miss Adora wants to see you all in her office, Tombra, Bola, Peter, Tomiwa, Now”’ he says coming back
“’what about me?”’ Temi asks while everyone who was called gets up and follows him
“’mtchewwww!!’’ John sighs walking away
Everyone left behind laughs at her
“Come in” I say as the knock comes on the door.
John walks in with them
“’Good morning everyone, i believe you know the situation of things at the moment, here is what i need you to do…so we can clean this mess up. i have taken permission form Mr Emeka so your duties for the rest of the day will be given to your collegues , so go get your laptop, we would be using the conference room, we would be going on air soon but first we need to do some ground working and salvaging, is that okay?”’
“’yes maám”’ They answered
“’John would be your team lead””
John beams , turning to them “Okay so, let’s meet within the hour, Miss Adora will join us shortly “”
They nod leaving the office , John turns to me “’Can i get you anything, Coffea , anything ?”’
‘’Yes john, “’ i say grabing my laptop and my bag
“”No let me help you with that maám” He tells me going to pick it up, thanking him i step away from the table and walk out the door, he follows me .
Ruth, the floor secretary comes to me
“’Madam, all is ready for you, the conference room is that way’‘she says pointing to the other end of the hall
I enter and wait while John sets my table, i stand the view out from the window of the room…
I really need to do something to this Brian guy, but what??
“what did you mean by that statement Emeka”’ Brian leans on his desk, Emeka is ignoring him
“’I am talking to you””
“’i remember trying to be civil with you and pleading to you to do what your father wants but what do you do? You throw tantrums like a little kid and go all….i can do all the hell i want, . yes yes you can and you have , why are you coming to meet me, a mere workier of your father to ask information about your dad? Why don’t you call him up, or wait! you told me he has spoken to you already so that means he must have told you”
“’Told me what?””
Emeka smiles “You aren’t smart Brian, not in the slightest, wait for your father to give you that information and i cant wait to see your face”’
“’my father wouldn’t tdo anything to hurt me””
“”Yes, i am sure Jesus thought thesame thing, but looky there…Judas still did anyways’’
“’Read your bible Brian, look, i have so many things to do this morning like clean up your mess form my end, why don’t you do something useful like salvage some from yours, i am sure Miss Adora is also doing that too,but here you are looking for imformation that i won’t give you. Leave my office Brian and the next time you walk in here and disrespect me, you wouldn’t like the outcome”’
“’You wouldn dare”’
“”Try me, you are no longer immune Brian, “” he laughs and laughs hard
“”Get out!!’’ he points to the door
“’what did you say?”’ Brian asks .
“’Brian Andrews, will you give me space to work please, damnit !!”’
Brian straightens up “”this is my father;’s company, and i will leave when i want to leave from whoever’s office, you beter change your ways because when i am sitting on that chair sooner than you think, you will be cleaning my shoes’’
“’Says the spoilt brat””
Brian folds his fist , smiling stiffly “’the next person that says that wouldn’t have a mouth to speak with , don’t fall a victim”’
With that Brian leaves his office slamming the door shut.
’’SPOILT Brat”’ Emeka says to the closed door, then he smiles “’ Atleast Mr Andrews isn’t looking away this time”’ he laughhs ” Öh Brian, our next conversation will be realy different and i can’t wait “
I spent the whole day working with the team, i hsd calls, i spoke to press team and media teams, we had to go out a few times during the hour.
By evening everyone was exhausted …
“’Miss ADora, it’s late, can we continue tommorrow, we have coordinated with other media teams, we are making progress, some clients are willing to see reason and we are polishing back our image, we are making progress maám , but it is past closing time already and i am really beat”” Bola says yawning,
Ï turn to them,and then to John, he was stretching , the clock on the wall says past 6 and yet office closed around 4pm.
“”Okay, John”’ i says taking the head set away from my ears,
I had been watching the chart for the past one hour, a few more people dropped but we gained three back. .
Mr Emeka had come in during our work , some media team had flowen in from lagos to work with us, the press was held about three hours ago and we had to personally go see some clients and re-negotiate with them, which ws why Mr Emeka was with us.
It had been a long day.
A tiring long day.
‘’Okay everyone, good job. Hopefully by tommmorow when we are done, the fire would have died down, people 8am sharp, let’s convene here and begin.Please, drop your files and i and Miss Adora will take a look at the crossed and the remained and work up possible charts flow from there. Have a good evening “’
They file out leaving us both.
“’Should i get your driver ma’am?”
He comes back to tell me that Wilson is waiting for me downstairs, he helps me with my things when we get to the car “’Thank you John , you helped me a lot today, really appreciate it.” I say genuinely as we walk down to the parked area
‘’Ït’s not a problem ma’ám, you have a good night and try not to worry “’
“”thank you, Wilson take me home please’’ i sink into the car, resting my head as John waves me..
Today, today was a bad day,,…and i still haven’t figured out what to do to that Brian.
Brsin has been sitting in his office for the past couple of hours staring at his phone, his father hasn’t called.
Not to shout, not to cuss, nothing,.
And he was afraid to call , ordinarily he would have been confident but..right now..he knew he messed up.
“Call father , just call me damnit!!’’ he exclaims
Sighing,he gets uip, it was late, he puts off the light and leaves the office, he sees John and the witch walking down..
“’oh, really, John the smiggle and Adorat the witch! what an annoying pair”’’he sighs turning away and going down the elevator instead.
He didn’t want to face her today, he wasn’t in the mood for her attack if she wanted to attack him that is. He wasn’t sorry for what he didi to her, he was just sorry that it affected his dad’s company.
She deserved it, and he wasn’t going to apologise to her, you don’t play with fire and don’t ger burned.
he was glad she got burned.
He got down to see his bodyguard stroke driver waiting for him..
“’Goodeveing sir”’ Ikechukwu grests him
“”Goodevening Ikena, take me somewhere for me to clear my head’’
“”Cubanna?” Ikechukwu frowns, it’s Ikechukwu you dimwit!!
“’Don’t ont be a fool, i can’t go there, metro park beside it maybe””
He had orderd for a drink, tonight he just wanted to booze and forget it all, and think, maybe he should just call his father, maybe he shouldn’t.
Argh!! What the hell Mr Andrew!!
Call me and scream and shout if you want to, this silence is deafening.
Should he call his mother?”No! he shouldn’t worry her.
Sighing he sees a girl walk up to him,Soon they are making small omverstaion. She was pretty maybe he should forget about the office and drown his sorrows in this pretty angel.
An hour later he had ordered for dinner for both of them, , her friends had come to join them for a bit and he had told them to order whatever the hell they wanted and they did.
soon after her frinds leaves, he orders more wine and was laughing his heart out,’”so my place or yours?”’ she had leaned close to him, touchng his chest and sliding her hand down to his belt..
“’Mine! ‘’ he whispers feeling her already
“’what are we waiting for then, i really need to get out from all this cloths, and get I to something more relaxing like your white clean shirt and nothing underneath” she purrs
Yes!! She is distraction enough.
“’let me just handle the bill. Waiter “” he beckons as she nibbles his ears
“damn girl”’ he says as her hands slips lower grabbing his crotch “you waste no time to say hi to the big guy“’
“’hmm, and he likes me “” she says smiling
“’Yes he does baby, yes he does”” Brian smiles at her
“”cash or Pos?”’ The waiter asks
“’Pos”’ Brian answers the waitress trying to control his rising bulge as girl squeeses tighter underneath the table.
The waitress gets the pos ” card please Sir, and your bnill is 15O thousand naira Siir, “’
‘’Damn!! what kind of stomachs did your friends have?”” he laughs
the girl laughs squeezing him harder and rubs him..
“”hurry up woman”” Brian hurries the lady as he gives her his card,
She wipes it and give him …”’declined sir”’
“’Card declined !”’
Brian frowns ..”’er, hold on beautiful?’’’he removes her hand from his bulge and seats up, taking out his wallet he hands her another card, frowning as he takes the first card back
“” This is also declined Sir’’
“”No! that is impossible. Try this too, Infact try all of thses’” He hands her all his cards
Brian is sweating…
“All Declined Sir” she is frowning and looking at him
“’what!!?” Brian breaths
“’ maybe you should call your bank or something or use the atm at the door”’
Brian proceeds to call his accountant
“‘ Yes jude”’ as he picks “’ I don’t understand is there an issure with my account at the bank? I can’t seem to pay for anything, and i know i have money, lots in my account and I don’t get why’-”
“Öh yes about that sir” Jude cuts him “we got a call this morning to freez all your account. , All your linked accounts too. As of this moment sir, you can’t not make any transactions, your accounnts have all been frozen, indefinitell. Order came from your Father, i am sorry”’
Brian staggers …almost hitting the tabe..”’What did you say?”’
“’i am sorry sir””Jude repeats
Brian turns to the waitress and then to the girl and the to the people who is staring at him as he almost falls..
“’Sir, your bill”” the waitress as for the tenth time
“”Baby, pay let’ go home “the girl says
‘’Your accounts, all has been frozen sir, indefinitely sir, odered by your father, i am, sorry sir”’ Jude says
Brian’s head is spinning….
‘sir Your bill, 150 thousand sir!!
“Baby pay let’s go home!”
“Frozen Sir,all your accounts. indefinitely. ”
Everyone is talking..Brian’s head is spinning. .
He hits the ground.
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