© IRETI ADEDIPE
B2:00 pm Lagos Nigeria
I took my phone to read the text message again, I had read it immediately I received a message notification earlier at home, but couldn’t lay off my thought as I continue to think about it.
Suddenly there was a faint knock on my office door, distracting my thought from the message but I ignore it, still checking and reading it loud to myself, relating the message over and over again, the knock was audible again and the door opened. I had intentionally ignore the knock knowing fully well it’s was my secretary, she has ever been giving me the boss like action, despite my reluctant to make her my bosom friend who should relate to me unofficially.
“Excuse me ma”, she voiced out after opening the door and walked up to where i was sitting, carrying some documents with her.
“These are the documents for the”.
“Sarah” !! I called her name interrupting her without taking off my glance on the phone I was busy with, “what I’ve I told you about this Ma you do call me? I asked and continued before she could answer. How many more times will I tell you likewise not to knock severally before entering this office?” I asked again, this time raising up my gaze on her.
She bowed her head instead and kept quite instead of answering the questions. “I thought I specifically told you to relate to me as a friend and not as a boss”. I added again before she could answer.
“That’s because you’re the boss and I’m just an employee who could be fired any moment” she answered faintly and continued. “That’s how things work here and I’m sorry if you aren’t pleased ma, besides, that’s could bring suspicion from other co-workers or jealousy which could result in hatred for me, they might think I’m lobbying in for promotion if I’m relating to you as a friend”. She added.
I burst into laughter immediately she concluded her words and stared at the phone on my hands. “Absolutely Nigerian’s attitudes sometimes baffled me, I’m definitely understanding why mum never wanted to practise their cultures”. I said while she stared at me. Ofcourse she wouldn’t understand what i meant.
“Anyway Sarah, all I’m asking for is just a friend who I can relate with freely without restrictions, I actually feel alone here in Nigeria without my friends back at Ghana” I replied her affirmatively before speaking again. “So what do you say?” I asked her again. “A friend is all I asked for” I added, waiting for her response.
“Its okay ma, oh !! Its okay Miss Jane” she said smiling, noticing my looks by calling me Ma again. “I’ll blend with that soonest” she added smiling
“Anyway, there’s something I want to share with you and i want your advice on it”.
” what’s that Jane?” She asked, this time calling my name.
“You noticed anything?” I asked,
“yes Jane, you really seemed extremely happy today, you greeted everyone and didn’t even scold Mr. Afolayan the late comer, you really are happy, so unusual of you ma”. She replied with an apologic looks this time. Noticing she just said Ma again.
“Stop the ma Sarah, call me Jane ! Common” I voiced out, raising my hands as she nods in acceptance.
“hmm, I know all of you are doing side talks about me”, oh common” she tried speaking but I stopped her, “I’m used to it, sit down and let me brief you”
N9:49pm secret location
“I couldn’t brief you well on phone because this issue requires great urgency, I overheard them saying something about you. I was almost caught while eavesdropping on their conversation but i know whatever they plan doing is evil against you, and I want you to be vigilant and extra careful boss”.
One of the loyal brother to Kingsley said to him
But instead of asking more details, he only laughed, he laughed louder making it confusing to his informant who was wondering why he was laughing.
“Hundreds of antelope can never bring down the King of the jungle, leave G.B and his loyal dogs alone, I await whatever it is they planned or are planning, come with me, let me show you something”, Kingsley finally replied him
The four men were sitting in the conference Hall discussing political matters, Mr. Donald, Mr. William, senator Elvis and chief Garub the party chaiman. The men were deliberating on the next political election, they had chosen Mr. William Davis as their representative during their primaries, the men were deliberately and strategizing the way to win the election.
” with what we planned, it a sure this seat is ours” senator Elvis voiced out loudly.
” That’s absolutely certain, so sure, we’ve never lose before and can’t lose ever, not now, Mr. William, what do you think?” Cheif Garub asked
” I’m rest assured it’s a success”. Mr William replied, sipping his drink.
“of course it is, I Donald has never lose in anything I plan on doing before, the funds involve will be taken care of by me and”….
“very important” Senator Elvis said interruptedly, “the funds, most importantly” he repeated while the four men burst into laughter.
“A day before he was killed, it was reported that you were the driver who drove him to his home town in Port-Harcourt, where were you when he was killed ?” The agent asked.
“I was with him all through, we were planning to go Lagos the following day when three men who claimed they were escort from the Minister of health arrived and told Dr. Johnson the Minister need his urgent attention. I was suspicious at first but discard the thought after seeing how the doctor interact with them, he told me to go on to Lagos while he’ll follow them to Abuja, the next thing we heard about him was his death, nobody know how but his body was found later at Ilorin”. The driver replied.
“Alright thank you”, the agent added affirmatively while the two agent thanked him before proceeding out of the compound.
They heard the same story from one of the doctor’s relative in Port-Harcourt, he implies that they couldn’t sue or do anything against the Minister because there were no evidence of his involvement, the police also couldn’t make anything out of it.
“What are we to do now? The junior agent ask frustratedly after they entered the car they came with”.
“We will proceed our investigations, atleast we now have a clue, agent Gabriel said before starting the car, “find out about the minister, his identity, his family and trace down anything relating or involving to the K. Brothers” he added, making a glance at the side mirror for any coming cars before making a U-turn.
“What about the documents Mrs. Johnson gave you?” The junior agent ask again,
“I’ve made personal information about it, there’s a disk in one of the documents but it’s wouldn’t open, it well encrypted with codes, I’m not done relating the documents together but I’m sure the content will be the discovery of the secret location”. The agent replied, over-taking a car in front of theirs.
“That means we’ll storm it if discovered” the junior agent said hopefully.
“yes but carefully, I’ve sent the details to the chairman, some NSS agent will also be joining us soon, we need to act fast” replied agent Gabriel, increasing his speed.
GMT 2:15 PM
We had both agreed to meet at a restaurant by 2pm, I had decided to be there ten minutes late all because I want to delay him a bit but deep down, I want to be there even before the stipulated time but Sarah advice I delay him few minutes, I’ve been sitting for five minutes now but this time without a guard, had ordered orange juice when my phone begin to ring, I took it out from my purse, and answered the unsaved number.
“Hello !! Where are you?” The caller asked,
“who I’m I unto? “I asked instead, raising my brow instead of answering”
“this is Kingsley, I want to know if you won’t be coming again” The caller said.
” I’m here already” I replied instantly, standing up to look around.
there he was, he waved and stand up while he turned to meet me where i was sitting.
“My phone was down, I’ve been here 15 minutes ago, I had to plead to the waiter just to get in touch with you, to know if you won’t be coming again, didn’t know you’ve been here. I’m so sorry”……
he added before sitting down while I was lost in thought thinking and staring at him, he looked astonishing when he call out to me through a wave, bringing back my thought.
“Oh !! Sorry, i was just”….. “it’ okay, I should be the one apologizing for coming late”, he added again interrupting me.
“What would you like to take ? He asked, after the waiter came to get our orders.
” give me same thing she ordered but I care for wine, so give me wine, not orange juice.
We were still waiting for our order while he stared at me, the waiter placed our order as we started eating.
To be continued…..