Amarachi walked into Dennis office at nine o’clock on Monday morning, she greeted
him and gently placed a file on his table.
“Here is the document you requested for sir”
“Document? I’ve not requested for any document this morning” he replied without
paying much attention to her but focused on his laptop.
“You told me on Friday to submit it today”
“Yes, but I told you to bring it by two o’clock in the afternoon”
“Yes, I just thought I should bring it earlier”
“Okay, you may tale your leave” he replied, picked up the file and shoved it
underneath some other files, he looked up and she was still there “I said you may
take you leave”
“Sorry sir, I wanted to apoligise for not showing up on Saturday”
“You don’t need to apologize Miss, I made an error. Since you don’t want to go out
with me, let’s just forget about it”, he replied sternly.
“It’s not that” she replied with a pleading voice, “I got an emergency call, I had to
rush to check my father who fell ill and settle his hospital bill”
“Your father fell ill?” He replied, unconvinced she was saying the truth. He looked at
her face and asked “was that why you also switched off your phone?”
“I didn’t switch it off, it fell into water while I was in a rush to get the money and go
to the hospital. I’ll repair the phone later today”
“It’s okay” he replied and argued within himself if she was really saying the truth, he
dismissed the thought of her being dishonest because he concluded she had nothing
to gain that way.
” I’m sorry about your Dad, hope he is better now?” He finally believed her
“Yes he is”
“Thank God” he replied with a brief smile and turned to have a proper view of her,
“please sit for a moment”. He turned back to his laptop and quickly saved a
document he was reading.
“So why don’t you buy a new phone instead of repairing that one?”
“It only fell into water, it can still be repaired”
“I think you should buy another.”
“That would be after sometime sir, I can’t get one now”
“Why can’t you? Just tell me the kind of phone you want and we’ll have it delivered
here in less than two hours”
“I don’t have money for that”
“I’ll pay for it”
“No, you don’t have to bother yourself. I’ll get a phone myself”
“I insist you’ll take the phone from me as a punishment for missing the date” he said
and both of them laughed.
Frank carefully skimmed through the account books for his three salons. He was
amazed at how much progress he had made within few years, he thanked his God for
giving him the wisdom to have started the hair styling business instead of loitering
around Etyle city searching for a white collar job. His headquarter salon had grown so
big and was the place most celebrities and prominent people in the country who
lived in the city had their hair do.
He also made a sum of his savings in his personal bank accounts and had about a
total of nine hundred thousand in them. He started to think of what to do with the
money, he thought of adding more money to it and getting a new car or renting a
separate apartment. He finally decided to go for a house first and open another
branch of salon somewhere else in the city.
He was still thinking of his next move when his phone rang.
“Hello, Frank Stephen, Manager of Royal Salon on the line”
“Hello Frank, it’s me”
“Who?” The voice sounded like Bola’s but he asked to be sure.
“It’s me Bola, don’t you have my phone number again?”
“Bola, what do you want from me? We don’t have any business together”
“We have Frank. Please I’m sorry for shouting at you in your office the other day. The
truth is that I love you and I don’t think I can live without you. Please, let us meet and
talk about us”
“Are you done?” He asked unconcerned “get this straight! There is no us, please
don’t call me again, we have no business together”
“We’ll continue to have a business together, I’m carrying your baby”
“You heard me right, I’m pregnant for you”
“Wow! That guy must really like you, Tecno phantom z is a really good phone”
“Yeah, but I never wanted to accept it, he forced me to”
“Taa! You want to say you don’t like it?” Ini teased
“No, I’m not saying that, but I really didn’t want to accept it”
“Thank God you did, I was thinking of giving you my other small phone before and
now Manager has presented a better option, I hope you’ll give him a better option
too” Ini continued teasing her
“Naughty girl, what better option?” Amarachi laughed.
Just then Ini’s phone rang.
“Yeah… hehe… naah… naughty you… ok, you call me when you’re on your way…
Yeah…sweet dreams”, she dropped the call with her face full of smiles.
“Ehn, what is it?” Ini asked after noticing the questioning look on Amarachi’s face.
“Who is that?”
“When did you start monitoring my calls?” Ini replied with another question.
“Come on, tell me. Is that Kelvin?”
“Yes, he wants us to go out after work tomorrow”
“Yeah, that .means you’ll be driving home alo e tomorrow”
“Hehe, you’ll be alone at home, don’t miss me too much” Ini continued in a sarcastic
“Naah, I won’t miss you at all”
“She’s pregnant? Wow! That’s some real mess here” Bode commented.
“I don’t know just know what to do, I was just trying to forget about everything and
this is coming up again”
“So what are you planning to do?”
“I don’t know, I’m confused”
“Are you sure she isn’t just making this up to tie you down”
“Hmmm, you have a point there. That’s what it must be. How didn’t I think of that
“I don’t just trust that girl, she’s kind of desperate”
“Yeah, thank you Bode. I’ll demand that she show me her pregnancy tests result and
how am I even sure I’m the father of her baby if she’s really pregnant? “
“Cool, that’s what you should do”
“Thanks bro, I’m less worried now” Frank smiled, “by the way, where’s Kelvin, I’ve
not seen him since I got home”
“The dude is in his room probably chatting with his new girl”
“Hehe, lucky boy he is”
“Yeah, things are going smooth between them”
Chief Olatunbosun sat calmly on the sofa and placed his legs gently on a stool, he
came into the city after deciding to surprise his daughter with a visit since she had
not been seen in his house for months.
“Bola, hurry up with the cooking. I’m very hungry. I have to eat before I leave here
tonight” he called to Bola who was busy in the kitchen.
His eyes met a sheet of a paper on the centre table. “Henry, get that paper for me”
he motioned his body guard who stood not too far from him.
“Sinarline hospital laboratory, pregnancy test result” He read, he folded the paper
and kept it in his pocket.
“Wow! Bola is pregnant” he thought to himself, Ken has finally done it. It’s now time
to finalize the wedding plans. He earlier made up his mind to give the couple a token
of twenty million naira after their marriage ceremony.
“Food is ready Dad, should I serve it on the dining table?” Bola asked carrying a tray
of Pounded Yam and vegetable soup.
“Bring it here Bola, an old man like me doesn’t need to stress himself to eat” he
replied with humor
She dropped the tray on a smaller table and moved it close to where her Dad was
“Here is it, Daddy enjoy”
“Is this pounded or poundo” the man asked.
“Ahn ahn, Daddy. You know I injured myself the last time I tried to pound yam na”
“It’s okay my daughter, I will manage it” He said and started eating the meal.
“So, when will you and Ken choose a date for your wedding?” He asked as he
swallowed lumps of the poundo yam.
“Dad, I broke up with Ken”
“Ehn?” The man coughed as the information surprised him
“Hey, sorry Daddy. Why don’t you finish your food before we talk?”
“No” the man refused and washed his hand
“Come on, Idiot get me my handkerchief and stop looking like a dunce” he said to his
body guard. “Why did you break up with him? That boy is a good boy and his father is
very rich”. He continued with Bola
“Dad , it’s not all about money. He abuses me all the time and even keep numerous
“But why didn’t you tell me all these? I would have asked his father to speak with
“Dad, he promises to change always but he never does”
“Okay. So, what about the baby you are having for him?”
“Baby for him?”
“Yes, are you not pregnant for him?”
“No o, Daddy. I’m not pregnant “she said twisting her face.
“What about this?” He replied bringing out the test results from his pocket.
Bola came back to her senses as she saw the test results with her father, it was then
she remembered that she had dropped it carelessly on the table because she wasn’t
expecting anybody to visit her.
“Daddy, it’s not for Ken”
“It’s not for Ken? Then who?”
“How can you break up with Ken without telling me?” He asked and without waiting
for her reply he continued;”now you are pregnant for somebody else. Are you sure
this Frank is a good boy?”
“Yes, he is”
“Are his Parents rich?”
“Didn’t you hear me? Are his Parents rich?” He shouted at her
“I’ve not met them?”
“And you got pregnant for him without knowing his parents? Okay, what does he do
for a living?”
“He has a barbing salon”
With this, Chief Olatunbosun burst into rage and stood up. “Are you crazy? You got
pregnant for a barber?”
“No, he is not an ordinary barber, he has a salon with other employees”
“Tell the gold digger to see me before this week runs out”, he said and walked angrily
out of the house pushing his body guard who held his handkerchief for him violently
Ini walked out of the company’s gate to meet Kelvin who parked his car by the road
side not far away from the gate.
“Hello Princess” Kelvin greeted as he welcomed her with a warm embrace, “how was
“It was awesome” she replied smiling back. He walked her to the passenger’s seat
and opened the door for her to enter.
Ini waved back at Amarachi who hailed her as she drove past them on her way home.
“That’s my friend Amarachi”
“Oh! You work at the same place?, Kelvin asked as he settled into the driver’s seat.
“Yeah, we even stay together”
“Oh, she must be a nice girl. My friend really likes her”
“You told me that already. What I don’t understand is why Bola lays claim to him
even though he’s not her boyfriend”
“They have a lot of things together, but he doesn’t date her”
“They have a lot of things together? But I thought you said they met recently”
“Yes, we met with you guys before he met her”
“How come they now have a lot of things together?”
“You won’t understand dear. Let’s forget about that now” , he replied igniting his car.
“Where do we go this evening?”
“Hi Ama” Amarachi received a Whatsapp message from Dennis
“I told you not to refer me as sir again, we are not about to discuss official matters
“That’s good. Hope you didn’t experience too much traffic congestion on your way
“No, the road was kinda free”
“Okay, thank God. So your friend drove home with you as usual?”
“No, I drove home alone today. She went out with her friend”
“I don’t know, but has anyone really told you how beautiful you are?”
“Oh!” She added a smiley, ” :) thank you”
“You don’t need to thank me. I’m just saying the obvious truth”
“Come on, stop flattering me please :)”
“I’m not. You know what?”
“You are not only extraordinarily beautiful, you are also super intelligent”
” OMG, stop this Dennis :) “
“Just saying the truth dear.”
“Can we go out tomorrow evening?”
“It’s okay after work”
“Wow, thanks. You don’t know how glad I am now. I’m dancing shoki”
“I can’t wait dear. I’ll meet you outside the gate immediately we close at the office”
Frank sat quietly in his office when Bola walked in to see him. He stood up at once on
“How did you come in? Who let you in?” He questioned as she sat on the chair in
front of his table.
“Forget about that now. We have a lot of things to discuss”
“We don’t have anything to discuss” he replied angrily
“Of course, we have a lot to discuss, I told you I’m pregnant”
“You’re pregnant?” He asked sarcastically, “how does that concern me? You can take
it to the one who impregnated you”
“Are you crazy Frank? You know that this Baby is yours”
“Hahahaha, look here. If you think you can tie me down with that pregnancy, you are
“I’m not trying to tie you down, I love you Frank. This baby is yours” she said with a
“Story for the gods, who knows how many other guys you’ve slept with? You better
take the baby to them”
This infuriated Bola and she landed a hot slap on his cheek, “What do you take me
for? A slut? Never mind we’ll see if you’ll accept this baby or not, fool!”.
She began to walk out of the office but turned back again.
“My father asked you to see him before the week runs out, ignore him at your own
peril” she replied and dropped her father’s business card on the table and walked out
Frank who held his face with his right hand, recovering from the shock from the slap
picked up the business card. His heart skipped on seeing the name on it, Chief
He remembered the last time he heard the name, it was on national TV. The man
was one of the most influential politicians in the nation, he had a say in whoever
becomes a President of the nation. It was also widely believed that his hand were not
clean as any other politician who became a strong opposition to him ended up
kicking the bucket.
He wondered why the man wanted to see him, had she told her Dad she was
pregnant. He thought of not going but he dismissed the thought after remembering
that Chief Olatunbosun was not a man to joke with.
Amarachi peeped through the window as she heard a creaking sound at the gate, it
was 10pm and she was already getting when Ini had not returned from her date and
wasn’t picking her calls. She was relieved when she saw Ini walked in through the
gate with a man she guessed to be Kelvin.
“Hi Ama” Ini said cheerfully to Amarachi who was seated on the sofa as she walked
into the house with Kelvin.
“Welcome, you guys stayed out late. I was already getting worried”
“Come on, you believe we didn’t even realize it was this late” she answered back and
settled down beside Amarachi placing her right hand around her neck. “I’m sure you
know Kelvin already”
“Yap, I do.” Ama replied smiling at Kelvin who stood up from where he was seated to
give her a handshake.
“I heard you are the one who takes care of my sweetheart” he said as he took her
hand in his
“Oh yeah, that’s me. I take care of her very well” Ama joked
“Thank you very much Ladies. I have to be on my way now”
“Oh! So soon? You didn’t even wait for us to offer you anything”
“No don’t bother, that will be next time when I come”
“Okay then, I’ll be expecting you”
“Ini stood and was engaged in a warm embrace with Kelvin, ” I’ll miss you Honey”
“I’ll miss you too” Kelvin said as Ini walked him to the gate, “goodnight”
Ini walked back into the house to find Amarachi smiling and looking at her with a
questioning look. “Ehn ehn, what?”
“What is what? I thought you said you guys were not yet …”
“Shhh… Amebo, I knew that’s what you wanted to say, it all started today. I’m tired
now, I need to sleep immediately” Ini said and proceeded to her room.
“Going to do sleep or what?? You’re not sleeping until you tell me all that happened
today” Amarachi said and followed her into the room
Dennis focused on the computer set in front of him, he was reading through a mail
sent to him from a major partnering company with theirs, prices of goods had to
change in the product’s market due to devaluation of the country’s currency. He
made a call to his secretary,
“Please tell Miss Amarachi to report to my office now”.
The Secretary was about to call Amarachi’s office when he called back, “Don’t bother,
I’ll go to her office myself”
“You will do what sir?” The secretary asked pretending not to hear him.
“I said I’ll go to her office”
“Okay sir”, she dropped the call wondering what attracted Dennis to Amarachi’s
office always, since she started working with him, she had not seen him go into any
of his subordinates’ office. Just two weeks Amarachi had been employed, the rules
had changed; he had been seen in her office three times.
Dennis forwarded the mail he received to Amarachi’s email address, he picked up the
paper where he jotted some information and walked out of his office. The secretary
who was already gossiping with another staff was caught unawares as he opened the
door and walked straight to Amarachi’s office ignoring the gossipers.
“Good morning Amarachi”
“Good afternoon sir” Amarachi replied startling Dennis who wasn’t conscious of the
“Oh, it’s twelve already. Ain’t you going for break?”
“I was about to when I got an email alert”
“Oh! Sorry to disturb you, I’ll just come back after the break, let me leave you now”
“No, you don’t have to do that. Just say what you are here for, I can skip the break”
“No, it requires a lot of work. It’ll take your time, I’ll come after the break” he said
and walked out without waiting for a reply.
“Ken, what is this I’m hearing about you and Bola breaking up?” Chief Olatunbosun
“We didn’t break up sir, we only have a misunderstanding and I’ve been trying to
work it out but Bola is not helping matters.” Ken replied
“But why didn’t you involve me? You wouldn’t have let me know anything if I didn’t
call for you?”
“No sir, it’s not like that. I was already planning to come and see you concerning it
“Oh! You children of nowadays, you can’t stay together for a little time without
unnecessary fights” Chief Olatunbosun continued, ” Ehn ehn, I heard her say you
abuse her, I hope it’s not that you do beat her?”
“No sir, never”, Ken lied. “I would never raise my hands against my woman, we just
had a little misunderstanding and I was trying to hold her back so she had a little
bruise on her hand”
“Are you sure it’s only a little misunderstanding? You have to be careful with my
daughter o, you know me o” he said and gave a short cynical laugh.
“Yes sir, it’s nothing much”
“But she also said she’s pregnant for someone else?”
“Oh! She’s pregnant?” Ken expressed his shock
“You don’t know?”
“Hahaha, of course I know sir” ken quickly lied laughing to cover it up, “I was only
surprised she told you already. Don’t mind her sir, she’s pregnant for me, she’s only
“Are you sure of this?”
“Yes sir, she can’t be pregnant for anyone else”
“Okay, I pray so. Then you need to go and meet her immediately and sort this out, I’ll
also speak with her”
“Yes sir, I will.” He replied smiling.
“Good” Chief Olatunbosun smiled and changed the subject of discussion, ” How is
“He’s fine sir”
“Why has he not come to see me since last month we discussed? I thought he said he
had a boy he trusted so well that we could put as our governorship candidate for this
“Yes sir, he said he’ll come see you soon about that sir”
“Okay, greet him for me” Chief Olatunbosun said and with that rose up from his chair
and proceeded to a room in the house “goodbye son”
“Goodbye sir” ken picked his car keys and hurriedly left the house still in shock of the
news he just got
“How do we balance our profit now?”
“We’ll increase the price by twenty percent, then we can make up for the loses in the
international market. Moreover, we are the major exporters in this business and I
think we ought to have increased our price a long time ago since the cost
ofproduction has increased. Now is the right opportunity to change it” Amarachi
replied her boss who stood beside cross checking what she had on her computer
“Wow! I never thought of it like this” he said and stared at her face intently. “
Amarachi”, he continued calmly, I’m glad I met you. I’ve never met any Lady as
intelligent and beautiful as you”
“Hehe”, Amarachi chuckled and looked at the wall clock hanging on the wall.
Dennis also looked at his wrist watch. “Wow, its fifteen minutes to six already, it took
us a long time to balance everything. I don’t think the outing will work today
“Yeah, it’s late already.” Amarachi smiled.
“How do you intend to go home now? You already told your friend to leave without
“I’ll just take a cab”, Amarachi replied packing her accessories into her bag.
“I’ll drop you off”
“No, don’t bother. I’ll get a cab”
“No, I won’t leave you to go through the stress of searching for a cab this night. Its
late already and there’ll be a lot of competition for cabs in the street”
“Yeah, but I’ll get one easily”
“Naah, I’m dropping you” , He replied and he hurried into his office to get his car key,
by the time he locked his office, Amarachi was waiting at the stairs. “Alright Lady,
are you ready?”
“Okay, since you insist, let’s go.”
They walked down together and went straight to the car park. In no minute, they
drove out of the company and hit the busy road.
After some minutes of no movement in the traffic, Dennis spoke up. “You see”, he
pointed to some people by the side of the road who were obviously returning from
work also and waiting to get a cab, “I can’t let you go through that stress”
“Come on, it’s nothing. Those people are also like me, now I have troubled you and
you have to drive back home alone in the traffic”
“Naah, I got my car and am a good driver. I know how to find my way quickly, so
don’t bother about me”
“Thank you so much”, Amarachi smiled and held his right hand which wasn’t placed
on the steering wheel. “I appreciate all the kindness you’ve shown towards me since I
started working with you”
“Amarachi, its nothing there’s nothing I can’t do for you” he replied tightening the
grip on her palm.
“Amarachi, there’s I really need to tell you that I feel something deeper than just
being friends with you. I …” Just then the roads got free and cars began to move
rapidly, Dennis had no choice than to stop the conversation and drive off
Bola heard some noise at the gate, she peeped through the window and found Ken
beating up her gateman who was obviously trying to deny him entrance into the
building. She walked out in annoyance to meet ken.
“Ken, when would you learn to behave like a gentleman? What are you doing here
“What kind of question is that?” He asked leaving the gateman to struggle on the
floor as he walked towards Bola. “We have to finalise our marriage discussion and
pick a date for the wedding now”
“What wedding? Please don’t come near me”, she said as she moved backwards. “I
said I don’t want to see you here again, its over between us and there’s nothing that
can bring us together again
“Thats a lie” he said with an evil smile. “You’re carrying my baby”
“Hahaha” Bola laughed loud startling him, “who told you I’m pregnant for you? Oh! I
guess you’ve discussed with my Dad, right?”
“Yes, your Dad told me already. Why didn’t you tell me first?” He asked and held her
by her arms. “Let’s go in and talk”
“Come on leave me alone”, she snatched her hand from him. “Go where? Don’t you
think Ken? How come you believe I’m pregnant for you?” I’m just a week pregnant
and it can’t be for you”
Realization hit Ken as she said that, it had been over a month he had sex with her
last, so if she was a week pregnant, it couldn’t be for him. He struggled not to accept
“That’s a lie Bola, you can’t keep my baby from me?”
“It’s not your baby Ken, I’m pregnant for another man and I’m taking him to meet my
Dad this week” she replied him” please close the gate when you’re done”
She walked in leaving him to stand in awe, after some seconds of standing, he
walked out and drove away angrily. As he drove through the street, he wondered
who was the guy who dared to tamper with his girlfriend, he swore under his breath
to deal with that person when he finds him.
He made up his mind to do everything possible not to loose Bola, not because he
loved her so much but because he didn’t want to loose the opportunity of getting
married to her and using her to threaten the Chief to gain political advantage for he
and his Father.
“That pregnancy is for me, Bola is for me, if I don’t have her, nobody else would. I’ll
kill any nigga that tries to contend with me” he cursed under his breath as he raced
down the road.
“The guy has a nice car”
“Yeah, he’s a big boy now. What do you think?” Amarachi replied
“Yeah,Yeah, Yeah. So, it’s your turn to tell me how the date went”
“We didn’t go out anymore”
“There was no time anymore, we finished our work late, it was almost 6pm before
“Okay, so you stayed together in your office for about four hours together?”
“And you want to tell me that work is all what you did?” Ini questioned giving her a
“Yes, I had to do a lot of research and after then, some calculations”
“Hmmm… I find that hard to believe o. You mean he was touching you while you
were doing the research?” Ini asked again giving a short wink.
“Taaah! Naughty girl, touching me ke?”
“Okay o, we will catch you and your manager one day”
“Catch and do ni”
“Okay o, let’s see.” Ini replied and picked up her phone to reply a chat message
before looking up at Amarachi again.” You know, I think that guy is in love with you”
“Taah, he has not said anything like that”
“Wait, I think he was trying to say something that I didn’t get due to the noise of the
cars” Amarachi said after thinking deep for some seconds.
“He loves you, I know”
“You always know everything”
“I saw the way he looked at you as you left his car and walked in. That look in his
eyes wasn’t ordinary”