Amarachi woke up as early as five a.m to prepare for work, she had been nervous all
through the weekend since she had received a mail confirming her appointment.
Even when Ini took her out to Erinsic, she could only keep her mind off temporarily
due to distractions by their newly found friends. Not that she was a timid or fearful
girl but she was anxious because it was her first employment and her first day at
Her Mum had advised her when she called during the weekend to be hardworking,
reminding her that she was the only hope of the family. Her Mum always told how
she met her Dad, how Amarachi’s father had married her even though she was from
another tribe due to her hard work and diligence.
Eight years after the birth of Amarachi, her father had a major setback in his business
and since then struggled to make ends meet. He managed to cater for the family and
get Amarachi through the last class in primary school by petty trading. Her mother
engaged herself in tailoring and was able to also help the husband meet some needs.
As God would have it, Amarachi’s parent didn’t have to struggle for her secondary
school fees as she completed her secondary education on scholarship.
As Amarachi took her bath, she heard Ini calling to her ” Hey, Ama. Hope you are
awake, we need to leave by seven a.m. on dot.”
“I’m taking my bath already” Ama shouted back
“Ok, I just wanted to know if you were awake, let me go take my bath too”
It was five minutes past six when Ama came out of the bathroom. As she took a look
at her phone, she saw an incoming call from an unsaved number.
” Hi Ama, It’s Frank”
“Yes, one of the guys who helped you and your friend on Saturday”
” Yeah, how was your night?”
“Fine, thanks. Please, you can call me later in the evening, I’m preparing for work
“Alright then, have a nice day”
Frank, she remembered him, the funny guy who made them laugh excitedly with his
jokes on Saturday. They were three guys, one was just talking casually and always
taking long glances at Ini, Frank was making them laugh all through while the third
one was quiet and only smiled occasionally. But how did Frank get her phone
number? She didn’t remember giving it to him. He must have gotten it when he
asked for her phone and pretended to be observing what kind of brand it was.
By the time Ini came out of her room dressed, Ama was already taking a breakfast of
sliced bread with tea.
“Good morning Ini” Ama said to her as she sat on the dining table.
“Good morning Ama, I can see you are already prepared for work this morning”
“Yes, I am” Ama replied and continued, “You know Ini, I don’t know how to thank you
enough, you’ve been so good to me”
“Come on, you don’t need to say that. What are we friends for? Let’s hurry up and
get to work early enough.”
By seven thirty they got to the company in Ini’s car and Amarachi resumed her job as
the accounting research analyst. She was already seated in her office shown to her
by the secretary by 7.45 am. She busied herself studying some files found on the
table. At about 8.15 am, she received a call from the accounts manager summoning
her to his office.
“Good morning sir” Amarachi said as she walked into his office.
“Good morning, Miss Amarachi” Dennis Michaels replied looking up ” you may be
He took his time to admire her looks as she sat, he didn’t take notice of her pretty
face when she came for the interview. She must be a goddess or a “mami water” if
they really existed, he thought to himself.
“Welcome to the company Miss”
“Thank you sir”
“Some documents have been sent to remind you of your duties in here, but I just
thought I should talk to you to let you know the import of your job, we need you to
be alert always. If your job is done well, it would cause an increase in the progress of
“Yes, I know sir. I promise to do my best and you’ll have no regrets having me here”
“Good, you can go now , tell the secretary to come meet me here now”
“Thank you sir” she said and stood to take her leave.
Dennis watched her, he was enticed by her curvy little shape and the way she
walked. He thought of asking her out, but waved of the thought with the excuse that
it was too early, he wasn’t known for flirting with females in the office.
Frank shook his head to the sound of Lecrae’s Church clothes mixtape as he shaved
the hair of a customer in his Unisex salon; he had two other branches in the city.
Frank did no office job, he decided to invest in the hair styling business after he
graduated and couldn’t get a job. He had three hair stylists working in each branch of
the other two salons and he worked in the newest branch also managing the others
from there and visiting them occasionally.
“Done sir, do you like the cut”? Frank asked as he cleaned and applied antiseptics to
the man hair.
“Yes, thank you.” The man replied “How much is it?”
“It’s six hundred naira”
“No o, I will pay you five hundred please”
“It’s okay, I’ll collect it because you are a first timer here”
Frank sat in his office seat and recorded the transaction. As he dropped the pen, his
mind raced to Amarachi, he had been thinking of her since he woke that morning. He
thought of calling her, but it was eleven am and he didn’t want to disturb her work.
Why did thoughts of her occupy his mind like this? He had so many pretty girlfriends
but none of them took over his thinking capacity like this. Well, time would tell.