A NIGHT WITH HIM
Christiana returned to the kitchen,all smiles.
She was glad to see the happy look on Irene’s face when she gulped the juice.
She had noticed how Irene was secretly craving strawberry juice and she had went to the grocery store and specially bought one for her.
The satisfaction in her eyes after she gulped the juice made her so happy…
She’ll do anything in her might to please Irene and make her happy.
Irene is just one of the nicest people she has ever met.
She makes her happy and it wouldn’t be so bad to make her happy in return.
Her life had been at ease since Irene stepped into this house.
Life made more sense to her because Irene eased her burden and made her comfortable.
She rarely open up to people about herself and her child but she hadn’t found it difficult to open up to Irene.
She sees Irene just like the older sister she never had.
“Thanks Eryn” Christiana said to one of the cooks she had pleaded with to help watch over Irene’s meal while she went to serve her the juice.
Eryn nodded.. “it’s so obvious you cherish Mrs Irene so much”
“Of course, she’s one of the nicest people I’ve met,she doesn’t even treat me like the maid i am,all thanks to her..my salary got increased, i can comfortably pay my daughter’s fees and assist with the rent and still have some money with me.. Mrs Irene deserves to be cherished” Tiana said and Eryn smiled, wishing she was the one in Christiana’s place,she so much wished to be close to Irene also.
“Will you stop the chit chat and get here to wash the dishes” The head cook said to Eryn in a firm tone and she quickly scurried over.
“Good morning everyone” Harold greeted as he walked into the dining room.
“Good morning” …
“Good morning princess” He smiled and pecked Ivory on both cheeks, she giggled and touched his hair fondly.
“Good morning Daddy, how was your night?” She asked.
“Great” He smiled.
“Good morning brother” Allysia said and he noticed her smile were different these days.
They were brighter and happier,she looks happy every time he sees her and he knew something was going on. He’s going to ask her about it later.
“Good morning Ally,how was your night?”
“Serene” Allysia smiled.
“Obviously” Harold nodded .
He joined them as he took a seat and they all started eating breakfast.
Allysia and Ivory left for school after breakfast while Harold also left for one of his companies.
His employees greeted him as he walked past them with his bodyguards. Alex and Rob.
Moira, his secretary placed a cup of coffee on his table and set a box of sugar cubes, alongside a carton of cream with a plastic spoon few minutes after he got settled in his largely furnished office.
“Thanks Moira” Harold said to her and she smiled before walking out of his office.
He prepared his coffee as he wanted and sipped it as he worked on his laptop,he doesn’t have much to do today.
He would have preferred to stay home if Irene was still at his house.
Staying home without her is just like being bored to death and he’ll keep thinking of her every second.
After today,it’ll just be two days left for them to go to the hospital for the result.
He’ll get to see her again…he’s assured she had told him to be patient but his patience is wearing thin.
He missed her so much.
The house doesn’t even feel the same without her.
He doubt if he’ll let her go after he sets his eyes on her in two days time.
Irene hadn’t left him for Ethan because he dropped her off in the rain nor because her mum fell sick.
She is obviously doing this for a reason and he hope she’ll be done soon and come back to him.
She had assured him to be patient, meaning she’ll be coming back to him even if it’s not soon but eventually and he has been patient like she’d said.
He had crossed paths with Ryan in ,one of Ethan’s bodyguard that he had given some money to take care of himself.
He hadn’t even remembered Ryan when he greeted him,it was Rob who reminded him.
He had went out with Rob and decided to stop by a jewelry store and get some for his mother and Mrs Nola.
Ryan had thanked him profusely for the money and Harold was even glad to see he had added some weight,he had put the money to good use.
He told him Carrle had sent him to her jeweler and that he needed to run along.
Harold wondered how Irene would be coping in Carrle’s den and had told Ryan to please protect her.
He made Ryan know he’s free to refuse,he shouldn’t feel indebted to him because he had once given him cash,he should do whatever is proper but Ryan had agreed to protect Irene without hesitation and Harold was glad, knowing Irene will be safe.
The knock on his office door jolted him out of his thoughts.
He noticed his coffee had gone warm and the cream now floated on the top.
He drank it anyway.
The knock sounded again and he almost scolded himself for forgetting it was a knock that has jolted him from his thoughts.
Someone was by the door.
It should be Moira or Alex or Robbins.
He hadn’t given anyone appointment today and even if someone wants to see him, Moira would have called him to inform him beforehand.
“Come in” He said.
It was Moira.
“Mr Harold, someone dropped this and left without waiting to see you” Moira said holding an envelope with the words ‘private and confidential’ printed on it in bold letters.
“Ohh..drop it and did you said the person left without a word?” Harold asked.
“Yes Mr Harold,he only told me to make sure this gets to you” Moira said.
“Alright,you can leave” Harold said.
This isn’t the first time he’ll be receiving such.
He picked the envelope after Moira left and tore it open.
He opened the piece of paper in it and it reads;
?If you sign B pharmaceuticals contract, you’ll get a deposit of eight million dollars and a yearly pay of over ten million dollars for trademarks right.
Harold smiled, knowing there’s more to the contract than money, he would never sign it.
He crumbled the paper and rolled it into a ball before thrashing it in the thrash can, deposited at the edge of his office.
He has never involved himself in illegal deals and he would never do such.
He called Moira and asked her to come in.
“The envelope was from B pharmaceuticals again..they want me to sign their contract and offered a huge sum of money”
“Ohh..” Moira sighed, knowing it’s not something unusual,it happens almost every time.
Harold might have been thinking of signing the contract but now that they secretly sent him that offer twice,he would never sign it, regardless of the money involved.
They only ruined their chance of partnering with him.
“This is the second time” Moira said.
“Yeah!” Harold said.
“I think they’re not aware that if they really want to partner with you,they should do it the right and legal way” Moira said.
“Of course and please help me make research on the pharmaceutical, and get back to me,i want to know the reason they badly want me to sign the contract” Harold said.
“Okay Mr Harold” Moira said,she picked the tray she had served the coffee before walking out of Harold’s office.
Harold called Alex in and told him to go to the security department and check the CCTV for the man who came to drop the envelope.
“Okay Mr Harold” Alex said.
“And gather every information you can, about him” Harold said and Alex nodded before walking out of his office.
Name~~ Liam Perrine.
Address~~ 44 hope Street. San Francisco.
Job~~ Secret service agent.
“Ohh..he’s only a secret service agent hired to do as he’s told” Harold said after going through the profile Alex bought him.
“Yes Mr Harold” Alex said.
“Alright,you can leave” Harold said and he noticed Alex hesitated.
“What?” He asked.
“I just wanted to ask how Irene is? Have you contacted her?” Alex asked,not feeling worried as he looked.
“Well no” Harold said,he knew how much Irene did not trust Alex, and he wouldn’t want to tell him anything about her.
“Ohh..well you look like you’ve heard from her, you’re looking happy these days” Alex smiled.
“Uh..you can leave now Alex,i still have to tend to some work” Harold said.
Alex nodded and quietly walked out of Harold’s office, he had thought Harold had contacted Irene or what else would make him look less sad, has he gotten over her already?
He still doesn’t trust Irene being part of them.
She seems so good-hearted to involve herself in the killing of Harold,the man she loves.
Even if she now hate him,he doubt if she’ll ever want him dead.
He wishes Ethan would really think deep about involving Irene,well…he has already.
?What did you just say?” Ethan shouted on the phone and Carrle and Irene stared at him.
They were watching a movie when he received a call and from the look of things, something is wrong.
Irene continued staring at the TV even though her mind was not there.
It’s just two days left and she’s yet to get what she really wanted,she’s yet to confirm if Ethan or Carrle is involved in Helena’s death.
Carrle now stuck with Ethan, deliberately preventing her from having a private moment with him.
“I can’t believe this” Ethan said as he dropped the call.
He was looking so angry.
“What’s wrong?” Carrle asked.
“You won’t believe the B pharmaceuticals contract i badly wanted and even spent money on was offered to Harold Marshall on a platter of gold and the damned man rejected it” Ethan barked furiously.
“Really?.. Gosh!” Carrle sighed, this isn’t the first time this would be happening.
Ethan spends a lot to be awarded a contract and they end up begging Harold for it which Harold mostly refuses.
That’s actually one of the reasons Ethan detested him…he hated the fact that Harold easily got things he strives hard to get.
“I’m going to his office now!” Ethan rose to his feet.
“You mustn’t create a scene there, don’t make him see how desperate you are for the contract okay?” Carrle advised and he nodded.
Irene sat without saying a word and Carrle looked at her menacingly.
“Didn’t you hear what just happened huh? Ethan lost a contract worth millions of dollars to Harold who ended up rejecting it and you couldn’t utter a word of consolation” Carrle accused fiercely.
“I was about to…” Irene said.
“Indeed” Carrle rolled her eyes.
“Harold rejected the contract, there’s still some hope it’ll become yours. You don’t have to…go to his office” Irene said to Ethan.
“I need to, before he gets swayed by the offer and accept the contract wholeheartedly” Ethan groaned and Irene sighed, knowing Harold wouldn’t even go back on his words,he must have had a reason to reject the contract and what offer would make the wealthiest man in San Francisco sign the contract he had rejected.
Ethan knows that also, he’s just obsessed with jealousy.
“I should go get dressed” Ethan said.
“Put on the tux you got from Tanya’s store yesterday” Carrle said and Ethan nodded with a smile.
He hurried to his room and came out fully dressed after some minutes.
“You look great” Irene smiled, knowing Ethan is about to go get spanked with Harold’s savage words.
“Thanks Irene” Ethan smiled.
Seeing how dressed he is,one wouldn’t believe he’s about to go scavenge for a contract someone else had rejected and not just someone but his raw enemy.
“You should make him see you’re not desperate for the contract..just make it clear to him that you only want it,he’s a nice dummy,he might talk to them on your behalf and you’ll be awarded the contract” Carrle said.
“Okay Carl,i should hurry along” Ethan said.
Harold was a bit surprised when he was informed Ethan was around and wanted to see him.
He knew he came to taunt him about Irene being in his house but Harold let him in anyway.
He sometimes wonder how petty Ethan can be at times.
“Good day” Ethan said as he walked into Harold’s office.
Harold glanced up at him and smiled..he was determined not to allow Ethan mock him.
“I’m so glad you didn’t made a fuss today about coming in with your battalion” Harold chuckled and Ethan glared at him.
“I’m not here to joke Harold” Ethan said.
“Okay,what do you want?” Harold asked.
“B pharmaceuticals contract..i heard it was awarded to you and you rejected it”
“Are you here to fight me over that?” Harold asked.
“I just have to let you know that i spent so much to be awarded that contract”
“Ohh..and it didn’t end up getting awarded to you.. that’s pretty bad but do you actually have to spend money to be awarded contracts,why don’t you let your works and reputation speak for you. You don’t need that Ethan” Harold said.
“What i do not need right now is your stupid words of sermon!” Ethan said.
“Okay..so did you came all the way to tell me you spent a lot on a contract and it wasn’t awarded to you in the end? And…looks like you’re going to a party after leaving here” Harold said scanning Ethan’s wear.
He was wearing an expensive looking tuxedo with great shoes and his hair was styled in a cool way.
He obviously didn’t dress this way just to come to his office.
“Whatever…that contract,i want it” Ethan said.
“Then go pay more money” Harold taunted.
“Well..now that you’ve rejected it,I’m sure it’ll be awarded to me”
“Then you should go wait till it’s awarded to you, you shouldn’t be here.” Harold said.
“I wanted you to know of my intention,so you won’t go back on your words to sign the contract”
“I can’t do that, the offer sounded illegal and i would advise you not to also take the contract so it won’t put you into deep sh*t” Harold advised, Ethan was his friend and he wouldn’t allow the feud between them make him watch Ethan get himself involved in a deep sh*t.
“Save your advice for later, I’m taking the contract”
“That’s your business..i guess you’re done with what you’re here for. You can leave” Harold said.
“Well..how does it feel to know Irene’s in my place after you bragged about not loosing her to me, she even came to me willingly..wow” Ethan mocked.
“Are you done?” Harold asked and Ethan was disappointed to see Harold wasn’t a bit affected by what he just said.
“Have you gotten over her already? I guess you didn’t really love her like you claimed. I knew how you wept for Carrle for months like she was dead” Ethan said and Harold laughed.
“Just so you know,i love Irene more than i loved Carrle” Harold said.
“But you didn’t seem a bit affected that she’s gone” Ethan said.
“Do i have to look affected? Well..maybe it’s because she contacted me” Harold smiled.
“What! She..did?” Ethan asked, trying to believe he had heard wrongly.
“Of course, while in your house” Harold grinned, enjoying the look of despair in Ethan’s eyes without realizing what he just did.