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Dare’s Mum sudden return is suspicious to me…. Hope she doesn’t have any connection with Chidi Obi & she’s being used to bring up some emotions that will disrupt Darlene’s coordinationNovember 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm #1136459ValentineKeymaster
What a Sunday! Well, it’s Monday now. I had slept off on Dare’s Shoulder. I turned off the alarm. It had been buzzing since 5am, but I remained in bed until 6am. After my experience last night with those Assassins, I wouldn’t be maimed for sleeping till 8am. Should I?
I grabbed my laptop and hurried for the kitchen. I was desperate to eat. Noodles, Oats, or Bread? I had to make a choice. I grabbed the Oats and immediately made a meal. 7:45AM!!! Now Dare would have my head for his own breakfast. I hurried downstairs and flung the gate open.
“Hi D.” Jake said, as I stepped out.
I smiled. My Guardian Angel. “What are you doing here?” I asked.
“Waiting for you.”
I raised an eyebrow. “Are you kidding me? You don’t always have to wait for me.”
“I can’t let you walk the streets on your own. Come in.” he said, opening the door.
I stared at him till he gestured to the car. “Come on Darlene. It’s me, your Jake. You are safe.” I smiled and stepped in.
“Thank you.” I said as he started the engine.
I hurried into the elevator. It was already 9am. I had arrived late for work. I ignored Bola’s greetings and dropped my bag in the office.
“There’s a conference meeting.” She managed to say as I rushed towards the conference room.
Dare was in the meeting with all the board members, this time, Mr. Ayodeji Ade-Cole was in attendance. “Good morning sirs.” I said as I pushed the door open. The board room was silent as they all stared at me. Dare was giving a presentation as I walked in.
“I am so sorry.” I said, clumsily.
Dare rubbed his hair to indicate that I had my hair a bit ruffled. I immediately adjusted my hair and slid into a seat. “Where were we?” I asked indicating that the meeting continued.
Mr. Ayodeji Ade-Cole cleared his throat. “Ms. Williams, this is totally unacceptable! You can’t stroll in for a board meeting at 9am and you know that this concerns the court case on Wednesday. I am not happy.”
“Ahem!” Dare stuttered into the discussion. “Dad, erm…”
Mr. Ayodeji Ade-Cole shot at Dare. “No DAD, its Sir!”
“I am sorry Sir, but, Ms. Williams here has been through a lot in the last 24 hours, she was chased by gun men and I fear it is relating to this case, so we might excuse her lateness a bit.” Dare said.
There was a lot of murmuring among the board members. Dare’s Dad beckoned to him and then Dare came over to me. “Please step outside, I’ll send for you.”
I nodded and exited the board room. I leaned against the door and took a deep breath. I just hoped that the board members might be a bit considerate. Dare joined me outside almost immediately.
“What did they say?” I asked.
He took my hand and smiled. “Everything is okay.” He took me by the hand and we walked into the board room. He ushered me to a seat.
“I am sorry.” I apologized again.
Mr. Ayodeji smiled. “Its fine Ms. Williams, I am sorry too.” The board meeting continued for the next hour and then all the members left the room leaving Dare and I. “Thanks for standing up for me.”
He smiled at walked over to me. “Darlene, even if I didn’t do that for you, you would still find your way around them.” He said, taking my hand with a smile.
“Now what does that mean?” I asked, smiling in a sheepish manner.
He looked at me with a great deal of seriousness. “You are a charmer.” The next few moments felt sensual in my stomach.
“Ahem! I’ll say you said so.” I said, leaving for the door.
“Why do you keep running away from the truth?” he asked, taking a seat.
I paused and held the door handle. “What truth, Dare?”
“I know you care about me.”
I smirked. “In your dreams.”
“That’s a start.” He said with a corny laughter.
I shook my head and opened the door. Reina stood before me.
“We meet again.” She said with a cynical laugh.
I rolled my eyes and tried to step out of the way but she stood in my way.
“Not too fast, I thought I told you to leave Ade-Cole Firm.” She started.
I hissed. “I thought I would never see you again too.” I said.
Dare joined us at the door. “Easy ladies, can we talk about this inside and not start up anything here.” He said ushering Reina and I into the board room.
“What do you want here, Reina?” Dare asked.
She stared at him and smiled. “Baby, you know I come around anytime I feel like it.”
“Baby, you know I come around anytime I feel like it.” I mimicked sounding like a cartoon character.
Reina covered her mouth in some sort of mocking laugh. “Did Ade-Cole’s Firm executive just sound like that?” she said as she laughed. “Honey, you need to grow up.” She said, laughing at me.
“I thought she sounded cute.” Dare said, defending me.
Reina scoffed. “Baby, I am not surprised you are taking her side, it’s your first approach towards getting any girl you want, then you get her pregnant and then you kill her kid.” She said and wiped a tear from her eye.
JEEZ!!! Reina is the world’s biggest hypocrite! Now she was set on making Dare feel bad.
Dare raised his eye up. “Reina, I thought we have passed this issue on Tobi’s death.”
“Really? Every night I sleep and think of my son. He would still be alive if you had been a man and done what a man should do.” She shouted angrily.
I stood up. “I think I should leave.”
Reina laughed. “Oh please Darlene, you have to stay and know the kind of man you are going to be working and sleeping with, S--t.”
“I beg your pardon.” I said. NO ONE DARES THE WILLIAMS IN ME!
Reina smiled. “The man you are going to be working AND sleeping with, S--T!” she emphasized. She didn’t have to finish her line before I hit her in a school girl’s way – A SLAP!
Reina rubbed her cheek. “That really hurt, Ms. Williams.” She said, as she took a seat. “But I am not gonna react, because I am classy and you are thrash.”
Dare held his head. “STOP THIS!”
“You stop it Dare, this is your girlfriend or wife or whatever coming to the office to harass me, I am just a staff, is this also office policy?” I raged in anger.
Dare stared at me and then smiled. “You care Darlene, you just called her my wife, and it shows that you care.”
“Why are men so dumb?” I asked as I cursed in Spanish.
Reina swallowed. “Dare, are you really gonna end up with this girl?”
Dare took his seat. “Reina, it’s not your business and I think you have overstayed.”
“It is my business! We shared a child together, Dare. I am concerned for you. This kid is rude.” She said, staring at me.
I officially brand Reina a ‘Psycho’. She just called me a ‘KID’
“Reina, I won’t have you talk to Darlene in that manner.” Dare replied.
She laughed and fetched her whisky from her bag.
“Reina, classy women don’t carry whisky around.” I said.
She nodded as she gulped. “Dare is responsible for everything. Ever since Tobi left us, Dare became a monster, he stopped seeing me .” She said, as she drank. She choked slightly and continued. “This guy is not a man.”
Dare bowed his head. “I thought you went for a reformation. Nothing has changed, Reina.”
She laughed. “So you were expecting a change from a woman you destroyed.”
I stared at them, not sure if it was pity or spite in my eyes. They both needed to sort themselves out. Dare stared at me. “She’s drunk.” He said.
I smiled. “For all the right reasons, I guess.”
He scoffed and stared at Reina. “Reina, this is a board room, not some brothel downtown, so if you don’t mind, stop drinking.”
She laughed. “Now, you want me to stop drinking. You used to like me drink, you said I was hotter when I drank. Why are you making me look bad before Cinderella here?” She said, staring at me. “Or are you not Cinderella?” she asked, laughing.
“This is not looking good. Do I call a Doctor?” I asked.
She let out a loud laugh and threw the can towards my direction. I dodged it swiftly and avoided a scar on my face. “You are lucky, Cinderella. Are you trying to say I am insane?” she said, stuttering.
“It’s obvious that you are a bit on the down side and you need to get help as soon as possible.” Dare said as he approached her.
She held her hair and screamed. “I don’t need any help. All I need is Tobi, my son, our son!” she said, and sobbed gently.
“Tobi is dead, and he’s not coming back to us. Please understand that Reina. You can’t keep flogging yourself over this.” He said, and hugged her.
She held on to him tightly. “Please don’t let me go, Dare. Marry me please; I want you in my life. I will die if you leave me, please baby.” She said, and kissed his neck.
This is officially a psycho case. Dare has his hand full with Reina, probably he’ll forget about whatever love he claims to feel for me. Reina needed help, not Dare’s love. If she claimed that Dare hurt her so much, I couldn’t understand why she wanted him so bad.
“Dare is mine. He is mine…go away Cinderella.” She said.
I smiled faintly and headed for the door.
“Darlene, you know Dare and I made our son in this board room and on this floor, this might just be our second baby. The rebirth of Tobi”
I was disgusted. There was an awful grimace on my face as I stared at them.
Dare angrily pushed her away. “I have had enough!” he yelled. “Tobi was not even MY SON!”November 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm #1136460ValentineKeymaster
An awkward silence filled the room.
Dare held his head as he stepped away from Reina. Reina wiped her eyes clean. “You don’t mean it Dare.” She fumbled as she held her hair.
“Enough of us fooling ourselves, Reina. I loved Tobi as though he was mine, but you know he’s not my son.” He replied, straightening out his jacket. Reina had it rumpled when she held on to him. It was time for me to exit the scene, so I reached for the door.
Reina rushed towards me and closed the door. “Stay and hear the whole story. I know you are interested in knowing everything.” She yelled holding my blouse.
“Let go. Sort yourselves out, I have work to do.” I shouted and shoved her away. I closed the door after me and left for my office.
Toni joined me as I approached my door. “Hey love.” She said as we hugged.
“Is Gideon gone?” I asked as I pushed the door open. She strolled over to the side table and poured herself a cup of coffee. “Is that your first cup this morning?”
She shrugged and took her seat. “No. I already had the office steward bring me some from Latte’s shop but I know this is freshly prepared. I am a bit covetous.” She said, taking her seat.
“So has Gideon returned to military camp?”
She dropped the coffee cup on the table. “Why are you so interested in that?”
I shrugged. “You called me ‘Love’. Probably, you miss him.”
She smiled faintly. “I dropped him off at the airport last night. He has been deployed to Israel.”
“Israel? That’s some place. Anyways, he’ll be fine by God’s grace.”
She nodded. “That reminds me; I heard you had a confrontation last night. How was it?” she asked with a smile.
I jerked in my seat. “Are you crazy? I was almost killed last night, and you call it a confrontation?”
She laughed. “I am sorry dear, but it is one of those things.”
ONE OF THOSE THINGS??? “I would give an arm not to have a repeat.”
She shrugged. “Hopefully.” She finished up the coffee. “For what it’s worth, I think you should take more security measures, at least until this case is over.”
“In other news, Reina is with Dare.”
She nodded. “I saw her come into the building. What does that lady want?”
“Tobi wasn’t Dare’s son.”
Toni took a deep breath. “Who gave you the news?”
“Dare blurted out angrily at her. They had an argument; the lady needs to get checked. She is a handful.” I said, as I turned on my laptop. My phone vibrated. The caller ID was restricted. “I don’t do ‘Restricted IDs’”
Toni looked at me curiously. “You should pick the call. You have a case around the corner, anything could be useful.” She said.
“Or dangerous…” I chipped in carefully. I picked the call but didn’t say anything.
I waited for the caller. “Tom Frost here” The caller said.
I stood up and approached the window. “Tom??? Is anything the matter?”
“Not really. We are having a handful with Dare’s mother. The woman is causing a lot of trouble here. She has threatened to call the cops.”
I grabbed my purse immediately. “I will get back to you soon.” I said and hung up. “Toni, I gotta go. My witness is having problems with Dare’s mom. What’s the woman like anyways?”
“Dare’s mom? Are you sure?” she said, sounding almost confused.
Seeing that Toni was lost I hurried for the door and bumped into Dare. “I was coming to see you.” we both said at once.
“You first.” He said, with a smile. I bet his smile would disappear when he heard my news.
I sighed. “I need to get to your house. Your mom is giving Sameer and Tom trouble.” I said clutching my purse to my arm.
“My mom???” he asked looking surprised.
I nodded in agreement. “Tom just called me on restricted ID and said they were having problems with your mom.” I said hurriedly.
“My mom isn’t in the country. She doesn’t even know my place. I last saw her when I was erm….. 18, I guess.” He said, sounding surprised.
I gasped. “OH MY GOD!!!” I said and rushed towards the elevator. Dare chased after me and we left for the garage.
“Officer Philip. Please I need your help.” I said and rattled into the phone to Officer Philip. Dare immediately gave his address to me and I said it to the cop.
Dare pulled up swiftly. “Stay in the car. If you don’t see me in 5 minutes, get away from here as fast as you can.”
“You can go in there alone.” I said, holding his hand.
He held my face. “I love you too much to take a risk, just do as I have said, Darlene. Please.” He said and got out of the car.
I jumped out of the car and followed him. “Please Dare, don’t go in there. Let’s wait for Phillip.”
“Darlene, just go back to the car. Please….” He begged.
The door flung open and Tom came out. “Thank God you are here, could you help us calm your mom?” he said. We rushed inside immediately and locked the door.
“Dare.” An elderly woman said.
He stared at her carefully. “MOM??? When did you get back?” he asked.
“Last night. Your dad gave me your address. Sorry I crashed in here, but who are these men, American and Arabian?”
Dare sighed and sank into a chair. “Mom, I don’t appreciate you showing up here out of the blues.”
“That’s no way to talk to your mom, Dare. You haven’t seen me in like 10 years. Give me a hug, boy.”
Dare reluctantly hugged his mom. I couldn’t understand. I would give anything to have my own mother.
“You are so grown now. You are looking good my love.” She said as she tip toed to kiss his head. “I am sorry for everything Dare. The divorce and all.”
He shrugged and stood by my side.
“Who is this beauty?” she asked. “The woman in your life?”
I flushed embarrassingly. He smiled faintly. “This is Darlene Williams. She works at Ade-Cole with me.”
“Nice to meet you.” she said, stretching her hands out at me.
I took it coolly. “Nice to meet you too.” I tried to bow courteously.
“You remind me of someone I used to know. Are you Sir Williams’ daughter?” she asked, taking off her jacket.
I nodded in agreement. “At your service.”
“You look so much like Danielle, may her soul rest in peace.”
“You knew my mom?” I asked.
She nodded with a smile. “We used to be best of friends, we hung out together before we got married to men we didn’t love and did love in reverse.”
“I don’t understand.” I said. Dare’s mom stepped away to the bar. I followed her quickly.
She paused and smiled as she poured herself a drink. “You care?” she said.
“I don’t drink.”
She smiled. “I never used to drink until I became Dare’s father’s wife.”
Dare stepped outside to attend to Officer Philip who had pulled up. “Dare even has cops visit him?” she asked, peering through the window.
“We had a tiny situation.” I replied, as I took my seat. I was eager to learn about my mother. I barely knew her, so any information on her would be soothing.
She gulped her drink and sighed. “Where do I start from? Let me introduce myself, I am Olamide Ojo.”
She obviously didn’t expect me to call her by her name. Nigeria is rich in tradition and ‘respect’ which danced round the ‘thank you ma-sir’ relationship and the No-first name rules for those that hadn’t been colonized at heart. Just to be on the safe side, you start with the ‘ma’. If you are cautioned, you try to adapt, but never do first names with ‘elders’.
“Nice to meet you ma.” I greeted. “I am Darlene.”
She nodded. “So, Darlene, I won’t waste your time dancing around the bush and mincing words. I married Ayodeji Ade-Cole but he was the one your mother wanted, and I, I was madly attracted to Williams, your father. But they saw us differently.” She started. “I’ll need more of this drink.” She said, as she poured another glass. “Are you sure you don’t want some? Dare might just turn out like Ayodeji and turn you into an alcoholic.” She joked as she drank.
“Thank you ma, but Dare and I aren’t a couple.” I replied staring out of the window as Dare dismissed Officer Philip.
She rolled her eyes. “Ayodeji and your Dad, Kunle used to be best friends. They had just completed law school when we met them.” She continued. “The irony of the whole thing is that Danielle hung out with Ayodeji most of the time and I with Kunle but we were busy hooking ourselves up in reverse. Kunle liked Danielle and so I helped him with Danielle and Ayodeji liked me, so it was Danielle’s responsibility to hook us up” she said and sighed. “I regret.”
Dare joined us at the bar. “What are you two talking about?” he asked with a smile.
“Ladies stuffs.” His mother replied.
He scoffed. “Really? Since when did you become friendly with younger girls? You used to say my generation was filth.” He said as he took off his jacket.
Olamide Ojo smiled. “This is one lady with a smart blood in her. She is Kunle Williams’ daughter, we just had to blend.”
“Where’s Sameer and Tom?” I asked.
His mom cut in. “The Arabian and American?”
“Yes mom. They are friends.” Dare replied. “I’ll go check on them.” He said and left the bar.
Olamide smiled at me. “So how is Dare?”
“He is doing well.”
She smiled. “It’s been 10 years since I last saw him. The divorce affected him really much, but the truth is that Ayodeji and I were not made for each other. After a while, our life was over.” She said.
I could understand Ms. Olamide’s plight. A relationship with someone you don’t love could be frustrating especially when you are not putting in any effort to try.
“Dare hated me after I divorced his father. He used to reverence his Dad. Ayodeji is a good man, but he has made so many mistakes, first of which was marrying me.”
I smiled. “You should have gotten over it by now.”
She nodded. “Definitely.” She said. “I am quite a happy woman now. I have more time for the spa, clubs and functions.”
‘Is that the definition of a happy woman?’ I thought. “Oh well…I can’t say I envy you. A lawyer is a busy lady.”
“Hmmm….did you really ever want to be a lawyer or is that what Kunle wants for you?”
I shook my head in disagreement. “It’s my first love. My Dad only made it better.”
“Why then are you working for Ade-Cole, you do know that Kunle and Ayodeji are no longer pals.”
I nodded. “I know, but I really have no idea as to why they are enemies and rivals.” I replied.
“It was Ayodeji’s fault, after we got all got married, I told him that I didn’t love him and that I loved Kunle. Danielle had already agreed things with Kunle after your birth that she would leave him and start her life afresh, but Ayodeji wasn’t going to let me be. He fought Kunle for my feelings and then they cut off the partnership they were supposed to have in building a law firm together.”
I listened as she continued. “I’ll say Kunle is better off for it, Ayodeji would have made an arrogant partner.”
“Are you calling a man arrogant based on the fact that he wanted to fight for your love?”
She smiled. “You are indeed a smart girl. But the truth is, Darlene, we know how these things end, one of which is the divorce. Dare was on the receiving end of our separation. The poor boy didn’t deserve to see his dad and mom so far away.”
A slight thought dropped in my heart. ‘Could my Dad be seeing Olamide Ojo now?’ I smiled and then said, “Is there any man in your life at the moment?”
“Of course! I am a happy woman, remember?” she said smiling.
BINGO! I could guess my father’s next wife. It had to between Olamide Ojo and Dami Oluwole.
She straightened up in her chair. “I am currently dating the owner of the spa were I go to.” She said with a smile. “Not letting you in on that spa name. He is a young man.” She said grinning.
OR NOT, Olamide Ojo definitely wasn’t seeing my father.