September 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm #59548
Tina got to the top floor where
her office was located. She got to
the front door, her secretary, Lola
was already on seat working on
She raised her head up
immediately she saw Tina walk
“Good morning ma.” She greeted.
“Good morning Lola.” Tina
Lola handed a key to Tina as she
walked towards her door which
has a tag on it Assistant
Valuation manager. She unlocked
the door and walked into what
she called paradise on earth. Her
office was designed to taste, not
too big just the normal size. A big
mahogany table stood in front of
a cushion studded chair and two
chairs stood before the table. A
laptop stood atop the table and
some paper files were neatly
arranged on her table beside the
“Thank You Jesus.” she said to
herself as she dropped her
handbag and sat down to begin
the day’s work after saying a
She worked for the next three
hours non-stop reviewing some
contracts that are halfway
completed by the contract team
before she came. She made some
changes and forwarded the
corrected figures to the Contract
Valuation manager. She kept on
recieving calls from the workers
in the construction firm all of
them congratulating her on her
“I can’t wait to meet you during
lunch break.” They all said before
ending the call.
11:50am: Lunch break
The lunch break is scheduled for
12noon but 11:50am is when
everyone is expected to round
up things and tidy their tables
before heading for the
restaurant on the ground floor.
There was a knock on her door.
Lola walked in a few seconds
“I want to ask if you’ll be going
for lunch downstairs or you
want you food in here?” Lola
Tina thought for a while before
“I’ll like to have it downstairs.”
“Okay. Lets go together.” Lola
Tina stood up picked up her
phone and headed for the
company’s canteen with her
Everything about the canteen
showed class. The setting of the
tables, the counter, even the
dishes were world class and
except you walk out of the big
canteen you won’t believe you
are still in Nigeria.
Tina got downstairs and sat
down on a chair among the four
chairs that rounded the table.
Everyone in the hall was staring
at her and this made her
uncomfortable. She sat down
and buried her head into her
phone. She could hear Lola
exchanging greetings with
everybody in the room.
Just then Mr Clement a thirty year
old Contract Valuation Manager
walked into the canteen and
everybody hailed him. He waved
at them all as he proceeded to
“Any problem?” he asked.
“None sir.” Tina replied.
Clement sat down without being
“You don’t have all the day. Call
for something now or you end
up wasting your time without
eating a thing.” Clement said as
he stood up and stretched his
She took his hand in hers and
stood up as they headed for the
As they approached the counter
where about five workers
dressed in uniform were taking
orders and serving the foods she
was stopped by a lady who
introduced herself as Amaka and
every other person in the
canteen followed suit
introducing themselves to her
and wishing her a nice time.
By the time the luch hour ended
she discovered that she was still
hungry but she exited the
canteen like a fufilled woman.
On getting to her office she went
to the small refrigerator which
stood at the far end of the office.
She took two sausage rolls and a
bottle of Coke as she sat down
and unwrapped the snacks.
–to be continued–0September 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm #59553
Tina Walked into the parking lot
of T.D.G.C in the closing hour even
though she had no car but the
closest route to the main gate is
the way from the parking lot. She
was excited that her first day at
work went well and she has
been able to estblish
relationships with Lola, her
secretary, Clement, her immediate
boss i.e the manager of her
department and Oyin, Clement’s
secretary. She hoped the
following day would be better
than her first day. She was
hopeful that she’ll meet the CEO
finally on the second day.
“Tina.” Clement called.
She recognised his deep rich
baritone voice anywhere. She
turned back to see him smiling.
“Lemme give you a ride since you
don’t have a car.” He said with
pride as he pointed his finger to
a wine coloured Nissan Murano.
She thought to herself for a few
seconds without moving.
“Hey! Its just and harmless ride.
We’re friends aren’t we?” he said
this time he had walked to
where she was and was holding
“Thank you very much. But am
not going your way.” She said
hoping he’ll give up.
“You are not going my way. Do
you know where I live?” He
She snatched her hands from his
and walked away from where he
was. She was suprised that he
didn’t call her back.
“Maybe it is just a friendly ride. He
might not be interested in me.”
she thought to herself as she
walked towards the security post
where different sets of security
men were seated. They worked
in shift, a different set worked in
the morning till 4:30pm the
closing time and a different set
take over from 5pm when the
handing over takes place till
“Good night madam.” The man
who opened the small gate said
and Tina nodded her head while
smiling as she exited the
She waited for the next five
minutes outside the gate and no
cab came around. She was
starting to grow impatient when
a mercedez benz parked beside
her. The window at the owner’s
corner was opened revealing a
woman in her late fifties.
“Do you mind if I give you a ride
miss Tina?” The woman asked.
“Not at all ma.” She replied as the
passenger door in front was
opened. She hopped in and sat
down beside the driver.
She tried to place the woman’s
face but she couldn’t fathom
where they had met. She was
sure the car came out through
the company’s gate which means
she is also an employee there.
“So how’s your first day at
work?” The woman asked.
“It wasn’t bad ma.” she replied.
“My name is Mrs Victoria Cole.”
The woman introduced.
Now she got it, she was the vice
chairman of the Interview Panel.
“Its nice to meet you ma.” She
“The pleasure is mine. Call me
Vicky.” Madam Cole said.
The journey continued amidst
chatter. Tina got to know more
about the CEO of the company. At
the end of the journey when she
got to her destination she had
known at least seventy percent
about the company, the staff, the
discipline, the societal activities
“See you tomorrow.” Victoria
“Bye Ma” She said forgetfully.
“Am Vicky.” Madam Cole
Tina smiled as she got out of the
car and crossed to the other side
of the road.
–to be continued–0September 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm #59556
Tonia walked out of her
bedroom looking radiant in her
native atttire of Ankara sewn to
taste, a very short gown that
stopped above her knees thereby
bringing out her killer curves. She
has a black leather purse and a
black ladies shoe. Her makeup
was so deep but all the same it
made her so sexy.
The 26 years old graduate who
stood at 5ft 7inches light in
complexion got into the sitting
room to find her childhood
friend, Tonye watching television.
Tonye was exactly like Tonia, she
was an inch shorter than Tonia, a
little bit fair in complexion, she
was twenty four years old also a
graduate. She was dressed in a
bum short and a pink coloured
“Babes, where to?” Tonye asked
“I have an appointment with
Chief Henry.” Tonia replied.
“This time tomorrow you’ll be in
money.” Tonye said laughing.
“Now you got it.” Tonia replied.
The two girls chatted for a few
minutes talking about their past
outings and the ones to look
“You know what babe? I felt the
urge to call Miss white collar job.”
“So did you call her?” Tonye
asked raising her voice.
“Calm down now. I didn’t call
her.” Tonia replied.
“She’ll come back to beg.”
the two ladies laughed over one
of their past jokes.
Taking a last look at herself Tonia
asked. “How do I look?”
“Sweet.” her friend replied.
“See you tomorrow.” Tonia said
as she exited the house. The time
Gloria was just returning from
lectures since morning. She was
very tired as she was scheduled
to attend four straight lectures
on that particular day and each
lectures not lasting less than two
hours and to cap it up all the
lecturers are very boring that you
won’t understand a thing they
are saying. She was very angry
with Dr. Frank who came thirty
minutes late and suprised them
by giving them an impromptu
test, thank God she was able to
answer two of the three
She knocked on the door to her
“Welcome dear.” Tola her room
mate greeted her seeing how
tired she looked.
“Is there anything to eat in this
room?” Gloria asked.
“I cooked rice.” Tola replied.
Gloria kicked off her shoes, and
changed her perspirated clothes.
She walked away from her
wardrobe to find Tola setting her
food on her small reading table.
She is a friend indeed.
Five minutes into her meal Gloria
spoke for the first time since she
started eating hungrily.
“I’ll be travelling home
tomorrow.” Gloria said.
“Hope no problem?” Tola asked.
“Am missing mummy and I want
to use that opportunity to visit
Aunty Tina in her new
apartment.” Gloria said.
“My regards to mummy and don’t
come back empty handed from
Aunty Tina’s place o. Tell her I
–to be continued–0September 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm #59558
The next day at work Tina got to
work very early to start work
before the arrival of her secretary
or Mr Clement. She started
printing out copies of the total
number of contracts awarded to
the company. Something Lola,
her secretary is supposed to do
but to reduce the workload on
her she decided to help her with
it so when Lola comes she’ll
spiral band the papers into about
twenty copies to be submitted to
various departmental heads and
their assistants including the CEO,
whom she is yet to meet in
“Good morning madam.” Lola
“Good morning Lola, how are
“Am fine ma. What are you doing
here?” She asked.
“Am helping you reduce the
workload for today. Anyways am
almost through with the
computation, all you need to do
now is print out twent copies of
each page then you spiral band
it. Making it a total of twenty
copies to be produced.” Tina
instructed as she stood up and
made for her office.
“I really appreciate your
kindness. The CEO will be in office
today.” Lola said to her retreating
Two hours later
Tina has been less busy since she
left Lola’s office two hours ago.
There has not been much to do.
There was a knock on the door,
“Come in.” Tina said.
The door opened and Mr Clement
the contract valuation manager
walked in smiling.
“What the hell is he looking for
now?” Tina asked herself.
Clement walked in and sat down
without being invited to sit. He
was staring at Tina while Tina
was trying to take her eyes off
his. The silence was killing, for
the past two minutes no one has
said a thing.
“I guess you are here for a
staring competition which am
not interested in.” Tina said
“Don’t be rude am your boss.”
“How may I help you?” Tina
“I want to take you out on a date
after the closing hour today.”
“Why will you take me out on a
date? Its not like we have any
thing between us except the
relationship between two
colleagues.” Tina replied.
“You should at least offer me a
drink or are you keeping them
for the future?” Clement asked
pointing to the refrigerator that
stood at the far end of the office.
Just then the telephone rang.
“Tina on the line.” She said on
picking the call.
“The CEO wants to meet you.”
“Okay. I’ll be there in a jiffy.” Tina
“Just look good.” Lola said
Tina dropped the telephone and
looked at Clement who was
“I have to be in the CEO’s office.”
“I’ll wait for you here.” Clement
“Excuse me?” Tina asked loosing
“I’ll be back later.” Clement said
as he stood up and exited the
Tina hissed as she adjusted her
hair and straightened her cloth.
She walked out of her office
instructing Lola to take down her
The CEO’s office
Tina got to the front of a door
marked with an Inscription THE
OFFICE OF THE CEO. A lady was
seated behind her table just
beside the door.
“Hi.” Tina said.
“Hello.” The lady replied.
“I want to see Mr Raymond.” Tina
“You must be miss Tina?”
The lady picked up the phone
and put a call through to
Raymond asking for permission
to grant Miss Tina entrance.
“You can go in.” The lady said on
dropping the call.
Tina walked into the CEO’s office
her heartbeat increasing to two
beats per millisecond.
“Good morning sir.” Tina greeted.
Raymond raised up his head
from whatever he was doing on
his computer system.
He got strucked with her beauty
as he couldn’t take his eyes off
“Have your sit.” He said almost
Tina managed to sit down even
though she was marvelled at
END OF CHAPTER 1
Isn’t this love at first sight?0September 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm #59560
Tina was lying down in her one
room apartment reading a novel
on a sunday afternoon dressed
in a tank top and a short pleated
skirt. Her room was designed to
taste, it was painted skyblue and
the curtains are also a
combination of white and
skyblue same with her bed
spread. Her cosmetic trolley
stood beside her wardrobe just
beside the window while her
reading table was perfectly place
at the foot of the bed on which
some books were place and her
own personal computer.
Then her phone rang bringing
her faraway mind back to
“Hello Gloria how are you?” Tina
“Aunty Tina, mummy is sick o.”
Tina’s ears stood up at once.
“Sick? Which hospital is she in?”
“St. Bathias private hospital.”
“I’ll be there in a jiffy.” Tina said
as she sprang up and removed
her tank top and put on a more
appropriate skirt and with this
she sped out of her room.
She got to the main road before
the realisation hit her that she
didn’t take her purse. She ran
back into the house to meet her
door ajar. She entered picked her
purse and locked her door and
hurriedly walked to the main
road where she took a bike and
off she left for the hospital.
The bike man dropped her just in
front of the hospital she got
down paid him and didn’t bother
to wait for her change. She ran
though the step based on her
“Oh! Am very sorry.” Tina
apologised when she realised
that she had bumped into a man.
“No problem.” the man said
adjusting his cloth.
Tina made to leave but the man
seems to be blocking her way.
“My name is John.” The man said
extending his hand for a
“Am Tina.” She replied getting
“You seem to be in a hurry. Let
me not keep you waiting.” The
man said as he stepped aside for
her to go.
Tina walked away without
replying the man.
She got into her mother’s ward
to see her sister Gloria seated
beside their mother who was
“Welcome sister.” Gloria greeted.
“How is mama doing?” Tina
“She is on her second drip.
Though the doctor said this will
keep her for some days.” Gloria
“Where is the doctor’s office?”
“I don’t know but ask the nurses
downstairs.” Gloria replied.
Tina exited the ward and went
downstairs to ask for the
direction to the doctor’s office.
“Good afternoon sir.” Tina
greeted the ederly man that sat
down with a stetoscope hung
accross his shoulders.
“Yes. How may I help you?” The
“I am here on behalf of the
woman admitted in ward 18b.”
“Okay. Mrs….” The man tried to
“Mrs Obinna.” Tina completed.
“Her case is a very critical one
and we’ll need two hundred and
fifty thousand naira to get her
back and to start the treatment
you have to pay at least fifty
percent in advance within the
next forty-eight hours.” The
“What!” she exclaimed.
“If you’ll permit me I have a
patient to attend to.” The doctor
said as he stood up and exited
the office with a heartbroken
–to be continued–1+September 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm #59561
After her meeting with the
Doctor, Tina went back to her
mother’s ward to give the news
to her younger sister and after
deliberation Tina suggested that
she go seek help with her
So early the next morning which
was monday, Tina dressed up
and went to her friends place.
“This on that we see you today.
Hope we are safe?” Tonia asked
Tina smiled and faced her two
“Babes, my mum is sick.” Tina
said forcing back tears.
“Sick? Ehya! Hope she is getting
better now?” Tonye asked.
“She is not. In fact we need two
hundred and fifty thousand Naira
for her treatment of which fifty
percent is to be paid upfront.”
“So how can we help you?”
Tonye who has the listening ears
“If you can borrow me the
money at least hundred
thousand i’ll pay you by month
end.” Tina explained.
“We’ll help you.” Tonia said.
“Thank you babes. Devil won’t
have a reason to make our
friendship go sour.” Tina prayed
as she embraced the girls.
Then Tonia dropped the
“I’ll give you my appointment
with Senator Ndume. All you
need do is spend the weekend
with him and name your price.”
Tina felt heartbroken that
moment, all hopes lost, no one to
“Please don’t do this to me.” Tina
“Do what? You are talking as if
you’re a novice in this business.
Are you a virgin? Aren’t you one
of us before you answered God’s
call?” Tonia asked.
“We all know am no longer one
of you. I’ve found peace on God’s
side. All I need is your help am
out of this business for good.”
“I understand but we all know
how it feels when you are being
ravaged by a man whose wife is
in Canada. We can’t suffer
ourselves and give you the
money cheaply. Go and feel it like
we do.” Tonia said dropping a
complimentary card on Tina’s
“My mother must not die.”
“She won’t by the special grace
of God.” Tonye prayed.
“And you may as well take your
leave.” Tonia said.
“I should leave?” Tina asked
“No, stay, sleep and eat. The
kitchen door is opened. Tonia
said laughing as she exited the
living room with Tonye leaving
Tina heart shattered.
Tina picked herself up and left
her friends place without picking
the complimentary card.
By the time she arrived at her
place of work the time was
8:15am. She was fourty-five
minutes late already.
“Good morning madam.” Maryam
one of the receptionists greeted.
“Morning.” She replied gloomily
as she signed in and walked into
She got into her office dropped
her bag and said a short prayer.
Then she proceeded into the
restroom to reapply her messy
She re-emerged a few minutes
later to begin the day’s work. She
opened her computer and
somehow clicked on the day’s to-
do list and met the shock of her
life. A meeting of all the
departmental heads with the CEO
was to hold between 8am and
10am. As stated, she was to
represent Mr Clement who
started his leave on that day.
She hurriedly shut down her
computer, picked up a notepad
and walked to the conference
room. She pushed the door
opened and met about fifteen
peering eyes on seat including
the handsome Raymond. She
proceeded to the only empty seat
tagged CVM(contract Valuation
The meeting continued for the
next ten minutes before the CEO
asked a question.
“Can we have the master copy of
all the contracts valuations?” he
asked directing the question to
no one in particular.
Tina knowing at once that the
question was meant for her
“You heard me right.” Raymond
It was then it dawn on her that
she had failed woefully on the
day she is supposed to prove her
effectiveness at work.
“Sir I don’t have it with me now.”
“And why is that?”
“Mr Clement didn’t hand it over to
me before he went on leave.”
“Did you ask?”
Raymond had lost his temper
then as he kept on ranting about
“Meeting resumes by after the
lunch break.” Raymond declared
as he picked up his Ipad and
bottle of Coke. He walked out of
the conference room.
Everyone stood up after him,
passing disgusting comments
about Tina. Thay all left leaving
only Tina in the conference room.
–to be continued0September 22, 2014 at 11:53 pm #59601presh
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Chai.. Devil is at work ooo0September 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm #60026mary
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