The Revealing Episode 23 "Sir, do you need anything... you want me to get something for you... maybe lunc.... I quickly interrupted annoyingly. "This is the third time you will be asking me this same question today and my answer remains No. I don't want anything Angela, I'm fine... please don't come asking the same thing again. Thank you... She nooded and left. I understand she meant well, but her constant asking was getting on my nerves. Everyone and everything is becoming more annoying. "Eziaku has a boyfriend... hahaha. She threw it to my face like that. "I have a boyfriend sir... you can go and die...". That's how I read the tone in her voice. I breathed deeply, held my head in my hands. I stood and move to my window blind, rolled it up and stood there looking out to the main road. I saw the car park filled with cars and my exact parking space where my car was parked. If I'm able to get more reliable clients from now till next year, I will change the car to something better. I'm craving for a different ride. Stella called yesterday that she was coming to Abuja by weekend. Is been a while I saw my sister, I looked forward to having her. She can either stay in the same room with Eziaku or come to mine if she isn't comfortable staying with Eziaku in the guest room. "Eziaku has a boyfriend...wow! She already has a man just within months of going to her work place... I can not understand how I did never thought she will fall for another man. When did she enter a relationship and took me unaware? Yes, I love the fact that she told me but I wish she never did. I can't even reason straight over that realization. I see her differently from the way I used to see her before. How can she have a boyfriend, I mean she can but I'm angry because of the whole thing. When I think I have already seen a lady to give my heart to, To love wholeheartedly, Cherish and transform into my perfect spec then boom she surprised me by having a boyfriend. I believe the same man she speaks over the phone with and laugh loudly with most nights while I sucked up like a child. I wish I understand everything she was telling the man or he was telling her. She uses her dialect and it makes it a bit difficult to grab And also I don't want to mingle in her private life. Going home and seeing her after the whole revelation is no more enjoyable. I used to be happy going home to meet her smiling face but she has a boyfriend and that alone turns me off. Women keep surprising me. Maybe I'm just unlucky with them. She closes from work 5:30pm and gets home before me. She uses 30minutes to get home. I wondered when and where she met her "boyfriend" I close 5pm too and gets home by 7pm or 7:30pm. Since the "I have a boyfriend" saga started, I deliberately stay late in the office and gets home by 8 to 9pm. I don't want to have anything to discuss with her. Just greetings and we are cool that way. Why did she allowed me kiss her before telling me of her boyfriend. Almost two weeks later and I still can't get her off my mind. Why, why is she driving me crazy. She has a boyfriend for crying out loud. She obviously can't cheat on her man which was the only logic reasons she put me in my place so that I don't cross boundary. She was faithful, obviously. But Oby couldn't turn down a common school boyfriend. She couldn't say no, "I have a man" she allowed herself to be laid, got pregnant, did abortion which resulted to other complicated health issue that I had to clean. I managed her bedwetting part before i summoned courage to take her for treatment. I gave another chance to her after forgiving her and spending so much on her surgery. what did she do instead, she threw me off the bridge with the little chance she got. She did so without any iota of regrets. Women! I should not have think of going for another village girl, definitely not one from Oby's village because nothing good comes from that place. I hate myself for being unfortunate to love. I blame myself for stooping low to love an ordinary girl with no good educational background or exposure. I hate myself for trying to give another chance to love. Anytime I did, it ends in disaster. I shouldn't have fallen. I made a huge mistake that I wish I can undo. There was a knock, Angela came in. I turned and asked her what she wanted angrily. She interrupted my thought. "Mr Gwasi called, he wants to know if we have placed his property at JoJo estate for sale. He has a bungalow in the same estate and will want us to put it on lease... "Alright, I will call him. Thanks. She didn't leave, I raised an eyebrow to ask her if there's another thing. "No Sir, is almost 6pm. You're not leaving yet... again today? I told her she can go, I will leave anytime I feel like. She bid me goodnight and left. I waited in the office until 7pm before leaving. I got home around 9pm. And Eziaku was rounding up with dinner She greeted me and I replied coldly which I have been doing for the past one week. I went into my room, showered and came out for dinner. She brought my food, I tasted it and do not like it. I looked up at her with a frown "You're just making dinner...and it taste so bad? She breathed deeply. "I closed late today, we have been having so many customers visiting. My madam asked me to wait and assist a little before going. I'm sorry...I Came back by 8pm and try to hurry up with the food before you come back. Maybe I... I moved the food back and stood. " You're lying, I don't believe you Eziaku. You probably went visiting your boyfriend... Her face turned pale that I almost regretted my word "I'm not lying, I can't lie to you sir.... I waved a hand to the air and stopped her from talking. "Do you want to tell me you have never visited your boyfriend in his house... ever since you started dating him? Answer me... She bent her head and replied. "I have sir but that... I interrupted her angrily after realizing she has gone visiting the so called boyfriend. " How many times and what did you both do while you were at his place... She was quiet and didn't say anything ",...Cat got your tongue or you have suddenly gone deaf and dumb. She frowned and I can see she was struggling with tears. She finally let the tears out but quickly wiped it off. She said with a calm voice "If you don't want me around here anymore, I will totally understand. And that doesn't change the fact that you're still a nice man. I will go and stay with my friend... I clasp my hand together more angry than before. I was angry at her calmness and she wanting to leave my place maybe to her boyfriend's house. "You want to go and stay with your boyfriend? Wow.. Eziaku wow. And I thought you're different, I thought you were different from other girls. This is a shocking discovery that you are just the same like bunch of other girls. I try to catch my breath before I continued "... maybe is better you go because anything that happens now I will be held responsible. Your boyfriend may get you pregnant and you will tell those that cares to listen that am the one responsible for the pregnancy. He may ask you to go for an abortion and if anything goes wrong you will say is me. I don't trust you or any lady... you people are capable of killing. Go and live with your boyfriend, you should have thought of that since... rather than trying to get me all worked up. She kept looking at me with a surprised face. she was wondering If i was the same man she used to know or something has taking over me. I walked away from her to the fridge to take some chilled water. She was still standing there when I walked past. I was heading to my room when she said something that made me pause. "You made it all looked like you were helping me for a reason and when you couldn't achieve your aim you started throwing tantrum. Hating me for no good reason... Her word angered me the more. I turned and replied. "You're very stupid for saying that I was helping you for a selfish reason... She was not moved by my insult. She continued "You maybe right about me being stupid, but your whole action says it all. Ever since the day you kissed me and I told you that I have a boyfriend you changed unrecognizable. It seems that I don't know you again. You changed from the sweet man you used to be sir. But deep down you're still the same man that rushed down to pick me up from the lonely street of Abuja. You're kind and has loving soul. I'm sorry that my single word got you all worked up, maybe if I knew things will turn out this way I shouldn't have said anything at all... I turned again to leave and then she continued. "....Yes, I have a boyfriend but he is not in Abuja. He is in the village and is the second guy that helped you that day at the pothole. Is not Nonso as you may think... his name is Uche. We were two years in our relationship when I came to Abuja and I have stayed a year plus here making us three years. So sir is not what you think. I will be going to stay with a colleague... who happens to be my friend too. Her name is Kamsi. She is a lady and not a man. Thanks for everything...I will forever be grateful and wouldn't mind coming around to visit if that's okay with you. I'm saving money to get a mini flat like Kamsi. Later, I may think of getting a form to enrol in college of education... like Kamsi. But I will have to save up first for that... aside having a skill I also want to have a small degree too. If I have NCE I will be able to teach. I have plans and I'm gradually working towards that...all thanks to you for making something good out of me. Believing in me when no one does and caring for me like you will do to your own. I will leave by morning... She breathed again, looked at me for a long time before walking away. I stood transfixed at that spot. I don't even know what to do or think. I'm still pained, still sad. I managed to walk to my room, sat hard on the bed and kept thinking. Why did I allow myself to fall so much deeply for her. The emotional trauma I'm going through is unquestionable. I never knew how much effect she had on me until she told me to my face that she belongs to another and now knowing who the man is makes me powerless. I can still remember the taste of her lips, the way she felt in my arm. I crave for another chance to hold her, to kiss her again. She belongs to Uche, Uche her village boyfriend who helped me with his friend Nonso when I desperately needed help. Eziaku was slipping off from my hands and I just can't do anything. What do I do now. Why did I allow her thought to mess up my emotions. I can't think of anything except her both at the office and home. How did I get into this kind of triangle. What can I do, oh God. I feel so broken right now. Tbc
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The Revealing Episode 22 After telling me about this salon that she saw in the second estate and how she spoke with the owner who asked her to come back and start work because they are short staff I was not cool with it. I have told her to hold on that she was going to work but I needed to be sure of the kind of work she was very good at To avoid getting bullied or insulted like the last ones. But here she was leaving the house in my absence and going around searching for job. What if she gets lost or something bad happens to her out there. She was under my care and since I took responsibility of accomodating her, I prefer she also stay home for the moment to avoid danger lurking around. She neither has a phone nor any means to be reached. If something happens, I won't be able to even know where to start searching for her. How do I reach her or how can she contact me without a phone. Her only means is dailing my number on another stranger's phone which I'm not even cool with. I looked up at her with a frown plastered on my face. I don't know how to pretend or hide my displeasure when I'm not pleased with the situation at hand. My facial expressions says it all and I'm glad she was smart enough to understand that I was not happy with her. Even though she was looking so nice in one of the outfit I got for her two weeks ago when I took her for shopping. I still had to say things as it is "I told you that you should hold on for now Ezi...I thought we discussed this, why did you still have to leave the house while I was at work, without letting me know and go around searching for job...? Her head was bent to the ground as she stood in front of where I sat. Her hands folded behind her. She looked up at me and said apologetically "Is not like I wanted to disobey you, I really needed a job so that I can also make money of my own and buy anything I wanted without depending on you for everything. I could have told you but I don't how you will feel so I decided to wait until I get the job first... maybe when I tell you that I got a job you wouldn't really mind. I hate to depend on people, I will rather work and have a little money of my own than to be given freely all the time. You feed and accommodate me, you buy me personal stuffs and sometimes drop money for me for no reason. I deeply appreciate it all but I can't live off on you sir, you have your life and other important responsibility, I shouldn't add mine to that. All of this wasn't in your plan, but when I suddenly called for your help... you answered without hesitating. Giving me a roof over my head and treating me like you will do to your sister...is a blessing that I will never take for granted. I will never be comfortable sitting, eating and sleeping all day when I should be out there doing something that will fetch me small money. I hate relying on people, I don't like collecting anything from anyone...I will rather work and merit it. I'm really sorry sir... don't be offended. Have I mentioned to you that Eziaku was outspoken Oh yes, she always expresses herself without fear of anyone or anything. Some people will say " if you remove a girl from the village, you can't remove the village from her" That's a naysay, a packaged lie and nobody should believe that because is not true. Eziaku has proven that to me. Many city girls is not as outspoken as Eziaku, despite all the freedom they have. I discovered that Eziaku is not the type anyone should cage. If she feels threaten by her environment she crawls up and stay down but that's not the kind of person she is. She try to adapt to all situation thrown at her. Right from the first day of meetings her, she never pretend or act what she wasn't. She was real and speak out boldly when she have to. She was different village kind of girl and I like it. "Is fine Ezi. I will get you a small phone something you can operate. You will also give me your Madam's or whoever is in charge contact and the address to the salon. Do you understand.... She nooded with a fat grin "Yes sir, I understand. Thank you sir but I wish to buy the phone whenever I get paid from the salon. I will be learning at the same time working. My madam said that she will pay me small money of ten thousand naira due to I will be learning too. But to me the money is not small... I was happy but my fear was that I didn't know how you will feel about it. And now that we have resolved that... I'm very happy but I don't want to bother you with my phone problem... you have done enough. Let me get it please... "Is okay...I would have let you buy the phone but that will take you a month before you get your pay. Don't look at it like I'm buying the phone for you... rather see it like I lend the money to you. Since you want to do it...no problem which means I have to get the phone under loaning you which you will pay back... I began to smile with the look on her face. "... why do you have a strange face on? "Please sir... buy cheap phone of ten thousand or fifteen so that I can pay back. If you buy expensive phone...it will take me months to pay you... "Alright then. I will get an affordable phone. Go ahead and continue what you where doing. Don't forget to get the contact of your employer and one more thing...be a good girl..." She laughed out so loud. "Yes sir. I'm always a good girl... thank you...so much. She turned and left and I watched her leave. Eziaku later started her work, I got the phone for her and taught her how to operate it. I also got a new sim card for her. After a month, she brought her salary of twelve thousand five hundred. She added that customers gave her tips after they saw the way she was doing her job Her salary was ten thousand plus the tips she got. I asked her to keep the money for me. She should keep seven thousand for me and take the rest. The phone that I got for her was just thirty-five thousand. An Android that she can operate and after teaching her she learned how to use it. She knew the phone was more than that but played along. I like that about her. Wait a second, why am I even liking everything about Eziaku? Maybe because she has a likable personality. She stayed for two months with me before starting work and has worked for a month plus Almost eight months in Abuja which is close to a year and ever since I have come to know her she has not given me reason to worry or fright. I was begining to think of giving another chance to love again. But, I needed an educated straight forward woman. A humble and modest lady with understanding and kindness for others. Good appearance is a plus, although beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and friendliness is another added plus I'm not settling for anthing less this time, Abuja babes aren't all bad. Whenever I'm ready I will get somebody that will fit into my dream woman. It may not get 100percent of everything but atleast I can bank with 70percent. Eziaku is not really educated like I wish, she still has traces of not being exposed and that is a no for me. She has other good quality except for the education part I like her, maybe a little bit more but I can't let my emotions or her closeness gets in the way of my core desires in a dream woman. I don't want somebody like Stef that is over exposed. Or Oby that played the red card on me and one of the reasons I still have fear in women. Everything must be in moderate. Talking about Stefanie, she was called by the police and had to sign the undertaking. Ever since nothin was heard of her. I have gotten lots of good clients and things are moving well unlike before. I even employed a personal assistant who goes with me to different site seeing and doing some little job when I'm occupied with the big ones. Angela is a BSC holder, very fluent in English, beautiful and smart. She comes into my office sometimes to ask if I will like lunch or need anything. Angela was caring and I like that. Eziaku only worked for another three months when she came back one day with a jean trouser, two t-shirt and three singlet for me. Eziaku went shopping for me to my bewilderment. She also brought suya and juice home. "Today isn't my birthday...to what do I owe all this gift...? I asked as she handed the bags to me. "Is a thank you gift sir...I know is not upto the designers you wear but please accept it. I appreciate you... words can't describe how much grateful I am to you. God will continue to bless you... I breathed deeply while looking at her. I felt deeply emotional. I can't remember the last time I received a sincere gift from a lady. Eziaku kept surprising me. I opened my arms and beckoned her to come for a hug. She was reluctant at first but came slowly. I hugged her for the first time and it felt real good holding her. I released her and thanked her for the gifts. She brought the suya and drink to me. She was going back after dropping the tray i asked her if she wasn't eating. "No, I bought it for you sir. She replied. I urged her to come over let's eat together She came and sat beside me and we went eating and drinking like cool friends. After few days all I can think of is Eziaku. I used to hear her talking over the phone in her room, I wondered who she was talking to. I stood up one night to go and knock on her door when I couldn't control myself anymore. I couldn't knock as I stood by her door, I turned and left Does this mean that I have fallen in love with her. I gaze at her while she eats or do anything. I can't take my eyes off her. I want to hug her again, I want to kiss her lips and hold her to myself. Oh God, I think I'm going crazy. What is wrong with me. I don't want to scare off Eziaku yet I can't help thinking of her. She blushed more this days when she caught me looking at her. She obviously likes me, so I thought. Whenever my skin brushes hers, I feel like my head will explode. I wondered why I'm worried over telling her how I feel, maybe due to my past drama with women Eziaku likes me and this time it won't be like the others. She will help me erase my fear of women. I'm ready to overlook whatever she lacks as a woman. I wanted her to be mine. That Saturday evening was different. I couldn't hide my feeling anymore, while sitting in the living room, I try to play different scene of how to express myself to her. When she came to sit in a next arm chair close to mine. I stare at her, she turned and looked at me, smile and looked away before standing up. "I will just go..go and... check if my phone is ringing... She made attempt to leave "Please wait Ezi, you have some particles on your cheek..." I said and it was actually true but that wasn't what I had in mind to say. She try to remove it, I stood and went to her. I stood very close to her that I can even feel her heartbeat. I gently removed the particles and other invisible dirts. My hands travelled round face, i straightened her eye brow before bringing it down to her nose and lips. I cupped her face and kissed her, she didn't withdraw back. I kissed her hungrily, like I have never kissed a woman before. She was panting when she took a step away from me. I was panting too, my emotions where at rage. I wanted her so much that I can't hold back myself. I try to touch her but she took another step away and said. "I have a boyfriend sir..." "Whaaat..." Was the only word that left my mouth as she ran off to her room and left me standing in my confuses state. Tbc
The Revealing Episode 21 She was singing as I approached and tapped her gently. She startled, straightened from what she was doing and turned to me. "What do you think you're doing...? She looked back and returned her full gaze to me. "Good morning sir, I didn't know you were going out this early I could have woken up on time. But.... give me small minutes let me finish up. It remains only one tyre.. that back one there, then I will wash off the soap on its body. If you don't mind, you can also open the car for me to sweep inside with broom before cleaning it... She bent over carried her bucket of soapy water and ran to the tyre at the back and began to wash. I stood there watching her act like she was getting paid for the whole seriousness she added to washing the car. "Ezi...Ezi... stop... you can't wash my car.. She straightened again with the brush still in her hand and frowned. "I'm sorry sir, I know I'm not upto the standard of people that wash your car, I'm not worthy but I saw it was dusty after you came back yesterday and I decided to wash... I interrupted "Listen... that's not what I mean. When I said you can't wash my car is because you are a lady and washing of car is mostly for guys. Already, I plan taking my car to a car wash later today. I wasn't expecting to see you... doing it... She smiled, looked at the car and said. "Do you used to pay those people after they wash the car? "Yes, I pay them each time and sometimes extra if they clean the interior too... She looked at me surprised before laughing out. "You people in this city know how to waste money o. Washing of car is not that difficult, it only takes time if you want it properly washed... like when I put my hand under that tyre side, there was sand but after washing it was all gone. Maybe I should go and start working as a car washer since I have idea of how to wash it... She started grinning from ear to ear. I joined her "Car washing is done by those who are professional at it. They have the skills and experience and knows how to handle each car and if they dictate a problem along the line they alert the owner. So, is deeper than just sponging and spraying water on it. But... thank you Ezi... you really surprised me this morning. I was not expecting this. You did well and the car is looking Sharp. But next time don't stress yourself doing this, let those who are very good at it do their job and get paid because is through that means they take care of thereselves and families... alright? She nodded and said "But... please allow me finish for today. It remains small and I will be through... She went back washing, I went inside to tidy up other things. She later came in and walked to the kitchen where I was trying to make omelette as part of the breakfast meal. "I thought you were going out... She asked while moving to wash off the dirty dishes in the sink. "No... actually I was going to look for you. I thought you ran off because of Stef, I never knew that you were outside washing my car. She paused and looked at me. "I actually over heard both of you last night. Not everything but atleast to some extent. I did not sleep, how can i even sleep well when action madam that tormented me was around. I put my ears to the door listening. I didn't mean to eavesdrop...I wanted to know if I was safe or not. I was confused at first when I ran into the room after recognizing her, that woman scares me too much and I never know that you knew who she was and was even very close to her. I started hearing quarrel and her voice was very loud that even the ants in the hole can hear her and get scared. I knew when she slapped you and you she shouted that she will slap you again and nothin will happen. I know it was because you asked her to leave your house caused the fight... I'm sorry... She went back with what she was doing. After she was done she began cutting the tomatoes that I brought out from the fridge. We were silent. I had a lot of things I wanted to say yet I played cool and concentrated in my cooking. ...I like the way you turn that egg. I like men that can cook..Uche my friend in the village can cook. I have few others too but watching you cook some special meal sometimes makes me want to ask if you can teach me. I like men that are... good in almost everything. Is rare and unique... My eyes was still on my cooking when I asked her one question that made her go silent. "So... does that mean that you like me? She blushed for the very first time. I have never seeing her blushing. I wiped my hand with towel, carried the cut tomatoes and onions and began to stir on fire. She watched in silent without saying any other thing. I decided not to say another thing to avoid making her shy. We later moved to the dining and began to eat. We ate in silent as her head remain bent on her plate of food all through. After food she thanked me before clearing the table, wash off the plates and was going towards the laundry when I called her "... I'm sorry about Stef. I never knew she was the wicked American aunty. I didn't know at all. I only visited her at her place ones and that was same day I got a call from you. I don't know and I'm sorry...do you still trust me. She was silent and kept her eyes on the ground. I moved closer to her and placed a hand on her shoulder. "...is okay if you don't. I totally understand... I promised that i was going to protect you all through your time with me and that's exactly what i will do. Please feel relax and free...no one will hurt you under my watch. She grinned a little and said while looking at me. " thank you sir... For everything. Was it because of me you asked her to leave your house? Because I noticed that you were very fine with her, I saw you kissing her while she was sitting on your lap but after I showed up, the atmosphere changed and the next thing I was hearing was quarrel. I'm sorry for causing the fight between two of you...if I knew she was the one I could have remain in the kitchen maybe until you take her to the room or maybe after I... "no..no Eziaku. You didn't caused anything. She wasn't anything to me aside client and while I stick with her was because I wanted to sell another house to her father and that would have Make me a little more richer but her self centeredness was becoming too much and the last thing I couldn't tolerate is knowing she was the same person that hurt you in the past. I will continue sourcing for other better client and whatever I get is enough. Stefanie wasn't my woman...I told you I don't have a woman and that was true. Stef is just my client...and whatever business we have is over. I have already forwarded all she said to the police and by next week they will be going after her... you have nothing to fear. She looked up at me and said "Thank you sir. I really appreciate... God will bless you.... I looked into her eyes while she was still talking and down to the lips. Ezi may not be as beautiful as Oby but I feel at peace whenever she is close to me. She makes me relax with her presence. She has a lovable spirit, I wonder how anybody will want to hurt such a loving person. "...eeeh? You didn't hear me. I was carried away in my thoughts and didn't hear a thing she said after saying thank you. "What did you say? I asked still looking at her and had already withdraw my hand from her shoulder. "I said, is that how you used to kiss your clients. Like what I saw you and madam staff doing...? The question took me off guard. "Ooh..uhmmm! You mean Stef... she was actually the one kissing me and not the... uhmmm...I sound like a child explaining that. I don't kiss my clients neither do I mix business with pleasure. Stef case was different. Like I explained earlier...I needed something very important from her so I had to play along...I don't know if you understand... "Yes, I understand and...I still trust you. You're a good man. I knew from the very first day we first met...my spirit connected with yours and offered to help you. If your heart wasn't pure, I will feel distress the moment I got to that pot hole place and I will pass without saying anything to you. I trust you sir and I hope and pray that soon enough you will have a good woman not like madam staff or the girl that brought you to the village. But a nice person just like you are... This time I was actually grinning just like she was "Thank you Ezi.... for still trusting me. She went into the laundry and I went to my room to tidy up myself. I had my bath and tidied up some other things. After I was done, I decided to relax back and rest a little on my bed After sometime she knocked on the door and I answered from inside. "Sir, I'm through with the whole washing and cleaning. I want to know if you have any dirty clothes that needs washing or... I asked her to come inside she did and stood close to the door "No, I don't. I dropped off my office wears at the laundry station yesterday. I will do my other stuffs by myself later... thank you anyway... She nodded and said "That washing machine is very fast o. After washing, it drys the cloth fast fast. I can wash all the clothes in this house within a twinkle of an eye. Oyibo will not kill somebody with different technology... Some of the things we used to do with our hands before is taken over by all this new technology. Hmmm... thank God that they have not made machine that will be cooking food and feeding somebody. Some people will just become extra lazy... I laughed at the sarcasm in her voice. " What happened to your cloths? When I opened your wardrobe, I only saw nylon that contains some of your stuff... what happened to the rest? I asked her while putting my phone aside and sitting up from the bed. "Nothing happened to my clothes sir. everything is in that bag. I didn't come with too much cloth from the village. I even threw away two of my clothes that tore while I was struggling with that man that took me in after my aunty drove me out. That my small Ghana must go bag also tear so i threw it away and took nylons to put my clothes instead of putting them in the wardrobe like that. If you don't like it then I will look for something else to put it... I told her it was okay. She nodded and left. I planned doing small window shopping with her next week. She will pick nice wears for herself. There was another knock again, I asked her to come in "Sorry to disturb you Sir, please can I go out next week and see if I can get a job? I'm just in this house eating food and not contributing anything. I'm very grateful for that but I wish I can also get a Job and make money no matter how small... please? I told her to hold on that i wasn't complaining. Beside she was helping me tidy up the house. I don't have to cook or clean every time. I have enough time to rest. I told her she will work but she should try and be patient concerning that. She nodded and said that she was going to have her bath after which she will watch the television. She thanked me again and left. I went back chatting with chuka and even sent him Stef voice recording drama. He was surprised that I could put up with such aggressiveness. He said since is already with the police they will take it up from there. That evening Stef kept calling and sending apology chat but after ignoring for sometime I decided to block her. The next day I went to church, Ezi did not have anything reasonable to wear for church, I left her and went alone. Work resumed on Monday and a busy week began. I found out that I was gradually getting comfortable playing Ezi scene on my head while I'm at the office and smile each time that happened. I cautioned myself from that severally Why was I suddenly thinking of her. Her thoughts was filling up my head and I always feel happy going home to meet her smiling and welcoming mood. I don't know what I'm supposed to make out of the whole thing. I knew I had to stop myself from doing that before it gets out of hand. Tbc
The Revealing ~ Episode 20 ... I'm serious..." She turned, stared at me like a devil and began to laugh sarcastically. "No, you can't be serious. You are a joker... big time.You dare not tell me shit like that and expect me... to take it. I dare you... right this minute I dare you to repeat what's you just said Austin. Who do she even think she is to dare me again in my own house that I never invited her but had to forcefully accept her coming. The whole annoying part was the nonchalant act she always pull up. She is rich, beautiful and classic. And so what? Sticking with her and tolerating all her excesses was because of securing the big deal we had planned. Acquiring another property for her Dad which is lots of money will do me alot of good and that was why I kept mute and played all along. But I can no longer tolerate her disrespect for others. She treat people like trash, tramples on them because she got the wealth to do as she please. The money she thinks she has is intoxicating her to misbehave. When Eziaku was narrating her story to me about the American aunty that treated her poorly, it never for ones occur to me that it was Stef all along. I was angry at whoever that was but played cool because Eziaku was safe and out of the wickedness of self centered humans like Stefanie. I only visted Stef ones in her house and that was also the same day i got a distress call from Eziaku. Coming to my house to still threaten and even told me to get rid of Ezi is just too rude and very disrespectful to me. After all she did to the poor girl, the least I expected from her is to be remorseful but instead she was still acting like a demigod. I knew this kind of people and what they are capable of, so I took my phone and act like I was checking something but I actually put it on record. I won't be caught unaware ever again by this kind of heartless women. ... hahahaha, I knew you were just bluffing. You don't have the liver to look me in the eye and repeat what you just said. Do you know who I am... maybe you don't understand the level of authority I command. I have the money and connection that can mess you or anyone up if I wish to and secondly, you wouldn't want to mess things up for yourself...do you? You obviously know what is at stake if you do things that displeases me. Listen to me Austin, you don't choose me, is rather the opposite...I go for any man I want and none has ever said no or turn me down. Whenever I'm done with the person, I kick off their ass and go for another adventure. So you don't dictate to me...I do all of the dictating and if you aren't cool with it then go to hell. I scoffed and said. "Really..? So you mean I do not have the right to ask you to leave my house Stef? What kind of person are you? you lied and accused an innocent girl working for you of stealing, tied her up and beat her beyond recognition. She ran away and finally living with me. I never knew that it was you that did such to her but it baffles me that you will come to my house uninvited because you're sex starved, saw the same girl you maltreated and still went ahead to threaten her... even asking me to dismiss her because you don't want a wretched looking person working for your man, by the way who told you that i'm your man? The last time I checked you were just a mare client. I have only tolerated your whole nonsense because there's a saying that "customers are always right". As much as I hate to mix business with pleasure I broke that rule because of the mouth watering offer you made concerning getting a house for your father. You have nothing that can move me... you're beautiful and became so wealthy after the divorce settlement with your ex rich husband and you think you can do anything you like and get away with it because you have the money or pretty face? I dislike your dirty attitude Stef. You are the uncultured and rude one not the girl you drove out. you have nothing, absolutely nothing in your body that can entices me. If i wanted you like you want me we would be having countless intimate affair. But I never had sex with you despite how much you try to make it happen... because I see you as a business partner...a client and nothin serious. You are indeed a piece of work... She suddenly raised a hand and slapped me. She raised another but I caught it and held it in the air before letting go. "...You have the gut to slap me Stef? She moved very close to me angrily that I can smell her breath "Yes, what can you do about it. Do you want to challenge me to a fight? I can slap you and thousands of other nuisance that feels they have a say over what I do and nothin will happen. Let me get this right, are you in anyway defending that useless ugly maid that I drove out? Yes, I dislike her, she disgust me with her sight alone. Living under the same roof with such a primitive useless being was just too much to tolerate. I lied that she stole my dollar but she dares not steal from me because I will kill her and throw her dead body to the lagoon and nobody will question me. Seeing her here again is quiet surprising and I told you to get to rid of her but you question me over that. Who are you to question me...? You are playing with fire and if I were you I will be very careful with what I say. Things are done in my terms and it doesn't matter if I'm at your place or at mine. You will do as I say. i mean it except you want me to withdraw the offer of buying a house from you for my Dad and cutting you out because knowing me and taking you as my man is a great privilege that you should be grateful for. Many will kill to have me but I saw you, liked you and want to make you my man but Only for you to start running your useless mouth and calling me a "client". You are trading dangerously and you have to be very careful Austin. No one mess with me and get away with it... She was pointing her long artificial nails to my face. I took several feet back "I'm cutting it all off, you can try other estate agents or other men. I'm done with you Stef, it was nice doing business with you and I'm not interested in doing another business with you ever again. Listen to me, this is my house and environment. You don't have any single right to order anyone around...here. you are free to do as you please when you are in your house. Get the hell out of my house or I will force you out. carry your remaining dignity and walk away majestically before I show you the exit door by force which will make you loose every little gut you have left... She blew up like I just broke her pride and began raining abuses and insult. She continued threatening me of how she will deal with me. "You can't do anything madam. You are only barking like dog, get out of my house and never again contact me for any reason whatsoever. Get out... She walked to the door and stopped. "You just digged your grave my darling. You should really be scared because I know enough information about you. I know your house and a whole lot of other thing that I can use to nail you. Hahaha...I promise that I will deal with you and it won't be for long... I smiled while holding onto the door knob. "Are you threatening me Stefanie? "Call it whatever you like but just watch your back because you may not know what will hit you from behind Austin. I talk and do...I now know your house address. No one reject me... for such act alone plus your insult I will make you cry blood. I sighed impatiently. "I will take your threat to the police. I know your house as well, I know about your Dad and lots of other things to pin you to the ground. But first, I won't take your threat like a pinch of salt. I'm reporting you to the police and they must call you in for questioning. She laughed out sarcastically again "Almost all the police in this Abuja are my friend... police is my friend and I can buy them all over with my money. But aside that, what evidence do you have because they will need prove of the threat. You have none obviously, is my word against yours my darling Austin. If You can go to the police, you will be dismissed because no concrete evidence.... I interrupted as I raised my phone to her face and show her that she was on record. ,",Enough talk already madam. Everything you said is on record and you have said a whole lot and they're in here. Since police is your friend and you can always buy them over with your money let's see how that goes. For the last time get the hell out of my house... She was dumbfounded as I opened the door and gently pushed her out. I locked my door and saved the recordings. I was so happy with my little achievement. after listening to some of the things she was vomiting during our altercation I smiled. I can't be caught unaware with women. Not again and I will try to be a foot ahead of them. Oby caught me unaware but i will try not to let such happen again. I had few police friends, I quickly forwarded the record to them after I might have called like two of them. She was going in for questioning where she will write undertaking to stay far off from me and mine and if anything happens to me she will be held responsible. I wanted to go and check up on Eziaku, but by the time I finished up with all I was doing it was already late. It was pass midnight. I decided to wait until morning before meeting Ezi. I hope she will understand and still trust me after my explanation. As I lay back in bed which was pass 1am. Stefanie began calling, I ignored the caill and decided to switch off my phone instead. I said few prayer before trying to sleep When I woke up the following morning, I saw alot of chats from Stefanie. She pleaded that I shouldn't take the record to the police that she was only angry that I rejected her and felt humiliated because it was rare to see a man turning her down like I did. She explained that she truly likes me and ready to apologise to Eziaku if that will make me happy and she will also still buy the house from me but only with the condition that I don't send out the record. I didn't reply any of her chats. I stood up from my bed, went into the bathroom, brushed and decided to go check up on Eziaku and to explain everything to her. I went to the guest room and knocked severally but got no response. I gently opened the door and was surprised that she wasn't there. I became a little scared as I rushed to the kitchen and laundry but she was not in any of the places. I rushed back to her room, called her name several maybe she was in the bathroom or so. I went in to check when I didn't hear any noise and the whole place was empty. I looked around for her bag but I only saw a nylon bag in the wardrobe that has few of her things which I felt probably she isn't using anymore. I ran out, I became so worried as I grabbed my car key maybe I will catch up with her before she goes far. Eziaku ran away again because of Stefanie. "Oh God, and I promise I was going to take care of her and nobody will ever hurt her again. I failed her... where will I even go now to look for her. She doesn't even have phone or money. is she going back to the village or wanted to be Faraway from me...? oh God please don't let her get into the wrong hands again... please help me to find her. Let me find her... God please...let.... As I rushed out if the house and was running towards my car something strange happened that left me speechless. Tbc
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The Revealing Episode 22 After telling me about this salon that she saw in the second estate and how she spoke with the owner who asked her to come back and start work because they are short staff I was not cool with it. I have told her to hold on that she was going to work but I needed to be sure of the kind of work she was very good at To avoid getting bullied or insulted like the last ones. But here she was leaving the house in my absence and going around searching for job. What if she gets lost or something bad happens to her out there. She was under my care and since I took responsibility of accomodating her, I prefer she also stay home for the moment to avoid danger lurking around. She neither has a phone nor any means to be reached. If something happens, I won't be able to even know where to start searching for her. How do I reach her or how can she contact me without a phone. Her only means is dailing my number on another stranger's phone which I'm not even cool with. I looked up at her with a frown plastered on my face. I don't know how to pretend or hide my displeasure when I'm not pleased with the situation at hand. My facial expressions says it all and I'm glad she was smart enough to understand that I was not happy with her. Even though she was looking so nice in one of the outfit I got for her two weeks ago when I took her for shopping. I still had to say things as it is "I told you that you should hold on for now Ezi...I thought we discussed this, why did you still have to leave the house while I was at work, without letting me know and go around searching for job...? Her head was bent to the ground as she stood in front of where I sat. Her hands folded behind her. She looked up at me and said apologetically "Is not like I wanted to disobey you, I really needed a job so that I can also make money of my own and buy anything I wanted without depending on you for everything. I could have told you but I don't how you will feel so I decided to wait until I get the job first... maybe when I tell you that I got a job you wouldn't really mind. I hate to depend on people, I will rather work and have a little money of my own than to be given freely all the time. You feed and accommodate me, you buy me personal stuffs and sometimes drop money for me for no reason. I deeply appreciate it all but I can't live off on you sir, you have your life and other important responsibility, I shouldn't add mine to that. All of this wasn't in your plan, but when I suddenly called for your help... you answered without hesitating. Giving me a roof over my head and treating me like you will do to your sister...is a blessing that I will never take for granted. I will never be comfortable sitting, eating and sleeping all day when I should be out there doing something that will fetch me small money. I hate relying on people, I don't like collecting anything from anyone...I will rather work and merit it. I'm really sorry sir... don't be offended. Have I mentioned to you that Eziaku was outspoken Oh yes, she always expresses herself without fear of anyone or anything. Some people will say " if you remove a girl from the village, you can't remove the village from her" That's a naysay, a packaged lie and nobody should believe that because is not true. Eziaku has proven that to me. Many city girls is not as outspoken as Eziaku, despite all the freedom they have. I discovered that Eziaku is not the type anyone should cage. If she feels threaten by her environment she crawls up and stay down but that's not the kind of person she is. She try to adapt to all situation thrown at her. Right from the first day of meetings her, she never pretend or act what she wasn't. She was real and speak out boldly when she have to. She was different village kind of girl and I like it. "Is fine Ezi. I will get you a small phone something you can operate. You will also give me your Madam's or whoever is in charge contact and the address to the salon. Do you understand.... She nooded with a fat grin "Yes sir, I understand. Thank you sir but I wish to buy the phone whenever I get paid from the salon. I will be learning at the same time working. My madam said that she will pay me small money of ten thousand naira due to I will be learning too. But to me the money is not small... I was happy but my fear was that I didn't know how you will feel about it. And now that we have resolved that... I'm very happy but I don't want to bother you with my phone problem... you have done enough. Let me get it please... "Is okay...I would have let you buy the phone but that will take you a month before you get your pay. Don't look at it like I'm buying the phone for you... rather see it like I lend the money to you. Since you want to do it...no problem which means I have to get the phone under loaning you which you will pay back... I began to smile with the look on her face. "... why do you have a strange face on? "Please sir... buy cheap phone of ten thousand or fifteen so that I can pay back. If you buy expensive phone...it will take me months to pay you... "Alright then. I will get an affordable phone. Go ahead and continue what you where doing. Don't forget to get the contact of your employer and one more thing...be a good girl..." She laughed out so loud. "Yes sir. I'm always a good girl... thank you...so much. She turned and left and I watched her leave. Eziaku later started her work, I got the phone for her and taught her how to operate it. I also got a new sim card for her. After a month, she brought her salary of twelve thousand five hundred. She added that customers gave her tips after they saw the way she was doing her job Her salary was ten thousand plus the tips she got. I asked her to keep the money for me. She should keep seven thousand for me and take the rest. The phone that I got for her was just thirty-five thousand. An Android that she can operate and after teaching her she learned how to use it. She knew the phone was more than that but played along. I like that about her. Wait a second, why am I even liking everything about Eziaku? Maybe because she has a likable personality. She stayed for two months with me before starting work and has worked for a month plus Almost eight months in Abuja which is close to a year and ever since I have come to know her she has not given me reason to worry or fright. I was begining to think of giving another chance to love again. But, I needed an educated straight forward woman. A humble and modest lady with understanding and kindness for others. Good appearance is a plus, although beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and friendliness is another added plus I'm not settling for anthing less this time, Abuja babes aren't all bad. Whenever I'm ready I will get somebody that will fit into my dream woman. It may not get 100percent of everything but atleast I can bank with 70percent. Eziaku is not really educated like I wish, she still has traces of not being exposed and that is a no for me. She has other good quality except for the education part I like her, maybe a little bit more but I can't let my emotions or her closeness gets in the way of my core desires in a dream woman. I don't want somebody like Stef that is over exposed. Or Oby that played the red card on me and one of the reasons I still have fear in women. Everything must be in moderate. Talking about Stefanie, she was called by the police and had to sign the undertaking. Ever since nothin was heard of her. I have gotten lots of good clients and things are moving well unlike before. I even employed a personal assistant who goes with me to different site seeing and doing some little job when I'm occupied with the big ones. Angela is a BSC holder, very fluent in English, beautiful and smart. She comes into my office sometimes to ask if I will like lunch or need anything. Angela was caring and I like that. Eziaku only worked for another three months when she came back one day with a jean trouser, two t-shirt and three singlet for me. Eziaku went shopping for me to my bewilderment. She also brought suya and juice home. "Today isn't my birthday...to what do I owe all this gift...? I asked as she handed the bags to me. "Is a thank you gift sir...I know is not upto the designers you wear but please accept it. I appreciate you... words can't describe how much grateful I am to you. God will continue to bless you... I breathed deeply while looking at her. I felt deeply emotional. I can't remember the last time I received a sincere gift from a lady. Eziaku kept surprising me. I opened my arms and beckoned her to come for a hug. She was reluctant at first but came slowly. I hugged her for the first time and it felt real good holding her. I released her and thanked her for the gifts. She brought the suya and drink to me. She was going back after dropping the tray i asked her if she wasn't eating. "No, I bought it for you sir. She replied. I urged her to come over let's eat together She came and sat beside me and we went eating and drinking like cool friends. After few days all I can think of is Eziaku. I used to hear her talking over the phone in her room, I wondered who she was talking to. I stood up one night to go and knock on her door when I couldn't control myself anymore. I couldn't knock as I stood by her door, I turned and left Does this mean that I have fallen in love with her. I gaze at her while she eats or do anything. I can't take my eyes off her. I want to hug her again, I want to kiss her lips and hold her to myself. Oh God, I think I'm going crazy. What is wrong with me. I don't want to scare off Eziaku yet I can't help thinking of her. She blushed more this days when she caught me looking at her. She obviously likes me, so I thought. Whenever my skin brushes hers, I feel like my head will explode. I wondered why I'm worried over telling her how I feel, maybe due to my past drama with women Eziaku likes me and this time it won't be like the others. She will help me erase my fear of women. I'm ready to overlook whatever she lacks as a woman. I wanted her to be mine. That Saturday evening was different. I couldn't hide my feeling anymore, while sitting in the living room, I try to play different scene of how to express myself to her. When she came to sit in a next arm chair close to mine. I stare at her, she turned and looked at me, smile and looked away before standing up. "I will just go..go and... check if my phone is ringing... She made attempt to leave "Please wait Ezi, you have some particles on your cheek..." I said and it was actually true but that wasn't what I had in mind to say. She try to remove it, I stood and went to her. I stood very close to her that I can even feel her heartbeat. I gently removed the particles and other invisible dirts. My hands travelled round face, i straightened her eye brow before bringing it down to her nose and lips. I cupped her face and kissed her, she didn't withdraw back. I kissed her hungrily, like I have never kissed a woman before. She was panting when she took a step away from me. I was panting too, my emotions where at rage. I wanted her so much that I can't hold back myself. I try to touch her but she took another step away and said. "I have a boyfriend sir..." "Whaaat..." Was the only word that left my mouth as she ran off to her room and left me standing in my confuses state. Tbc
The Revealing Episode 21 She was singing as I approached and tapped her gently. She startled, straightened from what she was doing and turned to me. "What do you think you're doing...? She looked back and returned her full gaze to me. "Good morning sir, I didn't know you were going out this early I could have woken up on time. But.... give me small minutes let me finish up. It remains only one tyre.. that back one there, then I will wash off the soap on its body. If you don't mind, you can also open the car for me to sweep inside with broom before cleaning it... She bent over carried her bucket of soapy water and ran to the tyre at the back and began to wash. I stood there watching her act like she was getting paid for the whole seriousness she added to washing the car. "Ezi...Ezi... stop... you can't wash my car.. She straightened again with the brush still in her hand and frowned. "I'm sorry sir, I know I'm not upto the standard of people that wash your car, I'm not worthy but I saw it was dusty after you came back yesterday and I decided to wash... I interrupted "Listen... that's not what I mean. When I said you can't wash my car is because you are a lady and washing of car is mostly for guys. Already, I plan taking my car to a car wash later today. I wasn't expecting to see you... doing it... She smiled, looked at the car and said. "Do you used to pay those people after they wash the car? "Yes, I pay them each time and sometimes extra if they clean the interior too... She looked at me surprised before laughing out. "You people in this city know how to waste money o. Washing of car is not that difficult, it only takes time if you want it properly washed... like when I put my hand under that tyre side, there was sand but after washing it was all gone. Maybe I should go and start working as a car washer since I have idea of how to wash it... She started grinning from ear to ear. I joined her "Car washing is done by those who are professional at it. They have the skills and experience and knows how to handle each car and if they dictate a problem along the line they alert the owner. So, is deeper than just sponging and spraying water on it. But... thank you Ezi... you really surprised me this morning. I was not expecting this. You did well and the car is looking Sharp. But next time don't stress yourself doing this, let those who are very good at it do their job and get paid because is through that means they take care of thereselves and families... alright? She nodded and said "But... please allow me finish for today. It remains small and I will be through... She went back washing, I went inside to tidy up other things. She later came in and walked to the kitchen where I was trying to make omelette as part of the breakfast meal. "I thought you were going out... She asked while moving to wash off the dirty dishes in the sink. "No... actually I was going to look for you. I thought you ran off because of Stef, I never knew that you were outside washing my car. She paused and looked at me. "I actually over heard both of you last night. Not everything but atleast to some extent. I did not sleep, how can i even sleep well when action madam that tormented me was around. I put my ears to the door listening. I didn't mean to eavesdrop...I wanted to know if I was safe or not. I was confused at first when I ran into the room after recognizing her, that woman scares me too much and I never know that you knew who she was and was even very close to her. I started hearing quarrel and her voice was very loud that even the ants in the hole can hear her and get scared. I knew when she slapped you and you she shouted that she will slap you again and nothin will happen. I know it was because you asked her to leave your house caused the fight... I'm sorry... She went back with what she was doing. After she was done she began cutting the tomatoes that I brought out from the fridge. We were silent. I had a lot of things I wanted to say yet I played cool and concentrated in my cooking. ...I like the way you turn that egg. I like men that can cook..Uche my friend in the village can cook. I have few others too but watching you cook some special meal sometimes makes me want to ask if you can teach me. I like men that are... good in almost everything. Is rare and unique... My eyes was still on my cooking when I asked her one question that made her go silent. "So... does that mean that you like me? She blushed for the very first time. I have never seeing her blushing. I wiped my hand with towel, carried the cut tomatoes and onions and began to stir on fire. She watched in silent without saying any other thing. I decided not to say another thing to avoid making her shy. We later moved to the dining and began to eat. We ate in silent as her head remain bent on her plate of food all through. After food she thanked me before clearing the table, wash off the plates and was going towards the laundry when I called her "... I'm sorry about Stef. I never knew she was the wicked American aunty. I didn't know at all. I only visited her at her place ones and that was same day I got a call from you. I don't know and I'm sorry...do you still trust me. She was silent and kept her eyes on the ground. I moved closer to her and placed a hand on her shoulder. "...is okay if you don't. I totally understand... I promised that i was going to protect you all through your time with me and that's exactly what i will do. Please feel relax and free...no one will hurt you under my watch. She grinned a little and said while looking at me. " thank you sir... For everything. Was it because of me you asked her to leave your house? Because I noticed that you were very fine with her, I saw you kissing her while she was sitting on your lap but after I showed up, the atmosphere changed and the next thing I was hearing was quarrel. I'm sorry for causing the fight between two of you...if I knew she was the one I could have remain in the kitchen maybe until you take her to the room or maybe after I... "no..no Eziaku. You didn't caused anything. She wasn't anything to me aside client and while I stick with her was because I wanted to sell another house to her father and that would have Make me a little more richer but her self centeredness was becoming too much and the last thing I couldn't tolerate is knowing she was the same person that hurt you in the past. I will continue sourcing for other better client and whatever I get is enough. Stefanie wasn't my woman...I told you I don't have a woman and that was true. Stef is just my client...and whatever business we have is over. I have already forwarded all she said to the police and by next week they will be going after her... you have nothing to fear. She looked up at me and said "Thank you sir. I really appreciate... God will bless you.... I looked into her eyes while she was still talking and down to the lips. Ezi may not be as beautiful as Oby but I feel at peace whenever she is close to me. She makes me relax with her presence. She has a lovable spirit, I wonder how anybody will want to hurt such a loving person. "...eeeh? You didn't hear me. I was carried away in my thoughts and didn't hear a thing she said after saying thank you. "What did you say? I asked still looking at her and had already withdraw my hand from her shoulder. "I said, is that how you used to kiss your clients. Like what I saw you and madam staff doing...? The question took me off guard. "Ooh..uhmmm! You mean Stef... she was actually the one kissing me and not the... uhmmm...I sound like a child explaining that. I don't kiss my clients neither do I mix business with pleasure. Stef case was different. Like I explained earlier...I needed something very important from her so I had to play along...I don't know if you understand... "Yes, I understand and...I still trust you. You're a good man. I knew from the very first day we first met...my spirit connected with yours and offered to help you. If your heart wasn't pure, I will feel distress the moment I got to that pot hole place and I will pass without saying anything to you. I trust you sir and I hope and pray that soon enough you will have a good woman not like madam staff or the girl that brought you to the village. But a nice person just like you are... This time I was actually grinning just like she was "Thank you Ezi.... for still trusting me. She went into the laundry and I went to my room to tidy up myself. I had my bath and tidied up some other things. After I was done, I decided to relax back and rest a little on my bed After sometime she knocked on the door and I answered from inside. "Sir, I'm through with the whole washing and cleaning. I want to know if you have any dirty clothes that needs washing or... I asked her to come inside she did and stood close to the door "No, I don't. I dropped off my office wears at the laundry station yesterday. I will do my other stuffs by myself later... thank you anyway... She nodded and said "That washing machine is very fast o. After washing, it drys the cloth fast fast. I can wash all the clothes in this house within a twinkle of an eye. Oyibo will not kill somebody with different technology... Some of the things we used to do with our hands before is taken over by all this new technology. Hmmm... thank God that they have not made machine that will be cooking food and feeding somebody. Some people will just become extra lazy... I laughed at the sarcasm in her voice. " What happened to your cloths? When I opened your wardrobe, I only saw nylon that contains some of your stuff... what happened to the rest? I asked her while putting my phone aside and sitting up from the bed. "Nothing happened to my clothes sir. everything is in that bag. I didn't come with too much cloth from the village. I even threw away two of my clothes that tore while I was struggling with that man that took me in after my aunty drove me out. That my small Ghana must go bag also tear so i threw it away and took nylons to put my clothes instead of putting them in the wardrobe like that. If you don't like it then I will look for something else to put it... I told her it was okay. She nodded and left. I planned doing small window shopping with her next week. She will pick nice wears for herself. There was another knock again, I asked her to come in "Sorry to disturb you Sir, please can I go out next week and see if I can get a job? I'm just in this house eating food and not contributing anything. I'm very grateful for that but I wish I can also get a Job and make money no matter how small... please? I told her to hold on that i wasn't complaining. Beside she was helping me tidy up the house. I don't have to cook or clean every time. I have enough time to rest. I told her she will work but she should try and be patient concerning that. She nodded and said that she was going to have her bath after which she will watch the television. She thanked me again and left. I went back chatting with chuka and even sent him Stef voice recording drama. He was surprised that I could put up with such aggressiveness. He said since is already with the police they will take it up from there. That evening Stef kept calling and sending apology chat but after ignoring for sometime I decided to block her. The next day I went to church, Ezi did not have anything reasonable to wear for church, I left her and went alone. Work resumed on Monday and a busy week began. I found out that I was gradually getting comfortable playing Ezi scene on my head while I'm at the office and smile each time that happened. I cautioned myself from that severally Why was I suddenly thinking of her. Her thoughts was filling up my head and I always feel happy going home to meet her smiling and welcoming mood. I don't know what I'm supposed to make out of the whole thing. I knew I had to stop myself from doing that before it gets out of hand. Tbc
The Revealing ~ Episode 20 ... I'm serious..." She turned, stared at me like a devil and began to laugh sarcastically. "No, you can't be serious. You are a joker... big time.You dare not tell me shit like that and expect me... to take it. I dare you... right this minute I dare you to repeat what's you just said Austin. Who do she even think she is to dare me again in my own house that I never invited her but had to forcefully accept her coming. The whole annoying part was the nonchalant act she always pull up. She is rich, beautiful and classic. And so what? Sticking with her and tolerating all her excesses was because of securing the big deal we had planned. Acquiring another property for her Dad which is lots of money will do me alot of good and that was why I kept mute and played all along. But I can no longer tolerate her disrespect for others. She treat people like trash, tramples on them because she got the wealth to do as she please. The money she thinks she has is intoxicating her to misbehave. When Eziaku was narrating her story to me about the American aunty that treated her poorly, it never for ones occur to me that it was Stef all along. I was angry at whoever that was but played cool because Eziaku was safe and out of the wickedness of self centered humans like Stefanie. I only visted Stef ones in her house and that was also the same day i got a distress call from Eziaku. Coming to my house to still threaten and even told me to get rid of Ezi is just too rude and very disrespectful to me. After all she did to the poor girl, the least I expected from her is to be remorseful but instead she was still acting like a demigod. I knew this kind of people and what they are capable of, so I took my phone and act like I was checking something but I actually put it on record. I won't be caught unaware ever again by this kind of heartless women. ... hahahaha, I knew you were just bluffing. You don't have the liver to look me in the eye and repeat what you just said. Do you know who I am... maybe you don't understand the level of authority I command. I have the money and connection that can mess you or anyone up if I wish to and secondly, you wouldn't want to mess things up for yourself...do you? You obviously know what is at stake if you do things that displeases me. Listen to me Austin, you don't choose me, is rather the opposite...I go for any man I want and none has ever said no or turn me down. Whenever I'm done with the person, I kick off their ass and go for another adventure. So you don't dictate to me...I do all of the dictating and if you aren't cool with it then go to hell. I scoffed and said. "Really..? So you mean I do not have the right to ask you to leave my house Stef? What kind of person are you? you lied and accused an innocent girl working for you of stealing, tied her up and beat her beyond recognition. She ran away and finally living with me. I never knew that it was you that did such to her but it baffles me that you will come to my house uninvited because you're sex starved, saw the same girl you maltreated and still went ahead to threaten her... even asking me to dismiss her because you don't want a wretched looking person working for your man, by the way who told you that i'm your man? The last time I checked you were just a mare client. I have only tolerated your whole nonsense because there's a saying that "customers are always right". As much as I hate to mix business with pleasure I broke that rule because of the mouth watering offer you made concerning getting a house for your father. You have nothing that can move me... you're beautiful and became so wealthy after the divorce settlement with your ex rich husband and you think you can do anything you like and get away with it because you have the money or pretty face? I dislike your dirty attitude Stef. You are the uncultured and rude one not the girl you drove out. you have nothing, absolutely nothing in your body that can entices me. If i wanted you like you want me we would be having countless intimate affair. But I never had sex with you despite how much you try to make it happen... because I see you as a business partner...a client and nothin serious. You are indeed a piece of work... She suddenly raised a hand and slapped me. She raised another but I caught it and held it in the air before letting go. "...You have the gut to slap me Stef? She moved very close to me angrily that I can smell her breath "Yes, what can you do about it. Do you want to challenge me to a fight? I can slap you and thousands of other nuisance that feels they have a say over what I do and nothin will happen. Let me get this right, are you in anyway defending that useless ugly maid that I drove out? Yes, I dislike her, she disgust me with her sight alone. Living under the same roof with such a primitive useless being was just too much to tolerate. I lied that she stole my dollar but she dares not steal from me because I will kill her and throw her dead body to the lagoon and nobody will question me. Seeing her here again is quiet surprising and I told you to get to rid of her but you question me over that. Who are you to question me...? You are playing with fire and if I were you I will be very careful with what I say. Things are done in my terms and it doesn't matter if I'm at your place or at mine. You will do as I say. i mean it except you want me to withdraw the offer of buying a house from you for my Dad and cutting you out because knowing me and taking you as my man is a great privilege that you should be grateful for. Many will kill to have me but I saw you, liked you and want to make you my man but Only for you to start running your useless mouth and calling me a "client". You are trading dangerously and you have to be very careful Austin. No one mess with me and get away with it... She was pointing her long artificial nails to my face. I took several feet back "I'm cutting it all off, you can try other estate agents or other men. I'm done with you Stef, it was nice doing business with you and I'm not interested in doing another business with you ever again. Listen to me, this is my house and environment. You don't have any single right to order anyone around...here. you are free to do as you please when you are in your house. Get the hell out of my house or I will force you out. carry your remaining dignity and walk away majestically before I show you the exit door by force which will make you loose every little gut you have left... She blew up like I just broke her pride and began raining abuses and insult. She continued threatening me of how she will deal with me. "You can't do anything madam. You are only barking like dog, get out of my house and never again contact me for any reason whatsoever. Get out... She walked to the door and stopped. "You just digged your grave my darling. You should really be scared because I know enough information about you. I know your house and a whole lot of other thing that I can use to nail you. Hahaha...I promise that I will deal with you and it won't be for long... I smiled while holding onto the door knob. "Are you threatening me Stefanie? "Call it whatever you like but just watch your back because you may not know what will hit you from behind Austin. I talk and do...I now know your house address. No one reject me... for such act alone plus your insult I will make you cry blood. I sighed impatiently. "I will take your threat to the police. I know your house as well, I know about your Dad and lots of other things to pin you to the ground. But first, I won't take your threat like a pinch of salt. I'm reporting you to the police and they must call you in for questioning. She laughed out sarcastically again "Almost all the police in this Abuja are my friend... police is my friend and I can buy them all over with my money. But aside that, what evidence do you have because they will need prove of the threat. You have none obviously, is my word against yours my darling Austin. If You can go to the police, you will be dismissed because no concrete evidence.... I interrupted as I raised my phone to her face and show her that she was on record. ,",Enough talk already madam. Everything you said is on record and you have said a whole lot and they're in here. Since police is your friend and you can always buy them over with your money let's see how that goes. For the last time get the hell out of my house... She was dumbfounded as I opened the door and gently pushed her out. I locked my door and saved the recordings. I was so happy with my little achievement. after listening to some of the things she was vomiting during our altercation I smiled. I can't be caught unaware with women. Not again and I will try to be a foot ahead of them. Oby caught me unaware but i will try not to let such happen again. I had few police friends, I quickly forwarded the record to them after I might have called like two of them. She was going in for questioning where she will write undertaking to stay far off from me and mine and if anything happens to me she will be held responsible. I wanted to go and check up on Eziaku, but by the time I finished up with all I was doing it was already late. It was pass midnight. I decided to wait until morning before meeting Ezi. I hope she will understand and still trust me after my explanation. As I lay back in bed which was pass 1am. Stefanie began calling, I ignored the caill and decided to switch off my phone instead. I said few prayer before trying to sleep When I woke up the following morning, I saw alot of chats from Stefanie. She pleaded that I shouldn't take the record to the police that she was only angry that I rejected her and felt humiliated because it was rare to see a man turning her down like I did. She explained that she truly likes me and ready to apologise to Eziaku if that will make me happy and she will also still buy the house from me but only with the condition that I don't send out the record. I didn't reply any of her chats. I stood up from my bed, went into the bathroom, brushed and decided to go check up on Eziaku and to explain everything to her. I went to the guest room and knocked severally but got no response. I gently opened the door and was surprised that she wasn't there. I became a little scared as I rushed to the kitchen and laundry but she was not in any of the places. I rushed back to her room, called her name several maybe she was in the bathroom or so. I went in to check when I didn't hear any noise and the whole place was empty. I looked around for her bag but I only saw a nylon bag in the wardrobe that has few of her things which I felt probably she isn't using anymore. I ran out, I became so worried as I grabbed my car key maybe I will catch up with her before she goes far. Eziaku ran away again because of Stefanie. "Oh God, and I promise I was going to take care of her and nobody will ever hurt her again. I failed her... where will I even go now to look for her. She doesn't even have phone or money. is she going back to the village or wanted to be Faraway from me...? oh God please don't let her get into the wrong hands again... please help me to find her. Let me find her... God please...let.... As I rushed out if the house and was running towards my car something strange happened that left me speechless. Tbc
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