Thursday, 14 December 2017

FALSE PRETENSES Episode 17

Kite had just put finishing touches to the report she’d been typing up for her boss when he stepped out of the office, locking it behind him. He was a young enough guy, seemed to be in his mid thirties but unmarried. He was one of the good bosses a girl was grateful to work under. A workaholic, he stayed back late when she packed up and left for home in the evenings, but she guessed he had to, being the manager of the sales department. He did most of the work, organizing and managing the sales department and then answered to the sales director. He didn’t stress her over and encouraged her to take her work home to complete. He was quiet and more like the reserved type, didn’t talk much or unnecessarily.
Kite had tried to be as professional as she could at the office. She’d never worked in such a big company and sometimes felt overwhelmed by her position, P.A to the sales manager although she tried not to show it. The job was awesome and her salary was really good too. She’d purposed to give it her best, she would be the best damn P.A in the building, all twenty floors of it.
“ Kite I’m stepping out, I have a meeting on the third floor with the other directors and managers. I’ll be leaving from there, I had Martins send you last weeks sales report, please have them consolidated on worksheet and sent to my email, the director needs to go through it first thing tomorrow morning.”
“Yes Sir.” She’d been bobbing her head up and down at all he was saying. Consolidate what? Was that even part of her job?
“How bout the report on yesterday’s meeting?” He asked.
“I just finished it.”
“Okay, but I need it since like yesterday, send it over now.” He told her
“Will do, Sir.” She replied and he smiled.
“Good job, see you tomorrow?” He told her as he walked out.
She smiled too as she quickly scanned over the report for the last time, satisfying herself that it was perfect, she posted it to his mail and began downloading the sales reports she’d received from Martins. She didn’t like the guy, he was always hitting on her when ever he had the chance. Not only him but many of the guys, ever since she’d began working there. Awe from the H.R office had taken her around when she’d resumed, introducing her in the various departments and Kite had felt so self conscious at the ogles she’d gotten. The guys falling over themselves, some of them making jokes that weren’t funny, trying to fee good about themselves while some of the females beefing.
Only Mr. Adeniyi seemed indifferent to her and acted really professional towards her. She respected the guy for that. He was so young and was a Junior manager already, Awe who had become somewhat a friend had gisted her that he along with Mr. Kenny, the finance director where really intelligent. That was why they held such high positions at such young ages. Adeniyi was so busy he had no time to hit on her, that was for jobless people like Martins. The guy couldn’t even take a hint, She’d tried explaining to him that she was engaged but he still hadn’t stopped his advances.
Awe had also told her to beware of Kenny, the guy was bad news, if only she knew that they already had an history. A chronic womanizer, he’d gone through most of the ladies in the company. The way Awe had been bitter while saying it, Kite was sure she’d also been among the list. She was really glad she wasn’t in the finance department, how awkward would it be, having to see the guy everyday? It had been a shock to her when she’d seen him at lunch with Mr. Williams the last week, who would have thought the douche was actually the Finance director?
She’d asked for information about Mr. Williams too and Awe had happily obliged. He’d been single for about two years now after a nasty breakup with his fiancée. He had an occasional fling here and there but nothing serious. He was a perfect gentleman and all the ladies in the office were in love with him, Awe included. The guy was so intelligent and of course wealthy and good looking so what lady wouldn’t be?
When she’d pumped Awe for information about his P.A, she’d hissed. There was definitely bad blood there, the P.A was a bi’tch. She held on to her position like it was a royal title or something, Princess was so rude and proud, it remained for her to float on the air. Nobody crossed her, if one did, it was one word to the H.R and the person was gone, just like that. She acted like she had a lot of power because she was the CEO’s P.A. She had minions everywhere. In all the departments, Awe had pointed them out to her. There was Tola in Sales, she was the Sales director’s P.A, there was Dara, the finance director’s P.A , Sarah from project management and then Florence from technical. There were so many others but these were the main ones, they supplied information on what was going on in their various departments.
Kite decided they all had too much time on their hands, or else they would have been busy doing other profitable things. Kite didn’t send any of them, if they crossedher, she wouldn’t hesitate to give it to them hot and spicy!
She was about opening the files she’d just downloaded when her intercom rang. Checking the caller Id, she saw it was the reception.
“Yeah?” She asked.
“You have a caller on the line, says his name is Izu Ukwu.” She said.
Kite sat up, if she wasn’t shocked she would have smiled at him calling himself Izu Ukwu, it was a private joke between them.
“Patch him through.”
“Hello? Izu?”
“Hi love, how you doing?
She raised a brow, ‘love?’ How in hell had he even gotten her number? “Good, Izu? You’re not supposed to call me when I’m working. How did you even get this number?”
“You know I’m resourceful babe, besides why haven’t you called? Its been a week now, you promised you would call!”
“I’ve been extremely busy.” She told him which was quite true but she knew she could have made out time if she wanted to. She’d wanted him to squirm for a bit before calling him. If she’d waited for six months before seeing him then she guessed a week or two wouldn’t be too much for him.
“I don’t believe you.” He told her
“I’m telling you the truth Izu, I just got the job, I have to impress my employers.”
“Okay, can you spare some time now? I’m waiting for you in the parking lot.” He told her.
‘Parking lot?’ She knew she could spare sometime since Adeniyi had left for the day but she wasn’t sure she wanted to leave the office just like that. She knew could have the receptionist take her messages for her while she was away but she didn’t like it, stepping away from her desk during office hours wasn’t professional but she guessed since it would just be for a few minutes, not much harm would be done.
“Izu, I’m coming down but I don’t like it and whatever you have to tell me better be good!” She warned dropping the call.
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Ise rode the elevator reserved just for him up to his office on the last floor. He’d just returned from Tel Aviv and although the deal wasn’t still settled he wasn’t too bothered, he knew by the time TANOIL looked into AXEL’s proposal thoroughly as he’d advised them, they would see that WOLCORP was the better option in a partner. He’d come straight to the office while Kenny had pled fatigue and gone home instead, the lazy drone. Ise had come to the office on the pretext of diving straight into work which had piled up in his absence but he also really wanted to see Kitty, find out how she’d settled in and her performance so far. They might even have dinner that evening if he was lucky, he smiled to himself as he thought about it. A girl had never gotten to him this way, not even Izy.
The elevator doors opened into his floor and Princess was there beaming “Welcome back, Sir? How was your flight?”
“Fine, thank you Princess. How’ve you been?” He asked back.
“Good Sir.”
He continued to his door, princess following beside him “ You have the VILDE group contract on my desk?”
“Yes Sir, you have a meeting with them tomorrow morning, nine a.m. Conference room 2, the Chinese are for noon and CyberTech byr two p.m”
Filled day, he thought “ Noted.” He said, he would have to rise early tomorrow morning. He was greeted by the secretaries as he passed through their office and he waved back.
“The rest of your appointments have also been scheduled on your calendar, you can go through it later but you should receive the alerts on your outlook. The reports of the last week’s meetings are also on your desk, including the one with System Soft. That’s about it, Sir.”
“Aright then,” His hand was paused on his door knob “Could you please put a call through to the lady who I sent in last week for the appointment? She’s with Adeniyi now, I take it?”
“Yes Sir.”
“Okay, patch me through to her, that’s all for now, will let you know if I need anything else.” He said going into his office, he couldn’t wait to hear her voice once again.
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Princessa was pissed again, not five minutes since Ise had returned, he was asking to speak to that girl. The girl that had the office abuzz. The guys were all falling over themselves because of her and she suspected her boss was also among them. What was it about the girl self? She’d set her spies to check on her every chance they got but so far no news had come up. So far she and Adeniyi were going well and she seemed to have struck up a friendship with that annoying Awe girl. She planned on listening in to the conversation between the two of them.
She placed a call to her desk but it wasn’t being picked. After trying a few more times she decided to call the reception, maybe Tessy had some information on her whereabouts.
“Tessy.”
“Yes, Princess?”
“Have you seen Adeniyi’s P.A?”
“Yeah, she stepped out a while ago.”
“Like how many minutes ago?” Princess asked irritated, was a while ago time?
“About fifteen minutes back, she gave me the impression that she wouldn’t be too long, asked me to take her calls.”
“How about Adeniyi?”
“He’s also left, I think for the day.”
“Right.” She dropped the call and called Ise.
“Yeah?” His voice came on.
“She’s not in the building, Sir.”
“Since when?”
“About two hours ago, sir.”
“What?” He shrieked and she smiled getting the reaction she needed.
“Adeniyi?” He asked.
“He’s left for the day.”
“Have her call me when she gets back!” He spat ending the call.
Princess grinned feeling good with herself. “Now that was more like it.”
******
Tbc

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