Sunday, 17 June 2018

VALLEY OF ANGELS Episode 21-22

Two days had passed since she saw Chimobi; she had known it would be awkward working with a man she had slept with; what had she been thinking anyway? That it would be so easy to wave aside what had taken place that night like some easy memory?
She had been kidding herself; lying to herself that Chimobi did not matter; did not affect her. She shuddered at the thought of him, she still had feelings for him and she had only tried to mask that up with false hate and an urgent need to revenge.
‘Hey, we have to go, we’ve got a meeting today, remember’? Saddiya strolled into her bedroom.
‘You know, I find it difficult to understand why a girl like Lola would date Sean; it’s beyond me’ Diana lost the appetite of having anything to do with the girl since she saw the facebook pictures of her and Sean kissing.
‘I thought you said she was your daughter’ Saddiya laughed.
‘Hell No! Our resemblance is a coincidence, people resemble each other all the time; she is too young to start seeing a man; where are the morals people’? Diana scoffed.
She had been so disappointed when Saddiya had called her attention to check out the pictures two days back; she was still in shock that such a nice looking girl would get down with Sean, a man that was far older than her.
‘I think she should change her line of business, it is not profitable’ Diana applied a light coat of lipstick, assessed herself briefly before the mirror and decided she was good to go.
‘Of course, it is, her hair product is very good; works wonders’ Saddiya rolled her eyes as they both left the garage.
‘I meant for Sean, she should be selling mouthwashes’ Diana smirked.
‘That’s cruel’ Saddiya laughed.
‘I don’t know babe, but I felt this connection to the girl; I thought she was my daughter’ Diana said.
‘Could still be till proven otherwise’ Saddiya winked.
‘I doubt, her Facebook profile revealed many things about her; she was actually schooled in Abuja and grew up in Lagos; we both saw her mother’s pictures. I assure you, I don’t have amnesia, I still remember the face of the woman I handed my baby to’ Diana replied.
‘About that, have you heard from Chimobi’? Saddiya asked.
‘Not yet, hopefully, I would talk to him after the meeting’ she placed the key into the ignition and started the car; it was her turn to drive.
‘Holy Crap’ Saddiya blurted out.
Diana was always amazed at her friend’s ability to stay focused at work despite the fact that she was an internet freak.
‘What now’? Diana stopped the car.
‘Nigeria is much more fun than S.A’ Saddiya handed the phone to her.
‘I can’t believe these men would take drugs’ Diana scoffed. According to the news, some clergymen were on the list of some criminals who had just released a list of men and women of the higher echelon who were involved in drugs.
‘Why are they even doing this? It will make things worse for them’ Diana returned the phone to her friend.
‘To buy themselves time; I guess’ Saddiya replied.
‘He deserves to die’ Diana muttered underneath her breath as she thought of her cruel brother who would stand trial for his involvement in drugs.
‘Who deserves to die’? Saddiya wondered.
‘No one’ Diana dismissed her thoughts immediately. Her hate for Omale ran deep and she was never going to forgive him for hurting and humiliating her in the past.
As usual, Fesocorp was a town of plenty of busy; it was like an anthill where the ants would gather the grains for the next season tirelessly.
Chimobi trotted into the company, prepared and eager to meet with his workers for the monthly meeting that was being held in the company. The meeting was an avenue for the staff and the management to interact; it was a time to bring up suggestions on how to take the company to a higher level.
As he approached his office, he noticed Tola was not on a desk, that was weird she had a knack for punctuality.
“She has your eyes” Diana’s words rang in his ears as he dialed Tola’s number. Tola was a very hardworking girl; too hard working for her age and if she turned out to hide daughter, which obviously she wasn’t, it wasn’t such a bad thing.
He felt bad that he would have to break the news that nothing had been found in Abuja by Gibbs’ man, but he wasn’t going to give up; he would stand by Diana in all of these and what was to come maybe that was the only way to show her that he really cared.
‘Good morning sir, everyone has settled down’ Sean walked up to Chimobi to inform him that he was the only one that wasn’t in the conference hall for the meeting.
‘Oh, thanks, Sean; have you by any chance come across Tola, this morning’? Chimobi asked.
‘Um, no’ Sean replied in a hurry and quickly left the conference room.
He wasn’t comfortable with that question; his heart raced as he thought of the floozy he had decided to work with; what if she had exposed him to the boss? He hoped not, else, he would lose everything.
There was a glow of fear in Sean’s eyes as she walked away from Chimobi, a fear that his boss couldn’t understand.
‘I am not Gibbs, but that guy is definitely hiding something’ Chimobi turned off his phone as Tola wasn’t taking her calls.
It was time for the meeting.
The sight of the boss in a well-ironed black tux; the height of him and the power that exuded his fierce eyes had everyone rising to their feet immediately he walked into the room.
‘Thank you all for this great honor’ Chimobi waved at his workers before they all took a seat.
‘Is it just me or is it hot in here’? Saddiya winked, she sat next to Diana in the large hall where more than a two hundred workers sat. Fesocorp was massive.
‘He still hasn’t lost his looks even after twenty years’ Diana whispered. She could feel her heart pounding heavily against her chest; he was so handsome in his suit and tie and she suddenly felt like kissing him.
‘He is married’ she gave herself a warning.
‘Who is married’? Saddiya asked, her friend had been muttering to herself all morning.
Diana was about to give her friend a reply when she heard her name, it was those lips that had kissed her, that had made her feel good on that night that called her.
“Miss Anyebe, you look beautiful” those were the words she heard.
It was going to be hard to resist her; she wore a pencil skirt on a cashmere blouse; her make –up was light but still smashing; her lips were nude and her eyes were lightly lined. It was the curve of her eyebrows that attracted him that morning. Diana was a queen; he wanted to make that queen his’.

Her heart fluttered at those words; he still thought her beautiful? Did he like her? What of the things he had said to her back at the coffee shop?
‘Thank you sir’ she rose to her feet sluggishly as all eyes turned on her.
‘Can you pray for us’? He asked with smiling eyes.
‘Sure’ she shrugged, she couldn’t remember the last time she prayed, but she was willing to try.
She drew in a deep breath and opened her mouth to pray.
‘Help us to be wise in our decision making and taking, guide us not to argue too much in this meeting’ Diana trailed off as a horrible stench filled the air. What was that? She flipped her eyes open and realized everyone was as shocked as she was.
‘What do you think you are doing’? Gibbs asked Omale who had been dragged into his office.
The news was everywhere; he had released some names of clergy men on the internet and Nigerians were having a fun day with it especially the On Air Personality, Baby Freeze, whose well known hobby was clergy men bashing.
‘Do you realize I can lose my job? I would make sure you pay for this’ Gibbs pounded his feast heavily on the table.
Omale was not moved by his threats; he knew deep down that he wasn’t coming out of this alive; and so had nothing to fear.
‘Chimobi’s name would be next on that list, and you know how Nigerians would react’ Omale replied coolly.
‘Why are you doing this? Back then, I thought Chimobi was your friend, why do you want to tarnish his image on the internet, do you know how many clients he would lose because of you’? Gibbs asked.
‘And that is the more reason you should let me speak to him, one on one’ Omale cut in impatiently, was it too much to ask?
‘You’re a guilty man and you have no right to make demands’ Gibbs snapped his fingers, the door flew wide open and his men rushed in.
‘If you don’t grant my request, Chimobi would be next. I must speak to him before the end of today; I give you four hours to fix up that meeting else I would ruin him and everything will be on you’ Omale scowled angrily.
‘Take this idiot away’ Gibbs yelled angrily.
‘She looks bad’ Diana’s lips trembled as she recognized the woman that had stepped into the conference room.
‘The smell is worse’Saddiya murmured.
There was murmuring and whispering in the hall as the drunken woman surged forward unhindered. Most people knew her; they recognized her even in her dead drunk state.
‘Seyi? What are you doing here’? Chimobi’s heart sank as he saw his wife.
‘Sir, we tried not to let her in, but she overcame us’ the security guards rushed into the conference room.
Heat rose up at the base of his neck at this humiliation; this was the height of it all; how could Seyi do this to him? He was never going to be respected by his employees; she had made a mockery of him.
‘You fool! You’re sleeping with her’! Seyi groaned and staggered.
‘What are you talking about’? Chimobi asked.
‘Her’! Seyi raised a finger and scanned the faces of the people in the hall, her finger fell on Diana.
‘Oh my God’ Saddiya whispered.
‘You’re drunk, get her out of here’ Chimobi felt this embarrassment was too much for him to bear.
‘No, let me finish, you dick’ Seyi chuckled.
‘I remember you…’ her face lit as she moved closer to Diana.
‘Stay away from her’ Chimobi rushed to Diana’s rescue.
‘You whore, you slept with him back then and got pregnant; did you ever think he will love you? Look at what loving him turned me into’ she sneered at Diana who was too weak, too shocked to say anything.
‘Get her out of here’ Chimobi called to the guards.
‘Whore! You are the one fucking my husband, I am so sure of it but like the past, you can never win him; he would reject you once again, just like he did before his parents’.
Those were Seyi’s last words before the men dragged her away amidst her loud screaming and cursing.
‘I am so sorry’ Chimobi said to Diana. He knew Seyi’s words had brought back painful memories; he could see the hurt in her eyes.
‘Diana? Did you hear him’? Saddiya held her friend closely.
She said nothing. She did nothing. She was too afraid, too shaken as the ghosts of her past paid her a visit. Tears poured down her eyes as she stared into his eyes; was Seyi right? Was he going to reject her a second time?
Without warning, Diana pushed her friend’s hands off her and ran out of the conference room; she hated herself; she hated Chimobi; she cried all the way out.
She felt trapped by a myriad of emotions. Love; hate; sadness; frustration.
‘Diana’! Chimobi called after her, he knew she wasn’t in a good state and could do something stupid.
‘This meeting is over’ he announced and rushed outside to meet her.
‘Diana, please, do not get into that car, you are not in the right frame of mind to drive, please listen to me’ he found her in the Parking lot.
‘Stay away from me, you dirty bastard’ she cried, before speeding off.
‘No’ Chimobi sobbed as he watched her leave.
‘Where is she’? Saddiya arrived minutes later.
‘Gone’ he replied.
‘We have to chase after her, I don’t trust her driving when she is upset’ Saddiya said.

To be continued…..

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