Tuesday, 5 June 2018

VALLEY OF ANGELS Episode 5-6

Let me see your C.Vs’  Diana hesitated…what if he saw her name? What if he suddenly remembered her?  A light flickered in his laptop…  ‘Okay don’t bother…your company has already confirmed your identity’…  ‘So Miss Anyebe…you would both move to the Sales department…’  Saddiya rolled her eyes…already the boss was given preferential treatment to her friend….  The ride back home was quiet….Saddiya wondered why her friend was so silent; she decided to give her some space as they got home.  ‘He’s Chimobi’ she finally voiced her fears to her friend…if he remembered her; it would only stir up old memories…  ‘Sorry? I don’t get you’  ‘Our boss is Chimobi’ she repeated herself…she was confused…what was she to do?  ‘You’re kidding me…how come he didn’t recognize you’? It was Saddiya’s turn to be shocked…  Then it her….realizing the reason, she quickly apologized…in case she’d hit a sensitive nerve…  ‘It’s okay…’ Diana shrugged…how could she bring herself to work in his company?  ‘Are you sure you’re okay’? Sadiyya asked and Diana shook her head….  ‘I don’t wanna work there anymore…I’ll find another job elsewhere’ she had it all planned out…  Saddiya chuckled soflty….her friend was going crazy…  ‘As if you don’t know the job situation of this country already…you would probably die jobless’  ‘ That’s the best I can do for myself….seeing him today made me realize am still hurting…beneath this façade is pain that hasn’t gone away…being around him would bring back old memories’ she wasn’t ready for that yet…  ‘Diana…I’ve known you for years…and one thing you’re not is a coward…you need to get over this…you need to relieve yourself of the past…you have your life to live now…you’re a strong woman’  Saddiya’s words echoed in her memory…. Was she really that strong?                 Weeks had passed; still, she occupied a place in his thoughts….  He lay beside his wife…. She pawed like a feline in her sleep….he caressed her cheeks softly…she was so adorable in her sleep…  But it wasn’t her he thought about…  His thoughts were wild …she was so beautiful…he couldn’t get his mind off of her;she seemed like a smart intelligent woman…thankfully she wasn’t married  ‘Crap’ he swore, why did he even wish that?  He hadn’t cheated on his wife since they’d gotten married… he was a changed person and he wasn’t ready to do that either…  But deep down he yearned to see her again….he didn’t even know her full name…        The next day, she wore a turtleneck cashmere blouse and a straight cut skirt….then she laced her eyes with brown contacts; her skin glazed like fine clay and all eyes were on her as she stepped into the building…she’d enough work to do…so she didn’t have time to wait for her friend …  She’d met few workers…their relationship was cordial and she liked it that way, she wasn’t prepared to make new friends in Nigeria….  ‘Hello, excuse me’ a voice called behind her… she turned and faced the stranger… from his appearance he also worked for the firm…  ‘Can I help you’? She asked in her honeyed voice….  ‘This fell from your bag’ he offered her a golden pen….  It really belonged to her…she felt uncomfortable with him…how long had he followed her?  ‘Thank you’ she smiled and continued walking…she knew what he wanted…but she wasn’t interested…  ‘ I am Sean’ he tried to meet her pace…  ‘Good to meet you Sean…once again, thank you for your help’ she regarded him sternly and moved towards her office.          ‘So  how are you enjoying this whole place’ Gilbert his best friend asked…it’d been long they had time for themselves…so Gibbs as he fondly called him had decided to pay him a visit…  Gibbs and Chimobi had been friends since secondary school days…  ‘I am fine…I may reside here permanently’ ….  ‘How’s the embassy treating you?’ Chimobi asked…his friend worked at the Nigerian embassy and they usually had loads of files to process…  Gibbs remained silent for few minutes… Chimobi quickly looked up and followed the direction of his gaze….  She was incredibly beautiful in that ensemble…the skirt showed off her sexy hips and her full legs… all eyes were on her and he suddenly felt jealous…  ‘Look over here man’ Chimobi cleared his throat…  ‘That girl is hot…who’s she?’ Gibbs inquired… unlike his friend…he wasn’t one of those that kept to their marital vows…  ‘She’s new, Miss Anyebe…he still used her surname’…  ‘She looks quite familiar…’ Gibbs observed….  ‘I thought I was going crazy’ Chimobi was glad someone else shared his thoughts…  His heart raced as he saw a male worker sitting close to her in the restaurant….he felt jealous…  Coincidentally, she turned and faced him, their eyes met again….this time she felt weak. There was something in his stare that unsettled her.    ‘Hi beauty’ Sean grinned excitedly…he wasn’t going to give up on her that easily…  She looked away from Chimobi and faced a greater problem…  She hated guys who failed to read the handwriting on the wall…she wasn’t interested in dating any man talk more of a co-worker…  No, she didn’t roll like that…  Saddiya was far off on another table with other workers…so she was stuck with this guy…  ‘Hi Sean’ she answered dryly….  ‘I really like you angel….can we have dinner this evening’….  She felt like throwing up as his stale breath filled the air…the guy had guts…  ‘Sorry I am not interested …I’ll pass’ she struggled for breath…couldn’t he just shut up and leave?  ‘I’ll keep trying…I know your type…you like me too but you’re pretending…one day you’ll be mine’ he stroked her face as he departed from her table…  She felt sick…why did Mr. Smelly touch her with his fingers…she lost her appetite suddenly and ran to the bathroom….  She washed her face hurriedly….thankfully there was some antiseptic…staring at the mirror…her made -up was blurred…..  Her lips burned with desire….she had tried to deny what she felt, to deny that feeling which stirred in her when she saw him….  He was her first and he’d betrayed her…for that she would never forgive him…  Sweet irony it was, she hated him yet her body desired his touch….it’d been long since she’d been with a man… she buried her needs in work…  He was definitely married…she’d seen the ring on his finger…  It really hurt that he’d only slept with her for a bet back then as her brother had later told her….gosh! She hated her family.  ‘Damn them’ she cursed… she saw the way he looked at her at the Restaurant… he wanted her…his eyes were bright with lust…  And it hurt more that he didn’t recognize her…didn’t she feel any remorse for what he’d done to her? Did he ever think of her? She was curious…  Just then she realized she’d forgotten her purse in the restaurant… she had to pick it….and return to the office… she had lots of work to do…  She was going to pass the night here…she loved her work and she put all efforts into it…  ‘Girl I have been looking everywhere for you’ Saddiya dragged her to an empty table…  Diana quickly scanned the place…thankfully he was gone! He gave her butterflies…  ‘What happened to your face’? Her make- up was washed …  ‘That creepy guy touched my face…I had to go wash my face’  ‘So how are you doing…’? Saddiya was bothered about her friend…  ‘I am very fine….won’t be coming home…don’t wait up’ she quickly explained her reason…  ‘You really need a man around you…you’re too engrossed in work’ her friend was such a workaholic…  ‘So what would you have’? Saddiya beckoned to the waitress….  ‘I’ll love some cupcakes and a drink’….

Hello, Tola….bring the files to my office’ he quickly answered the next call…it was Seyi…she was probably going to scream his head off…  ‘Hi, baby…missing you’ he treaded carefully…  ‘When are you coming home’? She didn’t sound pleased….   ‘I am sorry love but I can’t come home tonight…I have lots of work on my table…I promise to spend the whole weekend in your arms…’  Before he could continue…the line had gone dead…  ‘Hello? Seyi…’  She must have cut the call on him, he was used to it… he was getting fed up with her childish behavior…he’d tried his best to make her happy but all to no avail….  ‘Come in’ he called to Tola, his young secretary.  He had been an unhappy man for a very long time, till she walked into his office and his life wasn’t the same….  He desired her, he wanted her…and it felt so wrong….but that didn’t stop him from wishing…  ‘Have all the heads of department sign these papers tomorrow, understood’?  She nodded …  ‘Sir, I could call Miss Anyebe…she’s in her office right now…she is the assistant for the Sales department…’ Tola had noticed that particular office was still open while she went to drop some files in the Sales department…  ‘Oh…okay that’s good…I would deliver that to her…thanks’  She closed the door gently behind her…  This was his chance to see her…what was he going to say? He felt numb….this was ridiculous….like he was a teenager asking a girl out the first time…  He removed his jacket and loosened his tie…relaxing, he spun around in the chair…he needed to see her…that alone would quench the hunger he felt…          She was quite sure she was alone on this wing of the company… she removed her blouse and wore lacy underwear…  ‘That would do’… she locked her office and begun working…  From the records, she’d seen…Chimobi Adams was named the 47th wealthiest man in the world…  She admired him for many reasons…he was very hardworking and ventured into areas most entrepreneurs where scared of…he was a risk taker…  She smiled as she remembered the few times they’d spent together back then… though he played with her feelings, it had been real for her…  She paused and listened carefully, she heard light footsteps approach her office.Then whoever it was tapped lightly on her door… she didn’t move; who could it be?  ‘Miss Anyebe …open up…it’s Mr. Adams’ Chimobi breathed deeply…he felt foolish…  She froze….what was he doing here? Was this a sign? Her thoughts had been filled with him and he was right outside her office…  ‘Hello’? He called again….maybe Tola had been wrong…  Just as he was about turning back…the door flung wide open and he almost went wild with desire…  ‘Oh am sorry about that…I wasn’t expecting anyone’ she had forgotten she was in her underwear…  ‘No, it’s okay’… he lied, she was more beautiful than he’d imagined…her skin shone brightly underneath the fluorescent …she was flawless…  ‘Good evening sir’ she smiled…  ‘Good evening miss Anyebe’ he was yet to be familiar with her surname…  She couldn’t keep up with this anymore…was he that blind? Couldn’t he remember a thing about her…  ‘I brought you some files…you can return them tomorrow’ …his gaze rested on her beautiful neck…he felt like touching it…blood rushed down to his groins…  ‘Okay sir’ Diana whispered…he looked so adorable…she knew he approached forty, but he still was as charming as ever…  His chest was still hard and his stomach was flat…she licked her lips…wishing those hands could touch her then…could caress her…could quench the fire that rose up her abdomen…  He watched her face steadily….he saw the fire in her eyes…was she also attracted to him?  Without thinking… he took some steps closer to her…but she didn’t resist him…   ‘I am attracted to you…I don’t know how…but I can’t help you’ his voice was deep with passion…  She bit her tongue…loss of words…what was she to say? That she felt the same way towards him? That she felt stupid for what she felt?  ‘Say something’ it was a plea…  She was still …her whole body ached …she needed this, it would only happen once…she’d decided…then she would hurt him….make him feel the way she had…  Words were too minimal to describe how she felt…she walked towards him and flung her arms around him…  He groaned and found her lips…quickly he placed her on the table…while the files found their place on the floor….  He kissed her neck…her breath was hot against his skin…then he paused…taking in her beauty …  ‘You are so beautiful, dear’… there was no time to ask for her name…  ‘The light’ she whispered…they had to put the lights away…someone could walk in on them…  He nodded and walked towards the switch….  Then he groped in darkness, till he found her in the darkness…he pressed her against him…  He caressed her body gently….she responded in the same pace…   She writhed against him in ecstasy; he couldn’t hold it any longer…            Minutes later they lay apart each other… she quickly found the switch and dressed up….  ‘Why are you in a hurry’? He felt hurt that she’d leave him just like that…  ‘I have work to do’ she replied curtly…she didn’t have time for this…she’d gotten what she’d wanted…she was satisfied…  ‘Have I done something wrong’? He was surprised in the sudden change in her…minutes ago she moaned for his touch and now she acted completely different…  She ignored him and continued working on her laptop…  He felt stupid standing there…what was her attitude for?  ‘What’s your name’? He asked…he had to know more about her…  ‘Is that important’? She coiled into her seat…she enjoyed this; manipulating men…they were such weak creatures…  ‘Tell me’ he begged…he’d never done this before…yearning for a woman’s attention…  ‘Diana’ what was the point of hiding from him? She had nothing to lose….she had made up her mind before sleeping with him… she would hurt him like he did her…  ‘Diana Anyebe’ she repeated as he was still silent….  Diana? That name brought back memories he had locked safely in his head for many years…she was naïve…she had confided in him and all that he did was betray her…  He’d heard about her sudden disappearance…and he knew he was the father of her baby…but he’d been too scared of his parents besides he didn’t want to hurt Seyi…  It took him a long time to forgive himself… the last he heard of her family was twelve years back… her perverted Uncle and his family had all died in a crash…. Omale dropped out of the university unable to graduate after ten years….  Was she the same Diana? He stared at her for a moment… he knew there was something familiar about her…but it couldn’t be…  This Diana was so elegant and polished…people shared identities…he refused to believe it…but he feared…what if she was actually the one? How would she ever forgive him?  ‘Why are you quiet?’ her voice broke into his thoughts…was he has done with his assessment of her? She rolled her eyes…he probably remembered her now…
To be continued..

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