EPISODE 23 & 24
“Jake, come on…do you think that I am ready to be driven round the city in a police van?”
Jake laughed. “It’s not a big deal, and this won’t be your first time. You were arrested with your boss, remember?”
“Oh…so you have gotten the gist already? Who told you?”
“It doesn’t matter. The police station is still reeling with excitement from the arrest of two of the most powerful people in the city. Just take it as, you are a celebrated villain.”
I smiled. “I have a stalker problem.”
Jake stuck his tongue out. “That’s what you get for leading people on.” He said, adjusting his sunglasses.
I yanked the sunglasses off his face that he let out a cry. “Lead? I did not even know the dude until I met him at my driving school. He followed me around ever since.” I protested.
“Okay.” He replied, forcefully taking his sunglasses. “This cost much, they are royal.” He said kissing the frame of the sunglass. “I could care less about your stalker problem; all you need is a restraining order. But if my sunglasses got damaged, I can’t get it fixed.”
Jake is back! Everything had to be fun for him. I smiled as I stared at the way he caressed the sunglasses. ‘Much ado about nothing!’ Jake made silly things count. An example was the car he had inherited from his grandfather before getting a new one.
“How do you intend getting back to the office?” he asked, as a police officer approached us.
“I will go with you as far as Broad Street.” I replied.
The Police officer stood before us. “Hello” he said quietly.
“He is my supervisor for the community service; just to ensure that I am a good boy.” Jake said.
“My name is Philip.” He replied.
“Hi Philip.” I said, as we exchanged handshake.
Jake cleared his throat. “Philip, I would love if we could drop this pretty little miss at Ade-Cole firm before we return to the Station.”
“Anything for a beautiful woman,” he smiled at me.
“I will be by the Truck.” He said, taking his leave.
Jake nudged me. “Officer Philip on your radar now…ha-ha”
“Oh Please Jacob, did I even smile back?”
“Whatever! He is cute Policeman; he is tall, athletic and handsome. You should consider him.”
The Policeman had all the qualities that Jake said, but how could he think of a Policeman and me? “Jake, you should date a Policewoman. Let’s go”
“Thanks for the ride Philip.” I said as I got off the Truck.
“Anytime Miss. Just come to my division.” He called back.
Jake winked at me. “Bye Love”
Bola held out a note at me as soon as I got back. “It came from the Court.”
I read the letter and sighed. The Court was requesting my presence to follow up the restraining order I requested for on Daniel. I turned to Dare’s office.
“Welcome back.” He said, as I walked in.
He gestured to a chair. “Please sit.” I complied. “I hope you didn’t come here to tear me apart about your Practise session.” He said, smiling.
“Not at all, on the contrary, I am very grateful.”
“You are welcome.”
I smiled. “I am to appear at Court tomorrow over Daniel’s restraining order.”
“Okay. I got the letter also to be a witness,” he said looking at his wrapped fist.
“Does it still hurt?” I asked, looking concerned.
I nodded. “I am not going to lie about that, it bloody hurts. His face is so hard”
I chuckled. “I think you are the one with the lazy bones. Jake would tear anyone apart and his hands would still be intact. He is as fit as fiddle”
“You should have called Jake that night, you know.”
“Aww…I am not ridiculing your efforts, I am just saying that maybe you are paying too much attention to the fist and that’s why it won’t heal.”
He smiled. “Okay,” he replied, taking off the bandage. “Maybe if I stretch the fist a bit, it will get better.”
“You don’t have to remove it.”
“I’ll be fine.” He replied. “I don’t want to appear with it on Friday before my father.”
I rose to my feet. “If you say so, I have to return to my office. I have a few paper works to tidy.”
“See you later.” He replied.
I got an e-mail from Dora that read:
“I have gotten more information on Paul. You cannot guess. See U at home.”
‘Now what’s new about Paul?’ I thought. I typed back; “Thanks”
“Knock Knock” Toni said, as she walked in.
I smiled at her. “You sly! Why didn’t you tell me about my practise session? Now I why you stuttered before leaving my office.”
“But I heard that you did fine. You can blame me, those are office secrets.”
“Or secrets between Dare and you?”
Toni smiled. “He told me not to tell you, I am sorry.” She walked over to the window. “If you ever get bored, just stare through this window, and it will bubble you back to life. Reina never took her eyes off this place.”
“Toni, if you miss Reina so much, you can phone her or just mail her.” I said, sharply.
“I was just teasing.” She replied.
I raised my eyebrows. “Teasing? I think you were in awe of Reina. You have to forget her, you know, and if you can’t, limit it around me, thanks.”
“I have known Reina all my life, and she always made me miserable because of my size. You know what she tagged me at high school? She called me a ‘Balloon’! I could never like her.”
I grinned. “I think you should work out during the weekends.”
“I have regular sit ups, but I can’t diet to look like a strand of spaghetti like you. Do you even eat at all?”
I laughed. “Of course, I do. You will shocked by my consumption rate.”
“Please don’t make me laugh. If you eat well, it will show honey.”
“You can believe whatever you like, but I eat well.”
Toni flipped through a magazine on my table. “Friday is only two days away, what are going to wear?” she asked.
“I haven’t really given it a thought. It’s a dinner, so I will take time off in the morning to get to the store, that is if my wardrobe is devoid of evening wears, but I don’t think it will come to that.”
Toni pointed at a gown in the magazine. “This goes for twenty thousand naira, we can buy it online and it will be delivered tomorrow.” She said, going through the details. “Oh, it is M&S”
“Let me see.” I said, collecting the magazine. I have a rich taste for English dresses, so I was willing to check out the dress. “Should we browse it?”
“Oh yes,” Toni said as she leaned over the table. “What is this?”
I laughed. “The gown goes for #21,000 naira. A thousand must go for delivery service.” I replied.
“Why didn’t they place that in the magazine? Rogues! Always trying to exploit people.”
I smiled. “It’s just normal that you pay a delivery fee for your goods. They have to make some profits.” Toni shrugged. “I know that they should have been honest with the actual price, but what can they do?”
“Whatever, are you still going to buy?”
I grinned. “I will just check my wardrobe when I get home. If I am not comfortable, I will place the order.”
“Okay. See you at closing hour; I have to put a few things together for the Friday dinner.”
I joined the staff bus after work.
“What’s new about Paul?” I asked as soon as I walked in.
“ Hi Dora, how was your day ? I think that is a better way to ask your question” she replied, as she watered the flowers.
I sighed. “I must have lost my manners. Good evening.”
“That’s better.” She replied, with a smile. She continued with the watering of the flowers. ‘D–n Dora!’ I thought. She knew that I was dying to know what she had found out about Paul, yet she was not saying a word. I raised my eyebrows at her, hoping to gain her attention. It worked. “Oh that…about Paul, right? She asked smiling.
At that moment, I wished that I could force the gist out of her mouth. A horrid grin lurked around her lips as she tried to conceal something that I was too interested in, she ended the smile and stared at me sternly.
“Spill it!” I ordered.
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