False Pretense Episode 14


Kite was pissed. Pissed and getting really angry. Her patience had worn thin and was now hanging by a slim thread to the last shred of her self control, just a little provocation now would definitely tip her over the edge. She kept repeating to herself that she was in the respectable offices of Mr. Williams, she really shouldn’t cause a scene here even though his P.A was acting like a bitch. Infact, she was a bitch, if only she could see her, she would teach her a lesson on handling visitors who wanted to see her boss whether they had appointments or not.

By the time she was through with her she wouldn’t ask whether a visitor had an appointment or not. The bloody P.A had been receiving other so called important visitors because they had appointments but had kept Kite waiting for over three hours.

This morning, she’d promised herself and her friends, Lucky and Di that she’d be on her very best behaviour. She’d even borrowed Di’s best skirt suit for the occasion, the thing was a bit snug and short as Di didn’t possess as much hip and behind and wasn’t also as tall but a beggar had no choice. She had to make do with it, she was more of a casual person and couldn’t boast of a single suit.

“Mr Thomas, you can go in now.” The receptionist called out as she dropped the phone. Kite’s eyes came up as she looked from the ‘Mr Thomas’ who had arrived not too long ago to the receptionist who gave her an apologetic smile. Kite got up and approached her desk. She knew the young lady wasn’t to blame, she took her orders from the P.A whom Kite was sure was in the next office.

“Could you please remind the P.A, that Miss Kite Omoh is here to see Mr. Williams? I’ve been waiting for three hours now, even if I don’t have an appointment or he isn’t expecting me, I’m positive he wouldn’t mind seeing me and I’ll be as brief as possible.” The lady smiled apologetic

“I’m sorry but this isn’t my call, the P.A only receives people without appointments when Mr. Williams is done with his business appointments and since you’re here on personal business, I’m afraid that’s why she’s delaying you this way but please exercise a little more patience, there’s no one else after Mr. Thomas, so I’m quite sure there’ll be no choice but to let you in.”

“Okay.” Kite was going to hang on to that for now, she was going in next whether the P.A liked it or not. She would even like to see the woman or lady in the next room who’d kept her waiting all morning till now. Her tummy was even growling already, it was a good thing no one else was sitting beside her in the waiting room or they’d have definitely heard it.

It was one p.m and she’d not had breakfast thinking she’d have that after seeing Williams but thanks to the mad woman in the next office, she was still here, getting really hungry and waiting. She was sure Mr. Williams wouldn’t mind seeing her, he was such a cool person. So different from what she’d thought he would be. It was easy to read him as arrogant and proud because he had a sort of air about him and then he was rich as sin but then hanging out with him the day before she’d seen someone else.

He was really okay, had cared for her making sure she’d been a lot better before he’d had a driver of his drop her off at her place. Breakfast had been something else at his place, she’d expected a simple meal but instead the dinning table had been laid to feed not less than ten people with a variety of breakfast dishes, some Kite hadn’t even thought existed. Like oats with fresh fruit and raisins or the cold meat sandwiches, what in the world was that? Her idea of a great breakfast was bread, eggs and a cup of beverage but the omelette she’d eaten had made her eggs look poor. She’d never seen eggs garnished with so much vegetables, some of which she couldn’t name.

The best of it all were the pancakes, so light, buttery and milky, really sweet and then the syrup she’d poured over it had tasted wonderful. She’d never known pancakes were eaten that way, she’d seen him pouring the syrup over it and had copied him, gosh the thought of food was making her belly protest uncomfortably. How could he eat that way and still possess such a great body.

She’d admired how trim and lean his body looked in the T shirt he’d worn that morning. If she ate like that for a week, she was sure her hips would triple in size, for some reason that was where the fat in her body chose to reside, people said it was sexy but she was self conscious of it and tried to watch what she ate. She didn’t want to become another Nicky Minaj, although she could make do with J-Lo.

Williams was a God send, he’d been there for her to lean on even though he hadn’t known her and after all the trouble she’d made around him. He was a really good guy. Pity he didn’t have a girlfriend, the girl who stole his heart would be overwhelmed by his love for her, she was quite sure. She’d had a good time the morning before, talking with him over breakfast, nothing really serious. She’d asked who made the meals and he’d said the kitchen staff in the main house.

They’d talked about the estate and she found out that it was run like a hotel with not less than twenty staff catering to the needs to just the three of them. His mother, him and his sister. She’d had a brief run in with his mother, that had been the only damper in the morning. She’d come in asking why Ise hadn’t come over to her side for breakfast and had found him entertaining. The woman had looked her over and surmised she was of no importance.

Kite had said some sort of greeting which she couldn’t remember, as she’d held the woman’s cold stare behind her glasses. She’d murmured some reply before walking out of the room. It didn’t take too much to know that the woman hadn’t liked her, Williams had been too busy checking out the spicy sausages to notice anything.

The stare she’d given Kite had left her cold, good thing she’d only been passing through, she didn’t want to be left in a room with the woman. She could keep her son because she wasn’t the least bit interested in him. He wasn’t exactly her type, too posh, she preferred a down to earth person she could relate with on the same level.

He was a great person though, really a nice guy when you got to look past the ‘posh-ness’ and airs.

He’d insisted that she kept the diamond set when Kite had asked for how to return it since he knew she needed the money but on getting home, she’d changed her mind on pawning it. The guy had paid a million bucks for it, it was only fair he got it back and did whatever he wanted with it, the thing was his and he’d had done so much for her already. Unknown to her he’d also dropped a cheque of three hundred thousand in her handbag with a note that it was for her mother’s surgery and she shouldn’t spend it on her hair and other frivolities this time.

She’d smiled when she’d seen the note but she couldn’t accept it. She was too proud, she wasn’t a charity case and she wasn’t a beggar. He had to take it back, she would prefer he offered her a job instead. That was why she was here, to ask for a job.

She was a graduate of business management, although it had been about two years since her last job which had been in a small organisation, the pay hadn’t been great but she’d managed until her boss’s harassment had gone too far. She’d had to leave but not before Izu had taught the idiot some sense.

She smiled thinly as she remembered her ex boyfriend again. She couldn’t help the thoughts about him that kept cropping up once in a while even though she told herself she hated him and didn’t want to remember him. He’d been her all, they’d had each others backs all the time, or so she’d thought, right from hundred level at the university.

He was Ibo and she was urhobo but that hadn’t mattered. She’d been so into him and could swear that he’d loved her with all his heart, so it had been a shock when he’d disappeared without a word or explanation. All she’d been able to gather was that the job he and his two closest buddies had been planning had gone wrong and they’d disappeared. The police were still after them, she’d been taken in for questioning but Izu had kept her out of most of the guys’ affairs saying she was safer not knowing.

They’d needed her help sometimes for a few minor jobs, mainly to cause a little distraction but that was all he let her do. He hadn’t wanted to endanger her by involving her in their schemes. Now that she thought about it, she’d lived a reckless life, she’d been playing Bonnie to his Clyde at the time, sticking to her boyfriend not caring that he’d been involved in shady schemes.

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All what had been in her head had been her love for him. When ever they were broke, she shoplifted or stole to keep them going until they had another shady job. She’d been foolish in her supposed wisdom. It had been fun but really foolish. Maybe it was a good thing Izu was gone, she’d had to turn to Lucky and Di, her friends from the University for help and they’d made her promise to be clean before putting her up in their one bedroom apartment.

Kite slept on the couch since there was no extra room but it was fine by her, it beat sleeping on the streets. She’d updated the girls on the happenings of the weekend and it had been Di’s idea that she ask him for a job. Kite had been sceptical but there was no harm in trying. A job was sustainable, and since he’d been so nice to her so far and knew the predicament she was in, he just might find her something.

Kite was still lost in her thoughts when she saw Mr Thomas coming out. ‘Oh great!’ She thought, finally I’ll be going in but just then a well dressed female walked into the reception, her heels clicking on the floor. Kite watched stunned as the lady, carrying a brief case like that of a man’s strolled into the next room like she owned the place, without so much as an acknowledgment to the receptionist. ‘Oh no, she didn’t!’ Kite was next, she’ll be damned if she was going to sit by idly while the whole city walked into his office.

She got up, she would have a word with that P.A, by the time she was through with her, she was sure she would begin to do her job better.


Ise looked up from his desk as Izy walked in looking all dazzling and bright. “Izy” he said not expecting her, consciously holding back on the ‘love’ part, he needed to do something about the endearment before he mistakenly spilled it one day. His P.A hadn’t bothered with informing him of her presence probably because of the history they shared.

“Sorry for barging in like this! I told Princess I wouldn’t take your time, I know how busy you are and I’ve got to be somewhere else soon.”

“it’s okay, what’s up?” She sat down on the seat opposite him and went straight to the point.

“Johnson is leaving our firm, I’ve been put in charge of your corporation.”

“Oh?” This was a surprise.

“You don’t have to worry,” she told him “you know I can handle it.” He smiled

“I wasn’t worried, I know you’re good at what you do. Just surprised, that’s all, it is a bit sudden.”

“Yeah, it is, we were quite surprised too but nothing we could do about it.” She told him and then added ” and you can be assured our..past issues won’t affect our working relationship.”

“Okay.” He said, thinking there was a time he would move mountains to see her smile like that.

“How’s your dad?”

“Good, always asks when you’re coming over to golf at the club. Keeps saying you owe him a rematch from the last time or so.” She said as she stood up. Ise smiled getting up also, her old man was crazy about golf.

“ I’ll holler at him when I have the….” He didn’t finish the statement as there was a sudden commotion in the next room which happened to be the office of his P.A and secretaries. Like an exchange of words between females.

“What the hell?” He asked exchanging glances with Izy who looked just as puzzled

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