False Pretense Episode 26


Chief Mrs Omotunde Sarah Williams was troubled, she’d always taken so much pride in her family being one of the wealthiest and powerful in the country. She was well respected wherever she stepped into, everyone vied for her attention, she’d even graced countless magazine covers and television shows as the wife of business mogul Oyewole Stephen Williams. Close friends with the first lady of the country and wives of some state governors, she was known to grace only the topmost events and was invited to every charity event and gala in and outside of the country. She was known to mingle with only people whose net worth ranged in similarity to her family’s.

Family came first for her, she loved her two kids more than life it’self, that was why rather than stay with her husband on their sprawling family estate in New York, she’d chosen to stay back in Nigeria where she knew her two kids needed her presence more. Kids, even when they were grown adults still tended to make some wrong decisions concerning their lives, they needed a mature and firm person to guide and prevent them from giving in to frivolities but instead following the part that was right for them.

Her son was the reason for her concern at this time, red flags should have gone up that morning when she’d seen him having breakfast with that strange girl but she’d thought it had been a casual fling. He was entitled to flings with whoever but now she could see it was more than that. The way his eyes had been on the girl the short period she’d come in and then left, closing the door behind her, Mrs Williams had seen something in there. She was no fool, one minute they were having breakfast, the next she was working on the same floor he was, something definitely had to be going on.

She wouldn’t let it continue, she had to find a way to get Ise’s attention off the girl and it had to be done as soon as possible. She was surprised at her son, of all the girls he had to choose from, he had to go for a nobody. She didn’t care if it was even just a fling, her son could never be seen with a girl like that, how would their family friends look at her, more so the girl was definitely after his money, nothing else. Ise was a very smart boy, why didn’t he see that?

The girl must be really crafty, and must have hooked her tentacles deep into him, she could see no other reason why he’d go for a nobody like her.

Her mobile phone which was by her side began ringing and she picked it up glancing at the caller I.D. It was her darling husband. She managed to smile through her unhappiness.

“ Hello dear.” She said

“My sweetheart,” repied her husband of thirty six years “How are you today? You didn’t call me at all today?” She smiled as she shook her head at the old man whining like a kid.

“Sweetheart, I call you every day. Just one day that I didn’t call and you want to cry?”

“You know how much I’m missing you over here, Omotunde mi. You don’t want to be here with me so at least grace me with your voice everyday.” She smiled, she missed him too.

“Alright, my love, alright, I’m sorry about today, I was sort of distracted and forgot to call, it won’t happen again.”

“Distracted, why? Is everything okay? The Kids? You?”

“Everyone is fine, it’s just…” Her voice trailed as she wasn’t sure how to tell her husband the challenge she was facing at the moment. “ it’s Ise.”

“What about Ise? Did anything happen to him?” She remembered his heart problem and tried to calm him down

“No, nothing happened to him. It just that I suspect he’s dating a girl that isn’t good enough for him. He’s not confirmed it but I’m sure there’s something there.”

“Omotunde, is that the problem? I thought Ise had been diagonised with cancer or something. You need to leave these kids alone Tunde! Ise is a grown man of thirty four years, he has a right to date whoever he wants to. He’s running a multinational corporation on his own for goodness sake, you should have more faith in the son you brought up.” She rolled her eyes,

Wole always took the side of the kids, he didn’t understand that these kids made bad decisions sometimes.

“Wole, this girl is…is not the kind of girl our family should be associated with, she’s from no where. When my friends ask about her background, what am I supposed to say? No o, I won’t let him waste his time dating someone like that.”

“Omotunde, these are the same friends you prefer staying back in Nigeria with than here with me your husband, abi?”

“ah ahn, sweetheart, ki n se be yen, it’s not like that, I’m here for the kids, not friends. I can’t just leave them like this without direction, look at Ise now, about to make a mistake, they need me here.”

“And how about me?” Her husband asked.

“Sweetheart, okay I promise to come down for a visit after I’ve sorted this thing out with Ise. Is that okay?”

“I don’t have a choice but to accept it like that, do I? Just let me know when to send down the jet for you and please don’t be too hard on Ise, I still suggest you leave him to do what he wants. How’s jeje doing, last I heard, she’d begun preparations for her birthday bash.”

“Yes, that’s what she’s always about these days, I hardly hear anything else. She’s very good, we’re all good here. How about you, I hope you are not doing anything stressful and you’re being well taken care of?”

“Other than missing my darling wife, I’m fine.”

“awww, I miss you too dear.”

“Okay, I’m happy to have heard your voice, I’ll leave you to your scheming and plotting.” He joked She laughed

“Wole, call it whatever, in the end it’s all for the best.”

“Alright, if you say so. I’ll talk to you later dear, take care.”

“You too dear.” He hung up.

She stared at the dead phone smiling. This was the type of relationship she wanted for her children, thirty six years and still going strong, there was no way she would let one nobody from nowhere come and destroy the perfect plan she had for her son.

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Kite was on a bubble, the day had gone really well today. There had been no fight today between her and the P.A from hell because she’d been out with the boss all day and Kite had the office all to herself, taking down messages and attending some minor meetings to take down the reports for Williams. She was working a bit late that evening, it was a Friday and she wanted some reports completed before the following week, also she had to plan William’s calendar for the next week, schedule his appointments and meetings then send them to him via email.

The time was already six thirty p.m, and the office was empty as everyone had left already. She had to start rounding up also as she was expecting her boyfriend in about thirty minutes. She was spending so much time with him these days and the girls were beginning to suspect her, she’d still not been able to tell them that they were back together. It had to be done that weekend, she couldn’t keep it away from them forever, she might as well tell them and then face the consequences.

They would say she was making a mistake, that Izu was trouble but Kite loved him and couldn’t see herself without him. They were good together, they understood each other so well, she was sure he was the one for her. Although if she was true to herself, she knew there was someone else who occupied her thoughts when she wasn’t thinking about her boyfriend.

Ise Williams, the guy although equipped with a bad mouth and arrogant and mean wasn’t really so bad after all. Not after all he’d done for her, her mother was scheduled for surgery in the coming week and was doing really well, she owed him gratitude for that. Apart from the gratitude she felt for him, she knew there were other feelings for him which she was suppressing. She found herself watching him whenever she sat at a meeting with him. Her eyes always found it’s way toward him, he was really smart and she guessed that was what attracted her to him.

She didn’t like thinking about him a lot and consciously had to put him out of her mind whenever thoughts of him wandered in because she was afraid if she allowed it, he might wind his way into her system. She had Izu, she loved him and whatever she felt for Williams was just a foolish fantasy.

“Miss Omoh,” The object of her thoughts walked into the office looking quite angry, ‘uh oh’ what had she done now?

“Sir?” She asked. He stopped at her desk.

“What the hell did you do to my calendar?” She frowned

“Sir? What do you mean?”

“I was still at Cybertech, thinking I had all the time in the world because my meeting with Orient construction was at five only to be called by four thirty and told the meeting had been scheduled for four. I was an hour late for my meeting with Orient and to compound matters, the report you sent to my email was crap, filled with errors, what was that about?”

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