False Pretense Episode 29


Five minutes later he was walking into his parent’s residence which was presently being occupied by just his mom and Jeje. He told himself he wasn’t going to spend anymore than fifteen minutes with his mother because he had a friend waiting for him. He was glad to have an excuse to give her today so he didn’t have to sit and hear her talk about her friends daughters or his unmarried state. He realised that he’d not seen her since the last episode in his office where she’d seen Kite and had been so quick to judge them on the spot. They’d talked over the phone though, she’d not mentioned the subject but knowing his mother he was quite sure she would bring it up now.

The woman got an idea in her head and suddenly with proof or none she believed whatever she wanted to. She was so wrong about kite, the girl definitely wasn’t at all what his mother painted her to be. He’d had a glimpse of just how fragile her heart was underneath the tough looking exterior.

Her toughness was like a shield protecting her from any attack. underneath it all, she was a shy, normal girl who could only take so much before lashing out. He tried to promise himself that he’d move on and forget about her but their kiss kept popping into his head. He should never have kissed her, it just made letting her go more difficult.

There was some force that kept drawing them together and was surprised she didn’t feel it too, or did she feel it but had chosen to ignore it? If she was ignoring it then she was really strong because he was finding it difficult doing so. She wanted him just as much as he wanted her, her response to his kiss had said so but immediately she’d pulled away she’d brought up reasons they couldn’t be together.

How could she claim she had a boyfriend but had let another man kiss her like that? He’d told himself he wouldn’t think about it anymore but hadn’t been able to keep the thoughts from recurring.

Ola’s presence had helped somewhat but now that his mind was free again, the thoughts had wandered in. He heard voices as he approached the living room, he guessed his mother had visitors or rather a visitor. As he stepped into the large, tastefully furnished room, his gaze falling on the lady sitting just beside his mother on the sofa.

He checked her out while she turned and did the same to him too, she was an olive skinned beauty, obviously biracial, slender and tall.

“Ahh, Ise, you’re here,” His mother was all smiles

“Victoria, meet my son, Iseolu. Ise, this is Victoria Sholanke, the surgeon I told you…”

“John Hopkins University, I remember mom.” He completed for her, his eyes still on Victoria. She got up and stretched out a hand

“Hi, I’ve heard so much about you.” He accepted her soft but firm hand shake

“Only the good stuff, I hope?” he joked and that got them laughing.

The lady was fine, dressed in a chic white chiffon gown that stopped mid thigh, he couldn’t resist the urge to look at those olive skinned slender legs of hers. ‘hmmm’ he thought, this one might very well help him kick thoughts of Kite to the curb.

“You look much better in person than what I’ve seen on the magazines and papers.” She complimented as she resumed her seat beside his mother.

“Thank you,” he replied dropping down to sit on another available sofa. She had an oblong face, dark sultry eyes framed with dark velvety eyelashes, a straight nose and heart shaped lips which were painted dark red.

Her long dark hair tinged with auburn highlights tumbled lusciously over her shoulders and he knew it was courtesy of her Caucasian parent. Her look was crowned with a radiant smile showing a perfectly white dentition. Wow, she was indeed something to behold, he thought to himself.

“ How come I’ve never met you before when your parents live in the next estate to ours?” Ise found himself asking.

“I’m hardly ever in the country.” She replied “I’ve had such a busy schedule that I hardly ever visited.” He nodded

“So now you’re back for good? I heard about the plans to begin your own practice.”

“Yes,” She nodded “it’s always been a dream of mine to come back home and establish something really great here. So yeah, I have plans but it all seems overwhelming to me. it’s not gonna be easy at all.”

“Well, in the beginning maybe….. from experience, I know that starting a project might seem overwhelming at first but if you take it one step at a time, you’ll begin to get a hang of it and it won’t seem so much anymore.” He said.

“That’s easy for you to say, you already run a multinational company, I’m sure there’s no project you can’t face head on, I’m really new to all this stuff.” He laughed

“I also started from somewhere, I didn’t get here in a day.” He told her guessing her to be in her early thirties, her eyes told him she was really smart, the way they appeared thoughtful just before she replied him. “ What you need is a well constructed business plan that will guide you through all the needs of the business and the goals that you need to achieve.”

“Yes, I’ve done that, I’ve just about started sourcing for investors.”

“Hmmmm, already?” he raised a brow surprised.

“Yeah, having a hospital requires intensive planning and large capital. I’m planning for a well built establishment, a professional group of personnel in a strategic location so that it’s easily accessible to people especially during emergencies, to get all this started as soon as possible, I need investors.” Ise nodded, she seemed to know what she wanted.

“Do you plan on renting a building or constructing yours?”

“Renting would be cheaper but might not have all the requirements I need, I would prefer to build… ..Could we stop with all this business talk already? I need a break from all that, is it possible?”

“Sure.” He smiled as his eyes jammed his mom’s whom he’d forgotten for a while. She was all smiles and approval, Ise mentally shook his head, maybe this match up might work after all, he thought. He liked the surgeon.

“So what’s your specialization?”

“I’m a cardiothoracic surgeon, means I specialize in diseases that have to do with the chest area, heart and it’s blood vessels, lungs and others.”

“So you actually have the guts to open a person up?” He joked and she laughed, a lovely sound. She shrugged

“it’s something I have to do, I’ve been well trained for it so I’m not scared, it’s routine now because I’ve done it a lot, although these days we try to be as less invasive as we can.” He nodded as he listened, fascinated at hearing her talk.

“How old were you when performed your first surgery?”

“Twenty five.” She replied.

“Wow, well I must say I admire what you do, it takes a lot ” She shook her head

“ Thank you but it’s really not that difficult, I usually have a few other specialists in the operating room and also machines that guide me. it’s you who should be admired.” She pointed.

“Me?” He was surprised.

“Yeah, you don’t see many guys your age who successfully run multinationals.”

“Well….Like you, I’ve also been well trained plus I have my dad breathing down my neck every once in a while, that keeps me on my toes.”

“ I can imagine, my parents aren’t in the country at the moment, they’re vacationing in the south of France so I have some space.”

“Oh? So you mean your parents are over bearing?” That was his mother.

“umm….Not exactly like that ma, I know they care about my well being, it’s just with them away, I can think and get some perspective because they’re not constantly asking me what’s next?” Ise saw his mother smile

“it’s because they care for you a lot, that’s why they do that.”

“Mom, sometimes we like to think clearly and make our decisions for ourselves, we are grown ups with our own brains. You guys butting in distorts our thinking.”

“So you want me to fold my hands and watch you while you make your decisions, even if I know you aren’t making the right ones?”His mother asked him.

“If I make a mistake, it’s my mistake and I’ll learn from it.” He told her.

“Exactly, it’s our mistake and we’ll learn from it.” Vicki stated backing him

“Wait, wait, you two haven’t even met for up to fifteen minutes and you’re already ganging up against me.” His mother said smiling “Well, Ise I’m still your mother and I will still ‘butt’ into your affairs whether you like it or not.”

“I know you will mom, I don’t expect you not to.” He joked and they laughed.

“Well guys, I really do have to take my leave now.” Vicki said suddenly, getting up.

“Now?” Ise asked as he also got up after her “but we were just starting to know each other.”

“Yeah, I’m sorry, I have to be somewhere but I’ll be here tomorrow for dinner.” She told him as she turned to his mother “Your mother invited me.” He turned to his mom who was nodding and smiling. He had some things to do tomorrow but he would gladly push them aside to spend sometime in her company, know her a little better. There might be something here after all. “Alright then, I guess we’ll see tomorrow evening.”

Mrs Omotunde Williams watched her son walk Victoria to her car, she was very happy at the moment. She had finally gotten her son interested in someone. She almost couldn’t believe it, finally Ise had found a match in Victoria. She would make him a perfect wife, pretty, from a wealthy family and ambitious. She was quite old but Omotunde could work with that, She herself had given birth to Jeje in her late thirties. She’d seen the very interested look on his face as he’d been speaking with her and the surprised look when Victoria had announced her departure, there was no doubt, he was hooked

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