False Pretense Episode 37

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Kite laughed shaking her head “ Now you’re mocking me. Okay, it’s all good, that’s what I get for baring my not so smooth childhood to you. I’m sure you had it really smooth growing up, Ise Williams, wonder boy, really smart and good looking, heir to the WOLCORP empire.”

“Now you’re mocking me.” He said as he smiled at her.

“Me?” She faked innocence “Mocking you? Why would I do that?”

“For your information I didn’t have it easy growing up also but that’s story for another day, I got you something.” He said and suddenly flashed a huge smile that she was suspiscious about. She frowned

“What?”

“That’s not the look I expected to see, I thought you’d be excited.”

“I think I’ll get excited after I see what it is.” He shook his head, getting up and pulling her up too

“ You’re such a spoil sport.”

“Whatever.” She replied, following him into the living room area where she noticed a white packaged box lying on the coffee stool. He picked it up and handed it to her,

“for you,” he said still smiling like he knew something she didn’t.. Still looking at him in a not too trusting way she accepted it, wondering what the hell was in the pack. She really wanted to rip it to shreds but had to hold herself back and calmly open it up.

When she did, she was greeted with the sight of the most beautiful wrist watch she’d ever seen, on it was written boldly written CARTIER.

“Oh! My! Word! Shut the front door!” she looked back at him, he was obviously enjoying the look on her face. Kite thought she would faint at the thought that she was actually holding a Cartier wrist watch, it was magnificent. On the case was written, ‘Cartier Delices de Cartier model WG800018’ The next words she saw made her almost scream ‘18 karat white gold set with diamonds’

“No way, Ise!” She turned to him “This is too much for me, I can’t take it.” She was handing it back.

“Hey” he said stepping back from her like the thing was a bomb

“it’s for you.” She shook her head,

“No, it’s too much for me.” She replied

“No, it’s not, it’s perfect for you.” He reassured her, closing his hand over hers and pushing it back to her “I saw it online one night when I was working late while at Tel Aviv and thought of you so I ordered it and it just arrived today.”

“Tel Aviv?” She asked, he’d bought it even before they had begun dating.

“ What if we weren’t together?” He shrugged still smiling

“I don’t know, maybe Jeje would have added it to her collection. Anyway somehow, I knew we’d get together, fate remember?” Kite didn’t want to accept the gift but the greedy side of her didn’t want to part with it either and then she thought about Izu and knew she had to keep it. Smiling, she closed the short distance between them and pulled him into her placing a kiss on his lips.

“I’m so grateful.” She said and then added quickly, “how much does it go for?” Ise frowned

“I’m not sure….”

“Williams, if you don’t want the beating of your life right here, right now, you had better let me know the amount of the wrist watch I’m going to be wearing.” He laughed

“Okay, Okay, it’s valued at about twenty two thousand dollars, roughly three and a half million Naira…….”

“What?” She shrieked pulling away from him

“Okay, you have got to put a tracker on it in case it gets stolen or I misplace it.” She handed it back to him Ise frowned

“A tracker would marr…”

“I don’t care, find a way to do it or I’m not wearing it.” She said seriously.

“Okay, Okay, I guess something can be done about it, wow….you really should calm down, it’s just a wrist watch.”

“A three point five million naira watch, “ she corrected “That’s way too much money.” He sighed

“Okay, whatever. I got you something else too.” Kite’s eyes went wide again as she shook her head, if he handed her something else worth millions she was sure she would faint

“No, whatever it is, I don’t want it.” He laughed

“Calm down, it’s not what you think,” he said turning back to the coffee stool and picking up another package, quite flat and rectangular in shape. It was obvious what it was. She laughed

“Chocolates.” He smiled back

“Not just any chocolates, it’s Lindt, it doesn’t get any better than Lindt.” He told her.

“Yeah, I’m sure.” She said grabbing him into another hug.

“Thanks so much.”

“it’s okay.” He replied “I’m very tempted to spoil you.” He told her.

“you really do not have to…”

“I want to.” He replied looking into her eyes, but she looked away laying her head on his chest instead, she couldn’t bear those eyes looking at her like that. She was scared they would really see her for who she was. It was bad leading him on like this when she wasn’t going to be with him for too long. Rounding up all her thoughts and misgivings in a sigh, she pulled away from him and mustered the courage to look back at him.

“Alright, I’ve detained you enough for one night, you need to get out of your clothes.” He raised a brow

“Is that a coded invititation for….”

“No! Ofcourse not, you rotten minded individual.” She joked

“ Just get on upstairs and change your clothes and then we’ll indulge in chocolates together.”

“Yes ma’am.” He said laughing as he went up the stairs.

Kite heard her phone ringing in the room and ran off to it, the darn cheap phone rang so loudly, it was quite embarrassing. She got to it in time, managing to glance at the number on the screen which she didn’t know

“Yeah?”

“Hello Kite.” The voice on the other end said, it was Izu. Kite felt a cold feeling creep over her.

“Avoiding my calls, have you?”

“What do you want?” She asked.

“I’d advice you don’t do that anymore, I might get really angry and decide to send the pictures to your boyfriend, just for the fun of it.” Kite raised a brow

“ No, you wouldn’t, I know how much you need that money, so you wouldn’t.”

“hmmm, it seems you don’t know me as well as I thought.” He calmly said “the thought of you being with him angers me so much that I have to hold myself back from sending them just to spite you.”

“You are the one making me do this, remember?”

“I didn’t force you into his bed the first time, did I? You did that yourself because you already entertained feelings for the guy while you were still with me, why are we even talking about this again? Look, I called to let you know your first pay check comes in by Monday.”

“What?” She almost screamed “ Are you crazy? You really expect me to come up with ten million by Monday? How in the world can that be possible?”

“I trust you to figure that out. Six days is more than enough time to get it together, you’re a smart girl. Monday by noon or I swear to God those pictures will be on his desk.”

“But-“ She tried again but he’d already hung up.

“damn it” She muttered.

“What’s that?” that was Ise’s voice at her door, as he peeked in. Wow, the guy changed clothes so fast.

“Nothing,” she replied flashing teeth in a fake smile “lets go dig into chocolates!” She said leading him back to the living room, pushing thoughts of Izu from her mind, she would have time for them later.

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Vicki slammed the front door of the house with all the strength in her hoping the act would channel the anger she was feeling. Who was Ise frigging Williams to talk to her that way? So embarrassing! Like she was some piece of trash that was hanging on to him like she needed him to survive. She was so angry she wanted to break something. If only she didn’t need his money she knew what she would have done to the guy to make him regret the way he’d treated her.

“Vicki!” Moss, her boyfriend of five long years came into the room switching on the lights “Where the hell have you been, do you know what time it is? You also didn’t pick up your calls…..wait, are you drunk?”

Vicki didn’t need a babysitter right now, what she needed was to get wasted

“I need a sniff.” She said pushing Moss aside and feeling her way to the bedroom on unsteady feet. She needed to get to her stash but that wasn’t possible, Moss grabbed her by the arm

“No way, not when you’re wasted on alcohol.”

“Moss, can you just mind your business and let me have my….” She screamed at him.

“Hey, hey,” he took hold of her shoulders saying quietly “Vicki, there’s no way I’m letting you sniff coke, not when you’re this drunk, do you want to end up in the hospital again?” He told her and it finally got to her. She agreed that she didn’t want to end up in the hospital here in Nigeria; it would drastically spoil her plans if word got out that she was a drug and substance abuser. It would open up the Pandora’s box she was struggling to keep closed.

She come back home, hoping to make one last hit with a wealthy guy before disappearing with everything he had.

“Okay, at least get me a cigarette, will you?” She ordered finding her way into the living room. Ise Williams would pay for making her look so foolish, he would pay. Imagine him cavorting with one cheap whore right there in his office and then talking to her that way, accusing her of lying. She’d intentionally kept the information that she’d been married twice from him and it had been shocking that he’d found out. She suspected he didn’t know much about all she’d been up to back in the United States or he would never have let her in through his door.

She needed to get married to a rich guy, do away with him like the other two, inherit his money, pay off outstanding debts back in the united states and then live a quiet secluded life with her boyfriend Moss, anywhere in the world.

Moss was a big time coke dealer who never touched the stuff. They’d met over five years ago at a club, been drawn to each other and their romance had begun. He’d been with her all through her two husbands, helping orchestrate her plans and going with them, receiving a share of the money when the plans fell through. Money he always lost to gambling.

Where Vicki was a substance addict, While Moss was a gambling addict. He was African American and had followed her back home hoping they would make one last hit before they took off somewhere, he’d promised her he was done with gambling, she hoped it was true.

She’d been so sure she’d had that Williams guy hooked until she’d gone into his office and seen the shock of her life. Was it because of that tramp he’d been making out with, that he’d addressed her that way? Vicki had never felt so disrespected in all her life.

“Here,” Moss said handing her a cigarette stick, which she took hurriedly, holding it out for him to light before taking a deep drag.

“So, What’s the problem?” Moss asked taking the seat opposite hers.

“it’s that Williams guy, he’s not going with the plan, he found out about Rob and Dean, only goodness knows how, accused me of lying and then all but walked me out of his office. Can you imagine me being treated like that?” Moss sighed.

“Vicki, you’re the one who came up with this crazy idea again, it didn’t work well the first two times, what makes you think it would work now?”

“It worked, I got the money, both times.”

“Yeah, and got into huge debt afterwards and even more addicted to drugs.”

“I’ll get into rehab again and…..”

“Save it, Vic, you’ve been into rehab how many times now? Besides don’t you think the police will finally confirm their suspicions, if you loose yet another husband?”

“We’re in Nigeria, they piece it together, the Nigerian police force is dumb.”

“Not when a well known guy like that Williams is involved.”

“So what are you saying, Moss? You got me into this remember? You introduced me into this cursed cocaine thing and the gambling, I lost my job, my license, I lost everything, even my parents cut me off and now you’re telling me my plans are going to fail?” She was screaming but she didn’t care, this was all Moss’s fault. “I curse the day I met you, Moss. You’re the one who’s got me into this deep shit.”

“Hey, hey, babe. You need to chill out! I didn’t get you into anything, you chose to become a junkie, and yes I did gamble foolishly but I promise it’s never happening again but you never listened to me or we wouldn’t be where we are now, dead broke! I should have left long ago, goodness knows I’m only here because I love you.”

“You don’t love me, Moss. If you did, you would support me or at least come up with a plan for us to get back on our feet.”

“Babe, I do love you and as for a plan, I do have one, you’ll just have to listen to me for once and it will all work out right.” He said. “If we do it my way, no one would need to be killed, we would get away with our clean money. I’ve been to prison already babe, and I swore to myself I’m never going back there. What did Williams say about the hospital business plan?” Moss asked.

Moss had paid a huge amount of money to an expert to draft a very impressive plan, Williams had no choice but to love it. It seemed like the hospital would make a lot of returns for it’s investors.

“He likes it but has to talk to his board about it before giving back a definite answer but fvck the hospital plan, I need all his money, not some measly little sum. I need serious money, Moss, we need serious money.”

“Babe, we’ve got to thread real carefully, take what we can get here because I can assure you, if one more man dies while married to you, the cops will definitely be on our tail. We’ve got to cut our losses, take what we can, move to South Africa or wherever and live our lives. We’re like to get at least five hundred thousand dollars from them to commence work and that’s more than enough money to live on.”

Vicki took another long drag of the cigarette, letting the smoke out slowly, Moss was making some sense but she still wanted to do something to hurt Williams, no guy could treat her that way and get away with it.

“ I’ll go with your plan for now, babe. It seems a more tidy than mine.” She told him dropping the cigarette in the ashtray on the coffee stool near her.

“This shit does nothing for me, if only I could just have a little sniff.”

“No Sniffs and that’s final.” Moss stated and the case was closed.

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