Samantha arrives the Shelton’s Consultation, Business and Events Company, she alights from the taxi and goes through the reception area
“Good morning Pierce” she greets the door man and smiles at the receptionist who was attending to a client.
She takes her right, going up the stairs to her office, which was next to Mr Shelton and his Secretary
“Beautiful morning to you Shelly” Samantha smiles
“Oh morning Samantha, looking beautiful as always this Monday morning”
“Aww you look beautiful yourself” Samantha smiles heading to her office as Shelly follow her
“Thank you, so I have the reports on the table, the accumulation of completed events for the past three months, we are starting our publication for this month and Mr Shelton wants you to be part of the photo shoot for that, “
Samantha face palms “I wonder why?”
“He says it would look good, he would call it the face of Shelton enterprises. You know since you began working here, we have been getting good job offers, he calls you the magic touch”
“Mr Shelton is so dramatic”
“And aside that, you have some few appointments today, one is from Mrs Stevenson, she said she met you at the gala event, something about hosting the senators over at her country house?’’
“Oh yes, sweet old lady… and who else?’’
“Two meetings with the LORTS, one is for a business proposal and the other is for charitable means “
“Okay, and that is for what time?”
“By 1 pm, then Mrs Stevenson is by 3 pm, and you have another by 9 am”
Samantha frowns “that’s now Shelly”
“I know, but the question is with who… I mean who?’’
Samantha leans back on her chair and stares at her “I am guessing with someone who obviously has a name?”
Shelly was trying to hide her smile which was threatening to burst her face, she was biting her lips
“I do despise the guessing games Shelly, who is my meeting with?”
“oh… MR JAKE BASS. He got here about fifteen minutes ago, he had been with Mr Shelton, he said you come in by 9 am. They were behind a closed door meeting and they had asked that I fix your first meeting with Mr Bass” she purrs, she leans on Samantha’s table and fans herself “He is so handsome, his rich voice, his skin, that body within those cloths” she gasps
Samantha shakes her head, well at least he took her advice, only partially, he was supposed to call and book a meeting and she was supposed to check her schedule and get back to him… not like this
He still needs to understand permission, not enforced rights
“Tell Mr Bass that we can meet by 11 am today, that I have some other meetings to attend to” Samantha says, Shelly’s mouth drops open, she blinks rapidly
“I am sorry I didn’t get that”
“Should I repeat it for you?”
“No I heard it but I don’t understand it.. I mean… do you know how many girls who are staffs here had walked into the room he is in right now, offering him coffee, or a snack, or to pretend as though she had something to do in there? that amazing looking person is out there, waiting to have a meeting with you and you don’t want to have a meeting with him… why?”
“And I don’t have to explain myself Shelly, ordinarily, shouldn’t there have been a pre-informed meeting? The ones fixed for today didn’t they talk to me about it first before we opened up schedules for them?’’
“Erm yes they did but… he is Jake Bass… I think he should be given an exception”
“The more reason why he should not be treated differently”
“But Mr Shelton ..’’
“I will handle Mr Shelton”
“but, he is there… waiting” Shelly couldn’t believe her ears
“Then hurry up and tell him his meeting has been moved to 11 Shelly” Shelly pouts, drags her feet and leaves
“I am sorry what?’’
“Your meeting with Miss Samantha has been moved to 11 am, she has other meetings to attend to. I am so sorry sir, do I offer you anything, more coffee or snack or something else, maybe juice or’’
“Stop talking , I was told she was free this morning, and Mr Shelton also said so. I just came out of the meeting with him, finalizing plans and you tell me she has refused to have a sit down with me?” he is angry. He had said he wasn’t going to do what she asked, and this morning… he had found himself telling Todd to bring him down here, sat down with Shelton, discussed and fixed a meeting with her.
This wasn’t him taking orders from a woman, oh no.
This was him just making sure his event had good hands and now he was here himself and she had the audacity to re-fix what he had fixed.
He gets up… “Show me to her office, and I will not take no for an answer, this nonsense has to stop” Shelly nods and ushers him to follow her
“Come in” Samantha says
“I am sorry but he didn’t take it well” Shelly says apologetically
Jake Bass nudges her out of the way and steps in, “Miss Samantha I think you have insulted my intelligence for far too long, how dare you-‘’
“Mr Bass if you don’t mind, I need you to keep your voice down, and then secondly, you cannot bounce into my office that way, and thirdly… did you realize you nudged the secretary aside just to show your animal-istic behavior? please apologize to the lady” she says
“Are you out of your mind?’’ he takes a step further
“No sir, I am serious and when you do that, can you please step out of my office, and wait for the time you have been booked for… which is 11 am”
Shelly’s mouth hits the ground a second time, the heat radiating from Bass’s body as his anger flew was enough to iron her cloths “Samantha, no need for that, it wasn’t a nudge… really Mr Bass I do apologize for Miss Samantha and-’’
“Oh please do not apologize on my behalf Shelly, and it is very inappropriate for you to apologize when you are not wrong, well Mr Bass, what would it be?”
Jake Bass takes another step towards her… Samantha raises an eyebrow, she folds her hands and remains seated..
“You will answer to this” he says storming out
Shelly stares at him and then at Samantha “what have you done?”
“That would be all Shelly’
“Hello sir?” Samantha answers her phone “Very well sir”
She drops the call, leaving her office , she finds Shelly standing close to Mr Shelly’s office, her eyes worried when she looks at her “I think he is getting you fired, oh Samantha, please apologize to him… he was so angry, you shouldn’t have talked to him that way”
Samantha smiles, very typical of him. He runs to her boss to get her fired, she was angry now… apologize to Mr Bass? Hell no, till hell freezes over
She was proud but within her rights, if she was in a place that was not conducive for her she would forget the money and leave, she had had it too rough in her life time to know that nothing else matters other than her happiness and her peace of mind.
She had learnt it the hard way, constantly pleasing people, bosses, colleagues, friends, lovers etc which only caused more harm than good and she had told herself “Never Again”
If she had to leave that job, she would. If she had to leave that relationship and sever that friendship, she would, If she had to start all over again from the scratch, she would.
After she moved away three months ago, working in a bar as a waitress, doing cleric jobs in the library she had learnt a lot, suffered some days and had to pick herself up on others days.
Then she had ran into Mr Shelton, she had organized a children’s birthday party for the owner of the restaurant she was working in, and despite the little money he wanted to spend for his kid’s birthday, she had made it into something magical, and before long, friends and family had walked up to her to ask her to plan their events, birthdays, Showers, and then her big break, was a wedding ceremony.
She had always thought she would end up in a business tycoon office, solving big problem and putting her brain to work. She soon found out that she loved what she was doing and Mr Shelton had been a friend to the family, who had walked up to her after the party and given her a offer, an offer she was happy to accept
His company which was partly an event company hasn’t been doing so good..
And within three weeks, she had stepped up from being a contract staff to being a lead team member and within a month, she had gotten an office, a raised check, and she had moved back to town into a comfortable apartment and the company began to roll In bucks. She was an asset to the company now and she did make sure that whatever privilege she had here, she earned it, with her hard work, and when it came to the business side of the company, she was also a consultant to them and other business owners, so she still functioned with her brain here and hands.
Now because of his bruised ego, Bass goes to her boss? Well she was mad and even if her boss lets her go (which she wouldn’t blame him), it would still be nice to tell Mr Bass to his face what she thinks of him and one would be that he was a complete jerk amongst other things.
He likes to give orders and then he cries wolf when someone else give shim orders. Or was he pained that it was a woman giving him orders, a woman who would ordinarily fall to his feet is rising above him? She shakes her head.
“Well Mr Bass, I do not bend to rules, rules given by men like you so if you want my respect you would have to earn it, and doing this..all this, throwing your money around and slapping faces and screaming do you know who I am is pitifully and laughable.” . Yes I know who you are… you are the man who can’t bend me… rather I would teach you how to respect others who you think are beneath you’