Against my will, I escorted Ahmad to their headquarters. It was a 15 storey building and the meeting was going to take place in the top floor thus, we both had to use the elevator.
“Are you still angry?” Ahmad broke the silence that had crept upon us. “Please don’t be angry”
I didn’t say anything to him because I didn’t have his time. The bulky files I was holding had already began taking its toll on me, I was so eager for us to reach our destination.
“Here we go, my angel” He said leading the way out of the elevator as soon as we reached the appropriate floor. It was so very crowded.
I should just pretend he didn’t call me his angel. If I was the naive girl I was in the past three years I would’ve been happy he called me his angel but now, now that I knew a lot about him, now that I knew men could call you sweet names and even escalate to the point of spending lot of money for you just to get what they want, I didn’t think I could ever fall for his tricks. If he loved me he should just say it out, what’s the big deal? Or was he just coy of me?
“Good day Mr. Khan” Ahmad greeted an Asian man that was dressed in a Pakistani attire.
“Ahmad, my boy, how are you?” The man said as they both shook hands with each other.
“I am fine sir, how about you and Kashaf?” Ahmad said as they began walking together.
“I am fine, Kashaf too. She had been asking about you, she wanted to come but I told her to stay because she has exam tomorrow” The man said and continued. “How is your wife?”
“She’s fine…” Ahmad replied.
They kept talking while walking until we reached a very big room. There was a round table for discussion inside and there were lot of people seated in their seats, some of whom were foreigners from different counties.
“Keep the files here Humairah, let me go and greet my father and his business associates” He said as he walked away as fast as he could.
I dropped the files on the table close to a tag which had “Ahmad Jaafar” written on it. Every top official could locate his seat through the tags, that means people like me would not have a place to sit. Like seriously? Hmmmm!
I watched Ahmad as he walked to a very old man and greeted him. It was his father, I hadn’t seen the man in real life until today. I had only seen his portrays in Ahmad’s house and also in the factory. He was more fair in real life. Ahmad was just like his replica.
“Attention everyone, this is my son… Ahmad” The man said through his mini microphone.
They all clapped their hands and, thus, Ahmad waved at them before coming back to where I was.
“I hope I didn’t keep you waiting?” He said as he sat in his seat and opened the files.
“You just don’t know what is bothering me, where do you expect me to sit?” I frowned.
“Can’t you see how other peoples are standing too? Just stand there!” He said in a command tone. “After all, I am practically your boss”
“Like seriously?” I puzzled.
“No, like affirmatively!” He snapped.
“Hmmm” I muttered and remained silent.
The meeting began with an open prayer from a Saudi Arabian, thus introduction by Ahmad’s father’s personal assistant, and then the main discussion by the people that mattered. They kept talking and talking until they were done.
“Thanks for backing me up, dad” Ahmad said as soon as we walked to his father after the meeting. “I just hope that they’re fully with us”
“You don’t need to bother, I have everything under control” His father assured him smiling.
“Alright dad, I should be going back to the factory. I have some unfinished business to take care of” Ahmad apprised amicably.
“Okey son, take care of yourself” His father said with a broad smile. “May Allah bless you”
“Ameen, dad” Ahmad took his bow.
Thus, we left the building to his car. I was so exhausted holding his f—–g files so I threw them in the back seat and just as I was about hopping into the car he held my hand firmly.
“Huh?” I glared at him.
“Please, just stay in the front with me” He said.
“But why? Why are you doing this as if you love me??” I absentmindedly uttered that.
“Hmmm” He muttered. “I am sorry for the past and for everything. I know I really f—-d up!”
That moment, something told me he was trying to confess his feelings for me. I was eagerly waiting for him to do that for I had been waiting for this day to come. He should just say it out.
“Stop hurting yourself” I said.
“Yes, I think I’m hurting myself. And I think it’s high time I stop” He said as he gently drew me more closer to him. “Humairah, I… I… I lov…”
“Wow, seems like my friend’s got a side chick!” A tall guy appeared from nowhere and interrupted such a rare occasion. He snatched away my chance of hearing what was deep inside Ahmad’s heart. I was so annoyed!
“Ka7!” Ahmad said as he quickly released my hand and walked to the guy. “What are you doing here? I didn’t expect you here, man!”They shook hands with each other.
“Well, I was also in the meeting chamber. Didn’t I tell you yesterday that your products are allover our house? That’s because my father is a shareholder too…” The idiot guy explained.
“Oh, Alhaji Suleiman Wushishi??” Ahmad dropped his jaw while widening his eyes.
“Yes, he’s my father!” The guy pouted.
“Sorry I told him to shut up in the meeting” Ahmad implored him in a guilty manner.
“Oh no, you guys already resolved it” The guy said as he winked at me for the umpteenth time. He had been doing that to me since. “I hope your wife doesn’t know about this?”
“About what?” Ahmad pretended ignorance.
“About this your side chick” The guy said and winked at me again. I had to give him a glare!
“She’s working with me so don’t think too much” Ahmad said gesturing to me to enter the car. He was wearing that BOSS face again!
“Really?” The guy screamed and continued. “Ahmad, if that is the case then I love her…”
I was surprised on hearing that. Love or lust? I asked myself as I stormed into the car as ordered by Ahmad. People like that Ka7 guy are evil, the way he was winking at me told me all he wanted was my body. Well, who had his time? He should look for someone else not me!