knocking at the gate. She had been outside the gate for the past ten minutes,
wondering if this was the best option. Her husband hated Femi and didn’t want
him, she was broke and needed money, she couldn’t fend for her son on her own, not with
this harsh economy.
Other things plagued her mind like ‘what if the boss wanted
to keep Femi to himself? What if he fought for custody? Or what if he refused
to acknowledge him as his son? She was torn between going in or staying out.
The gate opened and Elijah peeked his head.
that you were at the estate gate. I was beginning to wonder if you are at the
right estate or if you’d lost your way.” He said with a smile.
difficult, making up my mind.” She said shakily.
the house.” He said.
The cars parked outside were about five and the lawns of the house were neatly
mowed. Elijah ushered her into the large sitting room and she sat down. The
pictures on the wall stared her in the face, the first was a large framed
picture of the boss and his wife and the second picture was a painting of a
young girl of about eleven years old, she bore close resemblance to Femi and it
was understandable since she looked so much like her dad. Elijah disappeared
and soon, she heard the sound of footsteps, the footsteps didn’t resound like a
typical male’s but a female’s.
gym outfit, a bag was slung over her shoulders and she was so beautiful.
Layode instantly stood up when she saw the woman, recognising her as the boss’s wife.
the house wasn’t at home, what was happening? She thought.
house….” The woman said rudely.
“Listen to me and listen good, you are not the first woman to come here under
false pretences and you won’t be the last. You are a gold-digger, a hungry
urchin and a lowlife so I understand that you want to make money off my husband.”
The woman said, bringing out her cheque book from her bag and tearing off a
slip. “Here’s one hundred thousand naira, take it and do not ever come back.”
She said throwing it at her.
gold-digger and I don’t appreciate you referring to me as one.” Layode said and
stormed out angrily.
the gate was pulled open and a black car drove into the compound. She stood at
the side, waiting for the car to pass so that she could take her leave when the
car halted and the boss alighted.
He said you’ve started a new company and…”
He said to her, pulling out his card from his pocket and handing it over to
walked up to them. She stared at Layode icily.
hardworking and diligent…” He said to his wife.
thought you’d spend the whole morning at the meeting with the contractors?”
home.” He said to her. “Lizzy called, she’s coming home for the summer.” He
said to her of his child.
come here…” His wife said.
her come home this hols….okay?” He cajoled.
She snapped at Layode.
towards the gate, she heard the boss say to her.
always take you for granted.” His wife spat in return.
approved a heavy sum of money for her wardrobe and for a brand new car for her
as well as a driver. Ego was bitter.
juju…” Ego said.
then was to help me snag Alhaji and not destroy someone’s life.” Tina said.
stole Chief from me just like that.” Ego said in anger.
something about you…”
said perching on the arm of a chair. “I have to call Chief.”
borrow sense abeg.” Tina said.
him and that I want us to be a family that’s why I want to keep this baby. I
need to convince him that a baby would do our relationship a world of good.”
and I can get a sperm donor….that’s really not a problem.”
them so, I’m going back to the house tomorrow…I’m not going to run anymore.”
Ego said. “Now, lemme call Chief.”
towards the bedroom to make a call.
rang but he didn’t answer. She dialled the number again and this time he
Chief said and the line went dead.
What was happening? How did Chief’s feeling suddenly change towards her. She
needed to do something about the new girl Zino or she might lose all chances of
having Chief once again, she growled in anger and slammed her fists against the