[The Meal] .
“Gold you shouldn’t be here. I thought I told you that.” Desmond said.
Gold smiled and stood up. She gave a sign to Henry to leave.
“Ehm Director, I would take my leave.” Henry said.
“Take her with you while you are doing that.” Desmond said.
“You heard me. I don’t like her disturbance.” Desmond said.
Gold scoffed. “Really? I’m I being a disturbance?”
She sat back and faked tears.. “I’m being a disturbance because I can’t help my feelings for you. Can’t you understand that? I always apologize. I will apologize if I’m being a disturbance but I can’t go away from you Desmond. I love you.”
She started crying.
Henry’s mouth dropped in shock. ‘What is she doing?’
Desmond wasn’t shocked but her tears and cries softened his anger.
He turned to Henry. “Leave.”
Henry left and closed the door.
Gold was still crying with tears rolling down her eyes.
Desmond exhaled and walked over to her, standing in front of her.
“Im sorry if I was a little harsh.” he said.
Gold looked up at him. She had deliberately messed her mascara up.
“If you had ever fallen in love then you would understand how I feel for you Desmond. I can’t leave unless you accept me. I will keep coming to you Desmond.” she said.
Desmond grabbed a tissue and handed it to her. “Clean up your tears. Your mascara is messed up with it. There’s the restroom.” he said.
Gold collected the tissue. “Would you go out with me tonight for the movie?” she asked.
Desmond walked to his seat and sat down.
Gold stared at him without bothering to clean the mascara and tears off.
“Come on wipe that off your face.” Desmond said, amused by the way she looked at that moment.
“I see you trying to smile.. Is that a yes?” she asked.
“What? I’m only amused at how you look now.” Desmond said.
“Say yes and I will go clean it up.” she said.
“And what if I say no?”
“Then I will leave your office looking like this.”
“Fine then. Do I have to care about that?” Desmond said.
Gold smiled and stood up. “I will go clean it up and there’s no need answering. It’s only a movie. Nothing more. I just need someone to watch it with. Thanks for saying ‘yes’”
“What.. I didn’t say yes yet.” Desmond said.
Gold headed to the door he had pointed is the restroom. She opened it and walked in.
Shutting the door, she walked to the sink and smiled at her reflection on the mirror.
“If only he would get to eat that meal. He thought he’s smart but I’m much more smarter. If I could get him to eat that meal then he’s mine and only mine!”
Gold cleaned her messed up face and soon, she returned back to Desmond.
“You have to leave now. I will call you after work. When will the movie start?” he asked.
“8:30pm.” she said.
“I’m very busy right now and I wouldn’t want to someone else in here.” he said.
“I will leave after you eat. Im sure you would be so busy to do that if I go without you eating lunch.” Gold said.
“Gold, your meal is nice but… Im not hungry now. You know what, leave it. I’m going to eat it later on.” he said.
“How I’m I going to be sure you will? My mom taught me not to waste foods. Did your mom teach you that too?” she asked.
Desmond chuckled. “I’m not going to trash it. I ate yesterday’s. So why won’t I eat today’s own.” he said.
Gold smile. “Thank you a lot. I really cried last night when you told me never to see you again. My eyes are all baggy from crying.”
“Really but I can’t see it.” Desmond said.
“You can’t. Look closely and you will see it.” she said
Desmond chuckled. “Go now. I’m having a big client in two hours.”
“Oh really. I would leave then but don’t forget to eat so you’d have the strength to talk with your client without getting tired.” Gold said.
“I won’t forget.” Desmond said.
Gold stood up. “So how do we meet later?” she asked.
“Uhmm.. I think picking you up from your house would sound better. I give you a call OK.” Desmond said.
“Ah that’s better. Bye.” Gold said and headed to the door.
Desmond watched her as she walked to the door, opened it and left. Then he exhaled. “What do I do with this girl?”
He glanced at the bag with a food flask inside on the table before getting on with his works.
Amanda walked through the hallway towards Odeya’s class. She got to the class and the scene she met made her mouth drop.
The students in the class were running around Odeya and Jeremy while Mrs Tonia Solade was trying to call them in order.
They were all singing.
🎶Odeya like Jeremy🎶
🎶Odeya like Jeremy🎶
🎶Odeya like Jeremy🎶
On the whiteboard and mark boards where written words.
⬜Miss Sassy likes Jeremy⬜
⬜Odeya has Jeremy’s pictures⬜
Amanda rushed in and dragged Odeya out.
“Odeya how did it happen?” Amanda asked.
Odeya flung Amanda’s hand away.
“Telling you what happened won’t change anything. They all found out.” Odeya said and walked away.
Amanda ran after her and met her pace and tried taking her hand but she flung away.
“Don’t hold me.” she said.
Amanda exhaled. “I’m still gonna carry you when we get to the car, remember?”
Odeya said nothing.
“You don’t have to worry about what happened. It’s not a big scandal.”
She stopped and turned to me.
“It is.. Now, everyone is gonna think low of me. They will make jest of me all the time in class and my pride is gone from onwards. I told Jeremy a thousand times that I hate him. I told him yesterday as well.” she said.
Amanda grabbed her little hand. “Come on, let’s go home.”
Odeya didn’t take her hand off this time. She let Amanda hold her as they walked to the car.
Amanda opened the door and carried Odeya in then got in. She closed the door and Peter drove off.
There was no conversation in the car until they pulled into the house. Amanda carried Odeya and they entered the house.
“Put me down.” Odeya said and Amanda did.
Odeya headed upstairs and when she entered her room, she fell on the bed and covered herself with the duvet.
Amanda followed her and opening Odeya’s door, she saw her wrapped in her bed duvet.
“Deya, I’m going to make you pancake. Do you want pancake or noodles?” Amanda asked.
Deya gave no answer.
“After that. I will take you around and buy you alot of ice cream.”
“If you don’t want to go out. I will tell you five folktales. Five.”
Amanda exhaled, “I will be back.” she said, walked out and closed the door.
“What do I do? I’m her nanny. I should find a way to cheer her up.”
Desmond opened the food and the aroma filled his nostril.
It was white rice and stew.
He exhaled and picked the spoon.
“She’s just stressing herself. I can not accept her. She don’t wanna listen. I don’t wanna think about a woman now or love that would end up killing you. All I wanna think now is my daughter and how to build her future. Gold I can feel how nice you are but I can’t love you.” He said.
He stared at the food for awhile before taking a spoon and ate.
‘She’s a good cook.’
He took another spoon then another…
Gold walked to and fro in her room, highly disturbed.
“I hope he eats that meal. I hope he eats it. Maybe I should call him again. Baba said if Im not with him that I shouldn’t keep calling to know if he has eaten the meal or else he might get suspicious but I can’t help it.. This is the second time I’m going to call him. Baba said he will sleep for a little while after eating the food and when he wakes up, I’ll be the only person in his mind.”
Gold picked her phone and scrolled to his number. She made a call to him.
The phone rang and rang and when it seem like the call was about to end, he picked up.
📲”Gold… Where are you?” he asked.
Gold clutched her hand on her mouth.
‘He must have eaten it.’
“Desmond, are you okay?” she asked.
📲”I want to see your beautiful face Gold. You are the only one I wanna be with right now.”
Gold smiled triumphantly.
‘Yes he ate it!! You are finally mine Desmond. I was very smart’
“I know that honey. Actually you are to come my house by 7pm tonight. We are going to see a movie and after that, we spend the night together.” Gold said.
📲”Alright dear. I Can’t wait to see you.” he said.
“I can’t wait to see you too. I love you.”
📲”I love you too.”
Gold ended the call and jumped up.
Chioma walked in that moment.
“Babe wetin happen?” she asked.
Gold smiled. “Desmond couldn’t resist me. We are going out tonight. Why are you here?”
“Huh? Can’t I come to my friend’s place anymore.” Chioma asked.
“Oh.. Pardon me.. I’m only too excited.” Gold said.
Chioma sat on her bed. “But B, wait o. How did you do it? In just two days? Abeg.. Gist me.”
Gold smiled. “Power of a woman. E too strong.”
Chioma laughed and raised her hand. “Abeg give me high five. You too much.”
Gold jammed hands with Chioma.
Amanda opened Odeya’s door and carried the pancake on a tray in. She pulled a stool close and dropped the tray on it.
Odeya was still covered in the duvet.
Amanda uncovered it and smiled at Odeya.
“Come on get up and eat something. You don’t want the butterflies in your stomach to be hungry right?” Amanda said.
Odeya turned to the other side. “Just take it away. I got no appetite.”
“Really? Fine, just take only one spoon of it. Please.” Amanda begged.
“Throw it away if you can’t eat it.” Odeya said.
“I don’t want to eat it neither I’m I going to trash it. It’s bad to throw food away, I’m sure you know that..” Amanda said.
“I didn’t. My mom threw foods all the time. She breaks expensive drinks when she’s angered and replace them the next hour.” Odeya said.
Amanda sighed. “Do you like that she does that?”
“I like all she does because she’s my mom.” Odeya said.
Amanda exhaled. “That’s okay. About what happened in school. You don’t need to get too sad about it. I’m sure it would lead to something good and not something bad. Don’t you think that now that he knows that you want to be his friend, your wish would come true but if you kept hiding it, it wouldn’t?”
“You are lame. Keeping it a secret forever would have been better than it turning this way. I can’t stand it. I’m not going to that school anymore.”
“Then you won’t get to be seeing him again.. Do you want that?” Amanda asked.
Odeya have no answer.
“Deya look at me. Look at me Deya.” Amanda said.
“I don’t want to.” Odeya said.
“Just look at me, I want to tell you something.” Amanda said.
Odeya hesitated before turning to Amanda.
Her eyes red with tears.
“You can do it.. For this few days, I’ve known you as a strong woman who has her pride and that pride has never left. Don’t let anyone use that against you in school. Protect your pride and never give up because of a mistake.” Amanda said.
“Can I really still be the girl everyone feared? Can I still be the one everyone won’t try laughing at and make jest of?” she asked.
“Yes you can.” Amanda said.
Amanda smiled. “Eat ten spoons of this pancake and I will tell you what to do.”
Odeya sat up. “I told you that I have no appetite.”
“Try to.. Don’t forget I’m going to tell you five folktales tonight.” Amanda said.
“Really?” Odeya asked.
“Yes. I promise.” Amanda said.
“Fine then. I will eat ten spoons of this.” Odeya said as she picked the fork, cut from the pancake and ate.
“How does this one taste?” Amanda asked.
“Not bad.” Odeya said.
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