I got home to the sweet smell of fried chicken and jollof rice. I
found my aunt sitting before a plate of four fried Chicken.
“Life is good” I heard her mutter while she drank from a bottle
“This one wey be like say Maga don pay like this” I took one of
the fried chicken taking a big bite out of it. “Where you see
“Na God oh” she answered.
“As I dey arrange things, naim God bless me with the money”
I immediately swallowed hard
. I hope it’s not my money she was referring to.
“Aunty, abeg tell me say no be my money you use so?” I asked
and she paused in thought, “You buy new purse?” She asked
and I dropped the chicken back on the plate.
“That’s the purse I’ve been using for the past six months!” I
yelled almost in tears and she shrugged.
“How I for take know? Shebi I see money for inside naim I
carry am” “What gave you the license to open it” “Ade no
shout for me oh! Respect the fact say I be your mama sister.
Na my house too” she answered and I tightened my fist as
balls of tears rolled down my eyes.
“When last have you paid the rent in this house Aunty Maggie,
when?” “Why you dey talk like this?” She paused and I noticed
she had tears in her eyes.
I was so filled with anger. Aunty Maggie has always been
. Reckless in spending and every thing she does. I’ve been
responsible for the upkeep of the house ever since Mom died
“No be say the money hungry me use but I just feel like say
make I chop chicken and make una sef join chop. I never do
any better thing make una chop before”
“Na my money con sweet to use shea?”
“No be your money we dey always use before?” She answered,
“Besides, i just borrow am small.”
“Borrow?” I scoffed, “Ade, no dey do like say na big deal, how
much dey inside sef? No be just six thousand? Change still
dey my hand. I go give you back”
“I said forget it! You won’t pay, you always make the same
promises every d–n time and you never pay back” I snapped
then I walked out of the house.
I needed to get some air.
I woke up the next day with a swollen face. I spent half the
night crying. Not because of what my aunt did, but because
she was getting out hands. She was becoming a nuisance
each passing day.
Maybe it’s our curse to bear.
I walk into the hotel lobby, then I met Oge the receptionist.
“How far?” I asked and she blinked her eyes. “I’m waiting for
Susan to come and take her shift. I slept at night and it still
feels as though I haven’t. Babe my eyes are about to bust” she
answered and I laughed.
“Mummy B don show?”
“Yes, the witch don come since!” She answered and I rolled
“That reminds me, Mr. Henry asked that you come into his
office” “For what?”
“Babe, I don’t know oh.” She answered. While I was leaving
she called me back to know what was going on between Mr.
Henry and I.
“People dey talk oh”
“No be today the talk start” I replied walking away from the
counter. I didn’t even reach the office before I met Mr. Henry.
He had a gift bag in his hand.
“Good morning Sir”
“Good morning Adesuwa” he answered, “I heard you wanted to
see me Sir”
“Yes. I had a lot I wanted to talk to you about but first” he
paused stretching the gift bag at me and I wondered what was
I checked and it was a phone.
“I think you should have it”
“I’m sorry I can’t” I declined stretching it back at him. I didn’t
want any gifts from another manager. The last one was
I started to doubt Mr. Henry’s motive. What if he’s just like the
others. That’s usually the second step after trying to be nice.
Afterwards they want sx.
It has always been the same shitty circle.
“Why don’t you want it?” He asked and I shrugged.
I didn’t know how to give a d–n response without sounding
rude. “Cause I don’t want it”
“But you have need for a phone and I got you one”
“I don’t want it Sir, please” I added almost busting in tears.
“Please, I beg you, take it back”
“I’m sorry but when you come back asking for returns, I won’t
give it to you” “Returns?” He asked and then i saw him shut his
He finally understood.
“Adesuwa I’m not doing this for sx or other benefits. I gave
this out of the benevolence of my heart”
“Are you sure?” I snapped cleaning off some tears before they
made way down my cheeks to his sight.
I didn’t want him to see me cry.
“I am sure. Why do you have a twisted mind?”
“Cause they’re all the same, you act nice, gift us with precious
gifts and then you’ll want sex. And when we can’t give returns,
you make our lives miserable” I ranted and tears came
“I’m not the type to do that. You should know already”
“I can’t know for certain, men are unpredictable”
He moved over to me, brushing his hand around my hair and I
pulled back. “I was just trying to clean your tears”
“I don’t know the number of guys you’ve met in your life time,
but one thing i know for sure is that I’m not one of them” he
assured stretching the gift bag to me.
“If you try anything silly, I’ll return it back to you”
“It’s okay” he waved his hands smiling. “Thanks” I added.
“Can we talk in the office?” He proposed and I gave him a
“Geez Adesuwa! It’s not to have s*x with you. I just want to
talk” he clarified and I agreed.
He took the lead and I followed him into the office.
“I had a brief discussion with Mrs. Haruna and I have to say it
was worth it” I said to Adesuwa the moment we walked into
“What was it about?” She paused.
“If it okay to ask”
“Your idea gave me a wonderful insight on how i could better
run the hotel. Such ideas comes at a cost that’s worth more
than the phone” I answered and she nodded.
I can guess what was running on her mind. She has probably
concluded that the phone was tied to the idea she gave.
“I guess the phone was tied to whatever idea I gave”
“I had a feeling you were going to say that” I noted and she
chuckled. I was studying her bits by bits. “So…what idea did I
give this time?”
“Inferential research? Does it ring a bell?” I asked and she
“I prepared some questionnaire and as it , I’m hoping to get
some answers to the endless question of how we could
satisfy the guests and run the hotel more efficiently”
“That makes sense, so instead trying to find out how guests
feel about the cooking, you’re trying to find out what they feel
about every services we render” she concluded and I nodded
“That’s amazing” she muttered and I laughed joyfully.
“Tell me that’s not worth getting you a phone? Now you can
tie your phone to the idea you gave rather than the idea of me
having sex with you” I added and she nodded.
“What do you think about filling in the spot of the secretary?”
“Why?” She asked and I shook my head.
“Cause you obviously don’t belong in the maid department”
“Just because of few ideas? Anyone can do that”
“Not everyone” I corrected.
“Mrs. Haruna told me you studied business administration in
school.” I pointed out and she bowed her head. “You’re not
supposed to know”
“I’m fine where I am Sir, I don’t need the job.”
“Are you sure?” I asked and she nodded rising up. “The pay is
better” I chipped in to entice her. “You don’t belong there,
you’re better so I’m going to give you time to think of it”
“Sir” she interrupted, “Promise you’ll think of it?”
“Have a nice day Sir” she added and Emmy walked in.
Just as she was about to leave, Emmy queried her. “Can’t you
greet a superior when you see one?” “Respect is given not
demanded. Besides you’re a secretary”
“I’m a staff supervisor,” she corrected and Adesuwa glanced
“Don’t you have things to do?” Emmy snapped and Adesuwa
walked out of the office.
“What was that for?” I asked her and she faced the wall. “Just
trying to impose my authority on the workers as their
supervisor” she answered and I groaned painfully.
I watched Lilian have lunch while i seriously pondered on Mr.
Henry’s offer. “What do you think if I apply to be Mr. Henry’s
secretary?” I asked and Lilian turned to me.
“That will be nice. Is the spot still open? I thought”
“Well the post is still vacant. Miss Emmy is our staff
supervisor.” I answered and Lilian placed her hands on her
“Our own don born oh”
“The same thing I thought”
“Mrs Haruna told Mr. Henry about my course of study and he
offered me the job. I’m yet to give him a reply”
“Are you crazy? What do you mean by you’re yet to give him a
“It will look somehow now, from being a maid to the secretary.
It will look suspicious” “But wait oh” she paused, “What’s Mr.
Henry’s gain in this?”
“That’s my fear. What if he’s like the rest”
“Mr. Henry doesn’t look bad sha”
“I’m just so scared” I answered in fear and Lilian hugged me.
I walked up to the manager’s office and I accepted his offer.
He was happy about it. We discussed terms of payment then
he showed me the results from the questionnaire.
“A lot of persons felt as though the May Hotel food wasn’t
good enough” “I told you”
“What do you suggest I do now? An idea occurred to me to
employ international standards chef to help for the time being
and also in turn train the chef here”
“And how much money are you going to consume doing that?”
I asked and he shrugged.
“I have an estimate already” he passed a notepad to me. The
figures on the note were too much to waste on an international
cook that might not impact shit on anyone.
“What would happen to the traditional meals?” I asked and he
smiled. “Temitayo Sanders is an international chef and also a
“Screw it! You’ll waste so much when you can find another
“Do you have one?” He asked and I nodded.
“I know of a local food seller, Iya Bilikis Kitchen. It’s well
known around Rashidi Bello street. The owner is a very close
friend of mine”
“What do you propose?”
“The owner pays for the shop , and always been forced to pay
one unnecessary fees or the other.” I swallowed hard. “He puts
so much efforts for a little gain. So I proposed a kind of
merger. A contract to take them away from Rashbell to this
“Would they do that?”
“With the right agreement and a very convincing pay, they
won’t think twice to accept. Think of it Sir, if you pay them half
of what you wish to give to this international cook, you’ll have
more to gain” I explained and he smiled.
“Are they worth it?” He asked and I nodded.
“I’ll call my lawyer” he added pulling back the notepad.
“This promises to be a wonderful boss and employee
relationship.” He gave a wide smile and I chuckled.
“I would love to see you tomorrow” he added and I turned my
back to leave. “In your corporate wears” he added and I
“Yes Sir” I answered walking out if his office.
I’ve had the worst days with my twins. The complains
continued. The house we parked into was more of a self
The sitting room is kind of spacious, so also the bedroom.
Taiye and Kehinde had to share the same room with me. That
was the first complain they made.
Then it moved to how few their toys were. I didn’t want to go
to the house so I didn’t bother getting them back.
Gradually they both connived to ask about where they’ll go to
for their holidays.
“Would you take us to America?”
“With what income?” I snapped and they both looked at me.
“See, we’re no longer going there” I answered and both faces
turned sour. “Why?” Taye asked, she has always been the
“Cause, I wasn’t the one who made the promise, Grandma did”
“Take us to Grandma then”
“You guys would have to get used to the new idea that you
won’t be going there again” “Are you fighting with Grandma?”
She asked and I rolled my eyes.
“You always say that” Kehinde snapped and I glanced at her.
“Next year, I’ll find a school for you guys to fix yourself in so
you can start afresh, get to know new people”
“Are we leaving our school too?” They both asked, this time
they were both in tears.
“Sweethearts” I paused almost in tears then I heard the door
bell ring. Just when I turned back to get the door, I saw mom
walk in with two gist bags.
“You are so careless!” She snapped and I rolled my eyes.
“Leaving the door open when you have two kids in the house”
“Grandma!” They both shouted happily then they rushed to hug
her. She pressed her body against them giving them kisses all
over their faces.
“Grandma misses you both so much, I hope you miss
“Very much!” Kehinde answered.
. “I brought gifts” she announced and they both screamed
hugging her even more.
“We were talking about you”
“Ah I see, about what?” Mom asked and I shook my head. I
knew these two talkatives would talk.”
“Mom said she’ll change our school next year”
“I always pay for the whole session” and the session will not
be over till next year September”
“It’s spoiling them” I answered in defense and she scoffed.
“You call giving the kids quality education spoiling them, Tosin
that was the same way I spoilt you and your brother”
“This is none of your business” “Is it because you’re scared
that you can’t handle the school fees? Tosin you know the way
“Mom also said we’re not going to America” Kehinde
complained and I shut my eyes.
“That’s a lie, we’ll go together without her” “That will not be
“Don’t listen to your mom”
“Taye and Kehinde, leave your Grandma and I alone” i
demanded and they both left with their gift bags.
“Mom you can’t come to my house to dictate things, should I
remind you that those kids are mine?” “And they’re my grand
kids. Tosin I didn’t come here for you. I know that when you
experience that thing called life, you’ll crawl back begging for
“I will never grovel for mercy mom, you’re incapable of feeling
any emotions” I snapped and she slapped me.
“Mom you’re in my house!”
“And I’m still your mom so you better mind the way you speak
to me. I only can here for my kids. Look at how poorly fed they
“I don’t lack food”
“But they lack proper care. Tosin, if anything happens to them,
I swear to God, I’ll take them off your custody and I don’t care
whatever dirty means I might use to accomplish that. Come
back home peacefully and accept Clement” she suggested and
I walked over to the door, opening it.
“I won’t go without having some time with my grandkids.”
“You’ve overstayed your welcome Mom, leave”
Of every single word mom uttered, I was scared of only one,
her threat to get my kids from me even with dirty means.
I became so scared. I knew I had to be careful with the kids.
My job sometimes keeps me preoccupied, I didn’t know
whether to quit the job in order to have more time for my kids.
Most importantly, I needed the cash too.
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