Office Politics: The plans of mice and men…by Afronuts
He sat behind his mahogany desk starring into space, his chin nestled in his palms. His eyes were wide open but his vision was nil; he was lost in dreamland.
He could see her; young, beautiful and promising. Everything about her enchanted him. Her smile was unique and different from what he‟d ever seen on the other women around him. Yet with all the appeal she exuded, she seemed more innocent than a catholic nun. And like the sugar ant, he was trapped by this alluring innocent sweetness.
He was a man imprisoned by the unholy passion that reeked of lust and desire for a woman he had no right to own.
But in his world, the story was different. He had some degree of power and since power could corrupt, he was a very willing candidate
The Intercom on Ayo‟s desk suddenly buzzed sharply startling him out of his reverie. The dreamy image of Iphey he had beheld suddenly faded into the obscurity of his subconscious.
He tapped at the intercom button, more out of anger than of urgency.
„Sir, you have a visitor, a Miss Giwa from Abuja.‟
Ayo‟s mind did a brain check. He couldn‟t recollect anybody by that name. His mind raced with suspicion. As a man of many escapades, he had to be careful with visits from females. Not every woman that romped with him should get to visit him at work.
He got up and strolled to his door and peeped through the pigeon hole. There was a gorgeously dressed woman standing at the secretary‟s desk but he could only see her back view.
„Sir? Are you there?‟ The secretary‟s voice came through the intercom again. He hurried back to the table and tapped the intercom button.
„Let her in.‟
He couldn‟t tell who she was but from the „good look‟ of things through his pigeon hole, he was willing to take the risk.
The door swung open and Ayo was awed as he beheld the feminine spectacle that waltzed into his office.
Her svelte figure bore a body fitting red dress with rosy frills at the edges which stopped at her knees, exposing a set of long caramel tanned legs.
She wore a long hair that sat gracefully on her shoulders; her face looked spotless and fresher than a baby‟s butt.
She wore no make-up except lip gloss. From the look of it, she didn‟t even need make-up. That would be an overstatement.
She smiled, closed the door, walked up slowly to his desk and peered down at him through her sparkling eyes, well enhanced by contact lenses.
„Umm…hello?‟ he muttered, standing up to receive her hand shake, while trying hard to recollect where on earth he had met her.
„It‟s me, Jennifer.‟
Her name suddenly triggered something in Ayo‟s head as memories came flooding his mind like a tsunami; the day he met her through a friend at a conference organized by the CBN two years ago at Abuja, how she had seduced him at the after party only to leave him hanging at the table because of some important call she got that required her to go to the ladies; how he had waited till the party was over and she never came back.
The mind update finished and he came back to the real world.
„Ha! Jennifer. What a pleasant surprise. How did you find me?‟
He had every reason to be angry about how he was ditched two years ago but her smile and bewitching eyes had an effect too powerful to neither ignore nor allow any other sentiment.
„I‟ll always find you. I have connections. And you gave me your card, remember?‟
She came round his table and stood very close to his chair. An exotic perfume assailed his nostrils. Her hand went to his chin and caressed it softly.
Ayo felt his armpits go wet as he t„I missed you.‟ Her soft voice was taunting the hormonal noises in him.
„You left me behind…‟
„Shhh…I know and I‟m sorry‟
She sat on his lap while still holding onto his chin.
Ayo‟s heart skipped several times. A woman‟s acceptance of fault and apology coupled with this smooshy drama was like sweet wine to his soul.
„So what brings you here?‟ He was still able to summon up the common sense to find out why she came. His brain was trying hard to be rational against the building rage of sensual adrenalin.
„I need your help with a loan. Can I count on you?‟
By this time she had drawn her face so close to his, he felt himself beginning to loose control. She leaned closer, her breath fanned gently against his face, her lips almost brushing against his…when the intercom buzzed.
Ayo‟s fist slammed at the button, heavily pissed at the interruption.
„What?‟ He half yelled at the intercom.
„Sir! The operations manager is on her way to your office!‟ his secretary‟s voice came whispering through the speaker. Thanks to the regular tipping he gave her to serve as his lookout for trouble.
Like a jackrabbit smoked out of its hole, Ayo came to his senses, pushed Jennifer off his lap and quickly ushered her into the toilet.
„What‟s going on?‟ she asked taken aback by his sudden reaction.
„I promise you dear. I‟ll get you the loan. But I need to settle some matters with people that might be a pain in the neck. Just hide here for a few minutes and keep quiet. Trust me, okay?‟
She wasn‟t sure she understood all he had just said but she very well understood the part about getting the loan.
„Okay. If you say so.‟ She walked gracefully into the restroom.
Ayo closed the door just as Funmi came into the office.
She was already halfway into the office when she stopped dead in her tracks, her nose twitched.
„What‟s that smell?‟
„Is that a woman‟s perfume I perceive?‟
„So? Are you the only female staff that wears a perfume?‟
‘Are you sure that girl is not in here?’
Funmi waved her hand in annoyance.
„You know who I’m talking about. I actually came to complain about her…‟ otally lost his composure.
„The door is locked‟, she said in a tone that demanded an explanation.
„It‟s under repairs and fumigation, you probably heard the rat in there.‟
Her hand quickly left the door. She hated rats and the mere mention of it.
„I thought you were hiding Iphey in there.‟
Ayo burst into laughter.
„Stop it. It‟s not funny.‟
The intercom buzzed. Ayo hit the button.
„Sir, Iphey‟s coming! She‟s looking for Oga Funmi‟ The secretary‟s whisper came loud and clear.
„Did she say Iphey?‟ Funmi asked.
„Yep. She did.‟
She gave a flustered look, refusing to meet his eyes. She now felt embarrassed that she might have overreacted. She turned and walked to the door.
„Good thing she watches out for us.‟ She said.
„Us?‟ Ayo questioned but she was out the door before he could get a reply. He heard her dialogue briefly in her usual nastiness with Iphey outside the door. Then they were gone.
He suddenly realized there were beads of sweat on his forehead and mopped them rapidly.
For a brief moment, the thought of Iphey came to his mind again. Funmi wanted her out of the picture, out of this branch or sacked for some flimsy reason but he wasn‟t going to let that happen. Funmi had served her purpose and was married now. He needed a replacement and Iphey was the perfect and even better fit.
He would handle all this later. For now he had other pressing matters.
He knocked on the restroom door.
„You can come out now.‟
He heard the lock turn and Jennifer came out.
She was smiling. She had heard all the drama.
„You‟re a bad boy. Is that how you trick women?‟
„Come on. Not all women, like fingers, are equal.‟
„By the way, thanks for locking the door. I never thought of it‟, he said placing himself back in his chair.
„I might look gentle but I‟m not a stupid chick‟, she replied stroking his face with her well manicured fingers.
„Now, where were we?‟
Office Politics: The Plans of Mice and Men 2…by Myne and Tisha
“So where were you?” Funmi bit out striding angrily out of Ayo’s office. I left a file on your desk earlier this morning and now I cannot find it!”
After the discovery of Funmi and Bisi’s alliance this morning, it was easy to guess how the missing file and all the other ones in the past including other different things that should have gotten her into trouble happened.
“I did not see any file on my desk,” Iphey replied as she fell into step behind. “How will you? Going out for lunch and staying two hours!” Funmi turned
around and glared at her. She felt like throttling the other girl’s neck. Bisi had given her the lowdown on their confrontation and she was mad as hell. Imagine the small girl, after displacing her friend, she had the guts to stand up to her! Well Bisi could blame herself for trying to befriend her in the first place. See where that had gotten her.
“It wasn’t like…” Iphey began.
“Pschewwwww,” Funmi hissed. By now they were standing in front of her office. “Just find that file!” She snapped testily and then left Iphey standing there. She stalked in and slammed the door behind her.
Iphey walked to the water dispenser and pressed out some water in a white plastic cup and headed to her desk. She walked gingerly since it seemed even her steps annoyed some people to no end. Iphey laughed inside, her time in the ladies before searching for Funmi showed that she was still looking great. But more than that she felt great inside. After the last few hours, she was in no mood for more drama today. It was like the day had flown by, so many things had happened, one revelation after another. After Bisi, she had shrugged it off to focus on better things and something beautiful had really come her way. She sashayed as behind her mind‟s eye she could see Chinedu, tall, dark and handsome. Such men were a dime a dozen, but Chinedu stood out from the rest, his features were imprinted in her head so even if she closed her eyes, she could still see him and it was weird but it seemed like they were connected.
Iphey smiled. She was working alright, but only just managing to concentrate. Half of her mind was on Chinedu. She could not even remember what the reasons for her not wanting to go out with him in the first place were. Yes, he had a shady history but he had showed himself to be an honorable man so far and those were the qualities that really mattered to her.
“A penny for your thoughts,” Tunde from marketing teased her, you are grinning like the cat that got the cream.”
Iphey laughed. Tunde thought it a contagious laughter that demanded for all who heard it to laugh also. He grinned widely at her.
“Are you sure you are not getting it somewhere?” he finally asked a quizzical look on his face.
“I don‟t do premarital sex if that‟s what you are asking?” Iphey laughed again, “I just don‟t see why you can‟t be happy and in love in a relationship without premarital sex?”
“You look like someone has given you some good loving,” he insisted with a wink.
“Actually I am just happy o, no particular reason, God‟s been good.”
“Uh hmm…tell me…”
Funmi was passing by and gave them a dirty look. “Tunde, Ayo wants you, now!”
Tunde stood to attention, blinked at Iphey and marched off.
Funmi did not pause in her tracks. She was walking with Bisi, who kept her face strictly ahead. A few paces behind them, Tola for Master Card section gave Iphey a smile and a wave. Iphey smiled back and went back to the files before her.
Iphey smiled to herself as she relived the kiss with Chinedu in the car. Her toes curled in her pumps and began to tingle. She considered whether to call him or wait for him to call first. She didn’t want to make any hasty decision but it was not as if she was planning to marry him in the next month, she was just going to give him a chance to see if they could make it work between themselves.
She remembered what she discussed with Aisha a couple of weeks ago. After they had discussed finding Bisi in his apartment, the conversation had diverged to general talk.
“Aisha, most girls are hasty to get into serious or permanent relationships. For me, I have now decided that I’ll give the guy a test-drive…”
Aisha‟s eyes went wide, “Do you mean…?”
Iphey grinned mischievously, “No, not the way people usually mean a test- drive. I mean a time frame in which I check out the guy and see if I like him on all levels and can check if we are on the same levels when it comes to values and compatibility of personalities.”
Aisha smiled and said, “That‟s what most people do but they define it with different terms.” They both laughed before Aisha continued. “As long as you don’t end up in a marriage of convenience.”
Iphey sighed and said, “I could never do a marriage of convenience, I would drive someone crazy.”
She smiled again and set her pen down. If she did end up with Chinedu, it would be nothing like that. She was already halfway in love with him. Something moved beside her and when she focused her vision, she watched her boss, Ayo seeing off a slinky lady. On his way back, he caught her eye and leered. When he saw that he had got her full attention, he stopped, rubbed his hands and licked his lips. Iphey turned away quickly. Did he think she found those gestures attractive? They were a disgusting turn-off. She hissed quietly.
Out of the corner of her eye, Iphey spied Funmi striding towards him. Let them sort themselves out and leave her out of it, she prayed. At least her adversaries will be reduced at the office when Bisi got sent forth on Friday. Now that she knew Funmi was out to get her sacked, she just had to be more careful with her work, keep her head down.
She worked steadily, yet before long her mind was on Chinedu again. She was tired of doing the battle of not thinking about Chinedu, so she let her mind linger on him, she had better do something about this. She day dreamed about the kiss all over again. His lips on hers, their tongues meshing, his hands on her waist, holding her tightly. Iphey sighed.
And to think she had been dreaming about him without knowing until this morning. That should have told her she would meet him. It was a course-mate in college who said that “when you start dreaming about a guy, love is either setting the wheels rolling or about to blot him from your horizon”. The first was possible, the first had proved impossible so far. It looked like Chinedu had come to stay. She was happy it was no more all in her mind, where he‟d been loitering all day and night for the past couple of weeks. She looked forward to seeing him later in the evening when he came to pick her up.
She asked herself whether she had time to call and tell Aisha about Chinedu, and that they were finally going to give it a go. She also wanted them to talk so she would have all the back ground information she needed. She needed advice about the way to proceed with this guy since she believed he was something special. Her mom was going to be so happy but she herself had to be sure that was not making a mistake. The case of James was still pending.
“Here you go.”
Iphey snapped out of her reverie and looked up. Jane stood before her, hand outstretched. She was holding a file.
“The shark didn’t know that I saw her hiding it in the bulk counter room. No mind her, you hear?” Jane smiled as she handed the file over.
“Thank you so much.” Iphey clapped quietly as the receptionist walked away. God was on her side sha, all her enemies will be scattered for sure! He had
guided her every step so definitely. His hand was evident on every part of her life. It would all work out fine with Chinedu too, all she needed to do was put one step in front of the other and commit it into His hands…
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