Oyinade could not quite believe that her world was
falling apart right in her very face. She stared at
Ronke as she drank from her cup slowly, hoping
that she was just pulling her legs but the facial
expression she saw told her that it was definitely a
farce. She swallowed hard.
“Please Ronke, don’t do this to me; we are best
friends, remember?” she pleaded.
Ronke laughed sarcastically. “Best friends my foot.
What do you take me for, uhn? Do you think I am
someone you toil with? I watched you take up
positions in various places; being offered top
positions in every company you enter, you come
here and rub it in my face instead of helping me
secure a job. Do you think I like warming people’s
beds for money? Listen to me and listen well: if
you don’t get five million Naira in two weeks, be
ready for a shocker”. She stood up already furious.
“Five million Naira? Where am I supposed to get
that?” Oyinade yelled, already in tears.
“I don’t know and I don’t care. Rob a bank,
whatever. You know me girl, don’t take me
lightly”. She threatened, refilling her cup.
Oyinade was breathing hard. “You are a betrayer. I
hate you” Oyin said quietly.
Ronke nodded. “Not as much as I hate you. Now,
Oyinade stood for a while then made for the door
quietly. Ronke’s voice stopped her at the door.
“Don’t think I don’t have proof. Two weeks” Ronke
said and went into the room. Oyinade closed the
door and made for her car. She ought to have
arrived office by now.
Prisca dropped off Patricia at school, leaving her
with a loving peck on the cheeks. She had snacks
in her lunch bag which she dropped with her
teacher – Miss Terri. She went back home to enjoy
her day. Part of the advantage of being a boss is
the fact that you can decide to stay at home
anytime you like. She hadn’t been able to tell
Richard and Belina what she had found out
yesterday. Belina had been asleep and Richard had
been too concerned about Belina to even be
concerned about whatever she had found out. She
had poured it all out to Tony immediately she
arrived home and had played the recording to his
hearing. He had been too impressed with her role as
the interrogator that he had sent it to his phone
to listen to it over and over again. His anger
towards Oyinade was not disputed though. He had
relayed the story of how Richard had been
distraught when he saw the picture sent to him.
Prisca eased into a chair, lemon juice in hand,
switching on the plasma to watch some American
movies. She would make sure that Oyin girl is put
exactly where she belongs. She had said some
things which held an element of truth.
When Belina became a member of the family, she
had almost become invisible to her parents. Her dad
was doing all he could to make up for lost time. He
wanted to do everything just to erase the bad
things that Belina had to cope with in the hands
of Mr. Badmus. He never came back from work
without buying something special for her. Prisca
had felt neglected but Belina, being wise had
always shared everything that was bought for her.
She would have resented Belina but the bond
between them is far too deep to allow jealousy.
Belina had noticed the extra attention she was
receiving and had confronted their parents. Belina
is the best sister she could have ever had and if
she had to choose again, she would choose Belina a
She remembered the fact that she would be an aunt
in a matter of months and a wide grin was pasted
on her face. As for that Oyin girl, she would deal
with her personally; her trip to BRH should put
that little gold-digger in her place.
Oyinade sat in her office. She hadn’t done anything
serious and most of her time had been spent in her
office, thinking of what to do. She felt stupid and
foolish. She couldn’t believe she had trusted Ronke
enough to get her involved in her every move. She
had known that Ronke was jealous of her
achievements and of her enormous body but she
never knew she was this bitter. Where on earth
could she get five million Naira? She has little
above one million in her account. Even the two
million Naira she had stolen had been squandered.
There is this thing about stolen money that seems
to fly away the very minute it gets to your hands.
She put her fingers against her temples. She had
been expecting Richard to call her as a result of
what she had told Miss Prisca Williams but she
hadn’t heard anything. Richard came in rather late.
He must have been at home taking care of his baby
mama. Her jealousy spiraled as she thought about
An idea popped into her head. No. she shook her
head vigorously. She couldn’t try it. Never. She
cleared her mind, removing the evil thought from
her mind. She placed her head on the table. She
had never been this confused in her life. Her
intercom line rang and she jerked up with a start,
her heartbeat running wild. She contemplated
ignoring it but common sense took over.
“Hello” she said with shaky voice.
The voice of her boss came through the speaker,
making her already wild heartbeat somersault.
“Miss Oyinade, I want to see you in my office
She had dropped the phone without a response but
even if she had responded, it wouldn’t have been
heard because Richard hung up immediately he
finished his statement.
She stood up on shaky legs and went to Richard’s
office, leaving her brain blank, expecting the
I chewed the salty crackers Richard had given me.
Richard had pampered me so much that I got tired
of it, loved it though. I woke up rather late. Is it
part of the signs of pregnancy to sleep too much?
If it is, I do not like it. I hate waking up late, no
matter how tired I was the previous day. I felt
heavy and weak and I wanted to do some exercise
even if it is strolling but Richard would not have
it. I still felt weak and sick but I explained to him
that it was just a minor weakness, of course, he
did not listen.
The part of the pampering I really enjoyed was
when he bathed me. Silly me, you would say. I am
allowed to be silly; I am married for heaven’s sake.
You enjoy so many ‘silly things’ when you are
married, especially to a very handsome Richard. The
bath had graduated into something else and instead
of it being a single person bath, it became double.
After the love play in the bathroom and in the
room afterwards, he had got me some salty
crackers from the supermarket which would reduce
my nausea, then tried to force me to eat something
even though I had no appetite at all.
I had to send him to the hospital forcefully when
his pampering was becoming too much, saying that
he needed to take care of Kelvin. He didn’t like me
mentioning his name but I had done it just to send
him to the hospital. When that jealous look had
crossed his face, I had smiled and kissed him,
telling him that I love him.
I chewed the cracker, very happy that he had
actually bought it. It was helping me, although I
already missed Richard. I sent him a message,
telling him that I would love to have another bath.
I smiled to myself as I saw the delivery alert.
Prisca smiled internally as she sat opposite Richard.
She wanted to just blurt everything out but she
wanted a little fun. She wanted the downfall of
Oyin to be her way of having fun. She had arrived
at BRH and had headed straight towards Richard’s
office. He would have called Belina but she did not
want to stress her at all. She is an expectant
mother, she thought with a smile.
She had to wait in the reception for Richard
because he was not on seat. Richard met her there
and had invited her into the office. They had
discussed various issues before she carefully slipped
into her main purpose for coming.
“Richard, someone in this hospital has tried to
break up my lovely family” she had said.
Richard’s eyes had twitched as he looked at her as
if dumbfounded. “What are you talking about? Is
there any problem between you and Tony? Who is
Prisca’s expression had been one of pain. “It is
Oyinade. I saw her yesterday. She is trying to
destroy a family filled with love. She even has the
guts to admit it to my face. I wanted to tell you
yesterday but I could not. You were already on your
Richard had remembered that she was about to say
something but had kept quiet. He did not question
her again but had called Oyinade immediately. She
tried hard to keep in place her facial remorse as
she waited patiently for Oyinade to arrive.
Not long after, a call came in through the intercom
and Richard said into the mouth-piece, ‘tell her to
come in’. She smiled internally.
Oyinade entered and upon sighting Prisca, she
shivered. Richard noticed this, he had actually
thought that there must have been a mistake but
seeing Oyinade’s reactions, he knew that something
was fishy. This lady is already having the habit of
causing confusion in homes. “Would you explain
exactly what I am hearing Miss Adeyanju?” Richard
said sternly, having a calm look on his face; an
expression that Oyinade had come to term as
Oyinade shifted uncomfortably on her feet. “I…
don’t understand sir” she breathed very quietly
that Richard almost did not hear her.
“You better understand before I lose my cool. Tell
me what you did before my sister-in-law repeats
herself, leading you into even bigger trouble”
Richard dropped, piercing her with his eyes even
though she avoided meeting his.
She trembled. “I am sorry sir, I was misled. I was
over-ambitious and dying with love that I had to
do everything within my power to have you” she
said, tears dropping from her eyes.
Richard was now confused; very confused. “What are
you talking about?” he asked, looking from a
distraught Oyinade to an indifferent Prisca and
“I admit everything Mrs. Williams told you but sir,
I did everything out of love for you sir. Ever since
I saw you on TV, I hadn’t stopped fantasizing
about being with you and having you to myself.”
She sniffed. Richard just stared wide eyed. “I was
the one that sent you the picture of your wife and
“What?” Richard said before he could stop himself.
His anger was now coercing to the surface.
She cried harder. “I only wanted you to love me sir.
That is why I wore that skimpy dress to work, so
that you would notice me.” She swallowed. “I am
so sorry sir… I would never do it again” she said,
Richard just stared at her, not knowing what to do
or say. He had expected something like this but not
about him and Belina. Prisca had said it in a way
that made him think it had to do with she and
Prisca took out her phone, pressed a few buttons
and the conversation between she and Oyin filled
the room. When the recording ended, Richard placed
his head on his desk. His head was filled with
nothing and everything. He could not believe he
had such a person in his hospital. He lifted his
“I would take pity on you because I am not ready
for any legal case right now but you know that if I
decide to put you behind bars, you would be there
for some time. I have the power; but I would not
do that. Stand up now and go to your office. You
have one hour to pack all your possessions. You are
Oyin’s head shot up instantly. “No. Please sir, I am
sorry. I did what I did out of ignorance. Please”
Richard’s piercing gaze almost blocked air from
entering her nostrils. “Remove that tag and hand it
over”, he ordered. Oyinade was still for a couple of
seconds. She removed the BRH tag bearing her name
and placed it on the table. “Now, get out now” the
words were a little above a whisper but it was like
a scream due to the way he said it. Oyinade stood
up, wiped her eyes and left deflated.
Richard picked up his intercom and barked. “Prepare
a letter of termination of contract for Miss
Adeyanju immediately. She is no longer a staff in
Oyin made for her office like a robot. Her brain was
blank. No thought came. She picked up the few
things she had in her office – her photo frame,
her Ipad, her bag and some other minute things and
moved out of the hospital. Curious stares greeted
her as she left but she did not pay them any heed.
The only thing that came to her head was, ‘where
am I going to get five million Naira?”