The morning was bright as usual,Rama woke up and did her daily morning exercise before cleaning up,she chose the best dress to make her look smart and more attrac-tive…she was really up to something..Just like a Delilah..
On her way to woke,she st©pped by a popular waakye joint to buy some waakye for herself and Araba her secretary,she continued to work in the usual traffic jam..But today,she was looking happy and lit up,she was in a rush to get to work.
Getting to the work premises,she was met by Ndego,the gate keeper
Ndego: Madam Madaaam!!
Rama: Yeess,what is it this morning?
Ndego: Oh Madam,you see errr,I just dey love the shoes you dey wear,walahi
Rama: Ah,Just that?..Just the shoes?
Ndego:Ohhh,you see err,I dey love your watch too
Rama: Look,you have myopia,you can’t even praise my facial look?
Ndego: Ohh Not that,Madam,anything..Ano chop for last night ooo
Rama:…Ok If you want cash,you gonna strike a deal with me..
Ndego:..Ei Madam,you want make I kill sombro give you?
Rama:..Mtcheew!..You see the guys who c@m£ for the interview yesterday,immediately you see them here today,call me..
Ndego:Oh,just call?…Ago do am sharp sharp,make you no worry
Rama:Take this,don’t ask me for money this week.
Ndego:Madam Madaaam,I go call you sharp sharp…Hahahahaaa!…
Rama: You better do..
Reaching her office,Araba was alre-ady at her desk inspecting some files that was brou-ght to Rama
Araba:Ma’ Good morning
Rama:Hmmm,have you realized you only greet me in the morning when you see me come with waakye
Araba: I do greet you every morning,maybe you refuse to hear
Araba:Yeah I think
Rama:Take it,pour mine into a bowl and bring it to me
Today,a lot of files were piled up on her table for reviews,she went throu-gh each files as she ate the food served by Araba,then her phone started ringing..It was her dad…She actually thought it was Ndego…
Rama:Hello Dad,good morning
Dad:Good morning,how are you doing?
Rama:Dad am fine
Her convo with her Dad was somewhat long,Rama lost her Mom immediately she completed JHS,her father never married again,ma-king her the only child of her parents,So she grew up with her Dad,Her dad..Mr Vandy was a successful business tycoon,so raising up Rama alone wasn’t a big deal financially,He also did well by providing her the necessary help to prevent her from thinking about her Mom..It did work,He still pampa her and was worried why she is still single and not married,that was the reason He called her to talk about,she heard Haylie who was younger than Rama got married,and as a father,he has to be concerned about her daughter’s well being…
Her talk with her Dad changed her mood,she was worried for the first time in a long time of being single,she was worried everyone was talking about her being single..She has a masters degree and she should be married by now…what else is she waiting for?
Mr.Ragnar is Rama’s boss,He has tried all possible means He could find to lure Rama,but the man was married with kids,having a secret affair with a married man was the last thing she could ever think of,she did her best by turning down all proposals from Mr.Ragnar..
It was past 12pm but no call from Ndego,is it that they ain’t coming today?…Or why..she asked herself..
Her anxiousness to see Aquila was soo great,she couldn’t hide it for once…But she had doubts too,will this work comfortably un-der the nose of Mr.Ragnar…?
Workplace relationsh!ps was just a “no go there” crusade at her workplace,if you are in a relationsh!pwith a the office…you have to exhibit its colors outside the walls of the office premises,that will save you as-s from being fired…
Her Office door ban-ged open…it was Akosua,the IT Officer,her gossip p@rtner..
Rama:You damned scared me,Don’t you have the f!ngersto knock?
Akosua:..I didn’t see any notice that told me to knock before entering,even if there was any,I would knock….
Rama:..Mtcheeew….By the way whats up?
Akosua:I just closed from break,didn’t see you at the canteen so thought of coming over to check on you
Rama:Yea,Am busy with this files..I have to finish with them today
Akosua:…Oh ok…Ahaaa…yesterday,I saw this guy..I mean you interviewed this guy yesterday,I heard he is Aquila…He’s so cute….I looked at him from my office when He was leaving
Rama:Really?…Aquila,I don’t actually remember which of them was Aquila,they were two..
Akosua:The one with the Afro
Rama:Oh Ok…I was paying attention to his face though…What about hi,m,why are you discussing this with me?
Akosua:..I thought you would tell me something about him,you might have re-ad throu-gh his form..did you?
Rama:Something?…All I saw was school stuff and nothing more
Akosua:But do you think He has a better chance of getting the job?
Rama:I was only on the panel,am not p@rt of the Board of Directors,so i don’t know for sure..
Akosua:…He must get the job…
Rama:Look Akosua,you can see am busy now,I don’t want any disturbances here..
Akosua:…Ok I here…But I’ll come over later,you will help me get to this guy
Akosua:…Don’t talk plenty..I’ll get back to you later..
Akosua left the office leaving Rama in a heated mind b!owing ideas…So am not the only one who saw Aquila?…But how would Akosua also be admiring what am trying to capture…this girl is trying to cross her limits with me…She spoke to herself.
Her convo with Akosua changed her mood,looked like what she hoped for has reached a level of competition in which she has to pl@ysmart before being outsmarted..
But how is she going to do this,Akosua is a good friend,she wouldn’t dare fight her over a guy..they have been good friends for long….
She wished to open up to Akosua on whatsapp about her planned motives with Aquila,but she kept calm…Its better to be patience sometimes…
Rama closed for the day and made her way to the car park,Araba had left early on to attend to her sick Mom,so she had nob©dy around to discuss what Akosua told her…
Madammmm….that was Ndego
Ndego: I bell you like millions but dem say your number no dey job
Rama:You called my number,I have being with my phone all day,which number did you call,let me see it
Ndego: See am…
Rama:Oh No..My name is Rama…not Rahma..that name is that of the Libr@rian
Ndego:Oh saa…me I nor know oo…He lef longest plus one woman He come plus
Rama:You mean they c@m£ here?..
Ndego:Yes,one wey come,the one with Afro nu
Rama:You mean Aquila?…Plenty hair?
Ndego:..Yeah inn that…
Rama:He left with a woman or lady?
Ndego:..Mmm..she be woman like you naaa
Rama:..Ok..Thank you…Open the gate for me..
On reaching home,she went straight for sofa and dialed Haylie’s number,she told her about her convo with Akosua and Ndego,she felt she might be chasing the wrong person..
Hey dear,you have to keep calm and watch things,I feel you are soo desperate,but you have to watch things closely before you take any action,hmmm,but Akosua too why?…hmmmBut you can’t blame her too,she is not aware you are thinking about him too…Haylie told her..
They spoke dee-per into the night before hanging up,Rama went to wash down,and upon returning,she logged on to Facebook to admire Aquila’s ph0tos before pu-lling the be-d sheet over her n-ked b©dy…
The night bliss swept over her eyes,and sooner,she was in the dream lands yonder…
As usual,the office premises was quiet to the core,the cli-cks of computer mice could be heard everywhere,and a little chirps of stilettos…
Rama was busy working on her computer when she heard a knock…
And gently walking throu-gh the door was Aquila,He started work today and was taking time to say hi to the staff….Rama was surprised,couldn’t anyone ti-p her this guy got the job,Araba was abs£nt too….she was by herself today..
Rama:Errrm Ya,good morning
Aquila:I remember you from the Interview room
Rama:Yes,I was there
Aquila:I got the job and just pas-sed by to say hi.
Rama:..You mean..Hi to me or?..
Aquila:..I mean the staff..just to familiarize with them
Rama:..Ok..Am Rama..Economist,In charge of Budget Reviews
Aquila:..Am Aquila..the new Accountant..Nice meeting you..
Rama:Nice meeting you too..
Aquila:..My office is next to yours,I hope we get to interact later..
Rama:..Oh ok..I hope so..
Aquila:.Ok I should get going…Catch you later
Rama:..See you too,thanks for coming..
OMG!!…Was that him?…He c@m£ to my office?…But why didn’t they tell us they have employed them in the first place…I feel like He invaded my privacy…I wish Araba was here…
Her encounter with Aquila s£nt chills throu-gh out her b©dy,goose pimples appeared on her ebony glow skin as she held her jaws between her palms to catch some warmth..She was surprised and happy at the same time..
It means,If He has gone to every office,then he has being to Akosua before coming,and I know that girl will behave in a strange way to gain his attention..She said to herself as she returned to her seat.
Rama c@m£ out of the office at noon,it was break so everyone was either going to the canteen or driving outside to a restaurant nearby,She looked around,and there he was,smartly dressed and his face buried in his phone,Rama gathered courage and went over to him..
Aquila:,,Hey Rama right?
Rama:..Yea,what are you doing her,ain’t you going for lunch
Aquila:..I will,am not sure where to go yet.
Rama:Oh,we can go together in my car,there is a restaurant around
Aquila:..Thank you,Am waiting for one Akosua,she offered to pick me up,she’s gone to pick up her bag
Rama:..Oh cool..nice..then am gone..see ya!
Aquila:See ya too..
I knew it,this girl did just as I guessed…hmmm…what am I going to do now…just look on as she takes him like that?…Hell No!…She told herself and she drove out of the office premises….
Workers were back to their various offices after two hours break,Rama was in her office contemplating on how to deal with Akosua,then she heard someone get into her office
Aquila:..I nee-d you to give me this year’s budget allocations..
Rama:..Oh ok…plea-se sit,let me print it for you
Rama:How did your break go
Aquila:..Mmmm..not soo well
Rama:..what do you mean by not so well?
Aquila:The lady was busy talking on the phone the whole time we left..I felt soo silly..
Rama:..Oh cmon…Maybe she’s nervous
Aquila:..I wished she was,let’s talk of something different
Rama:..Look,you c@m£ for this sheet..not a convo,we can talk later…If you ain’t aware,our CEO is the mad type..un-derstanding level very low..
Aquila:..Ok I hear…am just trying to know more about my new p@rtners
Rama:..You can do that later after work…
Rama:Thank you too…
The kind of relieve that swept throu-gh Rama’s b©dy was tremendous,she knew she has gotten a big chance to pounce on Aquila and do what Akosua couldn’t do,she immediately planned to get his number after work,and another idea c@m£ into her mind…
Why don’t I drive him home today after work….Perfect Idea…She said to herself..
She quic-kly took up some files that had to do with the budget and went straight to Aquila’s office..
Rama:I forgot to give you this…Its the budget statements for the previous years
Rama:..I have to leave now
Rama:..I have work to do…we can talk after work.
Rama:which route will you take home,am going towards spintex
Aquila:..Oh good..I live at Legon…I can hop in for a lift then
Rama:Good,come to my office immediately we close then
Rama:I’ll be waiting
Rama went back to his office with smiles on her face,she knew she had gotten hold of Aquila in a good way,she started packing her stuffs,went for her dressing mirror and went on to remake her facial looks…make ups,hair and contact lens to make her a slayer….she sat comfortably and waited until she heard Aquila come in..
Aquila:Hey,sorry I c@m£ late,I wanted to finish off some work..
Rama:..Oh don’t worry,was doing same here(She lied)..Can we go now?
Aquila:..Oh ya,after you..
Immediately they stepped out of the office,Rama saw Akosua descending the stairs,she had this look on her face,Aquila was talking on his phone so he didn’t pay attention to Akosua.
Rama:Hey whats up,I have not seen you the whole of toda
Akosua:.Ya,am not feeling too good..Hey,what are you doing with him…That is the guy I told you about yesterday..
Rama:..He is going my way,so am giving him a lift in my car
Akosua:plea-se let me do it..let me drop him
Rama:..Then you should speak to him
Akosua:..Oh c’mon.plea-se ask him to
Rama:..Well,if you can’t..Then I can’t help you..He wants to know more about the annual financial reports and I will be taking him throu-gh it,that is why He is going with me…you can have him tomorrow if you wish..
Akosua:..Hmm..Safe journey then
Rama un-derstood the facial expression on Akosua’s face but she didn’t give a damn about it..After all what..?
The drive throu-gh traffic was not a strange sight to Rama,she knew shortcuts like google map,she meandered throu-gh ti-ght corners until she got to a free road that linked her to the less free traffic prone highways,she agreed to drive Aquila to his home,which she actually wanted to,the conversation between them made them get to know more about each other.
Aquila is the only child of her Mom,Ms.Lina,she is woman in her early forties,but still looking soo fresh and young,Aquila never saw his dad after he left them angrily some many years ago when his parents had a quarrel,He was fifteen then,He c@m£ back to Ghana with his Mom to stay here permanently after staying in the USA for decades..
Aquila was single,He likes having fun and being with his Mom…
There two were raised by single parents,so they all kind of felt how it is to be with a single parent,but to them,it wasn’t a big deal…
Aquila alighted at a rather hvge mansion,Rama was surprised but couldn’t ask him anything,Aquila proposed she c@m£ in to meet his Mom,but she didn’t want to rush things so she declined,they exchanged phone numbers before Rama drove to the Chinese Restaurant to buy herself a dinner pack.
She reached room earlier to catch her favorite TV series,she sat to watch as she had her supper,then her phone c@m£ to life,It was Aquila calling to confirm whether she’d gone home safely…
Rama was happy,but she doesn’t want to loose Akosua her friend,she called her and they had a hearty chat,but none mentioned Aquila..
What happens between us remains within us..she told herself after she hanged up…
She refreshed her whatsapp list,and started a convo with Aquila who was alre-ady online,they had chit chat dee-per into the night before they bid each other goodnight..
Aquila declined Rama’s request to pick him up the next day,well..its his decision…
Going to be-d,she prayed God give her a clean heart to win the heart of Aquila…She wished she had magic to place a love charm on him to get things working fas-ter… But patience is golden..she thought
She drifted into the sleepy world with a mild smile on her face….
TO BE CONTINUED