False Pretenses 25
Vicki had never mentioned that she’d ever been married, she’d left him with the impression that she’d never been married. He would have thought she would have talked about it since they’d talked a lot about themselves. It had left him wondering why she’d left such an important part of her life out of their conversation. She knew he was interested in her and he also got some interested vibes from her so why hadn’t she opened up about it? He didn’t like it when people kept things from him, to him it was the same as lying.
The intercom in his study rang and he picked it up.
“Yeah?” He said
“Sir, this is Mike from security. There’s someone at the gate by the name of Okiemute Omoh and she’s asked to see you.”
“Kite?” He said frownng, Kite was at his gate?
“Yes, please let her in.” He said “Bring her down to my house.”
He glanced at the clock, it was a quarter to eleven, what was she doing out so late? He stepped out of the study, going down the hall to the front door where he waited until her car came down. It was the company car he’d had admin get for her, after going through her query the week before where she’d blamed the distance of her house to town ,riding buses that had to stop to pick people coupled with the hold up on the roads, he’d sent a message to the admin guys on getting her a company car fast. It was her entitlement being a P.A to the C.E.O. Just like the managers and senior directors in the company, she was entitled to a car and an allowance on housing, so maybe she could move out from wherever she was staying at the moment.
The moment she stepped out of the car, Ise saw that all wasn’t well. He hurriedly went to meet her. She didn’t look good and was still in that day’s office outfit.
“Kite.” He called taking her arm and turning her to look at him “Kite, what is it? Is it your mother?” She’d been crying, her eyes were swollen and red.
She shook her head “Its not my mother, my mothers fine.” She managed, her voice barely a whisper.
Okay, that was good then. “Let’s go in.” Ise said, putting an arm around her shoulders, he assisted her into his house.
“I’m really sorry for barging in on you like this,” She began but he shushed her.
“Shhhh, it’s okay, I really don’t mind.” He said leading her into the living room, on to a sofa. “Do you need anything to drink?” He offered but she shook her head.
“No thanks.” She said as she dabbed at her eyes with the handkerchief in her hands.
He sat down beside her “So, what’s the problem?”
She shrugged “It’s so silly, I really shouldn’t involve you. I came here because I had no one else to go to and I really didn’t want to be alone….”
“Kite!” He stopped her “I don’t mind at all that you’re here, I care about you so it’s not a burden or anything, tell me what is wrong.”
“Its my boyfriend,” she said as fresh tears came down her face “Can you imagine that for the six months he was away he was shacking up with another girl? Sleeping with her?” She shook her head “I feel like such a fool, being scared, wondering what had happened to him…. To us, when all the while he’d been having the time of his life with someone else, then he comes back to me and I accept him back with open arms? I’m so bloody st’upid!”
“Hey, you’re not stup’id.” He told her “he’s the one who’s stu’pid for doing that to you. How did you find out?”
“I’d gone home early to surprise him when I saw the girl in the house with him, she was the one who let the cat out of the bag. I was so angry and confused I had to leave the house and go somewhere. I can’t even go back to my friends because of him, they warned me not to be with him, that he’d only hurt me but I didn’t listen. I can’t go back to them, if they even accept me back, they would be like I told you so and I really am not up for that.”
“And what about me, you think I won’t also tell you I told you so?” He asked her. He also had a right to be angry with her, she’d ditched him for this guy.
“Yours won’t be as annoying as theirs.” She told him managing a watery smile.
He sighed, not in the mood to smile but was glad she was feeling a bit better “So what are you gong to do now?”
She shrugged “I’m not sure yet. I have to move out of his place but I don’t have where to go.”
Ise suddenly got a crazy idea “You could move in with me.” He offered.
Kite’s eyes widened, She opened her mouth as if to speak the closed it before trying again “You’re joking right?”
“No, I’m not. What’s wrong with moving in with me?”
“Aside from you being my direct boss, umm, let me see,” She started sarcastically “This is your family estate where your mom and sister stay, what will you tell them? How do you think I’ll be looked at by your family and in the office?” She asked and then answered for him “I’ll be looked at as a tamp! Like I’m sleeping with the boss for special favours. And how about your new girlfriend?”
He frowned, he wasn’t aware he had a new girlfriend. “My new girlfriend?” he asked her.
“Yes, the beauty queen at the office today.”
“Oh, Vicki, she’s not my girlfriend.” He told her, well, she’d been a potential girlfriend.
“It didn’t look that way.” She told him.
He noticed she wasn’t crying anymore “She’s not my girlfriend.” He stated again “and I don’t care what anyone thinks, Kite. Not my mom or sis or even anybody at the office, I live my life for me and noone else. If they have a problem with you then they should take it up with me.” He told her looking into those sexy catty eyes of hers.
“But still…” She tried to protest again.
“But nothing, if you really have no where to go, my house is here for you, infact, I insist that you move in with me.”
“Thank you.” She managed lightly “But I don’t think it’s proper, especially as you used to have feelings for me.”
“Used to? Who said they were gone?” he asked her and her eyes darted back at him before hastily looking away, she suddenly couldn’t look at him because he’d said he had feelings for her. Why was she so scared or shy of him when feelings were in the picture? “Why did you pick him over me, Kite? Why did you go back to someone who left you for six months?”
Placing his hand under her chin, he tipped her face up gently to look into her eyes “Why?” He asked again softly. “When I’m here ready to lay the world at your feet if you’ll just let me.”
“Mr. Williams…” She started.
“Ise.” He told her
“Ise,” she managed “ I picked him because I thought I knew him, he meant the world to me, we are sort of the same, we’ve been together for like..forever, and he had a good reason for leaving.”
“To shack up with another girl?” he asked and realisation dawned on her “You are making excuses for him.”
“I know.” She said lowering her eyes. Then she looked back up at him “So who’s the beauty queen anyway?”
He had to smile “Are you jealous?”
She made a face “no, why would I be? I’m just asking.”
“She’s a neighbour and friend.”
“Whom you cancelled your appointments to be with?”
“Okay, okay, I had a thing for her for like five minutes, why do you care anyway?” He asked her back.
She shrugged “Why wouldn’t I care, Just a few days back, you were kissing me, telling me about your feelings for me and then next thing, you’re parading some other woman and cancelling all your appointments…..”
Ise gave into temptation and took her lips in his, welcoming the familiar softness and feel against his. She sighed as her hands came up to his arms again, tightening and pulling him closer, she kissed him back with so much vehemence that he had to pull back.
“Why did you pull away?” She asked breathlessly
“I’m not sure we should be doing this as you are so emotional right now.” He said.
“Its okay, I’ve wanted to do that for a while now.” She told him.
“What? You’ve been meaning to kiss me?” He asked, this was news to him. She shrugged but didn’t say anything .
“You know what? lets get you settled into your room, its quite late and I’m sure you’re tired.” He said getting up, she followed but instead of moving, she took his hand and pulled him to herself.
Placing her hands behind his neck she pulled him down to her, meeting him in another heart wrenching kiss.
Ise didn’t have the strength to pull away this time so he savoured the moment. Her arms going around his neck while his hands went to her hips and pulled her close to him, she felt so good against him.
“Take me to your room.” She whispered against his lips.
Ise was weak, he knew he shouldn’t accept and tried one last time to resist “Are you sure?”
In reply, she slipped her tongue through his slightly parted lips and that was all the confirmation he needed.