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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

What a Sunday! Well, it’s Monday now. I had slept off on Dare’s Shoulder. I turned off the alarm. It had been buzzing since 5am, but I remained in bed until 6am. After my experience last night with those Assassins, I wouldn’t be maimed for sleeping till 8am. Should I?
I grabbed my laptop and hurried for the kitchen. I was desperate to eat. Noodles, Oats, or Bread? I had to make a choice. I grabbed the Oats and immediately made a meal. 7:45AM!!! Now Dare would have my head for his own breakfast. I hurried downstairs and flung the gate open.

“Hi D.” Jake said, as I stepped out.
I smiled. My Guardian Angel. “What are you doing here?” I asked.
“Waiting for you.”
I raised an eyebrow. “Are you kidding me? You don’t always have to wait for me.”
“I can’t let you walk the streets on your own. Come in.” he said, opening the door.
I stared at him till he gestured to the car. “Come on Darlene. It’s me, your Jake. You are safe.” I smiled and stepped in.
“Thank you.” I said as he started the engine.
I hurried into the elevator. It was already 9am. I had arrived late for work. I ignored Bola’s greetings and dropped my bag in the office.
“There’s a conference meeting.” She managed to say as I rushed towards the conference room.
Dare was in the meeting with all the board members, this time, Mr. Ayodeji Ade-Cole was in attendance. “Good morning sirs.” I said as I pushed the door open. The board room was silent as they all stared at me. Dare was giving a presentation as I walked in.
“I am so sorry.” I said, clumsily.
Dare rubbed his hair to indicate that I had my hair a bit ruffled. I immediately adjusted my hair and slid into a seat. “Where were we?” I asked indicating that the meeting continued.
Mr. Ayodeji Ade-Cole cleared his throat. “Ms. Williams, this is totally unacceptable! You can’t stroll in for a board meeting at 9am and you know that this concerns the court case on Wednesday. I am not happy.”
“Ahem!” Dare stuttered into the discussion. “Dad, erm…”
Mr. Ayodeji Ade-Cole shot at Dare. “No DAD, its Sir!”
“I am sorry Sir, but, Ms. Williams here has been through a lot in the last 24 hours, she was chased by gun men and I fear it is relating to this case, so we might excuse her lateness a bit.” Dare said.
There was a lot of murmuring among the board members. Dare’s Dad beckoned to him and then Dare came over to me. “Please step outside, I’ll send for you.”
I nodded and exited the board room. I leaned against the door and took a deep breath. I just hoped that the board members might be a bit considerate. Dare joined me outside almost immediately.

“What did they say?” I asked.
He took my hand and smiled. “Everything is okay.” He took me by the hand and we walked into the board room. He ushered me to a seat.
“I am sorry.” I apologized again.
Mr. Ayodeji smiled. “Its fine Ms. Williams, I am sorry too.” The board meeting continued for the next hour and then all the members left the room leaving Dare and I. “Thanks for standing up for me.”
He smiled at walked over to me. “Darlene, even if I didn’t do that for you, you would still find your way around them.” He said, taking my hand with a smile.
“Now what does that mean?” I asked, smiling in a sheepish manner.
He looked at me with a great deal of seriousness. “You are a charmer.” The next few moments felt sensual in my stomach.
“Ahem! I’ll say you said so.” I said, leaving for the door.
“Why do you keep running away from the truth?” he asked, taking a seat.
I paused and held the door handle. “What truth, Dare?”
“I know you care about me.”
I smirked. “In your dreams.”
“That’s a start.” He said with a corny laughter.
I shook my head and opened the door. Reina stood before me.
“We meet again.” She said with a cynical laugh.
I rolled my eyes and tried to step out of the way but she stood in my way.
“Not too fast, I thought I told you to leave Ade-Cole Firm.” She started.
I hissed. “I thought I would never see you again too.” I said.
Dare joined us at the door. “Easy ladies, can we talk about this inside and not start up anything here.” He said ushering Reina and I into the board room.
“What do you want here, Reina?” Dare asked.
She stared at him and smiled. “Baby, you know I come around anytime I feel like it.”
“Baby, you know I come around anytime I feel like it.” I mimicked sounding like a cartoon character.
Reina covered her mouth in some sort of mocking laugh. “Did Ade-Cole’s Firm executive just sound like that?” she said as she laughed. “Honey, you need to grow up.” She said, laughing at me.

“I thought she sounded cute.” Dare said, defending me.
Reina scoffed. “Baby, I am not surprised you are taking her side, it’s your first approach towards getting any girl you want, then you get her pregnant and then you kill her kid.” She said and wiped a tear from her eye.
JEEZ!!! Reina is the world’s biggest hypocrite! Now she was set on making Dare feel bad.
Dare raised his eye up. “Reina, I thought we have passed this issue on Tobi’s death.”
“Really? Every night I sleep and think of my son. He would still be alive if you had been a man and done what a man should do.” She shouted angrily.
I stood up. “I think I should leave.”
Reina laughed. “Oh please Darlene, you have to stay and know the kind of man you are going to be working and sleeping with, S--t.”
“I beg your pardon.” I said. NO ONE DARES THE WILLIAMS IN ME!
Reina smiled. “The man you are going to be working AND sleeping with, S--T!” she emphasized. She didn’t have to finish her line before I hit her in a school girl’s way – A SLAP!
Reina rubbed her cheek. “That really hurt, Ms. Williams.” She said, as she took a seat. “But I am not gonna react, because I am classy and you are thrash.”
Dare held his head. “STOP THIS!”
“You stop it Dare, this is your girlfriend or wife or whatever coming to the office to harass me, I am just a staff, is this also office policy?” I raged in anger.
Dare stared at me and then smiled. “You care Darlene, you just called her my wife, and it shows that you care.”
“Why are men so dumb?” I asked as I cursed in Spanish.
Reina swallowed. “Dare, are you really gonna end up with this girl?”
Dare took his seat. “Reina, it’s not your business and I think you have overstayed.”
“It is my business! We shared a child together, Dare. I am concerned for you. This kid is rude.” She said, staring at me.

I officially brand Reina a ‘Psycho’. She just called me a ‘KID’
“Reina, I won’t have you talk to Darlene in that manner.” Dare replied.
She laughed and fetched her whisky from her bag.
“Reina, classy women don’t carry whisky around.” I said.
She nodded as she gulped. “Dare is responsible for everything. Ever since Tobi left us, Dare became a monster, he stopped seeing me .” She said, as she drank. She choked slightly and continued. “This guy is not a man.”
Dare bowed his head. “I thought you went for a reformation. Nothing has changed, Reina.”
She laughed. “So you were expecting a change from a woman you destroyed.”
I stared at them, not sure if it was pity or spite in my eyes. They both needed to sort themselves out. Dare stared at me. “She’s drunk.” He said.
I smiled. “For all the right reasons, I guess.”
He scoffed and stared at Reina. “Reina, this is a board room, not some brothel downtown, so if you don’t mind, stop drinking.”
She laughed. “Now, you want me to stop drinking. You used to like me drink, you said I was hotter when I drank. Why are you making me look bad before Cinderella here?” She said, staring at me. “Or are you not Cinderella?” she asked, laughing.
“This is not looking good. Do I call a Doctor?” I asked.
She let out a loud laugh and threw the can towards my direction. I dodged it swiftly and avoided a scar on my face. “You are lucky, Cinderella. Are you trying to say I am insane?” she said, stuttering.
“It’s obvious that you are a bit on the down side and you need to get help as soon as possible.” Dare said as he approached her.
She held her hair and screamed. “I don’t need any help. All I need is Tobi, my son, our son!” she said, and sobbed gently.
“Tobi is dead, and he’s not coming back to us. Please understand that Reina. You can’t keep flogging yourself over this.” He said, and hugged her.
She held on to him tightly. “Please don’t let me go, Dare. Marry me please; I want you in my life. I will die if you leave me, please baby.” She said, and kissed his neck.
This is officially a psycho case. Dare has his hand full with Reina, probably he’ll forget about whatever love he claims to feel for me. Reina needed help, not Dare’s love. If she claimed that Dare hurt her so much, I couldn’t understand why she wanted him so bad.
“Dare is mine. He is mine…go away Cinderella.” She said.
I smiled faintly and headed for the door.
“Darlene, you know Dare and I made our son in this board room and on this floor, this might just be our second baby. The rebirth of Tobi”
I was disgusted. There was an awful grimace on my face as I stared at them.
Dare angrily pushed her away. “I have had enough!” he yelled. “Tobi was not even MY SON!”

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