What I Didn't Know (chapter Seven)

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When I stepped into my father’s office, it was like everything felt different. I remember running into the place when I was younger, pranking the workers, and being cute. Now I couldn’t remember half of their names; in fact, most of them were gone through. Daddy replaced his staff once business got better. I walked through and could feel their eyes on me as I walked by. A young woman approached me from behind”. Sorry, you”.

Big mistake; she didn’t even know my name. I turned and looked at her and answered,”. Yes. Sorry, who are you? Who are you here to see?”. She asked. I took a good look at her. I forced myself to hate everything about her. Was it the clearly expensive weave on her head? The way the tight skirt brought out her hips or the pretty heels on her feet? Her makeup was clean and fresh, with no useless brows like Zaria had.

She snapped her fingers in my face”. I’m talking to you”. She seemed to have gotten people’s attention. It hadn’t been that long since I had been in my father’s office. Just about two years, surely my father must have a picture of me in his office. I’m Titi, the owner’s daughter,”. I answered with a smile. “Really?”. She crossed her arms, sizing me up, and even went as far as to chuckle. “Good afternoon, sir.” We heard from behind us. My father was walking towards us. A smile lit up on his face, seeing me”. My baby girl”.

I looked at the clueless woman before moving to my father and giving him a hug. “Sir…”. She spoke. “Gladys.” He called out.” Are the documents on my desk?”. Yes”. She looked nervous. “Let me talk to you for a second,” He said, then looked at me.” Go inside and wait for me.” I nodded, ignoring the looks I got, then stepped into his office. I had a bad feeling about the place; I couldn’t explain it. I looked out the window, staring at my father. Gladys seemed to be smiling at what he was saying.

“Foolish bitch’’. I uttered. Just then, the door opened, and a woman stepped in. Not just any woman. Miss Cecelia, or as I used to call her, Aunty CeeCee, was a plump woman who was obsessed with leather clothing. She used to be the closest to my father at the office. Ah ha”. She smiled, taking me in for a tight hug”. You’ve grown, oh, definitely prettier”. Thank you”. I said with a smile,”. How are you?”. Great, oh”. She smiled, dropping a file on his desk”. Does he know you are here?”. Yeah, he’s just talking to that woman”. I answered, looking back at the window; she had her arm on my dad’s shoulder. Wasn’t he the boss? Why was she touching him like that? That stupid ashewo,”. I heard Miss Cecelia say. I looked back; she was busy looking at some files on the table, probably the ones Gladys left for my father. “How will she get it right? When it’s only sleeping with married men that she can do”. She frowned”. Ode”. That caught my attention. Sleeping with married men.

Is there something wrong?”. I asked. In other words, I wanted a gist. I wanted to know more, especially if she was working with my father, a married man with three kids. She gave me a small smile”. No, honey, it’s nothing. It’s just that some girls should just stay on the road and look for men who want to sleep with them than be a secretary in the office. They should simply stay as prostitutes”. Damn. That was one hell of a shade. I loved her show’s mummy?”. She asked”. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her”.

She’s good,”. I answered. “And Mayowa, oh my boyfriend, Dara, how are they doing?”. She asked with a smile. One of the reasons why I liked her, she cared about Dara, and Dara couldn’t hide his love for her, always kissing her on her cheek, blushing whenever she called his name. “They are fine,” I said. “I’ll visit soon.” She rubbed my arm before leaving. Just then, Gladys stepped in. A smile showed on her nude-stained lips”. My apologies, Titi. I didn’t know who you were. You look so much like your father. I nodded at her, hoping she would stop talking”. It’s fine. “You know.” She stepped closer to me.” I’m not that old, just about 35, and I can tell you’re about 20, if not younger.

I opened my mouth to speak, but she continued,”. We can be friends. You can talk to me about anything”. I looked back at the window where my father was with Miss Cecelia. He looked away once I met his gaze.

Did he put her up for this? Oh no, it’s just that your father tells me you’re so mature for your age, and if you need a friend, an older friend to talk to you about anything”. Then she reduced her voice”. Business, Sex… You can come over to the office, and we’ll talk, or I’ll give you my number”.

I was about to set her straight, to ask her why she would think I wanted to be her friend. Was she trying to be my mother? My father stepped in”. Girls”. Gladys turned to him. “Leave my princess and me alone, oh.” He said, moving behind the desk. I stared at Gladys as she left the office. She was a seductress.

Oh God”. My father looked at me then”. My baby, how are you?”. Who is she?”. I had to ask. ‘ ‘The new secretary”. He answered,”. Beautiful, isn’t she?”. I didn’t answer him, just kept looking at him. “How is Mayowa? Did he go to work today?”. He asked. “Yeah, he did,” I answered, then sighed.” Mummy and Dara to are fine, though.” I was getting somewhere. About those two”. He sighed”. I’m honestly tired”. He sounded it. “Dara is taking time to heal, daddy,” I told him. Maybe if it came from me, he would understand. He looked up at me and shrugged”. I see no change, and I’m not going to waste my money on anything.”

What would you like to eat?”. He asked me, trying to change the topic”. Fries from Spur?”. He suggested. I just gave a little smile. He won’t explain his actions or talk about Dara. Nothing. When I got back home, my mother was in the living room. She was deep into the telenovela, even shouting at the actors as they heard her. Good evening ma,”. I said. She looked at me and for once smiled”. Ah Titi, how are you?”. I’m fine, ma”. I answered before turning away. Dara was in the kitchen, doing the dishes. I smiled at him”. Baby boo! What’s up?”. He just stared at me. I pulled him into a hug”. How are you?”.

I’m fine,”. He answered with a nod, and I smiled”. Duh, fine boy”. When Mayowa came in, I said,”. Unlike your prostitute of your brother. Maybe you’ll be an uncle soon,”. I told Dara. UncleKwa”. Mayowa laughed”. No joke, that kain joke with me, speaking of pregnancy and how it comes about”. He reduced his voice”. Did you and Nathaniel….?”. His voice trailed off. I exhaled, glancing away”. What did you hear?”. Dapo would have told Mayowa. Am I the first person to have sex with Nathaniel?

That you guys have been smashing since”, he said.” What happened?”. I swallowed hard. Maybe I could tell Mayowa; he could keep a secret”. We had sex before he left”. That guy”. Mayowa was about to go into his protective self; I stopped him”. He didn’t want to, trust me. He was scared of hurting me, that kind of stuff. I wanted it”. I avoided eye contact with him”. Besides, I’m a big girl; I know what I want”. Do you like him?”. He asked, and I shrugged”. Only God knows what I feel. Don’t tell anyone, even mother. I just want them to keep assuming,”. I said and knew I could count on him. He sighed and then nodded”. This could end badly, you know”. “But I think I prefer Nathaniel to Dapo.” He said before,” I said, opening the fridge, taking advantage of the 10 seconds before my mother would shout for me to close it”. Dapo is a fool. 

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