Hey guys, sorry about last week. For some reason, the post I had planned got lost.
Anyway, there will be a new series in addition to Zoe’s Scribbles. It will be a diary of sorts where I’ll be documenting a new phase in my life. It will involve my life in real time in a new city but the entries will be weekly. If you’d like to read content like that, please let me know in the comments. Thanks.
Due to the recent plunge in oil prices, most indigenous companies continue operations and as such, had to close shop. My company decided to acquire one of such companies. I was elected to head the team to handle it and I knew just the company we had to get. We had found out that the company was undergoing some distress anyway and my company bought controlling shares in the company. We had started the process of take over and we had to meet with the other company. We got to the company and because we were being expected, we were ushered in immediately.
‘Zoe? What are you doing here?’
“Oh. Good morning. I’m here for the meeting. I believe your assistant must have told you about it”.
‘Oh she did. She just didn’t know who she had been corresponding with’.
“Oh well, I guess not all assistants can be as good as the one you let go off”.
With that, I walked away. That was my former boss. The one who terminated my appointment because he found out I was dating his best friend. His troubles had just begun but he didn’t realise it at the time.
My phone buzzed as a text came in. ‘You haven’t been picking my calls. What’s wrong?’ It was Tunde. I deliberately avoided his calls because I knew he wouldn’t agree to my plan if he found out. “In a meeting. I’ll call you back when I’m done”, I texted back.
We sat down in the company’s conference room and went over the details of the acquisition. I knew it was an offer that the CEO couldn’t refuse because while he made sure he paid the employees’ salaries as and when due, the company wasn’t getting new businesses and whatever money he had left was spent globetrotting. Still, it was more than just an acquisition. It was a hostile takeover and he said so.
“I understand why you think that way but look at it this way. We’re not laying off any of your workers except those who want to leave. You’ve got engineers here. We’ll make sure their skills are fully utilised instead of sitting behind a desk. I think that’s very fair. Just that the name of your company will cease to exist. We bought controlling shares after all. It’s ours to deal with as we deem fit”.
There was some uproar as the CEO and other top officials didn’t like what was proposed and the arguments dragged on for long. We didn’t come to an agreement and we had to schedule another meeting.
As I was leaving, my phone rang. It was Oyin and I groaned. I just wanted to go home and relax, not sit and talk with the wife of the man I admired.
“Hey girl. I was at a meeting. What’s up?”
‘I wanted to have drinks. Are you free?’
“Not really. I need to head home and work. I’ve got a lot to deal with before tomorrow. Raincheck?”
‘Yeah, sure. Talk to you later’.
She sounded funny but I wasn’t interested in fraternising with her. Not after sleeping with her husband. I’m many things but callous isn’t one of them.
I got home to someone in my kitchen- Tunde. He had a key to my apartment, not so much because he got it for me but because I needed a spare to be kept with someone for me. Alex had one and he had the other. He was making fried rice back when we were dating, I had let it slip that I could do anything for fried rice and it became a weapon he used when he wanted something from me.
“Whatever it is, the answer is no”.
The laughter that followed was one that warmed my bones but I didn’t want him to know that. I didn’t know what he wanted but I knew it was something I going to struggle with.
‘You don’t even know what I’m here for.’
“Maybe, but I know it can’t be good. You’re cooking fried rice for heaven’s sake!’
After I had changed into something comfortable and we had settled to dinner, I waited for him to broach the topic. He took his time and I realised it was something I wouldn’t want to do.
“Tunde, whatever it is, the answer is no. I know it’s something I’ll have issues agreeing to. So no. whatever it is, don’t ask. I don’t want to tell you no so don’t ask”. He sighed and I knew I won this round but I’ll pay for it later.
We finished dinner and as he did the dishes, I brought out a bottle of wine and glasses. As we relaxed, I told him about the meeting at my former office and the arguments that ensued. We talked well into the night and I didn’t want him to go when it got too late.
Besides, I had missed having his body next to mine but he had to go back home and I had to do some work.
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