The malice period ended earlier than I thought. She called on the second day and I took her out over the weekend. Ireti continues to taunt Sandra and I tried to take charge of things.
Ireti do not have a job but she is living large because of her Papi’s wealth. Her Papi gives her all she wants and I also made sure she lacks nothing too. I always wanted to be there for her at all time but not during my working days.
I’m usually in the office within the week, and hardly have time for other things aside office work. I also helps my Dad in updating his agricultural products on his websites, I follow it up whenever I’m less busy.
Despite mum’s school was in good hands I still visit once in a while. mum sometime calls me to do some school signing on her behalf. I’m her next of kin and also signatory to her account. While she was away in Georgia, I was busy with some of her proprietorship work.
I always have a lot to do for both my Mum and Dad during my spare time and also for myself. I run my own company and made sure that I attended to everything according to how important they come and I speak with my parents almost everyday, giving them updates and they don’t fail to fill me in on their activities.
It’s mostly weekend that I have time for my rest and be with Ireti. She wanted me to take her out during the week but I was too busy to do that. Ireti refused to understand even after explaining my busy schedules. She said she wanted to eat out and not Sandra’s food.
“Your maid is a terrible cook, she doesn’t know how to cook or do anything. Her food is tasteless. I will rather eat out than to eat that her horrible food.
Ireti said that Sandra does not know how to cook, she hates her cooking and wants to eat in one of the best restaurant that I usually take her to I had to leave office early to do her biddings. She ate to her fill and said she will be away for sometime, she was traveling with her Papi and will return after two weeks.
” Traveling to where… I asked while picking at my food.
” Papi is going for a business meeting in Dubai so he wants me to go with him. That’s the advantage of being a daddy’s girl. He enjoys having me around and I can’t say no to him…
I smiled, looked up at her before saying.
” you hardly mention your Mom and sibling, why? Your Dad sounds interesting and lively. I wish to meet your Papi and the rest of your family members soon and to also know your place…when will that be?
” Maybe when I return from my Dubai trip with Papi. I will invite you over to my place… you will get to meet him and also know where I reside. I’m the only child of my parents. Though they are separated, Mom remarries and left me with Papi. So is just me and him for now. I have a good news. Well, I’m letting go of cigarette. I’m breaking free from that addiction. I understand how much you hates it and is dangerous to my health, so I’m quitting… for real but I’m a friend to alcohol.
” I’m so happy to hear that…I care about you and I love you…did you know that?
She looked at me and smirked her face.
” I’m serious… you are a beautiful lady, smart and classy you shouldn’t be smoking, it’s really dangerous. back in London, during my school programme, that was the only time I tasted cigarette and is because of cold. A friend gave me the tip to have a taste but it was just for a day and I have never tried it again, I will rather go for coffee. Yours have become an addiction which is bad. I try talking to you about it different times but you refused listening and I’m happy that you are finally calling it quit.
She smile and said.
” I love you too Mart… everything about you. Your handsome face, the way you speak, act and dress. I love your high taste. just imagine that beautiful aquarium and your Burgundy shoe…it clearly shows that you are also classy like me. But aside all this…I love you and I have quit smoking because of you. I don’t even have any cigarette with me. I trashed everything I had before.
I was happy and relieved to hear that.
I drove back home with her and saw that Sandra has already set up the dinning for dinner but I told her we are not eating dinner because we ate out..
Ireti interrupted that she was going to eat dinner.
” The restaurant food wasn’t enough and it was not what I really felt like eating.
I was quiet, looking at her as she move to the dinning and instead of dishing out the food to a plate she was eating it directly. I looked at Sandra’s straight face as she watch Ireti spilling food and oil all over the place and creating more cleaning job for Sandra to do that night
I remembered Ireti saying that Sandra’s food was terrible but she was filling her mouth with it, munching it as if her life depends on the food I left her and went to the room to freshen up for the night. Ireti did not shower, she flew into the bed when she was done eating.
” Baby, you need to take your bath…?
I said urging her to go to the bathroom.
” I’m not smelling. I bath this morning and I’m too tired to bath again. Your over neatness is too much, please don’t disturb me with bathing this night. I have been wanting to ask you why are you always locking your wardrobe? Don’t you trust me?
“I trust you and I’m not locking it because of trust issue, I just don’t like seeing my personal things scattered.
She urged me to always leave it open and promised not to scatter anything in my wardrobe again. I try touching her but she asked me not to disturb her until she was done with what she was presently doing at that time.
I left her and even apologize for disturbing her. She was busy with her phone and went on chatting. It was a good time to check my email for updates. I took my laptop and did the little I can before returning to bed. Ireti was still chatting and laughing.
Her phone rang and she spoke for sometime and went back chatting.
I went out to the sitting room where I was hearing the television sound. Sandra was watching a movie. She wanted to leave immediately she saw me but I told her to stay. I sat opposite her and we watched together.
It got to a kissing part in the movie, I looked at her face and she was looking away like a child maybe because I was present. I smile at how funny the scene looks.
I relaxed my head back on the cushion. I was falling asleep and was deeply gone into the dream land when a heavy bang woke me up.
I quickly stood up and saw Ireti, she just slapped Sandra who was standing and holding her cheek.
The movie that Sandra was watching was still showing on the TV I rub my eyes just to understand what was going on.
“Ireti wha… what is it again?
” You are her boss, why will she be sitting down watching television with you. She is very disrespectful and mannerless. Mart this your maid is very stupid and lazy. You left me in the room and came out to watch TV with a common maid, a nobody. A bastard with no brain.
She slapped Sandra again, harder this time I rushed to her and try to lead her away but Ireti wasn’t done. She pushed the poor girl who was almost falling but had to hold on to a chair.
Ireti wasn’t letting go, she was about to hit the girl when Sandra caught her leg and Ireti fell with a heavy thud to the ground. I was shocked as Sandra mounted over her, pounding her like a pestle. She slapped and hit Ireti ignoring her scream. Ireti was on the ground and tried to get free from Sandra’s powerful arms.
I had to quickly intervened, and pushed Sandra away from Ireti. She was panting angrily as she looked at Ireti who was crying and shouting down curses on Sandra. I carried Ireti up but she wasn’t even ready to stop the fight. Her mouth was bleeding, her eyes was swollen. I took ice from the freezer and gave to Ireti for the swollen eyes but she threw it at Sandra.
I held Ireti tight and started leading her to the room.
” Leave me, Mart leave me alone let me deal with that lazy maggot. Let me show this ugly stinking maid the stuff I’m made off. Look at what she did to me, she used that her wretched hand to tear my lips…She is dead tonight…I will kill and bury her and nobody will ask of her because she’s a nobody. She lay a finger on somebody of my calibre, I’m in a high class that she can never attend to. She is not even worthy to be called my servant yet she had the gut to lift a poverty hand on me. I will beat her before getting her arrested. Mart leave me alone let me deal with your foolish house help…
I took Ireti inside and locked the door, preventing her from going out. It was obvious that Sandra was powerful and will beat her up if she is allowed to do that. I was angry at everything and everyone. both at Sandra and Ireti. Sandra especially for beating ireti up and making her to sustain injury.
Ireti kept jumping up and down the room with different threats for Sandra and even have to transfer her aggressions on me. She took cigarette from her bag, lit a stick and started smoking, puffing out the smoke to my face. She lit up another stick and kept pacing the room with it.
I thought Ireti told me she was done smoking and do not have any cigarette in her bag anymore.
I was too tired from the ladys drama.
I couldn’t sleep that night. I needed to sleep for tomorrow’s work, which was Friday but Ireti’s anger, cigarette and shout will not let me. She asked me to sack Sandra and I told her I will do that.
She kept up with anger to the following morning before leaving. She saw Sandra on her way out and rushed to her. She slapped and kicked at her but Sandra used her hand to dodge the blow and did not raise a hand on ireti again. I went in between them and lead an aggressive ireti out.
I left for work without saying a word to Sandra who stood like a statue by the dining side with her hand clap together in front of her. She looks pitiable but I wasn’t in the mood to pity her for beating my woman up. Ireti left and I went to work. I slept off doing my working hour because I couldn’t get enough sleep last night. I worked late before going home that Friday. I was happy because it was Friday, enough time to rest.
When I drove into my compound, Musa came to meet me.
” Oga, small madam say she wan go. She done pack her bag dey wait for you. she talk say you go sackam because she fight with big madam. Oga abeg, make small madam no go..Na beg I dey beg you.
I angrily asked Musa to return to the gate and stop talking rubbish.
Immediately I got inside my house, I saw Sandra. Her bag was indeed packed to leave.
” What is this?
I asked her angrily while pointing at the traveling bags beside her.
” I’m leaving sir. I’m deeply sorry for fighting with your woman. Anger got the best of me and I apologize for that. I should treat her with kindness and patience despite anything but her continues slap and kick plus the terrible names she rained down on me…I couldn’t control myself anymore. I descended on her out of annoyance. I’m so sorry sir and thank you for giving me this opportunity… I was willing to serve, to put my best to work but I spoilt it all by fighting madam Ireti and she was injured in the process. Forgive me. This month is almost gone, only five days left. forget about paying me salary for this month. I will get another job somewhere else and you will get another housekeeper. Thank you once again sir…
I watch her picked up her bag and made attempt to leave.
“Return the bag, we will get to talk tomorrow. I’m going to bed.
She did not argue as I walk past her to my room. The following morning I counted the amount for her salary and came out with it. Her bag was at one corner of the house
She has cleaned up everywhere and made breakfast for me. She greeted me, I nooded and hand the money over to her. She was thrilled and I can see joy in her eyes as she thanked me. I moved to the dinning for breakfast
” Thank you sir, I’m..going now. God bless you…
I watch her in silent as she went back to pick her bag.
” I’m not sacking you Sandra. Return the bag. come and take some money for Saturday’s restocking. The fruits in the fridge are almost empty and you need to buy more food stuffs for the kitchen…
She looked up at me like I spoke Latin to her.
” I thought after what happened you will sack me…
I went back eating and ignored her. she thanked me over and over before returning her things to her room.
I know Ireti will be very angry if she comes back from her travel and Sandra was not sacked. I’m glad she’s traveling and I will handle the situation when she comes back. Ireti was at fault, slapping the innocent girl for no good reason. Sandra was only pushed to the wall and came back at Ireti with full force. I can’t sack her for such reason because Sandra is hardworking and a great cook unlike what Ireti keep tagging her with.
Ireti was on malice mood again before she traveled with her Papi to Dubai.
While in my room working on my laptop the next weekend, I can hear Sandra singing joyfully in the kitchen as she made lunch that afternoon. She later carried food to Musa. I opened my room curtain and watch Musa smile from ear to ear as he saw Sandra coming. He was happy, exposing his brown set of teeth.
I kept watching as Musa began to sing one of his normal Northern music which he usually sing and I’m almost used to the sound and lyrics of the song. Sandra was clapping and laughing while Musa sings for her.
My smile suddenly turned into a frown. Why is Musa caring so much about Sandra. What sort of rubbish is that. I felt a pang of jealous while watching her get entertained by Musa.
I left my room and went out. Immediately Sandra and Musa saw me they stopped there choir. Sandra went back in. I followed behind and hushed her to stop.
” I know Musa is quiet entertaining but stop spending so much time with him. After giving him whatever you went to give him returned back inside and stay… your job is in here not at the gate.
” Okay sir, I’m very sorry. your lunch is set on the dinning.
I nodded. She breathed in and walk into her room. I began to feel sad. Maybe I should have allow her have a good moment with Musa, who can be quiet entertaining.
I enjoyed watching her smile and apparently Musa is her one big fan. Why did I even stop their happy moments all because of some stupid jealousy. What is wrong with me?
I collected a plate of fruit salad, took the remote control, sat on the three-seater and change channel to one of Sandra’s favorites comedy channel which i have seen her watching many times. I increased the volume with the hope that Sandra will hear it and come out of her room to watch and get entertained too.
Even though it looks awkward but I want to hear her laugh just as she was doing earlier with Musa.