Seven Years Later
"What sort of friend am I." I asked myself as I thought about my best friend Cassandra, Cas for short.
She is very beautiful, a definition of the melanin goddess. We clicked at a friend's party during my fresh man year in the uni. How we met will be a story for another day.
My bestie went on a date yesterday and I haven't called her.
The ringing of my phone brought me out of my thoughts. She is the one calling.
(Phone rings:XOXO❤❤) talk of the devil
"Babe watssup" Cas said
"I dey o(Am fine)." I replied her
"You no go work ni(You didn't go to work)?" she asked me
"I dey off duty jawe(Am on off duty)...sorry I couldn't call you since yesterday; how was your date?" I asked her
"God mehn, the date was so fantastic, the guy was so cool and acted gentlemanly." she replied
"Awwn....Awwnn.. I go love o," I cooed
"Abeg free me jare(Leave me alone), he has not even asked me out." she said jokingly
"Continue saying that o, don't you know he already has feelings for you," I said more like a question
"Abeg I don hear you o(I have you)... But Tara don't you think is high time you give a man another chance in your heart." she said with seriousness
"Hmmm... Babes but you know he asked me to wait for him," I said
"I know, but is five years already, you need to move on my sister." She said finally
"OK o, have heard u (Door bell rings)... I need to go now, someone is at the door " I told her
"Okay love, later babe,"
(Opens the door)
"Mom!.. How are you doing ma?" I asked her
"Oko mi(my dearest), how are you doing?" Mum asked
"Mom am fine....But where are you coming from all dressed up like this?" I asked her
"Am coming from my friend's daughter wedding ceremony, " she said
"Oh ok, which of your friends again this time?" I said her because she is party freak
"You will know her, Mrs Cokers," Mom said
"Oh the same Mrs Cokers that her husband works in AIT abi?" I asked again
"Yes my daughter...the wedding was so interesting ęhn...all the men of timbre and calibre was there. I swear, the wedding scream money." She said finally
"Mum what did you expect...how is Daddy?" I asked her
"He is fine my baby. But Omotara don't you think is high time you bring a man home, you are not getting any younger," she said with a tone of seriousness
"Here we go again." I thought to myself
"I will mum, very soon. What did you want me to prepare for you?" I asked trying to end the subject of discussion
"Anything you cook will do my baby." she said
As I walked to the kitchen, I couldn't help but smile at what my mom said earlier the other time..... All this Nigerian mothers sef.
I looked at the necklace on my neck with the heart shaped pendant, and smiled sadly.... I didn't know when I blurted out
"Hey Idiot when will you come back"
Being a domestic violence nurse could be very stressful at times but it also has its own benefit. You tends to meet different people all the time.
I wonder why some men behave like animal sometimes. The last case brought to my table was so disheartening.
I couldn't help but think about it. The man would beat his wife blue and black and later rape her... Gosh who does that. The lady was so depressed when she came to my office, I had to direct her to my charity organization for better care.
Yeah apart from my modelling and nursing career, I also run a charity organization for domestic violence. My ringing tone jolts me out of my thought....seems like is my manager calling....
"Hy Manager," I said teasing him
"Watssup Babe....have told you to stop this manager teasing stuff," he said
"Lol...am not lying nah, are you not managing me very well?" I couldn't help but laugh
"Yeah I am but it would had been better, if you allowed me to mange the other side of you very well." He said emphasizing the last part
"Alex nah, please let's not go to that discussion today." I said knowing where the discussion will lead to.
"Okay babe. Anyways I called to inform you that you have been chosen to be the brand ambassador of Best Global Petrochemical Ltd," He said
"Yay; are you seriously serious about it?" I asked him
"Yeah babe, your contract with them start in the next three month.... Congratulations baby." He said finally
"Awnn...Awnn....thanks so much dear. Am so happy right now," I said with so much excitement
"Anything for you babe.... I have to go now, will talk to you later. Bye." He said
"Bye and take care of yourself." I said while I hung up the call
Yeah, that is Alexander Badmus. My one hell stubborn manager. We clicked at an audition held for models three years ago.
Being an upcoming, which I was then, he offered to be my manager and I accepted the offer right away.
Apart from being my manager, he had been a supportive, caring and a loyal friend.
But something happened last year, when we went for a photoshoot at Santorini(Greece).....
"Alex what is so special about this sunset that everyone came to look at?" I asked
"Babe chillax, you will soon know." he said reassuredly
"Wow, this is very beautiful, I wished am staying here to be able to see the sunset everyday," I said
"I told you... But you know watching you is more beautiful than this sunset.... Because you glow even without a sun. You are the dream woman of every guy. And you wouldn't blame me if I said am already in love with you." Alex said finally
"Gosh.... I can't believe it," I said not knowing what to say
"Yeah I know you wouldn't want to. But babe believe me, I really love you and I wouldn't mind you being my girlfriend. I love you to the extent that you are the only one that comes to my mind day-in-day-out." He said finally
"Alex, I wouldn't want to hurt your feelings because am not ready for a relationship right now. You are a great guy and every lady will want to have you as their husband but am so sorry I can't accept your proposal." I said though I felt sorry for him but there is nothing I could do
"Okay babe... I won't force you but I won't also give up on you." He said with a tone of finality.
(End of flashback )
But ever since then, he never ceased to showed me how much he loves and care for me with every opportunity he got.
Wow am the brand ambassador of Best Global Petrochemical Ltd. But the name rings a bell.
"Could it be that he is back in Nigeria?"
No it can't be.... He can't be in Nigeria without reaching out to me.
"But Tara is being seven years already." My subconscious told me.
I quickly brushed the thought aside and hope it is not true.
ERIC'S POVEver since I came back to Nigeria, six months ago, I have been very busy. Being the CEO of a rising company was not that easy.Yeah am Olaitan Eric Olaosebikan, only son of Engr. Olaosebikan and the sole apparent heir to the Best Global investments.Her thoughts never left my mind for the past six years have been in London. Little did I know, that my dad had some plans for me when I left the country six years ago.I was so happy when my P.A told me that Tara Banks had been chosen to be our brand ambassador three months ago.I will get to see my Eve again. I wonder what she would think about me."Sir, Miss Omotara Banks is at the reception," My secretary said bringing me out of my thoughts."Tell her to come in." I finally said still feeling a little bit anxious.TARA'S POV
TARA'S POVAfter that incident at Best Global, I hadn't been myself. I felt like committing suicide but whenever it came to my mind, I always thought about my parents, my friends and everyone around me.I had to take one week absent leave from the hospital. Thanks to Cassandra and Alex, they took turn to take care of me. Alex had been so supportive. He took me out almost everyday.Today being Friday, we settled for the cinema to watch movie, but before that he said we should do some window shopping.So we ended up going to Ikeja City Mall. But something happened, we saw Eric and Annabelle and I lost interest immediately. They walked up to us upon seeing me."Omotara," He said"Mr Olaosebikan how are you doing... Meet Alexander Badmus my manager," I said"Am okay... Wow Alexander the gre
ERIC'S POVI woke up to a throbing headache. Memories of yesterday came like flash, flooding my brain. I swear, I will not drink much again. As I left my king-size bed, I made up my mind to call my secretary because I won't be able to go to the company today."Hy Pamela." I greeted her"Good morning Sir, how are you doing?" She said at the other end"Am fine and you?" I asked"Am okay sir." She said"Okay, please am not coming to office today, so reschedule all my meetings." I said"Alright sir, hope no problem?" She asked with concern"Not at all. I only had a slight headache." I answered her"Okay sir, do take care of yourself." She said finally"And you too." I saidI dropped my phone an
TARA'S POVSaturday came really fast. I was anxious because I didn't want to get emotional. Cassandra wouldn't fail to remind me since Tuesday that she would take care of my outfit.She said and I quote 'Omotara, you have to dress to kill on that day, so that he would know what he had lost.' That explained why she was here.Cassandra picked a crop top and a denim jacket with a high waist jeans trouser. She applied little makeup on my face with a gloss on my lips.I matched my outfit with a silver heels and black shade. I sprayed myself my Nautica Perfume and set to go but not without looking at the mirror. I was so in love with myself...Simple but Classy."Not sure yet, but if at all am leaving, I will call you." She said finally"Ok babe." I said while leaving the houseI picked my car keys and drove to the venue.
A/N: I will be introducing Anabelle POV. Seat back and enjoy because the story just begin.ERIC'S POVI didn't know that I had talked that much but then I had to let it out and I was so happy I did. I was super happy that Omotara finally forgave me.I tried asking her if she could take me back though I knew it was too early but part of me longed for a Yes from her but then I got a No.She offered friendship but am happy she confessed her love which gave me the opportunity to shoot my shot anytime because I still got a space in her heart.I smiled at myself as I thought about her reaction when I told her there was nothing between Anna and I.(Phone ring: Pamela)"Yes Pamela, tell me." I said as soon as I picked the call&
TARA'S POVMonday morning was always stressful for me either at the hospital or my charity foundation.I was on off duty at the hospital, so I decided to be at the foundation, Tara Banks Domestic Violated Women Foundation.The foundation was meant for the voiceless women to seek justice and helped to overcome their trauma.I picked a recent case file on my table to study it but was distracted by my phone ringing tone.(Phone rings: Alex❤)"Happy new year." I said laughing"Lol... What did you mean nah." He replied at the other end laughing really hard"Nothing o, my Lordship." I replied"You are not serious, so how have you been?" He asked"Great, fine, anything you could think of." I replied smiling"Uhn..hope you didn't miss me too much because I do." He said finally
ERIC'S POVRECAPI was so angry at Anabelle but I had to conceal it from Tara so that it would not ruin our lunch date.After the date, I dropped her at the foundation and drove to my father's mansion instead of going back to the company....I hoped and prayed that he would be at home.I arrived there some hours later and drove into the compound, his car was there."Thank goodness, he is at home." I thought to myselfI pressed the door bell and nanny Mercy opened the door.Nanny Mercy had been my nanny since childhood. She was like a mother figure to me ever since I lost my mother and I love and cherish her.Rumour had it that her step-mother cast a spell on her which cause her inability to get any suitors not to talk of getting married."Oh, nanny, good afternoon," I greeted smiling&nb
TARA'S POVI woke up with a throbbing headache, thanks to the girls out I had with Cas yesterday.I got up from my king-size bed and kissed my teddy bear. Childish?, yeah... But I really love teddy bears.I did my prayers and went to the bathroom to freshen up. I left the bathroom some minutes later and wore a blue tank top with a black mini skirt and went to the kitchen.I poured myself some quantity of cornflakes with moderate milk and sugar. I added water and ate it before I took the paracetamol.I left the kitchen for my room to pack the things I will be needing at Ikorodu for the weekend. After I packed it, I took a broom to sweep the house.Having satisfied with the chores, I went to the bathroom for a cold shower. I wore a blue strapless gown and marched it with a pair of black sandal.I sprayed my Nautica perfume and took