“What was that about? I have never seen you so nervous before.” Lana laughed at me.
“What are you talking about? I wasn’t nervous.” I denied. “I just didn’t feel like talking.”
“Right.” She kept laughing.
“Alright, get out of my car and quit laughing at me.” I parked in front of her apartment building, where she owned a big penthouse.
“You know, if you’re interested, I could be your wing woman.” She teased and winked at me.
“That’s it. I’m kicking you out of my car.” I playfully pushed her.
“Ok. I’m leaving. I wouldn’t be treated this way if this was my car.”
“Well, it’s not. Bye now.” She opened the door and got out.
“I’ll call you later. Let me know how the interview goes, okay?”
“Sure. And get your car fixed so that I can stop using my free time to drive you around. Or get a driver or something.”
“I hear you. Good night.”
I nodded and drove off back to my flat. Kicking off my boots after entering, I jumped on the couch and decided to fall asleep there.
I couldn’t fall asleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about Ace. He was invading my thoughts and I couldn’t help but remember his handsome face and wondered what it would have felt like if I kissed him. Maybe I made a mistake pulling back. He looked frustrated when I did that. What if he doesn’t give me the job because of that?
No. I shook my head. I doubt he would do that. Being the CEO of one of the most successful companies in the world, I doubt he would use that excuse to not give me the job. I mean doing that would be very immature and I doubt he’s like that. And just as Lana stated earlier, maybe he won’t be the one to interview me.
I moved from the couch to the kitchen to pour myself a drink. I stubbed my toe when I got close to the fridge. “Fuck.” I screamed. I took out a bottle of beer and headed towards my gallery and decided to stare at my paintings. I do that for confidence, knowing that I’m capable of something at least and I’m not useless. I sat on a bench that I placed in the gallery and finished the bottle before dragging myself to the bedroom, feeling all confident on the inside. It always worked. Without taking off my clothes, I just laid on the bed and soon, I fell asleep, dreaming of Ace Black.
“Wake up.” Someone screamed beside me, causing me to shoot up from the bed. I scanned the room frantically to find my little sister in a corner laughing at me. “It works every time.”
I glared at her. “What are you doing here so early?”
“I told you that I would take a day of to help you prepare for your interview.”
“And I told you to not bother. You never listen Ray. How did you even get in?”
“I have never listened and you know that because you also never listen and you gave me a spare key.”
“No I didn’t. You stole my keys and used your 3d printer to make replicas.”
“Exactly.” She grinned. Ray walked closer to the bed and pulled the covers off of me. “Get up and let’s get started.”
“Ray.” I whined. “Give me one more hour.”
“I already did at 6 am.” That got me awake.
“Chicken nuggets!” I checked the clock on my nightstand. 7am. “Ray!” I whined. “My interview is at 10am.”
“Yup.” She nodded with her arms folded. I rushed to the bathroom to brush my teeth and take a shower. I did everything so quickly that I finished up an hour later. 8am.
My little sister, Rachel Snow, or as she likes to be called, Ray, is annoying and that’s all I can say about her. She’s a coder and works for a tech company in London. She’s intelligent, beautiful, and all the qualities seen in a woman that can be described as rich and successful, whereas I’m the opposite. That’s how I and my other family members see myself. Dark-skinned, mixed race, black curly hair and green eyes. Ray is a replica of me. The only difference is my brown hair. My sister and I could be described as twins but we’re not. Or are we?
Ray is married with two kids and a rich husband in London, where we’re from. She has always been everyone’s favorite, even at work. She has just one day off and she’s here in Virginia, proof that she’s even her boss’s favorite. I’ll bet she came here on his private jet. I may envy her sometimes since she’s living the best life, but I love my sister with all my heart.
Ray made breakfast for me and I quickly finished my meal. She helped me practice my interview, boosting my confidence. My little sister always made me feel like I’m the little sister. She’s more responsible than I am. My mother refuses to let Ray be seen as the oldest kid, so she’s always giving me a hard time. I miss that woman.
“Thank you so much Ray.” I said after I’m done. 9am. I’ve got thirty minutes to drive to the office and 30 minutes to sit down and relax until it’s 10am.
“No need to thank me. I’ll make lunch by the time you get back. Then we’ll call Mama afterwards to tell her how it all went.”
“We’ll have to discuss that last part about calling Mama. Bye now.” I said to her and stepped out. Then I went back in to say, “Don’t you freaking dare go through my stuff. I’m gonna kill you if you do.”
“I won’t.” She raised her hands up in surrender. I nodded and quickly got to my car in the parking lot. Just as I had predicted, there wasn’t much traffic on the road so I got the office right on time, as I had planned. I spoke with the lobbyist, telling him that I was here for an interview. Then he called someone down to lead me to the last floor of the building, the 60th floor. I took a seat in the reception outside of Ace’s office and waited until I was called in.
“Calm down and tell me everything that happened.” I nodded and began my story.I sat down for about two hours before I was called in. I thought maybe they had changed their minds about offering the job or something. I almost gave up and walked out. Then a lady came to me, telling me Mr. Black wants to see me. I straightened my dress and recited the words that Mama taught Ray and I, before I followed the lady into Ace’s office.Ace was sitting there calmly behind his desk, as if he had been waiting for me. I took the empty seat he offered me in front of his desk. Ace stared right into my eyes and I froze. That is unlike me, but in my defense, he caught me by surprise. He trapped me with his beautiful blue eyes. They reminded me of that night when we almost kissed. Then he glanced at my lips and I glanced at his, remembering our little moment yesterday which I ruined.Ace cleared his throat, startling me. Then I realized he just messed with my mind. I did a great job forgetting about ye
“So you mean to tell me that he denied you the job because of that?!” Lana asked in disbelief for the tenth time. I groaned. “I’m sorry I asked again but I know Ace very well, he wouldn’t do that.”“Well, he did Lana. Can we move on to the next topic?”“You look and sound terrible. We’re not going to move on to the next topic because there isn’t any next topic. What we’re going to do is to call Ace and give him a piece of our mind.” I rolled my eyes. “I’m sure you already did that but we’re going to do it again.” She paced in front of me while I fixed my eyes on the TV.“Don’t make things worse for me. Who knows what he’s capable off? What if he calls other companies to tell them that I’m incompetent? And that I didn’t kiss him.” I mumbled the last part.“He won’t do that because you have me.”“Let’s just let this go. I’ll think of something else while I look for a new job.”“But you didn’t deserve to be treated like that.”“I’m not going to waste my energy on him. Let’s just let this
“I hate you, Lana.” I grumbled.“I love you too. Now be good and obedient. Don’t murder him even if you feel like it.”“You’re making me sound like that’s what I do.”“Alright, step out. I also have to get to work early so good bye and good luck.” Lana pushed me out that I almost tripped and fell then she shut the door and the driver took off.Now, I know I said that I won’t step foot here but, I’m here because Lana forced me out of my flat and because I decided to work and not stay idle until I found another job. But Lana also managed to convince me, telling me that Ace didn’t find anyone ‘competent’ and suitable for the job and that’s why he came back to me to offer me the job. I kept it at the back of my head to prove to Ace that I’m competent enough for the job.Today I wore brown pleat pants and a matching blazer with a black blouse. I don’t care what he is going to say about it. I recited Mama’s words to boost my confidence and then I entered the building, heading straight to Ac
“Mama.”“Yaa, I heard you got a new job.” Yaa is my Ghanaian name. Mama likes to call us by our Ghanaian names because she doesn’t want us to forget our roots, even though we’ve only been to Ghana less than six times. Yaa is the name given to a girl born on Thursday. Ray’s Ghanaian name is Abena. She was born on a Tuesday. Names given to children on based on the day they were born are called soul names or kradin in Twi -Mama’s native language- and they are very important in the Ghanaian culture.“I did, Mama.” I replied, trying not to sound exhausted. I returned home after 10:30pm today. If today was just my first day, I wonder how the rest of the days are like. Luckily, Lana sent her driver to pick me up after Ace left me alone in the empty office building.“What job is it?”“Have you heard of Black Global Group of Companies, Mama?”“I haven’t.”“Well, it’s a very big company with branches all over the world and they deal with a lot of things. It’s a group of companies and I happen t
“Ray, you will not believe what happened to me today.” I said into the phone while I sat behind one table near the window in the cafeteria. I waved over a waiter.“Aren’t you supposed to be at work right now? I’m making dinner before Justin brings the kids home.” The waiter came and I gave him my order before I left.“It’s really important. You’ve got to listen to this.” I heard her noisily putting down a utensil.“What is it? You’ve got my full attention. But make it quick. I myself am starving.”“Ace and I had a really intense moment in the elevator this morning.”“I thought you hated him.”“I do. But this morning I took the elevator with him because as his assistant, I’m supposed to. When we got to our floor, he did this thing where everything happened so fast and I was pinned between him and the elevator wall.”“And what did you do about that?”“I couldn’t do anything. I froze.” Ray burst into laughter.“Finally, someone who can tame you.” She said in between laughs.“This is not
“So I decided to arrive unannounced today because the production rates were dropping when I last checked. I wondered what was going on here. To my expectations, all that I saw as I walked to the office proved it. Can anyone care to explain to me why this is so?”When we arrived at the brewery, Ace immediately went CEO mode. He grew calm but looked broody and he walked with power and authority. When the employees sensed our arrival, they all scurried back to work. They looked frightened when they saw us walk in. I thought Ace smiles to his employees like he does to me but I thought wrong. He shows no emotion when he’s in front of his employee. I wanted to question him but I knew that wasn’t the right time.Ace asked me to take notes of the things I notice as we walked and I did so obediently. We headed straight to the manager’s office to find the manager smooching with some lady - an employee - on his desk. They were startled to see us. The lady ran out and the manager immediately gave
At 3am, I heard my phone ringing. I didn’t want to answer it but the person just kept calling so I picked up. I didn’t even look at the name or number. Then I heard his voice. That voice that sounds so sweet in my dreams but is now annoying me.“Miss Snow, you finally picked up.”“Why are you calling me at 3am in the morning? Didn’t you think that I would be asleep?”“Miss Snow, I think it would be convenient if you came to my house every morning before we went to work. You’re my personal assistant and I need assistance at home.”I sat up properly. “Can you repeat that? I don’t think I heard you clearly.”“You heard what I said. I’ll be expecting you here in an hour.”“An hour?” I screamed into the phone. He hung up. I cannot believe this guy. I’m going to call Lana later and tell her how crappy my job is and I will find a way to get myself fired. I can’t take this anymore. But wait Raven, if you give up now, he’ll be triumphant. maybe he’s testing me to see if I’ll cave. Well chicken
“Are you out of your goddamn mind, Raven?!”“There’s no need for you to be yelling at me like that. I know I did the right thing.”“What, so you want to be lonely for the rest of your life? Why? Tell me everything. Tell me why you didn’t kiss him then and tell me why you kissed him yesterday and said no afterwards.” Ray spoke. I stared at her through the screen and sighed.“You already know why. I don’t have to explain everything to you again.”“Get over the past. You need a new man in your life. Do you have any idea how hard Mama prays for you that you get a good husband soon? She’s concerned and she’s starting to believe that you might be-”“Why would she think that? I’m sure she wants me to get married soon because her relatives have raised eyebrows. But I don’t care. Mama will do anything to look good in front of her relatives. Look Ray, I have priorities now. Me, myself and I are my priorities.”“What? You’re a feminist now? No. I don’t get it, tell me why. Aren’t you attracted t