Jeremy Oghosa Consulting Firm was a two storey building painted in white with oxblood rooftop, the ground was tarred and the two plots of land area which the building occupied had a small security post by the gate and few cars were parked in a wide area in front specially for that cause. The environment was neat and invitng, she greeted the two uniformly dressed security officers at the gate and marched on to the entrance of the Firm, she entered through the revolving doors at the entrance and heaved a sigh of relief as she peered at the ‘not busy’ reception. The Receptionist, a petite fair lady was already on seat punching at the keys of her computer while a uniformed cleaner was carrying out his morning duty of mopping the reception hall. Phoebe waved her greetings at the two Employees and headed up the staircase to Mr Oluwafemi Holland’s office, who was the Head of Business Consulting Department of Jeremy Oghosa Consult. She knocked twice and entered after an invitation.
“Good morning sir” Phoebe greeted with a small smile
“Good morning Miss Phoebe, how are you today?” He looked up from the Newspaper in his hands from where he sat behind his large mahogany desk, He wore glasses and had a sprinkle of grey in his hair.
“I’m very well, thank you sir”
“You’re welcome on your first day at work” He smiled sweetly as his eyes perused her seductively
“Thank you sir” her face showed embarrassment
This one Mr Holland is staring at me this way, hian.. It should not be what I’m thinking oo, because I remember when I came here for the interview test few weeks ago. He was one of the Interviewers and I noticed the way he was staring at me, I only thought it was probably his method of assessing my credibility to the job. Well, God knows I’m 100% qualified for this job due to my acquired knowledge and experience in Business consulting over the years even while in school. So nobody should try rubbish with me oo
“Come on dear, have your seat” he pointed at one of the chairs opposite him
“Sir, I thought you were supposed to show me to my office” Phoebe asked with a grim expression as she remained standing
“Well, it won’t be bad if we had a little discussion, will it? Coffee or tea?” his eyes ran through her body
“None sir, I already had tea” irritation coloured her face
“Then coffee it is” he concluded as he picked up his intercom and ordered for two cups of coffee “It would be here in less than ten minutes” he assured as he dropped the intercom back to its position.
“So can her royal highness have her seat now?” he chuckled and adjusted his glasses
What have I gotten myself into? Why can’t this man just let me be? It’s not like he’s even my spec self, he should be nothing less than 45 years old and I’m sure he’s married already with kids, dirty flirt.. Mttchewwww
“Phoebe, what a lovely name” Mr Holland complemented as soon as she sat down on one of the chairs opposite him, he stood up from his swivel chair and walked around to Phoebe and began stroking her kinky curl hair
“With all due respect sir, I do not appreciate you stroking my hair” Phoebe stood up abruptly and picked up her handbag “I would prefer to be taken to my office sir”
A quick knock came on the door and it opened almost immediately to a lady dressed in a pair of pant trousers and short sleeved stripped shirt, her hair was tied in a ponytail and she had little makeup on her face which didn’t do enough justice in covering her pimpled face. She glared at Phoebe awkwardly then back at Mr Holland
“Good morning sir, I came to collect the file I was working on yesterday, I submitted it to you for your authorization.”
“I would send it over to you later in the day. I haven’t gone through it”
“But sir the deadline for it is today and I…”
“Can you please give me a minute Rachel, I will get back to you. Please leave” he hissed
“Very well sir” she glanced at a confused Phoebe “And you must be the new business consultant”
“Yes, I certainly am”
“Nice having you, I’m Rachel, we’ll be working together and sharing an office” she extended her hand for a handshake.
“Oh really? That’s splendid. I finally found someone to take me to my office, thank you Rachel, I’ll go with you” Phoebe gushed and caught sight of the disapproval in Mr Holland’s face. “I’ll take my leave now, Mr Holland. I’ll be in my office” Phoebe and Rachel exited the office and walked down the hallway to another office, three offices away from Mr Holland’s. Rachel opened the french door, a cool and nicely scented atmosphere welcomed them, the office had two desks with chairs, each facing each other. Phoebe presumed hers to be the one at the left, as the desk was almost empty while the other one was clustered with files, books, a system and other official items.
“Here we go, this is your desk” Rachel pointed at the empty desk
“Thank you Rachel, I’m Phoebe by the way”
“Nice to meet you”
“Same here” she settled into her chair “So what do I need to do?”
“Don’t worry about that, I’ll get you all what you need and put you through the job description and details”
“Okay, thank you Rachel”
“But before that dear, Mr Holland was flirting with you, right?” Rachel enquired
“You don’t have to cover up for him, everyone knows him to be a womanizer, he does it to virtually every woman. But you just have to be careful with him since we’ll be working under him” Rachel advised
“Oh, so you mean he also flirts with you?”
“Not as much as before. Maybe he has gotten tired of me” she laughed throatily “But one more thing Phoebe, you really have to be careful with Mr Holland, he’s very cunny and smart. A lot of ladies have fallen prey to his tricks, he can go to any length to get what he wants. So please be careful”
“I will, thanks” Phoebe swallowed hard.
“Okay then, let me get your stuff. Excuse me” Rachel walked out quietly, closing the door behind her with little effort.
If I need to start fasting and prayer over this Mr Holland’s head, so he takes his eyes off me. I won’t hesitate one bit, I’m here to work, I don’t need any man pallavar muchless with Mr Holland. May God help me.. hmm
Rachel re-entered few minutes later with a carton in her hands, she dropped it on Phoebe’s desk.
“These are the documents you’ll need, you can go through them when you’re free”
“Okay” Phoebe began sorting the files and doing a quick survey of each of them
“You don’t have to do them now, you can do them when you come back”
“Come back from where?”
“From Mr Holland’s office. He said he’s done with authorizing the files I sent to him and he wants you to come get them”
“Me? Why didn’t he just give them to you?”
“Well, I can’t question him, he’s our Boss” she raised her eyebrow
What the hell!
Phoebe sighed and put back the files in the box “Excuse me” she exited the office.
(to be continued..)