Friday is my favorite day of the week. You can call me lazy all you want, but there is a certain form of excitement that only Friday brings, especially after hustling hard the whole week.
This Friday wasn’t any different and I woke up feeling the same excitement, although I woke up to it in a strange bed. After the shenanigans of last Monday, it looked like a good idea to pack a few things and crash for the rest of the week at my friend Jimmy’s place. The timeout was particularly necessary to avoid tempting Madam Ayiri into sneaking over for one while Daddy was in town.
There was a stick-on message pasted on my computer waiting for me when I got to the office.
‘See the ED immediately’.
My heart flew right out of my chest and the window. I had totally forgotten the tab she gave me to fix. Jesus! Karishika was going to have my butt0ckz for breakfast. It wasn’t yet eight o’clock but I knew she would already be in her office because she always got in early, so I decided to swallow my frog first rather than risk her having to call my desk herself. The elevator ride to her office was the most reluctant I’d ever made in my work life. When I knocked on her door, it was difficult to know which resonated louder, the sound of my knuckles or my heartbeat.
The temperature must have dropped around ten degrees when I cracked the door open and went inside.
“Good morning ma.”
Madam sat there dressed in a black skirt suit and sipping from a mug of wonderfully aromatic coffee. She sipped the scalding liquid (judging by the amount of visible steam) a couple of times without even batting an eyelid before she even acknowledged my greeting and motioned me closer.
“Please come and help me upload these pictures onto my facebook page.”
Her fingers were however pointing to an empty space on the table.
“On which device ma?”
“The device? My tab of course. The same tab I gave you to fix for me a fortnight ago which you did and promptly returned.….”
I had to interrupt her at that point to correct the wrong accusation.
“Sorry ma, you just gave it to me on Monday ma.”
Her red coated lips took on an unpleasant shape as she sneered at me.
“Oh really? I must be growing old and senile then. Okay, since you obviously know how to count then tell me how many days or weeks more it will take before I get my tab back.”
Her voice had steadily risen with each word and her eyes were now shooting sparks.
“Sorry ma. I’m so sorry ma. I’ve been kind of busy lately but I can assure you that I’ll fix it immediately I leave here and bring it back to you.”
Her face suddenly softened and she smiled, like suddenly, as if someone pressed a switch. If not that I had not eaten anything that morning, I’d have said maybe I’d unwittingly consumed alcohol and it was affecting my vision. Karishika was smiling? Wonderful!
“You know what; don’t even worry about bringing it back today. I have a meeting somewhere on the mainland and I’m not sure I’ll be coming back to the office afterwards.
Bring it to the house say around 2 p.m.
tomorrow, if that won’t be too much trouble for you.”
She glanced questioningly at me. Too much trouble ke?
“No madam, not at all. I’ll be glad to.”
“Okay then. Get the address from my secretary and I’ll be expecting you tomorrow afternoon.”
I made an about turn and sharply took my leave.
Back at my table, I sat down still in wonderment at the unexpected turn of events. I had been expecting Karishika to blow her top and shred me into a billion pieces for my forgetfulness but the way she had acted was totally astonishing. Imagine, she even smiled at me. Come to think of it, the woman wasn’t bad looking at all o, if only she smiled more often. I picked up the tab from the drawer and dropped it in my bag. I definitely would have to go home today to be able to work on it overnight and deliver to her tomorrow.
Meanwhile, there was this cleaner I’d never seen before going about her duties in the office. She wasn’t wearing a uniform yet which could only mean she was new. From where I sat, I could see the curves on her each time she bent down to rinse her napkin. Soon she got to my table.
“Morning Sir. Please can you give me just a few minutes to tidy your workspace?”
Her grammar was flawless which was a surprising, given the quality of her predecessors.
“Sure sure. Go right ahead and do your thing.”
I moved my seat sideways to allow her access to my table and engaged her in a bit of chit chat while she worked. She wasn’t particularly beautiful as beautiful goes but had a good figure and dentition.
“Sorry, this is the first time I’m seeing you here. Are you new?”
She nodded affirmatively.
“Oh really? What’s your name?”
“Susan. Hmmm, nice name. Nice figure too if I may say and you speak quite well, no offence meant.”
“Thank you sir, none taken.”