I froze, and held on to Banke’s hand tightly. But Mary had seen my face and seen Nora. She quickly began acting a script I am sure she did not write.
Mary: “Leke, Leke won’t allow me rest. I see him everywhere I go, he won’t allow me rest, I want to talk” she said acting like she was psycho. Nora did not mind that we were standing there, perhaps she did not remember, in her state of confusion. She rushed at Mary and pushed her to the ground and began to wrestle her. I discreetly brought out my android phone and began to video all I was seeing.
Nora: “How dare you show your face here? Do you want to die? Don’t you dare mention that name near me, don’t you dare say a word to anybody” she yelled on top of her voice. Her aides had heard of the altercation by people going into the fashion house, they ran out to separate her from Mary. I simply put the phone in my pocket and watched. Mary had bruises all over her face from fingernail scratches.
Mary: “I am no longer scared, I need my peace. I must talk!” she wailed.
Nora: “Get that woman!” she yelled to one of her aides. I moved at the same time that the aide moved, and we both collided into each other, our head meet in a knock. We both held our heads in agony, by the time we turned, Mary had gone. That had been my intent, and Nora was staring directly at me. My heart caught in my chest, I was afraid she knew what I did.
Nora: “Why did you move, could you have caught her?” she asked, her eyes fiery. I was not bothered by her anger, she only thought I was being overzealous, my true intent was hidden from her.
Leke: “I am sorry ma’am” I said.
Nora: “Look now, you have hurt yourself” she said. I was not surprised that she had a soft spot for me; it has been a long time coming. Since I started my gym routine, I looked better, where there had been fat, there was muscle. So, I knew a worldly woman like her would be tripping. I apologized and quickly excused myself.
I watched the video more times than I could count, and I was convinced that I was on the path of truth. I could not wait for Banke to start bringing evidences. I called Prisca and told her I had breaking news, one that had not appeared on any other blog. She agreed to meet for lunch the next day. I was happy, but the problem was how to avoid Banke during lunch. I only hoped that her new job would weigh her down during lunch.
The next day, as soon as it was lunch break, I rushed out of the office, but walked straight into Banke coming up the stairs.
Banke: “Where are you going to, in such a hurry?” she asked with her eye brows up.
Leke: “I have a class, the design course” I said.
Banke: “Can it wait, I have got something” she said as she pulled out her phone, she asked me to switch on my Bluetooth, which I did. A video entered my phone, I opened it to watch. It was Nora in her office making a call, she was saying;
Nora: “Everything I did, I did for you. I gave you the life you wanted and yet you married someone else. Do you know what it took to give you what you now enjoy? I can remove you from that position, if I choose” she was saying. I turned to Banke and smiled.
Leke: “This is really good, how did you get it?”
Banke: “Her phone rang, and she asked me to leave the office, I knew it would be juicy. So I left, but not before dropping my phone with the video running” she said cockishly. I embraced her and planted a kiss on her fore head; I was truly appreciative of this. I could feel I was getting closer.
Leke: “It is exciting, isn’t it?”
Banke: “Super exciting, I should start a blog you know, spy on celebrities” she replied, her eyes alive with excitement.
Leke: “But you are going to the university” I said, I didn’t want anyone intruding on Prisca’s turf. I was really beginning to have tender feelings towards her.
Banke: “Of course I am just wishing. Prisca does blogging, what does she get from it?” she scoffed. I felt like hitting her for making mockery of Prisca.
Leke: “Don’t talk about your friend, like that” I said, and she flipped me off.
Banke: “So we will see this evening?”
Leke: “Sure, there is something I want you to do” I kissed her on the fore head and hurried away. Prisca had sent me a text; she was already at Browns’ café waiting for me. I had arranged for a uber ride as I was descending the stairs, just before I met Banke. I hopped into it, and it drove me straight to the café. Prisca was sitting in a secluded booth, her laptop open before her, and a cup of latte on the table.
Leke: “Hello sweet” I kissed her hair as I sat down.
Prisca: “Quick question, are you still seeing Banke?” she asked the minute I sat across her.
Leke: “Wow, did you dream of her last night?”
Prisca: “I dreamed of you instead. I am really beginning to fall for you, and I need to know if you are down with me. Seriously I don’t want emotional distress” she said matter-of-factly
Leke: “I am no longer seeing her. I brought you a video, I think it will drive traffic to your blog” I said changing the subject immediately, as I slipped out my phone. She watched the video and was impressed.
Prisca: “This is hot! But how come, you are making videos of your boss”
Leke: “It is newsworthy, the question is what is between her and that lady, why was she intent on silencing her. These are questions you should ask, you are not curious enough. You should hire a curious paparazzi if you can’t go around, sourcing for news”
Prisca: “You are amazing” she said, staring into my eyes.
That evening, even though I would have loved to spend it with Prisca, I called Banke to come to the house. She even brought food she had cooked.
Leke: “You even have time to cook?” I asked surprised, when she opened the thermos flask.
Banke: “My job is not really tasking” she smiled sheepishly.
Leke: “What about our project. I need you to follow the missus around. Did you see what happened today, Missus has something to hide, something juicy. Think of how big this documentary is going to be and what we both can get from it. Our wedding will be in Dubai because we can afford it, with the proceeds from this documentary” I said, deliberately bringing up the marriage angle.
Banke: “Oh my God Mikhail, that is so romantic” she leaned into me for a kiss. But I stylishly pulled away, because if I give in, we would go many rounds before Banke is satisfied, and I really needed her to focus.
Leke: “Because of what we have to achieve, I want us to up our game. I will give you a tablet to put in her coffee when you serve her tomorrow”
Banke: “Oh Mikhail, this is getting dangerous. What if I get caught, besides, what is that?”
Leke: “It won’t harm her, trust me. It will only make her uninhibited. We need to know what is up with that drama of today, time is running out”
Banke: “If you say so” she said. I smiled in my heart; I was going to give Nora a dose of her own medicine, not literally. When I was six, Nora had come to take me from the hospital where I went to see Mary, and she had put something in the juice she gave me. That is the reason Zolpidem , was found in my blood work. I had however found out the effects of Zolpidem, and hallucination was one of them. I put the little tablet in an envelope and gave it to Banke before she left.
Throughout the night I could not sleep, I was anticipating tomorrow. I knew the works of Zolpidem, so I knew the canary will sing, but what would she say? Would I be right? I was also scared that things could go wrong, Banke could be caught. In all my anticipation of the next day, I did not anticipate what finally happened.
The next morning, I was up early, did a little weight lifting, bathe and dressed up. I was going to commute from Lekki to Victoria Island where the fashion house was located. Kunmi was already at the office, I watched her as she worked with her team on a bespoke dress, which was draped on a mannequin. It was past eleven before Nora came into the house. She had big eye bags like she did not sleep.
Nora: “Banke!” I heard her call, down the hall. Where the hell did Banke go? I walked to her office which was the outer office before you got to Nora’s office. I searched in her bag and fortunately saw the envelope I had given her the night before. I slipped the little tablet into my pocket and proceeded into Nora’s office.
Leke: “Good morning ma’am, I am not sure Banke is in the office. Is there something you needed?” I asked politely.
Nora: “I had a board meeting at the oil company, all through the night. Please brew me a cup of coffee” she said. I walked straight to the coffee maker and poured in some coffee beans and threw in the tablet before I brewed. After it was made, I poured into a cup and gave it to her. She sipped it like she was a vampire drinking blood. It was the Zolpidem, she was probably misusing some drugs. After a while, her eyes rolled back in her head. She stood up, and began to point at me. I brought out my phone and began to film.
Question: What will Nora say as she is hallucinating?
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