For Ten Thousand Dollars: The aftermath of an unintended office romance-Episode 4


The first couple requested a pregnancy test kit and the other ordered prenatal vitamins. As I watched them, my reason for being there began to feel very wrong. I wasn’t sure I could order the pill. While I was still smiling pretending my reason for letting them go ahead of me was me simply being courteous, I got a call from the office that the chairman had been waiting to see me for close to two hours. What a perfect time! I got out of the pharmacy quickly, and drove straight to the office.

I got to the office in a rush and very disorganised to say the least.

“Hi Cleo, where have you been? The chairman has been waiting.” They all said taking turns. Getting to answer the question would have been wasting extra time I couldn’t afford at the time. I dropped my laptop quickly and was rushing to the chairman’s office when I met him in the hallway.

Hi Cleo. Good Morning. I had been waiting for you all day. Where have you been?”


“You look good. I think my daughter has the same dress you have on. I bought it for her on my last trip to the US.” I was short of words. I had no idea what to say next.

“I am so sorry sir. I was trying to …”

Oh it’s okay. I know you never come in late. Are you sure everything is okay?”

Flattered by his response, I was quiet for a while after which I replied, “everything is fine sir.”

Are you sure?” He asked again. “You could go home if you want. Our meeting can wait till tomorrow.”

It’s okay sir. I’ll be fine.”

Okay if you say so. So, we just signed this new client . It is a big one.” He smiled as he handed me the file.

They happened to see some of the online ad campaigns we ran earlier and they were really impressed. Thanks to you.” He said as he gave me a pat on the shoulder.

If you and my son can continue to do what you both know how to do best, we will be on a retainer for the next five years smiling to the bank every other day. Not just a retainer, a retainer worth hundreds of millions.” He whispered and laughed afterwards expecting me to join him.

When I didn’t smile or laugh he asked again, “did you hear me?”

Yes I did sir. I was just…”

So, why do you not look happy?

If only he knew what his son and I had been up to, he would have chosen a better phrase to express his confidence in the both of us. Indeed we both knew how to do what we do know how to do best.

“I am indeed very happy sir.”I said with a pretentious smile. I’ll be on this right away. Í promise we will do our best possible to make this happen.

Nice, Thank you. I trust you both. Once you are done drafting a copy, you can take it to Deji so you both can look through.”

I really appreciate your confidence in me sir and we won’t let you down.”

‘“That’s good to know.” He said smiling as I stood up to leave.

“Cleo” he called as soon as I got to the door.

“I forgot to add. Get me a mindblowing campaign in 48 hours and you will get a big surprise from me. It’s something you have always wished for. Trust me.”

Okay sounds nice. I’ll try my best sir.”

Mhmm” he said as he stood up and moved towards the rooftop.

Something I have always wanted” I repeated to myself as I walked out. I could not remember having a conversation of a wish I had with him at all. It sounded good and I just couldn’t wait to see what he had.