I can’t say Aurelia had not warned me that my working with him would involve me snitching on her. Men who are like him are possessive and controlling. He wanted to know every movement she makes and everyone she associated with. To some extent you can say he was in love with her but that dangerous kind of love. To have gone all out to secure her friend a job shows to what lengths he was willing to go to keep her. This scared me. There are girls that think a. Man who is possessive is his way of showing how much he loves you but then again these are also the same girls who believe that if he hits you he also loves you. Nah family we should not be about that life. Nobody owns us and we need to get that in our heads as girls. Aurelia was sinking deeper into this toxic thing.
“Sir, I have done nothing wrong because I do not know if there is anything going on between them. Besides Aurelia likes…”
I hesitated and kept quiet and he jumped in and said,
“Likes what? Speak!”
He had fallen for it I had done that on purpose!
“She likes older men. She says small boys are immature and only want to sleep with you. Older men she says are sensible and mature enough to know when to push and when not to!”
I said. Men! These things are weak. I had played to his ego. All he had heard there was that he was the man and also to back off. I could see he was trying not smile but before I could be asked anymore questions I said,
“Can I go to work now?”
He looked at me for a moment and I thought he was about to release me when he said,
“No! I still think something is up. I need you to do me a favor and if you do it well I will increase your salary by 20%!”
He said thoughtfully. In this economy 20% is a lot of money so most definitely I was listening.
“It depends on what it is!”
I said not trying to sound too eager but to be honest who gets a salary increase on the first day at work. I was in luck.
“I want you to date my son!”
Say what! What was this old man smoking?
“No sir! I can’t do that. I am not his type.”
I said defensively,
“What is his type then since you know so much?”
This man was relentless, he was fishing. He was hoping I would say someone like Aurelia to prove his point.
“I don’t know his type but he looks like the type that likes girls that dress well and laugh at all his jokes. All my clothes are from Mr Price and no offense sir, boys like your son see me as a gold digger from a mile away simply because I am poor. I am the girl they use for sex then pass around their friends when they are done with me! No! Not for 20 percent!”
I was right too. These cheeseboys they know a girl with no resources from a mile away. They judge you the moment they see you and already know what they are going to do with you the moment they hit on you. Mostly you are used for sex and then you drop away. Most girls, especially the so called pretty ones, don’t even realize that usually when a guy hits on you, your role is already predetermined. Nowadays guys don’t want to date unemployed girls because they say they are expensive. It takes a lot of money and resources to bring her up to standard only for her to then cheat on him with another guy who only noticed her now when she was all good and fancy.
“And sir I have a child, your son is not ready for that!”
That was my ace card. I know the thought of a girl having a child scares most parents (guys) shitless. It’s like saying the girl has the plague.
He jumped up in his eureka moment!
“That’s exactly what he needs to mature up, responsibilities!”
He said standing up and paced back and forth.
“And you are wrong, my son is not about the clothes. However, I will give you r3500 today even to shop for clothes in his taste. I have made sure that you guys sit together and the first project you are on you will be working together. At the end of the month you are going to Eastern Cape together for a conference on behalf of us. Your team leader is Orapeleng Chelopo but she is not yet in. Things better go according to plan!”
He said. He had decided. I was being pimped out to my best-friends possible baby daddy. A voice inside me was screaming that I should say no to this ludicrous offer but eish, greed and curiosity got the better of me, I said nothing of that sort. I walked out a traitor and went to my desk.
“What did the old fool want?”
As I walked to my desk I could see Lunga on the phone talking to someone. I walked slowly because I did not want to get there. What was I doing? I was not this girl. Aurelia was already Brooke from the Bold and the Beautiful which made me who really? As soon as I sat down Lunga said,
“What did the old fool want? He is always scheming!”
I could see that whatever beefs took place at home were clearly being transferred to the office space.
“Is that what you call your dad?”
I responded instinctively changing the topic.
“Yes. I know when he is up to something. He does not have a good heart and usually everything he does has to benefit him somehow. We did not get these jobs by chance trust me. He planned this!”
Was my face that obvious? Did I betray so much in the few seconds I had sat down?
“You being paranoid!”
I cautioned him and he just laughed it off. He probably thought I was this plaasjapie that’s why he never took me seriously even though I was probably more educated than him. I have seen it a lot, rich people tend to think that they are smarter than you even when academically their are dumb as fuck. That was Lunga for you, hot, but dumb! Crap, I shouldn’t look at him like that!
“I need a favour but only if you have time!”
I said to him with a serious look on my face.
“What is it?”
“I need to go shopping for work clothes after work and I don’t have a car. If you can, only if you can, can you please take me!”
I asked him politely.
“It will have to be Sandton City because am meeting my mate there at Butchers. We won’t take long but whilst you shop I will be with him. Is that fair?”
He said. I actually never thought he could be this easy going, maybe I had misjudged him.
“Yes that’s fair, thank you!”
Someone cleared their throat above us.
“You must be my new team members. Already making date plans on the first day, wow that has to be a record!”
She said. I took one guess and she confirmed,
“I am Orapeleng Chelopo and I am your team leader! I take it you Lunga and you are Faith!”
She said shaking both our hands. Orapeleng, how do I describe her. She was not skinny but not thick as well and full of confidence, short natural hair and very little make up, tight short skirt and stiletto heels. When she walked you could feel the force because she had that power walk that made every one else trot after her.
“We have just opened a new tissue factory in Midrand and we need to get orders. Our plan is simple, we don’t tender but we give business to the people that tender. This means that for every tender briefing that has this product wanted we attend and give every tenderpreneur present our card. Whatever price they have for tissues we underbid that person by 50 cents a roll. It doesn’t sound like a lot but if your have an order of 100 000 rolls trust me it makes a difference!”
She said in one swoop. Talk about getting straight to the point. I was impressed and intimidated.
“100 000 rolls wow people shit a lot huh!”
Lunga said absent mindedly. It was funny I wanted to laugh but I wanted to impress my team leader so I looked at her for direction. She just rolled her eyes.
“So where do we start?”
I asked her changing topics. She said she had to go pick up some forms she would be back and strode off. The way she walked threw her ass all over the place and I noticed many of the males look at her as she walked away. Deep.
“It’s only day one and you already kissing ass. Impressive!”
Lunga said to me with a chuckle. Funny enough I was not impressed by that statement so I ignored him.
“I need to know how to get back into your friends good books. She has been ignoring my calls since yesterday over that statement I made. I am sorry.”
He said apologizing to me.
“But why did you make it though? That was wrong!”
I said to him.
“It was wrong for you and right for me. You all want us to think the same way as you and agree to your views but if I don’t agree I don’t agree. Some of these things are facts which can be proven. I am sorry though. I will pretend that the world is beautiful like you want me to!”
He said. I know somewhere somehow he made sense but I was not going to entertain it. My phone rang and it was a private number. I don’t like private numbers but I picked up because I had not put my phone on silent. It would be odd not to after it made such a noise and thank God I had taken Mshini Wam as my ringtone. It was Mudenda,
“I got a call from my lawyer. We have the maintenance court on Wednesday at 10am.”
He said casually.
“I can’t make it, I will be at work! I started my new job officially today I can’t be asking for leave already!”
I whispered on the phone. I did not want people to hear I had maintenance. Suddenly I felt embarrassed. Maintenance always sounds like it’s for “those” people not educated ones like me. It feels like you can’t fend for yourself.
“If you don’t come my lawyer says we won’t give you anything and must fight for sole custody as you can’t put Amo’s needs first.”
He hung up.
Did he just say that?
I needed to buy poison “mxim” to put in his food this weekend!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto (fb)
I have been with my boyfriend for over 5 years now. In these years my man has made so many promises I’ve even lost count. I don’t ask him for money, if I’m broke I borrow and pay him back as soon as I have money. My problem is he hardly takes me out or even buy me presents valentines day or my birthday. In birthdays, anniversary and valentines day he would rather spend time with his family or friends than me. When I tell him that I would also love to get things from him that I can brag to my friends he always says that he doesn’t have money then start making promises. The worst promise he likes which irritates me is this one: while we were still in varsity he was like “baby wait till I get training imma spoil you” when he finally got his training contract he was like “baby wait till I get a permanent job” now he has a job and I’m waiting for that day he will be like ” baby wait till I’m part of management or own this company ”
I’m not trying to be a gold digger or anything but I’d really appreciate if he says let’s go out for lunch without me suggesting and PAYING!!!! The reason why I’m still with him is cos I love him a lot but he really makes me feel unappreciated.
am I being unreasonable?
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE BIRTHDAY MESSAGES.