a crush

Emotionless 14

5:09 PM


The kiss was just for a few seconds but it felt so long. I think it was because my heart was racing. I couldn't believe it. After kissing so many men I still had butterflies with this kiss. "I'm sorry I shouldn't have done that." Edem said after. I smiled and kissed him back. This time again the butterflies rumbled in my stomach. He smiled and held my hand as we walked to his car. He opened the door for me and hopped into the car. "Where are we going?" I asked. He giggled and told me it was a surprise. I guessed he was taking me to his apartment, I mean that was where this seemed to be going. Then something caught my attention. A name I heard on the radio that was playing in the car, Alison.

I turned up the volume to hear what was being said. "Mrs Alison Coleman has for many years denied that she is a lesbian. Honestly I think people are just out to give her a hard time..." I heard the radio presenter say. My heart started racing. "Well one thing is for sure that her husband loves her. He is always denying these allegations." Another person on the radio said. "So you are sure there will be no divorce soon because Alison hinted in the last..." The presenter started but the other man cut in and said no. I was a confused by the information I was hearing.

"Hey, are you ok?" Edem asked. I wasn't sure what to say. Then what I did the other night made sense. Abena asked me to open the window so they take pictures of Alison and I in her bed together. Was major Coleman trying to use me to validate or at least make the claims of Alison bring a lesbian look true? Why would he do that to his own daughter in law?

Just then I heard something more enlightening on the radio. "We need to give Alison Coleman a break in such hard times. Her father's health gets worse everyday." The presenter said. Inheritance? Alison was the only child of her parents. If her father died she would get everything. The pieces were coming together nicely. Major Coleman probably threatened Alison with those pictures. I looked at Edem who had a puzzled look on his face. He stopped the car at the next bus stop. "What's wrong Lin?" He asked. My mind was spinning. I didn't want to have anything to do with Major Coleman anymore. I turned to Edem and forced a smile. He saw through me as usual. Then he turned to the radio. "Are you related to the vice president? Don't worry he won't die." Edem said. Tears fell from my face.

Edem was the last person I wanted to get caught up in this mess. "I'm really sorry. I can't burden you with my crazy life." I said to him. I was ashamed of myself. All this while I wanted him to see me a certain light but the truth decided to come out in a very nasty way. He kissed my forehead and told me tell him what the problem was. "Whatever it is I'll protect you." He said. I wiped my tears and told him everything. Somehow he didn't look surprised. Maybe he always suspected. I felt safe in Edem's arms. "Who else have you told about this?" He asked when I was done. "No one." I replied. "You are sure?" He asked again. "Edem, I'm even surprised I'm telling you. No one else knows." I replied.

"You need to run away. From your story men like Major Coleman are dangerous. My uncle has a house around Aburi. We can go there and figure things out properly." Edem suggested. It sounded like a good plan. My heart had stopped racing at this point. I looked out the window as Edem drove off. He had a rather worried look on his face. I knew I shouldn't have told him the truth. I could almost feel him judging me in his head. "I think we should stop somewhere so I get some towels, a toothbrush and stuff." I said to break the silence. Edem turned to look at me. "Oh don't worry it's a vacation home so my uncle keeps all that stuff there."  He replied and smiled.

We got to the house at about 11:45pm. The house was the only one in a dense bush. It was perfect for hiding. At least if anyone was coming for me we would see them. Edem had the keys and so we went inside immediately. He kissed me on the cheek and told me not to worry. He left to turn on the lights around the house. The hall had very minimal furniture. A couch center table and a TV on the wall. I put my bag down and sat on the couch. That was when I realised I left my phone in the car.

I walked in to car and picked it from the seat. I looked to see if I had any missed calls from major Coleman or Abena but there was nothing. As I walked back into the house I heard Edem's voice. He was talking on the phone. I wondered if he had even asked his uncle for permission to use the house. I was going to sneak up on him but I froze when I heard Edem's words. "Yes Major she's here with me at the Aburi house. No she hasn't. No one else knows. Ok sir I will handle it. Yes I'll do it tonight." Edem said. My heart started pounding as I watched him go back intoThe kiss was just for a few seconds but it felt so long. I think it was because my heart was racing. I couldn't believe it. After kissing so many men I still had butterflies with this kiss. "I'm sorry I shouldn't have done that." Edem said after. I smiled and kissed him back. This time again the butterflies rumbled in my stomach. He smiled and held my hand as we walked to his car. He opened the door for me and hopped into the car. "Where are we going?" I asked. He giggled and told me it was a surprise. I guessed he was taking me to his apartment, I mean that was where this seemed to be going. Then something caught my attention. A name I heard on the radio that was playing in the car, Alison.

I turned up the volume to hear what was being said. "Mrs Alison Coleman has for many years denied that she is a lesbian. Honestly I think people are just out to give her a hard time..." I heard the radio presenter say. My heart started racing. "Well one thing is for sure that her husband loves her. He is always denying these allegations." Another person on the radio said. "So you are sure there will be no divorce soon because Alison hinted in the last..." The presenter started but the other man cut in and said no. I was a confused by the information I was hearing. "Hey, are you ok?" Edem asked. I wasn't sure what to say. Then what I did the other night made sense. Abena asked me to open the window so they take pictures of Alison and I in her bed together. Was Major Coleman trying to use me to validate or at least make the claims of Alison bring a lesbian look true? Why would he do that to his own daughter in law?

Just then I heard something more enlightening on the radio. "We need to give Alison Coleman a break in such hard times. Her father's health gets worse everyday." The presenter said. Inheritance? Alison was the only child of her parents. If her father died she would get everything. The pieces were coming together nicely. Major Coleman probably threatened Alison with those pictures. I looked at Edem who had a puzzled look on his face. He stopped the car at the next bus stop. "What's wrong Lin?" He asked. My mind was spinning. I didn't want to have anything to do with Major Coleman anymore. I turned to Edem and forced a smile. He saw through me as usual. Then he turned to the radio. "Are you related to the vice president? Don't worry he won't die." Edem said.

Tears fell from my face. Edem was the last person I wanted to get caught up in this mess. "I'm really sorry. I can't burden you with my crazy life." I said to him. I was ashamed of myself. All this while I wanted him to see me a certain light but the truth decided to come out in a very nasty way. He kissed my forehead and told me tell him what the problem was. "Whatever it is I'll protect you." He said. I wiped my tears and told him everything. Somehow he didn't look surprised. Maybe he always suspected. I felt safe in Edem's arms. "Who else have you told about this?" He asked when I was done. "No one." I replied. "You are sure?" He asked again. "Edem, I'm even surprised I'm telling you. No one else knows." I replied.

"You need to run away. From your story men like Major Coleman are dangerous. My uncle has a house around Aburi. We can go there and figure things out properly." Edem suggested. It sounded like a good plan. My heart had stopped racing at this point. I looked out the window as Edem drove off. He had a rather worried look on his face. I knew I shouldn't have told him the truth. I could almost feel him judging me in his head. "I think we should stop somewhere so I get some towels, a toothbrush and stuff." I said to break the silence. Edem turned to look at me. "Oh don't worry it's a vacation home so my uncle keeps all that stuff there."  He replied and smiled.

We got to the house at about 11:45pm. The house was the only one in a dense bush. It was perfect for hiding. At least if anyone was coming for me we would see them. Edem had the keys and so we went inside immediately. He kissed me on the cheek and told me not to worry. He left to turn on the lights around the house. The hall had very minimal furniture. A couch center table and a TV on the wall. I put my bag down and sat on the couch. That was when I realised I left my phone in the car.

I walked in to car and picked it from the seat. I looked to see if I had any missed calls from major Coleman or Abena but there was nothing. As I walked back into the house I heard Edem's voice. He was talking on the phone. I wondered if he had even asked his uncle for permission to use the house. I was going to sneak up on him but I froze when I heard Edem's words. "Yes Major she's here with me at the Aburi house. No she hasn't. No one else knows. Ok sir I will handle it. Yes I'll do it tonight." Edem said. My heart started pounding as I watched him walk back into the house through the back door.


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crush

Emotionless 13

5:34 PM


"Look, do you want to finish this and go back to your normal life right? Well this could be your ticket." She replied. My heart was pounding. She was right, I wanted to be done with Major Coleman but killing the vice president's daughter wasn't something I was ready for. That wasn't the deal! I stood there in the bathroom looking at myself in the mirror and wondered what I had gotten myself into. Just then my phone vibrated. It was a text from Edem. "Hey, night owl. I miss you small. How's your mum doing?" The message said. I smiled. Did he just say he misses me? The feeling was very mutual. To be able to see him again I had to do the tasks so with a deep breath I walked back into the room, said what Abena told me to say and pulled out the tablet from my bag. Alison swallowed it and I stared at her as her eyes closed.

"Tap her cheek to make sure she's asleep." Abena said. I breathed a sigh of relief. I did as she said and noticed she was fast asleep. Abena wasn't done with me. She followed up with instructions to lean in and kiss Alison. I didn't care much what was going on at this point. I did it immediately without thinking in all the ways she asked me to. Finally it was ok to leave. I dashed as quickly as I could out of the house and the limo driver drove me away with the security men all over the house clueless about what transpired.

"What is going on? Why did I have to do all of that?!" I shot at Abena when I got back to the house. She continued reading her book. "I don't know what you think you are trying to do but this is just stupid." I shouted. Abena turned to look at me. She warned me never to raise my voice at her again. "You have no business in this plan. You do what we tell you to do. If you turn around and leave me in peace Major Coleman will not hear about your arrogance tomorrow." She said coldly. I went to my room slamming the door behind me. I wanted to explode. Arial run to me and I picked her up. Stroking her calmed me down. She was the only part of the house that didn't drive me insane. So many scenarios was swimming through my head. When I saw Edem calling I smiled. I answered the call and we spoke for a while.

The next morning when I woke up I heard Major Coleman's voice downstairs. I had questions but I wasn't sure if asking him was a good idea so I stayed in my room with Arial. Edem asked if I wanted to have lunch he said he would come over to my mother's place to visit me if that was what it would take. He was so sweet. In no time at all I heard footsteps. Nearing the door then a knock. I went to the door and saw Major Coleman standing outside with a smile on his face. He walked right into the room. "I hear you did a good job yesterday actually I think we can trust you now. So here you go and feel free to go out and pamper yourself. The whole weekend is yours." He said and gave me and envelope with a lot of cash and walked away. I wanted to ask him why he was doing all this but I couldn't. This was a sign that it was going to be over soon and I sure didn't want to jinx it.

That night Edem and I met at a very nice restaurant in town. He was wearing a navy blue long sleeve shirt and black trousers. I guessed he was from work. He looked as good as always and when he saw me goes face lit up with the most amazing smile I had ever seen. We talked and ate and talked some more. I kept up my lie about my mother being sick. I told him she was getting better and he seemed glad to hear it. "You seem a bit distracted." He said. I caught myself far in thought and smiled. "I'm fine." I lied. He went on to tell me that he broke up with his girlfriend. He didn't go into detail. In fact he just mentioned it and changed the topic. I smiled in my heard. After dinner as we walked to the parking lot Edem held my hand. "Lin it seems you have been really worried the past couple of weeks. You know you can talk to me right?" He said. I felt so loved when he said those words. Then before I could say a word he leaned in and kissed me.


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duress

Emotionless 12

4:56 PM


After my call I heard a knocked at my door. It was Abena. She came into my room and played with Arial for a minute then she sat next to me. "I know this is hard for you. I've spoken to General Coleman, we will begin our operation this week. In about 3 weeks you will be done and out of here." She said and smiled. I nodded. I couldn't wait to get out of whatever this was! This was one of the times I really missed having a normal life.

I dressed that Saturday night for a big celebrity party I was attending with Alison. Alison believed I was also married to a rich boring husband. When we met up I pulled over in a limo and asked her to join me. She was impressed. "I've never thought of going to an event in a limo before. This is pretty nice." Alison said. I smiled and handed her a glass of champagne. "My husband says it sets the mood. He suggested it to me." I recited from the earpiece in my ear. Alison was so surprised she asked if my husband did a lot of partying. I said no, he just paid for it. She was even more surprised but said nothing.

When we got to the party the chauffeur opened the door for us and we walked into the place like queens. I liked the attention, it was quite fun and I could tell Alison was having a blast. I laughed at her jokes, told her really extravagant stories and listened to hers too. We danced together and did shots.

I could tell Abena worked very hard at making my identity real. That night three random people approached me and pretended to know me. I played along nicely. I knew Abena had a mission and the sooner I reached it the sooner I could leave.

"How is your husband cool with this?" Alison whispered in my ear over the loud party music. I smiled. "I make sure the sex is good." I said. As I spoke to Alison through Abena I put the pieces together. It wasn't totally clear yet. Was a lack of the sex the reason Coleman and Alison were having issues? She didn't particularly like my answer. She just took another sip of her cocktail. Coleman was very boring in bed. I wondered if that left his wildcard wife unsatisfied. "My husband is boring in bed but so far as he has enough sex I can do wherever I want without issues." I added. She found that more interesting and smiled.

Alison was tipsy when the limo got to her house. She said Coleman had taken the kids to his parents place for the weekend. I was very glad to hear that. I helped her into her house with my arm around her shoulder. Her house was huge and beautiful. The decor was fabulous even though there were toys all around. I saw family pictures on the walls. Their children were adorable. "Will you be able to make it upstairs?" I asked, helping her to take off her 6 inch heels. "Oh yea what are rails for?" She said and we both laughed.

When Alison attempted to climb the stairs she hovered her leg over the first step and I knew she needed help. I walked to her and helped her up the stairs. I guessed their room was the one with the open door. I took her inside and sat her on the bed. She laid down immediately and closed her eyes.

Just when I was turning around to leave Abena said in my earpiece, "don't leave the room. Walk to the big window and open the curtains." I was confused. I didn't think much of it as I did what she said. Then the series of strange instructions begun. "Put your bag down and let Alison lie properly on the bed with her head in the pillow." I turned around and looked through the window. I knew she was watching.

Abena then told me to tell Alison to take an asprin for morning hangover relief. She said a white pill was in my bag and I should let her swallow it. "Why?" I whispered but Alison heard me. "Why what?" She asked still with her eyes closed. "Err why did you drink so much. Can I use your bathroom?" I said quickly. She pointed to the bathroom and I rushed there and closed the door. "What pill is this? What's going on Abena?" I asked. I was very nervous now. Was this supposed to be some kind of assassination?!


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a crush

Emotionless 11

4:13 PM


When I got downstairs the next day to have breakfast I saw General Coleman and my heart missed a beat. "Hello Sunshine, I hear you are excellent in the assignment I gave you. I'm happy. I got something for you." He said. He pointed to a box and Abena opened it. A little poodle popped its head out of the box. It was adorable. I had always wanted one but the apartment I used to live in did not allow pets. I knelt down and the adorable dog run into my arms. "Thank you." I said and General Coleman smiled. "You need to take her on walks. She may need one tonight as she's been in this box for so long. Let's take today off." I nodded and Arial to my room. That was her new name.

I put on my usual gym clothes but this time just to take Arial for a walk. Alison and I were on calling terms now. I called her and told her I couldn't make it to the gym because I didn't have anyone around to walk my dog. I thought it was a silly excuse but she totally bought it. Arial seemed much more excited than I was. "Calm down." I said as we run down the stairs. When we got outside I looked around and off we went. As the little thing trotted excitedly beside me I felt happy. Like how I felt when I was with Edem. I wanted to call him but just didn't know what to say. He always saw right through my lies. We were about to cross the road when I heard my name. I turned around and there he was! Coleman, standing next to his car. As he walked to me I could feel the fury in him.

"Where have you been?! I've been calling and texting you forever. What did I do wrong? Is it because of the coke? Lin I've missed you." He said and tried to kiss me. "Coleman, stop. We are outside. " I said, moving back and looking around. He looked pretty unstable. I picked up Arial just in case I had to run. "I'm sorry my mum got really sick so I had to leave." I lied. "Oh come on. Why didn't you tell me? You moved out of your apartment. The apartment I got for you. Why wouldn't you tell me?" He asked.

I told Coleman I didn't want to complicate his life. He was better off without me. He didn't agree at all. "There's a guest house not far from here. Let's go and talk." He said. "I'm all sweaty and stuff. Can we do this another time?" I said. Coleman wouldn't have any of it. He grabbed my hand and tried to pull me closer. He was rarely this reckless in public. I shrieked and looked at dog, and told Coleman it was urinating. He let me go and I told him I had to let it urinate for a while. I put Arial down walked to a bush and quickly texted Abena. She replied almost instantly and told me to be calm. In a matter of seconds Coleman had a call and had to leave. He begged me to call him back and drove off.

Abena met me at the gate when I got back. "Did you tell him anything?" She asked. I shook my head and walked in. My heart was racing and I needed to take a shower and cool off. Arial walked by me as I entered my room. After I took my shower I felt better. I decided to call Edem. When he answered the phone I wasn't sure what to say. "Hey" was all I could let out. He went on and on asking where I was, why I had been avoiding him and everything in between. When he noticed I wasn't answering he paused. "Lin are you ok?" Edem asked. A tear dropped from my eyes.

I wanted to tell him everything. Then Arial walked up to me and laid down on my lap. I smiled that very moment. It was like she was telling me I wasn't alone. "I'm fine. Had to visit my mother. She was not feeling too well but she's getting better." I quickly said. Edem sympathised with me. He wanted to know if I needed company but I lied and said I would be back soon. He bought it. I guess he read the emotions and realised I was really sad.


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a crush

Emotionless 10

4:36 PM

"Don't approach her. Stay on your exercise bike." Abena said. Her voice startled me. Even know I knew she was watching and talking to me through an earpiece it took some time to get used to it. She said she would help me so I followed her instructions. I kept on using my bicycle and my phone rang. I froze for a second wondering if it was Edem. I had been ignoring his calls. Coleman had been calling me too but I was just too angry to talk to him, and the threats his father gave me were loud and clear.

"Answer the phone and just repeat my words like it's a normal call. Try and sound natural." Abena said again. I got off the bike and walked to my phone from my bag which was close to Alison. "Hello. Yes I'm fine. Uh huh, the High Rise party, yes. So you got us the VIP invitations right? Oh beautiful. We are 4 so can you book a limo for us? Yea,  ok bye." I recited as Abena read out the words to me. I put the phone down and walked back to the bicycle.

I honestly didn't know why I had to do that. I read in her file that Alison liked attending big luxurious parties and shopping but she had her earpiece on so I thought it was totally pointless. Before I got to the bike Alison called me. "Hi, I'm Ali. You are new here right?" She said. I smiled and said I wasn't and that I just changed from morning workouts to evening. Alison nodded. "I heard you talk about the High Rise party. Are you going this year?"  She asked. I smiled and that is how our long chat begun. We talked about boat trips, shopping and parties. It was pretty enjoyable but every now and then Abena spoke to me and asked me to include a line or two.

After working out with Alison we walked to the parking lot. I pulled out the keys to the Mercedes that I came with and drove off after our goodbyes. When I got to the house Abena was there to welcome me with a big smile. "You did very well. I see why General Coleman chose you." She said. I smiled and nodded. "How did you know Alison would hear me? She had earphones on and was listening to music." I asked. Abena looked at me took a deep breath and replied. "She wasn't listening to music. She pretends all the time so she can ignore people." I nodded and walked into the dining room with Abena. Her reply worried me a little. How long had they been spying on her and what was the outcome? We had dinner brought to us from the in-house cook. I tried to get as much information from Abena as possible but whenever I got deep she just ignored me.

The next day I went to the gym and run the same act. This time when Alison entered the gym she walked straight to me. We chat for a while and she showed me pictures of herself at several luxury events around the world as well as big time movie events and celebrity parties. I pretended to be excited. Abena made me tell her I was actually at some of those parties.

Abena's information was always on point. "Ah yes the party at that beach house. What a coincidence I was there with my sister and her boyfriend. I remember the waiters were wearing roller skates. It was really fun." I lied. "Yes! That party was one of my all time favourites." Alison said throwing her arms in the air. She was definitely a party animal and the kind who would spend any amount for a good thrill.

Slowly, as we met everyday at the gym I begun to see why she and Coleman fought all the time. They were completely different people. Coleman didn't like going out at all. He actually dreaded social events. The only things they both had in common was their love for spending money which eventually was a recipe for disaster and their love for their two children. Every day I was asked to write a report. I put my observations down and handed them over to Abena before I went to bed. After a whole week of ignoring Edem's calls and messages he finally stopped sending them. That night I cried myself to sleep and woke up the next morning to start a new day.

When I got downstairs the next day to have breakfast I saw General Coleman and my heart missed a beat.


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acting

Emotionless 9

12:11 PM

When my eyes opened it took me a while to remember what happened. I looked around and saw that I was in my apartment. Then I saw Edem cover me up with a cloth and turn to leave. "Edem." I called. He smiled and teased me about my alcohol intolerance. "Goodbye." I said. He smiled again. "I'm just a room away if you need anything." He said and left my apartment. I smiled and fell asleep again. That night I had so many nightmares. I was so grateful when it was morning. I got dressed and waited patiently for my ride.

General Coleman's guy got to my place around 10am. He looked at the things I had packed into suitcases and lead me downstairs into a black Benz. He was tall and wore a blue long sleeve shirt and striped tie. I had questions but he didn't look like the type who was even interested in a conversation. I sat down quietly as he drove to Osu. He finally parked in front of a big house. "Come." He said and I got out of the car. We walked into the house and went upstairs. We met a lady who greeted me. "I'll take it from here." She said to the man and he left. "Lin it's nice to meet you. My name is Abena. I'm going to be your sister." She said.

I wasn't sure I understood what Abena meant. She noticed my confusion and went on to explain. "On the project general Coleman wants you on he instructed that you have a sister. It strengthens your story and I will also help you with a lot of things you need. From what I hear you are not very tech savvy." Abena said. How did she know that! It was good that I met Abena she looked just a few years older than me. Maybe she could help me understand this better.

"Why does General Coleman want me to do this?" I asked. She ignored my question and showed me my room. It was huge. It had a laptop at the desk a very large wardrobe with clothes in it. The bed looked very comfortable with pillows all over it. The furniture was modern and beautiful. I was almost beginning to like the place. "You files are on the table. You can read through them, if you have any issues just let me know." Abena said, pointing to some flat files on the desk. I nodded and went to read them.

I went through all the files for the next couple of hours. It contained pictures and information about Coleman's wife, Alison. After reading everything I understood some of the things Coleman nagged about. She was a proud, rich and spoiled women. Her father was a very close friend to the president and an ambassador as well. By the time I was done with the reading the driver had brought in all my stuff from my apartment. Abena helped me unpack my things. "I hope you are done reading because we have just tonight to practice." She said. Apparently I was meeting Alison the next day! Abena was to run me through my 'act'.

I couldn't believe it was happening but it was. She pretended to be Alison and we had a conversation. She corrected some of the things I said. "Alison likes excersing a lot so you will meet her up there and befriend her. She's very stuck up but don't let that get to you. Pretend to be like her always." Abena said. It felt so much like when Samira was training me.

That night I had lots of nightmares. They were so terrifying I was very glad when morning came. Abena made me a delicious breakfast and at about 5pm I set off to the gym to meet Alison. Major Coleman called me and told me to 'act natural'. I was a bit nervous but when I got to the gym and started exercising I felt better. Alison walked into the gym about 20 minutes after I came. She really looked stuck up. She had music in her ears, a water bottle and a towel. She walked straight to the treadmill and started working out. I didn't know how I was going to get her attention.

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a crush

Emotionless 8

3:36 PM

Just then there was another knock on the door. My heart was pounding. Did he know I called Samira or was he coming back to threatened me? I walked slowly to the door and opened it. Luckily for me it was Edem. I breathed a sigh of relief. He asked if I was ok from the previous night. I looked around and dragged him inside locking the door behind me. He found that a bit weird and asked me what was going on. I wanted to tell him. I really did but I couldn't tell him anything without him knowing what I did for a living. I was too ashamed so I looked for a lie to tell.

"So about last night eh, I'm very sorry. My cousin and I had a fight because I said some things to his wife that made her angry with him. " I lied. Edem shook his head."He said you were his girlfriend. I really don't want to pry into your life. I just want you to know that you don't have to lie to me." Edem said. I shook my heard trying to go on with my story but he held my hands and looked me straight in the eye. "You are an amazing person. It's ok to make mistakes, we all make them Lin. It's what you do next that matters." He said. He broke all defences with that single sentence. I sat there holding hands with Edem. Maybe it was what happened with Coleman the other day, maybe it was his father's demands or maybe it was how scared Samira sounded. Whatever it was it made me cave in and I started crying. Edem didn't stop me from crying. He held me as I made his shirt soaked with tears. I certainly needed it.

"Don't you have to be at work?" I asked as my face dried up. I liked having him around but I knew he had an actual job unlike me. "I do but today I'm on the afternoon shift so don't worry about me. I'm hear to help you get through this." He said. I hadn't received this kind of kindness in a long time.

Edem could easily have taken advantage of my vulnerable state and have his way with me but instead he wanted us to talk. I couldn't help feeling more attracted to him. The more my feelings for him grew the harder it was to tell him the truth. I was afraid he would reject me. He was too nice for my rotten life so I twisted the truth. "You are right, Coleman is not my cousin. I met him last year and fell for him. He didn't tell me he was married until recently. Then I fell for his trick. He kept telling me he was divorcing his wife to marry me. That's why I told you he was my cousin. He made me promise to say that to everyone. Last night I told him I wanted out and we had a fight. That's when you met us at my door." I lied. Edem nodded. He looked convinced that I was telling the truth. "So last night we talked and I told him that unless he really had a divorce I wasn't going to entertain him anyway." I added. "You did the right thing. I' m proud of you." Edem replied.

Edem went on to give me some useful advice on how to avoid Coleman if he tried to "trick" me again. I listened and nodded. When he was done he said I needed fresh air so we walked to a café nearby and had something to eat. He told me jokes to cheer me up. I was laughing my head off and almost forgot about Coleman's father. Then I received a text from him. It was like he was watching me and wanted to sick the fun right out of me. The text read, "I think you have had enough time to think about my offer. If not then you have until 3pm. Time is of the essence." I turned cold immediately but pretended it was a piece of fruit I was eaten that was sour. Edem didn't notice I was acting. He just giggled. We were at the café until it was time for Edem to go to work. He rushed to his car and drove off. Then I walked back to my apartment alone. I used that time to do a lot of thinking.

When I got to my apartment I had decided. I picked up my phone and called General Coleman. I told him I was ready for his assignment. "Wonderful, I knew you were a smart girl. Tomorrow one of my men will pick you up and take you to your new apartment. He will make arrangements to move your belongings. I will contact you later." He said and hung up. All sort of ideas run through my head. Why was he doing this? Why me? How dangerous was he? I had no answers. Besides the chaos I realised how much I was going to miss Edem. I decided to spend the night at his place. Knowing how principled he was I needed a good excuse. I sent him a message to let me know when he got home.

I spent the rest of the day packing my things. My clothes, bags and shoes were the majority. The apartment came pre furnished so I didn't have too much to pack. I heard my phone ring and knew it was Edem.  I answered it and told him I was coming over. When I got to his place he was cooking something very nice. I sat down and we had dinner. He assured me that I could talk to him whenever I wanted to get something off my chest. I nodded and smiled. I wished I could tell him everything. After dinner he brought out some wine and set up a movie for us to watch. My frustration drove me into over drinking. I couldn't help it. In no time at all I blacked out.


To be continued... 

a crush

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Coleman overslept and had to rush out the next morning. He did something very strange when he was leaving. In all his rushing he stopped and kissed my forehead. He had never done that before. When he was gone I took my bath and got ready for work. Just before I picked up my bag to leave I heard a knock at my door. My heart skipped a beat. I hadn't planned what I was going to say to Edem yet. I contemplated pretending not to be around but that would only make things worse. I took a deep breath and opened the door.

To my surprise it wasn't Edem. An elderly man who looked like he was in his late 50s stood there. He was wearing a grey suit and glasses. "Hello, are you Linda?" He asked. I nodded and he politely asked to come in and have a word with me. I let him in and he sat down on the couch. He looked around my apartment for a while and finally turned to me. "My name is General Fred Coleman my son is the man you have been hosting in your apartment." He said in a very straight forward tone. I wasn't sure what to say. My heart instantly started pounding. What was Coleman's father doing here?!

"My son was here yesterday wasn't he?" Fred Coleman asked. I nodded and he shook his head. "It looks like you are going somewhere so I will make this brief. You will not entertain Coleman anymore. I know he gave you lots of gifts for your services but you shouldn't worry about that. If you do as I say you will get more." He said. I stared at him blankly and he went on. "His marriage is very important. I see that he can't get himself to stop seeing you so I will want it done the other way round. Last night I did some thinking about it. If you even left him I doubt his marriage will still hold so I'm going to give you a job." the way he talked commanded so much authority. I could see why Coleman desperately wanted to please him. Somehow I wished my father cared this much about me.

"Sir I'm sorry about me and Coleman..." I started but he cut me off. "I'm not here for apologies. From what I hear you are a clever girl. Will you do my job or not? Maybe you want to hear what you will get? I will get you a new apartment, bigger and better than this and give you 3000 cedis a month for the period you will be working for me. If you impress me I will double it." He said. My heart started beating faster. I almost agreed but I thought first. "What job is this?" I asked. He removed his glasses wiped them and put them back on. The suspense killed me. "My daughter in law is not very marriage material. I am she's a spoilt child and that's really why my son doesn't go home at night. I want you to teach her how to please my son." He replied.

I almost choked and was in a brief state of denial. "Sir I'm not sure I know..." I started and he raised his palm to stop me. "I know Samira well and you are by all means one of her best. Don't disappoint your madam." He said, getting up to leave. He dropped a call card on my center table. "Call me when you are ready to start. My son must never hear about any of this or even that I was here." He said as he walked out. I saw him to the door and watched him leave with another man that looked very much like a body guard. I quickly locked the door behind me and tried to sink everything in. "How did he know who I was or even Samira? Had he been aware of this all this time?

I skipped work that day. I was tempted to call Coleman and tell him what happened but I knew his father meant business. I picked up my phone and called Samira instead. She could tell I was nervous almost immediately. I narrated the whole story to her. When I was done her silence scared me. Samira always had something to say and most often laughed at serious situations but this time she was too quiet for my liking. "General Coleman, hmm Lin do what he says you should do." She finally said. "Samira I don't even know the woman. How am I supposed to teach her how to be a good wife? Who even does that?" I complained. "Lin listen to me, General Coleman is a very dangerous man. Don't do anything to offend him. The fact that he mentioned my name is even a warning to me. Do what he wants and do your best. Do you hear me?" Samira said sternly. I was speechless. I agreed and hanged up. What had I gotten myself into?


To be continued... 

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