I stood there staring at the picture. After a while, I remembered I have to be with Mr handsome. I looked back and started searching for him looking around the place. I saw him standing among those people, holding a camera in his hand. I walked slowly towards him smiling.
I stood beside him as he walks around from one place to another. “Is this where you work? Wow it’s so pretty and cool here.”I said looking around.
Few minutes later, the photo shoot started. The lady looks so beautiful as she did different poses in different fashion of dresses and shoes. I was standing beside Mr handsome looking at him as he was taking the pictures. By looking at his face, I could tell he like her by the way he smiles while taking the pictures. “I can see you had a crush on her. It’s OK you’re also a man you can fall for her. You can’t hide that”i said looking at him. He looked at me then concentrated back on the camera. Wow. He could hear that of all what I’ve been saying to him since. I thought to myself folding my arms together.
“Well. She’s so pretty. Am so jealous of her”I said nodding my head.
“Good thing you’re not blind”he said under his breath thinking I won’t hear him.
After the the photo shoots, he went to sit down on a chair. And I followed him standing beside the table. A girl brought a bottle water and a towel. He received the bottle from her and opened the top. “You did a great job.”she said smiling. “Oh thanks. You guys should rest also. I have to meet someone by 12pm so, I won’t be around then. You guys should finish the rest OK?”he said standing up from the chair. “Yes sir”the lady replied.
He went to the other young guy and whispered something in his ear. He nodded his head in agreement saying OK.
Mr handsome left the studio walking down the passage. I followed him gently without his knowledge. When he got to the compound, before he could get to his car, he pressed a remote to unlock it. He opened the door and sat down pulling out the seat belt. He stopped and was looking around. He peeped through the window then looked behind him. I can tell he was looking for me. I was at a corner looking at him as he does all this. When he couldn’t find me, he took a deep breath wiping his face with his palm.
I smiled to myself looking at him. “Don’t be relieved. Am not gone yet”I said smiling. When he fasten the seat belt, and was about driving, I disappeared from where I was hiding and reappeared beside him. He quickly stepped on the break looking at me in shock. “Ooh. You really scared me”he said looking at me.
“Were you looking for me? Why? Do you miss me?”I askec looking at him. “What? Stop popping out like that scaring people around with your ugly face OK”he said. “You don’t have to be scared. It’s not you first time seeing me. Are you really scared of ghosts?”I asked looking at him. “What’s she saying? Am not scared of them. I just don’t like seeing ugly ghosts popping our of nowhere. They’ll look like a demon to me.”he said as he drives the car slowly out of the compound. “Really? So you’re not scared of me?”I asked. “Am not. I can’t be scared of you. You don’t even look scary”he replied. “That means am not an ugly ghost then? Since you’re not scared of me. Am a sexy ghost not an ugly one”I said smiling. On hearing that, he started laughing out loud. I wonder what he’s laughing about. I didn’t say anything funny. “What’s she saying?. Sexy ghosts?”he repeated and continue laughing. He almost bump into a car but quickly turn the staring to avoid it. “You have to be careful if you don’t want to end up with other ugly ghosts”I said looking at him. “So you mean there are sexy ghosts? That’s so funny. I have never heard of that before. You’re not even a pretty ghost”he said still smiling. I feel good to see him smile. He looks so cool and calm.
As I was still talking and laughing at what the ghost Girl just said, a call came in and I took it. My expression changed immediately I saw the caller. It was my dad. I first hesitated to pick it but I took the call and placed the phone to my ear. He said he wants us to meet me at his office right now because he wants to have a meeting with everyone. I dropped the phone beside me after the call. I hate sitting down and talking with him. I don’t like him and I don’t feel happy anytime we’re together. But since it’s a family meeting, I have to show up. I was not the his first child. I have step brother and I have sisters also. He got married to three wives. Nathan was his first son. He’s two years older than me. While am three years older than Mary his younger sister. And Julie was the youngest wife’s daughter. She’s just 16 this year. Nathan’s mother was the first wife he married. She made life like hell for me and my mother when I was still young. She’s so scary and wicked.
Even when father married the youngest wife, she hired gang to beat her up and destroy the pregnancy she’s having. She was rescued before they could do anything worst to her. Even though my dad knows she was the one who did it. He never confronted her or make any case on it. She’s so scary than demons or ghosts. I blamed my mum for getting married to my dad. But what can I do about it? It’s done already. Am one of Williams family. I don’t like engaging myself with family issues or about his companies. I like living a simple life and free from their problems. He has the biggest company in the state. He has so many companies and houses. But I disguise myself from Williams family. No one knows am Williams in my company. Even when I was still in school, no one knows am James Williams son.
I hid my identity from people. Unlike my other brother Nathan. He boast about it and spend money like shit when he was in school. We’re not close at all. We hate each other ever since we were kids. We never act like real brothers even though we still have the same father. Mary was the only one who was close to me. She likes me and love hanging around me everything in school. She once told me she wished we were not siblings. She would have love to have me as her boyfriend. I took that as a joke the day she said that.
Back to my car.
I frowned my face on hearing he’s having a meeting with us. I have to go just to avoid his nagging. I made a U turn and went back heading to the company.
When I got there, I packed my car at the garage then got down and walked towards the door. I entered the big company and make my way towards his office. “Why are you not looking good? Are you angry at something?”the ghost girl asked following me behind. I ignored her heading to the elevator. When I got to the elevator, I pressed the button and it opened. Who I saw there left me with shock and surprise. But I hid it not letting it show on my face. He smiled nodding his head at me. But I kept on the straight face looking at him. “Long time no see”he said putting on a fake smile. We both were staring at each other awkwardly while I still stood at the entrance blocking the elevator from closing.
SHE’S A GHOST
“Aren’t you getting in?”he asked looking at me. I looked behind me but I can’t find the ghost girl again. I wonder if she left already. I looked at Nathan and entered the elevator. It closed gently until it was locked finally. I think he just arrived back from America. I was told he left country three years ago”How have you been bro?”he asked placing his hand on my shoulder. I looked at his hand and removed it from my shoulder looking at him. “Why do you care about my well being?”I asked looking at him. “Why? Can’t I asked my brother how he has being doing?”he asked smiling. I laughed a little on hearing him say that. I looked at him putting on a straight and serious face. “That’s what am saying. Why do you care? Stop acting like you do when you don’t. I hate seeing you look at me with that face. Don’t fake yourself it doesn’t suit you”I said looking at him. When it got to our floor, the elevator opened and I went out leaving him behind. As I was walking down the passage heading to the office, the ghost girl appeared beside me. “Why is your expression like this? Do you fight with someone?”she asked walking beside me. “Where did you leave to?”I asked looking at her. Were you worried about me?”she asked smiling. “Why would i be worried about a ghost? I was just asking”I said not looking at her. “Hmm hmm just say you do”she said smiling.
At the meeting…
We were all seating round with a wide table in the center. Mrs Olivia(the first wife) was sitting beside father. I was opposite to Nathan. Mary was sitting beside me while Julie and Roseline(the last wife) was sitting beside each other. Mr Raymond(his PA) was standing beside him. While three other men were also standing by each side of the office. I wonder why they are here with us. I thought this a family meeting not a conference. Why so much people staying here with us?”I thought to myself.
After some minutes of silence, he began with his speeches.
“I welcome you all for leaving what you were doing to attend this meeting. It’s good to see you all here together in a long time.
And for the person that’s not here today, may her gentle soul rest in peace.”he said looking at everyone. The person he was talking about was my mother.
My mother’s death was a mystery to me. She was missing for two days and the next we heard about her was her corpse was found at a sea shore. That day was the most saddest day of my life. I cried like I never did. I wonder what got her to the sea. Investigations were carried out but nothing was found behind her death. I know and believed the death was not a natural one. I always believe she was murdered. After she was buried, I didn’t go home that night. I cried and longed for her to come back to me. The world seem like it’s coming to an end that day. I slept at where she was buried. But when I slept, I dreamed she came back to me smiling and hugging me in her arms. By the time I woke up, I was not able to find her. I stood up and started crying calling her name. It was so dark and silent. Only the voice of my cries could be heard. “Mum don’t leave me. Please don’t leave me here. Come back or take me with you”I cried walking around the dark burial ground. As I was still crying, I noticed someone tapped my shoulder from behind. I turned to the person still sobbing and my face soaked in tears. “Mummy!”I called running into her arms. She strolled my hair gently kissing my forehead.”you’re so fearless. Crying alone in a graveyard. Your voice was so loud I couldn’t rest properly. Don’t cry again am here beside you.” She said patting my back. I raised my head up looking at her face”I know you won’t leave me. You can’t leave me right?”I asked sobbing. I brought out the golden medal i won in high jump three days ago and showed it to her. “Mummy. I won a golden medal again. I know you would be happy to see it. You told me am the greatest son in the world right?. Lets go home now uhm. I promise not to bother you anymore. I’ll try my best to be a good son from now on. I promise I won’t stay up late at night playing video games instead of studying. I will try my best to impress you from now on. So, Mummy please let’s go home”I said crying. She was also crying patting my head. “That’s good of you. Now stop crying it will ruin your handsome face”she said crying also. “Mummy let’s go home. Am scared of this place”I said crying. “Am so sorry son. Mummy is so sorry. I promise to protect you from any harm. Am so sorry to leave you so early”she said crying. She hugged me tight sobbing”Mummy why are you sorry? You didn’t do anything wrong.”I said. She released me still holding my hand. She stepped back a bit crying silently. She waved her hand in a sign of good bye with tears on her face. “Mummy. Where are you leaving to. Please don’t leave me. You promised to always stay with me. You told me I’m your only hope in this world. Why? Mummy please!”I said crying out more louder. She disappeared into the thin air without a trace. “Mummy! Mummy please dont leave me!”i cried more kneeling on the floor. Everything seems like a bad dream to me. I wish someone could wake me up from the long dream.
The following morning, dad sent his body guard to pick me up from the graveyard because I never wanted to leave. I was forced in the car and taken to him. He comforted me and promise to look after me in place of my mother. But all was false. The first wife made life hard for me when he noticed the special treatment I was receiving from him. She planned different tricks until she succeeded in turning his back on me.
Even since I left the graveyard, I started seeing strange things people can’t see. At first I was scared and always scream every time they appear. But when time goes by, I got used to it. Until a day I was able to see my mum. I was so happy but it didn’t last for long. She used to visit me almost everyday and I was happy I could see ghosts at those moments. She told me to forget the past and move on with my life. After some times, I was not able to see her again but I could see other ghosts and evil spirits.
When dad said that, it reminds me of the painful memory. He gave his speeches talking about the company and others. “Since Nathan is the first son, I assigned to the post of this company president”he said looking at everyone. His PA handed him a file and he wrote something on it. “And john would be the vice president.”on hearing that, I almost laughed but I controlled myself. So, he believed I could work in his company? Never.”I thought to myself looking at him badly. He assigned Mary to his other company. And promise to do the same for Julie when she graduates.
After the meeting, we all left the office. I planned to call father and tell him am not interested in what he offered later when I get home. As I walked towards the elevator, Nathan got to me. He stood before me smiling.
I reappeared before Mr handsome and saw a guy before him. He was also handsome but his face looks scary. “Who’s he?”I asked Mr handsome looking at the guy.
Immediately I said that, he looks at my direction with a shock expression on his face.
“Why? Can he see me?”I thought to myself staring at him in surprise. Mr handsome was also staring at him.
To be continued…