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|BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 2:46pm On Jan 03|
Happy New Year!
I'm starting a story here titled BROKEN HEDGE. By God's grace I'll finish the story. And I mean it, God help me!
Copyright ⓒ Toyin Taiwo, 2018
This work is copyright. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
Everybody is invited. Thanks.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 3:00pm On Jan 03|
Dedication: To God Almighty.
I looked myself up in the mirror while putting finishing touches to my light make up. I turned around to check out myself one more time when I was done and deep inside me I say thank you to my maker who wonderfully made a tall, slim, fair, set and beautiful woman out of me. Like my friends use to tease God actually took his time when creating me.
I checked my Casio Ladies digital wrist watch. I have 10minutes left to leave the house. I hurriedly put on my Christian Dior sling back heels. I use my finger to move the elastic sling to the back of my ankle. I did same for the second foot. All suit up and ready for work, I wore Calvin Klein's forbidden Euphoria perfume and left my room. Then I bumped into my Mum”
“Watch out young woman!”
“Sorry….Good morning mum”
“Otutuoma (Good Morning)my darling. Hmm.. looking good as always”
“Thanks mum” I said flashing my white dentition.
“Set for work?”
“Yes mum. You?”
“Today is teacher’s day, I won’t be leaving the house until 10am we have a small get together in school”
“Happy teacher’s day Mummy. You are the best teacher in the whole wide world” I hugged her. I’m not flattering her, that’s the truth and all her students adores her.
“Thank you my darling”
“And thanks for everything you taught me mum. Academically, morally, mentally socially, spiritually and all”
“I’m glad you never throw them into thrash nwa(child). Look at you, you’ve grown into a fine and independent woman”
“All thanks to you Mum. Now, I need to run”
“I made scrambled eggs and toast” She informed.
“For me! is it because today is teacher’s day? What happens to your ‘you don’t cook, you don’t eat rule'
“Let’s say I’m celebrating teacher’s day” She smiled.
“Oh! I’ll pack it, thanks. Bye Mum, see you in the evening” I said and gave her a side hug.
"Ka e mesia (good bye)" she replied.
I took my car keys and left the house. I turned on the ignition of my Toyota avensis and zoomed out. As the clinical data manager of one of the the top ten pharmaceutical company in the world, I had a major role to play in the company. Chemochezzy Pharm is a household name in Nigeria and all over the world, owned by a foreigner.
Fortunately for me, I got the job based on merit, no connection, nothing. I was promoted 10 months after I joined the company with a six digit basic salary and jumbo allowances. I was passionate with my job. With my second class upper I never thought I could get the job when graduates with first class also applied for the job. Although, I already had my masters degree before I got the job. Fortunately for me at the interview stage, I won the hearts of the Interviewers.
My job was so demanding that I hardly had time to run personal business like some of my friends. I went through trainings, I just concluded a program that got me certified by the Clinical data management. I'm currently running another professional course. The competition here in the company is very high. So you have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, I mean work hard. You have to keep up with standard certification if you want to stay afloat, have the top post and be relevant in the pharmaceutical industry at large. I willing to do all this because I love what I do, I love my job. I have big dreams. I want to be a consultant so I plan on starting my PhD soon. There are heights I want to achieve.
In few years time I see my self as the minister for health at state level and more. Like I said I have a big dreams and I have to add value to myself, so I need all the necessary qualifications in case opportunity presents itself in the future.
My mum had two large stores in the house, she gave me one of the stores while she used the other to run her supermarket. I just opened a very big pharmaceutical store which is really thriving well but it is solely run by mum, because I don't have the time. Since I have enough money, My mum we never allow me leave alone till I get married and the truth is that if she allow me, I can’t leave her too. We only have each other. I decided to invest with my money. I also bought shares in the company.
I have a meeting that morning by 9:00am. I drove into my personal parking space. It was labeled CDM (Clinical data manager) I walked into the company using the Head of departments elevator. I stepped into the elevator tagged HODs only.
Click.. I was already on the 5th floor which lead directly to my office. My secretary stood up immediately she sighted me and walked up to me. She helped me with my hand bag and laptop bag.
“Good morning ma”
“Good morning Silver”
I stepped into my office settled down and prayed briefly. I checked the time I still have less than an hour to brush over my presentation. I had done my homework well and can’t afford to fumble. The CEO and the board of directors which consists of whites are all going to be present at the meeting. I had to give my best.
My secretary was still standing in front of me. “Anything?”
“Your schedule ma.. ”
“Cancel all my schedule for the day” I cut in. You of all people know how long the executives meeting takes. Only God knows when I’ll come back into this office today.
“I understand ma”
“Once you notice it’s getting late and I’m not yet back, just go home so it won’t be like the last time”
“ I’ll wait for you ma”
“If it’s fine with you” I said and dismissed her.
Let me use this spare time to introduce myself. My name is Crystal Monachisom Ejiofor. I’m 27 years old. Ejiofor is my mum’s maiden name. I answer my maternal grandfather’s name. I’m the only child of my mother. Well if you are wondering about my father, he doesn’t exist at least to me. He abandoned my Mum 28 years ago after putting her in the family way. It was later my mum discovered he had a family, a wife and a kid. She played and fooled my mother. He denied ever knowing my mum and denied my paternity. She took up the responsibility. Thank God she has a stable job. She teaches in a federal government secondary school and never married till date.
At 26 she was already a single mother who gave up her bright future for me. I never met him in person my I mum only she’s e pictures. He tried, he’s handsome no wonder he was able to sweep my mum off her feet. My mum is beautiful and fair even at age 53. I took after her, the only difference is that I’m tall while she’s average height and I’m very sure I took after that apologetic father of mine. Men still made advances at her even at her age. From the landlords in our estate, her school principal even some divorcee and widower in the church. They all wanted her for a wife.
The knocked on my door brought me back to the present. It was my secretary, she brought in a cup of coffee.
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|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by cbella(f): 4:03pm On Jan 03|
I guess I made it... Congratulations once again
EvaJael, Pearl05 and Gloryejims before you swallow me, I mentioned you oo
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by yewande1234(f): 4:04pm On Jan 03|
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by Adesina12: 5:39pm On Jan 03|
Is this another wrong number in making?
Or Anike, the unfinished story?
Welcome back anyway.
Swear for me that you will finish this one so that I can prepare for you sweet popcorn
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by anneboy02(m): 5:41pm On Jan 03|
Sitting on the first front row with my pop corn and coke
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 6:25pm On Jan 03|
cbella:Thanks sis. I appreciate.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 6:28pm On Jan 03|
Adesina12:Lol. we both know Anike is not an unfinished story. So sit back and enjoy.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 6:28pm On Jan 03|
@anneboy02 and yewande1234. Welcome on board.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by Nickibeauty(f): 7:06pm On Jan 03|
wow am here
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by DemiKOL(f): 7:07pm On Jan 03|
Hmm......... Lemme quickly grab a sit. This is going to be interesting. Mama rachael....how are you? Happy new year.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by nanadeeva01(f): 9:41pm On Jan 03|
Yay racheal is back. bring it on
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by xaviercasmir(m): 9:42pm On Jan 03|
Another classic from a great writer. Following ma'am
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 2:15am On Jan 04|
DemiKOL:I'm good, thanks.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 2:18am On Jan 04|
@DemiKol nanadeeva01 Nickibeauty. Welcome on board.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 2:30am On Jan 04|
I was elated by my daughter’s words this morning, I’m glad she appreciated everything I’ve done for her.
I was initially scared that my past will affect her as regarding relationships, but hell no. I thought she will hate the male folks although I made sure I never gave her any negative impression about men. The men we have around us are good ones and she knew she can’t generalise because of her father. I always let her know there are great men out there.
She only had one childhood male friend in the neighborhood, Zite. They also attended same University.
Crystal shocked me when she gained admission into the University. By the time she got to 200l she already had six close male friends. Jayamma, to Dume, Somadina, Fesochukwu, Onochie and Zite. she has two female friends one Yoruba, Enitan and the other hausa, Hauwa by name. My daughter is a true Nigerian she can make friends with any tribe though she wish she had a Igbo female friend too. But she doesn’t just make friends, rather she chose her friends.
My daughter’s friends made me forget I has just one child, I see myself as a mother of 9 children because they treat me as their mother. They are all good children who came from good homes, I was privileged to meet some of their parents.. They eat, sleep here, hold their fun-filled get together here at my place. During their undergraduate days, they are always around, they even cook and help with the house chores.
Out of all the six guys, I know Crystal is dating one of them, I tried to know who among them she was dating but I couldn’t place it. She treats them all equally to my face, but I always see flowers and cards in her room, which means she’s with someone. She’s very secretive when It comes to her relationship but other aspect, she’s open like a book even to her friends. Three of the guys are engaged that reduces the list of my guesses . Leaving me with the three other guys. Two is presently out of the country and the other one is here in Lagos but my daughter and him are cat and mouse. So who the guy is, I don’t know till now.
I made sure she had everything when she was growing up My daughter is a sweet girl right from childhood. I made sure her education was sound and fast, she was a brilliant girl so raising her wasn’t a problem for me.
I wanted her to get married early as my only child so I could see my grandchildren early enough but I can’t force her if she’s not ready. I will never push Crystal into marriage because I know it’s a life time contract. I can only pray and wait till the best man wins her over.
I had no other responsibilities than to take care of her. I only build a house where we are staying presently, we moved in while she was in few years ago. I also have a car, which I only change when it’s old. I determined not to marry, I dedicated my life to the upbringing my daughter and I’m proud of the woman I raised. A fine, refined and independent woman. I have a two spacious store in my house where I run a supermarket, I just converted the other store to a pharmaceutical store when my daughter got a job at the pharmaceutical company. She opened the pharmaceutical store but I run it. Infact she told me jokingly to funding it since she didn't have the time. She uses her influence at the company to get drugs supplied on a regular basis.
She employed a pharmacist, a nurse and two sales attendant. And for the supermarket, I employed two sales attendant too. Now we have Six employees. 60 percent drug supply is from her company while 40 percent is from other pharmaceutical company. I was already preparing for my retirement, though I still have few years to go. And the business is doing great.
By 8:50am, I stepped out of my office and headed to the conference room. The meeting commenced by 9:00am on the dot. Two hours later, it was the turn for my department to present, 40 minutes later, I was through. And from the way I was applauded, it meant I did well. They also endorsed the new innovation I introduced. Which has to be solely implemented right away.
“Since she brought the innovation, I’m delegating her to Implement it. And I promise you something big if this pull through nicely” The CEO said.
“Is this really feasible, I know it’s a great innovation but will this increase the net profit of the company. This is business and the sole purpose is to make profit. All I can see here’s is the upgrade the quality and image of the company only” One of the directors who happens to be the CEO's son spoke up”
“Like I said, let’s go ahead with the plan. We don’t have to be scared to take risk” The CEO concluded.
“Next is the quality control manager's turn to present” The Moderator announced and the QC stepped in front of the projector for his presentation.
Like I envisaged the meeting didn’t end until 7pm with 30mins recess for every 4hours. During each break refreshment is served. A popular eatery’s service was employed to cater for our lunch. They serve everyone a pack of fried rice and full chicken and drinks. I was just taking drinks through out, I was too stressed out to eat.
I got back to my office, my secretary was still on her desk. I wondered why she was still around, she should have joined the staff bus. I had my laptop on one hand and the food pack on the other, she rushed to me and took them to my office while I followed her tiredly. I rarely eat at the meetings, I always bring the food for her, so she already knew that the food was for her.
“How was your presentation ma?”
“Awesome, I’ll gist you tomorrow, I’m tired right now and it’s late we should be out of here any minute from now”
“Now let’s move before I sleep off here” I said yawning.
She carried my laptop and handbags. I retrieved my car keys and left the office. I locked my office while Silver went to her desk to take her personal belongings too.
I normally drop her off since her bus stop is along my route.
Her hands were full, but I’m sorry I couldn’t help, infact I was too tired to walk not to talk of carrying anything. I’m sure she understood. She must have busied herself with movies on the system while I was stucked in the conference room being bombarded with questions from the board of directors.
I got home and went straight to my room. I took my bath, my mum left the supermarket to say hi.
“Good evening mum”
“Good evening, Welcome. How was your day?”
“Sorry, come downstairs and make your dinner”
“Huh! Mum I’m tired. I thought you’ll make dinner too since today is teacher’s day”
“If you are married with kids, will you expect me to come to your house to make dinner for your family? Get use to it my dear you are a woman”
“What ever happens to getting a housemaid”
“I didn’t train you with that. Did I”
“Mummy, you can go back to the store, I want to sleep” I said and kissed her on the cheek.
“You won’t eat?”
“Mummy I’m tired, I need good sleep”
“Let me warm stew and prepare semo for you” She said as she pitied my tired self.
“No o…. I want to sleep”
“Ok. Good night then”
“Good night Mummy” I said yawning.
I woke up around 11pm, I went to the kitchen to get something to eat. I prepared noodles and boiled egg. I ate right there in the kitchen and went back to bed.
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|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by Chigold121(f): 5:17am On Jan 04|
I just hope u won't stop posting here after some time and tell us 'u can purchase it', if it's an advert u tell us now ooo
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by EvaJael(f): 6:59am On Jan 04|
cbella:Thanks my daughter. You have exams tomorrow o, don't let me catch you here again
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by EvaJael(f): 7:06am On Jan 04|
rachealfst I'm solidly behind you ma. Story is captivating, you should watch out for some timy tiny errors here and there tho. More ink to your pen
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by queenitee(f): 9:51am On Jan 04|
I'm here sis
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by Horlar995(m): 11:48am On Jan 04|
Nice one..... Ride on ma'am
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by SurestG(f): 11:57am On Jan 04|
Momma is back with a bomb. Ride on
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by toyhin123(f): 12:05pm On Jan 04|
Welldone ma.... following
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 12:27pm On Jan 04|
EvaJael:Amen. Thank you.......
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 12:30pm On Jan 04|
@SurestG, toyhin123, queenitee, Horlar995. Thank you, welcome on board.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 12:37pm On Jan 04|
Chigold121:I didn't say that sis.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by Holuwabojan(m): 12:53pm On Jan 04|
Kip it rolling sis. Am fully in
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by cbella(f): 12:57pm On Jan 04|
Lol.. Yes mom
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 1:05pm On Jan 04|
Holuwabojan:Yippee......my brother is here. Thanks for your support dear, love you.....
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by Tife101(m): 1:17pm On Jan 04|
Welcome back, Rachaelfst. Nice story line tho..
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 1:25pm On Jan 04|
Tife101:Thanks Tife. Longest time.
|Re: BROKEN HEDGE By Toyin Taiwo by rachealfst(f): 1:36pm On Jan 04|
I couldn’t wait for weekend to come, cos my work load for the week was something else. The new innovations made had to be implemented. I was hopping from NAFDAC to SON to FDA just to get approval on the new products.
At last it was Saturday, I didn’t wake up until 9:30am in the morning. My mum never helped me with my personal chores, despite the fact that she’s always home before 4:00pm. She doesn’t prepare breakfast and dinner. She will rather wait for me to come in the evening to cook for the both of us. We have no maid, no cook only the gateman who also clean the compound during the week while Mum and I joined him for the cleaning on Saturdays. I’m also responsible for his feeding too.
The sales girls at the supermarket often offer to help my mum but she always tell them not to bother that Crystal will do it. She had only one child and she want to make her independent. She is strict, principled, spiritual and loving at the same time. Trust me growing up wasn’t funny. She never spare the rod.
I went to the laundry room to do my laundry, I loaded my used clothes into the washing machine. I went back to my room. Cleaned my room and wash my bathroom and toilet until it’s sparkling clean. When I was through I went to the kitchen to make breakfast but luckily for me, mum made breakfast for me. I think she did that because of the stressful week I had.
After having breakfast, I went back to my room and had another round of sleep. I made sure I didn’t bring any office work home that very weekend. I needed a good rest.
By 4pm I dress up in summer print chiffon midi gown and wore a ankle strap sandals. I wanted to carry a beach bag but I changed my mind. I just took my purse and phone and left my room. I went downstairs and use the connecting door that linked from the compound into the supermarket.
“Hi girls” I said from behind and they looked at the back door.
“Aunty Crystal” They chorused. “Good evening ma”
Good evening” I replied them and asked after their well being.
I went to my mum’s desk and sat with her. She asked if I have enough rest and I told her I did and I feel refreshed.
I excused myself to check out the pharmaceutical store using the adjoining door that I linked the two stores together. That’s my own responsibility since that is my field. I checked out sales, the stocks and every other thing the s drew my attention too.
“Good evening ma”
“Crystal, at last you showed up. I thought you won’t come downstairs at all” Richard our pharmacist said.
“A good evening to you too” I countered.
“Good evening” He smiled.
“I had a stressed packed week. So I needed that rest” I informed.
“Huh….hope you rest well upstairs?”
“Yes I did, thanks. How are you going and how’s the stores?”
“I’m good and the store is doing well.
“Good to hear”
“Where’s Anty nurse” I asked.
“She’s in the inner room, she’s attending to someone”
One of the sales attendant walk up to me and submitted the list of unavailable drugs.
“Why are you giving me a hand written list, I remembered I corrected you the last time. There’s system here in the store, how many minutes will it take to type and print it out”
“I’m sorry ma, we’ve been very busy during the week”
“Really, maybe I’ll tell Mummy to employ one more staff, since your hands are full this days”
"Thank you ma” the two sales attendant replied happily.
“Bring the list. I'll tell my secretary to type it. I’ll submit it at the company’s warehouse on Monday. The drugs will be supplied latest by Tuesday” I informed.
“Alright ma. Please ma I’d like to ask a question. I ask Mr Richard if he can produce drugs since he’s a pharmacist but he said he wasn’t train to produce drugs. Why is that” She asked.
“He’s right. Pharmacist are highly trained to evaluate medication use; prepare and dispense medications and educate patients about those medications. Those who produce drugs are Pharmaceutical scientist. They are expertly trained to discover, develop, test and manufacture new medications” I explained.
“Now I get it, thank you ma. So you produce drugs?”
I smiled at the inquisitive sale rep. “It takes a team to produce drugs with long term research and I’m part of the team” I addressed.
“Now I understand, thanks”
“You’re welcome. Richard, I’ll see you some other time”
“Are you going out?”
“Ok enjoy your evening”
“You too, later”
I went back to the supermarket. I sat beside mum and told her I was going out with Zite.
“I thought he’s fiance is around”
“She left this morning”
“Oookay… because I still saw her yesterday. She came to the pharmacy”
(Car horns) “Mummy that would be Zite, bye….see you later. Kisses”
“Bye, have fun” She replied.
“I will, mum please make dinner for me” I winked.
“I don’t blame you, shebi I made breakfast, now you want dinner”
“You better eat out or else you are on your own” She said
“Just go troublesome girl”
I waved at her and the girls and left.
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