Sally had worked so hard to build her business as a wedding planner to let one mistake ruin everything. She had watched the now-viral video of her getting into a heated argument with one of her clients at the club over and over again. She wasn’t thinking straight that night which led to the situation becoming bigger than it needed to be. That was the story of her life and how she ended up in the mess in the first place.
She had been planning Kate’s wedding for a month now and they had grown to be close friends. Kate invited her everywhere. Why wouldn’t she? Sally was the most fun and energetic woman she had ever met. She always lit up the room when she walked in and everybody liked her. Soon, Kate started inviting her for a girls’ night at her house. They drank, laughed, and played games all through the night.
“Brian, why don’t you join us?” Sally said to Kate’s fiancé as he poured himself a drink in the kitchen.
“No, thanks. I don’t want to spoil your fun.”
“Nonsense. Plus I want to know you as well. It’s part of my job as a wedding planner.”
Sally had a way of persuading people without even trying. Brian stood no chance and he found himself in the midst of five women, hollering at the gossip the ladies were dishing out. Every now and then he’d steal a glance at Sally and marvel at her infectious laughter. When she turned to look at him, he’d smile then look away.
The next day, it was Brian who invited Sally out. She was in the kitchen preparing breakfast while the other girls were sleeping.
“Yesterday was fun,” Brian said as he approached her.
“Yeah. You should come to hang out with us more often.”
“How about today? Can I take you for dinner?”
“For the wedding?” She asked
“Of course.” He answered smiling.
They met later that evening at a high-end restaurant and four glasses of wine later, she was in a hotel room with Brian. She couldn’t fight the temptation and they slept together. From then, they met multiple times in the same hotel.
“We have to stop. I think Kate is suspicious of something.” She said to Brian
“She thinks you’re cheating on her. She found hotel receipts.”
“We can’t stop. I love you.”
“I’ve told you. If you want to be with me you have to call off the wedding.”
“I will. I promise.”
One month before the wedding
“I’m going to tell her myself.” Sally threatened Brian after he failed to call off the wedding.
“Relax. You can’t expect me to leave my fiancé. You are fun and beautiful but I have invested a lot with her. I can’t just throw that away.” Brian explained.
“Do you think I’m joking?” She asked, removing her phone from her purse. “I’m going to call her right now.”
“What about your business? Do you really want to ruin your reputation over this?” He asked, taking out his Cheque book. “How much do you need?”
“I’m not planning your wedding anymore!! Get another planner.”
“I mean, how much do you need to keep your mouth shut.” He asked aggressively.
She was silent as she looked at him.
“500,000 shillings.” She said almost in a whisper.
He had handed her a cheque. “You have to finish the wedding planning. It’s too late to look for another planner.”
“After the wedding, I never want to see you again.” She said.
For the next few weeks, she went out of her way to avoid Brian. She never even attended the wedding. She got her final paycheck through a delivery guy and she was on to the next client.
However, a few months after their wedding, Kate reached out to Sally to help her plan another wedding for her friend. They remained close friends but Sally always felt uncomfortable around her.
The only reason she maintained their friendship was that Kate brought her a lot of clients. In fact, she helped Sally grow her small business into a multi-million empire. Within a few months, Sally was one of the most popular wedding planners in town.
Everything was going well for her. However, there was always the skeleton in her closet that threatened to ruin her reputation and business.
Brian was now the one blackmailing her.
“If you don’t want me to tell her, you better meet me at the hotel.” He texted her.
She continued to present herself as a responsible businesswoman on social media while she had an affair with her best friend’s husband.
Two years later
Sally, the now self-appointed Beyoncé of her friend group, joined her girlfriends at the VIP section of the club where they were seated drinking champagne. It was her birthday and she had to make a grand entrance. So, she was escorted by a police car which trailed her silver G-wagon. When she arrived, three buff guys surrounded her and led her into the club to the VIP section. Even her friends were surprised by the grand entrance. However, it was her 30th birthday and she had to usher in the new chapter in style.
Two few shots were enough to loosen her up and get her on her feet jamming to the latest afrobeat songs. She was dancing for a while before someone interrupted her.
“You bitch!” The woman yelled as she raised her hand to slap Sally. However, her party was fast enough to intercept it which sent the woman stumbling backwards and falling.
“Who’s this?” One of her friends asked.
Sally was still trying to compose herself before the woman got up and tried to lunge at her again.
“You slept with my fiancé. He told me. I hired you to be my wedding planner and you slept with my fiancé.”
“It’s not my fault your man is unfaithful. I did you a favour, honey.” Sally answered nonchalantly as she sipped champagne.
Her friends laughed as they watched the lady struggle to free herself from the security guards.
“Remove this woman from our sight.” One of them yelled and Kate was quickly dragged out of the club.
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