The new girl walked around the office shaking hands and introducing herself. I watched her as she smiled and flipped her long, silky Brazilian wig from her face. She was enchanting and I was one of the many who had noticed her. As she approached my desk, I tried to stay composed and rehearse a joke that I would say to leave an impression.
“Did it hurt?” I blurted out as soon as she said her name.
“When you fell from heaven.”
There was a moment of silence in the office as everyone looked at me in amazement.
“Abu!” One of them shouted.
The HR then whispered to the new girl, “Don’t mind him. He’s a comedian.”
I didn’t even catch her name but that wasn’t important at the moment. I continued to watch her as she walked from desk to desk swinging her wide hips and tapping her acrylic nails against the wooden desk.
Everyone seemed to like her. She was polite and respectful which took most of us by surprise since we all had a stereotype about girls who looked like her. During lunch hour, I invited her to go with me so I could show her the best places to eat.
“Do you like eating fish?”
“Of course. I’m from the lakeside. I was raised on fish.”
“Perfect. That woman makes the best fish in the whole area. I’ll take you there one day.”
“Okay. So where are we headed now?”
“Somewhere more relaxing so I can get to know you more.”
She smiled as we walked side by side. Whenever we passed a group of men, they all turned to check her out then murmured to themselves.
“Do you ever get used to the attention?” I asked
“Not really, but I have learnt to ignore them.”
“Well, for me, I like the attention. It’s not every day that people turn to look at me.”
She laughed. It seemed like I was already making a good impression on her. I was quite proud of myself.
We got to a popular restaurant where the ambience matched the price tag. I let her walk in front of me and she made her way to a table by the wall-to-wall glass windows. Even in the restaurant, she continued to turn heads and cause a stir. We made our orders and the waiter disappeared.
“How’s your day so far?”
“It’s great. You are all so warm and welcoming.”
“I’m glad. Yes, we are very close to each other so we like to make everyone feel welcome.”
“It’s amazing. I haven’t experienced this kind of reception anywhere else.”
“Well, you’re also friendly so it helps.”
We chatted about our lives as we enjoyed our lunch then headed back to the office.
“I had fun. We should do this more often.” I said, hoping she agreed.
“Definitely. The next one is on me.” She answered and we both smiled.
The office was a bit quiet as everyone went about their business but I could barely get any work done. I kept replaying the lunch over and over in my head and looking forward to the next one.
It became like a tradition to go for lunch with Beatrice or as I had come to nickname her, Betty. The stares never went aware. In fact, I ended up becoming friends with some of the men who had been ogling Betty for weeks. Some were top managers and CEOs of different companies all seeking to know whether she was available and if I could introduce them to her.
“She’s married,” I answered every time.
Part of me was lying to protect her but a part of me had selfish intentions. I figured if I eliminated my competitors, especially the CEOs and managers, I had a better chance of being with her.
We continued to grow closer and soon, we were office besties. It felt like we were inseparable to the point that she would come over to my desk and we would talk for almost one hour.
As we grew closer, I thought it was important to let Betty know about my wife and kids since I didn’t want her to feel like I was lying to her or leading her on. On the other hand, she hadn’t asked and it’s not lying if they don’t ask, right? I decided to keep it to myself for as long as I could.
Our lunch dates turned into dinner dates and weekend outings. At that point, I was spending more time with her than I was with my own family. It felt good. I felt like a young man again going on cute dates trying to impress my crush.
However, I had to be careful since I knew when word got out in the office, they would tell her about my wife and kids.
“What’s going on with you and Betty?” My deskmate asked.
“Nothing. We just enjoy each other’s company.”
“There are rumours that you guys are dating.”
I let out a nervous laugh.
“Don’t listen to them.”
“Just be careful because if she finds out about your family, it will be another story.”
“What if she knows?”
“She doesn’t know. She has rejected several men here, including me, because we have families.”
I wasn’t aware of this and Betty hadn’t said anything about it. It made me wonder what other things she was keeping from me. However, my main priority at that point was to make sure she didn’t find out about my wife and kids.
I was lucky since I only did a traditional wedding and I didn’t wear a wedding ring. Additionally, my wife lived in the village and she only called in the evening after work. I was able to keep my marriage a secret as long as no one at work told her. However, I knew sooner or later she was going to find out and I had to come up with a plan of what and how I would tell her. I also suspected that some of the men at the office were getting jealous of my relationship with her and they were planning on spilling the beans. I had to act fast.
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