“You sound pissed Samantha” Jamie’s voice came through the phone
“Pissed ? I am beyond pissed. I am infuriated. I am angry, I want to slam my fist into his face”
“You can’t do that though”
“I know that’s why I am…ARGGHHHHHHH!!’’ Samantha exclaims biting her lips
Jamie laughs “Hey calm down, look at the bright side, you get to travel with Mr Bass, eat at a fancy restaurant,and maybe the storm will come and you guys get stuck and because you guys can’t return, he books you both into an hotel and because they have just one room left, you both get to share and maybe it’s small and no chair so you share a bed and then…who knows, thunder may strike, then lightening, you may be scared , he holds you while you both look into each other’s eyes, then there is this moment that is so electrifying, then your lips would touch and even the heavens would quake and before long there is the erm…ohhhh uhhhh ahhhh ahh yes yes YES! Take me to hell..or 7th heaven you $3xy beast!!!!’’
Samantha face palms..”you are one shy away from being completely insane Jamieliah Sawyer”
“Oh what a nice complement Samantha Penolope brooke”
“It wasn’t one Jamie and stop talking nonsense, look, he thinks because he is rich and all that so whatever he says should go, it doesn’t work that way, I have a life outside the company and just to think he was listening to me in his office, he was being smart, so I can stay and do his work for him . By the way, like literally he was pressing his phone and replying to text messages from random girls while he tells me to do research, jot, analysis and everything, and he had the audacity to claim he is tired when it had been my fingers and head at work..then out of the blue instead of mentioning in passing..’oh Miss Samantha, about that meeting, it’s going to be out of state so…cancel your plans for the day’. Nooooo , he throws it off his shoulders like..’Hey! I own you, you work for me so when I say jump, you should go ‘how high??. The asshole!!!!’’ she snorts
“Breath Samantha breath, when do you leave?”
“Now. I am just…grabbing the files I worked on all night, didn’t have any sleep.”
Samantha is holding the phone and putting things into her bag. She had been up all night working on the files he gave her to do, and she had wondered if he was trying to punish her for her forwardness .
“Those files on Betty’s desk, it’s for the construction company which we would be attending to next week, take them and sort through them, and the Tsuki files as well, the company overview file, the one with the financial statements, pet projects, that should be separate, for my eyes only and that of the audit and accountant, and no one else, when you are done with the files for tomorrow’s meeting, make sure you don’t mix them up, do well to tidy the rest, I want all of them done with” he had told her before they left the office, causing her to pile up her hands high with them..right before he spewed the nonsense in the car, he was lucky she carrying files and he wasn’t close, she would had dumped it all on his feet, given him a scrowl and left him staring after her.
She hears the car horn…”look Jamie, I think Todd is here, have to go.”
‘‘Okay sure…but let me know if anything juicy happens over there, after the meet—‘’
“Byeeee..I can’t hear you” Samantha cuts the call, grabbing the files, which almost slipped to the floor, she catches them, grabbing her bag and hanging it, she makes her way downstairs to the car.
“Good morning Miss Samantha, trust you had a good night?’’
“Good morning Todd, oh I wish” she says
Todd nods, “Are you taking those with you Ma’am”
“Oh noo, I need to drop them at the office, Mr Bass needs them first thing on his desk.”
They drive to the The Bass Company, once she alights, greeting people as she passed , she goes up and reaches their floor, Sophie greets her with a smile
“Wow!!! That’s a lot of file. You know I was wondering what happened to those, I came in this morning to find them gone, my desk and Betty’s, and I was about to put a call to the department if they cleared our desk and where they dropped it, I was so scared, Mr Bass would have had my head…but why do you have them?”
she says helping her with some
“Oh Mr Bass thought it a brilliant idea to have me work on them”
“Wait all of them…like all. Like all, why??”’ she frowns “ It takes days to sort through all this, and you did all of them in one night?” she is impressed “Tell me, are you some sort of an alien, a Genius or what some secret agent ?’’
Samantha laughs walking ahead of her “No, once you know what you are looking for and how to systematically arrange things its easier, plus reading and correcting and editing is sort of what I like doing , so with the right coffee, good music, I was able to spend 12 hours going through it all.. so, no I am not any of those things you mentioned , would like to be super girl though or storm, or someone smart and $3xy like Green arrow’s $3xy nerdy secretary”
They laugh, placing the files on the desk “Wow, I really don’t have much to do for the rest of the week, thank you Samantha.”
“Oh well, I didn’t have a choice so you are welcome. We need to get it to Mr Bass’s office though and I would be out of here”
“He made me book flights out for him for 10 this morning, he has a meeting out of state”
“I know, I am the scape goat who has to suffer through his presence “ She rolls her eyes, Sophie looks at her
“Like you aren’t pleased”
“Not you too? And no I am not. Help me with the files, Todd is waiting for me downstairs “
They drop them, arranging it in his office and his shelves, tagging them, she removes the three files he needed for the meeting and places them on the table, making sure the most important one “ CEO’s /Companies project laid there amongst them…
Her phone buzzed, she steps away answering as Betty continuous
“Yes Todd?’’ she had taken his number before she left the car
“Boss is ready, we need to go get him and head to the airport Miss”
“Okay I would be right down” she replies, turning…grabbing her bag and putting the files from the table into her bag..she cuts the call
“See you Sophie”
Mr Bass walks out through his door as they drive into his estate, driving through his gates with securities to stop in front of his house took another 30 minutes. It was a vast area of land, and then gardens, and a beautiful mansion at the center of it all.
“Too much money and nothing to do with it” she rolls her eyes , Todd hides a smile
Mr Bass slips into the car held open by one of his attendants, Samantha mutters a good morning and then ignores him throughout the ride to the airport, while on the plane she was glad she carried her earpiece and listened to soothing songs.
Once they landed, they had 30 minutes to spare before his meeting..
“You have poor communication skills Miss Samantha”
“I just don’t like to talk” she replies
“Right. I am ordering breakfast in the Vip lounge, I assume you don’t eat too. Not that I care I am just saying you can order one too, the way your stomach is grumbling is beginning to upset me” he says
Her stomach makes noise again “And I wouldn’t want my business partners to assume I do not treat my workers well” he stays walking away as someone leads him to the Vip lounge.
Taking a seat, he unbuttons his suit, and stares at her from across the room.
Her stomach grumbles again, sighing she goes and sits opposite him, smiling at the cute male attendant who takes her order.
“How would you be paying ma’am?”
“Put it on Mr Bass’s tab please , after all he does take care of his workers” she turns to him, he doesn’t say anything but nods when the attendant leaves
“ You strike me like someone who is frustrated with life”
“oh…no I am not sir, just with a certain presence“ she replies
They eat silently, ..by 10 am, they head to the conference meeting hall, where they were ushered into the room with a couple of others.
“I thought it was a meeting with only a couple of people say 2-5, this looks like a mini conference Sir”
“That’s why I am not paying you to think. You are not expected to think Samantha, I am sure that is not your strongest points, girls like you are only pretty on the outside but inside..its a box of cheeries and chocolate. Try not to embarrass me, and do not fraternize with people you don’t know. This is a gathering of great minds, decisions are made here, and despite being a private venture, sometimes you need the Government approvals on certain projects, partnerships if not..you would be alone and no man is an island. I am hoping to win over the council of elders which they are called, once my talk and project and proof of it is given a thumbs up, I am another step high up the ladder, I have been working towards this for a year, I expect to excel greatly. So you do understand why nothing can go wrong today, ??’’
Once the room was filled with people, she recognizes some faces from other leading oil and gas companies in the country, in and out. it was a meeting with people of wealth, affluence and connection. They meet once in a year to talk, take decisions, partner up to build projects for the betterment of the country, private businesses and the likes.
As the greet, meet and introductions were made, the meeting commences …Ceo after Ceo, president after president showed their projects and plans for their upcoming project and what they think would be open for partners in their company. Quite a number of people had spoken, it was now his turn, and he was introduced as one of the youngest in his field, a promising strong foundation to last a life time and a fine legacy his father had left, something Mr Jake Bash had made even stronger over the years.
Taking the stand, with Samantha beside him, he spoke about Bass Industries home and abroad, he reviewed the company and showcased the projects pending ..he spoke well, eloquently and quite a number of people nodded to him, a few smiles, more expanding the faces of the ladies as their smiles stretched across their faces.
He commanded authority, making them understand why he seemed to be the best and rising fast with his company.
“we recently had a talk with the Chinese government for the Tsuki projects, the Reservoir for the locals, the mainstream and down streams drilling processes that is another pathway to finding more minerals and ore and then the refinery which would be located at the heart of the city, creating new jobs for citizens, and the project I and some partners would be working together as discussed is an engineering institute for oil and gas, this is the structure and location, this is what it would look like, pros and cons, and also I have it all researched, analyzed and laid out, working with experts and professionals, teams ready and trained on ground. We have put all this together , and last night we did the finishing touches to the file and paperwork, covering all corners and edges, and it is a worthy presentation to the government for approval after the council of Elders gives it’s first bill passing..and once you take a look at it and its satisfactory,we would drop it with the departments for project xyz and proceed from there’’
Nodding in agreement, they inquire to take a look “Can we see it Mr Bass ?”
“Sure of course you can, Miss Samantha, please hand him the files for both the Tsuki and that for the Gulen Services” he nods to Samantha, who has picked up her bag, pulling out the files and hands it to him.
“She seems really handy” someone commends, Samantha smiles a ‘thank you’.
As he looks through the first two files and passes it along to the others, he picks up the last goes through it, flips pages and then frowns …
“Is there a problem Mr George” Mr Bass who had been talking and flipping through the monitor by pressing a key in his hands stops and asks him
“Yes Mr Bass, this isn’t the research files and analysis of what you just spoke to us about, this is the financial review of your company , and pet projects you intend to do in the near future, your financial statements…which is none of our business and not for our eyes Mr Bass, and it also includes your legal private company properties..didn’t you check the files before you brought them along??’’
Mr Bass frowns “You must be mistaken sir, that is the file for it. “
“I am wearing glasses but I am not blind Mr Bass or maybe someone should cross check it too” he hands it to next person who flips through it and frowns , nodding
“Indeed, this isn’t it”
Samantha is confused , Mr Bass leaves the stand, crosses to their table before Samantha could leave her spot and takes the file, his jaw flexing , the frown distorting the fine features of his face as his eyes scans through the file..
“My apologies it must have been a mistake in packaging sir “
“You do understand Mr Bass that there are certain mistakes that shouldn’t be allowed, aside being the owner of a multi-billion company and doing well, you also do need us, as a synergy and link to the government to give you a go ahead for certain ventures you require to go into. Knowing this is an annual gathering of important industrial heads,Government parastatals and representatives, and oil and gas companies, we give companies like yours the chance to excel and go higher, and if you have come here to wow us with talks and not have laid down structures on paper so that we can go back and analysis this ourselves before allowing people take a step, will do more harm than good. At the end of the day, it is your company’s name that would go down the drain if anything goes south because you would be the one anchoring it yourself. We are greatly disappointed , and to think you are thorough is pitiful” the head of the council, Mr George states. He was known to be overbearingly strict and doesn’t back down to put one down especially when one errs.
“I am so sorry, it’s my mistake, I didn’t check the file, well I did because I was the one who composed it down on paper as he compiled and pulled thoughts together and I took it to the office, put it on the table and then I turned to answer a call and then I put it in my bag and..oh dear..maybe I must have mixed it up and I-‘’
“Be quiet Samantha” Jake Bass orders, anger visible as he manages to keep a straight face
“My apologies , we can go ahead and-“ Mr Bass began
“No Mr Jake Bass we cannot, not with you. Everyone other person took out time to be here and prepared, we won’t be listening to all talks without concrete show of work. Unless you can have that file here within the hour, I don’t see how we can continue with you. Let the next person please take a stand, perhaps next year Mr Bass’’ George says
Jake Bass nods his thank you, goes to his seat, Samantha not knowing what to do, gathers the other files on the table and goes to her seat, next to him as someone else begins to talk and attention was diverted from him.
“I am so sorry Mr Bass please I-‘’
“You are nothing but an incompetent fool. One more word Samantha one more word and you would regret ever stepping foot into my building. A simple task, one simple task you can’t handle, do you know what you have caused me, one whole year’s expectation gone just like that and you have the guts to speak to me…I knew it, you are nothing but a lousy excuse for a woman, all you all know is how to look pretty, dress good but all that is in your heads is makeup, money, and a life of stupidity. Lousy and incompetent, one more word Samantha and you would be sorry” he says , his eyes bloodshot, his fists clenched
“It was a honest mistake sir…how dare you?’’
He turns to her , grabbing her by her hand “I would slap you if I could right now. Shut up Samantha, you don’t want to test me.” he snaps, people turn. He gives them a fixed smile letting go of her,
She is speechless and shocked at his outburst.
“And once we land, I need your resignation letter”
To be Cont.