Catch up on the last episode; Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter One, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Two, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Three, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Four, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Five , Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Six, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Seven, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter eight
Samantha arrives the Shelton’s Consultation, Business and Events Company, she alights from the taxi and goes through the reception area
“Good morning Pierce” she greets the door man and smiles at the receptionist who was attending to a client.
She takes her right, going up the stairs to her office, which was next to Mr Shelton and his Secretary
“Beautiful morning to you Shelly” Samantha smiles
“Oh morning Samantha, looking beautiful as always this Monday morning”
“Aww you look beautiful yourself” Samantha smiles heading to her office as Shelly follow her
“Thank you, so I have the reports on the table, the accumulation of completed events for the past three months, we are starting our publication for this month and Mr Shelton wants you to be part of the photo shoot for that, “
Samantha face palms “I wonder why?”
“He says it would look good, he would call it the face of Shelton enterprises. You know since you began working here, we have been getting good job offers, he calls you the magic touch”
“Mr Shelton is so dramatic”
“And aside that, you have some few appointments today, one is from Mrs Stevenson, she said she met you at the gala event, something about hosting the senators over at her country house?’’
“Oh yes, sweet old lady… and who else?’’
“Two meetings with the LORTS, one is for a business proposal and the other is for charitable means “
“Okay, and that is for what time?”
“By 1 pm, then Mrs Stevenson is by 3 pm, and you have another by 9 am”
Samantha frowns “that’s now Shelly”
“I know, but the question is with who… I mean who?’’
Samantha leans back on her chair and stares at her “I am guessing with someone who obviously has a name?”
Shelly was trying to hide her smile which was threatening to burst her face, she was biting her lips
“I do despise the guessing games Shelly, who is my meeting with?”
“oh… MR JAKE BASS. He got here about fifteen minutes ago, he had been with Mr Shelton, he said you come in by 9 am. They were behind a closed door meeting and they had asked that I fix your first meeting with Mr Bass” she purrs, she leans on Samantha’s table and fans herself “He is so handsome, his rich voice, his skin, that body within those cloths” she gasps
Samantha shakes her head, well at least he took her advice, only partially, he was supposed to call and book a meeting and she was supposed to check her schedule and get back to him… not like this
He still needs to understand permission, not enforced rights
“Tell Mr Bass that we can meet by 11 am today, that I have some other meetings to attend to” Samantha says, Shelly’s mouth drops open, she blinks rapidly
“I am sorry I didn’t get that”
“Should I repeat it for you?”
“No I heard it but I don’t understand it.. I mean… do you know how many girls who are staffs here had walked into the room he is in right now, offering him coffee, or a snack, or to pretend as though she had something to do in there? that amazing looking person is out there, waiting to have a meeting with you and you don’t want to have a meeting with him… why?”
“And I don’t have to explain myself Shelly, ordinarily, shouldn’t there have been a pre-informed meeting? The ones fixed for today didn’t they talk to me about it first before we opened up schedules for them?’’
“Erm yes they did but… he is Jake Bass… I think he should be given an exception”
“The more reason why he should not be treated differently”
“But Mr Shelton ..’’
“I will handle Mr Shelton”
“but, he is there… waiting” Shelly couldn’t believe her ears
“Then hurry up and tell him his meeting has been moved to 11 Shelly” Shelly pouts, drags her feet and leaves
“I am sorry what?’’
“Your meeting with Miss Samantha has been moved to 11 am, she has other meetings to attend to. I am so sorry sir, do I offer you anything, more coffee or snack or something else, maybe juice or’’
“Stop talking , I was told she was free this morning, and Mr Shelton also said so. I just came out of the meeting with him, finalizing plans and you tell me she has refused to have a sit down with me?” he is angry. He had said he wasn’t going to do what she asked, and this morning… he had found himself telling Todd to bring him down here, sat down with Shelton, discussed and fixed a meeting with her.
This wasn’t him taking orders from a woman, oh no.
This was him just making sure his event had good hands and now he was here himself and she had the audacity to re-fix what he had fixed.
He gets up… “Show me to her office, and I will not take no for an answer, this nonsense has to stop” Shelly nods and ushers him to follow her
“Come in” Samantha says
“I am sorry but he didn’t take it well” Shelly says apologetically
Jake Bass nudges her out of the way and steps in, “Miss Samantha I think you have insulted my intelligence for far too long, how dare you-‘’
“Mr Bass if you don’t mind, I need you to keep your voice down, and then secondly, you cannot bounce into my office that way, and thirdly… did you realize you nudged the secretary aside just to show your animal-istic behavior? please apologize to the lady” she says
“Are you out of your mind?’’ he takes a step further
“No sir, I am serious and when you do that, can you please step out of my office, and wait for the time you have been booked for… which is 11 am”
Shelly’s mouth hits the ground a second time, the heat radiating from Bass’s body as his anger flew was enough to iron her cloths “Samantha, no need for that, it wasn’t a nudge… really Mr Bass I do apologize for Miss Samantha and-’’
“Oh please do not apologize on my behalf Shelly, and it is very inappropriate for you to apologize when you are not wrong, well Mr Bass, what would it be?”
Jake Bass takes another step towards her… Samantha raises an eyebrow, she folds her hands and remains seated..
“You will answer to this” he says storming out
Shelly stares at him and then at Samantha “what have you done?”
“That would be all Shelly’
“Hello sir?” Samantha answers her phone “Very well sir”
She drops the call, leaving her office , she finds Shelly standing close to Mr Shelly’s office, her eyes worried when she looks at her “I think he is getting you fired, oh Samantha, please apologize to him… he was so angry, you shouldn’t have talked to him that way”
Samantha smiles, very typical of him. He runs to her boss to get her fired, she was angry now… apologize to Mr Bass? Hell no, till hell freezes over
She was proud but within her rights, if she was in a place that was not conducive for her she would forget the money and leave, she had had it too rough in her life time to know that nothing else matters other than her happiness and her peace of mind.
She had learnt it the hard way, constantly pleasing people, bosses, colleagues, friends, lovers etc which only caused more harm than good and she had told herself “Never Again”
If she had to leave that job, she would. If she had to leave that relationship and sever that friendship, she would, If she had to start all over again from the scratch, she would.
After she moved away three months ago, working in a bar as a waitress, doing cleric jobs in the library she had learnt a lot, suffered some days and had to pick herself up on others days.
Then she had ran into Mr Shelton, she had organized a children’s birthday party for the owner of the restaurant she was working in, and despite the little money he wanted to spend for his kid’s birthday, she had made it into something magical, and before long, friends and family had walked up to her to ask her to plan their events, birthdays, Showers, and then her big break, was a wedding ceremony.
She had always thought she would end up in a business tycoon office, solving big problem and putting her brain to work. She soon found out that she loved what she was doing and Mr Shelton had been a friend to the family, who had walked up to her after the party and given her a offer, an offer she was happy to accept
His company which was partly an event company hasn’t been doing so good..
And within three weeks, she had stepped up from being a contract staff to being a lead team member and within a month, she had gotten an office, a raised check, and she had moved back to town into a comfortable apartment and the company began to roll In bucks. She was an asset to the company now and she did make sure that whatever privilege she had here, she earned it, with her hard work, and when it came to the business side of the company, she was also a consultant to them and other business owners, so she still functioned with her brain here and hands.
Now because of his bruised ego, Bass goes to her boss? Well she was mad and even if her boss lets her go (which she wouldn’t blame him), it would still be nice to tell Mr Bass to his face what she thinks of him and one would be that he was a complete jerk amongst other things.
He likes to give orders and then he cries wolf when someone else give shim orders. Or was he pained that it was a woman giving him orders, a woman who would ordinarily fall to his feet is rising above him? She shakes her head.
“Well Mr Bass, I do not bend to rules, rules given by men like you so if you want my respect you would have to earn it, and doing this..all this, throwing your money around and slapping faces and screaming do you know who I am is pitifully and laughable.” . Yes I know who you are… you are the man who can’t bend me… rather I would teach you how to respect others who you think are beneath you’
Samantha knocks and walks into the office , Jake Bass with legs crossed doesn’t look at her, Mr Shelton is seated, he is worried
“Good morning Mr Shelton, “
“Hello Samantha, please seat” she does, she doesn’t spare Bass a glance
“Mr Jake Bass has put me in a rather difficult situation , and I would want you to reconsider his offer, and everyone would be happy”
“And what would that be sir?”
“He has said he would redraw being a sponsor to our Gala events and others, and he would pull out from our future activities if I don’t relief you of your duties or make you be team lead for his charity event coming up”
Samantha smiles “And what is your decision sir?’’
He sighs “You are one of my best here Samantha and losing you would be a blow to the company, so I would love to plead to you to reconsider” he says
Well, as always this was it… men trying to rule the lives of another because of wealth and status.
“My mother used to tell me while growing up to never let anyone, make me feel less than I am, not to be devalued or treated as anything other than what I am and if I feel my peace of mind is being threatened and my state of affairs too, I should do what is in my best interest, and if walking away is in my interests I should do that, because no amount of money can buy happiness”
“So what are you saying Samantha?”
Jake Bass is staring at her with a smile on his face, this was the part where she would break down in tears and then apologize to him, then he would remain angry, and say he doesn’t care about her crocodile tears and then still ask for her to be relieved and then she would beg and plead some more and because he has the power to change destinies, he would tell Mr Shelton to give her back her job and then she would be at his mercy to do whatever he asks her to do… work long hours, on weekends and have no social live. That would teach her how not to be disrespectful to him.
He was Jake Bass, money talks, bullshit work.
He smiles to himself
“It means that… I am truly grateful for the opportunity you have given me and I do hope that you find capable hands to take over from where I stopped. Thank you sir, it had been a privilege to work with you,…I would tender my resignation within the hour, now if you would excuse me” she says getting up
Both Mr Shelton and Jake Bass’s jaws drops to the floor
“But but..Samantha “ Mr Shelton says baffled… he expected her to beg too, apologize to Mr Jake Bass, and all would be well. He didn’t want to lose her, no, she brought life back to his company, if she leave, it’s as good as going back to where he started… which was ground zero..No!
“Damn !! you are a stubborn little mule Samantha Brookes” Jake says , he shakes his head rubbing his lips
“I would rather not dignify your comment with a response MR Jake Bass, Mr Shelton if you would excuse me”
“Erm..please wait Samantha” he says, he closes his eyes and then opens it. He had two choices, let Samantha go and let his company go back to ruins or call Mr Bass’s bluff, and loose one of his big sponsors..
With Samantha, he can always get more sponsors, might not be as rich as Bass but it would take time, they would find.
So he made his decision “I am sorry Mr Bass, Miss Samantha, I will not collect your letter, you are a part of this company and you would remain so. Mr Bass I thank you for your continued patronage but if you deem fit to withdraw from our partnership, we won’t stop you. sometimes assets are better than wealth” he says, he might be making the biggest mistake in life but sometimes, one has to take the risks.
He should get up, storm out of here and do just that. He should… so he opens his mouth to tell him to make all the arrangements with his accountants.
“Very Well Mr Shelton… I do understand. My apologies. I do not like your decision but I believe one should not put one’s anger in front of delicate matters. I do very well want to continue our business relationship and I still want your best team head to handle my charity event, and if… erm..Miss Samantha is the best she should handle it, well of course it is up to her” he says
He doesn’t believe he was doing this… he, Jake Bass. Someone must have put juju juice in his tea this morning
Mr Shelton beams with smile, “Oh thank you Mr Bass. Miss Samantha ?”
She stares at him…
Not bad Mr Bass, at least you have realized one thing; not everyone would bend to your rules..
Mr Jake Bass schooling commences, JB 101
“if I am to be charge, I would like that I handle things my way, which means that Mr Bass would have to try as much as possible not to infringe on my working rights and that he gives me the space I need to do an excellent job..” Samantha says
“You would do whatever I ask you to, and when “
She smiles “No Mr Bass, I do whatever I want to and when, and if I have to do my Job… that is my call. And if we are finished here sir, I would leave”
“And the meeting we can have it now?”
Oh no Mr Bass
“11 am’’ she says walking away
Mr Shelton hides a smile, way to go Samntha , way to go
Jake Bass is frowning, Mr Shelton looks at him apologetically “I am sorry for her behavior Mr Bass, maybe she is on her period, Pms-ing?”
“Oh I doubt that, she just likes seeing me turn red. Well I have an hour or two before 11 am. I would take my leave “
“Very well Mr Bass”
“Come in shelly”
“Your 11 am is here Samantha” Shelly says
“Thank you” Samantha nods, but Shelly didn’t leave
“Erm I don’t know what you did or how you did it but, I just had a new found respect for you Samantha Brookes..” she says with wonder in her voice, Samantha smiles
“You have to show them that you are made of steel too right?”
Shelly returns the smile and leaves, in another minute she knocks and ushers in Jake Bass
“I believe you will have my time now Miss Samantha Brookes?”
“Do have a seat Mr Bass, how may I help you? tell me what sort of charity event you desire and I would try and bring your desires to fruition”she says with a very professional and straight face
He stares at her, seating next to her, for the first time he really looks at her and he realized something;
She made his heart skip
And he didn’t like that at all.
TO BE CONT.