Alice caught him staring at a shiny piece
for too long so she walked up to him.
‘Tony, what are you looking at?’ she
Tony quickly tucked in the hairpin into
‘its nothing. I believe it belongs to one
of the female clients. Its a hairpin’ he
‘oh, okay. Throw it in the trash bin then,
why your pocket?’ she asked.
Tony smiled. ‘i really dont throw such
things away. Who knows the person
might recognise it at first glance
whenever she comes over again’ he
‘okay. I think i need to leave for my
office now. Everything is all done’ she
said, opened the door and left the
He lept on wondering why Nneka’s
hairpin was there, she had never been
to his office before.
Maria was about putting on her clothes
when her phone rang. She checked the
id of the caller and it was Gilbert.
‘hello uncle’ she said.
‘Maria, can we meet in Fantasy? I have
someone who i will want to introduce
you to’ he said.
‘okay, i will be there in an hour’ she said
and hung up.
Maria was surpised to see Gilbert and a
very attractive lady with him.
‘good day uncle’ she greeted and
muttered a weak greeting to Stella.
‘uhm, Stella this is Tony’s daughter and
Maria, this is Stella’ he introduced.
‘hi, i’ve heard alot about you’ Stella said
with a charming smile.
‘huh?’ Maria exclaimed in surprise ‘from
who?’ she asked.
Gilbert pinched Stella and she stopped
‘from Gilbert’ she said.
‘okay’ Maria said rolling her eyes
‘so Maria, whats up, whats the latest
news?’ Gilbert asked.
‘hmm, well, my birthday party is the only
thing on board for now’ she said.
‘how about your US shopping?’ Gilbert
‘i dont think that will hold again’ Maria
‘because dad hasnt said a word about
it. Its no big deal sha, there are so many
nice boutiques here in Lagos’ Maria
‘try DOMINION LADIES. They have alot of
nice things. I do shop there always’
Stella chipped in while Maria feigned a
smile of gratitude.
‘have you seen Alice?’ Gilbert asked.
‘no’ Maria said.
‘Stella you’ve now met Tony’s daughter.
Maria, uhm, Stella is your father’s
girlfriend’ he said.
‘what?!’ Maria nearly screamed.
‘calm down dear. I am a very nice
woman’ Stella said with a mischievous
‘you are what? My father’s girlfriend?
How dare you?’ Maria asked
‘we are in love dear but that doesnt
matter now does it? All that matters is
how to separate Alice and your father
so that he would see no one else but
me’ Stella said.
‘you are crazy! You are mad! Infact you
must be high on cheap drugs! Just
incase you dont know, i am not willing
to let any woman from any part of hell
into my father’s house, get it!’ Maria said
in an outburst.
‘Maria pls calm down,’ Gilbert said afraid
of causing a scene ‘Stella here wants to
be with your father and your father
loves her too. She will be a good step
mother to you, believe me. She is a
wonderful person, she is my ex wife so i
know’ Gilbert said.
‘oh good! Ex wife huh? Why not re
marry again instead of trying to cause
havoc in other peoples lives’ Maria said.
‘what?!’ Gilbert said.
‘i will deal with Alice alone. And mind
you, we will no longer be partners if this
lady is part and parcel on the plan, do
you understand?’ Maria said.
‘what? I dont understand’ Gilbert said.
‘if you keep on tagging this b—h, this
w—e, this s–t along, then i’m sorry, i will
no longer help you in giving you info
but trust me, i wont let Alice in my
fathers house’ Maria said.
Gilbert took a deep breath.
‘so you are saying that you dont want
Stella too? To be part of the plan
because you dont want a woman in
your father’s life?’ Gilbert asked.
‘okay, done’ Gilbert said to Stella’s
‘shut up Stella’ he commanded in a hush
‘Maria, i give you my word, Stella wont
do anything’ Gilbert said.
‘good’ Maria said and left after eyeing
‘Gibert, what was that?’ Stella asked.
‘i’m sorry Stella, i cant afford to lose
Maria at this moment, please stay on
your own fron henceforth. I’ve got my
plans and you can plan too but keep it
to yourself. Have a nice day’ he said and
left while Stella sighed in disgust.
To be continued
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