The offer was tempting, he really needed the money and all she wanted was sex; for any other man it would have been a win-win situation to have such a woman in position of power in the bank who could ensure he got more money than he was asking for ask for only sex in return and most of all she had come prepared for a quickie so he didn’t have to do too much.
Any other guy would have been moved by the sight of the area between her thighs distinguishing her as a woman that she didn’t hesitate to expose or the cleavage hanging in his face and the seductive fragrance she had carefully chosen to wear that day; he had to admit that even for someone like him who never found her attractive for a day, it was tempting.
“So what’s it going to be?” She said swinging her legs open and close in front of him, “don’t worry about the door, no one comes in without my permission first” she said pointing to the phone, “I’m married and you’re married, we do this just once, you get your money and I get my satisfaction then we go back to living our normal lives like nothing ever happened” she explained. “I don’t want to force you into anything, I want you to do this out of your own free will” she said gently pulling up her skirt till she was naked from the waist down, “just trying to help you make a decision faster” she said with a mischievous grin when she noticed the worried look on his face. She could tell he was fighting a battle in his head and she was winning, she just didn’t understand why it was taking him so long to accept defeat, “you can touch it so you know it’s real” she said taking his hands from his laps were they had been fixed because he feared that they might develop minds of their own and spontaneously start doing things he didn’t want them to do and placing it on one of her breasts.
He could feel his blood pressure rising, the room started to feel hotter all of a sudden, his little friend down below was threatening to tear his trousers, “common!” She urged, “I know you need the money. I need me some Jefferson too” she said smacking her lips.
Jeff was very tempted to respond, he thought for a moment of how badly he needed the money and probably didn’t have any other means of getting it besides his current offer, a voice in his head kept shouting “do it, it’s just for a few minutes and the money will be all yours”, but almost immediately another voice whispered “don’t do it! It’s a trap. What if she tells your wife?”, the vows he made to his wife on the altar and on the day he proposed immediately flashed through his head. “I can’t do this” he whispered mustering all the courage he could get to push Ellen away from him, ” I can’t sleep with you” he blurted out, “I love my wife”, he said pushing the chair back and getting up to run towards the door, he opened it and ran out of her office like he was being chased by a lion, he ran past the startled secretary, all the way down the stairs from the 5th floor till he finally reached his car, he didn’t even wait to use the lift.
“You messed up big time” Franklin his former colleague scolded when he narrated his ordeal later that evening when they met each other at the bar for drinks, “now where do you think you’re going to get the money from? Nobody’s going to give you such an amount for free, not with the current situation of the country” he said, “you need to apply wisdom when it comes to issues like these” he continued without giving Jeff a chance to talk, “very soon your wife is going to start disrespecting you when she sees that you can no longer provide for her and different men will start to make advances with promises of financial benefits, do you think your wife will say no to them Mr Goody two shoes?” Franklin asked,
“I think I’ve had enough to drink” Jeff said getting up to leave, “come back here! Pay for your drink before you go” Franklin said pointing at the bottle of beer on the table, “or your goody-two-shoes never reach that level?” He teased.
Jeff reached out to his pocket, brought out a couple of naira notes slamming them on the table, “that should cover yours as well idiot!” he said giving Franklin a smack on the back of his head as he walked away. He knew he had done the right thing and he didn’t need anyone making him regret his actions, Lara was a good woman and she would never cheat on him, he could beat his chest anywhere to defend her on that.
As usual, she was waiting at the door to welcome him with a kiss and a big hug when he finally arrived home. “How did the meeting today go?” she asked, “same old thing” he replied, “don’t want to talk about it” he said climbing up the stairs, she knew better than to probe further, she didn’t want to upset him so she went to the kitchen to get his food ready instead; she had prepared a special meal hoping to celebrate some good news but it didn’t matter now, good news or bad news they might as well eat.” Dinner will be ready in a few minutes” she called out to him, “I’ll be down in a bit” he replied.
“Jojo went to bed quite early today” he announced sitting at the dining table to eat when he was done changing from his work clothes, “yes she did” Lara replied, “apparently she was exhausted from school, today’s their sports day” she replied with a chuckle, “That explains it” he said nodding his head as he dished his food into his plate.
“So how was work today?” He asked, “it was okay” she replied, “I’ll be traveling to Abuja next week for a meeting with some clients” she added to Jeff’s surprise causing him to drop his fork making a clanking loud noise with his plate. “Since when did your job start to involve traveling?” He asked with raised eyebrows, “apparently, our marketing manager resigned last week without telling any of us, so I’m the new acting manager, my boss just informed me about it today” she announced excitedly, “the new role comes with a huge raise and if I perform well, I get to retain the position” she said clapping joyfully. “How come you didn’t mention this earlier?” Jeff asked, “I wanted you to settle down first before making the announcement” she said excitedly, her excitement faded when she noticed Jeff wasn’t smiling, “what’s the matter?” She asked, “are you traveling alone?” He asked, “no I’m not” she replied pausing for a while, “my boss is coming along too”
“Really?” Jeff asked dropping his fork again, “so your new role is going to involve you going on trips like this with your boss?” He asked, “sometimes…” Lara replied slowly trying to figure out where the conversation was leading to.
“I don’t think I’m comfortable with this arrangement” Jeff said getting up, “I can’t have you gallivanting round the country in different hotels with your male boss all in the name of marketing” he added, “but there’s not much we can do about that” Lara replied, “we need this job now more than ever before, that’s the only way we can make ends meet” she explained trying to reason with him.
Jeff could not bear the thought of his wife having to travel with another man for any reason, he knew how randy men could be and he couldn’t imagine her being exposed to the kind of temptation he had faced earlier that day. Normally, he would have asked her to reject the promotion or quit her job but with his current jobless situation there wasn’t much he could do, he felt helpless.
All sorts of thoughts began creeping into his mind, why had her boss chosen her out of all the staff for the promotion? and why did she agree to travel without discussing with him first? Could it be possible that there was something between them?
“Franklin was right” he said getting up angrily, “how do you mean?” Lara asked looking confused, “you women are all the same” he said walking away without looking back, “I should never have rejected Ellen’s offer” he mumbled to himself picking his phone out of his pocket and dialing a number as he opened the door and walked out…