SOPHIA

…..I swear I’m innocent. Madam please, you have to believe me. I am not a thief….( she was crying and begging)

MADAM

Get out of my shop and never show your stealing self anywhere close to my shop or I will get you arrested. You should be happy that I’m letting you go without calling the police. Now get out… (she pushed her out)

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My name is Sophia, and this is my story. I’m a young woman who has gone through a whole lot. Love, pains, betrayals, fear, deception, rejections, disappointments, just name it. At a point, I felt marriage is my only hope of survival and a way out of my predicaments. I was lonely, I had nothing of my own, no money, no job, no family. I saw marriage as my escape route. To me, once I get married everything will be fine and my life will become sweet again. I won’t be alone anymore. Do not judge me until you hear the end of my story.


 

 

CHIEF BENSON (A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE AND BUSINESS TYCOON) WAS IN HIS COMPOUND, AT THE POOLSIDE RELAXING AND SIPPING JUICE WITH HIS WIFE WHEN THEIR DAUGHTER JENNY DROVE IN 

JENNY

Good evening dad, good evening mum

CHIEF AND WIFE

Good evening my dear, good evening my love. How are you? (they hugged, kissed, and exchanged pleasantries)

CHIEF BENSON

So how was the meeting today with my foreign partners and investors?

JENNY

It went well dad, we will be expecting their feedback in a week’s time. Jeff was not at the meeting, I called his number all through, it rang but he never picked, that’s why I came to know if all is well with him.

CHIEF BENSON

You mean Jeffrey was not at the office today? Where could he be? What exactly is wrong with that boy?

MRS BENSON

Jeffrey’s issue is really getting out of hand, I hope he’s okay. Let me call him (dialled the number, it rang but he didn’t pick then, they saw him driving in)

JENNY

That’s him driving in

 JEFF

(He walked straight to them looking so tired and weak) Good evening mum, good evening dad.

MRS BENSON

Son, are you okay?

JEFF

I am okay mum. I’m fine.

CHIEF BENSON

And where exactly are you coming from since yesterday? I told you about a meeting you are supposed to have with our foreign partners this morning to seal up a contract

JEFF

Dad, I’m sorry, I forgot

CHIEF BENSON

You wh-what? Jeffrey! You forgot a multi­-million dollar contract. Are you even listening to yourself? You stand there telling me you are sorry?

JEFF

Dad, I said I am sorry. I went to a friend’s party last night; I had so much drink, so I had a hangover this morning.

MRS BENSON

Jeff, what is wrong with you? Do you think you are still a child? What nonsense party? How many times……..

JEFF

…..Oh please mum! Not now, as you can see I am exhausted and I need some rest. Bye sis (he pecked his sister and walked inside).

CHIEF BENSON

Woman! Did you see your son? A total disgrace, absolute disappointment, that’s what he is, (he stood up and left angrily)

JENNY 

Mum, I have to go now (she hugged her mum). Don’t worry, I will try and talk to Jeff, okay? Take care of yourself. Love you. (She left)

MRS BENSON

Please do. Love you too my darling, my regards to your husband and my grandchild

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MADAM WAS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING WHEN HENRY RETURNED.

HENRY

Mum! I’m back!

MADAM

I’m in the kitchen! (she echoed from the kitchen)

HENRY

Hi mum (he entered the kitchen)

MADAM

Hi dear. You’re welcome back, and how was your day?

HENRY

Fine mum. What are you making? (he peeped into the pot) wow! This looks yummy. I’m famished. By the way, I noticed you’ve been coming back so early these days, what’s going on?

MADAM

My dear, since I have somebody reasonable I can leave the shop with, why wouldn’t  I come home to rest and take care of other things? Sophia is handling the shop as if she’s been with me like forever, even more than those stupid girls that were there before she came. She’s so nice, so humble, calm, and intelligent; she knows what to do without you telling her

HENRY

Mum! The way you are praising this Sophia; you hardly praise people like this

MADAM

Sophia is exceptional. She can answer any question you ask her about the shop accurately without opening the book, unlike others. Everything is in her head

HENRY

Wow! Kudos to her. She seems smart anyway. Let me go and freshen up, I am coming

MADAM

Okay, my dear. The food is almost ready, don’t be too long.

HENRY

I won’t mum (he left to his room).

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 MADAM CAME OUT OF HER OFFICE AND CALLED ON SOPHIA, SHE RAN OUT FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SHOP WHERE SHE WAS ARRANGING THINGS WITH THE OTHER GIRLS

MADAM

Take this money, I want you to go and deposit it in my personal account, I hope you still have the details with you?

SOPHIA

Yes ma, I do.

MADAM

Good, don’t take long, be very fast. Take this money for your transportation. (she handed some money to her)

SOPHIA

Okay ma (off she went, madam stepped back into her office)

PEACE

What did this your friend gave to our madam? Ever since she came here, it has always been Sophia this Sophia that, she hardly notices any of us anymore. Sophia, go to the bank, Sophia, go to the market, Sophia, go and order for my lunch. What is it sef?

ANNE

My dear, I don’t know oh, the thing is surprising to me as well. Do you know the day I brought this girl to madam, madam was like, ‘I hope she’s a good girl, I don’t want anybody that will run away with my money’ (mimicking her madam), but now, look at it, she’s the best girl.

PEACE

Anne, are you sure this your friend is not using something? (whispering to Anne)

ANNE

What do you mean, using something?

PEACE

Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I mean, you know exactly what I am saying

ANNE

Pe-ace, don’t even go there; you and I know that Sophia is a nice girl, anyone can like her.

PEACE

EEeeehhh! Sophia is a nice girl? So I am a bad girl?

ANNE

Please let’s finish what we’re doing fast before madam will come out and meet us here again, you know how she is.

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Writer’s Note: Do you know that, you might be seen as a threat by your colleagues or associate, just by being yourself and being naturally nice to all as you’ve always been, even without you knowing it?

Jealousy they say is the last stage before becoming a witch

Also, read
21 TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU DON’T NEED IN YOUR LIFE

Stay tuned for episode two.  Coming soon!

What do you think is the fate of Sophia in this her workplace?

Do you think Jeff’s absence to the meeting will affect their company getting the contract?

Till we meet again.

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