Shadows From The Past…. [The Past Came Haunting]– A Short Story. by D9ty7
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September 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm #57735
Chief James Douglas a billionaire
and a business tycoon was
seated in his spacious sitting
room with the members of his
family. His wife Bianca and their
last daughter Tinuke a twenty-
two year old damsel sat on the
From the look of things it seems
like they have a function to
attend because Mrs Douglas was
checking the time every minute.
“Mum, whats keeping us
waiting?” Tinuke asked as she
seemed to have run out of
“Your brother needs to lead the
way. No one knows the way to
his wife’s house. And remember
its his introduction, we all have
to move together.” Bianca
Just then the door into the sitting
room opened and Raymond
walked in dressed in a white
native atttire sewn to perfection
by the best designer in the
country followed by his younger
cousin, Dayo who just finished
from the university.
At once they all stood up and
Dayo gave a short prayer as they
all filed out of the house into
three waiting cars. A limousine
which is expected to carry
Raymond and Dayo while a wine
coloured space bus is expected
to carry Chief Douglas, his wife
and Tinuke. The last vehicle in the
convoy is a newly purchased
Nissan Amanda who has no
occupant in it except the driver.
The Amanda led the way
followed by the limo and lastly
the space bus.
“Hello David. Meet us at the round
about.” Chief Douglas said to his
brother over the phone.
His younger brother, Chief David
another business tycoon is
expected to join the groom’s
family train with his convoy as
they all march toward’s the
bride’s family house.
The introduction ceremony had
progressed over time as the
grooms family had paid some
traditional neccesities. Even
though the bride came from a
low class family, she was
howerver accepted into the
family. The Douglas, arguably the
richest business man in the
country. His son, Douglas is the
yongest billionaire in th country
as he is the one in charge of his
father’s chains of business both
in the country and abroad.
Despite the fact that Bianca was
against the union, her husband
talked her out of choosing a
partner for their son.
The MC anchoring the even called
out the bride for the first time
and Tina walked out looking
beautiful and in a simillar attire
to that of Raymond.
“No way. My nephew can’t get
married to this lady before me.”
David shouted at the top of his
voice as Tina knelt down before
her fathers-in-law. Therefore
bringing the proceedings to a
halt and shock was written on
everybody’s face while guilt was
claerly written in capital letters
on Tina’s face.
–to be continued–September 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm #57736
Stay tuned for the start of the
-Why is Senator David against the
union of Raymond and Tina?
-How did Raymond meet Tina?
-Is there any secret?
-What is the past that came
There is only one way to find out.
Keep up with this story and
follow till the end.
PeAcE..September 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm #58121
Tina a young lady of about
twenty five walked towards the
gigantic headquater of The
Douglas group of companies. A
very big company if not the
largest in the country. T.D.G.C has
a chain of business including a
shoe making factory, a
construction firm, a car
assembling point, an oil company
which is the second largest to
Shells. The chairman of the
Douglas group of companies,
Chief James Douglas is an half
caste who started his business
shortly after the civil war in
Nigeria, he made his name
during the millitary government
and got his money when he was
the vice president to a former
Even though he is based in
Belgium, his first son Raymond
has been managing the business
for the past three years since his
return from the United States of
America where he studied
business Administration and
made his mark as the best
graduating student at the John
Tina walked towards the very big
gate which when opened
completely could take five cars at
“Good morning sir.” She greeted
one of the security men on duty.
“Morning ma’am. How may I help
you?” He asked smiling.
She smiled back and walked into
the compound. Another of the
security men searched her
including her bag.
“I guess the interview is in
progress already. But take a walk
down there, the first turning by
the left leads to the elevator.”
Another of the security men
“Thank You Sirs.” She said
appreciatively before walking
according to the direction given.
This is the first company she’ll be
applying to. All other vacancy
options are always backed up
with a number of years working
experience, even for a fresh
graduate. That has been a major
turn off but seeing this vacancy
on a website known as
jobberman without any
stipulated years of experience, it
seems promising and coupled
with her sleepless nights of
praying she knew God will be
there before her. But her major
concern was the aptitude test. Its
over a year she opened her
books last. Only time will tell. She
concluded as she punched in
some keys as the elevator made a
rumbling sounds indicating its
movement to the top.
She got into a big spacious
reception where two ladies
probably in their mid twenties
are seated behind two desks on
which a desktop computer stood
beside some paper files.
“Good morning.” Tina greeted.
“Good morning how may I help
you?” One of the receptionists
“Am here for the interview.” She
“Oh! You’re welcome. Take a sit
there.” the same receptionist
She walked towards a long
reception chair where about ten
people were seated already, six
men and four ladies.
“Good morning.” She greeted
before taking a seat beside them.
“Good morning.” They said in
A few seconds later, one of the
receptionist who has been silent
since she arrived walked up to
her with a tray on which a bottle
of malt lies with a glass cup
coupled with a small piece of
paper on which a map is
structured on it. Which is a
direction to various departments
and floors in the building.
“Thanks.” She said.
“You’re welcome ma’am. My
name is Judith.” The receptionist
“And I am Maryam.” The other
receptionist siad smiling.
Tina smiled and nodded her
head as she prayed within
herself that she get an
opportunity to work with this
Shortly afterwards, she was
called to submitt her curriculum
vitae which was copied into the
–to be continued–September 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm #58123
Few minutes later the other
applicants walked into another
door from the reception one
after the other. Tina sat down
praying within herself that she
gets the job as she is the
breadwinner of her small family,
her ageing mother and two
younger ones who are both in
Then it was her turn. She stood
up and adjusted her Navy blue
suit over a knee-length skirt and
a white inner shir. She stood up
and marched in the way others
had done. He open top shoe
making sounds as it kisses the
“Oh Lord please be with me.” She
said as she checked the map that
was given to her to see the next
line of action. She ascended the
stairs and got into another
reception on the third floor.
Without much ado, she greeted
the receptionists and stated her
“You are here for the interview
right?” One of the ladies asked.
“Yes ma.” Tina replied.
The receptionist collected the
first map that was given to her
and handed her another one
which shows every department
on the third floor.
“Goodluck ma. My name is Rose.”
“Amen. I am Tina.” She replied
Tina walked towards the door
and greeted the second
receptionist who only waved her
She got into the next hall and
began to search for the
personnel recruiting department
which according to the map is in
the laft wing. She entered into
the department hall and met
about ten workers busy with
their systems. She didn’t bother
to greet them, she pushed her
way through until she got to a
door with the inscription.
She pushed the door open after
knocking for a few seconds and
was asked to come in. She
walked in to meet seven prying
eyes staring at her. She didn’t
allow that to disturb her, she
walked into the hall properly.
“Good morning Sirs and Mas.”
she greeted the committee
members numbering up to
seven. They all looked
comfortable and well to do. They
are all in either their late fifties of
“Young lady. How may we help
you?” A woman who has a low
cut asked. She seems to be in her
“Am here for the interview.” Tina
“Interview? In a committee
cnference room? You are in a
wrong room.” Another man in
his early fifties said.
“But according to the mad I was
given, the committe room was
marked as my next destination.”
“You have to retrace your steps.
Why don’t you follow the other
applicants?” The low cut woman
“None of us knew the way
around here. And I was directed
by the receptionist to come here.
I know she can’t mislead me.”
Tina replied sternly.
Then the head of the interview
panel picked up his intercom and
punched in some numbers.
“She passed.” He said to whoever
was on the line with him.
“Congratulations. Go into the
next hall. You’ll be told what to
do.” The head of the panel said
She walked out of the room
wondering what the man meant
by the words ‘she passed.’ She
kept her calm hoping that her
curiousity would be solved when
she gets to the next room.
–to be continued–September 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm #58124
An hour later, Tina walked back
into the reception on the third
floor where she met Rose, the
She greeted the both of them
and sat down on the chair she
had sat when she got there an
hour ago. She was given a
magazine that tells the story of
The Douglas Group of Company
in particular the branch of the
company that was located on the
first three floors, THE
She was flipping through the
pages of the magazine marvelled
at the success the company has
recorded so far both internally
and internationally. She was
sipping a 1litre pack of an
orange juice. Just then her phone
beeped and bringing it out of
her bag she discovered that she
just got a mail message. She
opened her mail account and
saw the message headline from
T.D.G.C, she expanded the
massage and it reads;
“Congratulations Miss Tina
Roberts, you have succesfully
been appointed as the Assistant
Valuation manager on every
contract of the company.
See the general accountant for
she read to herself. She felt the
urge to jump up seven times and
roll on the ground to show her
happiness but she composed
herself and smiled. Immeadiately
she started thinking of how she’ll
spend her first salary. Something
she is yet to discuss with the
“Congratulations ma’am.” Rose
“Thank You.” She replied hiding
her suprise at how she knew
about her appointment.
“My name is Hadiza and you are
Tina right?.” The other
receptionist said from her desk.
“Yes.” She replied as she thanked
her stars at getting an
appointment to work here. She
can’t wait to start working.
She started conversing with the
two receptionists who were
chatting with her without
stopping their works. They didn’t
take their eyes off the computer
screen as they answered her
questions with intelligence.
Just then the intercom rang.
Hadiza who seems to be Rose’s
superior picked up the call.
“Hello sir.” she said immediately
she picked the call.
“She’s here with us.” She replied
the caller’s question.
“Okay sir.” she replied and
dropped the reciever.
She raised her head up and
“The accountant asked to see
you.” Hadiza said and contiued
whatever she was doing on her
A few minutes later Tina was in
the accountant general’s office.
They discussed issues pertaining
to her appointment including the
payroll on which she’ll be placed
and was told to resume the
following monday leaving her
with a week to make
Her office was later shown to her
including some important
department on the floor. She met
some of the staffs she’ll be
working with and they recieved
her warmly. She was asked to
wait for the CEO but after waiting
for about an hour without the
CEO showing up, she left with the
aim of meeting the man she has
always seen give speeches at
function on the tv.
–to be continued–September 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm #58126
On the day of her resumption
Tina woke up very early even
though she couldn’t sleep
throughout the night. The
excitement kept making her toss
on the bed.
She woke up and said her
prayers before dashing into the
bathroom which she shared with
other tennants, she took her
bath and ten minutes later she
was rubbing herself with her
body cream. She got dressed and
sprayed a considerable amount
of perfume on her body, she
packed her hair to the back
perfectly bringing out her beauty.
Even though she had a light
makeup she still looked stunning.
She stood at the bus/stop
waiting for a taxi to convey her
to work dressed in a black suit
and skirt and a sky blue shirt
coupled with her matching open
Three minutes later she was on
her way to her place of work, the
cab driver was taking his time in
manuovering bends and turns
while he respected and waited at
every showing of red on the
traffic light and he moved when
the light turns green. Tina looked
tensed and anxious, she almost
complained to the driver to
ignore the traffice light but she
dare not even though she has
complained about the driver’s
slow pace five times in the last
“Madam take it easy na. The time
is just 7:05am and no one will
complain because of your
lateness unless if he didn’t look
at you face.” The driver said
“And what’s on my face?” Tina
asked keeping a straight face.
“You are just too pretty. No one
gets angry with a fine face.” the
driver said laughing and other
passengers joined him.
Tina blushed and she kept quiet
noy knowing what to say.
“You should say that to your
wife.” Tina replied him.
“I will marry you and I’ll carry you
in my car everyday for free.” The
driver said laughing as he pulled
up in front of The Douglas group
Tina alighted and paid her
transport fare, the cab man took
it from her and gave her her
“I wonder how many wife you’ll
marry if you are the richest man
in town.” Tina said and hurriedly
walked accross the grass lawns
which led to the small gate.
She looked back to see the cab
driver backing out and turning
unto the street. She smiled to
“Madam, good morning.” A
security man greeted.
“Good morning sir.” She replied.
“You came earlier today.” he said.
“Yes. You know its my first time
and first impression they say….”
She said and paused for him to
“Last longer my sister.” The
security man completed the
adage as he opened the gate
properly for her to walk in.
She greeted the other security
men on duty as they all bowed
for her curtly.
“Enjoy the rest of you day Mr
Hassan.” Tina said as she walked
“And you too ma but you’ll tell me
how you got to know my name.”
Hassan said as he proceeded to
open the big gate for the car
Tina walked on and turned back.
“Check the name tag on your
chest.” Tina said as she
disappeared behind the fleet of
car in the parking lot.
–to be continued tomorrow–Like 3+September 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm #58244
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What a nice start! Thanks Val.September 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm #58441