Broken-Broken - Episode 15
Grass to Grace
By the second day, the new has spread like wildfire…all over the fashion news, it was about Scarlett’s dirty background as a dirty gutter girl from Nigeria.
Lucia was angry and started raking to Franca on the phone. She wanted to know why Tanya did such a stupid thing and what I was thinking by going after her boyfriend. All the companies that wanted to use me as their ambassador were beginning to call Franca, they were pulling out one by one.
“Don’t worry sweety, I will fix this.” Franca said to me.
By the time we got to work the next day, everyone was whispering and gossiping, when my friends saw me, they rushed to me and we all moved to Franca’s office .
“I think it’s really bad, Lucia has been receiving calls in her office since morning.” Kerry said.
“Why did Tanya do that to you? It’s just awful, we used to have each other’s back.” Wekky replied but I was quiet all through . I was waiting for one call and it was yet to come in.
“Now the news is all about the fire girl turned gutter girl. How do we fix this?” Kerry continued.
We could see Franca and Lucia in Lucia’s office. Her wall is made of glas which was quite transparent, only that you wouldn’t hear what is being said.
It appeared, Lucia kept raking at her and she only stood with her head bowed
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. Later she nodded and stepped out of the office.
The look on her face was a clue that all was just wrong. She shut the door behind her and put a hand over her forehead.
“What is the problem? Can we fix this?” Wekke asked immediately.
“I don’t know girls, its really bad.
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. The press is making it a real big deal, some of our investors are pulling out, talking about how Scarlett can be a Boko harram spy…I don’t even understand…I dunno how things would just escalate all of a sudden and people start making stories around it.”
I sighed. “So there is nothing to be done about it?”
Franca shook her head. “Lucia said she must go.”
“That’s not fair! That is so wrong! Tanya should be the one to be punished , not her….!” Kerry blurted but…I stood up and fled out of the place.
I was so stupid to think I could actually live a great life here…..with everything happening, it was just a matter of time before the immigration officers catch up with me…
I began to remember how I had gotten here in the first place…it was such a bloody stupid mistake...
As I got outside, I saw Tanya, talking with the Press. I stopped, there were two officers whom I recognized instantly as immigration officers…my heart was beating fast..just then my phone chime and I checked. It was Mark, finally, he sent a message…’Just say Yes’.
I didn’t know what it meant, I was still not moving, I did’t want to draw any more attention to myself anymore but Tanya spotted me…
‘Oh there she is!” She shouted, pointing at me….i used a hand to shield my face from the camera light…
“I guess Madame Lucia has just kicked her to the curbs….” She said satisfactorily.
“ I do hope you rot in hell Tanya!” I shouted at her but she only laughed, as I continued walking out of the area, I spotted a car drove in….
“Oh, its Mr Anderson himself….” Someone said from the crowd.
“Hi baby…” Tanya called our proudly but Mark got out of the car and rushed to me, on his knees…
“I caused this and I want to fix this, please, say yes.” He said, bringing out a small diamond box.
“Oh my God! Is he about to propose to her?” One of the ladies shouted and immediately, the press left Tanya’s side and rushed to our side….
“Those are from immigration company, if you don’t marry me now, they will take you away…with nothing.” He whispered to me, opening the ring. It in was the most beautiful ring I have ever seen….
This was stupid, this was stupid…really stupid…..i looked around me, I could see the panic and fear in Tanya’s face, at the entrance, I could see Franca and my other two friends, they looked so surprised.
Franca kept nodding at me to go ahead..i looked down at Mark..his golden hair shining in the sunlight.
This is a life decision and I never planned to marry a white man..infact, I never planned to marry at all….this was supposed to be a relationship…
“Are you going to say yes or no…”
My chest was rising and falling and one last look at the immigration officers,I nodded…”Yes..yes..I will marry you!” there was a confusing applause from the crowd..
Just like that, he slid the ring in between my finger and then stood up to kiss my forehead.
“What is happening? Did she just say yes?” several people started asking.
“Mr Anderson, please, what is happening, everyone is confused…”
Mark and I walked hand in hand to the mic.
“The truth is, Tanya and I have never been a couple, she cheated on me and I broke up with her…she is a bad person, someone who doesn’t want the progress of other people. That is all I have to comment!”
“What do you have to say Miss Tanya?” The lady asked, facing Tanya who looked more terrified than I have ever seen, instead, she threw me a deadly glare, looked at Mark and then fled the scene….
“You don’t need to worry about anything darling, this is just to save your career and your dignity. You can divorce me anytime you want, plus, I give you one third of my asset, that should be enough for you to start any fashion clothing line of your choice in whichever country you need.”
I gasped and without thinking, I threw my hands around his neck and hugged him…..
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Somewhere in Nigeria…….
He stood up and switched off the TV. It just hurt so bad, seeing her like that….he had been watching every of her progress…each had made him so happy but this just ruined the day for him….
“Lawrence, you have a call” The lady said
He collected the telephone.
“Son, are you ready to marry the girl I want you to marry, so you can come home and claim your inheritance?”
He sighed. There was nothing holding him back anymore.
“No problem dad. I will marry her.”
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