Catch up on the last episode; Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter One, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Two, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Three, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Four, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Five , Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Six, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Seven, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter eight, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Nine
“So what do you think?” he finishes and stares at her
“I think that before you want to do something like this, what is the essence of it all?”
“What do you mean?” he frowns
“Well, this Charity event, is it because you want to pull sponsors together for a greater good or because you want to do something good for an organization or something?”
“How does that matter?”
“So I know how this should go. I hear a lot of people saying they want to host charity events… but we all know that’s a cover story for what they intend to get at the end of the day”
“Look Miss Samantha, we do this every 2nd quarter of the year, we have big sponsors come together and we look out for some organization or some welfare unit in the city that we can help, we help community schools, we go to the orphanages, health wise like medicine, food, even cloths and school like text books, computers, scholarships. It’s a charity event, so all these people come together for the greater good”
“I see, and majority of the time do they actually see this to the end or after they have gotten all these money, do they actually take it to the source in which it was originally planned for?”
“I am sure they do”
“Really, do you actually make sure?”
“well I am not the one directly in charge of it Miss Samantha I have people for that”
“Or you and others get all this benefits and share it amongst yourselves, go to this communities like you say or one orphanage center and give them a few gifts, take a lot of pictures because of course the paparazzi would be there in full detail, hold a hand of a child, sit on a broken desk, smear your cheeks in mud and have an interview with the top international body and then you go home, wash your hands and forget about the lot of them. Until next year, you dress up and have a ball again”
“What nonsense are you saying Miss Samantha, are you insinuating that we are frauds?’’ he leans forward, his eyes thins
Hey easy tiger, down boy
“No God forbid Mr Bass, I just need to know. Like I said, I like to peek into the heads of my client, so I know what exactly is best, some are honest about their intentions, some aren’t, they are a bit cloaked. So I want to know… this charity is it based on the profits you really want to get from all these or because truly, you want to make a difference ?’’
Because it doesn’t look as though you have any good bone in your body Mr Bass..
“Look what I desire doesn’t matter”
“Yes it does, plus it’s also part of your money and I like to do a thorough job’’
Deep sigh “Of course I want to make a difference so can we get past this and finalize?”
“Fine. The grand event would be holding in your company, a month from now yes?’’
“Good. I would draft out the letters and send them to the organizations who are to be present, I am sure your office can reach out to the sponsors since I don’t have that information. I would hold the necessary meetings with the organizations, check out what and what they need and what you would be doing for them. Usually I advice that the sponsors take out time, a week to the event to… what I call a ‘feeling” of these organizations”
“Getting down from your Trojan horse and actually talking and meeting this people, you truly wouldn’t know what they are going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes’’
“You want me to what, sit and eat with those people, talk to them like more than a minute and what… ask them about their dreams and desires? Don’t be ridiculous, they should be grateful that we actually are coming to their aid, they mean nothing to me, they should be thanking us… i would rather spend my money on other meaningful things like buy myself a new jet or a house but here I am doing good for humanity… so that is enough”
“Right. I didn’t expect any less from you’’ Samantha says dropping the book she was jotting “If that is the way you want it fine. I will carry out what needs to be done, like you said… they should be grateful so I probably should tell them all to write a thank you card to Mr Bass, “
“Are you being sarcastic Miss Samantha”
“Oh… did it sting?’’
He looks at her “You really do enjoy making me angry don’t you, this game you are playing, not going to end well with you, today I decided to be nice and let you keep your job, don’t push it”
“Or today you got schooled on how you can’t keep throwing your wealth and status on someone’s face and you think you won’t get slapped with it. And you didn’t let me keep my Job, Mr Shelton understood that there are some things more valuable than others… and I still have my job because I earned it… much less I can say about you”
“What’s that supposed to mean… I give people jobs, I don’t need to keep my job”
“Yeah… Mr Bass Almighty, remind me next time to come ask you for a job… job giver, now if we are done here… I think I have to get back to work”
He scoffs, shaking his head “I tell you when I am done, not the other way around”
“You still don’t get it Mr Bass… I really don’t care what you think you do… this is my office and it is my time and your 11 am meeting ended like” she checks her time “ 10 minutes ago. It is 1 pm now and I do have other meetings to attend to so if you would excuse me Sir, you can take your leave”
He felt like reaching out and squeezing her mouth, such arrogance. She reminds him of him, and that was what upsets him so much.
“Fine, since you would be doing this project for me, I would like that I have daily reports and it is imperative that you have the documents you need, since you would be in charge, you would be the one handling the sponsors at my end too, I don’t like multiple people doing just one job, it helps me keep track of one’s incompetence and lets me take the necessary action” he gets up, adjusting his suit backing her
“You seem to like that word a lot “incompetence” I wonder, was that word told to you a lot while growing up??’’
He turns around sharply “Are you insulting me?’’
“Oh no God forbid but if the shoe fits” she gives him a rueful smile
He is staring at her hard “I do not know why you seem bitter… the file business, the leaving you in a city and the coffee spill, it’s all in the past… if you are expecting an apology you won’t get it so you should drop all this since we would be working together”
“I don’t need it and we are not working together, at this point you are my client and I am offering my services and after this… charity event, we don’t have to ever see each other again… and trust me I can’t wait for that to happen” she says standing up and giving him her hands
“Have a good day Mr Bass’’
He eyes her hand , then he take it in his “Miss Samantha” he lingers for a second and then lets go
“I will have my PA contact you… you can come by the office to get what you need and make the necessary arrangements “
He nods and leaves, she seats on the chair staring at the closed door..
“Thought he would never leave” she rolls her eyes
***FOUR WEEKS LATER****
“Oh you would look beautiful in this Samantha” Jamie says holding the dress out for Samantha
“Too red, I rather like something duller” Samantha picks out another dress, it was a silver dress with gold shimmering in front, a low back “ This would be nice but I think it is too revealing”
“Oh this is a killer, you should get this” Jamie tells her dropping the red dress
“You think? besides I don’t want to kill anyone, well not intentionally “
“hmmm, what about a certain someone named Mr Bass”
Samantha groans “He, I would kill for free, do you know he has been coming unannounced to my office claiming he wants to check up on how the project is going, I mean it’s a frigging charity event and he had made it clear that he wants to be very detached from it, so I saw no reason to constantly have him come there, I made sure I made communications with his PA, Secretary and his accountant , the only time I have to speak to him is to have him sign out for money leaving the company. I am glad that we don’t get to sit and talk, he is so annoying, throwing his scent of bossing people, well… when he does that near me… I make sure to shuu him down like a bad little dog.” Samantha says
“Hmmm… and when you come to the Bass Industries?’’
“I just go there for the meetings if it’s really important, with him and other sponsors. Oh Jamie it is going to be a beauty, even if I know he isn’t grateful, the organizations, communities and orphanages seem to be happy, you know I had to be with them all the way, the infrastructures going on, the school items, medical supplies, cloths and food… shelter etc. You have to understand something, to really be of help you know, which he didn’t want to listen but its fine, they thought he was out of the country and I was representing him personally, but it would have been nice for him to take part in it, all the sponsors too. It is not about giving money to the poor, you have to help them mentally and for them to see that someone truly cares about them. Oh well.. a few of their representatives would be here and the media for their rich egos of course” she shakes her head, “I would take this” she tells the cashier who had come to her “And whatever my friend is getting”
“Oh Wow Samantha for real?”
“Yes Jamie, I get to buy you nice things too” she laughs, Jamie hugs her
“Aww thank you. So quick question, hypothetically do you in anyway like Mr Bass?’’
“Do I look like I like Mr Bass, and why do you keep asking me that of recent?’’
“Well I hear, well books states that opposites attracts and sometimes when people hate each other, they end up loving each other”
“Well, those books should be taken off the shelves and burned… I don’t like him… hell No. So quit asking stupid questions and lets go, I have to get to the Bass industries to make sure everything is set for tomorrow“
“It’s late Samantha, we close by 4pm remember?”
“Securities don’t leave till 9pm… just a quick stop, I hate to have any surprises. Like to put finishing touches to the place”
“Okay, so guess I’ll see you tomorrow?’’
“Of course, I have to be there, I guess Mr Bass would fight me on this one if I don’t show..” “what do you mean you won’t be there” he’ll thunder “ Samantha says laughing
“Oh nothing” Jamie smiles
Change is the only constant thing, she muses
Jake Bass leaves the chair he was sitting on, Betty had just left, Sophie ushers Veronica in before closing for the day.
“Let’s go Bass, you have had a long day and I would love to loosen up all your muscles” she says coming to wrap her hands around his torso
Aside his other flings, most of them he forgot their names and faces after a day or two. Veronica had been the most consistent, showing up whether he wanted her or not.
The last time he had been with a woman had been, what? two weeks ago, after he left the Shelton’s Events company and he and that Samantha of a woman had had another banter.
He hates the way she riles him up, she never does anything he asks her to do unless he asks politely… he felt so angry.
She would only give him daily reports when she pleases and when he calls her to shout over the phone she tells him to apologize and when he doesn’t she cuts the call.
It was as though she was all out to make sure that he never gets his way when it comes to her, the other day in front of some people, he had asked her to be quiet and she had done the opposite, they were with the sponsors …
Okay yes, at the end of the day she had gotten good and productive results, and she seems to be good at what she does, he gives her that but still.. it was infuriating that he isn’t able to tame her, every other person always wanted to do his bidding whether they liked it all not, especially women but she… she was something else, it was as though whenever she saw him, she told herself… if he barks she was going to bite.
She makes him so angry and yet, he had found himself thinking about her of late, of her sharp mouth, the way her nose flares when she was angry, the way she frowns when she is trying to make a point and the way she turns up her nose when she is being sarcastic.
Most of the time, half of it, he is angry when they are in the same room, one time Sophie had asked him if he hated being around her so much he could ask someone else to handle the event. He had said No, she was good at what she did and he wanted it to be perfect. And he wonders if that is the only reason.
And Betty his PA had begun throwing jealous feats, he didn’t know why. She said something about..the way he looks at Samantha. What the hell was that supposed to mean? He looks at her ‘no way’..
He would have to let her go soon, If she can’t put aside personal interests away from work. He told her before and the rest of them, no strings attached. It was just $3x. But Veronica seemed to enjoy rejection.
Samantha was getting under his skin in a rather uncomfortable way and he didn’t like it. He had always done whatever he wanted and had his way… in every sphere of his life, being soft was for the weak but Samantha is making him take decisions and do things he would never be caught doing things he had vowed not to and every single day he tells himself that he was going to push her out the door when she makes him angry and ask someone else to take her place.
Instead he finds himself picking up his phone to call her office for reports and as usual before the call ends… he gets pissed.
This day’s, his head isn’t in the right place and having any physical relation with women had suddenly lost it’s taste, right now… he wanted to be alone.
Something was wrong with him
“Veronica, let me walk you down, would have Todd take you home”
“But Bass, wait are you seeing someone because for two weeks straight you have turned me down”
“We are not exclusive neither are we an item and you have no right to ask about whether I am seeing someone or not” he holds her elbow and they go down
“You know you are an egocentric prick right?”
Samantha would say such a thing. Why the hell was he thinking about her
“Then you should do well to stay away from me. Todd take Miss Veronica home please” A surprised Todd nods
As soon as they drive off, he turns to see her walking into the building.
Speak of the Devil!!
“What are you doing here so late?“ she turns hearing the voice, then frowns
“It’s 8pm, not so late, besides I came to make sure everything was set for tomorrow” she told him
She smiles when she saw that indeed it was..
He didn’t say anything but watch her for another hour as she busied herself in the hall
“You know you don’t have to stand there, you can leave,”
“Leave you alone here?“
“Like you care, I can take care of myself besides the security is outside”
“Well since I am here now, I am responsible for anyone under my company, which at the moment includes you”
“Fine whatever, then you can go back to your office Mr Bass” she turns away fixing up the flower vase
“Why, does my presence bother you?”
“Not in the least, but you are hovering and I hate hovers”
He leaves where he is standing and walks close to her, unsure why
“Because you are in my personal space. Move Mr Bass”
“or else what, you would slap me again?”
“If I have to”
Well, maybe he wouldn’t mind the slap
He reaches for her, pulls her to him and crushes his lips to hers again.
He was waiting for the slap to come, but it didn’t.
She pushes him away, then without saying anything she grabs her bag and leaves.
He runs his hands over his face
He had no idea why he just did that again.
But why didn’t she slap him?
Something was wrong with him.
TO BE CONT.