FROM BAIT TO CATCH #3 (SHORT STORY)

Sharon’s plan to use Raphael as a bait to get male attention at work has already been executed. As a proper background to this episode, see her review of Raphael’s marriage proposal and the details of her elaborately contrived plan in Episodes 1 and 2. In Episode 3, the unfolding story shows the mixed and fascinating outcome the plan generates.

A CATCH IS MADE

On the morrow, I began to receive admiring glances from guys in the office. Even the stuffy accountant stopped by to chat with me when he came to the MD’s suite of offices. Better! Before the close of work, a fellow from HR* engaged me in a discussion about leave allowance. I’d never been on leave but, according to this guy, I was still entitled to leave allowance. He wanted me to put up claims for the current year. I could come to their unit the next day, he said, so he could help me fill the form.

Interesting. But I declined his offer. Not the leave allowance but his help. I knew where all of this was leading to but I didn’t want it. I didn’t work so hard to land a middle-level pen pusher. I told him I’ll be up to my ears in work, so he should bring the form to me. (There was no way I couldn’t figure it out on my own.)

Over the weekend, I was supposed to go out with Raphael but I took a rain check. It was originally part of my plan: going out with him. But things were looking up for me at the office, so I wondered if hanging around with him won’t jeopardize my chances …. You have to be availabe if you want a date and more. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

To hasten things, I decided to park my car and come to work on Monday via public transport. I hoped that some kind fellow would offer me a ride home and collect my number in the process. Don’t say it sounds pathetic. This babe is pushing thirty, you know!? However, my MD scuttled that one. He asked his driver to take me home after work. But the next day, a dashing, young lawyer whose firm had a retainership with my company came by to see my MD. And long story short: we kinda clicked.

We started dating. I was back in circulation. I was happyyy! But I told him to avoid coming to the office to see me lest the folks there label me a tramp. When Raphael deduced what was happening almost two weeks later, he looked so woe begone that I decided to do something for him, something he would really appreciate, something that would compensate for the hurt. Afterall, he had done me a good turn even though he didn’t know how I’d used him.

So the following Monday, I put on my little girl act that I use to worm my way into my MD’s pocket and begged him to give Raphael a job.

“You know, we’re not hiring right now.”

I nodded but my eyes were saying, “Pleeease!”

“He really means so much to you.” I nodded again.

“What are his qualifications? Or better still, what can he do?”

“He studied Combined Social Sciences (Pol. Sc/Econs.) like me. He is good with computers, he can write well. He is even good with Maths and Statistics.”

“So where do we fix him?”

“I’m looking at the Research Unit.”

“Or he could assist you.” I hesitated.

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“You said he studied Combined Social Sciences. He can also write. Your volume of work has grown as my social media outreach has broadened. And now you have my autobiography and book about the incompetence of Nigeria’s political class to work on. I think you need an assistant. Since he’s your friend, you can teach him the ropes and you can work harmoniously together.”

“Yes, that would be very nice,” I said, wondering how I got myself into this type of fix.

I wanted to help Raphael but I didn’t want him that close. I thought I could have him tucked away somewhere in Research or IT. I didn’t expect the threatening scenario I was certain would result from this arrangement. If I wasn’t careful, Raphael could easily unseat me. My MD had a good eye for talent and if I impressed him, Raphael would have him eating out of his hands in no time.

What was I going to do?
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

*HR is short for Human Resources Department
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255 thoughts on “FROM BAIT TO CATCH #3 (SHORT STORY)

      • I think Sharon really cares for Raph even though she is hiding it or “does not want to accept it”. And she is trying to pay back for using him as a bait because as it stands now, she is feeling guilty.
        Yes, she has. Raph is more talented and competent than she is and there are chances that as time goes on she will become less relevant.

  1. Never thought it could go like this. Please Ma, the suspense is too much on me. Just wanna get to the end.
    But then, Sharon’s plea all for the sake of compensating Raphael is somewhat absurd. Why try to get him around you since you already have a fish hanging on your bait? You still have a very soft spot for him you know! Think Sharon, think!

    Men, Sharon has many reasons to worry over her decision. She didn’t sit down to think on her thoughts. She should have had second or may be other thoughts of how things could turn out to be like. Sorry for you Sharon–catch!

    • Didn’t mean to make it hard on you, Lawrence. And you’re right, Sharon miscalculated. Have a blessed day all around.

  2. This is awesome! Uniquely garnished with suspense. I love this. However, I must acknowledge that Sharon’s decision to compensate Raphael with a Job, even though it could scuttle her plans, portrays her as a kind and sympathetic fellow. Sharon’ tactics in drawing male attention are properly planned and wonderfully executed considering the way she even boarded public transport. I am
    sure a lot of people especially young ones are learning from this story. Thanks, Ma.

    • Lol, Chinagorom! Didn’t count that as one of the lessons. But looking at it again, there does seem to be something there. You are blessed!

  3. her plea if considered will do Rapheal some good, but her wrong has not been undone again, Rapheal might not be totally harmless as she thinks Via the worry

  4. her plans were ok just for payment of a service rendered. so she does n’t feel guilty that he helped her without knowing and so she must compensate or assist him as she might call it. she has every reason to worry since he will be working with her as an assistant. she worries he might wants to scattered her plans by posing as his friend and also she will not have the so muc freedom to carry on with her game.

  5. her plea is quite cool…..but thats where she got it all wrong………….bcus he is now stuck to her like glue.
    and for her worries………oh yeah she has a lot to worry abt…….first, she is about losing a friend and second she is about falling in her own trap

    • Lol! And the irony is that she had it all worked out. Unless you’re God, there’s no guarantee things will go exactly as you plan them.

  6. I think she did the right thing, but why she is getting worried is what I don’t know, that girl is really complicated.. you deemed it fit to help a friend now you are getting worried he might unseat her lols…she has no reason to worry, Raphael is a cool guy, he wouldn’t do tha. she should be worried about herself.

    • You really trust Raphael that much. Sharon thinks she needs to look out for herself because one’s closest friend can stab her in the back. But it all comes down to the type of person she is and what she would do if she were in Raphael’s shoes.

  7. Ahh! Sharon! The very tool you used is what you’re bringing into that same office. Your plans have failed now, Raphael will certainly not sit back and watch guys flirt with you. And none of the guys too would want to come closer.

  8. she just want Raphael to feel she is doing him a favour, though he lost her but he got something big in return…though she is trying to help Rphhael but she doesn’t want him to take her place because it seems Raphael is a genius….oga adikwa egwu!!!

  9. Sharon’s intention to ensnare Raphael was not properly planned… what was she even thinking! it was so absurd asking her boss to offer him a job in the same firm. being in her rank, she should have introduced him to another firm organization where he can apply for a job… mehn she has every reason to be worried.

  10. Sharon is fond of inventing crazy ideas. Why would she want Rapheal to work in the same organisation with her in the first place. She has all the reason to be worried,all her plans will come to nought, does she think Rapheal would stop loving her all of a sudden? how would she explain things to him.And for her fear that he may unseat her, that would even be better.

    • She planned to hide him in one obscure office. Lol! Nobody is another person’s God. That is how every plan against us will be turning to our favour in Jesus’ name.

  11. This story has really intrigued me, hahahaha,i cant also help but laugh, see the way things are turning out, let me read the rest

  12. I don’t think Sharon has any reason to worry as far as she faces her work and she asking her boss to give him a job was only a sign of humanity, she felt bad for what she did and used that as an atonement for it.

    • I get the part about atonement. But how about not hurting people deliberately and then looking for ways of making reparation? Seems to me that would be better all around. Thank you, Amarachi, and stay blessed of the Lord in Jesus’ name.

  13. I think it’s a good idea as God is just trying to help Raphael through her, and I think she don’t have to worry at all she has to do is to be more devoted in her duty and prove to her boss that she is still competent.

  14. Sharon was trying to be nice by helping Raphael land a job. She might have something to worry since she knows Raphael and how good he is at what he does.

  15. She was consumed with guilt and the only way for her to purge this guilt was to ask her boss to employ Raphael which I believe was not a good idea. Was she planning on humiliating Raphael more or what? because she was being devious. But I thank God that her plans took another turn and backfired at her because that is exactly what the devil does, he will give you a plan but he will never tell you the consequences.

  16. pleading with her boss to give Raphael a job is quite cool. she might have something to worry about because she is actually putting herself in dilemma.

  17. Sharon’s plea to get Raph a job was out of a gulity conscience and to compensate him…. HELL YESSS!! she should be so worried because the situation is somehow out of her control

  18. Ahh! Yes oh…she has to worry …after her clandestined plans…I think she has brought trouble to herself….its not that she is wrong in trying to help him..but hmmm!…I can’t wait to read episode 4..

  19. Lots, Sharon trying to get a job for Raphael is cool, it’s simply a way of compensation,, again she have every reason to worry cos d Raphael she z a kinda running away from will be @ her door step once he becomes her assistant… Funny

  20. Now, this is where she got it all wrong. Why would she want Raphael to work in the same company with her? They are not meant to be too close if really she wants her plans to go smoothly, She should have made the search for job in some other company with her little influence and connection.
    She has everything to worry about. Am with you ma.

  21. she wants to compensate raphael for his hurt and has gotten into a fix with him…she sure has to be worried about having to work with him and keeping him close

  22. whoa this story is really getting more enthralling. Sharon didn’t do bad in helping her buddy in getting a job.well she has nothin to fear for now until Raphael resumes work.. how i wish this story can be inform of a movie i would so laugh at this particular episode of Raphael working along her side.

  23. Sharon’s plea for getting Raph a job was only to compensate him not knowing that she is somehow fishing her self out and again thinking that Raph will be an obstacle. i guess that’s her worry

  24. Ooops!pray she is not falling subcociously cuz at the conceptualization of a strategy, emotion should not enter but outside ur mind u keep the ball rolling, sharii..i, I don’t know but I am sensing boomerang for u, I pray when I read the next episode u would put ur emotions in check. Stay on with miss Edith.

  25. some times, out of little, big things emerges, we are nothing but pencils in the hand of the creator which means that after planning, the creator Re-plans or Adjust.

  26. Hmmmm…this story is full of suspense, Aunty Edith u got me wanting to read more.
    About Sharon’s choice to get Raphael a job, I think she wants to clear her conscience and kinda compensate him.
    The other aspect of Sharon being scared of losing her position is necessary because she nd Raphael has almost the same ability and she is aware of how good, he can be when he is determined and now that he is about to be close to her at the office, both of them would spend most of the working hours together, which might arise feelings.

  27. There is absolutely nothing wrong in trying to help rapheal get a job but as a means of compensation for what he doesn’t know yet is quiet funny…the only impending problem is that if they get to work closely it might intensify the feeling rapheal has for Sharon and it will also give him an edge to know what is going on between her and the so called lawyer because they can’t hide it forever , it might also make Sharon have conflict of interest in terms of her emotion cause am very sure she is dating the lawyer because of da rushy situation….. Sharon might need to worry a little bit if he is really good as she has said…these days out of desperation people betray or take what is not theirs without remembering the sacrifice you went through to get him or her there

  28. Just as the accompanying graphics projected, crafty people often end up ensnaring themselves. The MD’s decision of where Raphael will perform very well in the company was not exactly what Sharon expected. Sharon intended to render a mere compensation to Raphael and not getting closer to him but reverse is now the case. However, she has not done anything wrong in trying to assist Raphael get a job and for me, she has nothing to worry about except in the case of hide and seek game.

  29. Nature has its own way of taking its course no matter how tricky and crafty we may be, let me patiently wait as events unfold,
    she has no cause for worry, things will definitely work themselves out

  30. Sharon’s plea of getting Raphael a job is very thoughtful of her and nice at the same time but…….hmmm she has a lot to worry about since Raphael is as gud as she is.

  31. Interesting,i can’t wait to read next episode, anywhere Sharon wants to get rid of Raphael and am sure that God will intervene

  32. sharon plea to her boss to give Rahpael job as a compensation for dumping him for another guy really showed that she have interest in Rahpael and she was in love with him , she was pretending. she have many reasons to worry, knowing that Rahpael was more creative and intelligent than her , he was the one that helped her write her assignments when they were in secondary school, therefore , if care was not taken Rahpael will unseat her since both are working in the same office, also she will not have freedom to go on date with her so called boyfriends.

  33. For the mear fact sharon went to plea for a job on behalf of Rapheal,goes a long way in showing that she has rapheal at heart.because, if she dose not, she wouldn’t care what happens or how he feels. he can go to hell for all she cares.
    Yes i think she has every reason to worry, in the sense that,she has been trying to fight what she feels for rapheal may be because she earns better salary than he does.from the look of things she is directly fixing him up to her taste.now her worry should be the problem of choice.

  34. My suspense mode is fully activated now. Did Sharon really think over her idea of helping Raph out with a job critically. I doubt since her selfish scheming must have blinded her to the outcome of her plan. God may indeed be on Raph’s side. Cant wait to see the end of this, ma

  35. hmmm, okay now,guilty conscience is catching someone and she wants to pacify it by getting him a job, i like Ralpheal he’s a cool guy. but what if the boss loves him more than sharon. bingo

  36. have begin to see sense in the “smartness” of Sharon… “Raphael does not have work, Sharon plea on behalf of him for job, therefore, Raphael is qualified to get the job”… Sharon, logically wise, did well.. from the above premise, we can conclude by saying that Sharon is good in doing that… According to Sharon, Raphael has done so many good things for her and that might be her way of rewarding, even though….. …. so is actually not bad for Sharon getting a job for him, for the motive is what matters; (there is no time to access anyone’s motive)… her intention might not be good, but the truth is, that action is a good one. also, the fact that Sharon plea on behalf of Raphael for job does not mean she will not worry, in fact, she will be more bothered than before… in as much she is a human, then the tendency to continue to wallow in worries will never end… therefore, her “smartness” will not change that notion.

  37. just take a look at how Sharon is ‘by herself doing herself’…this is going to be interesting! good work ma!

  38. A good move i would say. Her intention is to compensate Raphael for hurting him but just like the graphics in the story said crafty people often end up ensnaring themselves. i believe Sharon have reasons to be worried if Raphael is as good as she described back in school. Ma i seriously must commend the way you create a vivid image in this story, it almost seems like we are watching the movie.

  39. Ma, what i think of her plea is that she has just drawn the battle line between herself, her boyfriend (the young lawyer) and Raphael. and for the second question, she has a lot to worry and think about cause of war she has just started that might end up ruining her for life.

  40. Sharon feels guilty for using Raphael and also hurting him.she wants to make it up to him but she feels threatened that Raphael might impress her boss with his skills and her job might not be there for her again.

  41. Providence is indeed the player of the tune which Sharon dances. I have come to realise that Sharon is gradually losing her mind and every thing. Ridiculous it is to ask for a job for Raphael in the same firm. Now she has more fears and worries as her fears near maturity. The failure of her tricks have begun! We shall see what’s next…Expectant i am MA!

  42. Helping Rapheal secure a job in her place of work is not a bad idea. this means she still values their friendship, of course she has every reason to be worried because Rapheal is a genius

  43. Well she did a great job by pleading on Raphael’s behalf but it isn’t out of her benevolence but of selfishness and it will soon back fire, God always have a way of repaying people of their wrong doing….soon Raphael will meet up with her financially.

  44. Wow…. The story is intriguing and full of suspense. My heart is beating, can’t wait to see the end… Nice one ma. Happy Sunday

  45. Sharon has every reason to worry because if care is not taken Raphael will outshine her because he is so much talented. this is really a nice story.

  46. I know Sharon feels guilty for leading Raphael’s hopes of them becoming a couple. She has nothing ti be afraid about if she tries to behave professionally as they work together, but we are all humans and at a point her conscience will start pricking her that is why she wants him far away

  47. sharons decision to compensate Rapheal with a job ,even though it might scuttle her plans ,portrays her as a kind and sympathetic fellow and she is only doing it to compensate him of been annoyed

  48. From my own point of view, Sharon is caring but she really has a lot to worry about now beacause raphael might actually become better than her in the office and wil now be the boss’ “personal person”

  49. hmmm! this is really getting interesting, sharon did well by helping Rapael, afterall, what are friends for…. she sure has alot to worry about, fixing someone you know is way better, she has to expect the worst..it’s a pity her plans did not work out as she hoped

  50. Her pleading on his behalf is absurd and yes she has every reason to be worried because with Raphael’s intelligence he can outshine her financially and in other aspects

  51. Sharon is really in a tight corner, i think she is getting close to revealing her plans to Rapheal the way things are going,

  52. Atleast it is good to see that Sharon has some regard for how Ralph felt by begging her boss to employ him but working in the same unit, i think she has big reason to worry because like she said back in school Ralph has always been her backbone and help and the boss may get Ralph as his new favorite

  53. Yesssss..she’s got alota things to worry about…the fact that Ralph is more smarter than she is ,should keep her worried for the rest of her life should he get the job to assist her..he might end up impressing the MD And he would choose raplh over sharon

  54. I can see there’s no trust in their relationship, if not, why would she even be afraid? Anyway, with the way this story is going? I can’t predict anything. Let’s just see what happens next!

  55. I think Sharon’s plea was to fully get the bait moving., Inotherwords, it is a means that will help her accomplish her planned task because giving Raphael a job will really make him dance to her tune and will also make him to have a nice impression that she is interested in his future, even though, Sharon took him as a means to an end…..

  56. Sharon’s plea to her boss to give Raphael a job was for the whole idea of bringing him closer to her so that she will make the others feel more jealous. yes Sharon has to be worried because Raphael could over thrown her at the office, meaning Raphael could be more talented than Sharon.

  57. Well, i think she has to worry because their constant closeness may lead to her developing more likeness for this Raphael than she’s willing to let in. Who knows??????

  58. Gosh! She’s so evil. What makes her think she has the right to manipulate people as she wants? I thank God for karma

    • How about thanking God for God, the Judge of the whole earth, the foundation of whose throne is righteousness and justice?

  59. Sharon did that because he cares and is in love with him despite the fact that she doesn’t want to admit it to herself. She also have every reason to panic because he is smart despite that will put all his best in the work which has started already. Lovely

  60. i think she did that not only because he is her friend and she used him but because she has feelings for him that she refuse to admit to herself and getting him a job is a way to clear her conscience.

  61. Well, i think she has just dug her own grave, and it will take alot of her efforts to come out of it with her head held high.

  62. I think her plea was genuin but she sure has a lot to worry about bcus her supposed planned out scheme might take a drastic turn…well can’t wait to find out!!

  63. She wants to get a job for Raphael in order to hold him down.. Like if Raphael complains she will tell him.. After all I did for u. I got u a job and here you are telling me this..
    To me Sharon has two reasons to panic.
    1)Raphael being so close to her in their place of work will stop her from getting the man she wants.. As a man Raphael has to protect what he thinks is his own…
    2)she thinks that Raphael is smarter than she is.. And if it turns out to b that way.. Their boss would place him over her

  64. Sharon’s plea to her boss to give raphael a job z just a cover up because she knos dat wat she did z wrong so she z doing dat just to please raphael. She has got all d reason to worry because raphael as her personal assisstant, her boss will soon notice hw intelligent he z (because brk den in sch he ws d person helping her wit some courses) and her boss will like raphael more thanks her n we all knos wat dat means for sharon. Total bad market… lol…

  65. Yea, I think she did the right thing as a friend to plea for a work for him although am sure she is trying to clear her conscience as not to feel bad for using him but right now I think she has been placed in a tgight corner because if rapheal is to be given a job as her assistant he would outsmart her, it is clear that he is smarter than her although she had been awarded vest student it was through his help

  66. Interesting ? I can’t wait to see how this will turn out. She might eventually fall in love with Raphael, who knows?

  67. Sharon didn’t do anything wrong, she was just being helpful. If she knows she’s competent enough for her job, she doesn’t have to worry.

  68. So far the pay is good. she did well in getting him the job even though she might end up hurting him the more. But who cares there is no job in the country but u got to manage the one you got without trouble.

  69. Sharon didn’t do anything bad. She should worry. as things stands, it seems the guy is performing more than she does.

  70. Sharon plea for Raphael’s job is not a sincere one.it was just her way of limiting the guilt she is having for using him. Having rapheal in same line with her is a treat because Raphael is more talented than her which means the preferential treatment she enjoys from her M.D will be transfer to Raphael.

  71. I think it was not right since she never cared about him and since she has achieved her plan. yes she has every need to worry because even though she was using him staying closer to the boy might turn to the other way round.

  72. The plot is becoming more interesting. As it stands now, Sharon’s plea is quite good in the side of side of Raphael, but to her side, it might be a total downfall. She, therefore, needs to think again. Moreover, she has abundant reasons to worry about. In fact, now should be the climax of her worry because she has injected another challenge upon herself.

  73. i must say, she’s really nice but there’s every reason to worry… Raphael might be more talented and like she said, their boss has an eye for talents… besides Raphael being close to her means he’ll get to know of her little secrets.

  74. Sharon’s move shows she feels guilty and indebted to Ralph. That’s for now the only good thing she’s done for Raphael. Good work is always appreciated so i guess Raphael is a real treat when talking intelligence

  75. she feels guilty about what she did to raphael and so to ease her conscience, she decided to get him a job. she shouldn’t have gotten him a job in the same company where she works. i have a feeling everything will go downhill from there. she definitely has a reason to worry. i mean if she fears that her boss will begin to like Raphael, bad idea. where does she even get her ideas from anyway?

  76. Sharon’s decision to compensate Raphael with a job portrays her as a kind-hear ted and sympathetic fellow. Secondly, I think Sharon has reasons to worry because amongst other reasons Raphael’s imminent closeness to her boss and Raphael’s obvious talent are reasons to worry.

  77. Sharon what’s your problem? You have succeeded in hurting him. Okay, you pleaded with your boss to give him a job and you not so cool with where he was assinged to work. Sharon baby you have all reasons to be worried. You feel he might take your position. Also, seeing him everyday will make you feel guilty of what you did to him. You did no wrong in helping him, but you would have thought about that before knowing your next move. I warned you Sharon. Let’s see how it goes?

  78. Sharon’s plea to her boss in the story so far sounds like the smartest thing she has done, at least i can say that she still has a heart.
    She definitely needs to worry because Raphael sounds like a competition and her MD has an eye for good talent.

  79. If Sharon is not cautious, her plans would flop like the party in the first episode. Considering her scheme, having Raphael so close does not look so promising. She has to think fast.

  80. Sharon is really complicating the whole issues. And because of all her actions, she has enough reason to worry because if Raphael should be given the opportunity to assist her in the office, her plans of moving around with other men might not be successful and Raphael might gain more opportunities than her in the office.

  81. She shouldn’t have gone to the extent of bringing Raph to her firm in the name of help with pretense by the side.I think this is foundation of her inescapable nemesis.
    She has every reason to be worried for she has ignited the fire that will consume her.

  82. Good enough…i mean for the only agreeable decision she has made so far. Though, it didnt turn out as she had expected. but from a spectator’s view, it seems fate will smile on Raphael and i’ld say she’s on the right track towards endibg up with Raphael, inadvertently though.

  83. Sharon pleading with her boss to give Raphael a job is not a bad idea at all,at least she wasn’t all out to use him buh also help him as well. She should also be worried because Raphael seems like a competition, someone who is good at what he does and her MD cherish people with good talent and might think if giving him her position

  84. i think of her plea to her boss to give raph a job is just like a compensation and raph is likely to decline because she potrayed him to her colleagues as her boyfriend and now she is seeing another guy.
    she has alot to worry about because her little scheme is now metamorphing into something she didnt plan for.

  85. Yea she found him a job…so what?!?….apparently it’s a defence mechanism dat she’d use against him wen he eventually finds out her skimming ways…….well she’s in for a big drama cos she just employed a spy on herself,trust me he’d want to know her every move in d office

  86. Sharon bebe,me i dont understand you again ooooo or are u already in love?because thats the only thing that can make u to go this far.But let me ask oooo,why are you now worried,although you have every right to be because i understand you somehow.but let me ask again ooo,did you find work for him because you are pitying him or you are already loving him LOL,or is there something that you are not telling us.just asking ooooo because i dnt know why you are begging for him to work in the same place with u and at the same time getting worried over it hmmmm,or are u worried that he might compete over you and take your position in your MD heart or u are scared of him finding out about your new bobo?well i think that two things is the reasons why sharon is worried.

  87. it was a wrong ideal for Sharon to ple to her boss to give Raphael a job because invite Rapheal into the organization will now make Sharon the BAIT. cool story cool suspense

  88. God work in mysterious ways it might take her time and little experience for Sharon to finally give up and know what is right for her but I pray it shldnt be too late by then or she will loose some tin big cause they are really meant to be

  89. sharon was only trying to reconcile the issue of using raphel as a scape goat to lure admirers.yes has got to be worried because her plans is gonna be shattered but only if ……..lol

  90. Sharon keeps playing dumb and confused. she hurt the guy,……. oya now leave him and go. No!! she still found him a job and she is still worried he might overshadow her.

  91. she did the right thing as a friend, kudos! to her. but she gets to worry about something because she is bringing the bait close to her

  92. what was she thinking getting raphael a job in the same office where she works! i think its karma. and its all going to blow up in her face. i”m beginning to feel sorry for our dear Sharon.

  93. this Sharon girl and her crazy ideas.why would she get a job for him in that same organization.she obviously didn’t think the idea through before implementing it.she had better started getting her stuff ready because that guy will definitely unseat her sooner or latter.

  94. i think compensation is a reward for a job not well executed. sharon’s compensation was a nice one but Raphael assisting her is the breeze that will open the cock’s buttocks..

  95. Waw! I love the suspense. Sharon helping Raphael to get a job is a very nice step but forgetting that they will be in the same office, and that she will be seeing him everyday. How will she be able to concentrate on her work seeing him everyday, someone she wants to avoid.

  96. yes she has every reason to worry because she is dating someone else and Raphael already proposed to her meaning he wants to be more than friends. their closeness at work can develop to her having feelings for him.

  97. My advice to both if them is to put it in prayer. If its the Lords wish for them to get married, then no one can stand on their way because destiny can never be changed.

  98. Well,,Sharon’s plea to the boss on Behalf of Rapheal means their is reason.is either because of Iove or to bribe him..lol.she gat notin to worry if she truly loves Rapheal

  99. Sharon is very selfish thinking of only herself.she wants to cover up so that Raphael wont have a say when he eventually finds out about her and the lawyer but instead things are turning the other way round. of course she has a lot to be worried about.its obvious that he is better than her and also she is deceiving him and wouldn’t want him to find out .

  100. For Sharon to seek a job for her friend @ the company where she works after using him to create attention is kinda bad because she will no longer be comfortable if he is that close since she is not really dating him but only used him as a bait he might discover that and might have issue it her.

    she has a lot of reasons to worry because Raphael will now be like a watchdog and it will not be easy for her going out with Nnanna the lawyer.

  101. I see it as a means to compensate and even to beg him for forgiveness for breaking his heart and if to dump him for another man
    Yes,because with raphel around and close to her,she might be feeling guilty and Raphael might try to get back to her .also with how Rapheal was described in episode 1and 2,he might even fit into the job more than her and which might result to shaon losing her job.

  102. I think that Sharon asking her boss to give Raphael a job might be her wanting to clear her conscience but what she did will still come back for her because now Raphael would be her assistant and since Raphael is good at what he does it would be another problem for her.

  103. Sharon’s plea to her boss to give Raphael ”a job is a good help for a friend” as she calls Raphael, but it is bad of her to use a job as a way of compensation; that’s hurting, a betrayal and exchange of love for material. The job could bring envy and jealousy between both of them.
    2. Yes! She has reasons to worry because, there would be closeness, negative competition and the real opportunist would emerge.

  104. She was trying to make up for hurting his feelings . And i think Raphael will forget all his worries once the job is given to him. .She has every reason to worry because the closeness and intimacy will be there between both of them which will make other men to feel jealousy or loose interest towards her. she cannot hide her feelings towards raph

  105. Sharon made the choice to play the dirty game. She has to bear whatever comes out of it. I see it as something unreasonable to do; seeking job for Raphael in the same firm. She of course has to worry because trying to avoid Raphael, she has only succeeded in bringing him more closer to herself. She indeed has a lot to worry about.

  106. sharon’s plea to her boss to give Raph job was to compensate him after all the deceit .she needs to be worried because she doesnt want Raph to get closed to her and besides MD has accepted Raph to work with as an assistant. also Raphael is more talented than her and he is likely to take over her. soon Raphael’s zero is about to zoom to zenith.

  107. Sharon’ s plea to her boss to give Raphael a job portrays her as a good friend, where it becomes unfair is she exchanging true love for a mere job in the name of ” compensation ” . Yes! she has reasons to worry because the worst things that can ever happen in friendship is about to happen which is ” envy and contempt ” which could be really dangerous in their friendship.

  108. life sometimes gives you back what you have given to it… the graphic above is apt and has given a succinct explanation of this episode.. the time have come for Sharon to pay her own dues…

  109. Sharonz plea for Raphael to get a job was to compensate for what she did and i think Sharon should be worried because a lot of drama is about to unfold.

  110. she wanted to make up for her actions and i also feel Sharon should actually be worried because her sin is about to catch up with her soon. Lol.

  111. Sharon is right by asking her boss to give Raphael a job but at the long run it may still affect her in one way or the other.like the boss wanting them to work together which wasnt planned..anyway lets keep reading its geting more suspence filled at this point.

  112. Sharon has a lot to worry about. If Raphael gets the job, he could be a threat to hers. If eventually, he discovers he was used as a bait, he could put in extra effort just to impress their boss and receive more favours than Sharon could

  113. Sharon’s plea is to compensate Raphael.
    Yes because Raph is going to be around her all the time, thereby preventing the date which she is expecting and also knowing he is more talented that could be a threat to her position.

  114. finally sharon has gotten what she wanted, but wait a minute!why would sharon secure a job for rapheal in the same office. i guess she is really up to something.i am enjoying each episode of this stories God bless u maaaa……………………

  115. Sharon pleaded to her boss to give Rapheal a job to clear her conscience and to also compensate for hurting his feeling… i think she should be worried because if the boss eventually finds out that Rapheal is more talented..it could be a threat to Sharon.

  116. I think it was a good and generous idea to help her long time friend, but in the same time he would be very close and it would spoil her original plan.

  117. Sharon’s act here proves that she is just trying to pay Raphael back out of guilt after using him to achieve her own selfish desires, not because she wants to help him become a better person.
    As a crafty or manipulative person, she would have a hard time trusting people because of her nature. she also knows Raphael’s abilities and for her to consider all of this on the spot, it shows that she has every reason to worry because if care is not taken, she might be displaced sooner than she thinks.

  118. Its mere guilty conscience and she should be worried because if Raphael is better than her , she may lose her job to him.

  119. Her original plan is just to act like they are dating so, having him so close to her will spoil the plan as she wouldnt have her freedom and gradually, due to continuous communication, they may tend to start developing feelings for each other. I think its quite cool to help him out with a job since that seems to be his greatest worry for the time being.

  120. It is Sharon’s guilty conscience that is worrying her obviously and the job is the best way she can make up.
    she has everything to worry about cause apparently Ralph will automatically become a threat since he appears better than her and he is also too close for comfort being her partner and all

  121. I think its a nice gesture to help him get a job,but something might go wrong along the way.
    Yes it can,because it may jeopardize her original plan.

  122. Considering Sharon’s ulterior motive,that would be contrary to her plan to have Raphael work alongside with her. I can’t wait to see the clash, nevertheless, we can never tell.

  123. Wow!Things are actually turning around gradually.She did something good by helping Raphael get a job,i think its gonna turn back at her.

  124. She wanted to help a frnd who she thinks needs her help after using him to get men attention.
    No she doesn’t because her boss will only get to kno raphael for a while,raphael will also assist her in the office

  125. lol Sharon just turn herself to the bait by doing that… Ha! if only she knew that things are not the way she takes them to be.
    Even if she starts worrying now, i don’t think she can change what she used her own mouth to cause…….. THERE IS POWER IN THE WORDS OF THE MOUTH.

  126. First of all, I must commend the suspense ma,it’s laudable.
    Sharon was trying to make up for her deed and ended up getting Raphael closer to herself. It’ll be quiet uncomfortable but I’d like to see how the events will unfold

  127. Wow!! Can’t stop laughing she finally turns out to be the scape goat.
    …nice one she properly wasn’t an ingrate &that’s one thing we all should learn….seems like am watching a foreign movie must really applaud your creativity Ma #THUMBSUP
    ..

  128. Her move on getting him a job is a way to make herself feel better, because she thinks in doing so her conscience would be at peace and Raphael on the other hand would not be hurt, she has a lot to worry about, as Raphael would not only be a threat to her newly found love/relationship, but to her job too.

  129. Sharon’s plea to get Raphael a job was to appreciate and compensate for hurting him. Sharon has a lot to worry about because she will soon be stuck with Raphael.

  130. Its nice of her trying to make up for treating him in such manner, but at the same time I smell danger…the story clearly states that Raephel knows his onion, that is he is good at what he does, so I see someone outshining the other unconsciously and the other being sidelined soon.

  131. I see no reason why Sharon has to worry. If she is good with what she does- her job, then there is no need to worry at all.

  132. Right now i don’t know what to say.with the way she is going ,she might end up rejecting her actions. firstly you agreed to date him just for your benefit now you are getting him a job in your own company with him having good qualificatios as you and you are worried about him overthrowing you of job……………….My sister you have big issues.

  133. This action of hers makes me think that she probably isn’t naturally wicked but just desperate.It also shows that she likes Raphael.She has no reason to worry but I think she is unnecessarily suspicious.

  134. Sharon plea is indeed great but it might be a disadvantage on her side. Now should be the climax of her worry

  135. Hmmm i can smell jealousy here, she did a good thing by helping Raphael get a job but she felt the CEO’s response was too quick and he may occupy her position or the favors she receives from her boss. Chill girl everything will be fine.

  136. It is a result of her claim of being smart that she thought of that as compensation for Raphael but I think it is going to backfire because the aim is defeated as it stands now in the sense that he is being drawn closer to her .

  137. Her plea for a job was not out of sheer love but an act of compensation. She wanted to do something that would help her sooth her conscience and feel better.

  138. She only wanted to help Raphael but that was also a mean of getting Raphael close unknowingly to her. It was also a risk to her job. She has to worry not minding that she is her boss favourite. since her boss has eyes on talents she will not predict what will happen. And Raphael makes a good impression and can be chosen over her.

  139. Obviously, she has many reasons to worry. The pot of water would soon break and we would really know if the content is water or any other thing. The close presence of Raphael would open many secrets and even create uproar of rumour and confusion in the organization. Sharon’s wisdom is taking a dangerous step, in fact she never had wisdom.

  140. Sharon’s plea to her boss to give Raphael a job is a courageous move but it’s sad that they gave him the same job as hers. She should worry because she may end up losing her position to Raphael if he is good at the job

  141. What Sharon did for Raphel is the best at least her mind will be at rest. I think also that Sharon has no cause to worry

  142. Sharon’s action will surely get back at her in due time. But this shows how dangerous it could be when you gamble with people’s feelings.

  143. Nawa ooo… I really don’t know what to say about the decision she made, this could be a blessing to her on the long the run and also something she will cry all night over, finding him a job was a good thing that should have been done before now, YES… She has a million thing to worry about, what if Raphael is not whom he seems to be? what if he got closer to her in other to drain her and what if after finding out what she did decides to pay her with evil? all this are things one should think about.

  144. Sharon’s plea to the boss to get Raphael a job wasn’t a bad idea but i think it’s a bad idea if they both work under the same unit, if talent pleases the boss and Raphael is better off than her then there is so much to worry about

  145. She wants to help Raphael, because, she used him to get other men.
    She don’t want him to take over her job because he is more intelligent than her.

  146. Am getting glued to this page…..Ma you are really killing me with suspense.I wonder what will happen now that the both of them will have to work together,I hope she enjoys his stay there

  147. Her plea to the boss to give her ”Bait” a job is a way of compensating him but then I hope they getwell along now…..No dullness is needed now.

  148. I think Sharon did the right thng! A way of compensatng Raphael for breakng hs heart…
    Hmm..Raphael is more intellgent than she is so ths myt make the manager reduce the impotance he has for her so theirs really a reason to worry.

  149. This is really getting better.
    Well, i think getting him a job in the firm will not make him feel better emotionally. A lot of principled young men will reject the offer except if they are willing to let go of what they feel for the girl.
    And of cause she has every reason to worry. Like her fears, Raphael might actually turn out to become a beast created out of pranks and she wouldn’t love to see him unleashed. Many men who find out you are off with another man will accept your offer, get in and do everything possible to see you unseated. And like Sharon pointed out before, Raphael was a brain box to her academic success…

  150. Sharon’s plan is really absurd, she would end up getting closer than she thought to Raphael. she seriously has a lot to worry about because Raphael might end up out shinning her.

  151. i think Sharon’s plea to her boss is a cool idea, a good way to make up for the wrongs plus it would help Rapheal build his life to a great extent.
    she does have a reason to be worried because Rapheal seems like a smart person and might later get to overtake her in the job plus she might end up falling in love with him since most of her time would be spent with him.(time+attention= intimacy)

  152. sharon is a bait to be drawing Rapheal closer to her without her knowing she has to worry because once Rapheal gets the job he will get to know more about her new movement with her new boyfriend.

  153. I think that she really cares for Raph and even though she doesn’t know or want to accept it Sharon is trying to do away with the feeling of guilt from using Raph as a bait.

    Yes, she has. Raphael is more talented and competent than her and coupled with the emotional trauma she is going through, she might get less relevant as time goes on.

  154. Its Karma time! Its a good idea to get him a job. She used Raphael and somehow along the line she’ll ‘used herself’.
    The way I’m seeing it its gonna go this way, she gets a job for Raphael, continues to pay more attention on getting office guys rather than her job, Raphael outshines her and BAM!! She loses her job. Hahahaha

      • Kikikikiki! (laughs in Chinese)
        I like the turn of events. The ‘User’ is gradually becoming the ‘Used’??? I can’t stop laughing.

        Sharon has shot herself in the foot. I hope Raphael unseats her cos that will teach a lesson she’ll never forget.

  155. Hahaa, just as they say,”he who laughs last laughs best”. Sharon has many reasons to worry. First of all, things are not going the way she planned it and he would be her assistant? wow, that’s worrisome.From there she will possibly end up serving coffee to her colleagues in the office…scheme alert! schemers are being schemed.

  156. lol…nathalie ukwu and ogbalu treasure onyinye’s comments got me..lol..what i particularly like about this story is the narrative technique…i bet it would’nt be this suspense filled if it was written using the ominiscient narrative technique, keep it up, ma…i love u so much…learning from u has become an everyday-thing

  157. Sharon is just drawing Raphael closer to herself without knowing. she has to worry because once Rapheal gets the job he will know more about her movement with her new boyfriend.

  158. Kikikikiki! (laughs in Chinese)
    I like the turn of events. The ‘User’ is gradually becoming the ‘Used’??? I can’t stop laughing.

    Sharon has shot herself in the foot. I hope Raphael unseats her cos that will teach a lesson she’ll never forget.

  159. Some women are terrible o. So she got hooked up with another man after using poor Raphael. To clear off that guilt, she wants her boss to offer him a job ? I actually love the job part though, Raphael needs it but I don’t like the idea of him working with Sharon, I feel it will give more room for him to be manipulated by Sharon the more.

  160. good intention she had there by helping him secure a job, but i think this thing called karma is actually real and Raphael actually had good intentions for everything to be going in his favour. anyways, lets see how it goes.

  161. Hmmmmm it seems Sharon still have a heart. But I don’t like the idea of them working together because Raphael will get hurt the more when he sees Sharon’s true intention. Well i can’t wait to see it goes

  162. Sharon is doing this to justify her actions. She is actually trying to make up with her plans so as not to make Raphael angry but the whole act is gradually turning up against her.

  163. Offering Raphael a job doesn’t compensate the heart break or the devise she set. Her plea to her manager was to satisfy her conscience and action to him. Him being that close to Sharon might not jeopardize things if Raphael moves on with his life, and her act of pretense will have to be upgraded because they will be sharing quite close space.

  164. Well. Sharon is entangling herself into more trouble. From the look of things it seems Raphael will be better than her considering the help he rendered her during their school days. Sharon wanted to use the job to compensate him and distance her self from him but it is unfortunate that they may get more closer.

  165. There is no need to panic or fear because Raphael is going to be assisting her. But what I smell is closeness between the both of them in place of her plan to compensate him for using him to get what she wanted.

  166. Although Sharon did good getting a job for Raph, I still hate the idea that she is clocking thirty and still doesn’t want to settle down, and I think, working with Sharon will create more room for the baiting

    • You’re misunderstanding her plans. Her ultimate goal is to get married but her job does not allow her to have a social life and people in her company think she’s the Oga’s woman. The whole idea of parading Raphael was to show them she doesn’t belong to their Oga so that anyone else who admires her can approach her. I’m not justifying her actions but explaining the storyline to you. And where did you get the idea that a lady must get married before she’s 30? Bless you!

  167. Her plea to the boss to give Raphael a job is a nice one, she has done something good in that aspect.atleast to compensate for the wrong she has done. Raphael is very intelligent, definitely he will do better than her. maybe then she will want him back, which I don’t think he will accept.

  168. Am glad that Sharon was kind enough to at least secure a job for him at her office. I believe that some won’t do that, rather they will isolate you.

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