Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Singing the Monday blues ....by Miss Fab

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Welcome back feedbackers. Happy New Year to all and I hope 2010 is already treating you good. As usual vote for the next chapter when you're done enjoying this...


Iphey was having the worst possible Monday in the history of Mondays.

To begin with, she didn’t hear her alarm ring at 6am and flew out of bed at 6:43 instead. Rushing to get ready and stepping out of the house within an impressive 35 minutes, she was beginning to have faith that the day could still be salvaged when her car refused to start. Her mallam-cum-makeshift-mechanic insisted he could fix the problem in "pife" minutes. "Madam, only pife minutes I need,” he declared but Iphey had neither the patience nor the mood to wait and angrily stomped out into the sunless morning to hail a taxi.

Rapture or something like it must have occurred that morning – that was the only explanation she could think of for the practically standstill traffic, and she spent many angry minutes uncharacteristically cursing the taxi driver, the other drivers, the okada riders, the Lagos state government, the Nigerian government, and every other entity she could think of.

Walking into her 9am meeting at 9:26, she fumbled into the nearest empty seat, muttering a breathless “Sorry I’m late. Got caught in traffic.”

“And they say you're professional,” Funmi muttered. “Do you have the report?” She snapped more loudly.

“I’m really sorry,” Iphey said, shuffling through the papers she held in her hand. She picked out a couple and asked Bisi to pass them down. “Here they are.”

Funmi shot her a withering look before resuming her presentation.

Iphey could not have been more embarrassed. It’s this stupid Chinedu, she thought to herself. She had gone home fuming from the party, thinking she’d made a huge mistake. She didn’t even know what made her kiss him; it wasn’t like her to do so. She was never quite the forward type, but somehow Chinedu had waltzed in on his high horse and messed up her rhythm. She hadn’t been able to get much sleep the past few nights, tossing and turning and staring at the pitch-black darkness way into the early morning.

Feeling cranky from lack of sleep, she willed herself to disappear in her seat. It didn’t seem like she was doing a very good job because she caught Ayo winking at her. Suddenly she was very annoyed. What was wrong with this man? He'd shown up to a party on her mum's invitation as her boss but then proceeded to get chummy at every chance as if he’d just proposed. Had he no shame or sense of decency? Did he not care about his wife? What’s wrong with men these days even? It’s like they don’t know what they want.

She didn’t realize she’d hissed out loud until all eyes in the boardroom turned to her.

“Excuse me, did you have a problem with something I said?” Funmi asked, sounding irritated.

“I’m-I’m sorry,” Iphey stammered and for lack of a meaningful explanation to give, reorganized her papers and tried to look busy.

That was her Monday so far, and it wasn’t even 10 o’ clock yet.

Determined to make up for her double strike at the meeting, she decided to skip lunch and use the time to put in some extra work. Iphey felt upset with herself for being so careless, and she reminded herself that now was not the time to slack off. The recent spate of terminations all over the banking sector was nothing to joke with, especially now that she was due for confirmation.

Around 12:30, Bisi and one of the girls from Accounts Reconciliation stopped by to ask if she would join them for lunch.

“Oh, thanks for the invite,” Iphey smiled, “but I really have to finish all this work.”

The other girl excused herself for a phone call, and Bisi waited until she was out of sight before saying, “So when are you going to gist me about you and you-know-who at your party on Friday?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Iphey laughed nervously, she didn't want to talk about Chinedu.

“Ahahn don’t form for me jo,” Bisi teased. “I heard he was all over you and even gave gifts to your mom.”

Iphey stared back at her blankly for a few seconds before realizing she was talking about Ayo.

“Oh you mean that one?” she said and then hissed. “I don’t understand why he won’t leave me alone.”

“It’s so obvious he likes you,” Bisi said, pausing to add, “He’s really rich you know. And I hear he and his wife haven’t lived together in over a year.”

Iphey was about to ask why Bisi was sharing this information with her when the other girl returned.

“You guys should enjoy your lunch,” Iphey said. “I’ve to return to this portfolio anyway.”

“We’ll talk later sha,” Bisi replied and left.

Iphey turned back to her monitor and thought about the conversation. A nagging feeling at the back of her mind told her trouble was breeding somewhere, but she convinced herself she was being ridiculous and tried to focus on her work.

At 8 pm, she decided to head home. Most of her co-workers had gone by then, so she packed her papers and hurriedly left the building. Stepping outside the gates of the bank, she suddenly realized she hadn’t eaten all day and she stood for a few minutes, the cacophony of the evening hustle and bustle interspersing her angrily growling tummy, until she spotted an empty taxi heading in her direction. She stretched out her hand to flag it down and, without a word, got into the backseat.

The driver turned around to ask where she was going, and Iphey gasped as she recognized the disheveled, unkempt stranger as James, her sister’s missing husband.


I think we're off to a running start with chapter from Miss Fab. who also writes on her Blog FABULOSITY UNWRITTEN. Go visit and add her to your blogrolls people. She needs feedback for her upcoming novel as she says in her last post excerpt below.


I did a lot more creative writing this year than I've ever done
before, and I have you bloggers and readers to thank for that. All of
your feedback and support have been really encouraging, and I'm glad
that I finally rekindled my love for writing. Every year I promise
myself that I'll complete a novel before the end of the year, and
sadly this year, like all the others, I failed to accomplish that.
Hopefully with some support from you guys and a lot more
self-discipline from my end, I won't be saying the same thing this
time next year."


  1. Ok so,its true..I'm first!!!

    Great write-up and what a twist......well done Ms. Fab!

  2. OMG!!!
    just two comments?
    and i thought this was a very good

    you just had to bring him out?
    great job miss.fab!!!

  3. This is a good one,seems iphey is confused sef,thimbs up miss fab

  4. Now this was a great read! Nice one there, Miss Fab.

  5. Oh nice...busy Iphey. Missing husband...oooouuuh can't wait to see what happens.

    typo error here tho: "It’s like they don’t even know what they wanted."

    Nice write-up. :)

  6. Nice one!

    Cant wait for next chapter.

  7. i'm a little busy now

    i will come back to read! X

  8. nice twist. I know this sounds kinda wrong (even to me it does) but I just love missing people... of course I mean in stories, in real life it's just sad. Good job.

  9. sheesh, i loved it! loved it! loved it too much sef, cheii

    most favourite word: Cacophony!

  10. well, ofcourse its brilliant...its miss fab.what else should we expect from her?and i loved the james bit.

  11. Ok nice twist.
    Brilliant pls MORE!!!

  12. Must get your new book....lol.

    Happy new year to you!

  13. very very very nicely written, tied up a lot of loose ends from the last ones and the missing husband turning up was just ingenious!

    standing ovation for Miss Fab!

  14. I really liked this too and the ending I agree was brilliant. Now a twist of suspense with a dash of thriller.

    You guys should remember to vote too.

  15. Good job miss fab. Thumbs up for you

  16. Thanks Beauty and Andrea and happy New Year to you too.

  17. Wait sister's missing husband? Lol came out from nowhere miss fab..
    I loved this

  18. Wow this is brilliant
    I did not see that coming
    James ke?
    He had to pop in like in like this lol
    Nice write up babes
    I have had Bad mondays like this so i can relate

  19. oh wow!!
    This was amazing!!
    I loved it... will def go to ur blog now!!

  20. Nice one, very interesting twist to the end. Kudos!

  21. yay, so glad to see more of the story.
    This part was very good.
    A great job by Miss Fab.

  22. love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! off to vote!

  23. nice..u just had to leave us hanging...lol

  24. nicely done miss fab- i still say we need to turn this thing into a book

  25. Ms. Fab did a greeeaaattt job!!! Def feeling the twist at the end!

  26. Sister's missing husband ke?
    Who would have thought that he'd show up in the story?


  27. Just voted my sister for office politics, been missing for a while, will be back from now on..Happy New Year to You too, hope you have a fun one writing, keep up the good job..I love it all.

  28. ohhhh
    i like the twist!
    nice nice

  29. Suspense after suspense, love the twist and looking forward to the next.

  30. Nicely written, Miss Fab. I love the pace and sequence it flows in. There are a million and one Ipheys around these days . . . all trying to stay unfazed by situations yet can't seem to achieving it. . . i look forward to the next chapter, esp as it concerns James, the missing in-law. Happy New Year, Myne!

  31. oh shooooooot! I've really been outta the loop. This was a great read.
    Great job miss Fab!


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