In this week’s writer Wednesday post, Olivia has some concerns about Nikki’s marriage, but, Nikki has some concerns of her own. Read on…
“How have you been, Nikki?”
“Good.” The chattiness had come to a stop like someone turning off the faucet.
“Have you really been good?” Olivia inquired.
“I mean, no more or less than normal; why?”
“I’m concerned about you, sweetheart. And I just want to help.”
“I don’t need help. I’m fine,” Nikki fibbed.
“No, you’re not. Why won’t you let me help you, Nikki?”
“If everybody spent as much time worrying about them as they did worrying about me, we’d all be okay.”
“That may be true, too. But if we did, who’d worry about you? I think you’re blessed to have so many people that love you and only want the best for you.”
“Mrs. O, do you really think they want the best? Cuz to me it look like all anybody wanna do is get in my business and gossip.”
“Do you believe that about me?” Olivia asked.
Nikki sat quiet for a moment as she crossed her arms and stared out the window into downtown Atlanta.
“All I know is they always gossiping about everybody behind their back,” Nikki stated.
“You’re talking about my dynamic duo? Belinda and Darla.”
“And Tyrone. All they do is sit in there and gossip. Maya’s cool, but I just hate how they be, you feel me?”
“Yes, I do. Nikki, people will always gossip, and unfortunately, even more so in a beauty salon. Sometimes it makes for a fun and inviting atmosphere, when it’s all done in fun and love. But it isn’t always malicious or harmful. When it becomes that way, then I become involved, and I would like to believe I have done an excellent job dealing with it. Is there a particular problem that you’re concerned about now?”
“Yeah. Obviously people have been gossiping if you have me in your office.”
“Why do you believe that?” Olivia asked, furrowing her eyebrows.
“Because why else would you call me back?”
“I’m concerned about you. Ever since the incident at my reception, I have been concerned about you. Has something else happened in my absence?” Olivia wanted to give Nikki a chance to tell her what she had already heard, but she didn’t expect that she would.
“He put me in the hospital.” Nikki’s eyes grew wide, almost as if she didn’t know where those words had come from. She had shocked Olivia by confessing, as well.
BeJeweled: What A Tangled Web We Weave (Book II)
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