[I know,you won’t stay💝]
Lotanna stared at me so differently in a coded manner,he was obviously speaking to me with eyes i felt sweetness from the inside as he stared as if he has never seen a lady, i got crazily nervous,
but am happy it was him…he would be the first guy to stare at me in such true manner..
I could feel the sweetness despite the darkness.
I wish I understand eyes expression too but my mother wasn’t there to teach me.
He wanted to say something,i took my hands away and ran to meet nkem.
I sang with you cos I know music is your life but am very sorry I can’t stay in as much as you wish,
if not for anything,am grateful for giving me the hope to believe,
I know I won’t stay but trust me,
I would be the kindest person you will ever see,
though I have my own temperaments too,my personality is not great am just nothing,
I don’t want to come closer,
we are two different people,
we are two different lives,
we are two different worlds,
where ever your ship stand,mine might sink,
just that I always smile like the world isn’t my problem..
hmmm my problem is the greatest.
nkem took my hands,I followed him quietly.
no words,soon he left my hand.
“thank you for helping me escape” I said,he didn’t reply instead he took his l!ps in and bite it beautifully.
I kept quiet.
“what is Lotanna telling you? and what is your hand doing with him?”
“nothing,I…I….I…” I stammered.
I felt embarr@ssed as we walked quietly.
“you look like the most beautiful creature have ever seen or is my eyes paining me” he said.
I bashed my lashes.
🚺 isn’t that obviously a lie”.
Although I saw a reflection of a beautiful lady on the waterfall,her hair was like mine and her clothes are like mine….
was that me???
aaaah no,I must be joking.
that must be the girl Lotanna is looking for,very soon I will help him find her.
He must have mistake me for someone else.If he knew am the trouble girl,he wouldn’t have drawn this tattooes on me.
but I told him am the ugly Adeife.
“you look stunning,did you use something” nkem said.
“stunning kwa?? stop flattering me, everyone in the village knows how disgusting my face is” I said.
he turned and stared at me in such a different way.
“should we rush to the stream to check your reflection” he said.
“it’s dark, we won’t be able to see”
“ohh,true” he said.
I got even more confused as we walk on…..
“nkem am i really pretty?” I asked.
“pretty is an understatement, your life story is similar to *Beauty* a story my grandmother told me before she p@ssed away” he said.
I got more confused.
“was I under a spell?” I asked and blinked tears.
“crying is not cute, so stop it”
he said and used his thumb to wipe my tears completely.
his face suddenly came closer,
my heart seized,
I couldn’t breath properly.
I remembered the DAY I pushed him away,what if he bruise his leg today?
the queen will roast me alive.
we heard approaching footsteps,
the sounds made from the dried leaves made nkem come back to his s£nses,
he held my hands, we both ran away.
we catch our breath as we approached the palace gate.
I stayed outside and allowed nkem to go in first.
no matter what,am still always scared of onome and my father.Its too painful that all the pain I felt is because of singing,
the fear for them is too strong cos there is no sign of mother in my life.
“your stepmother left already”
nkem came out.
I followed him in quietly,
the securities looked at me and stared at each other in confusion.
🚺 who is she???
🚺 omg! nkem with a girl!
🚺 Arrgh,so sweet,she’s hot!
🚺 is that his girlfriend?
🚺 she got hot body than Akuna…
nkem scoffed when he heard gossips from the maids outside.
“isn’t it time to sleep” he said to them in an authoritative manner,
they all left excluding ebere who was also going inside the palace.
🚺 her hair looks like the one I plaited moments ago!
💌 Ife is that really you??
💌 Ife speak,am in suspence!
💌 Ife is that you,oh my gosh…
I heard her muttering.
I couldn’t reply,she might not believe.
am still finding this difficult to believe, how I wish ngozi is here…
only her knows that something is wrong with me.
the day she saw my n@k£dness while dressing,she said something is wring with me…how can my face be different from my normal skin.
I really think I was spelled.
“just stay well” nkem said and dipped his hands into his pocket.
“nkem” I said,
“am scared,I think am abnormal.
how can I suddenly turn beautiful overnight; won’t people run away from me saying am a witch.
I mean my skin is too pure and fresh compared to a normal human being, even the cane marks disappeared”
“it’s all a spell,stories are real.
in this life,there is a battle,
everyone has his or her own battles and holes to fix,
that’s why we are all fighters,
we must not underestimate each others intelligence..
one must lose💔 so that the other can win💪💪💪” he said.
we entered the main door.
I almost froze when I saw my reflection on a mirror door.
Aunty Tracy came downstairs,
Akuna was also coming out with three servants behind her.
hmmm she’s still here,
hope she will leave tomorrow? the insults she gave me earlier was much.
“this is not Ife right?” aunty tracy said
“am the one” I said,lowly.
my voice now sounds better compared to before.
Akuna turned back,Jedinna stopped pressing phone and look up.
even my fellow maids covered their mouths.
Akuna looked so annoyed,
she scoffed and left instantly.
This Princess Akuna is really stupid, does she thinks am interested in Lotanna?? has she ever heard it in history that a maid marry a crowned prince or a soon to be king…
Am not even allowed to touch his cup not to talk of getting close to him.
“Waooow,never knew she is this pretty but is this normal,I see it as superstition… someone that is ugly turning into the most rarest creature; isn’t God great” Tracy said.
Jedinna chewed his gum quietly and tried focusing on his phone..
He stared at me one more time and rushed upstairs..
“no,its not superstition it is real, she was spelled by some wicked soul, life is really wicked,they can do and undo” nkem said..
“okay,you can go” Tracy said…
I faced aunty Tracy shyly.
hmmm I better get use to being treated nicely.
only her,ngozi,nkem are gods£nt to me…
“follow me” she said.
I followed her quietly upstairs, we p@ssed these stairway before we got to her suite in the m@ssive mansion.
We entered her room.
“your step mother came, she talked about having you back” she said.
Aaaah death finally remembered me.
without much words,
I felt heated up.
“would I return to her?
I will get flogged with cutl@ss for singing and she will make me fetch water till midnight.” I said with a pained expression.
“if you should go back,she will spoil your life totally,not even now that you’re pretty…men might take advantage of you.
Just pray she doesn’t fulfil the conditions I gave her” Tracy said.
“ma’am….. she will fulfill it so that she can take me, she is more dangerous than a demon…I don’t want to go” I said as i remembered I don’t have a mother.
“she would take advantage of the fact that I don’t have a mother,
she always beat me,beat me like a cow,she makes me feels hopeless; is my sin that much” I almost cried.
Aunty Tracy smiled,
she hugged me with so much care.
“don’t let me go,she would ask me to go and work for someone that will have s£× with me” I said.
“aunty are you sure she will not fulfill the condition you gave her,she will do anything to spoil my life,I know her very well cos I lived with her since I was little” I said.
she still sighed.
finally,I left her……
“I would leave,it’s raining already” I said..
she nodded and i left.
I p@ssed Lotanna’s door,it was still locked.
by this time⏰⏰⏰
ohh my gosh,is he still at the waterfall? this rain is getting heavy..
I turned away sadly and went to the maids quater- a separate building at the back of the palace.
the girls already slept, I sat on my bed and stared into the window.
the rain keeps getting much,
I imagined how Lotanna would survive such cold conditions,he has health issues.
soon, someone knocked on the door. I heard and went to answer it,
I opened the door,the person rushed in,it turns out to be Princess Akuna.
her face was chai
what did I do again?.
“what did I tell you about your dressings? is this how maids dress!..
ohhh,she’s here to remind me that am a maid.
“did you say something?” she shouted, dumebi woke up.
her eyes cleared the moment she saw me…
“no,my princess I didn’t say anything, it was aunty Tracy that said I should wear it,she bought it for me” I said..
“and your hair,remove those beads you’re not worth it” she said.
“the beads can’t remove, Ebere plait it in a way that it can only remove if I loose the hair and I just plait the hair today.Aunty Tracy said I will carry the hair for two weeks before loosing it”
she pointed a f!ng£r at me and left angrily…
“sorry are you a new maid?” dumebi came to me..
I ignored her and went to my bed, not until mrs okafor called me to carry a hot flask to lotanna’s suite
Am glad it was you,
even though i won’t speak to you now,even though i won’t tell you how i feel right now,
I hope you will wait for me…even if you won’t stay.
right now,I really can’t speak in words but i hope you understand what I mean through expressions…..
Love is a thing i can’t say for now but I hope,I just hope you understand coding….
I fell on my pillow,I felt so cold.
what I need right now is hot water!.
I removed the lens I stick to my eyes.
my phone rang..
“I know my unveiling as glow amb@ssador is on Thursday, you don’t have to remind me about that..
I would be home, either tomorrow or next tomorrow” I said and hung up.
I felt so cold as I checked my laptop for the mails have missed.
yeah,my oil and g@s company is doing well..
the projector screened,someone must be at the door.
I tied a red bandana and fit my feet halfly into a white room sl!ppers.
“Akuna is that you?” I asked as I got to the living room.
“no no,it’s me…a maid” I heard.
I opened the door,
It’s that same girl….Adeife right?..
She was with a flask…
why is love with her different? if I loose her,I won’t try falling in love again..
I allowed her enter,she hastily drop the flask on the dinning and hurried back to the door in a scared manner.
“can I have your hand,I didn’t finish what I was writing there” I said.
“aaah,what if some-
she paused her statement,
cleaned her hand on her cloth and gave it to me….
I had better play this game with her perfectly.As it stands now,I don’t think she knows anything..
“ummm sir…” she said soonest, I was actually done.
I left her hand and turn back,
there stood my mother and Akuna in her best devilishly look.
[I know,you won’t stay💝]
Ife left immediately she met Akuna’s devilish look; I think I made a mistake,I should have locked the door…
Akuna sighed as Ife left.
“what are you looking for by this time?”, I said as I bite into my l!ps beautifully.
she faked a sad face.
gosh,she deepened it and make it look like real.
I know she won’t do that if she knows who i really am,even my bands mate in the industry h@rdly get on my nerves.
“what exactly do you want,by this time?”,I asked.Mother left cos she got a call,i faced Akuna instead.
“it’s about your unveiling party as the amb@ssador of glow…have been calling you on phone but you never answer my call. I really want to travel with you as your girlfriend”
“I never said you’re attending the unveiling with me…did i?”I asked.
“that’s what the queen wants,she said i should travel with you. Am a princess,you’re a prince which means we have a great future ahead”
she said and moved closer.
“firstly,am not interested in kingship, is that difficult to grab…gosh😱 and i thought you’ve p@ssed this level already” i said.
she sighed in an annoying manner.
“Lotanna what was Ife doing here…an ordinary maid to you,are you doing it to make me jealous”.
I rolled my eyeballs,i doubt it if mother knows her real character.
“this is not fair,you always shut me out…have you forgotten what you used to call me when we were little, you always call me your wife when i was four then you were just six or seven.No one touches you,if anyone touch you,you always bath again and change your cloths.
Only me touches you,only me play with you.Did your traveling make you forget all that?”
“speaking of the past,I can’t really remember and even if i always call you my wife, you should know we were kids then.Maybe I just said it for saying sake,you shouldn’t take it to the heart cos we were just kids..
reason it, you were 4 and I was 6.
does that make any s£nse?” I asked.
“no buts” I said.
“I believe things should be done accordingly,traveling with me is totally out of it because those that will attend the unveiling party are top celebrities with their partners in slaying outfits..
the medias would be there,
it won’t be nice for someone like you to be there, it will deface my brand”
“so who will you be there with?”
she said and s£nt her eyes down to the slivery bracelet on my wrist.
“don’t you know how to stay away from other peoples business?”.
what am I even doing here?..
i left her and approached the stairway…
she still stood there.
“go to your room,you’re not traveling with me like I said,I will be working with an escort” I said.
“escourt,who is an escourt?” she asked.
“and you said you went to school”
I didn’t turn to look at her, I entered my bedroom and locked the door.
I reduced the Ac level and checked the mails have missed.
what else now?
am traveling tomorrow.
⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰ same night….
I felt so restless as I returned home tiredly,my mind was disturbed.
all I want is to get Adeife back to my reach but the condition Tracy gave was damn difficult.
why did I even sold Ife😭😭😭😭?
when I thought it was nkem that bought her,so it was Tracy that s£nt him😭😭😭😭😭
chimoooo😱😭 what have i done?.
How will i refund the four millionaire she paid in advance?.
I already used part of the money on my business,we rebuilt our house,the rest of the money had been spent on frivolous things and it might take me six months to regather the money..
who will even borrow me such amount of money???
how would I even get the cows and wrappers she bought???.
I think Tracy really planned this, normally the price of a maid is #200,000 I should have known Tracy have plans and i stupidly fell into it.
Aaah,this is tougher than I thought.
I stood up and left my compound,
soon i arrived at the dibia’s house and brought out the little calabash I always call him with abs said some incantation,
he appeared few seconds later and was seen sitting on a rock,
his back was turned against me.
“you summoned me Onome three times in one day which is unlike you…what exactly is it now?” he asked.
“papa,the spell has been broken, am scared it will get to my daughter before the day breaks,my efforts mustn’t be in vain” I said.
“A spell and in vain did you say? did you by any chance see Adeife’s face?” he asked solitarily.
“no papa,I haven’t seen her face but a man appeared to me this night,he threatened and warned me that the gods are watching me” I said..
The dibia sighed and disappeared without a word..
I shivered in fear,
I got so crazily scared and ran away.
I felt hopeless,what exactly will i do?..
this girl must not escape fully.
I got to the spot my great grandmother was buried, the only thing I don’t like about coming here is because she deals with the gods of anger.
I got there and called her with clapping,
the ground started shaking and soon she appeared in form of a giant,
thick smokes filled everywhere.
I faced back and coughed mercilessly…..
“who are you?.
“what are you?
“what are you looking for?
“where are you going to?
“where are you coming from?
“do you know where you are?
“do you know where you’ve reached?
she spoke harshly,
more thick smokes covered the whole area.
“mama,it’s me onome,your great grand daughter..
And i came to see you.
🚺 the one who enslaves lands with war,
🚺 the great one who wear fansy p@nts to war,
🚺 you carry your child on your back to the war front,
🚺 chaos and war is nothing but a playful thing for you…..”
I praised her.
“that’s enough, stop praising me and say whatever you’ve got to say because i know this is not for nothing….you’re disturbing my rest”,
she shouted in such dangerous anger,I almost p@ssed away but she helped me regain myself.
“the destination isn’t far,it’s the many stopover praise that cause delay” .I said.
“then don’t praise me….go straight to the point” she said,icily.
“mama please,it’s still about my rivals daughter i made a convenant using her as a ticket but now the spell is broken…am scared it will backfire”, I said.
she laughed evilly.
“if the ugliness should backfire then it is a big slap to my face.
Nobody in my generation takes insults with ease!
only a bastard resorts to peace when his father and mother are insulted…
Onome the worst is fast approaching, if you don’t get Ife from that palace, things are yet to get destroyed.
But for now,I have the power to prevent the spell from backfiring on your own daughter” she said.
“thanks mama” I says..
I ran back home.
⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰ next day👇
Ebere and i moved into the maids quarter, we were done with our works.The girls started grinning from ears to ears,
most of them still find it difficult to believe that am Adeife.
Ebere sat on my bed while I faced my belongings.
“did aunty Tracy told you about traveling with her?” she asked.
“no,she didn’t” I replied.
“she actually said she is taking one of us along” she said.
“waoow,so one of us is actually going to see the city.That’s great”
Chioma rushed in happily.
“Adeife good morning” she said.
“same here” I replied with my lashes bashed..she has been acting so nice ever since i turned beautiful, she keeps trying to get me in her good books,likewise others.
“What happened again?” dumebi sat up, likewise Vicky.
“Hmm Princess Akuna,she is leaving already. I think someone annoyed her” chioma said.
“do you think that one can leave?” dumebi hissed.
“thank goodness am always avoiding her” Vicky said.
they started discussing.
I focused on my dress, thinking of what to wear.
“can’t you wear the red colored one, it will make you look s£×y” ebere said
“I wish i can but it doesn’t look like a maid cloth.Aunty Tracy has given it to me yesterday and besides i don’t think am ready for troubles with Akuna” I said and selected something very simple, I even removed my earrings since she said maids doesn’t wear one.
I bath and dressed up fully,
by the time i entered the room,no one was there.
they must have gone to the kitchen to carry their foods.
I left the room and checked the kitchen, they were there.
“ebere keep my food,am coming” I said and went to aunty Tracy’s room.
“yes,Ife come in” she said.
I opened and entered fully..
She was dressed fully,I think she is traveling…
“good morning ma’am” I greeted.
“be fast,am waiting for you. I already packed” she said.
“ma’am” I said.
“yes,we are traveling together” she said.I got happy,I will finally see the city…
“okay ma’am,I will just go and eat”
I said and rushed downstairs, I p@ssed lotanna’s door,it was locked.
*hope you’re okay?” I said to the door and hastily rush out of the palace.
It’s been long I saw ngozi.
I ran like crazily and made sure i p@ssed numerous shortcuts.
people i p@ssed,usually turn back to look at me again..
soon,I arrived at ngozi’s palace.
I went to her window side and knocked, she opened it immediately.
“ngozi” I called happily.
“sorry,do I know you?” she said.
“ngozi,it’s me…have you forgotten your friend” I said.
“I don’t have any friend aside Ife” she said.
“ngozi,this is Ife! Ife Adeife” I said.
she blinked her lashes.
“see,I was spelled” I said..
“what prove do you have that you’re Ife?” she said.
I sang my song..
that song believe💝
“believe in all that can be”
“Ife believe…like the day is yours”.
“Ife….” she called..
we hugged from the window side, she even cried, we both cried.
I dis£ngaged cos of time.
“hmm am going now, to the city. I don’t know when i will be back. Might be next week or next tomorrow, bye…
I brought you this chain,bye” I said.
We hugged again..
“I still have many things to tell you when am back, bye” I said, we both dis£ngaged..
I ran back to the palace.
I think there is still time,I entered the kitchen,no one was there.
I saw where Ebere kept my food and wanted to go and carry it, Akuna walked in.
I thought they said she is leaving.
“good morning” I greeted.
“hold your greetings” she said.
“what are you to Lotanna hunn? don’t you know how to stay away” she added..
“I didn’t go to him” I said.
she raised her hands to slap me but replaced it with a scoff..
“what were you doing in his room yesterday and what was he telling you” she said.
“I didn’t…it was Mrs okafor that s£nt me message to his room,I don’t have any intentions.Just stop troubling me” I said and took a spoon.
“and why was he holding your hands” she said.
I got irritated by her question.
“ask him by yourself” I replied..
She slapped me twice,
the plate i was holding fell and broke into many pieces.
“Princess Akuna,stop this” I said.
she still slapped me again,I quickly knelt down in tears.
just then the queen entered, aunty Tracy also approached.
Akuna turned back and pretended as if nothing was happening.
Lotanna just p@ssed by the entrance,
Akuna looked more shocked the moment he stopped.
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