[I know,you won’t stay💝]
i ran my fingers into my hair; I really made a fool of myself.
the queen stared at the gold waist chain.
“you bought thid for a female” she said as she faced lotanna.
Lotanna kept mute,it is really clear he doesn’t know how to lie.
the queen faced me.
she cleared her throat,
then took the gold chain from lotanna.
“who owns this?” she asked.
none of us answered.
“nkem can’t you speak” she said.
it’s for…I paused no lie was coming that moment so i resulted to keeping quiet since I already said gibberish in the first instance.
There was silence which piss the queen off.
“Lotanna are you here at all” she said
“well am sure am not in my room”
The queen bashed her lashes at his reply..
“mom what’s all this monitoring spirits all about..can’t I just get that for someone-
this is getting annoying already”
he replied icily with a deaminor of superiority.
I can’t even explain how he collected the chain back.
hmmmm is this what father meant by “he is someone who doesn’t always fight but wins💘💘💘..
“But- is it for Akuna” the queen said.
Lotanna turned to me smartly.
“kindly deliver it to Amarachi” he said
I smiled and took it.
“which Amarachi?” the queen asked.
“isn’t that the name of my coaster sister” he replied.
“you know the Amarachi am talking about right-
he faced me,then left.
“ohh yes” I nodded,I just understand the code.
“smart guy” I muttered under my breath.
“did you just say something” the queen turned to me.
“ohh no” I said and left.
I turned,the queen was also leaving.
that morning was cool as I was the first person to wake up. I sighed as I remember my dream of mom,I always see her image in my sleep but at the end she always leave me alone.Each time I want to take her hand,onome and olamma always push me into a pit.
Aaah Adeife you life is pathetic.
Ngozi rolled into me,
I tapped her she still rolled.
“is it morning already?” she asked.
“no, afternoon” I said.
“Jesus!! she shouted and sprang up.
Her hands went to her chest when she saw that it was just morning.
“I don’t think she would have arrived” she said
“but I thought you said she will come in the morning” I said.
“yeah,not like now” she replied.
I fell into the space beside her and tried not to remember my crazy nightmare.
“did yih forget your savings with old Nana?” she asked.
“no,I haven’t” I replied.
“don’t you think its high time you should collect your savings, I don’t trust onome she might withdraw your two years hard work” she said.
“Onome doesn’t know I save there” I replied while getting off the bed. i really want to do my work so fast so I can use my resting time to follow ngozi out.
I walked yo dumebi and tap her since she is the one in charge of sharing duties ever since Mrs okafor traveled.
“who is that disturbing my pleasant sleep?” she asked,harshly.
I rolled my eyeballs and taped her again,she still rolled.
“who is that classless person interrupting my sleep?” she said.
Ngozi seethed and sat well to watch drama.She knew dumebi is saying those words intentionally.
“dumebi” I called as I tap her again.
“who is that tramp disturbing-
“And who is that unwanted product without a birth certificate sleeping by this time of the day” ngozi shouted.
dumebi did not only wake up,
she stood up.
The other girls turned back to look at ngozi.
“Did you just say that to me?” dumebi asked furiously.
“Are you the only one sleeping by this time of the day” ngozi shut her.
dumebi reframed herself.
“gosh😱 different people with different character…Adeife I wonder how you’re coping with the trash here” ngozi said.
“Did you just call me trash?and besides what are you doing here,do you work here” dumebi shouted.
“either I work here or not is none of your business,you can ask you grandmother that…
And when i said the trash,I didn’t mention anybody name,
now that you think you’re the one,
it’s a good thing you know the truth about yourself” ngozi said.
“that’s too much” ebere covered her mouth.
I cleared my throat and scratch the back of my neck.
“umm dumebi do I have any work this morning?” I asked,perfunctorily.
“how can Mrs okafor put an idiot in charge of sharing works..”
ngozi laughed,the other girls also laughed.
I covered my mouth to prevent myself from laughing.
Dumebi’s expression was just so pained.
“Ngozi please okay” I said.
“let me insult her biko,she was the one who started first she called you two different names this early morning “classless and tramp”…
she derives pleasure in taking other people’s happiness…
who knows if that’s the reason she is not tall…” ngozi mocked.
The other girls laughed like crazily.
dumebi went out angrily.
“shall we go now,I don’t think you have any work this morning”she said
“I’m coming” I said and went outside.
Dumebi wasn’t there,
I met with the other girls;Ebere, Vicky Rhoda and chioma.
“Ife you’re sweeping the garden”
I left and picked a broom,packer and a watery can.
I got to the garden,it was so quiet.
I started sweeping and I remembered what transpired between nkem and I yesterday night,he sounded as if he wanted to ask me out.
I swept,the smokes made look dirty.
“my prince you can’t go there, a maid is there” I heard chidi saying.
my heart first heated up.
Should be Lotanna, I heard Jedinna isn’t around,he traveled and will soon return but he is not yet back.
hmmm what does Lotanna wants here?? this place is still not clean enough.
I heard his approaching footstep, I look at myself.
I first dust my cloth,it wasn’t working.
I dropped my broom and hurried away with the can.
He must not see me like this.
I stayed long in the place I went to fill the can. I breathed out,He must have left.
I concluded as I didn’t check well,
ohh my goodness😱😱😱
he was still there,
and he turned the moment I entered the garden.
Looks like he is waiting for someone.
I checked around,
no one was near then who can he be waiting for?
Our eyes locked, I admire his dress sense; was I high?.
did I forgot I got dirty too?.
I hastily covered my face; and where are my manners.
“good morning my prince” I bowef and still covered my face as I passed.
I wish I could turn back to look at him again.
“Should I leave if you will keep covering your face?” he said.
I already got to where my broom was
is he talking to me-
I hurriedly and uncovered my face.
Aaah,he must be joking!.
“I might leave if you keep turning your back against me” I heard him say….
I turned to him..but is it me?.
“is it me? as in me? are you talking
to me? do you mean me? remember a maid, we must not be seen together” I rushed words.
I couldn’t even look through his face is this guy really human?
gosh,he is too ethereal to be one.
“sir is it me?” I asked.
“is there anyone here except you and I?” he asked.
I stayed quiet and looked around, no one was around-
so it’s definitely me!
but what if–
“sir,am here” I walk to him and bowed
he stared at me codedly,I got carried away by lots of sweetness.
he wanted to talk,we both heard approaching footstep.
someone is really coming😱
we mustn’t be seen together,I almost fell out of fear, he caught my waist with just one hand..
I got carried away so easily.
finally I stood well.
the footsteps still approached.
I couldn’t say what he wanted to say, instead he slip something into my hand and left.
I hastily return to my position and pick a broom.
I checked my hand, it was a paper..
he wrote something inside…
is this what you want to tell me?
or do you want to throw it away?
I wish I could read and write. I stared at the writings but didn’t understand a single thing.
I continue sweeping,finally chioma showed up.
she cleared her throat in an annoying manner and joined me in sweeping.
We swept the dirt together, I took the packer.The paper fell on the packer, I didn’t notice it until chioma picked it up.
“what paper is this,Ife?
“what paper is this,Ife?”
chioma asked as she bend to pick it from where it drop.
“can you read?” I asked.
“sure a little bit” she replied.
I hastily drop the broom in my have and hijack the paper before she would open it.
chimooo😱😱😱😱,why didn’t i notice it fell.
“is anything wrong, you overreacted on an ordinary paper” chioma said.
“sorry…hmm..it’s part of the dirt I swept” I said and squeeze it so she would believe.
“you see it’s not useful” I said and squeeze the paper the more.
she started packing the remaining dirt I used that opportunity to hide it in my wrapper.
next I started watering the flowers.
“i thought am the only one assigned to clean here,why did you join me”
“dumebi said I should join you”
I nodded as we did the rest of the work together.
“good morning” we both greeted.
“hey,hi” he replied chioma perfunctorily.
is he ignoring me?
about what happened last night,am not the cause the only reason I walked out on him was because he wasn’t saying anything.
“chioma kindly excuse me” he said.
chioma left till there was no sign of her around.
We were now left alone.
I got nervous as usual.
what does he wants to say now again?
“sir about last night… am sorry that i walked out on you” I said.
“its alright” he finally spoke,
there was silence as he look around to check if someone was coming, he faced me when no one was coming.
“would you accept this?”
he passed me a percel.
I better not break his heart,he might feel bad if i don’t accept this one…
its really difficult to collect things from guys,they might want something sweet in return.
“would you accept this?” he asked again.
I nodded and collected the percel from him.
I paused and checked what was there..
Jeeex a golf waist chain;it’s one of the things I always desire to have but i want this to come from someone that i love dearly…
I said it that whosoever buys me a waist accessory is meant for me for he knows my heart-
I beamed as the gold glitter from the percel it was kept.
Am happy I have this but why is it coming from nkem?
does he knows my heart?
is he the one meant for me?.
“do you like it?” he asked.
“ohh yes,thank you” I replied.
he turned to leave.
“nkem did you really get this for me?” I asked..
“well it came from someone that have you in heart,it is whosoever you believe it is” he said and left.
**someone that have me in heart**
I wrapped the percel well and kept it in my wrapper also.I picked the broom and left to the maids q
quarter, ngozi was still there.
“are you done with your work?”.
“oh yes” I replied and select what I wanted to wear for the day,
I followed ngozi out.
I remembered the past as we passed my father’s house.I couldn’t help but turn back,olamma was outside with a mirror a girl was plaiting her hair.
good thing,Onome wasn’t there.
My father watched me as I passed,
I don’t even think he knows it is Adeife again.He doesn’t even care if am alive or not…but he told me about my mothers death.
“good morning nna” I didn’t even know what prompted me to greet.
that was when he looked at me well.
🚺ohhh what a pretty maiden you’re”
🚺 The queen of the moonlight,
🚺 painted,designed,moulded with the fair magic from fairness,a fairness that got it’s taste from the sun.
Enameled with grace,
bronzed in elegance,
eyes slainted pretty fully,
ohh my maiden,no one competes with you!!
he praises me as I passed. Olamma
hissed and went inside angrily.
“thank you sir” I replied.
I actually felt like crying.
“don’t tell me there is a father who doesn’t feel his own daughter presence”I faced ngozi with a pained expression.
“Are you going to tell him one day that you’re Adeife,his daughter?”
“not when onome is still alive” I replied.
we got to ngozi’s house,
her mother wasn’t even around.
I brought out the percel as we entered fully.
she shouted in excitement and hugged me.
“you’re wealthy already” she said.
I shake my head.
“it was nkem who gave it to me” I said,she covered her mouth.
“are you sure this is not a trap”
she said my mind.
“I think so but he actually said it is from someone that loves me dearly-
can it be nkem?
can nkem even afford this” I asked.
“hmmm Nkem too has a source of income-but this is too expensive, even Princess Akuna can’t afford this. If this should come from someone then it should be prince Lotanna…he is damn wealthy” she said.
I shake my head in disagreement.
“can’t be Lotanna,I saw him this morning,if this is from him,he would have given me by himself instead of a paper-
gosh is it …can it be true that Nkem is my destiny?.
Omalicha the bead seller told me that whosoever buys a waist accessory for you is really your heart beat”
“how can you believe omalicha,that crazy drunk… he might have said that might just because he wants to sell his beads” she said.
“myths and superstition are kind of real” I said.
Ngozi picked the paper I had squeezed and open it.
“I also don’t know how to read but I have an idea” she said.
“we might as well take this to “Old Nana” she is a nice woman who knows how to read and write 30 different languages” she said.
“ohh thank you” I said.
“anytime,ifedimma” she said.
“Adeife” I corrected.
she locked the gold chain on my waist,i was like Lotanna was with me when the pure gold touch my glittering skin…I would forever be grateful to Aunty Tracy for helping me with my cane marks. I made sure my wrapper covered it in other to avoid thieves.
I helped her in her house chores and changed into the clothes i had bought.
we headed to the market,since ngozj said she wants to buy some things and i also brought the money Tracy gave me last.We would branch old Nana’s place whenever we are returning..
firstly,we stopped at the cloth store.
I kept on buying for myself and ngozi.
I got mad for so many things,
and i still have to tell the queen her son has been ignoring me….
he took someone else for the unveiling and made me a laughing stock in front of my maids. .
Anyways am over that.
“Am done” I said and cat walked to where they are.
Princess Xara,princess shadia, princess adaobi and princess Amanda.
They were with their servants, I also came with mine.
“hope am not late?” I asked as I reached the place we meet at since we always go to the market together.
“you’re not only late” shadia said.
“gross…I just hope people won’t buy all the beautiful thing before we get there” Xara said.
“am sorry” I rolled my eyeballs.
there were many shortcuts,soon we got to the linked up market were traders from different kingdom usually come to trade their goods.
“I would like to see if my dream gold chain is on sale” I said.
“yeah me too,I also want that” shadia said…
“me three” Xara said.
we checked like twenty different stores,nothing like that was on sale.
“I guess this traders are poor” Xara said..
“Waoow,look at that dress” shadia pointed..
“it’s cool” I said..
“I think someone bought it” she said.
Xara cleared her throat.
“guess there is another pretty maiden,Akuna-
look at her,is she a mermaid…
why is her skin like that” Shadia said.
we all turned.
The face was was covered by some clothes hanging down since she is in a cloth store.
“she bought that dress,she must be expensive” Adaobi said.
I gwaked at her shape…..
“isn’t that the brand of gold chain we are looking for” Xara whispered.
“Gosh, it’s the original” shadia.
“Someone find out about her”
I said with a tingling of jealousy as i stared at those killer hips of hers.