[the girl he never noticed]
lotanna looked so bothered as he showed me the waist chain, I took it from him so as to look into it carefully.Every maiden his this type of waist chain,it serves for recognization purpose,I have mine and the short form of my name “Aku” is on it.
“I just asked a question,is it yours or not? he asked.
“Lotanna… I.I ..” I pick on my words.
“the truth and the truth only” he said.
“no this is not mine,this is not my name” I said.
“never thought I would be too late” he shut me out and hijacked the waist chain from me.He then dipped his hands into the pretty waterfall and brought out the most rarest gemstone.
must be for him-
I said it,this guy is a good catch.
He catwalked and turn to leave,I run after him.
“Lotanna what’s wrong, is it because of an ordinary waist chain?”, I asked.
“do you perhaps know the owner?”,
I stayed quiet as I remember the Ife, the most beautiful girl at my party, she must be the owner…
“even if you know her,you won’t talk. You girls are leopard,you always find it difficult in changing your spots… why always cheap and crafty”
he said and continue walking.
I still followed him,
I held his hand.
“that hand, remove it” he said icily.
“mother wants us to be together,try to be nice to me” I said,pleasantly.
“let it go” he said.
next, I find myself talking..
by the time it I turned,he was out of sight.
It must be the Ife.
Ife whosoever you are,you had better not show up,continue to remain in the secret.
“ma’am, are you alright?”, my servants came.
I forced out a smile.
“Lotanna just pass,did you see him?”, I asked.
“no ma’am, is anything wrong”
one of them says and look into the face of the other.
“no,it’s fine” I said,they bowed in respect.
I retired home after doing little research about Ife,too bad no one provide the answer I needed.A part of me concluded she does not exist.
she’s too pretty to be human,
she’s too perfect with curves to be a woman!.
but what about the waist chain-
has she been seeing Lotanna lately?
I fell on my bed,a maid stood fanning me while another arranged beads in my hair…
“tiara,have you heard about a princess called Ife?”, I asked.
“Just Ife…ma’am can you say the full name?..the only one I know is Ifeoma” she said.
exactly,I said it..
but the Ifeoma is married and even pregnant of her first child,can’t be her
“ma’am am back” Sharon my secret maid and informat from golden palace came in.
“Prince Lotanna has traveled out” she said.
I nodded,he will come back when the pressure from his mother becomes too much,he will have no other option than me.
38hours passed❤Banana Island.
At last,it wasn’t whom I thought it would be.
thank goodness she said the truth,I wonder what would have become of me…
my phone rang,I checked it as my car drove into one of my mansions.
🚹 welcome sir!
🚹 welcome sir!
🚹 how was your journey?.
🚹 did you sleep well?
🚹 the doctor is needed,right!
my guards formed a single line,one rushed to open the door for me.
“I’m fine” I said softly and moved in briskly.
my fingertip was the password to the door,I pressed it on it it opened automatically.
I turned back to Salvador.
“my stuffs,bring them in” I said and moved in fully, straightaway to my room.The first thing I did was to place my phone on flight mode…no disturbance.
I brought out another new phone and insert another new Sim.
the projector was on full display, I wasn’t concentrating.
I brought out the waist chain and dropped it on the stand.
Are you ifeoma or ifeyinwa? why don’t you want me to find you,are you a spirit?. is it our destiny to be apart or are you the one running away?.
I need you for something, I hope you show up soon,if not you then your voice! I believe you’re okay where ever you are….
I will keep imaging what you are because you always make me happy.
Lotanna Jewel is back, is he back to confirm that “glamour diamond” the world most popular market of purest gemstone as his.
hmm. this was first found out by Jerry Carter.
“the best thing you can do is to keep the registrar ID of glamour sealed” remember, Lotanna had said to Jerry at glamour.
An industry has been discovered not quiet long,although nameless but the organization behind is was confirmed Believe!!!
hmmm,who else sees what I see?.
do you know that our Lotanna Jewel is a prince???.
I switched off the projector.This medias are really a pain in one’s ass, always poking nose in what that doesn’t concerns them!
I fit my feet into a white room slippers, my phone beeped, it was Jiddenna…shit,I forgot to place that one on flight mode.
“hey” I said into the phone.
“you left,why?”, he asked.
“never mind,I want to be alone for now.Most importantly,my investments” I said and hung up so as to avoid further questions.
And besides my life doesn’t revolve round the village,am not interested in being a king!..
where’s this Rihanna,I’m famished!.
Lotanna left,waoow so he always gets angry over little issues and he is fond of leaving at the slightest provocation,no wonder he wasn’t stopped.
I wish I knew what happened this time around,it can’t be Akuna right?.
“did he pick your calls? ohh my gaad, my son! why did you leave!
the queen kept on saying,she wasn’t happy at all.
no matter where he goes,he will come back for he is a Royality.
I walked pass Jidenna,next I decided to check Adeife at the maids quarter, she wasn’t there.I retired back to the princes empire and there I saw her, staring blankly at Lotanna’s locked door.
my FRIEND,bià(come)” I said,
she didn’t hear.
what’s she thinking about,staring at Lotanna bronze door.
until I touched her,she moved.
“sir….since when have you been watching me?”, she questioned and clutch the royalty basket tightly.
“each time am close to a pretty girl like you,watching becomes my habbit” I said.
“sir,am not pretty…am ugly” she said.
“the story,let’s finish it” I said and stretched my hands for her to take.
she fitted hers into it perfectly.
even with the excess visible cane marks on her body,her curves is still the best, best best have ever seen.
“so the story” I said as we sat under a tree in the garden.
“sir, the owner of that door I was staring into, where is he?”, she asked with lots of care.
“he traveled,he is in one of the mansions,he’s not around” I said…
“ohhh he has mansions and not mansion” She exclaimed.
“the story” I said.
“sorry to interrupt,is he okay?”, she asked..
“he is really fine” I replied.
“the story” I said.
“sorry another one,when will he be back?”, she asked.
“might be next tomorrow or next week” I said, she nodded.
“do you love him?”/ I asked.
“I’m just trying to be a good person by caring for others” she said.
Dumebi passed by,Adeife stood up hastily and followed her.
guess they have work!.
Arinze said we should meet at the stream side,that’s where am headed. Despite his drukeness,we still remain good friends.
I got to the stream,he wasn’t there.
I only met a girl washing clothes. She greeted with respect.Not quiet long Arinze came.
I noticed something with the girl who was washing clothes,her head bead is similar to the thing I saw Lotanna with and besides it’s has Ife.
“excuse me,are you Ife?”, I accosted her.
“what are you discussing with Ngozi the miss Shapless?”, arinze chirped in, the girl stood up furiously.
“Arinze in your life! I repeat in your. next next next life,do not call my name and do not interfere in my matter” she scorned.
“your name is Ngozi which means you’re not the owner of this hair Bead must belong to Ife” I said.
“wait wait wait,which Ife? is it the one at Akuna birthday?”, Arinze chirped in again….
Ngozi clapped her hands,she’s ready to insult.She faced Arinze.
“I said do not interfere in my matter”
is that hard to grab…
“not only smokers are liable to die young,people who do not mind their business also die young”
she hissed and packed her clothes, she started leaving…
“wait wait!!!! I followed her till I caught her.
“please which Ife,what’s her full name?”, I asked.
“she’s my friend,she doesn’t like people hearing her name” she said.
“okay,please…I promise I won’t tell anyone” I said.
“fine,It’s Adeife” she said.
I asked, she had gone.
[the girl he never noticed💦]
I caught up with ngozi again.
Ngozi described her till I got it.
“how come she was beautiful at Akuna party”i said with confusion.
“you have know her right…she’s serving punishment in the palace” she said.
I smiled,it’s really her.
“how come she was beautiful at the party when she’s naturally ugly?”i asked with curiosity.
“wait,does she sings?”,I added.
“she usually sings but not like before. She can’t even sing properly again, she have inferiority complex, she can not move freely,she is always hiding everything about herself.Each time I want her to be among people so that she can be happy,she always end up crying.her step mother will beat her with cutlass,she doesn’t like her doing things that makes her happy, her dad too a bad smoker, he always make her fetch water till midnight, after that he will give her painful marks.So she stopped singing and stopped doing things that will make her happy.”ngozi said.
hmmm so painful.I felt pity for Ife.
“so please nkem,do not hurt her now that you know her secret,do not tell anyone that she’s the beautiful Ife at the party,if her stepmother finds out she is the one,she will lock her up without food,no one will see her again” ngozi said.
“waaaaatttt,she’s going through a lot” I said.
“yes,worst still Adeife is not yet ready to believe…she doesn’t have a reason to believe that something good might still happen to her” ngozi said.
I smiled as I took my lips in,
she bowed and left.
hmmm no wonder Ife always gets into trouble,it’s the handwork of her stepmother.
three days passed,
I keep hoping Lota would come back, no news of him.And I have only four more days to spend in the palace, I wish it won’t be over..
Going back to Onome had become a nightmare in my thinking..
staying in the palace is 100% better,
one there is resting time and even playing time plus story time,every thing is not all about work work work.
secondly,maids can eat anytime they want,if possible ten times a day.
thirdly,no insult and racism,
Mrs okafor treats us with equality.
“madam am through with the dishes, have cleaned the floors,what else should I do?”, I asked.
she paused and entered the kitchen fully…
“okay,it’s clean.There would be a feat today, Lotanna will be back today..
but first deliver that basket of fruit to Tracy” Mrs okafor said and gave me address.
“okay ma’am” I replied and hurried out with the basket.
I entered the street.
Lotanna will come today ooh ooh!
I will see him today ooh ooh!
I got happy as I ran,the basket fell and all the fruits poured,it all got stained by sand.
ohh my gaad,where will I get water to rinse them now that am outside?.
I saw a drum,thank god,I hurried and used the water to rinse them till they are clean.
who’s this Tracy? must be a city girl and city girls are extraordinarily proud, I hope she won’t get mad the fruits are wet…
finally,I found the place,the security opened the black gate,the surrounding was eye catching.
must be wealthy.
I knocked,a girl opened the door.
ohhh princess Amarachi,what’s she doing here.
waoow,she looks so expensive like her brother; Lotanna.
she didn’t dress like a princess, she wore a pink skimpy skirt, and a singlet that cut across her breast track,her waist were adorned hotly with heads.
Adeife what are you looking at; you’re checking her out,are you okay?.
my subconsciousness hit me.
“hi…” she even greeted me first.
I bowed in respect.If she’s the Tracy, i know she will manage this fruit.
“ohhh my sister order” she said,
I moved in fully.
ummmm,so they still have an elder sister,waooow.
“over there” Amarachi directed.
I walked in.
my eyes almost fell when I saw her,
I suddenly felt as if an angel touched and kissed me,gooosh she’s so pretty and very different.
Her skin was pure white and without a blemish,I even heard she was born in Australia.
it suits her.I can’t believe am seeing her.
“ma’am Tracy…I…” I started.
“ohh hi” she said and picked an apple.
I smiled,she likes it.
“thanks” I said.she nodded and eat in relishment.
“what happened to your face,why so much scars”, she asked….
“this is not right,this is violence and abuse” she spoke what I don’t understand.
yes,she’s a lawyer.I finally remembered.
“no,it’s nothing…am very playful. I always injure” I said.
“ohh sorry” she said.
I turned to leave,she said I should wait…
she returned and handed me a nylon.
I didn’t check what was there,I said thank you and left.
Nkem didn’t see me today again,
I felt like crying he is avoiding me and I know its because of that Adeife girl,she’s so cheap and flirty.
Have seen her and Nkem talking in three different places.
I just felt so neglected.
I got to the place we use to meet with Akuna when it was time.Chiamanda couldn’t come,she has a lot of customers to plait hair for.
“Akuna,I need you to help me teach a girl terrible lesson” I said.
“why,what happened? I already over grow bullying” she replied.
“it’s Adeife,she’s the reason nkem had been avoiding me” I said.
“why not do it yourself” she asks.
“I can’t because she knows how to fight but if you help me,she dare not fight back because you’re a princess” I said.
“Adeife Adeife….wait which Adeife, is it the one that stole attention at my birthday party?”, she asked.
I don’t know what she’s talking about but with the look of things,I think she is looking for some Ife girl.
“yes yes yes she’s the one” I said.
I saw happiness in Akuna’s face.
“good…I need to see her first,she might be the Ife am looking for” she said with lots of enthusiasm.
“Are you sure Nkem loves you?”, she asked…
“yes he loves me,he made promises to me and that was what we used to seal our first night together” I said.
“soooo you’re not a virgin” she said.
“yes,Nkem promised me” I said.
“gosh,hope it’s not fake promises? or have you forgotten the consequence of not being deflowered on your wedding night? all sex doesn’t mean love.There’s a clear difference between making love and having sex. Nkem only did it out of lust and you accepted cos you’re horny that moment” she said.
“what about you?”, I asks.
“mine is different,am a princess”
on my way,
I opened the nylon, there were two gowns, two tops and a glassy container.It scents like pomade…
my luck shone today..
Aaaah Aaaah I love my life…
I entered the palace with little stress, I was keeping the stuffs,
dumebi came in.
“onome said you should come home” she said,I left.
Like I have a choice, I know why am going home,to fetch water till midnight.Soo wicked.
can’t olamma fetch water?
I got home and greet her,she ignored. I picked my pot and started fetching water,each time it fulls, onome will pour everything away.
I grumbled and went back to the stream.
I had barely filled my pots when I saw akuna and her crews approaching.
did she come to see the waterfall, it’s not really far from the stream..
I really like her,if only am not ugly am sure we would be close friends.
“Good evening” I greeted.
“keep your greetings trapped in your pants” she replied coarsely.
did I offend Akuna??
no,I always avoid her and her crews. The only person I associate with is ngozi and she doesn’t talk to them.
“the princess wants to see you”
I fetched what I want to fetch and moved away so that she can do whatever she wants to do.
“you’re not obviously deaf,are you?”,
I shot her a glare.”am not ready for a fight Adanna,if you display madness towards me,I will show you that mine is greater than yours….be careful, am not really a kind person” I said.
“she got mouth” Chiamanda said.
“yes,mouth to bitch up any silly ass that comes my way mercilessly” I replied.
Akuna scoffed, I bowed in respect and placed my pot on a dry place so I could lift it.
Akuna kicked it,all the water poured away,the pot almost broke.
Adanna and the rest of the girls laughed.
“was a pot there?”, princess aku questioned like she did nothing.
“my princess are you blind?”, I asked inwardly.
I signed and carried the pot, I fetched another one and quickly lift it on my head.
The girls surrounds me,ohh my they were much…
someone took the pot away,
Akuna kicked it,the water poured,
“Akuna stooopppppp! I shouted,
tears welled up in my eyes.
someone quickly broke the pot.
I felt my tears,onome will give me fresh marks tonight..
“are you the Ife that attended my party? she asked bossily.
“it’s not me” I said.
“well with your shape,it’s obvious” she said,Adanna quickly remove the bead that was binding my long hair, another person brought out scissors.
Akuna tossed the scissors,
that bead was caught by her…
she dug the scissors in my hair like she wants to cut my hair.
“start speaking,if possible for the sake of your hair.Am tired of having sleepness nights thinking of the Ife that do not exist” she says.
I felt my breath seized when I heard the sound of scissors,I thought it’s my hair…
“are you the Ife?”, she asked.
“well…..” I choked on my tears.
“you’re the girl that is making Lotanna pushing me away?”, she said.
whaaaaat,what is she saying?.
how am I making Lotanna push her away????
“speak,for the sake of your hair” she said without mercy.
“am not a lorry,am not an enemy I can’t do such thing” I said.
the girls continue laughing.
“you sent him his diamond, didn’t you??????….she smirks.
“what’s happening there?”, I heard Nkems voice..
Akuna dropped the scissors with style as she turned back.
Lotanna and Jidenna were there with Nkem..
“Lotanna,what……” Aku started.
The twins prince stared at me blankly with so much emotions,I can’t even tell who is who.
The resemblance was strong.
I felt spark staring into one’s eyes,
in turn he stared at me with so much care and emotions!…
I looked down so as to avoid suspicion….
“common we were gisting” Akuna said and tried walking away.
until one of them held her back.
Believe Episode 17 & 18