[the girl he never noticed💦]
I followed him as he hasten his catwalks; walking more comfortably in the rain,have he forgotten he has health issues?.
I walk up in a haste and caught up with him,I wanted to slip…yeah the rain was much.
Lotanna held me and made me stand well.I smiled..he is still caring.
“what’s between you and Akuna,how did she knows you usually come to the waterfall,would you at least tell me this one because am tired of believing akuna she acts crafty” I said,he nodded.
I and Jidenna met her the day wr arrived in this village during the first royal feast,her parents had brought her along during the feast…
You know I like being alone….so I was always indoors,most times on an online meetings with my managers.
she on the other hand always wants us to be together;maybe as friends but neither Jidenna nor I gave her the attention she needed…so she usually feel bad we snub her.
she would report to mother and cry, all she knows is crying,imagine just to get my attention,
her cries piss me off so I started leaving the palace to the water so I could be alone.
She knows her family and ours are partners in a particular business..
“is it rainbows company?”, I asked.
“yeah” he replied.
mother said she will hook one of us with akuna for the sake of the company,with that neither of the family will loose.
because of that,Akuna started coming to the palace more regularly, she wanted to be friends but I was not ever the friendly person with girls.
she would meet mother,all she knew how to do is to cry for attention…
mother called me and said I shouldn’t shut her out,I started replying her…..one word in a while and she felt so comfortably coming over,
she kept acting as if she is on the world when she heard she is going to marry either me or Jidenna…gosh😱
funny enough, she choose me!
she got so proud…” he said.
“do you feel anything for akuna?”
I asked and look into his eyes.
first time I would see my brother acting so nervous.
“you really want me to tell you one of my three secrets…fine” he took his lips in.I held his hand as we walked in the rain.
“do you like Akuna?”, I asked.
one of my secrets,
“Feelings? Love? I don’t know what that means anymore ever since the death of my girlfriends in the pasts. I can’t be with a girl without falling sick…..because of…” he paused.
“the girls I loved in the past always die,they usually get killed by someone even though my security on them is tight” he said.
“whhaaaaaat!!!! I exclaimed.
“you’re shocked right…do you think I offend anybody! he asked with a pained expression.
“Lotanna,this is happening to you and you can’t open up to me! have you forgotten am a barrister” I said.
I got speechless,as I find it difficult to believe.
so his girlfriends in the past always die because an unknown person always murder them.
this is huge!!!!
no wonder he distance himself from girls.
“so Lotanna,who do you suspect?”
I asked..he breathed.
Everybody are my suspect,
I now trust no one. you should know am smart,am trying to figure out who the murderer is…
for the first nine months,
it was difficult,
I couldn’t breath when girls call on me,but later I got used to it,
I don’t want to fall in love for now,
it was bondage saying these three sweet words “I love you”,
am certain the person killing my girlfriends is still around spying on my every moves, ready to kill the next girl I would love…
it was painful,I decided to avoid anything love and girls for now,
what took over that pain was my snubish attitude,
falling in love,
being around girls is one of my recent nightmares.
Tracy this is one of my three secrets, if you can help me solve this,I promise to tell you the remaining two-” he said.
“but the owner of the bead in your room, do you know her?” I asked.
“am scared of knowing her,
I don’t wanna cry of heartbreak ever again,not now-am just grateful she wasn’t Akuna…..so I was glad I found someone my soul could breath with, someone am always happy each time I hear her sing,am grateful she is fond of saving my life secretly,
she is living in my heart without paying any rent” he said.
“I will try little help,if possible I will help you find the mysterios girl,Ife right” I said.
“ohh yes” he said.
soon we got to the palace,he walked into his room straight.
I sighed ad I dialed my drivers number.
Lotanna is really going through a lot, now I see the reason why is snubish and introvert behavior keep increasing.
and as it stands,his introvert lifestyle keep giving akuna hope of being together with him.
“aunty Tracy where is your driver?”,
“he should be outside” I said.
the maids took my traveling bags out,I followed them out.
I moved into the car as the driver fitted into the laugages.
“Ebere where is Adeife?” I asked.
“I’m here” I heard her tiny voice.
I smiled,she waved till my car was out of sight.
ohh god,help your daughter.
there was no work to do,
I was free to go out.first I went to see ngozi,her door was locked.
“guess someone is here to see me” she said as she came in.
“hey how have you been?”, I asked as she opened the door.
we both entered.
“I’m good..how is the palace,are they nice to you?”, she asked.
“yes,only aunt Tracy and nkem are nice.It was actually aunty Tracy that bought me,not nkem” I said.
“waooow,you’re lucky” she gasped.
“whatever” I rolled my eyeballs.
“you’re lucky it is Tracy… best friend,
hmmm that means you have an opportunity to go to the city of you work harder,I heard she treats maids nice” ngozi said.
“I’m working harder” I told her.
“I think I know the reason she sent nkem” she said.
“why?”, I asked.
“onome won’t want to sell you to her because she is a nice person,and you know guys buys maids for sex, on one thought she is selling you to nkem not knowing Tracy sent him” she said…
we discussed other things.
finally,I left to “old Nana” a place I save..
when will I even collect my savings?.
I didn’t meet her at home,
I went to her shop,it was locked. I was directed to her new store,I met her…
“how are you?”, she asked
“I’m fine ma’am” I smiled and brought out the little change I gathered for saving.
she counted the money and wrote the amount.
I peeped into my card as if I can read and write,so many boxes were tickled. I felt so happy.
I actually save a lot,
imagine since last two years-
god save me onome did not know I save here,she would have threatened me to withdraw.
“ADEIFE” old Nana called..
“when will you collect your savings, the maximum time limit is one and a half year,your Money is over two years are you planning of collecting it at all?” she asked.
“I….I…old Nana please,still keep it for me,I will collect it soon” I pleaded.
“mama mmesoma,this girl never open my shop!!! I heard onome’s voice from outside old Nana’s store.
I got scared as conniptions gripped me-
no where to hide.
I rushed to old nana’s back and used her to cover myself.
*why hiding?”, she said.
“old Nana my stepmother is outside, she hates me so much… she will give me more fresh marks,please just let me hide” I blinked tears.
luckily for me,onome left without noticing me,I left and ran back to the palace.
resting period was over.
I rushed up to Lotanna’s room to get back the tray since I was the one that delivered his food.
Chioma was coming out of Jidenna’s room, I wonder what took her so long.
I knocked on Lotanna’s door, he didn’t open up.
A device(intercom) on his door beeped,his door opened automatically.
I entered fully, the door closes by itself. The living room was quiet and neat,I admired everything in the room as I picked the tray on the dinning.
I hasten my footstep to leave, I was about leaving when I heard his approaching footsteps from upstairs.
His footsteps paused.
I don’t think he is coming.I felt relaxed and still stayed at the door.
“its shining that” no….
“its shining have….” arrgggh annoying.
I heard him say from upstairs, guess he had forgotten the song he used to sing for his lover at the waterfall.
“it’s shining that you…ohh fuck!
I heard him say in a forgetful manner.
how careless hunnnn!
I turned to leave;okay I will just help.
🎼 it’s shining to remind you
🎼 that I love you
🎼 as each day begin,
🎼 I love you, believe just let me in.”
I sang the first part for him…
“are you a spirit,please continue!
I heard him say.
🎼 be with me,do no go
🎼 believe and let me love you,
🎼 today,tomorrow and forevermore.
I smiled out, he should be able to remember everything by now…
I opened the door when I heard his footsteps coming..
ohhh,he shouldn’t catch me,
we shouldn’t see and meet*****
I walk out something dragged me back,the door already lock the helm of my wrapper….I turned,
Aaaaah Lotanna at the door!!
I got scared as i felt his presence near the door.
💌 avoid me,do not come near me, let’s not meet if possible do not let us see each other💌
I remembered his words as I struggled for my wrapper,
it still wasn’t doing.
Aaaah am in trouble,i got crazily scared.my wrapper was loose as a result of the dragging, I used my hand to hold it well as I waited patiently for him to open the door.
“is someone there?”,
his voice came up softly as the intercom device beeped.I still heldy wrapper well.
what a voice???
just sounds ethereally.
“is someone there?”he asked again.
the door opened,it left my wrapper and revealed Lotanna.
he wore a black long sleeve cardigan and a black short;does he have cold.
the room slippers he wore painted the floors dreamingly.
He suddenly looked away from my body….
“your wrapper,tie it well”he speaks so fluently.
ADEIFE,are you okay?
your wrapper is loose and you’re admiring a guy;was I high?.
I hastily tied it and pick my tray, he faced me back.I felt happy he look at me without feeling irritated.
“you were in…are you the one?”,
he asked.I got hypnotized.
is he really talking to me?
hmmmm am not dreaming right?.
“my prince…do you mean me?”
I asked with a puzzled look.
he only speaks to me nicely in my dreams and it always look real.
is my dream suddenly coming true?..
will he be my friend?.
have always wanted to be his friend but he is never the friendly type.
“I just asked a question”, he said, the skin of his neck glittered.
“no.. I…I…i picked this” I raised the tray up.He sighed.
“and i thought it was her” he muttered lowly.
“who my prince,who are you looking for? i might be of help” I said.
Akuna showed up,
I bowed and left.Lotanna slammed his door,the door was just so strong.
is it because of what I said or because of Akuna?..
Aaah,I felt heated up as akuna stopped on her track with two servants behind her.
now that she is staying there, where does she wants me to pass…no matter how i avoid her,she always look for my trouble.
I got to where she was and bowed, she didn’t move a bit.
“princess Akuna,kindly excuse the way” I said,piously.
she still stand there,
i turn to pass another stairway, she drag me backwards by my wrapper.
“what have i done?
“I did nothing,do not naked me” I said
she suddenly pushed me backwards till I blink tears.
she walked and came nearer.
she grabbed me from my breast attire,she really want to naked me.
“how dare you speak to Lotanna huh, you must be really–“she raised her hand to slap me,I closed my eyes.
“Akuna don’t” someone said and she stopped…it was nkem,Amarachi also approached.
“is it true? can you really be seeing Lotanna? Are you seeing him!!!
“everyone sees my brother, she sees my brother and as you can see,she is not blind” amarachi interrupt.
Akuna turned to look at her.
“mind your actions here,this is my parents palace, you don’t have the right to bully our maids not to talk of raising your voice at them….gosh, I can’t believe your vulnerability, it is embarrassing” Amarachi said.
“how dare you speak to me in that manner,am I your mate?” she shouted…
“if you respect yourself,I will respect you…Akwu ka aziza(legs like broom stick)” amarachi said..
nkem pinched amarachi to stop. Amarachi jacked him.
“hey Adeife,get up” she said, I hastily hurried up with my tray.
“gosh!!! Akuna shot a glare,she still want to slap me.
“Akuna don’t” nkem whispered and took her hand,she walked out with him..
I guess he knows akuna before,that’s why he is giving her personal respect.
I dried my tears completely.
thank goodness they came,if not i would have been Akuna’s scapegoat.
“were you hurt?” amarachi asked.
“no no no” I said and wiped a tear.
I walked out to the kitchen to drop the tray.
assuming am in powers,
I know what I should have done to Akuna,she is lucky am only a maid, an ordinary maid.
Mrs okafor came in,I greet as I did the finishing of the dishes.
“bless you” she said,a cough followed..
“take care” I said.
she coughed more persistently, I look at her,her eyes were red.She look so sick.I dropped what I was doing and get her a glass of warm water from the flask, she drank little and still coughed.
“what have you used? I asked.
“so many herbs…this cough is just so stubborn” she said and coughed painfully,her lips was even dry.
I went out of the palace to get her what I used to use each time I have cough,I don’t even have money on me….the money aunty Tracy gave me before traveling have been used for something else.
I had borrowed Ebere.
I went to “old Nana” a place I save.
should I collect my money now?
I don’t think it is wise.I left and went to the market..
my luck shine,I spotted ngozi.
I screamed her name, it sounded like music, most people look back.
I stopped and pretended as if i wasn’t the one..
I resulted to jumping and clapping(our friendship sign),it made ngozi see me….
she lend me some money.I felt happy and turned to leave, behind me was onome.
I faced ngozi back,
too late she saw me..
she pulled my ears and dragged me to one corner.
maybe,just maybe it was never about her owning me,
maybe I was never meant to stay with her,how foolish to ask me go,
it’s quite simple it has always been only her and papa are capable of giving me marks,
with one hand,they beat me and make me bleed-
now that am not with her,am fine, I pray she won’t threaten to withdraw me–
“what was my warning?” she asked.
I got scared as conniption gripped me,I don’t want her to bath me hot water and lock me up…
“have you gone deaf” she said.
“no mama,I won’t sing” I said.
she left me after knocking my forehead.
I moved away from the road,
finally I bought what I needed and hurried back to the palace,
Mrs okafor was still in the kitchen. I mixed honey with the substance and gave her to lick,I hope after this she will stop coughing.
I stayed with her and took her to her room so she could rest,she still coughed but it is not like before.
soon,the cough ceased.
I left her room and move to the garden to clear the litters,chioma passed me with broom and packer.
I wonder what she was doing in prince jidenna’s room,
anyways,it is her business.
I felt someone tickled my waist from behind,I sprang up in fear.
it was nkem,what was he trying to do? I got scared and shift away from him……
*my friend”he called.
“sir,I don’t like that type of play”
I imagined myself saying.I couldn’t, am only an ordinary maid.
“someone might see us,I don’t like this” I said instead.
“will you come out at night?”,
“no,I have something to do” I said.
“just come…remember you promise to always be my friend” he said.
I scratched the back of my neck.
I still nod my head in disagreement..
he offered me money.
“sir,I don’t want it” I said.
“you’re rejecting my things” he said.
“aaah noo,okay I will come out at night…but the money,I don’t need it” I said.
“fine,I will be expecting you” he said, his body suddenly came close to mine..
I got scared,
what if somebody sees us??
“stay still” he said,i felt his breath.
I didn’t even know when i push him back…guess my experience with guys hunted me.
he fell and bruised his arm…I pushed him so much..
ohh my God
what have I done???
“sir…I…didn’t mean…it was mistake!
the queen passed and saw nkem like that,her expression changed seeing her cousin’s hand bruised.
“what’s all these???
her voice carried so much superiority as she faced me,
Only me…just only me with so much hatred,she already knows me as trouble.