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Diamond in the forest Episode 1 & 2

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Diamond In The Forest

DIAMOND IN THE FOREST

( EPISODE 1 )

From the writer of being Mrs Spence

 

 

“Ekaro Mami…the Oba’s men

are here… they brought a

message from The

Oba…

“Haaa, hope all is well…

“I hope so Mami, they are

probably here to remind us

about the first moon

light dance where the princess

will chose a personal maid and

two attendant

for herself…

The woman took her wrapper

and tied around her waist

before going outside

to attend to the men.

Remi went to the kitchen and

picked up her water Calabash,

she called her

younger brother to join her so

that they can go to the stream,

she has

wished to hear what the king’s

men came for but she needed

to fetch water

for the house and also for her

grandmother who lives not too

far from them.

One of the king’s chief guard

who has picked interest in her

was among the

men that came to the house,

she wanted to avoid him

seeing her,

Despite he has made his

intentions known to her in the

last festive dance, he

has walked up to her after the

dance

“You are beautiful and you

dance well too, my name is

Leja, I’m the Chief

guard here…

“Thank you Leja, my name is

Remi…Oluwarem

ilekun, that’s my full name…

“Remi, that’s a beautiful name,

is that your sister…I mean the

girl you came

in with… she’s not much of a

good dancer, maybe you can

teach her…or she

won’t be able to participate in

the next festive dance…

“Her name is Nike, she’s my

step sister…I will teach her,

please don’t

exclude her from the list of

maidian who will dance next

season…

“Alright, I won’t if only

you will

teach her to be a good dancer

like you

are…I like you Remi…can I get

to see you tomorrow evening

under the oak

tree close to the market

place…I will be there waiting

for you…

“Sorry Leja, I can’t, I’m not

allowed to keep male friends

for now, Mami

said there’s time for everything

and the time for me to start

keeping male

friends has not come yet…

“Okay Remi, I respect your

wishes, I will patiently wait

until you are ready…

just don’t forget that some one

cares deeply for you and don’t

fail to let me

know if you need anything…

“That’s so kind of you Leja,

goodbye..

Nike has refused to talk with

her on there way home

because of Leja, as

they got closer to the house,

Nike turned to Remi angrily

“Who do you even think you

are, because everyone was

cheering at you at

the dance floor you decided to

go and sell yourself to Leja, I

liked him first

before you but he didn’t even

look at me when I was dancing

rather his eyes

was on you… you know I like

him yet you went there to

seduce him so that

you can have him… you and

your witch mother plan….

“Shhhh… don’t call Mami a

witch, leave her out of this,

Nike, you can

become a good dancer if only

you can come and practice

with me, I will

teach you some good steps,

and as for Leja… I’m not

interested in him… I

have no interest in him at all, I

have made that known to him

already… you

must not be bitter all the time

Nike…

They were still talking when

Nike saw her mother coming, it

was a good

opportunity for her to impress

her mother who usually tell

her to attack

Remi, and she should not allow

Remi to win

her in anything

Nike suddenly slapped Remi

who was still talking, Remi

held her cheek in

shock, Nike did not stop there

she started raining insultive

words at Remi,

who stood and wondered

what she did wrong.

When Nike mother walked up

to them, Remi was about to

complain to her

about her daughter’s behavior

but the woman hushed her to

keep quiet

“Nike my daughter, can not

just attack you, when she’s not

mad, you and

your witch mother has always

been jealous of me and my

daughter, that

was how she bewitched my

husband and made him to love

her more than

me, is a good thing he ended

up in the grave, the gods

fought for us and

stroke him dead because he

was displeasing me to please

your wicked

mother, let me tell you

something… no matter what

you people do The gods

eyes is on us I will surely win,

Nike Will always be ahead of

you no matter

what..you and your mother

will not succeed. daughter of a

witch…

 

Cont’..

She and her daughter walked

away, leaving Remi standing

When Remi got home she

complained to her mother

“I don’t understand why they

always see us as enemy, we

are not in any

competition with them, when

your Baba was alive he does

everything

equally, if he buys one wrapper

for me he will also buys one

wrapper for

her, he tried not to show

favoritism to any one of us yet

she was never

satisfied…iya Nike will see her

daughter doing wrong but will

not call her to

order… you were born in the

month of (August) while Nike

came after a

month, (month of October) so

by right you are her elder

sister… for

everything they have been

doing to us (God will judge).

Remi remembered her last

fight with Nike as she walked

along the bush path

with her brother, her Calabash

was placed safely on her head

as she greeted

other women coming from the

stream that morning, she has

tried to avoid

Nike and her mother ever since

their last fight, Remi who

always listen to

her mother’s advice has kept to

herself and kept away from all

trouble.

“E ku aaro, (morning greetings)

please hope all is well

my name is Leja, peace be unto

your household, greetings from

the king we

are going round the whole

village, reminding people of

the coming first moon

dance, where the princess will

chose her personal maidian…

please info your

daughter to be at the palace on

time that day because the

event will be

starting early in the morning…

(thank you)

(Thank you ma)

They turned and went to the

next house belonging to iya

Nike and knocked,

Nike who has being watching

Leja speak to iya Remi (Remi’s

mother) from

the window with her mother

gets more angry with every

minute that passes,

she was relived as Leja

approached their hut, she

quickly ran out of The

house but Leja did not pick

interest in her he just greeted

them and gave

them the message, as he tried

to leave iya Nike said to him

“Leja, oko mi..se daadaa ni o

wa? (Leja my husband, hope

you are fine)

“Mo wa daadaa…ese. (am fine,

thank you)

“Sometimes, you can come and

visit us. My daughter is fond of

you, you are

strong and the gods blessed

you with good look, I also hard

that you have

acquired another large plot of

land close to the steam…you

are doing well for

yourself…not all Young men of

this land are well doing as you

are…you have

the Oba’s ear…

“The piece of land was giving

to me by the Oba, after I saved

the prince

from drawning at the oku river

where he went to swim, I

didn’t acquire the

land rather it was a gift but I

appreciate your kind gesture..

“So a whole “omo oba” (king’s

son) can not swim, that’s

unfortunate…

thanks to the gods that you

were there to save him… what

do you say to

my request of coming around…

“I will, on one condition…if

Remi will be around and agree

to sit beside me,

then I will honor your request,

… and by the way Remi is a

very good

dancer, I asked her to teach her

sister, Nike some fine moves

that is the only

way Nike will be selected

among the palace maidians…

she need to start

practicing now with Remi…

before the said day arrives…

where’s Remi, I

have not seen her around..

“You should have asked her

mother where she sent her to…

she sometimes

send her out to go and give

herself to other men just for

them to have food,

she can even sells her daughter

for a loaf of bread. (believe me)

they are not

what they appear to be.

(that’s not true) but not

withstanding maybe I should

bring some money for

them since that’s the reason

Remi goes to meet other men,

if I give them

enough money they will have

enough food… that’s what i will do. (have a

nice day, good bye)

He walked out, leaving them

standing and wondering what

kind of man he

was

“You shouldn’t have told him

that iya mi, it will seem like we

hate them and

that will push me far away

from Leja, I don’t want that…

now look at what

you caused, they have gotten

undeserved money from Leja,

that money that

Leja intend to give them was

suppose to be ours if you have

acted well…

“You are right (my daughter) i

acted without thinking but

don’t worry we will

still win, from now onward just

play along with Remi, pretend

to be sorry

and tell her to teach you the

dance, because Leja said that’s

your only way

to the palace so do everything

you can do to enter there…

Leja came back and gave

Remi’s mother money but the

woman rejected it,

Leja pleaded to her to accept it

if not for anything but for her

children, Remi

and her brother, he did not tell

the woman what Nike’s

mother said, he kept

pleading until she finally took

it

Few days later Nike came to

Remi and pretended to be

sorry as she ask

Remi to teach her how to

dance and Remi was glad to do

that

They kept practicing every day,

non stop as Remi tried to make

sure that

Nike gets the dance moves

Right but Nike was a slow

leaner and it was

difficult teaching her but Remi

was determined to make her

get itll

The day finally came and Remi

prepared early in the morning

and left with

Nike to the palace

They arrived on time with

other young girls and boys, the

dance floor was

getting crowded as more

people kept coming,

They later changed into their

dance costumes.

Remi took Nike to one corner

and asked her if she still

remember all the

dance moves, she told her how

to throw her legs and waist

and how to

Master all the move

The king’s only son was

looking out from his window

and saw two girls

practicing their dance moves,

he picked interest in one, she

was beautiful and

a good dancer as she teaches

her second some dance steps,

he doesn’t know

who the young beautiful girl is

but he was determined to find

out.

After the dance he Will ask

Leja, who seem to know

everyone, who the girl

may be.

When Remi and Nike was

returning to the dance floor

Leja saw them and

came to Remi

“E jowo Remi, (excuse me)ikini

irele mi (my kind greetings to

you)

He walked to a quiet place

with her leaving Nike to join

others, Nike was

really angry as Leja took Remi

away, jealousy was written all

over her but

she tried not to show it as she

smile and walked away.

Leja kept on greeting Remi

with full smile on his face

“Ko ye mi… (I don’t understand)

is there a problem… Hope we

are not in any

trouble with this your early

morning greetings…

“Ra ra o (not at all) I just

wanted to wish you luck and

to tell you that you

are beautiful and hope you still

have me in mind concerning

my request…or

maybe we will talk about it

after the dance….yoo dara o

(good luck)

“Ese… thank you.

She walked back to join the

others, the prince saw Leja

talking with her

from his chamber window, he

wondered what Leja was

telling her

No one has ever caught his

attention like The strange girl

did, it wasn’t

because of her beauty alone

but there was something else

about her and he

was determined to find out.

it was a good thing that Leja

knows her, getting to her

won’t be difficult

because Leja will help him out

with her every detail.

fee

 

( EPISODE ,2

 

Remi walked into her

grandmother’s hut with a pot

of water secured on her head,

her grandma wasn’t around,

she brought down the water

from her head and poured it

into another pot

She walked to the backyard

shouting her grand mother’s

name, the old woman who

was picking firewood in a

nearby bush hard somebody

shouting and knew it must be

Remi her granddaughter, so

she called back asking her to

come down to where she was

Remi got to where her

grandmother was and saw her

gathering sticks for fire, she

greeted

“Good evening grandma.

welcome my beautiful

granddaughter

“You praise me too much iya…,

I was wondering where you

might be this evening when I

came in and you left your door

open again…

“There is nothing in the house

that can be stolen, you know I

always leave my door open…

be it when I’m far or near…

anybody that wants to steal

should go right ahead…that’s if

they see anything to even

steal…

Remi joined her to gather the

sticks, which will serve as a

firewood.

I did not see you yesterday

we went to the palace to dance

Ooh…I remember….how was

the dance

“it was good…but the princess

has not make any pick yet,

they only ask few of us to

write down our names and few

other things about us, they

want to do a background check

before anyone could be taken…

“I remember when I was

young…I use to be the best

dancer in those days…we will

dance from the market square

to the king’s palace….i was

never tired…without me the

dance group is not complete

they will wait until I arrive and

I’m always stationed in the

front…I danced so well and

almost ended up with the

king’s son but my father

refused because I was already

betrothed to be married to

your grandfather and your

grandfather was a good man,

tall and handsome, he was

guard in the king’s palace and

later became a hunter before

he died…

“You must have loved him very

much Iya… to have turned

down a whole prince

proposal…

“I didn’t turn it down because

he did not come straight to me,

he sent somebody to my father

to inquire about me, and my

father told them that I was

betrothed, and if I was asked

to chose him and your

grandfather, I will chose your

grandfather over again, I

would have said no to the

prince because he was already

married with two wives, I

would have ended up as his

third wife, but your

grandfather was never married

and did not marry again after

me, even after child bearing

was difficult for me, it took us

time to conceive your mother, I

even advice your grandpa to

take another wife who will

bear him children but he

refused and I later got

pregnant with your mother.

Whenever he comes back from

hunting back then he will call

me “Arewa…oko re ti pada si

ile (Arewa, your husband has

returned) wa, je ka jo (come

let’s dance) hahahaha..he was

always saying that whenever

he comes back and I will dance

to make him happy before

bringing his meal, he like

ewedu and amala that was his

favourite…his death was so

painful that I still feel lost in

my own thought just

imagining myself dancing for

him and cooking his favourite

food with bush meat…I miss

him…you were little when he

died so you didn’t get to really

know him but he was a good

man and also strong too…

grandma you truly love

grandpa, is sad that I didn’t get

to eat any of those bush meat

he caught…please show me

how you dance in those days

Remi watch her grandma laugh

before dropping the sticks in

her hands, she started singing

one of those old song and

throwing her legs and waist,

Remi was clapping and also

laughing while her grandma

dance , she was filled with live

and was still strong even at old

age, she later stopped

“how is your mother…

“she is fine Iya Iya…she was

peeling cassava with Dami, my

brother, which she plan to use

for fufu…she is not so active

like you…what was her

childhood like

“hmmm…she use to be very

lively when she was growing

up, despite she wasn’t a good

dancer and hardly associate

with people but she was a

good child, she loved your

father but the gods did not

bless them with a child on

time, they waited for years

before you father decided to

marry iya Nike, it was during

then your mother found out

she was pregnant with you

and within months Iya Nike

also conceived but your

mother gave birth to you first,

your father loved your mother

but he died unfortunately ,

your brother was still small

then , his death was

unexpectedly but I know who

is responsible but is all in the

past, let God’s will be

done.Olorun a se idajo won

(God will judge)

The old woman pause and

watch as Remi pulled at a dry

stick which was stuck on the

ground, she smile and shakes

her head

don’t be lazy. pull it hard you

are stronger than you think

Oluwaremilekun, you are just

like me when I was at your

age, a beautiful dancing strong

girl, you are not like your

mother because she easily get

into battle with emotions, she

is so emotional, and like

keeping to herself…you have

power…you don’t know how

much power you have until the

time comes, and when the

time comes make sure you use

it well and for good thing, no

matter what people may do

don’t allow evil to take over

you or it will be disastrous…but

with what I see in your eyes I

know you will be pulled down

by anger and revenge because

that’s your only weakness…

“grandma please speak more

slowly. I don’t understand just

tell me what you mean, you

usually say strange things like

this to me anytime I come

around but I seriously don’t

understand

“oti ya to ju (you are very

special) you have power my

beautiful granddaughter you

will not understand now until

the time come believe me,

mmm…ohun gbogbo yo dara

(it will be alright)

“my step mum hates us, Nike

fought me again yesterday on

our way back from the dance…

she said I wanted to take Leja

from her, Oba esho, (kings

guard) the one I spoke to you

the last time that want me, but

I don’t want him, I don’t feel

anything for him, I have

explained myself severally but

she doesn’t believe me, after

the dance yesterday Leja came

to me…just to congratulate me

…that I dance so well and on

our way home Nike refuses to

talk to me, and she really

dance well too, I thought her

and I was glad to see her doing

fine, when we got close to the

house she started calling me

names and she sometimes calls

Mami bad names and I don’t

like that…if I complain to her

mother…she will support

Nike…I just wish Leja will even

leave me alone…and go for

Nike…I’m tired of the constant

fight between us, when I

thought we are getting along

she will just switch into

another mood…unexpectedly,

Con’t

“otito (is okay) is not Nike’s

fault…is her mother…iyawo

babai koirira iya re (your step

mother hates your mother)

oburu gan (she is very wicked)

I pray to the gods to guide you

because history is about to

repeat itself but in a total

different way, whatever a man

sow so sha he repe. God will

judge

They kept talking until they

finished gathering the

firewood, Remi tired it up and

carried it to her grandma’s hut,

she set the fire before coming

to meet the grandma who was

seated outside the hut

“What do you want to cook, let

me help you and prepare it

“egusi ati eba ( melon soup

with cassava meal) check inside

the basket that is hanged over

the fire place you will see

everything in there and

remember to tell your mother

to give you some fufu (cassava

meal) so that you can bring for

me, I like the way she prepares

her fufu, I don’t have strength

this days to make mine, maybe

whenever you are free you can

come and help me prepare

mine, I just finished the last

one you made for me with

ewedu soup

After Remi finished cooking she

ate with her grandma before

returning back to her house

She thought of what her grand

mother had said earlier while

she lay at her mat in the night,

she wondered what she meant

by history was about to repeat

itself but in a different way,

Remi thought of Leja being a

guard and her grandfather was

also a guard before he became

a hunter, does it mean she will

end up with Leja who she

doesn’t feel anything for, the

prince ones fell for her

grandmother but she was

already betrothed to be

married,

“but the prince doesn’t even

know if I exist, he doesn’t

know me, even if he does am

only a commoner, there’s

nothing to my name, the

Prince has his league and class

of royal women, I don’t belong

and I’m comfortable in my

world, somebody like me can

not even get close to him,

there are other good dancers

among the maidens of the land

not just me” Remi thought

within herself

She knows her grandmother

has some strange power and

she usually say things she

doesn’t understand, she is

believed to be a diviner, she

was close to her grandmother

than her mother, all the things

she said rings in her ear that

night until she fell asleep.

The following morning Leja

and his guard came to inform

her that she was chosen to be

the princess personal maid and

Nike was among the four girls

chosen to work for the princess

in the palace, but Remi was

going to be her personal maid

which makes her higher than

the other maidens, she will

serve the princess for three

years and also live in the

palace for this period of time.

The prince asked Leja about

the strange beautiful girl that

caught his attention but Leja

did not give much details to

him, he was not happy that the

Prince has eye for Remi, the

beautiful maiden that he loves,

He will do anything to make

sure the Prince will not have

her, Remi was coming to live in

the palace he wondered how

he will prevent her from seeing

the Prince, he wanted to have

Remi all to himself and doesn’t

want anybody competing with

him on that, not even the

Prince.

The Prince hard that the young

maiden that caught his

attention has being picked to

become his sister’s personal

maid, he was already thinking

of how he will see her again

until the news broke out, the

prince was really happy as he

looked forward to having Remi

all to himself.

 

 

TBC…

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