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Diamond in the forest Episode 25 & 26

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DIAMOND IN THE FOREST.

EPISODE 25.

 

 

The prince woke up amidst

sweat and breathed heavily,

this is the second time he was

having the same dream, he

wondered what the dream

could mean, he try to sleep

again but couldn’t, sleep has

disappeared from his eyes, ,he

stood up and walked to his

chamber window, everywhere

was dark outside, dawn was

still far.

He stood there for sometime

before returning to his bed

again

He shut his eyes and tried to

force himself to sleep again but

his mind was occupied, all he

could think off was just one

person, the lady he has seen in

his dream with a child, the

prince started talking to

himself just to ease off the

burden that has weighed him

down for long

“Remi…ohhh…the gods she is

dead by now, hmmm…I pray

the gods accept her soul, she

was indeed a beautiful maiden,

I have loved her and wanted

her ever since she stepped into

the palace, my feeling for her

grew by the day, I loved that

maiden I wasn’t going to deny

that fact but she was in love

with Leja, Leja was her man, I

never knew and when I found

out I felt stupid…yes…I really

felt a punch on my face, loving

Leja’s woman…I have tried to

wave off this feeling but I don’t

seem to be doing so well with

that…I wished I have made

love to her that night…I just

wish I laid with her maybe in

that way she will have my

child…not Leja’s

child, well…she

was pregnant for Leja before

being banished…how I also

wish father has listened to me

and send her faraway to

another kingdom… not into an

evil forest…not totally

banishing her… sending her off

to die was so cruel…why will

she even try to poison father…I

see her as somebody who is

not capable of such…why will

she want to do such evil and

where did she even get the

poison…oh…Remi…how I wish

you have lived, how I wish you

were mine…how I wish it was

my child you carried, you tried

to lie to me that the pregnancy

was mine…I don’t know why

you will do such…your lover…

Leja was angry and said

something that made me have

doubt in you…why do you

seem to fill my dream with a

child in hand…nursing a child in

your arm who’s body seem to

be transformed like that of a

diamond…it shown forth and

covered the whole place with

it’s light…I don’t understand…I

wish I do…I wish I understand

what this terrifying strange

dream means…Remi is dead

and all I want to do is to put all

that behind me…Olorun sa nu

mi (God have mercy on me) mo

fe run re (I loved her) I really

do but…she is gone…killed

with baby in her womb…too

cruel yet she brought it on

herself…I couldn’t do

anything…I wish I have the

power to change her

judgement…hmmm…why is

she occupying my mind…I

don’t have a hand in her

death…so why do I see her

even in my dream with a baby

in her arm…who shown so

bright like a diamond…what is

wrong with me…why can’t I

think straight and leave the

dead alone….i feel she is alive

yet I know that she can’t

survive the forest…she is

dead…what do I do to move

past this feeling…

The following day it

was hard

that the Oba fell ill and couldn’t

get up from his bed, the native

doctors and medicine men

came to administer different

kind of medicine to him but he

did not get better.

Nike dressed so fine, she

checked herself to make sure

everything was in place, she

pulled up her ankara skirt to

her laps and wore a top that

exposed some part of her

b—-t as she walked to the

Prince chamber that evening,

she knew that the Queen

mother was attending to the

sick Oba, the princess has gone

for a walk with her husband to

be Tunde, the prince recline to

his chamber more than before

Nike tapped on his door gently

and she hard when the prince

asked whoever it is to come in

Nike went in and saw the

prince resting on his bed, he

look troubled

The prince looked at Nike from

head to toe, she dressed as if

she has come to seduce him,

and such dressing was not

allowed in the palace, how

could she dress like this to his

chamber

“Why are you dressed like this

in the palace…do you

understand where you are…

this is not the normal uniforms

you are given to wear…and

what do you want?

“I’m sorry my prince…I was so

busy I couldn’t wash all my

maiden cloths on time…so I

just washed them today… not

quiet long and this was the

only cloth left for me to wear…

sorry about this…you looked

troubled are you okay..

“don’t ask me unnecessary

question…what do you want

and please immediately you

leave here go and look for the

right cloth and wear, cloths like

this are not allowed in the

palace…you should have being

told of all this..

Nike saw that the prince was

not even move by her dressing

which she has intend to use in

seducing him, she romanced

her laps and touched her

b—-t stylishly while moving

closer to him

The prince watch her as she

move touching every part of

her body, he waited to see

what she was up to as she

move closer, the Prince sat up

from his bed with hand akimbo

frowning as Nike came to

stand beside his bedside, she

bent to touch the prince

shoulder with a tone to show

that she cares about him and

the prince hush her angrily

which made Nike to run far

from his bed side

“if you dare touch me with

those wretched hands of yours

I will cut them off and send the

pieces to your mother….are

you out of your mind, how

dare you straight those filthy

hands towards me…I asked

you what are you doing here…

Remi your sister was not so

undisciplined like you are, Remi

can not come into my chamber

dressed like a village harlot…

At the mention of Remi Nike

became angry

“My Prince Remi is dead you

still have her name on your

lips…she is long gone and

forgotten, she was my late

sister and it saddens me to

remember how she died with

her unborn child, she tried to

kill your father, the Oba of this

great kingdom…that is

unforgiven crime…and she got

what she deserve…please don’t

mistake my statement in

thinking I don’t love my sister…

I do…but her sin was not only

to the Oba but also to all…the

entire land and anyone calling

her name is just like inviting

the wrath of the gods to their

selves, she is dead and we all

have move pass that…she has

different crime pointing right

at her, she did not only lie that

she was pregnant with your

child she also tried to blackmail

you into settling with her

because she wanted to be the

Queen by all means…I warned

her severally but she didn’t

listen…I told her to change her

evil ways but Remi has always

being an evil stubborn child

right from birth, she never

listen to anyone and she got

exactly what she deserve…

“Why are you here…I did not

ask you to give me details of

what Remi did…I asked you

what you came for…what do

you want?

“I’m pregnant…yes…I am…and

you are responsible my

Prince…the night you were

drunk and ask Leja to bring me

into your chamber and he did

and you laid with me…that

was the night I took in for you

“hmmm…something is

definitely wrong with you…you

are a crazy maiden…this

reminds me of Remi…yes

Remi….she came here not so

disgustedly dressed like you

are, but she came anyway

calming that I’m responsible

for her pregnancy and the

truth was that Leja was her

Lover who got her pregnant…

does this lies run in your

family….lying, manipulating,

tricky, seductive and dangerous

does it run in your family… I’m

beginning to wonder how you

got to work in this palace, how

did they chose you without a

proper check up….you don’t

deserve to work in the palace…

you in particular…

“I’m sorry my prince, I don’t

mean to offend you and I am

never like Remi, she was a liar

all through her stay here but

I’m real, I did not plan for this

to happen but when Leja came

to wake me up that you are

asking for me and I obeyed…

who am I not to anyway. I

came here and you make out

with me and I was shock when

you wake up in the middle of

night surprise to see me, you

can’t remember what

happened between us again…

but it truly happen…I am not

lying…I can swear it…please

believe me..i am carrying your

child…a son and a true heir for

you…I can’t lie with such heavy

thing…I understand the

implications of such so I can’t

do that…believe me, Remi lied

to you and try to get you with

those lies but she is long

dead…I am carrying your child

my prince…

 

“hahahaha…you are carrying

my child…very funny, I

remember everything that

happened that night, right

from when Leja kept on filling

my cups until I couldn’t take

anymore drink, I fell asleep

with my cloths on and woke

up without them, I remember

everything that happened,

what do you take me for …a

fool, I may not have remember

what that transpired between

me and Remi the night with

her…during those party days, it

was as if my memory of that

night was wiped off but I

remembered everything on the

night with you, I know and I

am very certain that I did not

touch you… alright…you said I

laid with you right…that is

fine…how long is your

pregnancy…how long have you

gone…

“I am thirteen weeks gone my

prince….thank you for believing

me…this means a lot to me…I

am carrying the future heir to

the throne…thanks the gods

that you believed me I was

almost afraid of your tone,

now I’m relieved…I am thirteen

weeks gone my prince…

“yea, you are thirteen weeks,

you are carrying the future heir

indeed, fantastic…that is like

three months and one week,

the last time I caught you in

my chamber naked was over

five months now, you should

be smart enough to know

this… you are three months

and a week, how

possible….you must be out of

your mind to come here with

such blunder…is being over five

months and you are just three

months gone…you are really

crazy…go and find who is

responsible for your

pregnancy…just as Remi found

out hers…from now onward

you have being suspended

from this palace for one week,

if you ever come back here

with such news I will finally

throw you out of the palace for

good…and on your way out

ask Leja to see me

immediately…leave right now,

tell the Queen mother that I

sent you home for one week

suspension and if she ask you

what your offence are then you

should have a better answer

for her, pick up your things

today, this evening and leave

the palace immediately…next

time you want to lie… try and

be calculative and smart with

it…but if you are caught doing

such then you will have a lot to

answer…get out…out of here

now and out of the palace too.

Nike walked out in shame, her

plans has failed her, she bite

her fingers in anger, she never

thought that the prince will

have time to start calculating

the period she was in his

chamber naked, she has not

thought of that and the truth is

that, the pregnancy did not

enter on time as she kept on

pressuring Leja to lay with her

even after the night in the

prince chamber, she and Leja

has being on it and even when

Leja do not want to do it she

will force him or threaten him

and when she confirm she was

carrying a child she waited for

another month to be very sure

before going to the prince with

the news, and now the prince

knows the truth and she

doesn’t know how to convince

him again, she will go home

just as the prince as suspended

her for a week and she will tell

her mother, she would have

asked her mother to come and

see the Oba so that the Oba

will make the prince take

responsible of her pregnancy,

Leja will bear a witness to

them confirming everything

but now the Oba is so ill and

will not be able to see anybody

Nike was sad as she picked up

her things, she will think of

another way to get the prince

to claim the pregnancy, she

will certainly become the

future Queen, she will talk with

her mother and they will come

up with a better idea.

Remi sat with Sipah close to

the fire place, while Mikia

carried the baby, Ore was with

Mikai and the baby, as they

play around, Remi watched

them and smile as the monkey

kept on jumping to touch the

baby but Mikai held the baby

so high preventing Ore from

touching the baby, which made

Ore to cry out in frustration,

Remi laughed out before

turning to Sipah who was

fanning the coal…

“you should have allowed me

do the cooking today…you are

spoiling me too much Pah, you

and Mikai, I can’t even do

anything…maybe tomorrow I

will do the cooking while you

watch…

Sipah turned and looked at

Remi, he looked out at Ore

who seem to be complaining

of something but in a funny

way, he looked at Mikai as she

cuddled the baby in her arm,

he muttered something to

himself

“Emmanuel…God is with us…

“What…you said something…I

did not hear you Pah…

“a name for the baby…aside

the one you gave him…I called

him Emmanuel…and it means

God is with us…

“uhmmm…that is a strange

name but is fine…the name I

gave him is just the first name

that came to my mind when I

thought of a name for him

“Ademide” which means my

crown has come.

“that’s good…your dialect

sound so sweet to the ear…you

will get to teach me some of

it…I know Ore means friend…

and Ore mi means my friend

and few others…but I will like

to learn more…will you teach

me?

Remi looked at Sipah with a

smile on her face, and he was

also looking at her with a

smile, she blushed and looked

away

“what is it…is there a problem…

the way you looked away…I

totally understand if you can’t

teach me your fine dialect…

Yoruba dialect…as much as I

would love to learn but I can’t

push it…don’t feel bad about

that…

“no…no I am not feeling bad…I

will teach you…our class will

start anytime you are free in

the evening or any day you are

home…I will love to teach you

and Mikai…

“thank you…and as for spoiling

you too much…you deserve it…

pushing out that cute baby

without any complication, I

know is not by your power but

from the power above… being

strong enough to carry him in

your womb even after being

banished…you deserve to be

loved and cared for…and don’t

worry I will let you cook

tomorrow so that I will sit and

watch you…I will love to watch

you cook…

Remi looked at him again as

Sipah looked at her eye balls

which was filled with

happiness, Remi breathed

deeply before looking away.

She don’t know why she feel

this way with Sipah, he looks

at her and she feel like melting

inside, Sipah has being great

both to her and everyone here,

he cares deeply and always so

protective of them. She

thanked the gods for him

everyday.

Sipah put some hot soup in the

plate with lots of bush meat

and vegetable and gave Remi

“eat everything in there, the

baby is eating from you

remember, so eat up so that he

will suck it out from you later…

as Emmanuel is sucking out

from you I will be here making

sure you don’t lack vitamins,

minerals, protein and

carbohydrate which the plants

and herbs gives us, I will be

filling you in with enough

quantity…

Remi laughed out so hard and

Sipah joined in.

 

Episode 26

 

“Where do you get those oso..?

(Oranges)

“From your backyard Iya…I

climbed up the tree and got all

this…

“I never thought there was still

more fruits in it…the leave are

too crowded…one won’t easily

know there are still big

oranges in there…peel and

bring some here for me…

Dami quickly peel the oranges

and gave it to his grandma.

Who was throwing corn seed

to a hen with its chicks…

“Here is the orange Iya…you

will over fed that hen…and it

will become so fat and lazy to

go and find food for her

children… if you keep feeding it

all the time…she won’t have

strength to even protect the

little chicks from the yellow

eye hawk…

“hahahaha…what do you even

know…the hen reminds me of

your sister…she is being taking

care of, well fed, supported and

loved by total strangers…and

the seed of crown is growing in

good hands…

“Iya…do you see all this things

while sitting here or the gods

reveal them to you while at

asleep…because I don’t even

understand most of them…

Remi being cared for by a

stranger…do the stranger live

in the forest or is he a hunter

who took her home…and

allowed her to…

“shh shhh…don’t say a word…

Dami kept quiet, he continued

with his orange as he watch his

grandma shut her eyes and

raise her face upward…a

strange wind blew and

suddenly stopped. Dami felt

cold and the orange in his hand

fell to the ground, everything

suddenly became normal

again, he felt his normal self

and started peeling another

orange, he was use to his

grandma strange behavior, she

sees and hear things from the

gods. Dami wondered what

she was seeing or hearing

again this time

Grandma return back to her

orange, after sucking off the

juice she started eating the

inside of the orange, Dami

watched silently, he wanted to

speak but doesn’t know if is

okay for him to talk now, but

he spoke out anyway

“Iya there are still more

oranges here…just in case you

want more…

“I know…I’m fine with this my

child…hmmm…ose gan…

“So…what did you see or hear…

that made you to hush me to

be quiet…

“All I live for… is for you and

your sister…my being alive is

mostly because of your sister…

she has a diamond…

“Really…is that what you saw…

real diamonds…wow…if she

sell it she will become

wealthy…are the diamond

much…do they grow in the

forest…aaah…Remi is so lucky…

but is unfortunate that she

can’t sell them…nobody will go

to the evil forest to go and buy

a diamond…

“The Diamond I’m talking

about is her child…I told you

the day Remi gave birth…it

was same day that the Oba fell

ill and I doubt no medicine

man can cure him…most of

them know this, they are

aware that the medicine they

are administering to him does

not have any effect on the king

yet they keep on doing same

thing all over because they

don’t want to be the one to

give the sad news but just to

be around the Oba… the truth

will be out soon because many

will fall sick…not just the Oba,

the Oba’s cabinet men will start

falling sick one after the other

and many other will follow, the

kingdom will be torn apart and

the prince will be heart broken

and confuse, and they will

come running…then he will

remember…

“running to where and he will

remember what exactly Iya?

….will the Oba die…and why…

why did the Oba become sick

on same day that Remi put to

birth…is strange Iya…and you

said more people will follow in

the illness…why is that…will

the Oba die…

“Just ask one question at a

time my child…The Oba will

not die yet…not now…the

diamond in the forest will

come to him and he will see

the seed of crown…

“I don’t understand Iya…

“you should understand

because I am not speaking

latin to you…I speak in a clear

and a very understandable

tongue…try to clear your mind

so that it will be easy for you

to understand certain riddles

and few of my saying, you are

growing into strong man with

a strong mind but not so

strong like your sister…you are

smart, strong and has a good

heart for mankind…Damilola,

your future lies in the heart of

the forest…

“Iya…if I say I don’t understand

again you may start

complaining but I serious

don’t…I sometime get scared

from this riddles…my future in

the forest…how is that

possible…my future is here…

right here in this kingdom…I’m

not going anywhere…I don’t

want to go and live in the

forest…no Iya, I’m not at strong

as my sister…if I’m sent out like

Remi I will just die even before

I get to the forest…at the

mention of forest I have great

fear because I will remember

egbo mi (elder sister) but you

said that she is happy and she

is well taken care off with her

child and that alone is all that

matters to me, just for her to

be fine…but my own future is

right here please…

“hmmm…nobody is sending

you out of the kingdom…your

sister was chosen by the gods

and that is why she in the

forest, you have no business

going there but you still have

business there… when the time

comes my child you will love

everything from the forest…

“I will love egbo mi and her

child… then the bush meat and

fruits that I have not tasted

before…that is the only thing

that will interest me there

nothing else…I wish egbo mi

will return back now with my

nephew…so I will teach him

how to climb tress and swim in

the river, I will teach him how

to make ridges and how to be

a great farmer…

His grandma laugh before

asking Dami to go and fetch

firewood and he left

immediately.

 

Nike did not see Leja, she was

told he went out, but as she

got to the gate she saw Leja

coming in, she pushed Leja to

one corner

“I have being suspended…so

I’m going home right away…I

will be away for one week…

“Suspended by who and what

was your offence…what

happened..

“Omooba…he gave me one

week suspension…and he said

you should report to his

chamber immediately….i went

to tell him about the news of

being pregnant but it didn’t go

down well because he

calculated from the last time i

was seen in his chamber to the

present day, he added

everything up and it did not

make sense at all…I never

thought he will have time to

start calculating all that and I

was surprise when he brought

it up Leja…I don’t even know

how to convince him, so you

can try to do that because

everything lies within this child

I’m carrying…i will discuss with

Iyami and know what to do

next….the Oba is critically ill

and can’t attend to anyone…I

would have suggested that me

and Iyami come down to speak

with the Oba if he will listen to

us but as the whole thing is

now we have to think of

another way to get the prince

into this…is the future I’m

carrying here, I know is your

child but the prince has to

believe is this otherwise we are

doom…

“Omooba is not foolish Nike…if

he can remember what

happened the night he caught

you in his chamber then there

is nothing I will say or do that

can convince him…

“Don’t say that Leja, the prince

trust and believes everything

you tells him, you are the chief

guard here too also the Prince

right hand man….only you can

convince him, make him

believe that this child is his…I

don’t know how you will do it

but do it anyway you like…all

that matters is for him to

believe you…Omooba has no

doubt in you…he trust you…

“yes, he trust me and I have

betrayed him severally already,

I took his trust for granted…I

wish I can get off this, I wish I

never even get involve with

this whole mess….the fact is he

will not believe me and I don’t

want him to start suspecting

me in anyway…I will try to

clear my head and…

“clear which head…your head…

hahahaha…you are a joker Leja,

mind whatever you say to the

prince before it backfires…clear

your head and also clear mine

because I am carrying your

child, you can’t get away with

this…the pregnancy did not

enter when it was suppose to,

and you contributed to it…I

will make a solid plan you will

scatter it…what is wrong with

you…if you have laid with me

continuously like I asked and

wanted you to… the pregnancy

wouldn’t be this late, I have to

force and kept on disturbing

you just for us to get here

finally now the ball fall back to

you…play it well Leja…play it

well and don’t try to be smart

with me…remember we are in

this together…we have gone

deep and can’t get out until the

purpose is all achieve…think of

what to tell Omooba so that he

can believe you…

Ope saw Leja and Nike

whispering something to their

selves close to the palace gate

as she tries to spread the

princess wear, she wonder

what they were always talking

about in a whisper, she

watched them for sometime

and felt anger building up as

Nike talked with Leja, Ope

frown as she stood at a

distance watching them, Nike

looked like she was pregnant

and Leja is responsible no

doubt, maybe the queen

mother found out and sent her

home because she looked like

she was going home, Ope

thought within her as she

turned and walked away with

some of the princess dry cloths

She breathed deeply as she

thought of Remi, she really

missed her and it saddens her

that she is no more, Remi has a

warm presence, beautiful and

hardworking but Nike was

always jealous of her and she

succeeded in making the Oba

to banish her.

The princess was suppose to be

getting married soon but since

her father is ill they have to

postpone the wedding until

the Oba gets better.

Ope has become the princess

personal maiden, the princess

chosed her and asked her to be

her personal maiden in place of

Remi, and she has tried to

serve with all her heart just as

Remi had done, she is taking

Remi’s step to serve the

princess wholeheartedly.

Ope knew that she will never

be able to fill the gap or the

emptiness that Remi left in

everyone’s heart.

The prince walked along the

corridor and Ope who was

carrying some of the princess

dry cloths ran into the prince

unknowingly and quickly knelt

down to apologise

“ejoo…I mabinu omooba…(I’m

sorry my prince)

“kosi wahala… (No problem)

you serve my sister now?

“ben ni, (yes, I do)

“Good, and hope you serve

well just as Re…Remi when she

was here. Be sincere in your

dealing and also be

trustworthy and you will win

the princess heart…by the way

have you seen Leja around…

“Yes, my prince…he is at the

palace gate side…talking with

Nike…

“Nike, the maiden I sent for

one week suspension?, what

are they talking about…go and

call Leja immediately…and tell

that Maiden to leave the palace

at once…

Ope dropped everything in her

hands and ran off to the gate,

she wondered what Nike did

wrong for the prince to send

her home on suspension, she

was glad that Nike was sent

home.

on getting there, Nike pause

from what she was saying to

Leja to face Ope…

“Witch…what do you want

here…what are you looking

for…

Ope decided to drop few insult

for Nike first

“Getting pregnant for Leja is

that the way you intend to

become the next queen, you

told me that I should watch

out and you will become the

queen of this kingdom…and I

am still watching and all I can

see is that you are pregnant for

Leja and the prince sent you

home on suspension…what a

pity,…

“You are an idiot Ope, who told

you I’m pregnant for Leja, I’m

proudly carrying the Prince son

in my womb, and I am not

going on suspension but to

visit my mother as the prince

asked me to…deal with it

jealous fool, because I will

become the Queen of this great

kingdom and people like you

will become my footstool, I will

banish you from this kingdom

when the time comes, just like

Remi was banished…enemies

like you are threat to this great

kingdom, you are meant to

become food for the wild

animals in the forest…that is

where you will belong…is a

matter of little time and it will

happen…

“hahahaha…may the gods

curse that your lying mouth for

saying you are carrying the

prince child, the prince said it

himself that you are on

suspension and I should tell

you to leave the palace at once.

Leja, he asked you to report to

him immediately…so Nike, go

home and serve your

punishment and all your evil

deed will catch up with you

one day, Remi deserve to be a

Queen, she was truly carrying

the prince child just as the

princess has even testified but

you feigned her up and got her

banished with a child in her

womb…you are so heartless,

and mind you…the gods

maybe crazy but they are wise

and they will bring judgement

to you and to the womb that

bore you…Leja the prince is

watching and he wants you to

report to him at once and he

said you should push Nike out

of the palace, push her so hard

or better still drag her out of

this gate before going to

omooba…Leja do it…the prince

is watching you now…

Leja got scared as he hard that

the prince was watching him

which wasn’t true. He turned to

Nike and asked her to leave,

Nike slapped his hand off her

shoulder

“so you want to push me out…

you are crazy…can’t you see

I’m pregnant with the prince

son and this evil witch is so

bitter because of that fact…she

will die of jealousy…don’t

touch me before the gods

strike you down…

“Nike, just cooperate and

leave…the prince is watching

us…don’t make this more

complicated than it is already,

just leave at once as the prince

commanded….please.

Nike quietly started walking

towards the gate as Leja

followed her to make sure she

was out, Nike pause at the gate

to look at Ope angrily from

head to toe, she gave a heavy

hiss before walking out.

Ope started laughing at her as

she walked away.

Leja went to see the prince

while Ope went back to the

princess chamber.

 

 

 

Tbc…

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