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Diamond in the forest Episode 33

DIAMOND IN THE FOREST.
Episode 33.
 
 
Remi and her Squad arrive the
kingdom, some of the guards
has already gone ahead of
them to inform everyone of
Remi’s arrival with the prince
son who is believed to be the
diamond child.
People came out of their
houses as the news began to
go round that the pregnant
maiden who was innocently
banished returned with a son
she had for Omooba. A
Diamond child and a seed of
crown.
News travelled so far as every
one came out to watch and
rejoice, the men came to
welcome them with gangan
and dundun (talking drum)
they played fine music and the
happy women dance, some
other people came to hug
Remi, others came to see the
diamond child which was
foretold.
They came with different
harvest from their farm yard.
They gave different gifts, like
goats, fowl and so many other
gift to Remi and her Squad.
The small crowd gradually turn
into a big crowd as different
people came to join to
welcome Remi and the
strangers with her.
Mikai exclaim happily as she
saw lots of people gathering
up around them as they gently
walk down, they greeted them
warmly in their dialect, some
wanted to touch Ademide, the
Diamond child. Who was
securely tired on Remi’s back.
Some threw their wrapper on
the floor in honour to the
diamond child.
“Wow, so many people…Pah
can you see…I feel like I’m a
celebrity…like a princess in the
means of all this people…oh
my God…I have never seen so
many people like this…they are
giving Remi the honour of a
Queen…this is awesome…see
all her people they are huge…
Pah, I like it here…I like to be in
the means of all this people…
they are singing and dancing
and is all unique… Pah can we
live here…maybe for
sometime…please don’t go
anywhere….Remi’s people are
all warm and inviting…I want
to be among them…
“hahaha…this is like a
triumphant entry…I never
expected it…I like it here too, if
you like it here then we all can
stay, Mikai, we will stay here
together if God wills it, I feel
God is giving us another home
among this great people…I feel
so glad that God Remembered
Remi and Emmanuel. We will
pitch our tent and bring light
to those in darkness…God is
giving us another home…
taking us away from the forest
into this Kingdom…
Remi and the squad went
down to her grandma’s place
while the remaining guards
return to the palace. The prince
who was standing with the
princess and wondering what
was happening outside the
palace. The singing the
multiple gangan sound.
“My heart want to boast out…
maybe Remi has returned…oh
the gods be praise if it happens
to be true…do you think she
will ever forgive me….how do I
even approach her now…after
all we put her through…oh
Remi…I feel so happy yet so
scared that she may not
forgive me…or allow me to
hold my son…well I deserve
every of her judgment…I
wronged her…the land owe
her greatly…I wish I can take
her away from those crowd
and draw her into a warm
embrace…I really miss her…i…I
do…I just hope I’m right and I
am not ridding ahead of
myself…what if she refuse to
come back…what if she swear
never to set her feet here again
what are we going to do…
what I’m I going to do without
her, I could have gone into that
forest and plead with her
myself but I can’t leave the
throne, is not right. Father and
the cabinet men are all done,
mother too…I have wanted to
go, but it was not a wise
decision, that was why I stayed
back, everyday that passes
without any news of her return
gives me heart ache …oh I just
hope she is the one…
The princess looked up at his
brother and started laughing
as he placed his hand on his
chest with a confused face
“I’m certain that Remi has
return…there is no other way
the kingdom will be this lively
and happy, she took the colour
of this place when she left now
everything is coming back,
there has being cry of sadness
and one bad news or the other
ever since she left, now there
are shout of joy on her return…
I wish I can run out there right
now…I am so happy my heart
want to boast…Remi is back
with your son…relax…she will
forgive you…she maybe angry
for some time but she will
forgive you…le…
The guards who were with
Remi came into the palace and
the Prince breathed deeply as
they came to him with Remi’s
return.
The prince screamed excitedly
and also the princess, Ope ran
out as the news got to her. She
came to the princess
“I was hearing music and
singing…I thought is coming
from my head because is being
a very long time we rejoice
over anything in this
kingdom…oh the gods be
praise…
The princess was happy as she
and Ope talked, the prince was
rejoicing as he ask the guards
“Do you see my son…how is
he…did Remi return with a
stranger…tell me more
“The diamond child as people
call him has your look, my
prince he look so much like
you. And Remi came back with
some stranger not just one, a
very young girl and a tall, huge
man, his name is Sipah. He has
a monkey on his shoulder,
Remi seem to be so fond of
him…he is a man with a deep
scar on his forehead but strong
arms and good looks too.
The prince breathed deeply, he
robbed his too sweating palms
as he wonder about Remi and
the stranger that the guards
said she was fond of, Leja has
lied to him that Remi was his
love and he believed him but
not again, he will plead with
everything possible even to the
stranger to let Remi go, he
doesn’t want to take chances
again and loose her and he
doesn’t care if Remi and the
stranger lives as husband and
wife in the forest all that
matters is that he will fight for
the woman he has never stop
loving and for his son.
He asked few guard to follow
him so that he can go over to
Remi’s grandma place, where
Remi and her squad were
lodging.
.
The princess and Ope followed
happily but the prince chased
them back. He asked them to
wait when he return they can
go and see her. All of them can
not leave the palace at once
Oba and the Queen mother
may need one of them.
Leja looked out from the
breeze block where they were
kept, he wonder why there
was so much noise. Nike sat on
the ground, eating the left over
food that a maiden served
them earlier.
She also hard the noise and
wonder what they were
celebrating, she and Leja has
not being talking to each other,
Leja almost slapped her the
other day as she provoked him,
and ever since then she has
being keeping to herself.
anytime she want to ease
herself she inform the guard
station on their door and he
will unlock the cell for her to
go and ease up and return
back, four guards were
stationed around the cell,
where she and Leja was.
Leja called one of the guards to
ask him what the noise was all
about
“Remi has returned with her
diamond child…a son for the
prince…everyone is celebrating
her return…
Leja was stunned, he stood
puzzled, Nike left the food that
she was eating, she quickly lost
her appetite, she turned to Leja
“Remi is dead…she was
banished and she died in the
forest…how come…how
possible is it for her to survive
the forest with wild animals
and return back to the
kingdom with a son for
omooba…I doubt it…that guard
is high on cheap wine…he is
lying…
Leja ignored her as he began to
think of his life whatever that
awaits them, what will be his
fate, he had great fear of the
unknown, Nike wasn’t his
problem and he hates her so
much for making him to be in
such a mess. He silently prayed
to the gods to help him as Nike
kept talking to herself….
Remi was seated with her
happy grandma and excited
Dami, Sipah and Mikai.
Dami collected Ademide from
her back, Remi knelt before her
grandma as the older woman
filled with smile opened her
arm in an embrace and Remi
went and remained there as
her grandma held her like a
child, she released her and
there were tears of joy pouring
from Remi’s eyes. The older
woman wipe the tear from
Remi face and pat her cheek
gently before asking Dami to
bring the little boy.
As grandma carried the boy on
her laps, she smile and gave a
sigh of relief, Remi introduce
Sipah and Mikai to her, and Ore
the monkey was sitting beside
Sipah.
Grandma asked them to come
closer and when they did, she
showered prayer of blessing on
their head in Yoruba dialect,
Sipah and Mikai did not
understand but they joined
everyone to say “Amin” after
they stood up, Mikai felt Dami
looking at her, she look in his
direction but he quickly looked
away shyly.
Mikai smile, as she focused on
the moment. She noticed
Remi’s brother was so homely
and so happy, he wasn’t so tall
but he was good looking and
very shy unlike Remi who is so
bold.
Whenever she found him
looking at her, Dami will look
else where and dodge.
“I thank the gods for their
mercy, welcome home Remi
and my great grandchild, the
seed of crown, birthed in the
forest and brought home to his
great kingdom where he will
mount the throne of the great
men in years to come and
judge wisely and fairly. He will
be the people’s best king….I’m
also glad to have you home
with us Sipah and your
daughter Mikai….feel at home,
thank you once again for all
your kindness, you are indeed
a good man and you are
already blessed… This will be
your home from now on
because you are the answer for
the future generation of this
land…and our monkey frined…
hahahaha, even the animals
took likening to you and guide
you home…what a monkey
with human intelligence…
Ore waves it tail and made a
funny noise as if he was saying
“thank you” which made
everyone to laugh.
Men playing the ganagan
increased the volume and
singing voices went high as
they saw the prince coming
with his guards.
When Remi saw the prince and
every one prostrating, she did
not move from where she sat
in between Sipah and Mikai.
Remi looked at the Prince and
know that Ademide took after
him so much, she noticed that
the prince has slimed down,
and he was counting his every
steps as he move closer to
where she was, she was having
the wrapper she took from him
on her laps, she looked away
from him as he was looking at
her.
The prince went to grandma
and greeted, he looked sty the
boy who look so much as him
in his younger days. He
breathed deeply and smile. He
wanted to touch him but
decided to make peace with
Remi first.
He greeted the man sitting
beside Remi and he responded
warmly, the tall strong man
with a warm smile introduced
himself as Sipah and his
daughter as Mikai.
The prince welcomed them, he
looked at Remi who has refuse
to look at him, he breathed
again and looked back at the
grandma who smiled and
urged him to go ahead
He looked at Sipah as if he was
trying to take permission and
Sipah nodded him forward, the
prince greeted Remi and
thanked her for Returning
home to them, he pleaded for
her forgiveness, for the
injustice done to her but Remi
was sitting acting unconcerned
The older woman spoke
“no wasting time, Omooba you
have all the time to beg my
grand daughter but right now
let’s start with the most
necessary, as you can see they
just returned from a faraway
journey, give her time to rest
and think but most
importantly first thing
tomorrow, the diamond child
will be taken to the palace,
Remi carry him to Oba’s
chamber and allow the Oba to
hold the child’s hand, do the
same for the Queen. Oba is the
ruler of this kingdom and once
the ruler is well again then
every other sick person will get
their healing, the cabinet men
inclusive.
The prince stayed behind until
the evening was turning into
night, he spoke with Sipah on
the forest life, Remi did not
allow him to touch her son but
he was a very patient man, he
knows his sin against Remi was
heavy and he will try to make
it all right. The prince found
out that Sipah does not have
anything to do with Remi in
terms of relationship, it was a
great relief for him as he plan
on what to do to gain Remis’
forgiveness and to win her
back to himself.
Mikai joined Dami in the
kitchen, but Dami was shy and
started blushing
“I came to help you make the
evening food, hope you don’t
mind…please tell me what to
do…
“aaa…ok…ay…there is nothing
much left to do…thank you…
may be you could tell me
about the forest life…
Mikai was happy as she started
telling Dami what her old
environment was like and how
to make an arrow and bow.
The prince asked Sipah and
Mikai to join him in the palace
and they obeyed.
 
Tbc

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