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DIAMOND IN THE FOREST.

Episode 5.

 

 

Leja walked to where the

Prince was and greeted him

“kilo fa ija lan re awo omodo

yi… (What caused the fight

between the maids?)

Leja was thinking within

himself “you caused it all, it

was all because of you, among

all the royalty in this kingdom

you did not see them is my

own woman that you decided

to pick interest in, and she will

fall for you because you are a

prince and I’m just a guard, if I

know I would have left you in

that stream that day to drawn,

it could have being better if

you are no more than for you

to take Remi from me, see his

big flat head like the hand fan

used in fanning the king, he is

not even as handsome as I am

or maybe he is but I’m far

more stronger than he will

ever be, if you have focus on

other royal maiden and leave

my woman alone there won’t

be troub….

“Leja…soro…(Leja speak) you

are not saying anything…I

asked you a question…what

caused the fight between the

princess personal maid and the

palace maid?

“I mabinu omo oba… (I’m sorry

my prince) they had

misunderstanding…they are

step sisters…

“Being related doesn’t give

them the right to argue or

fight in the palace you know

that already Leja, you were

suppose to calm the situation

before it escalated, but you

were there and the other girl

almost died…what if the one

that passed out died at that

spot….you will

be held

responsible because you are

the chief guard here, you are

suppose to station your men at

every corner to monitor the

environments and to pacify

unwarranted situations like

that…

Leja bent his head in respect as

the prince spoke to him, he

kept thinking to himself “why

is he even blaming me for the

problem he caused, everything

is me, anything that goes

wrong here is me, nobody else

will be blamed, Leja this Leja

that every time, now the gods

decided to compensate all my

effort with a woman like Remi

and he wants to collect her

from me, I can’t wait to finally

leave this palace and start a

family of my own…if I know I

would have done everything

possible to stop Remi from

working here…in that way I

will get to have her to myself

but the kingdom chose her and

I don’t have any power of my

own to do anything, every

power lies in the oba’s

shoulder and his selfish son, I

wish Remi will not have to

come back here again an…..

“Leja, se ofe ti soro mi rara (are

you listening to me at all)

“ beeni….imabinu omo oba…

(yes, please don’t be angry)it

won’t happen again…it was all

a mistake which I will make

sure it doesn’t repeat here

again…

When Leja finally left the

Prince presence he make sure

he was far from him before

realising a very loud hiss for

the prince.

Remi knew that her mother

will be very angry with her and

it was just as she thought

“Don’t you have common sense

Remi, you went to the palace

to disgrace me, how can you

be fighting in the oba’s palace

are you an animal, don’t you

have sense, even Dami your

brother can not be that

stupide, I raised you better

than

that…my mother is alive,

well respected and in good

health because I did not

disgrace her or bring shame to

her, I did not kill my mother

Remi …so you will not kill me

let the gods bear me witness…

“Mami, she was insulting you…

saying you are a mother of a

witch…different bad names,

you know she has being doing

this and it has become normal

for her, she insults me

anywhere and even slap me

sometimes before we were

called to work in the palace,

now being at the palace she

started again, there’s a limit

every human being can take…

she pushed me to the

extreme…I couldn’t hold it in

any longer Mami, she insulting

me was fine but also bring the

insult to you is what I coul…

“gbe ne sun….(shut up that

your mouth) did I ask you to

fight for me…did I send you to

go and fight for me, it was me

she was insulting why not

leave her to be, you know her

mother is very troublesome…

now she will come with

another of her trouble and I

have being trying everything

possible to avoid them….see I

hate trouble and I learn to

forgive and overlook things

through the help of my

mother, your grandma, and the

best way to win is by keeping

quiet and ignoring them…she

slaps you or do anything to

you let the gods fight for you

Remi…the kingdom did not

chose you to go and fight in

the palace….don’t be a useless

child, she push you don’t push

back just walk away…

“aaah Mami I can not do that

one o….infact whatever they

want from now onward am so

ready for them…we have being

keeping quiet for too long and

instead of them to leave us

alone they will keep fighting

us…you are not dragging

anything again with them,

after all Baba (father) is dead

so what is iya Nike’s problem,

and also Nike, she is among the

royal worker just as I am so

what exactly is their problem

that they want to frustrate us…

that nonsense must stop Mami,

oto ge (enough is enough) she

has to learn ho…

“Iya Remi…iya Remi bo si ta

(Remi mother…come outside)

Nike and her mother were

outside Remi’s house, banging

on there door, iya Remi went

outside with Remi, she knows

it was full trouble awaiting to

happen, she dreaded any

trouble with Nike’s mother but

Remi has dragged her into it

and she has to go and beg

them.

“Iya Remi….wo oju Nike ati

arare (look at Nike’s face and

body) …wo nkan ti aje oloshi

omore shi fun omo mi (look at

what your useless witch

daughter did to my beautiful

child)….do you see how you

people have started looking for

me and my daughter’s

trouble…

“e joo…Imabinu iya Nike…mo

ba wi ki oto gbemi (please,

don’t be angry I was just

scolding her before you called

me)…pele Nike (sorry Nike)

….ma sun owo iwosan (i will

pay for her treatment)…

Imabinu ejoo…

Mi bi nu oo (I’m not angry) but

the gods will deal with you

and your daughter…for

ganging up against my

beautiful daughter….Nike is a

good child and was on her

own, doing her work as she

was sent to do and the Prince

and others were already

commending her and your

wicked daughter got jealous

and attacked her…do you see,

The gods hope you have seen

the injustice done to me and

my daughter please fight this

battle and deal with the

cuprite in your own way

because if you fail me… aaah…i

will have to deal with them

myself…

 

.

Remi watch as iya Nike lifted

her face and started calling the

gods to deal with her, Nike was

relaxing on the wall and

angrily snapping her finger

towards Remi and her mother,

Remi mother never stopped

pleading to them to let it go,

Remi watch In disgust as her

mother plead which did not

pacify iya Nike or stop her from

insulting them, she was getting

irritated with the whole thing,

she wish she can return back

all the curse and insult that Iya

Nike was raining on them but

her mother will be very angry,

when Iya Nike wanted to go

she pushed Remi’s mother

carelessly to go and get the

money for Nike’s treatment

and iya Remi almost fell down

but Remi rushed to her side

and held her,

Remi tightened her fist and

started breathing hard to

subside the rate of anger

clouding her chest, she was

trying not to get angry because

whenever she is angry at

someone and react to it is

always disastrous, for the sake

of her mother and her younger

brother who was standing

around and watching the

whole thing, Remi tried to calm

herself, she will beat Nike’s

mother and Nike, nothing will

happen, they won’t do

anything but she was wise

enough to take her mother

inside, her mother counted

some money and came outside

to give to Nike’s mother for her

Nike’s treatment, Iya Nike

roughly dragged the money

out of her hand and counted it,

as she tried to push iya Remi

again Remi came to stand in

between her mother, daring

Iya Nike to touch her, Nike’s

mother looked her over and

snap her finger to their faces,

“ ko si wahala (there’s no

problem) we shall see” was her

last word to them before she

took her daughter, NIke inside

The following day Remi went

to stay with her grandmother

for the rest of the two days,

she told her grandmother

everything that happen

“Remilekun…do you know that

anger labels you a fool,

“ko ye mi Iya…(I don’t

understand grandma) Nike

deserve what she got…I don’t

feel bad about the whole thing

rather I feel relived…her

mother will be next if she

doesn’t stop insulting and

pushing my mother…they are

just good with trouble but I’m

fully ready for them…

Remi kept talking and the

grandma was watching her

without a word and after she

was done, the older woman

breathed down deeply and

look out straight at nothing in

particular, she wore a frown

and was deep in thought

before she repeated herself

again

“Remilekun, do you know

anger labels you a fool, you

have kept it in check for too

long and bottled up so much

inside of you so realising it on

Nike must have felt sweet, it

must have felt so good to you,

but it only makes you a fool, I

told you anger is your biggest

weakness and you must

overcome hate with love, don’t

let anyone to run you down

because your race with them is

totally different, don’t opened

up the door way…

“iya, what exactly do you

expect me to do…I can’t watch

her insulting me and mami and

also pushing me around as if

I’m a pieces of furniture, am a

human being you know that…

“And you are special child, you

are not like your mother or

Nike, you have the ear of the

gods and you must act

according and don’t give in to

evil emotions, you can be

destroyed through that…open

your palm…I said open up your

palm and show them to me…

Remi quickly obeyed and open

her hands to her grandma’s

face, the old woman spit into

them and asked Remi to rob it

together, Remi put up a

disgusting face as the grandma

asked her to rob the saliva in

her hand together, she obeyed

after which the woman told

her to take the dust from the

ground and also rob it together

with the saliva, Remi did and

the grandma later asked her to

go and wash her hand and

return and she did exactly as

her grandmother instruct

“What does it mean Iya…

robbing your saliva and dirt

together and washing it off,

are you blessing me or what…

“hahahaha…blessing ke…you

are already blessed my child,

the gods blessed you from the

womb, listen, in life people will

spit on you and push you

around and do all manner of

things against you…that is

what the saliva and the earth

you robbed together stand for

but you washed your hands

and they are clean again so

never allow any human to

have glory over you, wash up

and keep wining, dust off,

smile over it, put it behind you

and move just ahead, no one

can stop what has being

predestined…your anger is

deadly and if is not well

managed it may destroy you…

I’m not saying you should be a

fool or quiet like your mother

who is always afraid of

trouble….we are born into

trouble, some trouble comes

unplanned for and unexpected,

to overcome, you have to

endure, be patient and over

come all things with love…you

still have a long way to go…so

listen my child and be wise, I

have live a very long life here

and I have seen so much evil

than you can imagine, but the

gods kept me till date because

I never allowed evil to

overcome me, before your

mother was born, I told you it

took us time to conceived,

people called me names, some

will deliberately push me in

the market place, they will

laugh at me at the stream,

calling me a witch that I ate up

my children and charmed my

husband from getting another

woman, a lot of things was

said and done but I survived it,

i could have gotten into a fight

and probably kill somebody in

the process, how many of them

can I even fight, I could have

done something bad to them

but I said no, I was not going

to let their word or action get

to me, I did not allow their spit

or the dirt to stain me, I

washed up and dust off and I

am still here…waiting for the

day the gods will say is time

for me to kiss the earth

goodbye…anger labels you a

fool because you allow

people’s word and action to

affect you, when you respond

to their insults you became a

fool but if you ignore you

make them look like a fool,

they push you to the left and

you go left and they push you

to the right and you follow…

don’t let evil overcome you…

don’t let that happen my

child…brave up and keep your

head above the water…

“am not like you Iya…

sometimes I can’t just help it…I

become another person

entirely when I was beating

Nike…but I was enjoying

myself, iya…you are stronger

than I am…I am not like you…

there’s a limit I can take from

people…I can not do all this…

because I’m far from perfect…I

will never be like you although

I wish to be but you seem to

create a perfect word of your

own…

“You are just like me, the only

difference is in your mind…

overcome hate with love, you

are called to serve so serve

with all sincerity and love my

child… two will want you only

one will have you and then

disaster will struck…you will be

in-between and the gods will

take you away…far away with

the seed of crown…

“I don’t understand anything,

iya, stop speaking in riddles

because your word scares me…

I know that Leja and maybe

the Prince are interested in me

but the Prince has not said

anything like that, but aside

that ko ye mi (i don’t

understand)

“You will understand when the

time comes”

After three days their

punishment was over they

returned back to the palace

 

Episode 6.

 

“Two will want you, only one

will have you then disaster will

struck and you will be in

between… the gods will take

you away… Faraway with the

seed of crown…far away with

the seed of crown…

The echo was so deep, her

grandmother’s voice was

echoing repeatedly in her

dream, she toss and turn in her

bed that night untill she finally

woke up.

Remi sat up from her small bed

that was beside the princess

big bed, she looked around,

everywhere was still very dark

except for the lamptan oil light

that was burning at one corner

of the princess room.

The princess was sound asleep

on her big comfortable bed

Remi breathed deeply and try

to go back to sleep but sleep

wasn’t forth coming, she

wondered what her

grandmother meant by those

words, does it mean she will

die, her grandmother has said

“…then disaster will struck and

the gods will take her

away…faraway with the seed

of crown…

The gods taking somebody far

away only means that the

person will die, so will the gods

take her Life with the seed of

crown and what exactly is the

seed of crown…

“I don’t like it when iya speaks

in riddles… she scares me…seed

of crown… the gods will take

me faraway…aaah…I don’t

want to die… not now…

invisible God…I don’t know if

you are listening to the trouble

in my heart…if you are real and

you hear The silent cry of your

people then save me and don’t

allow my grandma’s riddles to

come to pass because it only

means death if the gods take

me away…faraway” it sound

like the grave…I don’t want to

go faraway…not now… maybe

when I’m as old as iya. invisible

God who watches over the

land and over the people of

this kingdom, please help me

to serve well with all sincerity

and love, don’t allow anger

and hate to control me but

rather help me to overcome it

all in love, I don’t want to run

into trouble again in this

palace…I know grandma said

we are born into a troubled

world and our days are filled

with trouble but God of our

land and of our ancestors save

me from any trouble that Will

consume my life an…

“Remi…Remi o sun..o in kun…

(What are you mumuring, you

are not sleeping)…what are you

whispering to yourself…or are

you sleep talking…

Remi was startled to hear the

princess speak to her, she has

thought the princess was

deeply asleep, she quickly

stood up and pretended she

was just waking up

Se o gbodo ma sun ki otu ma

Soro, princess mi, pada lo sun (I

must be sleep talking, I think I

was talking in my sleep…sorry

about that my princess please

go back to sleep).

The princess nodded and went

back to sleep, Remi covered her

up from the night cold and

later went back to her own

bed, after sometimes she fell

asleep she found herself back

home, she was crying as she

held her brother in her arms

who was vomiting blood, she

started calling her mother to

rush down

“Mami… Mami, ewa Dami ti n bi

(Mami come Dami is vomiting

blood) where are you…Dami is

vomiting blood…Mami…

She kept calling her mother but

her mother was nowhere to be

found, she later left her brother

lying helplessly on the ground

to go and look for her mother,

she search for her in the rooms

but she wasn’t there, she ran to

the backyard still crying and

calling her mother

Remi was hearing somebody

silently crying in the backyard,

she followed The voice and

was shock to see her mother in

the pull of her own blood, her

mother was also vomiting

blood and was covered up in

the mess.

She screamed and awaken

from her sleep, she was

breathing heavily as she sat up,

she looked around, everywhere

was still dark except for the

lamptan, the princess was

sound asleep, she sat on her

bed thinking of the terrible

dream, it has felt so real, she

felt something cold on her

cheek and touched it, it was

tears, she cried from the dream

to real life

Remi breathed deeply, she was

afraid to go back to sleep.

She stood up and quietly

walked to the window to check

if dawn was close at hand but

she couldn’t tell how far the

night has gone, she wish for a

day break.

Remi walked to the door and

quietly opened it, she sneak

out of the room without

making noise, she didn’t want

to wake the princess up,

She quietly closed the door and

walked through the quiet long

corridor, there were lamptan at

the both side of the passage

She wanted to sit outside to

avoid sleeping back, she was

afraid that if she go back to

sleep she will have another

bad dream

When she got to where she can

sit , in the open air sorrunded

by flowers, it was a long bench

sit, hanged like a swing

between two chains, she

crawled up there and sat, she

was swinging the chair as she

look straight ahead.

The night cold was much, her

night wear was a simple free

wear which can’t hold the cold

but she covered herself with

her thick Shaw.

She was there when the c–k

Crow, she looked up hoping for

a sign of day break, she hard a

foot sound coming towards her

direction, she sat still and tried

not to make a sound

” ta lo wa nibe (Who is

there)…who is sitting at the

swinging chair…

Remi knows that she has being

caught, no hidding place, The

person was coming towards

her with a torch light, she can

tell from the voice that it was

Leja, he stood tall and bare

chest as he approach the bench

where Remi was

“Emi ni (“Is me)…is me

” Iwo tani, se oni oruko ni (You

who…who are you, don’t you

have a name…)

“Emi ni Remi, Leja, emi ni oo (is

me Remi, Leja is me) is Remi

the princess personal

maid…Leja is me…

“Kilo n se nita, hi iwo yii (what

are you doing outside here by

this time) you are suppose to

be sleeping inside…

Remi was silent as Leja came,

he flashed the torch all over

her as he wondered why Remi

was out in the open air by the

early hours of the morning,

Remi who was already on her

feet didn’t know what to tell

Leja who was standing very

close to her and pointing touch

at her

Leja still has his torchlight on

her he didn’t bother putting it

off, he was happy to see Remi

alone which was a good

opportunity to express his

feeling for her

Remi’s Shaw fell off from her

shoulder and she quickly bent

over to pick it and immediately

she bend down to pick up her

shaw, her cleavage was

exposed through the night

wear she was putting on

When Leja saw it, he stiffened

and swallowed hard, he wish

he can have her to himself, he

wish she will agree to come

and warm him up in his room,

he wish he came cuddle her

and hold her so close to

himself

Remi quickly covered up but

Leja’s mind was still on how he

will get Remi close to himself

considering that the night was

cold

“Remi, my beautiful maiden,

The woman that caught my

heart… so beautiful like the

morning sun, her eyes Shone

so bright like the stars, her hips

moved in every direction

calling mighty men to follow,

her smile is so captivating, her

voice sound like The godess of

the riverline, her b—-t is so

socullent, a fresh apple from

the garden that can make a

man hardened, her lips is as

the flo…

“Leja…Leja..stop, enough of all

this praise, to what do I owe

this early morning praise…

Leja walk past her and sat on

the bench, Remi who was still

standing did not feel

comfortable with Leja’s

presence but later sat down,

giving space between them

“Why are you outside here

beautiful one…is there a

problem…?

“No problem, I had a night

mare and I was afraid to go

back to sleep so I decided to

come out here,. I was here

when the first c–k Crow, not

long ago…

“That was not the first c–k

Crow that was the third one,

this was my second night

watch before the day finally

breaks, I wake up three times

every night to go check the

compound, it was the noise

coming from this swing that

got my attention, I knew

somebody must be on the

bench, I’m happy to know that

you are the one… now we got

to be together before dawn…

Leja move closer to Remi

“Stop moving close to me

Leja…

“Don’t you like me, don’t you

want me as I want you, Remi

please forgive me if I have

offended you in anyway, I need

you in my life…

Leja suddenly grabbed Remi’s

hand and place in his

manhood, Remi was shock as

she pulled back her hand

“What kind of nonsense is that

Leja… why will you do that…

“I just want to show you how

much my body yawn for you,

my bladder is calling your

name… can’t you hear it

Remi…my body is harden and

only you can soften it up… is on

fire for you my beautiful

one…please let me in just ones

so that I can quench my tasty

soul…Remi ejoo… consider me

please

“Mtcheeew…I’m going back

inside… it was a mistake to

have come outside here , if I

know I would have remained

inside…

Remi made attent to stand up

but Leja held her back as he

deliberately brushed his hand

towards her b—-t, Remi

slapped Leja and stood up but

Leja wasn’t letting go of her

“Yes, slap me more

Remi…please slap me again, I

need your touch…be it hard or

soft touch just do it…

“kilo de to ofi sebe Leja(why

will you do that

Leja)Something is wrong with

you Leja…you are not okay, if

you touch me one more time

you will see what I Will do to

you…

“Remi. arewa omo odo mi

(Remi my beautiful maiden)

mofe Rio gege bi olotu femi (I

want you, my body yawn for

you).

“O serious rara, otu Kuna to o

ba mo (you are not serious at

all, you are so unfortunate)

nonsense…

As Remi made attent to leave

again Leja tried to grab her,

but with her one hard push,

Leja found himself on the

ground, he hit his head on the

bench and silently cry out in

pain

Remi left him there and went

inside and stayed awake till

the following morning

Nike came up with a plan to try

and get Remi’s trust again, she

plan to beg Remi and to start

acting as a sister to her so that

she will be able to know what

was going on with her and to

gain her full trust

As Remi wash the princess

cloth in the wash room, Nike

came to meet her.

Nike apologies to her and ask if

she can help her in washing

the cloths,

Remi was surprise at Nike, she

told her not to worry about

helping out that the princess

cloth wasn’t much

Remi kept watching Nike’s as

her attitude changed, she was

acting all nice all of a sudden

Leja who felt embarrassed

after the incident with Remi,

anytime he see’s Remi coming

he will hide or follow another

way,

No maiden has ever rejected

him or embarrassed him like

Remi did that night, he felt

ashamed of himself anytime he

remembers it

The prince was looking for an

avenue where he Will get to sit

down and talk with Remi

again, ever since she returned

back to the palace he has not

been able to speak with her

Remi totally forgot about the

dream but the only word that

echos in her mind which she

wish she can understand is her

grandmother’s words

“Emi meji yoo ma wa nkan

nkan, yoo si pada bosi owo

enikan nigba na ni yanpon yan

ri n yoo wa sele, Iwo ni oma

wa ni arin, orumila a si mu o lo

si ona jin jin pelu eso ade.

“(Two Will want you, only one

will have you then disaster will

struck and you will be in

between, the gods will take

you away… Faraway with the

seed of crown…)

She thought within her, the

two that may want her is

either the Prince or Leja, but

every other thing in the riddle

was confusing to her, she does

not understand but wish she

does so that she will know

what the Future holds for her.

Does the “two” that will want

her really means the prince and

Leja or is her mind playing

tricks on her

What exactly is the full

meaning of the riddle

Remi wondered within herself.

 

Tbc..

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