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DIAMOND IN THE FOREST.

Episode 7.

 

 

 

“Iya…iya… where are you…

“Omomi…wa n bi… I’m at the

back yard…

Remi dropped the basket in her

hand and went to meet her

grandmother who was using

sticks to cover her crops…

“Iya.. what are you doing…

“All this fowl has ate up my

melon and groundnut seed

that I planted in this ridge that

Dami, your brother helped me

to dug…they will use their tiny

legs to scatter my plant so I

decided to put sticks around

The crops to prevent them

from destroying the crops…any

chicken I see close to this my

ridge will be so unfortunate…I

will use it and prepare a

delicious egusi soup, me and

your brother will enjoy ourself

because he will be the one to

catch it for me, I can’t be

dragging land with this fowl

and I don’t want to sell them

because of you and your

brother, I told your mother to

come and take some she hasn’t

showed interest

since…aaah…see the way I’m

talking about unnecessary

thing forgetting to ask how

you are doing and what

brought you down here….

please don’t tell me you got

into another fight and they

sent you home for another

punishment…

“Rara o (not at all) the princess

sent me to get somethings for

her at the market place, oja

oba, I was suppose to rush

back to the palace but

something has being bothering

me for days so I decided to

drop by, check up on you and

also see if I can get

any help

“Hmm, what could that be my

child…

“Your riddle iya, is being

echoing in my mind and I see

you repeating it in my

dream..”two will want me..

only one will have me then

disaster will struck….I will be in

between and then the gods

will take me away…faraway

with the seed of crown…what

does it mean iya…I don’t

understand any single thing in

the riddles except that two will

want me… which is probably

Leja and the Prince… will I die

iya… what does The riddle

means ejoo …I want to know

“No my child, you won’t die..

not soon anyway, there are

things even I can’t explain…I

was just The mouth piece of

The gods… The gods will take

you away…faraway with the

seed of crown which will

become a precious diamond

sorted for and it will be hidden

in the deepest part of the

forest… that’s all I can say untill

I’m given a go ahead to say

more…

“I came for an answer to the

previous riddle now you are

adding diamond and forest to

it, anyway… I’m happy that I

won’t die so what I don’t know

won’t kill me…is better I stop

disturbing myself over things

only The gods has answer to…

Iya.. I’m glad you are well as

usual, there was no time to

stop and check up on mother

and Dami…I believe they are

fine…I will be on my way back

to the palace now.. before the

princess will start wondering

what is keeping me in oba oja…

“Becarefull my child in trusting

people, don’t be too soft or you

will be easily penetrated and

don’t be too hard or you will

scare the good ones away, be

in between and be wise… don’t

trust easily Remilekun… don’t

tell your secret out because

you maybe telling

your enemy

in a friendly clothing…

“Iya…is okay…I don’t want

more riddles… the first is yet to

be interpreted… telling me

more will confuse me and

trouble my mind… let me just

hold on to the fact I won’t die…

not yet until I come of age like

you…

“The gods has prepared this

part for you my child…be

strong because you will need

alot of strength for the battle

ahead…I pray the gods will

have mercy and give us

wisdom to live among those

who hates us and strength to

forge ahead even when it seem

all hopes is lost…

“Amin, I don’t really have much

enemy again because Nike

apologies to me and she is

acting all nice but I’m watching

her closely because she maybe

upto something…Leja acted

foolishly around me one night

and even made me to touch his

manhood but he regretted his

actions and has being avoiding

me like a plague and I guess is

his guilty conscience that is

troubling him…I don’t want to

have enemy Iya… I’m glad Nike

is finally seeing me like her

sister and that is what I have

always wanted… but I don’t

trust her… not yet though…

“Trust is cheap until your leg

get glued in the trap set up by

same people you trusted…

becarefull my child, I will be

seeking The gods face on your

behalf…but just be

careful…there are things yet to

come which will trouble the

little world around you… don’t

forget to overcome hate with

love and serve with all sincerity

as you are called to serve…

Remi was in hurry and didn’t

bother paying attention to the

rest of the things her

grandmother was saying, she

picked up her basket from the

ground, gave her grandmother

a warm hug

The older woman tapped her

gently on her back before Remi

released her and run out.

The woman watched Remi

until she was out of The

compound, she lifted her face

up and muttered something in

the air before returning to her

crops ridge,

Remi’s brother came in with a

pot of water, he joined his

grandma in cutting more sticks

and digging up the ridge

“Your sister just left here not

long ago before you came in. If

you have come in earlier you

would have seen her, she

stopped by from oja oba,

where she went to buy

something for the princess

“Okay, I was filling mamis

water drum, she was socking

the cassava she peeled, she

want to prepare fufu that she

will sell next tomorrow in the

market place… that’s if the

cassava soften and ferment on

time for her to be able to cook

it… since egbon (big sister) now

work in the palace I have to

double up in helping out…

“That’s very good… omo daa

daa, (good child) you are a

good son…dig that stick very

deep let me see how this crazy

fowls roaming everywhere will

be able to scatter my plants

again… and don’t forget to

bring my own fufu ones your

mother is done with it… she

makes a very nice fufu without

odour and also soft…

Remi was making the princess

bead outside, as she sat at the

swing chair alone, Nike came

to meet her

She wanted to engage Remi in

a conversation which Remi was

not sure if she should fully

trust Nike or not.

Nike sense Remi’s withdrawal

and decided to apologise again

to her for the past deed

“I know I was terrible in the

past Remi, je ki aje ebonati

aburo pada ki a si gbagbe

tateyin was (let’s be sisters

again and forget about the

past)…he ki a jo sise papo bi ebi

still ore (let’s work together,

let’s be sisters and friend)

“It doesn’t work like that Nike,

is not magic… because I know

for sure that anytime you

begin to act all nice and guilty

is only because you need

something from me and ones

you get what you are looking

for… you switch back to your

real self…I don’t trust you… so

spill it out… what do you want

Nike…

“Nothing, I don’t want

anything I just want to be your

sister…I know I have being very

bad to you… but I’m a changed

person and I’m for real this

time not because I want

anything…I have come to

realize that we are sisters and

we don’t suppose to be

fighting each other all the

time…

“Are you just realizing that

now… is better we just remain

as enemies and avoid each

other than to start this our

friendship which has never

ended well…

“Aah aah Remi, don’t say that…I

don’t want to be enemy with

you… not again, I’m tired of

fighting with you every time

when we should be looking

out for each other…I know no

matter how much I hate or

fight you… you will keep

getting favoured more than

me and will always win so I

can’t be fighting a loose

battle…I just want to truly be

here for you and support you

like i was meant to

be…ejoo…Remi my beautiful

sister…

 

Nike kept talking untill a maid

came to inform Remi that the

princess was calling her

The following day as Remi was

walking along the long Royal

passage to hang the princess

wrapper which was not

properly dry the previous day,

she ran into Leja, who has

being avoiding her ever since

the night incident

He tried to ran back but

couldn’t as he stood face to

face with Remi

he was speechless on seeing

Remi, Remi tried to ease him

up

“Good afternoon Leja, is being

a while I saw you… did you

travel… how are you doing…

“Mi…o wa kpa…(I’m fine) I have

being around…

“Ooh really…since that other

night… I have not seen you…is

being over seven days if I’m

not mistaking… I’m glad you

are fine…

“You sound happy to see me,

Are you not angry with me for

what I did… that was more

reason why I have being

hidding from you…I can’t even

come to you and apologise…i

can’t even look at your face…I

have being so ashamed of

myself…I felt so terrible after

that night… and since the gods

has decided to bring my fear to

my face I will use this

opportunity to plead for your

forgiveness…Remi… I’m so

sorry…please pardon my

uncultured behaviour…I know I

went about expressing my self

in a very wrong way…to tell

you the truth I have beaten

myself so hard than the pain I

feel after hitting my head on

that chair when you pushed

me that night… I’m not that

kind of man that takes

advantage of palace maiden…

no I’m not but many maiden

will want me to approach

them like I did to you but I

can’t because I have no interest

in them…I wanted you Remi

and I felt I was loosing you…so

I thought I will get you down

to myself after I Saw you alone

that night…I don’t have any

thing reasonable to justify my

actions… all I want to say is I’m

sorry… I’m really sorry and

thank you for stopping me

from such an abominable act

and giving me that hard

push…I needed it… although I

had a terrible headache after

that but it serves as my

punishment…I…

As they were talking Nike

walked past severally and

greeted them with a smile

each time she walks past, Leja

ignored her and kept talking

while Remi responded

“Is okay Leja, I hold no grudges

against you, I’m glad you

learnt your lesson and sorry for

the headache you had because

of my push…

Leja loosened up and laugh,

Remi also joined in and also

laugh making Leja more at

ease with her

The prince was coming down

and saw Leja and Remi talking

over something and laughing

together

He wondered what they were

talking about.

As Remi and Leja saw the

prince they knelt in respect and

greeted him, he asked them to

stand up and they did

He looked at Remi, who’s Head

was bent in respect and Leja

who stood straight like a

statue, he asked them to look

at him and they both did

“I was wondering what could

be amusing two of you…I love

happy people and I’m glad you

two are finding something to

laugh about…so I want to join

the conversation… Hope you

two won’t mind…

Remi and Leja looked at each

other, not knowing what to

say

“Relax, I was only joking…go

ahead with your

conversation…Remi please see

me later…

“Yes my prince…

The prince walked past,

Remi and Leja departed, Nike

came to meet Remi as she

spread the princess wrapper

outside

“egbon mi…ore mi to sho.

hahahaha eku se jare (hailing

Remi, “my elder sister, my sure

friend, Weldon) what was Leja

telling you…he talks like a

woman, he was talking and I

walked that passage four

times…he kept talking…non

stop…he talks too much… what

was he talking about…

“Some unimportant thing…is

not relevant…

“Despite I would have love to

hear it but I’m much more

interested in what the prince

said.. he said something to

you… please can I know what

he said…?

“Still not important…he just

stopped to say hello to me and

Leja…

“Eeyah…I like him he is so

humble and and also very nice,

he is handsome too… fine

prince… anyway can I assist

you in hanging The cloths…

“No, is not much… I’m through

with it..

Remi later returned back to the

princess chamber, The princess

had message for her from her

brother

“Remi, my brother said once

you are through with whatever

you will do tomorrow you

should come and tidy his

chamber, he complained that

the cleaners are not doing it

properly, he need you to come

and do it, he has already

informed me so I told him I

will send you to him

tomorrow…is a good thing that

the prince wants you in his

chamber, he doesn’t allow

maidens or any female palace

worker to come in there except

boys…so is a good thing he

picked interest in you and trust

you enough to clean up his

chamber… you should be

excited…

“Yes my princess…I will go and

attend to his chamber ones I’m

done with my work here

tomorrow

Remi wondered why she has to

be the one going to arrange

and clean the prince chamber

when he has a male personal

servant that attends to him

 

Episode 8.

 

Nike saw Remi and one other

palace maiden, Ope talking

about something and laughing

together, there were baskets

containing a ewedu leaf in

Ope’s hand, and another in

Remi as they walk towards the

kitchen side.

Nike dropped everything she

was doing and ran upto them

“Remi my beautiful sister…

where are you going with

Ope…I can go with you if you

don’t mind…I don’t have much

to do around here…

“We are going to the Queen’s

kitchen, tomorrow will be the

beginning of the full moon, so

there will be a great party as

the Queen will be adding

another year, the party will last

for seven days…you can join if

you want…

“No Remi…the Queen

specifically said only four

maiden should start the food

preparation…if your sister join

us we will become five and the

queen may not like that…

“Then you should step aside

Ope…Remi is my sister and she

is the princess personal maiden

which made her higher than all

of us, I should be the one

helping her and not you, and if

Remi said I can join in the

preparation who are you to say

no…they suppose to pair me

and Remi together because we

are related…

“Nobody is dragging the

sisterhood with you, all I’m

saying is that the queen want

only four maiden to start the

food preparation, Remi, me,

Seun and Ayo. We are complete

already…maybe she will add

you in the next grouping but

for now you are not needed…

there are still other things to

do, like fetching firewood from

oja oba, joining the other

maiden to remove sand from

the ofada rice and washing the

wrapping leaves…but we are

complete in the queen’s

kitchen…sorry…

“sorry for yourself too, who are

you to tell me what to do, even

my sister Remi, who holds

more rank than you here

doesn’t order me or anybody

around…why don’t you go and

fetch fire wood, pick the rice or

wash the leave so that I can

join my sister in the queen’s

kitchen…don’t you ever tell me

what to do again…we are all

palace maiden here…so don’t

order me around…

“Nike, is okay…it hasn’t come to

that…Ope please let Nike join

us…there are a lot of things to

do and Nike’s help will be

greatly needed, and after

sometime I will be leaving to

attend to the princess, I have

some other work I have to do

later…ejoo Ope…

“Remi don’t beg her…why are

you even begging her…she is a

nobody, if she want to die let

her go and die…anyway, Remi

What other work do you have

to do aside this….can I join

you…you can always call me if

you need help with the

cleaning or washing…we are

sisters and i will be glad to

help out..

“No Nike…I don’t need any

help, if I need any I will let you

now but for now I am fine…

They all walk down to the

kitchen together and join the

other maiden, every one of

them got busy as they talk and

laugh about one thing or the

other, Remi assigned work for

them and they all get started,

the Queen came down to check

how the preparation was

going

“eku se oo (weldone)

They all knelt down in

greetings to the queen before

getting up to continue with

their work

The Queen saw Nike and asked

Remi

“isn’t that your sister, Remi, the

one you fought and almost

killed…I’m glad that two of you

are getting along…that’s how it

suppose to be…no enemy or

fighting in Oba’s place…work in

unison…in togetherness…so

gbo? (Do you hear me?)

“Bee ni queen mother (yes,

queen mother)

She looked at Nike who got so

serious with her job so that the

Queen can commend her

efforts, she was happy that the

Queen noticed her presence,

she felt so important and

adjusted so well as she kept on

smiling from ear to ear, she

wish the Queen will ask her to

come and be one of her

personal maid, she will be so

happy, she will no longer be

ordinary palace maid, she will

be like Remi

“Ki ni oruko re? (What is your

name?)

“ Oruko mi ni Nike…your

majesty(my name is Nike)

“se daadaa ni o wa (hope you

are fine)

“Been ni die…mo wa daadaa,

ese (yes, a little, am fine, thank

you )

“Why little? are you not

enjoying your work here in the

palace?

“ I am Your majesty, I always

want to help out in many ways

just like my sister, Remi does,

and give my best service but

the position I’m fixed in does

not allow me to do much, as an

ordinary palace maid I don’t

always have much to do until

I’m assign for it… I’m so

privilege your majesty to work

here and to be speaking with

you…many wish for such

opportunity…I wish you can

assign me to do more than I’m

required to do here, maybe to

be one of your personal maid…

or something close to that for

the period that I will be here…I

really want to serve well in this

palace and not lazy around like

most maiden do here…please

don’t take offence in my

request…

“No…no offence, is a good

thing and I will look into that, I

have enough personal maiden

but I will see where I can fix

you up…

“aaah…may the gods keep

blessing you my queen, you

will live long in good health

and will keep prospering in this

kingdom…more years will be

added to your greatness…

Nike knelt down and was

singing praises to the Queen

before the Queen left.

After the Queen left Ope who

was not deceived by Nike’s

show confronted her

“congratulation hard worker…

we have seen how much of a

strong girl that you are…the

rest of us here are just lazing

around…while you are the best

worker and you want to be

well recognized…now the

Queen has said she will

consider and place you

somewhere…you should be

celebrating…you are

succeeding…you will soon be

rubbing shoulder with your

sister Remi…that’s what you

have always wanted…I told

Remi bringing you here to the

kitchen… to join in this

preparation was a bad Idea

now you have come to make

us all look like we are not

doing anything and you are

the most hard working maid

here…

“jealousy…jealousy…go and die

Ope and everyone else who is

jealous because the Queen

herself picked interest in me…I

don’t care about anybody I’m

only here for myself…so stop

talking rubbish, I am very

hardworking and also the most

beautiful among all of you

here…and that was why the

Queen singled me out and

asked of my name and well

being…she doesn’t even know

if any of you exist but she

picked interest in me and that’s

why you want to kill yourself…

“is unfortunate that the Queen

is just noticing you after

several months of working

here, she knows Remi and she

knows me and everyone else

and she ask of our well being

anytime she see’s us so you

should be worried that no one

noticed you…if not for Remi is

related to you nobody will

even know that you exist…

people like Remi that are

beautiful and well endowed

has never talks or boast about

their appearance but you…a

common palace rat is making

noise…

“Ope, am I the one you just

called a palace rat…I will beat

you up Ope, I will stuff the

earth dust into your mouth

and make you eat sand…I will

beat you blue and black…

jealousy…enemy of progress…

“beat me….hahahaha…

mtcheeeww… if not that

fighting in the palace is not

allowed…I would have

continued from where Remi

stopped on you the other day

but on a second thought, I

think I will just let you be… you

almost died that day because

of that small beating she gave

you…you just passed out…we

all poured water on you before

you came back to life… is not in

my hands that you will finally

die… look for somebody else

that will kill you not me…Remi

should ha….

“Ope, please stop mentioning

my name…and stop all this

childish argument…there are

lot of things to be done around

here, two of you should not

spend the rest of the day

exchange words and looking

for who is the strongest…

enough…am going to do some

other things for the Princess…I

want by the time I will return

all the preparation should be

almost done, that empty drum

need to be filled, Ope, you and

Nike should do that, fill the

drum from the big tank at the

back yard, please no more

argument…or I will separate

two of you to join others in

fetching firewood…I guess that

will keep both of your mouth

shut…

Remi left the maiden in the

Queens kitchen to continue

with the preparation

She went to the Princess

chamber

“I was almost sending for you

Remi, have you gone to clean

my brother’s chamber…

“Not yet my princess…I was

trying to foresee things in the

queen’s kitchen…the maidens

are preparing for tomorrow’s

day…so I assisted a little before

leaving…

“ko si wahala (no problem) are

you still busy…do you still have

something else to do…

“Yes my princess but every

other thing can wait until I’m

done cleaning the Prince

chamber…the other maiden are

attending to most of the

chores…

The princess nodded and Remi

left with her cleaning bucket

and rag to the Prince

chamber…

She gently tapped on his door

and he responded asking her

to come inside, she went in

and close the door before

kneeling to greet, she looked

around the place,

there was much to be done

around the big chamber, it will

take her time to fold up the

wrappers scattered on the

chair and bed, using water and

soup to clean the ground and

dust off every dirt on the floor,

chairs and window, she will

finish up more fast if the Prince

was not in the room, relaxing

on his bed and looking at her

all over

“I was already wondering if my

sister did not give you my

message yesterday that I

needed your help in cleaning

up here…

“Yes…she did, I was assisting in

preparing things for the

upcoming Queen’s party and

the full moon celebration…

“yea…which starts tomorrow…

is going to be a full seven days

of eating and drinking and

getting merry…that’s why I

want this place tided up…are

you excited about it…like I

am…

“Of curse…my prince…I am, let

me start with the cleaning

right away…

“alright if you can’t finish up

today then you can continue

tomorrow after the party…

don’t over work yourself…sorry

that I have to chose you to do

this…I feel so comfortable with

you doing it than any other

person…do you need me to do

anything…sorry I don’t really

know how to do much chores

but I can help with little, if you

ask me to…or you can teach

me…I will be glad to learn

under you…

“no…not at all…thank you, I

feel honored my Prince , I can

handle everything…but I would

have love to start from your

big bed but you are lying down

on it…never mind, let me not

disturb you, I will just start

from the tables and

wardrooms…

“Remi…is fine…if you want to

start from the bed then I will

stand up…I will leave you

alone in the room…don’t let

anybody into my chamber…I

will just check up on the queen

mother…giving you space for

you to be able to work

effectively…

Remi nodded as the Prince

stood up and walk past her to

the door, he turned back and

look at her before walking out.

Remi felt relaxed as the Prince

walked out, she was happy

that her trick worked and the

Prince left the room for her,

she began her cleaning with a

smile, singing to herself, there

was a lot to do but it will be

faster now that the Prince was

out of the room.

Nike and Ope were getting

water from the water tank to

the Queen’s kitchen drum

when they saw the Prince

coming, Ope and Nike greeted

and stood up at his command

Nike wore a very broad smile,

she wanted the Prince to

notice her, Ope watch Nike in

disgust

“My Prince…E ku abo, that’s a

beautiful agbada you are

putting on…well crafted with

beautiful design…

“ose…(thanks) you are Remi’s

sister…Right?

“Bee ni…(yes) Remi is my sister,

in my family we are very

hardworking, my prince I am

one of the most hardworking

maiden here followed by my

sister, Remi… I a…

“What is your own name…

The prince ignored Nike who

was still talking to face Ope

“Oruko mi ni Ope…my prince…

(my name is Ope)

“Have you seen the queen

mother this evening…looking

out for her

Before Ope will say anything

Nike replied him

“Yes…yes my prince…I can take

you to where she is…I saw her

sitting and talking with some

visitors at the royal sit out, can

I take you there…

“Take me there? …why…when

am not blind…your information

will do…Ose

The Prince turned and walked

away

“Hard-worker…maybe you

should turn into a town crier so

that you can announce to

everyone, go to Oba himself

and tell him that you are most

hardworking maiden…

desperate fool…

“Jealousy…jealousy that is your

own problem… go and die

Ope…just watch out for me in

this palace…you will be

surprise at what the future

holds for me…nonsense…lazy

girl…

Leja walked up to Nike who

was still battling words with

Ope.

Ope carried her water and left

after greeting Leja

“Hey…Nike ba wo ni (how are

you)…have you seen Remi…

“What happen…I don’t know

where she is…what do you

want I may be able to help you

if you ask me to…

“you can’t help me…I just want

to see Remi, she has being so

busy and I haven’t set my eyes

on her since today…I got a gift

for her and I want to present it

to her, by myself…

“Well, keep looking for her

then…I don’t know where she

is…why do you buy a gift for

her…today is not her birthday…

what is inside the gift wrap…

what is she celebrating Leja…

“Is none of your business, I will

find her…thanks for your time…

Nike carried her water and left,

while Leja went on searching

for Remi.

 

TBc

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