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DIAMOND IN THE FOREST.

Episode 9.

From the writer of morenikeji

 

 

Leja was staring at Remi as she

dance with other maiden, she

wore the Ankara that Leja

bought for her.

Leja was so happy as he watch

Remi, dancing and laughing

with other maiden, he

remembered that he has

pleaded with her not to reject

the gift when she said she

doesn’t want any gift from

him, he had begged her

continuously until she finally

collected it

And today being the fourth day

of the party she did not wear

the normal aso ebi that most

maiden wore, she decided to

wear the fine Ankara that Leja

gave her,

Leja was admiring her as she

dance and serve drinks and

food to visitors, she look so

happy and cheerful, the men

smile as she serve them the

women look on at her in

admiration while some in envy

She filled the whole place with

her presence just like a

goddess, Leja looked on from

where he stood, he felt so

proud and wish Remi was fully

his, he knows the gods are

already favoring him, and just

a little time Remi will be his.

Leja smile quickly turn into a

frown as he saw the Prince

who was already drunk

beckoning on Remi to come

She walked up to him and he

whispered something to her

ear, she blushed before

walking away, the Prince was

looking at her with desires in

his eyes as Remi went back to

serving the guest.

Leja swallowed hard

wondering what the Prince

told

her that made her to

blush, he started moving

towards Remi

Nike who has being dancing

and shaking all her body close

to where the Prince was, just

for him to notice her felt bad

that the Prince did not even

bother to look at her side, she

got tired and went to Remi

asking her if she can serve the

guest too, Remi told her that

her turn to serve will be

tomorrow, the fifth day.

Nike saw Leja moving toward

Remi who was serving some

group of young men and they

were all admiring her

Nike wish she was Remi, so

that she can get all the

attentions that Remi was

getting

Nike stopped Leja from mid

way, with a big grin

“se iwo ma aba mi jo Leja?

(Would you like to dance with

me?)

“I don’t know how to dance..

“se mo le so pelu re (can I

practice with you)

“Nibo…Nisisiyi…where…right

here?

Beeni…nisisiyi (yes, now)

Haa…wahala wa…the Prince is

just right over there…he will

see that I’m not in my duty

post and may tell the Oba…

“The Prince is not like that, and

merely looking at him he look

drunk, ko le e ri wa (he can not

see us) or if you want we can

move out of here so that

people will not see us…

Leja saw that he couldn’t

escape from Nike and decided

to follow her, he planned to

spend little time with her just

to make her happy, he will

then return to be with Remi

Remi saw that the Prince was

drunk, he has whispered in her

ears “ mo nifee re Remi (I love

you Remi) she blushed but she

knows that it must be a sign of

being drunk, he doesn’t even

know what he was saying.

She admire the Prince and

love

his humility, the way he looks

at her as if she was the most

special being in the palace, she

was gradually falling for him

because of his sweet nature,

she has wish the prince wasn’t

drunk and clearly declared that

his love for her, it will be a

sweet feeling, she knows

almost all the maiden will be in

love with him, it seem very

normal to fall for such an

important man, but to her it

wasn’t like the general feeling,

it was something that makes

her have butterflies in her

stomach anytime she sees him

staring at her.

It was different from what she

felt for Leja, anytime she sees

Leja or any other man looking

at her it feels normal, no

butterflies or any sweet feeling

like she do feel when she sees

the Prince staring at her like a

precious diamond.

She was watching him closely

and has told every other palace

worker not to pour more drink

into his cup, Remi looked

around for Leja but couldn’t

find him, he wish Leja was

close by so that he can escort

the Prince to his chamber.

The Princess was sitting with

her mother and doesn’t need

her now until maybe later in

the night.

Remi saw that the Prince

staggered as he stood, he sat

back down immediately, and

she wondered why he drank so

much drink today unlike the

other days, he has not being

drinking much except today.

Ope came to her and

whispered that the Prince was

calling her, Remi went to him

and he asked Remi to take him

to his chamber and she did.

When the Prince got into his

chamber, he started speaking

to Remi as he staggered round

his chamber

“I told you earlier that I love

you, I whispered it into your

ears and you didn’t take me

serious because you thought I

was drunk, am not drunk or

maybe I am, the fact still

remain that I love you…yes…is

true…you got into me right

from that first day at the

festive dance…when I first set

my eyes on you…I have always

wanted to tell you this but I

don’t know how you will take

it…so today I decided to drink

so much…yes…I drank enough

to get high…so that I can find

my boldness and voice to

declare all my stored up feeling

for you.…I wanted to tell you

this when you came to clean

my chamber the other day…

that was more reason why I

told my sister to send for you

but I still couldn’t find my gut…

but today I have a full gut to

tell you that I love you Remi…

and I will tell the Oba that I

want to marry…marry you…

you will be my queen…come…

come closer to me…are you

afraid of me…don’t be afraid of

me because my love for you is

real…it can cast fear out of

you…aaah…look at you…ni fe

mi…emi ni ore re (my love, I am

your friend)your real friend,

don’t see me as a prince, son of

Oba of this great kingdom, see

me as your friend, if I have a

son with you I will call him

Ademi, my crown…because he

came from a beautiful maiden

who is after my heart. oruko

mi ni Aremo, yes that is my

name because am a heir to this

great Oba’s throne, and I need

a queen like you to

compliment my kingship when

the time comes…with you by

my side I will rule with honor…

you said you love your

grandmother because she was

also a good dancer when she

was young…right Arewa…

(beauty)

“Remi…my name is Remi, you

are drunk my prince you need

to lie down, I will tell them to

bring cold water for you…stop

talking…the drink is taking too

much effect on you…you don’t

even know what you are

saying again…

“shhh…I know what am

saying…I still need more drink,

I was talking about your

grandmother…one day you will

take me to her…I will like to

meet her and I will also love to

meet your father and your

mother…

“Babami oti ku (my father is

late) you know that already, is

time to relax your head…please

stop talking..

“oopen that cabinet and give

me one bottle of drink there…I

want to get real drunk because

of you nifee mi (my love)…

don’t say no to your Prince…do

it, bring the drink to me here…

am in my chamber…not

outside there, the party is still

going on…but I can’t even carry

my own legs…is so heavy, I

wonder the kind of heavy bata

(sandals) that is heaving my

legs like this…everywhere is

blurred in this chamber… I will

just stay here…I don’t want

people to start saying “the

prince got drunk yesterday and

fell down…all those normal

gossip…don’t really care…Oba

will be angry if such happen…

that was why I specifically ask

you to take me to my chamber

and you did…thank you…what

was I saying before…what did

you say now…about your

father…ooh I have forgotten…

please come…stay with

meeee…uurrggghhhh….

He started throwing up, the

bottle of drink that Remi gave

him as he ordered her fell off

from his hand and the drink

spilled everywhere, he was

vomiting, Remi stood and held

her mouth not knowing what

to do, she went out and

brought cold water to wash his

face and sprinkle some on him.

He removed his wet agbada

and was only in his trouser and

singlet, he was still talking but

Remi wasn’t paying attention

to him as she cleaned up the

whole place

He gently pulled Remi to

himself, Remi thought that it

was because he was drunk that

is more reason why he was

misbehaving around her, the

prince held her in his arm and

not wanting to let go of her,

Remi loosen from his grip.

He smell of alcohol but he his

body felt so warm, the prince

pulled at her again as she tried

to walk away, she fell into his

laps,

“duro nbe” (stop) she silently

cried, but he wasn’t listening to

Remi’s quiet plead as he

caressed her body and kept on

saying, “ aro re so mi…mo nifee

re” (I miss you… I love you)

Remi wanted to leave but it

was as if something kept her

there as the Prince touched

every part of her body, she

struggled a little before

relaxing back, the Prince put

his hand under her cloth and

pulled out her b—-t cloth, he

moan and gently lay her on the

bed and muttered “mo nifee

re” again to her before digging

into her.

it was until the deed was done

Remi realized she was in

trouble, blood stained her cloth

and the bed too. she was a

virgin and the Prince just broke

her up, he did not force her,

she can’t even explain why she

couldn’t run out, push him

away or fight harder as she

would have done to any man,

she just lay there and watch

him do it without stopping

him, and when he was done,

he slept off without wasting

time, and began to snore

loudly.

Remi stood up and saw all the

mess, she started cleaning

everywhere, she clean and

adjusted her cloth, she

wrapped up the blood stained

wrapper so well into a bundle

so that it won’t be noticed.

She was almost done when she

had a knock on the door, she

felt pain in between her leg as

she walk to the door after

making sure everything was in

place.

She opened the door and it

was Leja, he looked at her

suspiciously before saying

“I did not know that you are in

here…I was looking around for

you at the party ground but

couldn’t find you…what of the

Prince…

“He is asleep…he…had too

much to drink and when I

helped him up here… he

vomited everywhere so…so I

have to clean up the place…

Leja looked at Remi, she was

shaking, he tried to touch her

but she moved away from

him…

“are you alright…you are

shaking…I guess is from

working too hard, you need

rest Remi before you break

down, you could have called

me to come and take the

Prince to his chamber…you

look so pale. Are you sure you

are okay…

“Yea, am fine Leja, I will just

leave now…since am through

with…with the Prince…I mean

cleaning his room…I will take

some of this and wash…they

are dirty…

Leja tried to collect the cloth

that Remi wrapped up in her

arm but she refused

“Your work is with the Princess

not with the Prince…give me

those stuff I will tidy it up

myself…

“Don’t worry Leja…i…I will do

it…I have to go…

Leja watch as Remi walked out,

she wasn’t walking properly,

no matter how she try to

pretend something wasn’t

right, she walk as if she had a

broken leg, she was still on the

Ankara cloth he bought for her

“Are you sure that you are

okay…did you hit your leg

somewhere…can I see it…

“Am fine…I just stumbled my

feet on a chair…I will use ori on

it…

“Okay…if you say so, by the

way the Ankara look good on

you…do you like it…

“Yes Leja…thank you…

Leja said something else to

make Remi jealous but she was

more concern about her

present trouble than anything

Leja was saying

“I was with your sister, Nike,

she was teaching me how to

dance and after which we had

a good time together…she is so

funny and lively too…

“Okay…that’s good, I’m glad

you had fun with her…

“I prefer to be with you over

anybody…you are more lively

and fun to be with than….

Leja was saying something else

but Remi ignored him as she

gently walk away.

She had wish the Prince will

not remember any of the

things that happened, because

she feels so terrible and

covered in her own shame as

she walked away.

she needs to speak to

somebody about the incident

with the prince. somebody

who is trustworthy.

and Nike has proven to be real

to her, and she has being

acting so close and nice, like a

sister would.

maybe talking to Nike won’t be

a bad idea.

 

EPISODE 10 )

 

Remi walked to the wash room

but couldn’t wash the stained

wrapper because of the pain in

between her laps was

excruciating, she wrapped up

the bundle up and hide it

away, she Will Wake up early

in the morning to go wash it,

she thought within herself

The guest has all Left to

prepare for another party

tomorrow, the maidens were

sweeping and cleaning the big

Oba’s Compound

Remi washed up herself and

changed into her night wear,

she prepared The princess bath,

made her bed and set out her

night wear before going out to

look for Nike

She saw Ope and beckoned on

her to come

“Have you seen Nike…she is not

here… where could she be?

“I saw her following the Queen

like fly follows corpse, she just

want the Queen to make her

among her personal maidens,

who knows all The lies she’s

telling the Queen mother just

for her to be recognized, that

your sister is too desperate, all

she wants is to start robbing

shoulders with you, she is a

pretender…she is not humble

or real like you…

“Is okay Ope…alright, I know

you two are always fighting

each other and is normal but

Nike is still my sister and she

can’t be like me, even identical

twins don’t have same

behaviour…so is very normal

for Nike to be a little different

from me…I will go and search

for her…

As Remi was about leaving she

Saw Nike walking down with a

full smile on her face, when she

got to Remi, she began to talk

very loud so that Ope and the

other maid can hear her

“Sister mi, the gods has done it

for me…

“,Nike, I was searching for you,

I need to speak to you

urgently… there is something I

need to tell you and is…

“Remi wait let me finish with

my own announcement, so

that my enemies can go and

die, well… finally… finally the

Queen has agreed for me to be

her personal maidens…haaa…it

wasn’t easy o.. but The gods

has decided to remember me,

now I’m one of the Queen

personal maiden, may the gods

be praise, while some will

remain an ordinary palace

maiden till they die, my

position is higher now, by

tomorrow I will resume my

new acquired

duty…aah…aahh…I can’t wait to

tell iyami, iyami will be so

proud of me…who the gods has

blessed nobody can curse, now

I will get to even see the oba

and the prince often than

before, I told somebody here

that she should watch out for

me… she will be surprised at

what the Future holds for me…

the gods has already started

working very soon some

people will start dying of

jealousy…

Ope turned from what she was

doing and face Nike in anger

“You are very stupid Nike, so

you are indirectly referring to

me…I don’t even see anything

big in serving the Queen, after

all you are still a palace maiden

or did your title also change

from being a maid, so what’s

the fuss about. You that was

ready to sell your soul to the

devil just to be like Remi, Remi

did not need to struggle, talk

or cry her way into the office

that she presently occupied,

the kingdom chose her and she

was favored among all but

you…your case is just so

opposite and you are only

doing this because of Remi not

me because I have no business

with you, you want to be equal

with Remi by all means but she

will always be ahead of you in

everything…

“See this fool, Ope did I

mention your name now,

please did anybody hear me

call Ope’s name…see what

jealousy is doing to you, just

because of this my new Post

you want to kill yourself…

please get ready to die because

the gods may decide to make

me a Queen of this kingdom

soon and I will have you serve

me, you will be my footstool…

“, May the gods forbids evil,

such abomination will never

happen so stop day dreaming

Nike, the best you can ever be

is a palace maiden nothing

else, the gods chose wisely,

they chose beautiful, humble

loving, and Royal maiden of

the land, if they ever decided

to chose a commoner then it

will be somebody like Remi,

she poses all that quality, I will

love it if the gods chose her

because she will rule with all

fairness, just like our present

Queen… while you…

“Shut up that your filthy

mouth, who made you The

mouth piece of the gods, just

watch and see what the Future

holds for me… The gods has

already started a good work in

me and very soon they will lift

me higher than my enemies, I

hope you won’t die before

then out of jealousy…

“Must two of you fight all the

time… and you will likely drag

me into your argument,, i’m

out of here…I have enough

trouble already…

Remi started walking away,

Nike left Ope to meet up with

Remi

“Sister mi, don’t mind that

witch, she is always jealous of

me… you said you have

something you want to talk to

me about…

“Yes..I do but I guess your new

acquired office is very

important to you than

anything else, mine can

wait…congratulation anyway…I

need to go and lie down, I

don’t feel too well…

“Aahh…ahh.. Pele…you can tell

me what borders you… I’m The

only one you can trust here,

don’t ever trust somebody like

Ope, do you hear what she said

earlier, she said the gods can

chose you to be a Queen of this

kingdom but the gods can’t

chose me because it will be an

abomination, how can she say

such rubbish, what is the

difference between you and

I…aah, I swear by the gods I

will surprise that girl, I will…

“Nike, please stop, I said I have

enough trouble of my own,

whatever Ope said was only

because you two are always at

log head… don’t take her

serious, she doesn’t even know

what she was saying, ofcurse

you can be the next Queen of

this kingdom if the gods says

so…

“Yes… certainly, I like what you

just said…I can be the next

Queen of this kingdom, I will

rule in power, I Will be greatly

feared, I will squash all my

enemies and make them lick

my feet…so tell me what

troubled you Remi…

“Let’s talk tomorrow, I’m tired

and I need to attend to the

princess before going to

bed…Aram kole Dara Dara (I’m

not feeling too well)

Remi walked into the princess

chamber, leaving Nike outside

Nike wish Remi could just tell

her all that troubled her, if

Remi who seem to have the

gods favour over her could be

in trouble that means the gods

has turned their back on Remi

and chose to favor her instead

by making her to be among

the Queen’s maiden, Nike

thought within herself as she

turned and walked away with

a smile

she can’t wait for tomorrow to

come so that she will finally

hear what Remi has to say, she

want to know how useful the

information she will get from

her will be, it may help her in

her next plan.

Remi could not sleep well that

night, when she finally slept

she had a terrible dream of her

mother and brother again, she

woke up amidst sweat and

couldn’t sleep back till day

break

She wish she can bare her

trouble to somebody that is

trust worthy and who will

understands her without being

judged, she thought of her

grandmother who always

understand, “will she

understand if i tell her that I

lay with The prince, he

disflowered me while in

drunkenness, I could have

stopped him but I didn’t, I just

lay there and whist in pain as

he dig into me, now I’m no

more one of the proud virgins

of this great kingdom, every

one will mock me and treat me

like a criminal they will think I

seduced a drunk prince and lay

with him, they will think I was

defied even before coming to

the palace to serve, who will

believe me, Maybe iya will

understand, nobody has to

know, it will be a secret I will

hold forever…

Remi kept on thinking about

the whole thing to the

following morning.

She got up early in the

morning to go and wash the

stained wrapper she hide away

but it was no more where she

kept it, she searched around

the whole place wondering

who could have taken it away,

somebody spoke behind her

and she startled ad turned to

see that it was Leja

“Is it The wrapper you

wrapped up into a bundle and

hide in between those plants

that you are looking for, you

told me it was just some

ordinary dirty cloths that you

wanted to go and wash,

despite how I tried to collect it

from you, you refused to hand

it over, you said it was just

wrapper the prince vomited on

but I saw a blood stain on it,

where did the blood come

from Remi…

“How…how do you know I kept

it in between this over grown

plants, how…

“I’m the Chief guard here have

you forgotten, one of the

guards on last night duty

brought it to me, he told me

where he found it and on

seeing the bundle

I knew it was from you, I was

curious and opened it only to

see blood stain on it, so that

takes me back to my previous

Question, who’s blood is that

and how did it got into the

prince wrapper which was

spread on his bed yesterday

morning, answer me Remi…

“The blood is from my injury, I

told you I stumbled on a chair

and sustained an injury from

there… that was why I couldn’t

Walk well…

“Can I see the wound, and why

do you have to hide it here if it

was an so ordinary, and why is

there blood on the prince

wrapper…I have questions but

you haven’t given me a

reasonable answer, hope is not

what I’m thinking Remi, you

can confide in me if there’s a

problem, did the prince force

himself on you…did he…I know

this sounds ridiculous because

the prince is not that kind of

man but the way he has being

looking at you with desires in

his eyes was enough to raise

such Questions…

“Leja, I don’t know what you

are talking about, the blood

stain was from the wound I

sustained on my thigh when I

stumbled and fell down, and I

can’t show you my thighs, the

blood got to the prince

wrapper when I was trying to

clean up the prince vomits, so I

bundled up everything to go

and Wash but I was too tired

and couldn’t wash it that

yesterday so I put it here just

to avoid this same questions

you are asking me now from

anybody that may see it in the

wash room… and becarefull the

way you accuse the prince, that

can be very dangerous for

you… now that i have

answered your question can I

know where you kept it..

“Well, I’m not yet convince but

I will let the sleeping dog lie, I

kept it in the wash room, go

there you will see it.

Remi nodded and left, Leja

stood looking at her as she

walks away, he was having

trouble believing her, he felt

like something was wrong, he

remembered how Remi was

shaking yesterday, he has tried

to touch her but she stepped

away from him, he silently

hope is not what he was

thinking

Leja breathed deeply before

walking away

Remi tried all she could to

wash off the stains but she

couldn’t, she started regretting

of not washing it yesterday, if

not for the pain she felt in

between her legs that

prevented her Leja wouldn’t

have seen it or suspected

anything.

Remi hanged them like that

hoping that when the sun dries

it the stain won’t be obvious

On her way back to the

chamber she saw Nike, Nike

who couldn’t wait for the day

to break so that she can hear

what Remi got to tell her,

greeted Remi warmly before

asking her to tell her what

troubles her yesterday, Remi

told her that it was too early

for such talk, Maybe later in the

day they will talk about it

After Remi finished up with her

morning duty to the princesses

she decided to ask her if she

can visit her grandmother

briefly

“Jowo semole yoju si iya agba

(please can I go and see my

grandma)

“Hope there’s no problem

Remi, why the sudden urge to

visit your grandma…

“Nothing, my princess, is being

a while i saw her, I just want to

check up on her

“You know the party still

continues today and even

tomorrow, your help is greatly

needed here, just wait when

the party finally comes to an

end, which will be in few days

from now then you can go, I

will give you a day off to visit

your people…

In the early afternoon as Remi,

Ope and other maiden

prepares for another party day

as guest were already filling in

the Oba’s large compound

Leja came to inform Remi that

the prince sent for her

Remi’s heart skipped as she

hard that, she went to the

prince chamber and found him

pacing the whole place, he had

a worried look on

Leja stood behind the close

door and place his ear close to

the door so that he can hear

what is going on between the

prince and Remi,

he wanted to eavesdrop on

them but Remi sensed it and

gave the prince sign not to say

anything yet, she quietly walk

to the door and forcefully

opened it and Leja fell with a

heavy thud to the ground.

the prince was shock, Leja

quickly stood up in shame

“Leja… what are you doing…

wait a second… are you

eavesdroping on my

conversation…

“Rara o..omooba…(no prince) I

was just relaxing on the door

waiting for when you will

summon me, I’m sorry my

prince…imabinu…

The prince ask him to leave

immediately and he flew out

without looking back, he

closed the door and face Remi,

who’s heart started beating

again.

 

 

TBC…

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