☞Nnenne uju izuanagbara.
THE NEXT MORNING, IZINGA’S SERVANTS WERE LOOKING FOR THE LITTLE GIRL Brou-ghT BY HER FATHER.
-She Is around but in her MATERNAL home. That child cried all throu-gh the night. IZINGA told them. Nevertheless, i have a new slave boy, LULU by name. His duty is at night while you all retire to sleep. i have TRAINING on the MOUNTAIN. He will be awake all throu-gh.
THE SERVANTS WERE OVERJOYED. WARLORD TRAINS ALL THrou-gh THE DAY AND THEY @ssIST. THEY WORK SO [email protected] THE BREAK WAS A BIG RELIEF.
-His Name is LULU. HE is my personal SERVANT and shall be in my CHAMBERS.
THE TRAINING WAS TOUGH, IT WAS de-ep. ZIORA RAN 500km EVERY NIGHT FOR A START. THE FIRST DAY SHE ATtem-pted CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN, SHE BROKE HER ARM. SHE HAD THE ARM BINDED AND WAS STILL CLIMBING. ZIORA WAS ma-king PROGRESS. EVERY NIGHT, AT THE MOUNTAIN, SHE TRAINED. NO SLEEP, NO FOOD, AS HER MASTER MADE HER EAT ONCE A DAY AND VERY LITTLE FOOD. SEVERAL TIMES SHE FELL SICK. IZINGA SAID TO HER.
-what lies AHEAD of you is not soft, You must TRAIN [email protected] TO STAY [email protected]
MOST TIMES SHE CRIED. MOST TIMES SHE HATED HERSELF AND HER DESTINY. IZINGA NEVER CARED ABOUT HER FEELINGS. HE SAID TO HER AGAIN.
-The TOUGHER it comes, The [email protected] YOU BECOME.
IZINGA s£nT TRUSTED MEN TO NKAI WITH THIS MESSAGE….
-THE EAGLE CAN NOW FLY, IT NO LONGER NEEDS THE MOTHER FOR FOOD.
NKAI un-derSTOOD. HE HAS JUST BEEN TOLD NEVER TO COME FOR HIS DAUGHTER TILL HE SAYS SO. WHEN THE MESSAGNERS LEFT……
-Hell no, IZINGA can’t st©p me from seeing my child. i have to know what’s going on. i will go but not as NKAI. I TRUST NO ONE, NOT EVEN MY WARlORD, IZINGA.
UTANA AND MAJE, NKAI’S UNCLE AND HIS WIFE, [email protected]£ TO SEE NKAI.
-uncle, Aunty, welcome.
-NKAI, what is going on? i havn’t set my eyes on ZIORA or you for a long time? what is happening? UTANA asked.
-Nothing Aunty. ZIORA went to her MATERNAL home.
-ZIORA went to MUZARA, all the way to MUZARA and you did not inform us? MAJE asked.
-i’m sorry. she started acting spoilt and pampered. Your place isn’t the right place for her to get discipline and good upbringing because you will pamper her more. so i took her their.
-hmmmm, NKAI, i am not happy hearing this. UTANA replied. Life has disciplined her Enough by taking away motherly love from her from birth. what other discipline, should she have? NKAI, have you no conscience? what RUBBISH!!!
-uncle, i do not accept that. That is pity and it is a NO. Pity is not for WARRIORs. Do not feel pity for my child. SHE IS NOT A SUBJECT OF PITY. PITY SUBJECTs one to timidness, pain, regret, sluggishness, dullness, and i do not want that for my child. She needs to face the realities of life. she can still be a great person without motherly care. Uncle, Aunty, plea-sE, i beg you by the CREATOR,. ZIORA IS NOT PITIABLE but FAVOURABLE. man’s pity is mockery but the CREATOR’s pity is MERCY.
-hmmm, when is my GRAND daughter coming back? MAJE ASKED.
-soon. she will be back soon.
-NKAI, UTANA CALLED, you should know ZIORA is only a child and not a WARRIOR. don’t be with her like that. take it easy. That’s by the way. NKAI, we have found you a new wife. we are here that you fix a [email protected]£ to come and see how and know when to see her people.
NKAI WAS SPEECHLESS. HE WAS JUST LOOKING AT THEM.
-aaaiiii, NKAI, say SOMETHING, MAJE said.
-say what? did i discuss with you that i needed a wife?
-NKAI, you don’t need to discuss with us. we need a son o. you need a SUCCESSOR. you don’t even need to love her, just get her PREGNANT and give us a SUCCESSOR. THE WARRIOR Title, won’t leave our family NKAI, it won’t end with you.UTANA REPLIED
-and what if it turns out to be a girl again?
-the CREATOR forbid, the CREATOR Forbid NKAI. REPLIED MAJE
-and if the CREATOR doesn’t?
-you marry again. UTANA REPLIED. OBORO your second in command MARRIED EIGHT.
-and after marrying eight, who gave him the son? answer me,who gave him the son? RILO his first wife. The CREATOR is not a fool. He doesn’t give HONOUR to who doesn’t deserve.OBORO’s son can no longer join the WAR MEN OF UMA. No other son of his can be. what if i am destined not to have a son as first child, no matter what i do, it will not work for me. Thanks for your concern, but i’m not interested.
UTANA AND MAJE WERE SCOLDING ONt©p OF THEIR VOICES. NKAI WENT IN.
WUNA THE SEER HASN’T RECEIVED ANY ANSWERS FROM THE CREATOR. HE THEREFORE HASN’T GONE TO SEE THE KING. OBORO HASN’T GOTTEN ANSWERS FROM HIS FRIEND, THE PRINCE. HE GOT WORRIED.
-i will wait no more..i will visit the witch of ARTAI. She has the power to REVEAL hidden secrets. i must find out EVERYTHING about this woman and destroy her.
ZIORA HAS GONE INTO SWORD TRAINING. SHE CUT HERSELF AS SHE TRIED GIVING SLIT. IZINGA TREATED THE WOUND AND ASKED ZIORA TO TRAIN WITH HER LEFT HAND. SHE WAS GIVEN A SMALL SWORD AT FIRST, GRADUALLY, IZINGA INCREASED THE SIZE. ZIORA STILL ATE ONCE A DAY. HER RUNNING EXERCISE, IZINGA INCREASED TO 1000km. ZIORA STARTED GETTING USED TO THE SYSTEM. MOUNTAIN CLIMBING WAS BEGINNING TO BE EASY, SWORD SLITING WITH BOTH HANDS WAS BEGINNING TO BE MASTERED BY HER. IZINGA SAID TO HER.
-AS YOU GO THrou-gh THIS PAIN, DO NOT FOCUS ON IT, FOCUS ON THE GAIN.
OBORO WENT TO THE WITCH.
-i see it all. i see it all. i see all your plots and plans for UMA. (she laughed like a crazy person)but the ANSWERS about the woman, i see not and i know not..Nevertheless, A seer spoke to IZINGA the warlord who stays in MUZARA about it. The seer gave him a sign. Go to IZINGA, you wil get more answers. PRESSURIZE HIM. He is very smart, swift and s-en-sational. make it look as if THE SEER s£nT YOU.
OBORO SET OUT TO MUZARA ON HIS HORSE. HE GOT TO IZINGA’S COMPOUND. OBORO ALIGHTED FROM THE HORSE.
-Greetings , WARlord IZINGA.
IZINGA DREW OUT HIS SWORD.
-i come in peace.
-who are you and what do you want here?
-i am from the SEER FROM MOUNT HIEVER.
-and you ride on a horse that looks like that of the WARRIORs of UMA? that’s by the way? IS the seer a man or a woman?
OBORO WAS CONFUSED.
-what’s his name? describe him and what’s the place he stays called?
As the discussed ZIORA [email protected]£ OUT. OBORO AND ZIORA WAS LOOKING EYE BALL TO EYE BALL. IZINGA INTERRUPTED.
-i was asking you a QUESTION, young man. why are you stirring at HIM. do you know him?
-ANSWER MY QUESTION THEN AND St©p LOOKING LIKE A LOST SOUL. ( he turned to ZIORA) LULU, GET TO THE BACK HOUSE AND DO YOUR WORK. YOU ARE A STUPID SLAVE. YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS AT THE FRONT HOUSE. GET OUT.
IZINGA TURNED, OBORO WAS GONE. IZINGA LAUGHED.
-when a baby crawls and when a man walks, it is same MOVEMENT but not same EXPERIENCE.
IZINGA went to ziora at the back house and dragged her into his CHAMBERS.
-what were you doing at the front house?
-forgive me my lord. i saw the horse and thought my father was here.
-ZIORA, my child, your father CANNOT be here now. The TRAINING you are going throu-gh right now does not need EMOTIONAL DISTRACTIONS. do you know that man?
-no my lord but, his face is familiar and the horse, it looked like that of the WARRIORS of UMA. i thought my father was here when i saw the horse. i wanted to shout FATHER until i saw the man’s face and stood SPEECHLESS.
-what??? Thank the heavens. ziora, listen, i forbid you to come out of this CHAMBERS during the day. The PROPHECY of you has gone viral. Evil men are looking for you to destory you. hmmm, ZIORA, even in your DISGUISE, you still need to be careful. plea-sE.
-i’m sorry my lord.
-Get me the scroll of past HEROS. As your hands are thought to war, your head should be loaded with skills. Most times we ENCOUNTER some very serious CHALLENGE at the war front. At that point, Your hands can no longer save you but your head, not just your hand, the contents of your head, KNOWLEDGE, what you have re-ad. we work on your KNOWLEDGE during the day. (ziora brou-ght the scroll) Now sit.
OBORO WENT BACK TO THE WITCH.
-you were right. that man is cunny, swift and crafty.
-hahahahaha, IZINGA. hmmmm.
-see, i want to know the name of that seer.
-It is useless now. you can’t go back there. IZINGA has marked your face. (she looked at OBORO) you need my help, just as i need your help.
-yes, i need your help.
-OBORO, i like what you de-sire and i can help you fulfil it. we are on thesame course. (she stood up) I HATE KING OHUMA, i hate him with [email protected] He come to power and barnished WITCHCRAFT. He threw us out and had many of us killed and gave UMA to the HEAVENS only. Oboro, i know you eye the throne. I know you hate OHUMA too. You need more than the slits of the sword, you need DARK POWERS. It shows no mercy. I will give you my DARK POWERS on one condition.
-(OVERJOYED OBORO SMILED AND LEAPED FOR JOY) any condition, any condition. i will yield to any condition.
-OBORO, i will make you a powerful king, very powerful, i will give you powers, great powers but, you must lift the ban on WITCHCRAFT, soccery, MAGIC, DIVINATION, and so one and every fullmoon, SACRIFICES OF HUMAN HEADS SHALL BE MADE.
-(LAUGHING sheepishly), is that all? consider it done.
(the witch laughed) then consider OHUMA YOURS AND AS FOR IZINGA, there are many ways to kill a rat. Someone else should take your son to IZINGA to be trained. (she laughed) your son’s main mission is to MONITOR THE TIME and find out WHEN IT SEIZES FROM DROPPING SAND. Then he should watch out for any woman who shall come out that day. (she took out a red stone from her altar) give him this. He must not bring it out anyhow and it must not see the sun until that day. Once he sights the women, he should go un-der the sun and bring it out(she laughed again) leave the rest to me. OBORO, Henceforth, call me WITCH MOTHER. (she laughed again)
-Thank you witch mother.
-once you have SUCCEEDED with the mission with your son, come back to me. i shall fortify you.
-Thank you my WITCH MOTHER. Thank you.
NKAI DISGUISED HIMSELF. HE DRESSED LIKE AN OLD MAN AND SET OFF THE JOURNEY TO MUZARA. HE GOT TO MUZARA AT NIGHT. AT THESAME HOUR, ZIORA AND IZINGA WAKE UP TO GO TO THE MOUNTAIN. NKAI WALKED IN MEETING IZINGA AND ZIORA AT THE DOOR. IZINGA DREW OUT HIS SWORD. NKAI TOOK A FRESH PALM LEAVE AND PLACED IT ON HIS LEAPS. IZINGA KNEW STRAIGHT AWAY THAT THE PERSON STANDING BEFORE HIM WAS ONCE A WARRIOR.
-who are you? and what do you want here at this ungodly hour.
-no matter how an EAGLE has grown, it can never overgrow the care of her mother.
IZINGA SMILED. HE ALre-adY KNEW WHO IT WAS.
-LULU, go into my CHAMBERS and wait for me.
ZIORA WENT IN.
-What are you doing here NKAI? IZINGA WHISPERED
-What a QUESTION my lord！!!! I want to see my daughter. where is she? how is she? how is the TRAINING going?
-NKAI, can you keep secrets?
-Yes my warlord.
They went up to the MOUNTAIN, where IZINGA told him EVERYTHING.
NKAI yet PRETENDED like he knew nothing.
-my warlord, are you sure about all these? Uma my land holds it’s TRADITIONs very SACRED.
-Trust me IZINGA. you went throu-gh me. And all the while you stayed here, did i fail you?
-No my lord. But just like times, PEOPLE CHANGE.
-NKAI , my boy, the only thing that changed about me is MY AGE. ZIORA, is now LULU.
-so, she was the one? STANDING with you?
-oh my child!!!! she looks so different. what’s with the haircut?
-aII that, is to cover her. Nob©dy knows she is still that same girl, the daughter of GREAT NKAI. i will give you the OPPORTUNITY to watch her but you won’t speak to her.
-Alright my lord.
-wait behind the rocks. she must not know i allowed someone watch her.
ZIORA STEPPED OUT. SHE RAN HER RACE WHICH SHE HAS INCREASED TO 1500km WITHIN A SHORT TIME. NKAI WAS AMAZED. THEN SHE STARTED CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN. SHE CLIMbe-d WITH SWIFTNESS, STRATEGY AND CAUTION. TIME TO HANDLE THE SWORD, ZIORA WAS REPLYING SLITS. IZINGA DOUBLED THE SWORD, SHE WAS STILL VERY STABLE. ASIDE THE SWORD, SHE COULD ALSO FIST-FIGHT. NKAI COULD NOT BELIEVE HIS EYES. AFTER THE TRAINING, IZINGA TOOK HER IN AND LATER [email protected]£ OUT TO MEET NKAI.
-my lord, was that ZIORA?
-i am SPEECHLESS. she is doing so well. she could face me.
-(IZINGA smiled)she is still LEARNING. I will have to test her fitness soon. She will have to go to war.
-i am a proud father , my lord.
-THE CREATOR MADE IT SO, MY BOY. (took a de-ep breath)
Nkai, a WARRIOR from uma [email protected]£ here.
-what???? why? for what?
-hmmm, you think this is a joke? i mean the PROPHECY? Evil men in UMA, they are alre-ady aware, yesssss, it is as serious as that. ZIORA saw him but couldnt recognize him.
-did he recognize her?
-NO. did you recognize her when you [email protected]£ in?
-no my lord.
-just so you know, We must protect her with EVERYTHING we’ve got. She is the future of UMA, not just UMA, the whole province. what will heat UMA, will affect the whole Provience.
-hmmmm, i am re-ady, ever re-ady. i can die protecting her. UMA my land must be saved.
NKAI SPENT THE NIGHT IN MUZARA AND IN THE MORNING AS HE SET OUT TO LIVE, A MAN WALKED IN WITH OBORO’S SON.
To be continued
King ziora Episode 9 & 10