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Diamond In The Forest Episode 27

March 18, 2019 1 Comment
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 27.
“You sent for me my prince…I’m sorry I was out on palace patrol…I just returned…
“You are talking with the maiden I sent out on suspension, I was told so…what business do you have with her..
“Nothing my prince…she told me that she was suspended and i wanted to know why…that was all…
“Leja…I trust you and I hate to have doubt in anyone I trust totally…you are close to me and it was because of your hard work and sincerity that made you to become the chief guard and the Oba has rewarded you greatly for all your labour and when you saved me from drowning at the river. you have serve well and you know almost everything that goes in and out of this palace…why I’m saying this is because I have few question for you and I need a truthful answer, you have never lied to me so don’t start now….Nike came to me with the news of being pregnant and the funny part is that she said I’m responsible. the night I woke up and saw her naked in my chamber and all my cloths were off…that was the night she said it happened….now tell me is this true, did I send for Nike because I don’t see any reason why I will do that…I have no interest in her at all and I won’t even in my dream…why will I specifically send for Nike and then lay with her…because I remember all that happened that night, you kept on filling my cup until I passed out and the next thing is a naked maiden in my chamber…and she is claiming that I laid with her…and I’m certain…so certain that I did not do such…so tell me the truth…what happened that night…
Leja breathed in, he wish he can say everything without covering anything up, but if he has to that then the real truth about Remi’s pregnancy and so many other things will be revealed and the prince will never forgive him, he may end up being punished or banished, “may the gods forbids, being banished and die in the evil forest is not my portion and the gods will not allow such thing to befall me”, Leja prayed in his mind.
Leja bent his head not knowing how to start but he has to end this evil seed that Nike has started planting before something else goes wrong, he will leave Remi’s part out of it, she is dead and long gone, so she has become a history but Nike was running with speed with this her evil plans and he can’t bear it any more, he has to tell the prince everything that happened that night
“Leja…soro…kilo sele…I asked a question and I need a sincere answer…why are you quiet…all I want is the truth, if you have lied before to me then say the truth now before I start digging, say the truth because that is the only way to my heart…you know that.
“my prince… i….i mean…I uhmmm...imabinu…you are right my prince…you never sent for Nike that night neither did you lay with her, the child that Nike is carrying is not yours…I don’t know how she sneak into your chamber that night and I was surprise to find out when you asked her to fetch me that night…she was obsess with you and wanted you, most maidens admires you greatly my prince but Nike took it too far and all I did was to cover her up and not for her to get into trouble with you, I never knew she will come up with this pregnancy thing…she took it too far and I am deeply sorry for not saying the truth when you asked me and I did not bother to come all this while to clear what happened that night…I know you trusted me, I betrayed that trust and I felt bad after lying to you that night please for give me my prince…e joo
Leja knelt down and the prince asked him to stand up and he quickly did.
“Is there any other thing you aren’t telling me…Leja…I feel there is more to this…tell me more…. Everything I need to know.
“That is all my prince, if anything needs to be told you will be the first to know…this is all
“Leja…Leja…why will you agree to such...she pulled off my cloth because I woke up without my cloths on, what an insult to my person, she was standing right here naked…real naked, Leja…and she did not make any attempt to cover up until I asked her to…why will I see such thing, you strongly lied to me and said I sent for her when I know fully well I never did, you made me look like a fool and I did not know what to say except to ask two of you to leave my chamber that night…why will you agree to such, your duty is to the palace not to a maiden, why will you even defend her unruly act…who is responsible for her pregnancy…
“..i…I don’t know my prince…maybe is from outside the palace…but…I uhmmm don’t know…all I know is that she was obsess with you and she took it too far…i am so sorry…deeply sorry, I plead for your forgiveness my prince, please…I’m pleading…such will never happen again…I promise…I will do my work as I’m trusted to do…with all sincerity…I will…
“enough…when that maiden returns from her suspension she will be totally dismissed from the palace, such people should not be here…they have no place in this palace…they are desperate and dangerous and before she will be finally dismissed ask her to bring her mother to the palace…in fact go to their house tomorrow and give her my message, tell her while she is resuming back from her suspension she should bring her mother along, I need to see the kind of woman that gave birth to such maiden, I will love to know if the woman gives advice to her daughter at all, that maiden is wayward and unrestrained that was why she has the gut to do what she did, and as for you Leja, my trust for you has gone below my legs, I will have to weigh everything you tell me next time, until I’m certain is the truth, it will be hard for me to believe you…you failed in your duty and you deserve to be suspended too but I will let you be for now, leave my chamber at once..
Leja bowed and left immediately, he wish he has not allowed his jealousy to get the best of him, he wanted Remi but when the Prince started showing interest and Remi never gave him a second look, it prompted him to get involve with Nike and the result so far has being disastrous, innocent lives has being lost and now the prince has doubt in him, he wish there was a remedy to everything he has done, he wish he can totally confess everything but that will be dangerous, the prince is angry with him for just this, that means if he has told the prince everything, the truth about Remi and all that he has gotten involve in, the prince will want to have his head in a platter, he will do worst things to him.
And Nike may want to get back at him if she finds out that he have spoilt the whole plan, she and her mother will not take it lightly with him, but she will also be getting herself into a bigger mess if she decided to tell the prince what happened, Leja knew Nike can not tell the whole truth. But whatever that may happens he silently prayed it will not get worst than it seems already.
Remi held Ademide as he feed in her arm, she watch him with a smile and suddenly hard Sipah’s voice who was watching her from the door, she startled
“Sorry…I scared you….i just wanted to know how he is doing, I was out the whole day and didn’t get a chance to play with him…
“He is asleep now, he looks so beautiful Pah, and just watching him alone gladdens my heart…
“Sure, he is, you are beautiful Remi…so is only normal to breed your kind…you have a warm heart, when I say you are beautiful I mean every word of it...inside and out.
Remi looked up at him and they locked eyes for sometime, the native handmade lamp burn at one corner, Mikai sleep soundly, Ore was out, he sometimes sleeps on the tree or in the house that Sipah built for him, Sipah also built a house for Mikai’s birds, rabbits, squirrels and other pet animals that Sipah caught for Mikai
Sipah looked away, as he felt the heat of his emotions
“I just wanted to check up…i will wash up and go to bed, good night Remi…good night Emmanuel…I pray the almighty God, keeps us all safe through out the night as always and may morning bring the blessing of the new day to us…
“Amen…thank you…goodnight…
Sipah turned to leave and Remi spoke again making him to pause.
“Pah, you are also handsome, even your scar can not hide the fine man that you are, you are a good man with a large heart, sometimes I mistake you for an angel in human. Thank you Pah….i love…I mean I love the environment you created for us here…
Sipah smiled, he nodded before walking away, he washed up and return to his room, he lay down in his bed and watch the fire from the clay pot in his room, burn quietly.
Remi has occupied his mind and he forgot to pray, he sat up from his bed and silently started praying
“heavenly father, I thank you for your numerous blessing everyday, I can’t tell it all, even if my body is filled with mouth is never enough to say thank you father, thank you for Remi and Emmanuel, thank you for Mikai, Ore our monkey friend, the beauty and quietness of this place, where people dreaded most you created a beautiful home out of it for us. Night has come and I ask for your protection over us, send your angels to surround us, no evil is allowed close here because we are under your wing of protection. Thank you so much for your love and kindness so far, I tell you everything because you are a good listener and a loving father, today I decided to talk to you about Remi, my emotions and the way I feel for her, I don’t know if this is right or not but I don’t want to do things you won’t approve off, keep me in check and don’t let me run wild with this, it may seem normal to be together but I am not counting on what seem normal in my eyes but what you think about it all. Have your way in our lives and perfect that which concerns us….may we find our purpose in life and live as you want us to live…this and many more I pray in Jesus name…. Amen.
Sipah returned to bed and slept with peace in his heart
Remi lay with Ademide in her own room, she wish she can express how she feel about Sipah, he looks at her the way she love, she melt at his gaze and love having him around, he makes her have this warm feeling that she can’t explain, she wonder if Sipah feels the same way too, she wish Sipah could just tell her the way he feels about her, she almost said that she loves him earlier which was what she had wanted to say but caught herself, Sipah maybe feeling different from that.
Remi breathed deeply as she tried to think of something else, she thought of the prince and frowned, she has had same feeling for the prince, same feeling that she was having for Sipah, the Prince has joined many other to hurt her, only the princess and Ope stood by her in the palace.
Remi wondered what life was like for them, they all probably thought she was dead.
Remi thought of her late mother and wiped a tiny tear off her eyes, she wondered how her grandma and Dami are doing.
Her grandma’s riddle has never left her heart “two will want you, only one will have you, then disaster will struck and the gods will take you far away with the seed of crown…which will become a Diamond in forest…sorted after….
She understand her grandma’s riddles but not fully, the only part she is yet to understand now is “diamond in the forest that will be sorted after…by who, Remi asked her self silently, she looked down on her son and covered him up properly. “the only good thing I got from the palace is Ademide, the prince broke me up even without knowing, and when I thought the world has come to an end for me I found a new home here and another beginning… I’m glad the gods kept me safe until I brought my Ade forth. This is my present, Sipah, Mikai, Ore and everything here is my present and I find peace here, no trouble, just us living in our own world. All I wish is that Sipah will open up to me on how he feels or maybe I should tell him…no I can’t, I will rather remain quiet and allow whatever will be to be…but I feel something strong for him…same as I have felt for the prince.
Remi breathed again before shutting her eyes, as she allowed sleep to take over her.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 26

March 18, 2019 Add Comment

DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 26.
“Where do you get those oso..? (Oranges)
“From your backyard Iya…I climbed up the tree and got all this…
“I never thought there was still more fruits in it…the leave are too crowded…one won’t easily know there are still big oranges in there…peel and bring some here for me…
Dami quickly peel the oranges and gave it to his grandma. Who was throwing corn seed to a hen with its chicks…
“Here is the orange Iya…you will over fed that hen…and it will become so fat and lazy to go and find food for her children… if you keep feeding it all the time…she won’t have strength to even protect the little chicks from the yellow eye hawk…
“hahahaha…what do you even know…the hen reminds me of your sister…she is being taking care of, well fed, supported and loved by total strangers…and the seed of crown is growing in good hands…
“Iya…do you see all this things while sitting here or the gods reveal them to you while at asleep…because I don’t even understand most of them…Remi being cared for by a stranger…do the stranger live in the forest or is he a hunter who took her home…and allowed her to…
“shh shhh…don’t say a word…
Dami kept quiet, he continued with his orange as he watch his grandma shut her eyes and raise her face upward…a strange wind blew and suddenly stopped. Dami felt cold and the orange in his hand fell to the ground, everything suddenly became normal again, he felt his normal self and started peeling another orange, he was use to his grandma strange behavior, she sees and hear things from the gods. Dami wondered what she was seeing or hearing again this time
Grandma return back to her orange, after sucking off the juice she started eating the inside of the orange, Dami watched silently, he wanted to speak but doesn’t know if is okay for him to talk now, but he spoke out anyway
“Iya there are still more oranges here…just in case you want more…
“I know…I’m fine with this my child…hmmm…ose gan…
“So…what did you see or hear…that made you to hush me to be quiet…
“All I live for... is for you and your sister…my being alive is mostly because of your sister…she has a diamond…
“Really…is that what you saw…real diamonds…wow…if she sell it she will become wealthy…are the diamond much…do they grow in the forest…aaah…Remi is so lucky…but is unfortunate that she can’t sell them…nobody will go to the evil forest to go and buy a diamond…
“The Diamond I'm talking about is her child…I told you the day Remi gave birth…it was same day that the Oba fell ill and I doubt no medicine man can cure him…most of them know this, they are aware that the medicine they are administering to him does not have any effect on the king yet they keep on doing same thing all over because they don’t want to be the one to give the sad news but just to be around the Oba… the truth will be out soon because many will fall sick…not just the Oba, the Oba’s cabinet men will start falling sick one after the other and many other will follow, the kingdom will be torn apart and the prince will be heart broken and confuse, and they will come running…then he will remember…
“running to where and he will remember what exactly Iya?….will the Oba die…and why…why did the Oba become sick on same day that Remi put to birth…is strange Iya…and you said more people will follow in the illness…why is that…will the Oba die…
“Just ask one question at a time my child…The Oba will not die yet…not now…the diamond in the forest will come to him and he will see the seed of crown…
“I don’t understand Iya…
“you should understand because I am not speaking latin to you…I speak in a clear and a very understandable tongue…try to clear your mind so that it will be easy for you to understand certain riddles and few of my saying, you are growing into strong man with a strong mind but not so strong like your sister…you are smart, strong and has a good heart for mankind…Damilola, your future lies in the heart of the forest…
“Iya…if I say I don’t understand again you may start complaining but I serious don’t…I sometime get scared from this riddles...my future in the forest…how is that possible…my future is here…right here in this kingdom…I’m not going anywhere…I don’t want to go and live in the forest…no Iya, I’m not at strong as my sister…if I’m sent out like Remi I will just die even before I get to the forest…at the mention of forest I have great fear because I will remember egbo mi (elder sister) but you said that she is happy and she is well taken care off with her child and that alone is all that matters to me, just for her to be fine…but my own future is right here please…
“hmmm…nobody is sending you out of the kingdom…your sister was chosen by the gods and that is why she in the forest, you have no business going there but you still have business there… when the time comes my child you will love everything from the forest…
“I will love egbo mi and her child… then the bush meat and fruits that I have not tasted before…that is the only thing that will interest me there nothing else…I wish egbo mi will return back now with my nephew…so I will teach him how to climb tress and swim in the river, I will teach him how to make ridges and how to be a great farmer…
His grandma laugh before asking Dami to go and fetch firewood and he left immediately.
Nike did not see Leja, she was told he went out, but as she got to the gate she saw Leja coming in, she pushed Leja to one corner
“I have being suspended…so I’m going home right away…I will be away for one week…
“Suspended by who and what was your offence…what happened..
“Omooba…he gave me one week suspension…and he said you should report to his chamber immediately….i went to tell him about the news of being pregnant but it didn’t go down well because he calculated from the last time i was seen in his chamber to the present day, he added everything up and it did not make sense at all…I never thought he will have time to start calculating all that and I was surprise when he brought it up Leja…I don’t even know how to convince him, so you can try to do that because everything lies within this child I’m carrying...i will discuss with Iyami and know what to do next….the Oba is critically ill and can’t attend to anyone…I would have suggested that me and Iyami come down to speak with the Oba if he will listen to us but as the whole thing is now we have to think of another way to get the prince into this…is the future I’m carrying here, I know is your child but the prince has to believe is this otherwise we are doom…
“Omooba is not foolish Nike…if he can remember what happened the night he caught you in his chamber then there is nothing I will say or do that can convince him…
“Don’t say that Leja, the prince trust and believes everything you tells him, you are the chief guard here too also the Prince right hand man….only you can convince him, make him believe that this child is his…I don’t know how you will do it but do it anyway you like…all that matters is for him to believe you…Omooba has no doubt in you…he trust you…
“yes, he trust me and I have betrayed him severally already, I took his trust for granted…I wish I can get off this, I wish I never even get involve with this whole mess….the fact is he will not believe me and I don’t want him to start suspecting me in anyway…I will try to clear my head and…
“clear which head…your head…hahahaha…you are a joker Leja, mind whatever you say to the prince before it backfires…clear your head and also clear mine because I am carrying your child, you can’t get away with this…the pregnancy did not enter when it was suppose to, and you contributed to it…I will make a solid plan you will scatter it…what is wrong with you…if you have laid with me continuously like I asked and wanted you to… the pregnancy wouldn’t be this late, I have to force and kept on disturbing you just for us to get here finally now the ball fall back to you…play it well Leja…play it well and don’t try to be smart with me…remember we are in this together…we have gone deep and can’t get out until the purpose is all achieve…think of what to tell Omooba so that he can believe you…
Ope saw Leja and Nike whispering something to their selves close to the palace gate as she tries to spread the princess wear, she wonder what they were always talking about in a whisper, she watched them for sometime and felt anger building up as Nike talked with Leja, Ope frown as she stood at a distance watching them, Nike looked like she was pregnant and Leja is responsible no doubt, maybe the queen mother found out and sent her home because she looked like she was going home, Ope thought within her as she turned and walked away with some of the princess dry cloths
She breathed deeply as she thought of Remi, she really missed her and it saddens her that she is no more, Remi has a warm presence, beautiful and hardworking but Nike was always jealous of her and she succeeded in making the Oba to banish her.
The princess was suppose to be getting married soon but since her father is ill they have to postpone the wedding until the Oba gets better.
Ope has become the princess personal maiden, the princess chosed her and asked her to be her personal maiden in place of Remi, and she has tried to serve with all her heart just as Remi had done, she is taking Remi’s step to serve the princess wholeheartedly.
Ope knew that she will never be able to fill the gap or the emptiness that Remi left in everyone’s heart.
The prince walked along the corridor and Ope who was carrying some of the princess dry cloths ran into the prince unknowingly and quickly knelt down to apologise
“ejoo…I mabinu omooba…(I’m sorry my prince)
“kosi wahala… (No problem) you serve my sister now?
“ben ni, (yes, I do)
“Good, and hope you serve well just as Re…Remi when she was here. Be sincere in your dealing and also be trustworthy and you will win the princess heart…by the way have you seen Leja around…
“Yes, my prince…he is at the palace gate side…talking with Nike…
“Nike, the maiden I sent for one week suspension?, what are they talking about…go and call Leja immediately…and tell that Maiden to leave the palace at once…
Ope dropped everything in her hands and ran off to the gate, she wondered what Nike did wrong for the prince to send her home on suspension, she was glad that Nike was sent home.
on getting there, Nike pause from what she was saying to Leja to face Ope…
“Witch…what do you want here...what are you looking for…
Ope decided to drop few insult for Nike first
“Getting pregnant for Leja is that the way you intend to become the next queen, you told me that I should watch out and you will become the queen of this kingdom…and I am still watching and all I can see is that you are pregnant for Leja and the prince sent you home on suspension…what a pity,…
“You are an idiot Ope, who told you I’m pregnant for Leja, I’m proudly carrying the Prince son in my womb, and I am not going on suspension but to visit my mother as the prince asked me to…deal with it jealous fool, because I will become the Queen of this great kingdom and people like you will become my footstool, I will banish you from this kingdom when the time comes, just like Remi was banished…enemies like you are threat to this great kingdom, you are meant to become food for the wild animals in the forest…that is where you will belong…is a matter of little time and it will happen…
“hahahaha…may the gods curse that your lying mouth for saying you are carrying the prince child, the prince said it himself that you are on suspension and I should tell you to leave the palace at once. Leja, he asked you to report to him immediately…so Nike, go home and serve your punishment and all your evil deed will catch up with you one day, Remi deserve to be a Queen, she was truly carrying the prince child just as the princess has even testified but you feigned her up and got her banished with a child in her womb…you are so heartless, and mind you…the gods maybe crazy but they are wise and they will bring judgement to you and to the womb that bore you…Leja the prince is watching and he wants you to report to him at once and he said you should push Nike out of the palace, push her so hard or better still drag her out of this gate before going to omooba…Leja do it…the prince is watching you now…
Leja got scared as he hard that the prince was watching him which wasn’t true. He turned to Nike and asked her to leave, Nike slapped his hand off her shoulder
“so you want to push me out…you are crazy…can’t you see I’m pregnant with the prince son and this evil witch is so bitter because of that fact…she will die of jealousy…don’t touch me before the gods strike you down…
“Nike, just cooperate and leave…the prince is watching us…don’t make this more complicated than it is already, just leave at once as the prince commanded….please.
Nike quietly started walking towards the gate as Leja followed her to make sure she was out, Nike pause at the gate to look at Ope angrily from head to toe, she gave a heavy hiss before walking out.
Ope started laughing at her as she walked away.
Leja went to see the prince while Ope went back to the princess chamber.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 25

March 17, 2019 3 Comments
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. EPISODE 25.
The prince woke up amidst sweat and breathed heavily, this is the second time he was having the same dream, he wondered what the dream could mean, he try to sleep again but couldn’t, sleep has disappeared from his eyes, ,he stood up and walked to his chamber window, everywhere was dark outside, dawn was still far.
He stood there for sometime before returning to his bed again
He shut his eyes and tried to force himself to sleep again but his mind was occupied, all he could think off was just one person, the lady he has seen in his dream with a child, the prince started talking to himself just to ease off the burden that has weighed him down for long
“Remi…ohhh…the gods she is dead by now, hmmm…I pray the gods accept her soul, she was indeed a beautiful maiden, I have loved her and wanted her ever since she stepped into the palace, my feeling for her grew by the day, I loved that maiden I wasn’t going to deny that fact but she was in love with Leja, Leja was her man, I never knew and when I found out I felt stupid…yes…I really felt a punch on my face, loving Leja’s woman…I have tried to wave off this feeling but I don’t seem to be doing so well with that…I wished I have made love to her that night…I just wish I laid with her maybe in that way she will have my child…not Leja’s child, well…she was pregnant for Leja before being banished…how I also wish father has listened to me and send her faraway to another kingdom… not into an evil forest…not totally banishing her… sending her off to die was so cruel…why will she even try to poison father…I see her as somebody who is not capable of such…why will she want to do such evil and where did she even get the poison…oh…Remi…how I wish you have lived, how I wish you were mine…how I wish it was my child you carried, you tried to lie to me that the pregnancy was mine…I don’t know why you will do such…your lover…Leja was angry and said something that made me have doubt in you…why do you seem to fill my dream with a child in hand…nursing a child in your arm who’s body seem to be transformed like that of a diamond…it shown forth and covered the whole place with it’s light…I don’t understand…I wish I do…I wish I understand what this terrifying strange dream means…Remi is dead and all I want to do is to put all that behind me…Olorun sa nu mi (God have mercy on me) mo fe run re (I loved her) I really do but…she is gone…killed with baby in her womb…too cruel yet she brought it on herself…I couldn’t do anything…I wish I have the power to change her judgement…hmmm…why is she occupying my mind…I don’t have a hand in her death…so why do I see her even in my dream with a baby in her arm…who shown so bright like a diamond…what is wrong with me…why can’t I think straight and leave the dead alone….i feel she is alive yet I know that she can’t survive the forest…she is dead…what do I do to move past this feeling…
The following day it was hard that the Oba fell ill and couldn’t get up from his bed, the native doctors and medicine men came to administer different kind of medicine to him but he did not get better.
Nike dressed so fine, she checked herself to make sure everything was in place, she pulled up her ankara skirt to her laps and wore a top that exposed some part of her breast as she walked to the Prince chamber that evening, she knew that the Queen mother was attending to the sick Oba, the princess has gone for a walk with her husband to be Tunde, the prince recline to his chamber more than before
Nike tapped on his door gently and she hard when the prince asked whoever it is to come in
Nike went in and saw the prince resting on his bed, he look troubled
The prince looked at Nike from head to toe, she dressed as if she has come to seduce him, and such dressing was not allowed in the palace, how could she dress like this to his chamber
“Why are you dressed like this in the palace…do you understand where you are…this is not the normal uniforms you are given to wear…and what do you want?
“I’m sorry my prince…I was so busy I couldn’t wash all my maiden cloths on time…so I just washed them today… not quiet long and this was the only cloth left for me to wear…sorry about this…you looked troubled are you okay..
“don’t ask me unnecessary question…what do you want and please immediately you leave here go and look for the right cloth and wear, cloths like this are not allowed in the palace…you should have being told of all this..
Nike saw that the prince was not even move by her dressing which she has intend to use in seducing him, she romanced her laps and touched her breast stylishly while moving closer to him
The prince watch her as she move touching every part of her body, he waited to see what she was up to as she move closer, the Prince sat up from his bed with hand akimbo frowning as Nike came to stand beside his bedside, she bent to touch the prince shoulder with a tone to show that she cares about him and the prince hush her angrily which made Nike to run far from his bed side
“if you dare touch me with those wretched hands of yours I will cut them off and send the pieces to your mother….are you out of your mind, how dare you straight those filthy hands towards me…I asked you what are you doing here…Remi your sister was not so undisciplined like you are, Remi can not come into my chamber dressed like a village harlot…
At the mention of Remi Nike became angry
“My Prince Remi is dead you still have her name on your lips…she is long gone and forgotten, she was my late sister and it saddens me to remember how she died with her unborn child, she tried to kill your father, the Oba of this great kingdom…that is unforgiven crime…and she got what she deserve…please don’t mistake my statement in thinking I don’t love my sister…I do…but her sin was not only to the Oba but also to all…the entire land and anyone calling her name is just like inviting the wrath of the gods to their selves, she is dead and we all have move pass that…she has different crime pointing right at her, she did not only lie that she was pregnant with your child she also tried to blackmail you into settling with her because she wanted to be the Queen by all means…I warned her severally but she didn’t listen…I told her to change her evil ways but Remi has always being an evil stubborn child right from birth, she never listen to anyone and she got exactly what she deserve…
“Why are you here…I did not ask you to give me details of what Remi did…I asked you what you came for…what do you want?
“I’m pregnant…yes…I am…and you are responsible my Prince…the night you were drunk and ask Leja to bring me into your chamber and he did and you laid with me…that was the night I took in for you
“hmmm…something is definitely wrong with you…you are a crazy maiden…this reminds me of Remi…yes Remi….she came here not so disgustedly dressed like you are, but she came anyway calming that I’m responsible for her pregnancy and the truth was that Leja was her Lover who got her pregnant…does this lies run in your family….lying, manipulating, tricky, seductive and dangerous does it run in your family… I’m beginning to wonder how you got to work in this palace, how did they chose you without a proper check up….you don’t deserve to work in the palace…you in particular…
“I’m sorry my prince, I don’t mean to offend you and I am never like Remi, she was a liar all through her stay here but I’m real, I did not plan for this to happen but when Leja came to wake me up that you are asking for me and I obeyed…who am I not to anyway. I came here and you make out with me and I was shock when you wake up in the middle of night surprise to see me, you can’t remember what happened between us again…but it truly happen…I am not lying…I can swear it…please believe me..i am carrying your child…a son and a true heir for you…I can’t lie with such heavy thing…I understand the implications of such so I can’t do that…believe me, Remi lied to you and try to get you with those lies but she is long dead…I am carrying your child my prince…
“hahahaha…you are carrying my child…very funny, I remember everything that happened that night, right from when Leja kept on filling my cups until I couldn’t take anymore drink, I fell asleep with my cloths on and woke up without them, I remember everything that happened, what do you take me for …a fool, I may not have remember what that transpired between me and Remi the night with her…during those party days, it was as if my memory of that night was wiped off but I remembered everything on the night with you, I know and I am very certain that I did not touch you… alright…you said I laid with you right…that is fine…how long is your pregnancy…how long have you gone…
“I am thirteen weeks gone my prince….thank you for believing me…this means a lot to me…I am carrying the future heir to the throne…thanks the gods that you believed me I was almost afraid of your tone, now I’m relieved…I am thirteen weeks gone my prince…
“yea, you are thirteen weeks, you are carrying the future heir indeed, fantastic...that is like three months and one week, the last time I caught you in my chamber naked was over five months now, you should be smart enough to know this… you are three months and a week, how possible….you must be out of your mind to come here with such blunder…is being over five months and you are just three months gone…you are really crazy…go and find who is responsible for your pregnancy…just as Remi found out hers…from now onward you have being suspended from this palace for one week, if you ever come back here with such news I will finally throw you out of the palace for good…and on your way out ask Leja to see me immediately…leave right now, tell the Queen mother that I sent you home for one week suspension and if she ask you what your offence are then you should have a better answer for her, pick up your things today, this evening and leave the palace immediately…next time you want to lie… try and be calculative and smart with it…but if you are caught doing such then you will have a lot to answer…get out…out of here now and out of the palace too.
Nike walked out in shame, her plans has failed her, she bite her fingers in anger, she never thought that the prince will have time to start calculating the period she was in his chamber naked, she has not thought of that and the truth is that, the pregnancy did not enter on time as she kept on pressuring Leja to lay with her even after the night in the prince chamber, she and Leja has being on it and even when Leja do not want to do it she will force him or threaten him and when she confirm she was carrying a child she waited for another month to be very sure before going to the prince with the news, and now the prince knows the truth and she doesn’t know how to convince him again, she will go home just as the prince as suspended her for a week and she will tell her mother, she would have asked her mother to come and see the Oba so that the Oba will make the prince take responsible of her pregnancy, Leja will bear a witness to them confirming everything but now the Oba is so ill and will not be able to see anybody
Nike was sad as she picked up her things, she will think of another way to get the prince to claim the pregnancy, she will certainly become the future Queen, she will talk with her mother and they will come up with a better idea.
Remi sat with Sipah close to the fire place, while Mikia carried the baby, Ore was with Mikai and the baby, as they play around, Remi watched them and smile as the monkey kept on jumping to touch the baby but Mikai held the baby so high preventing Ore from touching the baby, which made Ore to cry out in frustration, Remi laughed out before turning to Sipah who was fanning the coal…
“you should have allowed me do the cooking today…you are spoiling me too much Pah, you and Mikai, I can’t even do anything…maybe tomorrow I will do the cooking while you watch…
Sipah turned and looked at Remi, he looked out at Ore who seem to be complaining of something but in a funny way, he looked at Mikai as she cuddled the baby in her arm, he muttered something to himself
“Emmanuel…God is with us…
“What…you said something…I did not hear you Pah…
“a name for the baby…aside the one you gave him…I called him Emmanuel…and it means God is with us…
“uhmmm…that is a strange name but is fine…the name I gave him is just the first name that came to my mind when I thought of a name for him “Ademide” which means my crown has come.
“that’s good…your dialect sound so sweet to the ear…you will get to teach me some of it…I know Ore means friend…and Ore mi means my friend and few others…but I will like to learn more…will you teach me?
Remi looked at Sipah with a smile on her face, and he was also looking at her with a smile, she blushed and looked away
“what is it...is there a problem…the way you looked away…I totally understand if you can’t teach me your fine dialect…Yoruba dialect…as much as I would love to learn but I can’t push it…don’t feel bad about that…
“no…no I am not feeling bad…I will teach you…our class will start anytime you are free in the evening or any day you are home…I will love to teach you and Mikai…
“thank you…and as for spoiling you too much…you deserve it…pushing out that cute baby without any complication, I know is not by your power but from the power above… being strong enough to carry him in your womb even after being banished…you deserve to be loved and cared for…and don’t worry I will let you cook tomorrow so that I will sit and watch you…I will love to watch you cook…
Remi looked at him again as Sipah looked at her eye balls which was filled with happiness, Remi breathed deeply before looking away.
She don’t know why she feel this way with Sipah, he looks at her and she feel like melting inside, Sipah has being great both to her and everyone here, he cares deeply and always so protective of them. She thanked the gods for him everyday.
Sipah put some hot soup in the plate with lots of bush meat and vegetable and gave Remi
“eat everything in there, the baby is eating from you remember, so eat up so that he will suck it out from you later…as Emmanuel is sucking out from you I will be here making sure you don’t lack vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrate which the plants and herbs gives us, I will be filling you in with enough quantity…
Remi laughed out so hard and Sipah joined in.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 24

March 16, 2019 4 Comments
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 24.
“….you don’t understand how this people think…they reason like the old and did not want anything that will change their believe and when he came with that…it became a total war…they wedged a serious war against him and his family because they thought he wanted to corrupt their land and change what they hold dearly…
“My grandma told me such stories…it also happened in our place…but they were chased out…
“well…it still happens my dear...some people have a heart of stones and which can not easily be penetrated…that was how our people was…I’m Mikai’s uncle, but I have watched her grow everyday and turning into a strong beautiful woman, when her parents died and I escaped with her, she was just four years…she is twelve years now…which means we have live in this forest for eight years…the people almost killed us, as they lynched up the house and it went up in flames…their was no way of escape, Mikai’s mother was the first to burn up…I saw this things happen as angry mob stood outside rejoicing that they have burn us all, i called my elder brother Mikai’s father and his response was…was not in this world again…but I hard him saw…”sip…take Mikai…run…run as far as you can…become a father to her and let her be a daughter to you…don’t fail to put God first…for even in death there’s victory…dust off your shoes sand ones you are out of this town and never return to it…because this land will become desolate and barren…fear God…and put him first…let Mikai grow with the knowledge and power in the name above all names…
“They were missionaries…I mean Mikai parents…
“yes…they were like I said earlier… that was their only sin…our only sin, I wrapped Mikai up, there was no time to pick much things so I just pick the few I lay my eyes on and escaped through the window with Mikai, I ran with her into a near by bush and watch as the house was burn down…I held my breath and thought I was going to die too…but for the sake of Mikai I needed to be strong, we roam round the bush for days, eating anything eatable…but the Lord was with us…I dust my feet as I was told and cursed the land for taking the only family I hold dearly to my heart, Mikai father took care of me so well after the death of our parents until he got married and the wife became both mother and a sister to me…but that village took them untimely while we sleep at night…they set the whole building on fire and I manage to escape with Mikai…I live in hate and bitterness until I was tired of it and I just have to let go…hatred and unforgiveness does no good to anyone…if Christ can forgive his persecutors how much more we that claims to love him…i found a living here Remi…and God indeed has being God to us…
“Your scar…on your forehead…was it cursed by the fire…
“Not at all…I sustained it from here when I battled with a wild bear…well it gave me a life threatening injury but I killed it after all, and I also have several on my body, a hunter was attacked in the night one day, on hearing human cry for help I rushed to rescue and it was a hyena…not just one but four hyenas…hmmm, I killed them all but my body was scattered with their sharp teeth and I loosed a lot of blood but I recovered, God has being good to me and Mikai, he has never forsaken us, we have no charm protecting us here or any other power except the power from above…so…tell me about yourself…what brought you here
“I was banished…I was wrongly accused of poisoning the king and I was banished…sent here to die, well it looks like the gods are smiling down on me just like my grandma always say, is a long story Pah…but I will tell you all about it…maybe tomorrow, today is almost gone, let me cook evening food for us…
“the child you carry…is it for your husband…are you married…why will your people be so heartless to banish a pregnant woman…for God’s sake that’s so cruel and inhuman…
“I’m not married, I got entangled with the prince one night and it resulted to my pregnancy, he can’t even remember because he was drunk…so when I told him the truth he refuse to believe me…so I bore this shame with pride no matter what…a child is a gift from the gods and shouldn’t suffer because of the sin of the parents…my story is an interesting one…but I don’t count my trouble anymore because I now have you, Mikai and ore as my new family here…well let me start the food preparation…
“You don’t need to stress yourself…I will do the cooking… Ore, our monkey friend can keep me busy with it’s whining, you and Mikai can take a walk round the farm…I will prepare your bath before you return, and the food will be ready…we process our own little food here and is easily done…a lot of dry meat and fruits, oil, cassava meal, yam, millets, honey, quail and goose eggs too, the forest has thought me into knowing how to do almost everything and anything… this is our own world…far from our kind and live in the means of animals, most of the animals are very friendly…just like Ore, the monkey…if you don’t hurt them they will not hurt you…I set trap all around this fence for trespasser…Mikai is growing stronger and stronger both in the Lord and in strength…
“Your way of believe is strange to me…and it sound and look so foreign, I grew up with different setting…and the gods of our ancestors are real…they set me up on this journey…hope you don’t mind if…
“ Remi…in this place we won’t force you to adapt to our system of living and worship… in every village there are origin and traditions of the land that the people follow, like a yam festival, the moonlight festival, the first rain festival and so many others…and without this festivals and celebration the said kingdom may loose It’s purpose and traditions…live a free live here and don’t feel intimidated with our ways, the sun shine both on the good and evil…same is the rain…we are all one but have different calling and purpose…whatever rocks your boat…is fine by me, the gods of your ancestors still point down to the almighty, who is all knowing….and wise, the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men, he alone knows why our part crossed…and only his will must be done…
“Amin…thank you Sipah…you are God sent to me…you Mikai… also Ore….hahahaha…it sound so funny how a monkey could be so helpful…I feel so blessed to be surrounded with your warm presence…i can’t stop saying thank you…
Remi live with Sipah and Mikai even as her month of birthing drew near, Sipah and Mikai fetched water to feel their hand made pots, they put everything necessary down as Remi’s day drew near
Remi was slicing vegetable that day Sipah has gone for hunting, Mikai went to the spring to get water, Remi was with Ore as she felt something gushing under her cloth.
“Ore…Ore…come…come here…quick….
The monkey shakes it’s tail as it look up from the nut that he was eating, but did not bother to move
“Ore…I said come…here….i need help…go and fetch me that wrapper over there…wrapper…my cloth is socked up…I can’t seem to move…Ore…get away from that nut and get that wrapper for me…please…..
The monkey jumped up and down, making noise as if it was saying something to Remi…which Remi did not understand, the monkey instead of bringing the wrapper from the place came close and sat with Remi still eating his nut.
“Ore…I wish you can understand me…but is…aaarghhh... there's a sharp pain coming...aarghh
The monkey jumped on top of a chair that has pieces of cloth, he shift it close to Remi who was just confuse on what to do
“that is not the wrapper I asked you to bring but this will be helpful…thank you anyway…
She cleaned herself up, and tried to use her mouth to whistle as Sipah and Mikai does it but to no avail, she couldn’t do it despite how many time Mikai has thought her, she wish Sipah or Mikai will return and help her
The monkey senses her discomfort and ran out, facing the spring, he later return with Mikai, who was on a run
“is there a problem…Ore came to meet me at the spring, where I was washing, he was trying to tell me something I sensed is about you…are you alright
“I think is the baby…is coming…the baby is coming…water just rush down under my legs…I don’t know the meaning of that but I sense the baby is coming...
MIkai set up all the necessary things for her inside the warm room she share with Remi, she assisted Remi to go inside and just when she lay down and with just the second push a baby cry was hard.
It filled the whole room, and just then Sipah came in with a big bush meat that he caught. He hard the cry of the baby and rushed to the room where Remi held her baby in hand while Mikai, tried to clean up the place after cutting the umbilical cord
“Oh my God…wow…our baby is here finally…
“Pah, she just gave the second push and the baby came forth with ease…giving birth looks so easy than what you told me…and is a baby boy… so cute…wow…I can’t wait to hold him too…
“hahahaha…giving birth is never easy for some…some women pass on from there but I’m glad that is not her case, God is truly with her…no complication, and yes that’s a sweet looking baby…can I help with anything….congratulation Remi…
Remi smile as she looked at her baby whom she wrapped up with cloth and he gentle suckle in her tiny breast…
“thank you Sipah…God is good…everything was almost done before you came in, Mikai will make a good midwife…just help us and bury this umbilical cord…Mikai will do the rest…thank you…and we will also be needing a hot water again…
Sipah smile and nodded, he can’t express how happy he was to see Remi deliver safely, he later rushed to the kitchen after burying the cord in his farm, he boil more hot water as Remi had demanded.
Ore was just going around with Sipah as Sipah set up another fire to prepare a yam pottage for Remi with the bush meat he just caught.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 23

March 16, 2019 Add Comment
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 23.
Story written by AMAH HEART
Dami digged up more ridge for his grandma at her backyard, he kept on digging and suddenly he stopped to wipe sweat out of his forehead, the sweet aroma coming from his grandma's kitchen filled his nose
His stomach made a funny sound, he can't wait to eat whatever the grandma was making
He sat on the ridge and held his digging hole in hand as he look straight at nothing
He was deep in thought when his grandma startled him
"Eku se omo daadaa... (Well done good child) I'm making risi ati omiobe (rice and stew) I guess you are tired... you have tried for today... go and wash up so that you will have something to eat...I bought rabbit from the hunter...I added it to the omiobe...and dried some by the fire for tomorrow efo riro...so we will be having a rabbit stew with rice...I have miss my usual bush meat... when your grandpa was alive... people come here to ask if there's any bush meat available...I will serve them and they will eat to their satisfaction before going to their different houses... your grandpa was a good hunter, a loving husband and a great father not just to your mother who happens to be our only child but to other children...
"And you are a great loving grandma... you seem to be taking maami's death with ease... being your only biological child...every mother will cry their eyes out if they loose their child...
"No mother wishes for the death of their children, every senseable human prays to grow old and and die at a very prime age...peacefully. it was a mishap... like a blow to us all but death is certain, mine May not come earlier but it will, both the good and the wicked dies my child... killing another will not make the wicked to live forever, the wicked will still die anyway...
"I wish mother has lived...I wish Remi wasn't banished, I wish father was alive...uhmmm...I just wish for many things yet I can't have any...
"If wishes where horses even beggars will take a ride on it... isn't it how the saying goes?...life happens my son...so, we the living have to move on... let's not dwell on our loses but take everyday as a gift from the gods... only the living has hope for tomorrow...a living dog is better than a dead lion... being alive is not because we deserve it or we did more good than the dead...not at all... only the gods favors those they chose to favor, so everyday is a blessing and live it as such and don't be ungrateful rather be thankful in everything...in that way you will secure more of the gods blessings...
"Bee ni iyaiya ( that's very true grandma) I imagine what Remi could be doing, being all alone in the forest, no good shelter, no good cooked food, no friends or anybody to talk to...just all alone, exposed to all kinds of danger, wild animals and bad spirit that hooves around... she is carrying a child...who will help her during birth time... How will she cope with everything...iya you assured me that egbon mi (my elder sister) will be fine but I find it difficult to believe just imagining all the danger she has to face.. except you are saying that to console me...all I see is the impossibility of her survival...I know she is very strong, she has a strength of five men yet even her strength may fail her in such an environment... she won't be able to make it iya...I fear... hmmm...I fear for her...
"Don't be... Remi is fine...I assured you that... she carried a diamond that must not be tampered with... maybe if she has stayed behind the wicked would have found a means to hurt her and the seed of crown so the gods sent her away and I'm certain they will protect her... I know she has being through alot, wrongly accused, injustice done her and then a harsh sentence was passed, your mother died and she was banished with the child that was still forming in her womb... that is just too much for one person... yet she will scale through, victory will be hers when the sun finally set in her favor...
"Amin...(Amen) let me run to the river and have a long swim, I will fetch more water on my way, I can't wait to eat the rabbit stew with rice...mo nbo iya (I'm coming grandma)
Nike came to meet Leja where he sat
"You know you can't drop out now... whatever happens has happened..I wanted her off my way and is done...
"You are so heartless... do you know that Remi also lost her mother and I'm very sure your wicked mother has a hand in her death...how can you be okay with yourself knowing well that Remi might be dead by now for your sins... like mother like daughter...too evil....how do you sleep at night with your conscience...
"I don't have one, I don't have a conscience...if you become an enemy I will make sure I clear you off my way...
"Do not dare use those threatening tone on me... I'm very sure you know who you are talking to, I told you Nike..I warned you not to do anything against the oba that he has the ear of the gods and yet you disobeyed and went ahead just to have the prince and become Queen...now the prince does not want you or any maiden close to him...ever since Remi was banished for the very sin you committed... you suppose to be the one in that evil forest and probably dead by now not Remi...but I'm sure the gods will deal with you for all your atrocities...
"You mean deal with"us" I'm as guilty as you are so don't start what you can't finish...if I go down you are definitely going with me Leja... so you better cooperate and stop trying to shift the blame on me... and leave iyami out of this... I'm waiting for my flow this month if it did not come it means that the prince will be a father with your child...I will do everything I can to make the prince to become mine... whether he likes it or not... I'm fully into this no going back...I will achieve all my aim... just watch and see...
Ope walked past Leja and Nike as they argue that day, Ope noticed that since Remi left, the palace has loose it's color, everything seem boring and quiet or maybe is the way she feels and Leja and Nike seems to be having argument every now and then
The next morning
Ope passed Leja without greeting him, Leja called her
"Hey...do I look so small or I'm I invisible that made you to walk pass me like that...
"Imabinu... ekaro (don't be angry, good morning)
"You have being giving attitude this days Ope...I noticed it but wanted to keep watching you until I'm sure of what you are turning into...be guided...
"I'm guided you are the one I should be telling to be guided...I don't mean this as an insult but why don't you hush Nike like you are doing right now...I know both of you are upto to something...I don't know what it is but I just hope it has nothing to do with Remi being banished... Remi is a good maiden and has a heart of gold... her sister Nike was always jealous of her and I know it right from time is just Remi did not see the green snake in a green grass that Nike was.. you lied the baby she carries was yours but I know is not true it belongs to the prince... Remi said it herself... and I believe her... even the princess confirmed it...I saw your guilty face that day her sentence was passed...it was as if you were being punch... Leja I understand that jealousy is making you do the things you don't want to do...but the gods will not forgive you if you don't let the cat out of the bag... Remi maybe dead but she will not be forgotten in the heart of those of us that love her... don't you feel guilty... you killed an innocent girl with your evil minded companion...
"I did not kill any one... stop assuming things that you are not sure of... whatever happens is in the past now.. everyone is trying to move past that...
"Not everyone... Leja... you can not move past it because it is glued to your conscience...
Mikai hard a whistle from the far end of the forest and whistled back
"That was my father, I call him Pah, he is back from hunting...we use mouth whistle to communicate sometimes... Let me call him to come over...
Mikai whistled again three times with her mouth different sound, before turning to Remi who has thousand and one question she wanted to ask the girl who looks like she was not afraid of anything or anyone.
"What are you roasting...I mean what kind of animal is that... burning out... that's not how to roast a game...
"Is a grass cuter... the one it's back is covered with spikes... that is what i use to make my arrow...
"Ooh...it looks like a hedgehog to me... and your bow and arrow is made from a bole..tree trunk... that's not good.. you can't do anything with this...I will give you one of mine...I have different types some made from animals skin... Pah thought me how to make my own weapon...I really have questions I would love to ask but let my father come first.
"Same here, I also have questions but let's wait for your father...
The monkey jumped on the tree and
started making strange noise, a mouth whistle was hard not too far from where they where and Mikai responded
"I guess your father is close by... that is why Ore..my friend is making those funny noise...
"Sure he is... animals has a funny way of communicating to humans... when you live among them you will get to understand them better...here he comes...pah...
A tall young man, maybe a little younger than Leja or same age, with a hand made raffle hanging on his shoulder, he was good looking and has a big scar on his forehead, Remi has expected an older man but was shock to see a young fine man, a Father to Mikai who has a little of his resemblance
He stood surprised as he looked from Remi to Mikai, Mikai spoke first
"Pah... her name is Remi, that's her friend the monkey, who she calls Ore... she is lost...I guess... so we are not really the only one living in the forest...we have a companion... and she is expecting a baby... look at her tummy... God added to us... we will have a friend and a sister... isn't that cool... pah... pah
Remi smile as she watch Mikai speak to the man who seem to be lost in thought as he stare at Remi. When he got himself he moved closer
"Pardon me please... I'm just shock to see another human here after many years. before I start throwing the question going through my mind let me introduce myself first... I'm Sipah from the far north. I guess Mikai has introduce herself already...I thought we are the only human here... I'm glad to meet another maybe we can talk about why you are here... you will need good food and a shelter...
"I'm Remi... you and your daughter's accent sound so different and sweet to the ear .. I'm so happy that I'm not alone here... thank you Si...pah
"Just call me Pah... and don't thank me yet... because we haven't done anything for you...I will pick up your things and we will all leave here...
"Thank you "Pah.. I'm grateful
Sipah and Mikai gathered up Remi things, wrapped it up and carried it, as they turn to leave, Sipah turned to Remi...
"Forget about the bush meat...is almost turning into charcoal, whenever you want to roast a game.. don't leave it ones you throw it into the fire just... keep turning it untill is properly done...I will teach you how to do that... Do you still have another person here or you are the only one...
"Yes, I'm just the only one with my monkey friend... Ore, hope you don't mind if he comes along...he has being so helpful...
"Ofcurse not...Ore is from now onward our friend... let's go home
Remi smiled as she looked from Sipah to Mikai who were both smiling, Sipah has a very attractive fine smile as he looked at Remi, she looked up the tree where the monkey was jumping from branch to branch
"Ore... is time to go... come let's go... there's home for us somewhere...
They walked untill Remi could see a mould house and the out house was built with leaves and sticks the whole place was widely fenced, and there were vegetables and yam farm, there was also corn and Millet farm everything seem to be in order and well arranged
She smiled as Sipah ushered her into their home in the heart of the forest
She thanked him ones again as Mikai took her into a warm room
Sipah rushed to the fire place to cook something for Remi, who despite how stressed and troubled she look she still posses an inner beauty that is so welcoming
He can't wait to hear her story and what she was doing in the forest
Remi's looked out at the small window and saw Sipah, cutting wood and putting them on fire, something was cooking in the fire place, Sipah has a well built muscle and and an inviting smile, despite the scar on his forehead he was still very handsome and also young
Remi wondered if he was truly the father of Mikai because of how young and handsome he was
She can't wait to hear their stories and what made them to build a home in the heart of the forest surrounded by wide animals but for now she will silently thanked the gods for sending Mikai and Sipah to her aid.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 22

March 15, 2019 3 Comments
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 22.
Story written by AMAH HEART

They got to the boundary between the kingdom and the forest early the next morning and stop
Leja the chief guard who was among them stepped forward to where Remi was standing
"Uhmmm...Remi... I know how difficult this most be for yo...
"... Leja I don't need your sympathy, you have done your job go back with your men and leave me to the gods...
"I'm sorry Remi..I never knew things will get so sour... this is like death sentence, Nike supposed to be the one getting banished not you...you are innocent of all this trouble...I wish I could go with you or correct the wrongs... I'm deeply sorry Remi... please forgive me for...
"Enough... take your plead and remorsefulness to the gods to preserve it for you Leja... because you will be needing alot of it in the future to come...go back with your men...I will continue my journey from here...
Remi looked straight ahead, crowded bushes and tall trees, she put her little bundle on her head, she will need a cutlass to clear her part as she proceed, Leja sensed it and offered her his sharp cutlass.
"Here... take this...it will be very useful for you in the main time...I pray the gods...
"...in the main time before I finally die right?... that is exactly what you wanted to say... Because non of you believe i can make it alive here, but is not in your place to say...let the gods decide that.. keep your cutlass and also your prayers...I don't need anything from you...
Remi placed her wrapped up bundle on her head properly before proceeding, the guards wanted to start going back but Leja asked them to wait
Leja and his men stood watching Remi as she gently walked into the deep side of the forest, she picked up a strong stick from the ground and held it like a weapon, she kept walking until the over grown plants covered her and they couldn't see her anymore.
Leja waited a little maybe Remi will scream for help and he will rush to her rescue but when he did not hear anything, he looked around the forest boundary, bushes, trees and sound of forest crickets every where
It was as if an invisible eyes was watching them and just thinking of that alone he felt cold and goose pimples all over his body, one of the guards came to him
"We need to leave this place now, we have done our rightful duty as the Oba assigned... this place spells of evil... is an ungodly place, we have journeyed all day and night, which we don't suppose to go this far but you insisted we follow her this far, the maidens fate has being decided, she will die anyway... she can't survive it here and you can't save her either... let's return back to the palace... can't you feel this... this strange feeling moving around here... this place is an abode for the evil spirits... that maiden will not last two days here...
Leja quickly turned and his men followed immediately with speed, they all left.
Remi walked with her stick in hand and her small wrapped load secured on her head.
She just kept going ignoring all the strange noise and animal cry coming all around.
She used the stick in her hand to clear the bushes and thorns on her way, she have a bottle water which her grandmother gave her and the water in the bottle has almost finished, she drank up the remaining one up but still needed more
her journey was far yet she doesn't have a destination it was as if something wanted her to keep going and none stop
As she move she kept looking around for fruits or eadable plants
She got some wild fruits and sat under a tall palm tree to eat
She looked around and saw dry palm fruits scattered around, she started gathering them together after which she found two strong rock and began to break the palm kernel
Remi ate out of the palm kernel and left the remaining for later
She need to look for any near by river, where she can get a drinking water but she felt tired as evening came she decided to pitch tent close to the palm tree and sleep for the night.
She gathered dry sticks, both big and small, palm dry branches lying carelessly all around, she spread the palm kernel waist on the place that she planned to set up fire before removing the two shining stones that her grandmother gave her from her load, she strike the stones together severally on the fire woods but it did not catch up immediately with consistent trial the fire was set
Her grandmother has said that night fire in the forest scares off animals
Remi couldn't pitch a proper tent so she spread out the prince stained wrapper which she took along on the floor close to the fire that will keep her warm all through the night
She used another one to cover up properly
She planned to look for a near by spring or river first thing tomorrow, she plead to the gods to grant her favor and not allow her to die of taste
As night settled the cry and sound of different animals increased, the big stick which she used for weapon was lying close to her.
She felt a warm presence right there with her, Remi wasn't afraid as she shut her eyes and imagined her grandmother sitting with her and telling her tales by the moon light, her grandmother seems to always have an interesting stories, despite that she sometimes speaks in riddles
Remi quickly opened her eyes and grabbed her stick, there was a strange noise coming towards her
She looked at the angle where the strange noise filled and saw four yellow shinning big eyes staring right at her in the dark, Remi cleared her throat and held unto her stick, she was tired from the long journey but still not scared of anything
The strange creatures moved towards her she removed one of the big fire wood that has hot burning coal, she quickly threw it straight at the creatures and their strange cry filled the night cool air, she stood and walked to the spot where whatever creatures it is was crying, Remi used a burning stick as torchlight
She saw that it was a very big hedgehog covered in sharp spikes, it look so much like a grass cutter, they were two but one ran away while the other was struggling with it's life, Remi hit it over again before dragging it back to her fire place
She smile to herself because the hedgehog which she believes was a grass cutter was a big meat that Will last for a long time
The animal has a very sharp spikes all over which was like a weapon and it was so heavy, Remi engaged herself in working. this will keep her busy through the night, with the help of the fire she pulled out all the sharp spikes from its body and set them all aside
An idea came to her, by tomorrow she will look for a bole, a tree trunk to make a bow and she will convert the spikes into an arrow
She will make a bow and arrow, and practice with it until she perfect in hitting the rightful target without missing
It will be a strong weapon in defending herself, she knew the gods are protecting her but she also needs to protect herself from dangerous animals.
She wanted to roast the animal but she need to make a bigger fire
Remi was too tired and slept off
She woke up when something ran past her leg, she thought it was a dream but the creature ran past again this time around it jumped on her body and disappear
Remi woke up immediately and sheild her eyes from the harsh reflection of the sun light
It was day already and the sun was up, she robbed her eyes to understand where exactly she was as she wonder what she was doing in the bush
She saw the dead bush animal and the fire she set overnight which was off by now, she Saw the spikes from the animal and breathed deeply
The environment became familiar to her and the reason why she was there, she silently thanked the gods for keeping her safe through out the night
She wondered the kind of creature that jumped on her body severally while she was asleep,
Remi did not know what to do as she sat staring at the animal and how to get water to drink and wash herself, she stood and move faraway to go and ease herself
When she returns she saw a monkey scattering her things.
"Whaaaat... you are so dead today... do you see this dead grasscutter I killed it last night and that is how I will kill you now if you don't disappear from here... do you see bananas or fruits here... leave this place before I roast you alive...
Remi picked up a stick and gently throw it at the monkey with no intention of hurting it, just to scare it off, the monkey laugh and ran away and later returned again, it sat on a branch right opposite the palm tree that Remi was.
Remi saw an opportunity to talk as the monkey sat there eating nuts
"I wish I can get water around here... I'm very tasty...my throat is dry and I need to wash myself... you don't have to say anything... you are just an animal... you don't have sense...I need to roast this big meat but I need a big fire...hmmm...
The monkey started laughing, Remi shakes her head before going to gather dry stick and leaves to make big fire, she was surprised to see as the monkey joined her in gathering dry sticks
It later disappear and came back with fruits and dump it far from where Remi was before disappearing again, Remi went and picked up the fruits
"Thank you... that was very thoughtful of you...I thought you don't have sense but I can see that you have little...
She started eating the fruits which was very juicy, and it helps in reducing her patched throat
She went back to work and the monkey came making some strange noise that Remi couldn't help but laugh out
"Hey...I don't speak animal language...I speak human... and I understand little sign language but definitely not animal noise...
She sensed that the monkey wanted her to follow him and she did
She kept on following while wondering if she was stupid by following a common animal but something kept pushing her forward as the monkey took the lead, jumping from tree to tree while Remi followed, clearing bush track and cobwebs
She hard sound of water and rush in the direction of the noise
Remi happily exclaimed joyfully as she saw water gushing out from a spring, she spread out her hands and danced around
She noticed the monkey was also laughing
She rushed to the spring and had her fill, she drank deeply as she cuped her hand and drank from there, she turned to the monkey
"I will call you Ore, it means friend in my dialect. Thank you Ore, let me wash up and...
Remi noticed a pieces of cloth spread not far from the spring, she moved closer and saw a basket, a pot and a charcoal, she knew that those things belong to a human
She has thought she was the only human in the wild forest but seeing those things worries her and same time gives her joy.
"What could a human be doing here... is the person insane... who in his right mind will want to live in a forest,"
Remi quickly Wash up and took the pot she found there to take some water back
The monkey was already waiting for her as she came back
Remi quickly looked for a three trunk to start her bow and arrow making, the monkey stayed with her, closer now not far again
"Ore... move those things closer to me... and come and sit on this rope... don't stand up until I ask you to...I don't know the kind of human living in this forest...I don't want to be taken unaware... let me get my weapon ready... move those things closer to me..Ore..
The monkey stayed where he was without moving, Remi repeated herself before using her hand to give sign and the monkey did exactly what she said
After she was done, she created a strong arrow with the spikes from the animal she killed
"Ore, is time to set up our real fire and roast the meat before it will spoil.. step outside... Ore... move...I said move away from there...
The monkey later obeyed
Remi set up the big fire and move her things away from there, she sat with her bow and arrow opposite the big fire as she watch it go up in flames
The monkey sat on top of a tree far from the fire but close to Remi
It later started making a strange noise
"I told you that I don't speak animals I speak humans... stop making those noise Ore, I don't understand what you are trying to say...I would have love to share this bush meat but you don't feed on animals just fruits and nut...
Remi hard a noise coming from a bush close to her she stood up and station her arrow in that direction
She opened her eyes in shock when she saw a little girl not more than eleven years, bare footed, beautiful with a weaved back hair, Remi lowered her arrow as fear griped her,
She noticed the girl also have an bow and arrow striped across her chest
She approach Remi
"I saw the fire and wondered how possible, and my pot is missing from the spring too, I told my father he said we are the only one here untill I saw the smoke coming in this direction...my name is Mikai, I live here with my father at the other side of the forest...he has gone hurting... who are you and what are you doing here...
"Remi... is my name... I'm roasting a bush meat and that is my friend Ore... on top of the tree...
Mikai looked up the tree and smile when she saw the monkey, the monkey jumped down to stand with Remi
Mikai moved closer and came to stand beside Remi and Ore the monkey.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 21

March 14, 2019 2 Comments
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 21.

Story written by AMAH
The prince could not sleep that night as judgement was passed on Remi, everything became so still in the palace.
He lay awake all night thinking about Remi and how he will convince his father and his cabinet men to lessen her judgement but they may think he has another agenda
But he decided to try
Early the following morning the prince went to his father to plead, while he was there the Queen mother came in too and started pleading to her husband
"E sa nu ee... Kabiyesi.(please have mercy on her) the punishment was too much and she is pregnant... she will die with her unborn child in the forest...I know you don't have such a cruel heart... the princess has being so sad and refuse to see anybody ever since the sentence was passed on the maiden, the palace is deadly quiet, is as if the maiden left with the beautiful color of this place when she was banished out of here...please do something...
The Oba looked at his son who was nodding as his mother plead on behalf of Remi who was already sent out of the palace.
He turned to his wife and said
"She did not only sin against me and challenge my kinship, her sin was against the entire kingdom and against the gods, I did not pass judgement on her, the king makers, the cabinet men did... do you understand the gravity of her offence, they could have make her to eat that poison but I stopped them instead I handed her over to the gods... whenever one is banished is just like asking the gods to deal with him or her according to the person's punishment... well, my cabinet men came up with the punishment befitting...
"But you put out your seal which makes every sentence on her to stand, you have the power to undo or reduce her punishment... The Queen added.
"I can't undo what has being done, it only makes me a weak ruler I can only reduce the punishment but if I do such the evil minded ones among us will not learn or have serious fear...I needed to do what I have to do...
The prince spoke to his father with a saddened voice
"You are the king and you can change a whole lot of things if you so please, if not for anything please father consider her unborn child, who is innocent of all this..
"Is the child yours... why so much attached to a common maiden...I have not seen you like this before..is there anything you aren't telling me my son...
"The child is for Leja he confirmed that himself and there is nothing between me and the maiden I was only trying to be considerate... I'm not asking you to undo or cancel the wrongs but to reduce the punishment... being banished is a very serious curse... maybe you should send her away but not to the forest maybe to another kingdom but definitely not to a dangerous forest because she will not survive it, she will die within a month and have you ever thought of she being innocent, I know everything points right to her but what if she was actually saying the truth when she said she is innocent... father, Remi is only a maiden, a young woman who can't defend herself in the thick forest...
"I don't think so...do you witness what she did to those guards, she is not afraid of anyone or anything... she have a very strange strong presence if you notice...it took two to three guards to put her down when she attacked one of them...I never knew that she was carrying a child yet throwing hefty men like nothing to the ground... you can't compare the forest, an abode for animals, the hyna, the antelops, crawling and flying animals and many others, the habitat of many dangerous animals and also the evil spirits, I'm certain she will not be able to survive but her fate has being decided, I could have said if she survived after five years then she can return to the kingdom since you all are pleading for her sake but that maiden can't survive a year there no matter how strong she is...I can't do anything more than this...her fate has being decided let us focus on other important things and leave every other thing to the hand of the gods.
Remi sat hard on a chair and held her head in hand, her mother's body has being prepared for bury and lying lifelessly in front of her, her grandmother has said they should quickly bury her since Remi is still around and mostly because there was no point in preserving the dead, the dead is gone and has no place among the living again.
Iya Remi's death was a shock to most people in the kingdom who knows how safeless and kind she was.
Remi couldn't believe it when she was told until she saw her mother and remembered the dreams she had
Remi has broken down for the first time, she has being accused and tortured in the palace yet she did not cry.
But seeing her precious mother about to be laid to the earth, she weep uncontrollable. she has cried her eyes out until her grandmother came and held her like a child
"Be strong now my child because strength and braveness is all you need for the journey ahead...
"Why do the gods chose to punish me this way, wasn't it enough trouble that I was banish why will they also struck maami with death, she was a good woman and hates trouble, she can give you her cloth and go naked, her last meal to go hungry, her only sin was being who she is...so maami is really gone and I'm being banished for a grave sin I know nothing about iya...iya why do the gods chose me to pass through this... why me... why will they struck me so hard and stripe me of my skin...
"The gods are wise Remilekun...and they alone knows why... you and your mother has a common enemy and the rot of the gods will decend on them just at the right time... whatever hidden can not be hidden forever... the gods are always with you and even right now they are watching over you, the strength you posses is to be used for a time like this... you will be fine...
"I don't know if i will ever be fine Iya... I'm sent to the forest to die for a sin I know nothing about...I will never be able to call anyone Maami, the only one that I have called such is lying in State about to be put into the ground...why... they would have focused on me and hurt me all they could but they should have left maami alone... anyone that has a hand in this it will never be well with them...ko ni dara fun won...(it will not be well with them) oju ma ti awon ota mi (my enemies will be destroyed) mo fi ifa mi bura wi pe...won o jiya... Won o so ku... won o kabamo...iyaiya yoo wa fun ille ita...mo koirira gbogbo won.. aaah(I swear by the gods of my ancestors, they will suffer, they will die, they will regret, the land will bleed...I hate them all...all of them)
"Otito omo mi, (is okay my child) Olorun a maa so e(the gods will protect you) maa beru (do not be afraid) gbokan le Olorun maa gbo kan le eniyan (trust no one except the gods) Olorun maa to e Sona(the gods will direct your path) you will not die... nothing will happen to you or your child... you are carrying the seed of crown...a precious diamond that will only be found in the forest where you will pitch your tent...you are safe my child... and you will return a hero...it will take time but it will happen...
"Will you still be here when I return... will I meet you iya or do the gods has another plan...
"Me and your brother will be here... patiently waiting for your return...I will meet the crown to the throne which is the seed you carry, you and your unborn child are precious diamond which will be sorted for... your name will be engraved in the sand of time because you are a great woman chosen by the gods...cry no more and get ready for the journey ahead...
Dami sat at one corner of the house, far from everyone, he was tired of crying and watch as his mother was laid to rest, he has being blaming himself for not following his grandma's instructions, he had delayed and even bath at the river when his grandma had asked him to rush home with an antidote which could have saved his mother
He felt worst, knowing his mother could have being alive if he had hurried up as his grandma instructed
He knew who killed his mother despite how she tries to cover up her track, Dami knew that it was because of the food iya Nike gave his mother and she happily collected and it and ate killed her and he could have died too but the gods spared him and his grandma made him to vomit all the black thing that could have killed him
His grandma has asked him to leave vengeance for the gods
Remi his sister was also being banished for a crime she did not commit his grandma said that Remi will be fine that he shouldn't cry over her yet all he wanted to do was to cry
His mother has trusted iya Nike, enemy who suddenly became friend with a hidden agenda, and that has taking her to the grave.
Iya Nike was crying so loudly as few women console her, tears poured down from her face
"Aaaah, iya Remi... why do you have to go now... now that peace was finally restored in our homes... we were together that night, I even prepared food and we both ate just as usual... we ate and talk about how strong our husband was when he was alive... before I went back home that evening, it was in the mid afternoon when I didn't see her... or hear from her I started wondering what could have happened, I even thought she has gone to the market...aah, Dami started screaming that afternoon and I quickly ran over to her place only to see iya Remi lifeless body... aah... whoever that has a hand in this...aah..I just don't know what to say to that person... aah, so iya Remi is finally gone... and Remi was caught trying to poison the Oba... and she was banished...why has calamity decided to visited this family and wipe them all off...aah...iya Remi... why... why do you have to go... please somebody should tell me this is not true... all this is not happening... iya Remi oo..
Dami watch from a distance as iya Nike kept on performing, he held his fist in anger as he watch her, she acted as if she was more pained than everyone else.
she sat on the ground crying so loudly, people kept on rendering their sympathy to her, they console her as she put up her fine performance.
After the burial Dami moved to stay with his grandma
The Oba's guard came the third day and escorted Remi out of the kingdom into the forest.

Diamond In The Forest Episode 20

March 10, 2019 1 Comment
DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 20.

Story written by AMAH
"Kilo se le by..(what is going on here)
Remi and Nike knelt down in greetings to the Oba
"Kabiyesi..ooo
They both chorused in unison, they remained on their knees as the Oba quietly moved close to his eating table, he saw the powder substance scattered on his table to the floor where it lay carelessly.
He called one of the guards to pick up the substance but as the man was about picking it up he asked him not to touch it he turned to Remi and Nike who where still kneeling
"Which one of you drop this here...who have this... whoever it belongs to should come and pick it up...
Nike raised her head and looked at Remi, Remi looked up at Nike
"I asked a question... first, what are you two maidens doing in my eating room, you are not among the maiden that prepares my food or serves me...so who sent you and what is this powder thing... what is this...
Remi was still thinking of what to say, she didn't want to implicate her sister yet she has no choice than to tell the Oba the truth, Remi wondered what Nike was putting in the Oba's food, when she saw her sneaking into the Oba's scared eating room like a thief she just knew that Nike has a secret agenda, "could It be that she planned to poison the Oba, a whole oba of the entire kingdom, why will she even think of doing such, how on earth Will Nike ever think of such, for what purpose, how did she even get the poison, if it happened to be poison then where did she get it from, Nike is in serious trouble, she should better think of an explanation because a sin against the Oba is a sin against the whole land, is unfortunate she has used her own hand to destroy herself and that of her mother, Nike has finally brought a mighty trouble to herself, who knows what the Oba will do to her.
Remi thought within herself as she began to pity Nike, she still has to tell Oba the truth but she wondered how to go about it
"Kabiyesi... the powder is from this maiden, I just caught her with it, she sneaked into your eating room and as I saw her I decided to follow quietly only to see her in your eating room and dropping something in your food...I was in shock which made me to scream and she quickly drop whatever that is on the floor...I guess is poison Kabiyesi... make her to taste it...ask her to eat the food... she is my step sister but she has being so dangerous from birth..
The oba and the guards cursed in shock, Remi opened her mouth in terror as Nike turned everything on her, she was still thinking of how to tell Oba that it was from Nike but Nike suddenly started speaking,, without fear or guilt,
Remi was swallowing hard, she tried to talk but the guards hush her to keep quiet, as Nike kept talking, lies flow from her mouth so freely, everyone listened attentive to her.
Remi couldn't take it anymore she shouted, hushing Nike to be quiet
"Kabiyesi...she is lying... is a lie, she was actually the one with the content...I caught her with it and I was the one that screamed not her.. she is my step sister kabiyesi and everything she said is a lie..
A guard stuck Remi across the face to be quiet and not make noise in front of the oba, Remi held her hurting face as she looked at everything happening around in terror, but she did not keep quiet, she kept shouting that it was all lies, Nike continued to speak, the guard struck Remi again to be quiet, the Oba cautioned the guard hitting Remi not to hit her again.
The oba sent for the Queen mother to come, and messages started traveling out of the palace that a maiden tried to poison the oba
Nike and Remi where still on their knees as the Queen mother came running as the urgent message got to her
"Kabiyesi...kilo sele (king, what is happening)
They asked Nike to narrate what happened again and she did with Joy in her heart, Remi rushed towards Nike in anger, not minding the Oba and the Queen were there, she angrily slapped her hard
Nike fell down and a guard struck Remi before dragging her to kneel down again, the guard hit her on her eyes and she screamed in pain as another slap was coming towards her face Remi angrily grabbed the guards arm and threw him to the floor to everyone surprise, she did it with ease and punch the man severally who tried to get up from the ground but couldn't
Remi was so angry, it took three guards to put her in a place
They took her with Nike to the Oba's meeting room where
The Oba sat and the Queen mother sat beside him, the cabinet men started arriving at the Oba's palace on hearing about a maiden wanting to poison their king
The prince and the princess came in and was surprise to see Remi kneeling in the center of the Oba's meeting.
Leja came down and stood at a distance, he knew that Nike was the guilty one not Remi who might have caught her and she turned the table around
Leja wish he can say the truth and save Remi but he will end up implicating himself.
The princess looked at Remi she was not crying, she just looked straight at nothing, her mind was far as she knelt down in the center of the people present.
the guards where station on each side of her as if she was a criminal
The princess knew that Remi was innocent, she has being with her long enough for her to know the kind of maiden she was,
She started blaming herself for sending Remi to the Queen mother which landed her into a serious trouble.
The princess couldn't understand how Remi got involved with such a dangerous implication, she knew that Remi is a good maiden and was not capable of such evil, Remi was not dragging anything with anyone, even after her brother, the prince denied the pregnancy that she is carrying, Remi has made it known that she can take care of her unborn child, she and her mother are capable of taking care of the baby.
Remi was not after the prince so why will she want to hurt the oba, the prince could have being her main target but Remi was not that type of maiden.
Omooba sat next to his mother as he stared at Remi, he has really loved her before untill Leja came with the news of being in a relationship with her which made him to wave off his feeling but despite that he still watch her through his chamber's window sometime and wish she was his and the pregnancy was truly his and not for Leja her lover, despite she has denied ever having anything to do with Leja but he believed Leja because Leja can't lie to him with such
He had felt a spark of anger when she boldly told him that he defiled her and she wasn't afraid of the Oba or anybody "what a dangerous boldness" he has thought within himself that day.
He had tried not to ever get drunk again until he eventually failed and he woke up to Nike in his chamber, naked and Leja confirmed that he sent for her and laid with her which he doubt, something wasn't right but he wondered since Remi couldn't get to him with her planned pregnancy maybe she then decided to send the sister to seduce him.
But whichever way he knows that he did not touch any of the maiden, he can't remember doing anything with Remi that night because he was drunk and wake up to a blood stain on his trouser which Remi has said came from the injury she sustained on her thigh.
He remembered Nike and everything that went on and without mixing words he can't remember asking Leja to send for her except if the gods are messing with his mind
"Maybe Remi was really what Leja and her sister said that she was now the gods has exposed her. Which means most of the palace workers are dangerous"the prince thought within himself.
"Don't you dare hit her again...
The princess shouted at a guard who hit Remi but Remi sheild her stomach with her hand,
the princess surprised everyone and the meeting room became quiet, the Oba spoke looking at his daughter
"She is your personal maiden...we understand that quiet alright...but she almost killed me, your father for reason that I don't even understand... why will she plan such evil knowing well that she was going to fail... that means is only the gods that has being protecting you all this while she has being your personal maiden... the gods be praise...never you trust anyone my daughter...
"Father, she is innocent..I can bet with my life that Remi is innocent... she is not capable of such evil and please tell the guards to stop hurting her... she is pregnant and hitting her is dangerous for her condition...
The Queen, the oba and others were surprised to know that Remi was pregnant the Queen quickly asked
"The last time I saw her... she looks bigger...i suspected it, if she was pregnant why didn't you send her out of the palace back to her house or inform me... why is there a pregnant maiden working here... why did you fail to send her out...
"Remi is a good girl I'm afraid I will never get a maiden like her and the child she is carrying is for the prince...
There was a serious noise as the prince shouted at his sister to keep quiet, he told everyone that he doesn't have a hand in Remi's pregnancy and he said Leja was responsible but Remi tried to make him claim what he knows nothing about just because she wanted to be his...
There was another uproar as the oba asked everyone to be quiet, he asked them to bring the content and place it right before Remi and they did.
The Oba's cabinet men asked Remi to put the substance in her mouth and swallow it but she refuse, the guards try to force her but she strike the two of them and as more guards came the Oba ordered them to leave her alone and they quickly obeyed.
The cabinet men started throwing questions asking Remi why she tried to poison the Oba, Remi did not answer any of the questions thrown at her, since she has tried to explain severally but got slapped for trying to defend herself
Remi kept quiet and did not answer anybody even The oba and the Queen mother, she decides not to waste her strength in defending herself in the presence of people who wants her head in a platter, but rather to keep her strength for whatever fate lies ahead of her.
Dami kept on vomiting the following day, he vomited some black things that morning
he couldn't go home immediately and he doesn't feel like going until his grandma who couldn't sleep through out the night asked him to go, that his mother will be needing him
The older woman mixed something and gave to Dami to rush back home and give it to his mother that morning
Dami left, but he thought his mother might have gone to the market, he stopped by the river side and had his bath before going home
The house was quiet and he thought his mother must be in the market.
Iya Nike came early the following morning to iya Remi's house and collected her plate which she used in serving food to iya Remi, she collected the plate so that she won't be suspected
She knew that what she added in the food will be hurting iya Remi gradually that night to the following afternoon
That afternoon will be the time it will fully take effect.
Iya Nike has thought it was iya Remi and Dami, her son that ate the good
She thought that Dami was also going to go like his mother but was surprised when she saw Dami from her window and wondered why he was looking so healthy
Dami called his mother's name that mid afternoon but no response, he concluded that the mother was in the market
He found out that the door was half closed which means somebody was inside, he went inside with the content his grandma gave him only to see his mother's lifeless body on the ground.
Fear of terror covered his body as he moved close to his mother and touched her
She was so cold and blood particles was on her mouth and on the ground
She vomited blood before dying
Dami scream and kept screaming non stop.
Remi was judged as different charges was placed on her head
The cabinet men with the king did not only banished her from the palace but also from the kingdom within three days.
As she was being excorted out she was allowed to pick her things and she pack her few things with the prince wrapper, that got stain which she never returned.
She was sent home to stay for two days on the third day she will be sent out of the kingdom into the forest
She will either become food for the animals or die of hunger because no one survives in the forest.
Remi knew this was the part the gods chose for her just as grandmother has said
She will use the two days to spend with her grandmother, her mother and brother
Remi did not know yet that her mother was gone.
Remi knew that whatever that is hidden will not be hidden forever, the gods has seen the injustice done to her, they will vindicate her at the very right time.