Diamond in the Forest Episode 29 & 30

Episode 29 .
story by Amah

More people began to fall sick in the kingdom, the Queen was not left out and no medicine man have a cure for the sickness outbreak, the Prince took over in place of his sick father, he invited different healers from faraway kingdom and they all came and yet none could place a name for the sickness or the cure to it.
The kingdom was torn apart as several people went into panicking and fear, they prayed to different gods to help them out but nothing was done. 
English doctors where invited, after administering all the drugs they could think off and still no positive result they packed and left.

Things were becoming more complicating and the whole kingdom was in disarray
Ope was with princess that hot afternoon as she tried to cheer a saddened princess up

“Maybe we should go for a walk…in that way you will feel better…my princess…

“I don’t feel like going anywhere, do you wonder if this sickness that is taking over the kingdom is in the air…when we go out there and breath in the wrong air then we will also fall ill…just like many out there….Father, mother, the kings maker and so many other people…sometimes I’m afraid….i wonder who will be the next victim, maybe the gods are punishing us for some unknown sin we did in the past…can you imagine that no doctor…no medicine man has a cure for this sudden sickness…the English came and tried their best, the native doctors are doing all they could but yet nothing….what could be our sin, father has being ill for too long…Tunde is a very patient man, he is ready to wait until everything is in order again, I can’t marry him when my father and mother are dying….this is really strange…my brother is now in charge of everything in place of father…he is worried sick and the last time I saw him he is deeply troubled…mother who was caring for father is seriously down…who will save us apart from the gods…I pray for their mercy everyday…and to purge our land and restore the peace of this great kingdom…

Ope thought of Remi’s grandmother and all she has told her about Remi being alive and a diamond child she bore which may be the answer to the troubled kingdom, maybe the gods saw her innocent and the injustice being done to her and decided to raise a trouble dust in the kingdom, she and her son maybe the cure to this kingdom
Ope decided to speak up

“I once visited Remi’s grandma one day after meeting her brother in the market…

“oh really, is really sad…how are they doing…Remi’s death must be a very sad one to them…thinking of the way she was banished and has to die in the evil forest…with her pregnancy…sometimes I do think of her and it saddens me anytime her thought crosses my mind…she left with the beauty of this kingdom and I know she was innocent and the baby she carried belong to my brother who refuse to admit to the truth. maybe…just maybe her death was part of the punishment of the kingdom, I don’t have any right to say that father did not judge her well and the cabinet men worsen the issue, but I can’t help but admit to the fact that is just the bitter truth, Remi is innocent, I was the one that sent her that day to go and tell the queen mother that I will be leaving for the stream the following morning, she was with me the whole time before I sent her to mother and the next news was that a maiden tried to poison the Oba, I saw them hitting and even trying to force her to eat the supposed poison, I saw her fought for herself despite her condition, no one judged in her favor, no one stood in her defense, everyone condemned her, they all condemned her to go and die in the evil forest….is very sad, it was a cruel sentence and her death…it must have being painful, think of the wild animals tearing her apart and digging there claws into her…aaaahhhh…is terrible Ope…just imagining that alone makes me sick…is so terrifying …

“Yeah…it is...don’t imagine such my princess because it never happened…Remi’s grandma told me that Remi is alive and she has a diamond child…she is being taking care by total strange whose feet is filled with light….she said that…

“duro…duro…ki lo soro (wait, what did you say)

“ Remi lives with her son whom she bore in the forest….and she is cared for by a good stranger who will later live and marry among us…that was what iya agba told me….and it sound too good to be true…but with the way she said it…I’m certain that Remi is truly alive…

“is she a diviner…how did she know…the gods must have revealed that to her….yes…Oh the gods be praise…I need to see my brother immediately and tell him this good news…and I also need you to take me to see her grandma….this is indeed too good to be true…is something good to hold onto…maybe Remi’s grandma will have more to say…

The princess rush out to see her brother, the prince.

Nike waited for Leja outside the palace and when Leja came walking down the road Nike came out of her hiding and started insulting Leja

“I have waited for you here all day, because I was certain you will pass here today, what did you tell the Prince, I went to resume back to work after one week and the guards at the gate refuse to let me in, I asked to see you but they said you are with the prince and you can’t see me…I was dismissed from the palace not because of my pregnancy but because of whatever you told the prince…you are a foolish man…what did you tell the prince…you sold me off to him so that you will remain a guard and trustworthy servant right…idiot…you lied to the prince and spoil all the whole plan i took time to construct…all my hard work on how to become the next Queen you spoil everything with that your wide mouth like basin….

“why all this insult Nike, I never told the prince anything, you sold yourself out by going to seduce the prince and even lied that the child you carry belong to him, your head was filled with rat brain which made you not to calculate well, you spoilt your plan with your own hands, if you are smart enough you could have known that the prince will find out the truth one way or the other…he is a prince, the next Oba of this great kingdom…he is not a fool…and for your information, I’m not interested in that child you carry, I have washed my hands off it even before the prince threw you out…I don’t want to have anything to do with you or the child, you wanted to be pregnant…you got exactly what you asked for…so carry the burden but never you include me in it because I will deny that I ever know you or have anything to do with you…bear your child and become a mother…but I’m out of this…if I ever want to have a wife or a child it will never come from you…you and your mother are a dangerous venom… and non of my seed must come from you…

“you are an unfortunate he goat Leja, smelly he goat like you…fool, since the prince rejected me and this child there is no hiding place for you…you are the rightful owner of this pregnancy and you must take responsibility of your action…you can not escape it…never…and I will tell every one the whole truth, I will let them know all the evil that you did…let’s bet…just bet with me and you will see how I will mess you up…

“I don’t bet with the devil…I have no business with a witch like you…get lost Nike, you are not even capable of telling the truth…the word “truth” has being killed and buried in your conscience…so go ahead and tell everyone because in that way you will be exposing yourself…all your atrocities will be exposed… go ahead…I dare you to go and tell the prince or anyone who cares to listen…I am daring you Nike…if you have such gut then go right ahead…we will both suffer…and thank the gods your mother will be inclusive because she was the one that gave you the poison for the Oba and she also killed Iya Remi with same poison…and am sure she also killed your father because he favored Iya Remi more than your mother…evil run in your blood…transferred from your mother to you so I don’t want to have anything to do with that child you carry because you will transfer same evil to him or her…

As Leja tried to leave Nike who was so pained and was boiling in anger raised a hand to slap him but Leja pushed her aside, she staggered from Leja’s push but hold onto a tree from falling, Leja walk pass her.

Nike searched around for something to stone Leja but she miss her first throw and Leja dodged the second stone from her, Nike fired another stone and it hit Leja on his shoulder Leja started calling Nike “omoobirin Iya laje” (daughter of a witch) while Nike kept on firing stones at him.

The prince left with some guard immediately to see Remi’s grandmother, the princess wanted to go with him but he asked the princess to stay behind and watch out in his absence.

After the princess told him that Remi was alive and she have a baby in the forest, she and the baby are both alright, well taken care by a stranger. It sound unbelievable to the prince so he decided to go and see the fortune teller which is Remi’s grandmother, she may also have answer for the troubled kingdom.

“Alafia, ni fun ile yin, lati odo Oba….(peace be unto this house hold, greetings from the king)

Dami who was in the kitchen, fanning coal to boil water for his grandma’s bath ran out as he hard the royal greeting. His grandma was at the backyard planting crops in the ridge he dug up for her
Dami prostrated as he saw the prince in their compound. The prince asked him to get up and he did

“ ikini irelemi (my kind greetings) we are her to see your grandmother…is she around?

“Bee ni Omooba…let me go and call her

And just then grandma was coming out from the backyard, the prince greeted her in respect.
Dami rushed and brought seats for everyone to sit down after his grandma was well seated.>>>>>>>>>»>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Episode 30
story by Amah

“…so the kingdom has being torn apart and the gods are silent in all of this…Oba is on sick bed and the Queen mother joined in, the king makers are not left out in this and so many other people are equally affected…no English or native doctor have being able to give a positive answer in all of this…I’m place in between and I am not handling it the way I should because I am deeply troubled… when my sister, the princess came to give me the news of your granddaughter I was shock…Iya. I understand the calamities that befallen you and yours, most especially your granddaughter being banished,i am so sorry about everything, it was not in my power to save her but I could have still do something, I was confuse that period on what exactly to do and when I later went to speak to the Oba…it was already too late…like you know she was caught trying to poison the Oba, that was her sin, and a sin against the Oba is a sin against the entire land…and judgement was passed on her, I know she was pregnant, she got entangled in a love web with one of the guard, Leja, who is the head of the guard and my right hand man. Leja told me they were lovers and she later became pregnant for him…he asked her to keep the child but she had other plans of her own which is to get me into the scene, she came to me claiming I laid with her and I couldn’t remember such happening…well, it was all exposed that Leja was responsible…I can’t deny the fact that I use to feel something strong for her…yes, I wanted her but I never knew she belong to another man and when I found out I washed my hands off…she was banished and i noticed that the palace has not remain the same ever since…everyone believe she was long dead with her unborn child not until few moment ago when the princess came with the news of Remi being alive and living in the forest…it baffles me on how she survive the forest…I thought you could throw more light into this and I will send my men into the forest at once to bring her back…even if she is not the answer to this kingdom…it sound funny but I’m trying everything and anything possible on the restoration of this great kingdom…so if Remi got nothing to do with all this trouble hovering around our kingdom at least I will be glad to have her safe here with us…I will be happy to save her from the forest suffering…

“shhhh…my grand daughter is not suffering, you have said enough already and you need not say more…but my grand daughter is safe and well cared for, her son…ohh her diamond child, the seed of crown is doing perfectly well…don’t act like you are doing her a favor by saving her…because you are not…rather the gods has place her to do so….now move closer to me…yes Omooba…move closer and close your eyes…shut it…

The prince obeyed and moved closer, he closed his eyes and Remi’s grandma gently placed her hands on his head, she held his head on both side, she put her finger to his ears and stayed that way.
The prince memory went back to the party day, when he whispered something to Remi’s ear and she blushed, he called her to take him to his chamber because he was drunk, Remi lead him to his chamber.
It was like his past sin staring right at him. His eyes remain shut as he saw himself with Remi, everything he has told her that night came rushing back to his memory

“I told you earlier that I love you, I whispered it into your ears and you didn’t take me serious because you thought I was drunk, am not drunk or maybe I am, the fact still remain that I love you…yes…is true…you got into me right from that first day at the festive dance…when I first set my eyes on you…I have always wanted to tell you this but I don’t know how you will take it…so today I decided to drink so much…yes…I drank enough to get high…so that I can find my boldness and voice to declare all my stored up feeling for you.…I wanted to tell you this when you came to clean my chamber the other day…that was more reason why I told my sister to send for you but I still couldn’t find my gut…but today I have a full gut to tell you that I love you Remi…and I will tell the Oba that I want to marry…marry you…you will be my queen…come…come closer to me…are you afraid of me…don’t be afraid of me because my love for you is real…it can cast fear out of you…aaah…look at fe mi...emi ni ore re (my love, I am your friend) your real friend, don’t see me as a prince, son of the Oba of this great kingdom, see me as your friend, if I have a son with you I will call him Ademi, my crown…because he came from a beautiful maiden who is after my heart. oruko mi ni Aremo, yes that is my name because am a heir to this great Oba’s throne, and I need a queen like you to compliment my kingship when the time comes…with you by my side I will rule with honor…you said you love your grandmother because she was also a good dancer when she was young…right Arewa…(beauty)

“Remi…my name is Remi, you are drunk my prince you need to lie down, I will tell them to bring cold water for you…stop talking…the drink is taking too much effect on you…you don’t even know what you are saying again…

“shhh…I know what am saying…I still need more drink, I was talking about your grandmother…one day you will take me to her…I will like to meet her and I will also love to meet your father and your mother…

Remi’s grandma held him tight as he began to breathe hard. The prince saw everything being played right to his face again and when he vomited and mess up his chamber, when he grabbed Remi and made her to sit on his lap before pulling out her breast cloth, when he gently lay her on the bed right on top of his favorite wrappers given to him by his mother. he carefully laid her on the bed and he push himself into her, he saw the blood after the hymen of her virginity was broken but was too weak and slept off.

The prince started screaming and Remi’s grandma released him and he fell back, he opened his eyes while still breathing hard, the prince tried to understand exactly where he was. 
One of the guards came to help him to sit properly, he was shaking all over

“She was right…I did it, the blood stain on my trouser, my missing wrapper which I never took notice off. The child was mine, yes Remi was carrying my child…I laid with her and broke her up…oh the gods I have being a terrible person, the child was mine…I… I saw everything…all the things I can’t remember I remembered them now…Remi…oh Remi…I knew something happened…I felt strange when I woke up that morning and the blood stain on my trouser confirmed it…I called and asked her but she denied it….she told me nothing of such happened…oh the gods…I should have known…I should have known…I truly loved her Iya, I wanted her not to just warn my bed but my heart truly beat for her until Leja came with…wait Leja…that means Leja was lying…could that be possible…did Leja and Remi’s step sister feigned her up…Iya…

“when you return to the palace you ask Leja…this time maybe he will tell you the real truth…hold onto what you just saw and ask…It will surprise you to discover more hidden secret…which will lead you to my grand daughter’s innocence, and you have to hurry because the kingdom are counting on you to rectify what has being damaged…

The prince left quickly as the older woman instruct, with a heavy heart rush back to the palace and asked the guard to fetch Leja and Nike quickly.
After the guards brought them and stationed them before the prince. The prince looked at Leja for a long time before asking

“…one more word of lie from you I will have them chop off your arms and your legs, I will make you cripple so that you will suffer…where you truly in a relationship with Remi and who has the child she carry…

With fear and trembling, Leja’s heart began to beat like a drum. Over five guards where stationed around him and Nike as if they were criminal. 
Nike was shaking in fear as she bent her head in shame

“…guards strike him hard for delaying with his answers…

One of the guard double strike Leja across the face, the princess hard the scream and ran out with Ope and the other maiden came to watch the scene. Ope saw Nike kneeling along side Leja and she silently began to thank the gods. “Nemesis has finally caught up with her” Ope said while smiling.

“If I ask a question, I expect the answer immediately, any delay from you will be tasting my patients...i remembered that night..Leja, the night with her in my chamber and everything you have ever told me was all a lie…I feel terrible right now and do not worsen my mood or I will unleash terror on both of you…speak up quickly…

“I have nothing with her…I wanted her my prince…but she did not want me…I did everything possible but yet she refused me…I got jealous when you started showing interest in her…and the worst is that she was also interested in you…I know the night you took her virginity…I knew it happened and I was very angry when I discovered she was carrying your child…after she kept on denying it…I hated her and I hated you too…I was willing to do anything so that you won’t end with her and that was why I…

The prince screamed in terror and asked the guards to hit him severally and they did until Leja tasted blood in his mouth, he fell and they pulled him up…Nike craw away from where the guards where beating Leja she doesn’t know what to do or what to say, she has never expected things will turn sour.
Leja tried to hit one of the guard but two other pounce on him, blood poured from Leja’s mouth as he looked up at the prince and said angrily…

“I saw her first…she was suppose to be mine not yours…I saw her first before you, even before she came to serve in this palace, I have already made my intentions known to her…I wanted her and you took her away from me…how do you expect me to feel, you laid with her and got her in with a child…I couldn’t take it anymore…you are a royalty, you are omooba…you could have all the royal maiden and any kind of woman you desire…why must it be the only one I wanted you decided to pick interest in and you want me to fold my hands and watch…I fight for what I want because I am a man like you...

“I hands off from her when you told me she was yours, you lied to me about everything Leja, no…Leja I trusted you…and that was why I believed you over her…what exactly was my sin for you to have gang up against the innocent maiden, so you could have killed me if you have the gut to do so…and her step sister supported you…you planned with her…she is your alibi…and I guess you also have a hand in the poison…Leja you planted that poison in the Oba’s eating room and make Remi the escape goat…oh the gods…you…

“I have nothing to do with the poison… but this small witch called Nike has... She wanted to kill the Oba so that you will marry her and make her your Queen, she master minded with her mother and when she told me of the plan the gods bear me witness I refuse to join in such evil but she went ahead anyway and while she was trying to do that Remi caught her and she turned it against Remi…

The whole people screamed in shock as Leja kept talking, the princess held onto Ope from falling from the shock, some guards and maiden placed their hands on their head while others opened their eyes in shock. Everyone was shock to know that Remi was innocent all this while, a great wrongs was done against the innocent girl, the prince tighten his first in anger as he kept breathing hard. Leja’s confession was like a bomb to him. He looked at Nike and she was crawled up like a cat. Leja kept talking

“...this Nike you see here is so evil…she talked me into making out with her, I have to lay with her severally until she became pregnant so that she can say the pregnancy is for the prince which will make the prince not to have a choice than to settle with her but her plans failed and she wanted me to make it right…Nike and her mother are the master mind behind the evil done to Remi, her mother has more to do with Iya Remi’s death. They wanted to destroy the whole family out of jealousy…my sin was that I knew this evil but I couldn’t talk because I was also involve…and I was angry with the prince for taking Remi from me so I said if I can not have her then nobody will…

Nike manage to speak up

“is a lie…he is lying, I don’t know what he is talking about…he told me he hates the prince and would have left him in the river to drown. He said he wish nothing but death for the prince…Leja is an evil soul…and he is lying against me and my mother…I am innocent…

Ope rushed angrily and slapped her right on eyes, then another heavy slap to her ear, Nike screamed and held her ears in terror

“I have being wanting to beat you up like this for long, I have waited for this opportunity to come and is finally here. … because you wanted to be Queen by all means you decided to poison a whole Oba of this great kingdom Nike, you have no fear to do such evil, aaah… you made them to banish Remi who was innocent…if the land did not kill you Nike and the gods delay in striking you dead…I will personally do that myself…you and your mother are doomed…your end has come…what goes around comes around…the gods has fought for Remi…she has being vindicated…curse is yours… you are even pregnant…very good…your suffering is yet to begin..

The prince asked the guard to lock Leja and Nike up. He stationed ten hefty men to go into the forest in search of Remi and his son, Leja and Nike will remain there until Remi is found and returned back to the kingdom safe with the son that she bore for him.


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