[you’re my heart’s crown👑]
© adesola adeomowole.m.
I got scared and couldn’t look into the queen’s face.
obim gasped for breath on the bed,
I felt is pain so much.
I paused and hastily picked the napkin.
“are you seeing my son?”she asked.
“mother…”I couldn’t speak.
“am not your mother”she said.
“are you seeing my son”she said.
“that dream in which you imagined Lotanna marrying you…do you know what it is called?”queen asked.
“imaginations cos my son will never stoop so low”she said and moved closer to Lotanna on the bed,
I shift away from the road…she bent over the bed and brushed her fingers behind his ears,
then she covered him well,
her expression was pained-
it’s obvious she loves him so much and I won’t blame her for pushing me away.
“you’re still standing there… who allowed you in the first instance-
go…am pitying you.Run away and leave my son…” she said.
I ran off..I don’t know why.
I almost fainted with the way she spoke to me but I remembered no one will pay my hospital bills.
soon,I got to the entrance where I met many guards.
I already packed the plates I wanted to,soon I was out to the kitchen,I dropped the plates and returned to the maids quarter.
I feel so not me
soooo sick.I lay on my bed,
chioma was telling the others something fascinating.
“prince jedinna is such a monster in bed…have never had such good s-x in the past two months-Reverse cow girl is his best position” I heard chioma.
“he entered me raw-
flesh to flesh-
chaii so sweet…
100gold coin for just a one night stand” chioma said as she showed off the little bag of coin.
Mrs okafor came in,
she stopped talking and went to her bed.Mrs okafor entered fully and called my name,
I stood up.
“Adeife do you want the queen to kick you out of here?”,she asked.
“no no…I don’t dare”I said.
“then stop going close to prince Lotanna suite.I advise you not to trespass nor mess with the queen… you didn’t listen”she said.
“I’m sorry ma’am”I said.
“she is deaf…she won’t listen”
I scorned her.
Mrs okafor left.
“seriously you think Lotanna can be yours,you better wake up from the nightmare you’re calling a dream” dumebi said.
A guard came in.
‘Ife come and get your punishment for sneaking into prince Lotanna’s room”he said and I followed him with a dautless heart.
he took me out of the palace.
“sir,where is my punishment” I said.
he didn’t reply.
finally,we arrived at the stream side where he left me and turned.
I got scared,only me in the dark,
what if a wild animal comes and ear me alive or what if I get raped.
“mr…”I called out
“did the queen ordered this”I said.
“yes,for one hour”he said.
I covered my mouth,I don’t even know what to say.
I smiled…isn’t my soul used to trouble..
ohh mother😱 don’t allow me freeze to death in this river side.
I heard footsteps from behind,I got scared as I turned.
I already caught a lot of huge cold,
everywhere in my body was shivering
and I felt pity for my fair skin….its too soft, things affect me so easily and marks takes long to clear.
I moved when the princesses walked in…is this their plan?.
why are they here…ain’t they suppose to be in their father’s land.
“ohh lotanna’s sweetheart is in the cold”Xara said in a little voice,Adaeze laughed.
shadia appeared in the opposite direction.
“akuna leave that girl alone” she said
“everyone that’s the girl that thought Lotanna can be hers”Akuna said.
I ignored them and tried moving but they carefully pushed me back till I fell down.I got so much affected with cold…
Aku catwalked out and they all made way calling her the future queen,
she felt so proud.
“you thought Lotanna can be yours..
he will be the king in one months time and you think you will be the queen…imagine”she said…and her friends laughed.
she herself laughed..
“you think the queen will ever pity you, you’re really a fool for not noticing you’re not his sperk
🚺 you’re classless
🚺 your dad even disowned you
🚺 your mom left because of hunger
🚺 you must have been dead if not for onome.
“Akuna!!!! sharia shouted.
“this isn’t your business,remember we are no friends”aku said.
she faced me.”back to you,by the time I finally sit on deerah throne as the queen… by the time lotanna and i give birth to our first hair,
I will make you wash my baby cloths,
clean my baby room,
clean up for him…..
lastly,you will remain a slave to the throne” akuna said.
I dried my tears and faced her.
“you’re princess doesn’t mean you can speak to me anyhow, what if tomorrow you have nothing…
what if in the future,
luck doesn’t shine on you…”I said.
“luck already shone on me.
not even for one seconds have I feel pain… pains are met for your type” she said.
“some words I will only say once….
I really want you to know that am not fighting for Lotanna,you can have him if you want to… it won’t pain me because I already learnt how to let go of feelings….but Akuna I won’t stop until I make you a looser,
I won’t stop until the queen sees your true color–
just wait for Adeife or better still pray I don’t find my mother or better still pray I never make it in life-“I said.
“what did you just say!
chineke eeeh you just called my name–” she moved close and slapped me before I knew it.
I held the place she slapped
and tried lifting my face…
mom ….just come and take me away.
I couldn’t see well,
I couldn’t breath well,
my body was on cold..
suddenly I felt someone slapping Akuna,.
I turned it was princess Amarachi.
“wait did you realize what you’ve just done”amarachi said and slapped Akuna again.
did she do all these for me?.
Akuna wanted to slap Amarachi back
“are you sure you don’t need your hand again…….
I might cut it off if your try hitting my sister with it”Nkem said and moved in from behind.
I stood well,
now I was so soaked.
Akuna looked so shocked.
“do not be too shocked for I won’t tell the queen what you’ve done until she finds out herself”Amarachi said.
“umm our wife quickly come”nkem said and i went to him.
Akuna scoffed and went away with her friends.
Shadia covered me with a wrapper and also left.
“hmm thank you”I said.
“thanks for coming” I said again.
“are you okay?”nkem asked.
I nodded and started leaving.
“but that’s not the way”Amarachi said.Nkem looked me.
“Just give Lotanna more time,I swear he knows what he is doing,he really loves you”nkem said.
Amarachi moved closer and held my hand.
“aunty please don’t leave my brother, this is how much have sacrificed for his happiness” Amara said.
I stared at her.
“I love you”she said to me.
“that’s what you wanted to hear from him…I will say it to make you happy now.”Purity,I love you”
is that how he says it to you”she said
I smiled,so Lotanna told her that.
“should I k-ss you too”nkem said.
he came close and peck my cheeks playfully.
“don’t mind our mother,if you mind her you will be in pains…..I know sooner or later,she will soon like you than that foolish Akuna” nkem said.
I nodded and still didn’t go to the palace, I went to ngozi’s house.
I snuck in through her window.
why did I fall for you.
I felt better at ngozi’s place.
“what happened with Lotanna?”, she asked…
“his mother realized I wasn’t her son’s class so she asked me to stay away..” I explained.
“Ife if your dad didn’t disown you….. you should be equal to those princesses in terms of wealth”
“I don’t even want that…maybe my world wouldn’t be so dark if my mother didn’t leave”I said.
that’s not even the issue,
how do I get antidote to “stone poison”
someone had poisoned Lotanna.
ngozi scre-med, I had to cover her mouth.
“that poison have no cure…
shall we go to old Nana’s place to ask?”she suggested.
we both left.
soon we arrived.
Old nana was seen in her compound,sitting bear a burning fire to get warn up.
Ngozi and I greeted.
“old nana what is the cure to stone poison?”I asked.
“the cure is in the hands of the person that used it”she replied.
“is there any other thing” I asked.
there’s a powerful ritual…
You will have to go to “river Anumle” with a water pot…
you get water from there and pour it on “lord ogere” 202times with all your heart and he will save him from the deadly poison…
then after them,
you sing for him” she explained.
“I will do it” I said.
“are you really stupid?”ngozi shouted at me.
“that place is close to the evil forest, no one goes there and return alive” she exclaimed.
“but Lotanna will die-
“Ife this is risky don’t do this….
and besides if you do it successfully do it,how will you sing for him when his mother doesn’t even like you”
Old nana stared at me.
I was so confused.
“ma’am,the pot am ready” I said.
“Ifeeeee!!!! ngozi shouted and started leaving…
“ngozi wait” I said.
I followed her but I still stop..
I got confused..
“should I go or wait?.
TBC BY ADESOLA