Diamond in the Forest


© Amah
The following morning, Remi’s mother woke Remi up and started speaking to her.
“so Remi you are no more a V-rgin… One of the proud V-rgins of this kingdom…so you are truly pregnant..aah…you sold it in a platter of plessure with the prince…I have being breathing with ease with iya Nike… especially when her daughter came announcing that the Queen came to her and personally asked her to be her honorable personal maiden… she said the Queen had taken a special interest in her and that was why she gave her the post…she did not even ask to be appointed…the Queen just did… almost everyone is this kingdom hærd of it…it was a good thing and that is what every mother expect from there daughter.. good news…not a news of you being pregnant…is a shame Remi… and why I can’t agree with iya Nike in hurting that innocent child in your womb is because I know what it took me to have you…me and your father had difficulty in conceiving after getting married for years and that was why he had to marry iya Nike, it was after then I gave birth to you so I cherish every child because some women are still praying to the gods to have one…Remi… there’s no pride in getting pregnant this way, no particular man to call yours, you said even the prince is not aware, i know how shameful it is but I will stand by you Remi and we will carry the shame together, I will never ask you to hurt that child… the mistake has already being made…I don’t care who is responsible… the guard, the prince.. even if is Oba himself…I do not care all that matters is that you will have that child and he or she will become part of us…I don’t understand why Iya Nike is fighting us…we are not dragging anything with her…I seriously don’t understand her problem but I know the gods will save us from her claws…all you need to do is to resign from the palace before the pregnancy becomes obvious…
“Ese maami…(thank you mother)
Remi sensed something was wrong that morning as she set to leave for her grandmother’s place, normally she will open the door and step out without any care but this time as she opened the door she did not go out immediately she was careful with her every move until she could see what the problem was and when she saw it she stood in shock.
Somebody poured a slippery substance in form of powder right in front of their door and put sharp objects like a broken bottles and nails all around, so that who ever that will be slipped down from the substance will fall into the pieces of broken bottles and nails which may likely penetrate into the victim’s body.
Remi stood looking at the set traps and knew who was behind it, she began to thank the gods that she sense the danger on time and was the first to come, if her mother or brother had opened the door first they would have being badly injured or even worst
Remi called her mother’s attention to it and the woman was in shock to see what iya Nike did right in front of the house
Dami, Remi’s brother wanted to pack sand from the backyard to pour in the place before sweeping it away.
But Remi asked him to leave it first
She knew that iya Nike has just stepped on her toe by setting a deadly trap on their front yard
Iya Remi wanted to go and meet iya Nike just to ask her why she will be so heartless to do such a thing but Remi stopped her from going because she knew her mother is not strong enough to withstand iya Nike,
So she decided to go instead, they went back in,side and passed through the back yard.
Remi went to knock on iya Nike’s door.
At the second knock Nike came out
“What is it this early morning witch… why are you Knocking on our door or is the bastard pregnancy that you are carrying affecting your brain…
“I’m not here to batter words with you Nike… where’s your mother and I really do want to know who set such a dangerous trap right in front of our door…
“Do you see us setting any trap… why are you asking useless question and even if we did and so what… what can you do…it was meant to help you abort that bastards and disfigure that your face that make you feel you are more beautiful than me…if your mother has gotten into the trap then is also good…if she dies then is a very good thing because she is so useless to this kingdom and also your brother…
Remi gave Nike a double slap on her cheek, Nike felt dizzy and have to hold onto something from falling down, Iya Nike rushed out and saw her daughter trying to catch her breath, Remi’s finger print was on her cheek
Iya Nike charger towards Remi but Remi who was already boiling in anger slapped the woman and she also fell to the ground, Iya Remi who was watching from a distance.
she started calling her daughter that it was enough but Remi wasn’t done with them yet
She dragged Nike and her mother to the exact place where they poured the slippery substance with the sharp objects, Remi ordered Nike and her mother to start packing and sweeping the wh0le place and make sure that there was no pin left, as they tried to argue she gave both of them another slap and they quickly went to work
They felt dizzy from Remi’s beaten but had to clean up the place as she ordered them
They kept quiet, silently whimpering and sniffing there noses as they clean up Remi their front door
Remi’s mother and brother watch in shock, iya Remi has always baffles at the great strength her daughter posses, she knew is not from her because she doesn’t even have a enough strength of her own it must have been gifted to her by her “iyaiya” or by the gods
She watch as iya Remi and her daughter obediently staggered and clean up the mess just as Remi asked them to.
After they were done they wanted to go but Remi ask them to wait for one last warning and despite iya Nike was rolling her eyes up and down at Remi and hissing uncontrollably she still stood with her daughter and wait
“Leave my family alone… leave us alone for the gods sake iya Nike, warn your daughter and harken to the same warning, we have tolerated too much from you and your daughter… this is little compare to what i will do to anybody that will hurt maami and my brother… both of them and my grandma are all I have on this earth…if you hurt them in anyway you will be receive double for their trouble…I promise you… stay very far away from us and let us be in peace…
Iya Nike gave a loud hiss before taking her
daughter in,side, she was mumbling something but Remi ignored her and left for her grandmother’s house
She Saw her grandmother cooking something in her kitchen
“Iya…iya… ekaro…I’m happy to see you… what are you cooking…it smells nice…
“I’m preparing chicken pepper soup…I killed one of those fowl scattering my ridge and eating up my crops… and I’m making a strong soup which will be good for your condition…
“,My condition… what condition is that iya…do you know that…how?
“Remilekun… what an elder see sitting down the young can’t see even while standing up… the seed of crown has being planted my child… disaster will soon struck… before the gods will take you away… how I wish they won’t take you far but I can see that your journey will be a long one…my confidence is that you are strong enough to withstand it all… the gods chose right when they chose you… they chose wisely…
“Iya, I was even wondering how to tell you that I was pregnant…I feel so ashamed to break such news to you and i don’t know how you will feel about it…I thought you will be disappointed but here you are making me feel at ease… you are even making a chicken soup for me..aah Iya…I know you speak in riddles and I haven’t understand a single thing but I’m not worried like I was before…
Remi’s grandmother put enough soup into a plate before bringing it to Remi who was sitting outside the kitchen
“Becarefull with it…is hot but is better eaten hot than cold… drink the soup and eat all the meat…is very good for you and the child…
“Ese iya… you kept on saying disaster will struck is it the disaster that iya Nike almost caused this morning… she set traps right in front of our door and if maami have being the first to stepped outside this morning… I just can’t imagine what will happen… they set a deadly trap but I made sure that they cleaned it all up…I guess is time to give them a seat that they both deserve…alot has being happening iya…I can’t even tell you half of it…
“Igbagbo re ti poju…(you trust too much) I told you there are enemies in a friendly clothing…I told you anger labels you a fool…I gave you an illustration of it…my saliva in your palm…rubbed together with earth dust before I asked you to wash it…
“I know iya…I remember but hmmm…I can’t withstand them attacking us everytime, is too much to bear Iya…
“I know…I know my child…the strength you posses is uncommon and the gods blessed you with that because of the journey you will embark on.. they didn’t give you so much strength to go fighting physical battle… listen, your every part of life has being preordained but if you keep trying to fight physical battle or telling the wrong people what they don’t deserve to know…it will make your journey more difficult and spoil a wh0le lot of things…
“I understand iya but Nike and her mother needs to be dealt with, do you know I thought Nike has truly changed…I thought she was for real with all the show she displayed back at the palace…I was happy to call her my sister..I never knew it was just as usual..
“Unfriendly people care only about themselves, they lash out at common sense, fools has no interest in understanding, they only want to air their opinion… we may throw the dice but the gods determines how it falls…so gbo mi Remilekun (are you listening to me) a hot tempered person start fights a cool tempered person stops them….only a fool despise a parent’s discipline… whoever learns from correction is wise… Gbo kan le Olorun maa gbo kan le eniyan (trust no one except the gods) do you understand all that I have said…
” Not everything but in general you want me to be wise and control my anger because it only makes me a fool…I should becareful in trusting humans… they are proverbs iya and sounds so deep…my worries now is what will happen to me… what is next step for me… you make me feel there is danger ahead…what should i do iya?
“Ole se nkan Kan (you can not do anything) fire of strife has being set which will not only affect you but will consume those you holds dearly… is a blazing fire…I cry now so that I can be strong when it comes… There is nothing you will be able to do about it.. Olorun yoo mu e lo si ibi ri o dara….awon ota re o ni Simi digba to wo ba baeje (your enemies will not rest until you are destroyed) maa beru (do not be afraid) Olorun a maa so e (the gods will protect you)
And with that Remi drank the remaining soup in the plate before going to wash and return it back to her grandmother’s kitchen.
She felt satisfied with what she did to iya Nike and her daughter even though her grandmother did not totally agree with her actions she was happy that iya Nike will leave her mother alone maybe for the main time.
To be continued… 
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