Diamond in the Forest

DIAMOND IN THE FOREST (episode 14)

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DIAMOND IN THE FOREST. Episode 14

Remi set to leave for the palace that morning, her mother walked her down, until she was close to the palace
“Maybe you should tell the Prince…he deserve to know Remi…
“Maami, he can’t even remember that he laid with me and took my virginity that night…he was drunk and I fell for him while trying to clean up his chamber…he asked if anything of such happened after seeing a blood stain but I denied it and that was the end, I did not even know that I have conceived for him except later when I miss my monthly flow…
“Still… try to convince him…you are not asking him to marry you but for him to know he got you with a child, I don’t even want anything from the palace I love my quiet life except if the gods’ thinks otherwise but all I want is for you to be happy and not go through the burden of carrying a child alone…but is entirely my opinion, if you don’t want to then is fine by me too…but I promise to be here for you…as far as the gods keeps me alive I will support you with everything possible…and you won’t feel the gap or emptiness of a single mother.
“thank you maami and please be very careful with Iya Nike, you, Dami and Iyaiya are all I have…and I don’t want anything to happen to you…I have series of dream about you and Dami and it do get me scared…I pray to the gods to keep you all safe…
“am not afraid of Iya Nike or whatever she is capable of…I’m more worried about you Remi…all I want is for you to be happy…and to know that no matter what happens I will always love and care for you…
Remi thanked her mother before turning into the road that will link her to the oba’s palace
As she got to the palace she changed over to the palace uniform and began work
The following day Remi and the princess stayed back in the chamber and talk
“his name is Tunde…so he came visiting with his father the other day…mother called me and introduce us, he is fine looking young man, his father is a prominent man…he is a large community leader in another kingdom, they are royalties…
“Do you like him…for the first time I’m hearing you gush over a young man, many has being coming but you never picked interest…
“well because none of the young men interest me…I think I like him…he kind of occupy my mind this days, he will be coming again tomorrow and I would have love to take him round the kingdom… if father permits me but I doubt he will, so we will just walk round the palace and talk…he likes me too I can sense it and mother said his father is a good man and his mother is one of her close friend…Tunde is their first son and only son…
“I guess after several meetings with the Oba then marriage arrangement may kick off…
“well, even though I would love it to start up immediately I also want to follow all the tradition of the land…I’m glad because father gave me time to chose who I love…I hate to be betrothed to the wrong person…what about you Remi…do you love anybody here or outside here…
“uuhmm…not really, my story is complicated not like yours that sound like a fairy tale…
“Just tell me…have you ever love some one before…or don’t you want to be married someday…
“i…I do…but let the gods decide…i really don’t want to bury my head in love fantasy because I hate to be disappointed…i may end up loving a wrong person…so i don’t want to be a victim of heart break…but I’m glad you found a man that makes you happy…you are the princess and your feeling is very important to me…that is why I’m called to serve you…mine can wait…it doesn’t really count…
“says who…you are equally important…do you know I use to think my brother…the prince has interest in you…he showed that in his action and the way he looks at you before…I know you are not royalty but you are the kind of woman I will love my brother to end up with…you have served me with all sincerity and love…and has never given me any reason to worry, I find no fault in you except that you are not from the royal side, but to me being royal or not royal is not important all that matters is being with somebody that makes you smile…I don’t know what happened with him…the prince seem to be engaging himself more with father…he goes out on a royal tour and recline to his chamber…he doesn’t have time for anything or anyone except father…and visit’s mother sometime in her chamber…he only stop by in mine once in a while unlike before that he was always coming around and I know is mostly because of you…did anything happen between two of you…
“No…not at all…he is the prince and I’m a maiden…whatever that will happen will just be rendering service when I’m asked to, aside that…nothing my princess…
“Do you notice that he likes you… do you like him too or you like another…maybe Leja…don’t be shy to tell me anything…it will just be between us…
“Nothing to tell princess…the prince, your brother is good looking and a nice man, almost all the maiden of the land will love him…so if I say I’m among those that adores your brother…nothing special and don’t have any special one…
“Will you love to have one, I mean a special person in your life….
“Yes…but until then let me go and do your laundry…
“hahahaha…I guess you are trying to skip from the question…we will continue when you are done…
After two days Remi thought of what her mother said about meeting with the prince, she couldn’t sleep that night, it was not yet obvious to everyone that she was pregnant, she wish she can stop work before it began to show.
Leja has being trying to talk to her about something but she did not want to give him any attention.
She was mostly with the princess who never stop gushing over Tunde, her new found Love, indeed the young man came visiting and he was just as the Princess described him, he was not only jovial and filled with smile it was also obvious that he love the Princess very much.
Nike has being acting all suspicious, she was keeping malice with Remi who doesn’t give a care to whatever she does, Nike stayed cleared off Remi’s path, Remi was either seen with Ope or with the princess.
That morning as she woke up she has made up her mind to go and meet the prince later in the day and to tell him the whole truth.
When it was time for her to go her heart started beating but she pushed her self forward towards the prince chamber
She met Leja on her way, after greeting him she walked to the prince chamber ignoring him as he speaks to her, Leja quietly followed her and watch as Remi gently tapped on the prince door.
she hard his voice asking her to come in
She went in and gently closed the door behind her, the prince who was sitting, turned from what he was doing to look up at her
Since Leja told him that Remi was his woman and she loves him very much, the prince has tried to stay far from Remi, he has moved on even though he sometime wish Remi was his but he do quickly waves such thoughts off his mind
He thanked the gods that nothing intimate happened between him and Remi before Leja broke the news he would have being so broken.
“Good day My Prince…
“You said you wanted to see me…is everything alright…what of my sister is she okay?
“Yes, everything is fine and the princess is very okay my prince…
“So to what do I owe this visit…how may I help you…?
Remi wondered why the prince was acting all serious with her, something wasn’t right, he did not look at her the way he use to do that makes her have butterflies, he acted so serious, making her feel she was like every other maiden which was unlike him.
Remi had thought of her visit before coming and her mind was made up to tell him the truth if not she would have turned back and leave, Remi sense Leja was at the door and with somebody, probably Nike so she decided to speak slowly but the prince voice was high as he ask her what she want.
“i have something to tell you…i’m…uhmmm…do you remember the night of…of…uhmmm
“What is the problem…tell me, I’m listening…what happen Remi…
That was the first time the prince was calling her name in a different way, so casual, no sensation in his voice, she felt like turning back but she stood there, with her head bent, stammering, Remi was confuse on how to tell the prince that she was carrying his child, but she eventually did and it came out like a bomb
“mo ti loyun…(I’m pregnant)
“kini… ki lo nso (what did you say)
“mo ti loyun…I’m pregnant …
“hmmm….ko ye mi…(I don’t understand) I mean you are pregnant…so…why are you telling me…what is my business with that…is Leja aware…you should tell him…you are telling the wrong person Remi…I’m still wondering why you walked straight here to tell me that you are pregnant…
Remi started shaking as the prince speaks to her but she stood her ground and released the last bomb that got the prince standing on his feet.
“You are responsible my prince… is yours….
The prince stood in shock with his eyes widely open as he stare at Remi.
Remi looked up at him wondering what will happen next.
To be continued… 
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