Diamond in the Forest

DIAMOND IN THE FOREST (episode 32)

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DIAMOND IN THE FOREST (episode 32)
© Amah

“I’m not going anywhere…I’m not moving an inch…all of you should return back to him and tell him that I said so…my home is here and there is nothing any of you can do to make me change my mind on this…
The guards who were already well feed by Sipah thanked him for his kindness before going to speak to Remi who sparked up angrily at them.
“the kingdom is in deep crisis, the Oba, the Queen mother, the cabinet men and so many others are down, Leja confessed to everything, him and Nike the evil maiden has being locked up by the prince. Their judgment will start when you return back to the kingdom. the kingdom owe you an apology, we are just servants sent to guide you home…please listen to us…our kingdom lies in your shoulder and everyone wants you home…
“what if I was thorn apart by the wild animals, dead and rot away with my unborn child…do you all ever imagined such happening…if I was dead I know the kingdom will still survive without me…I just don’t want to go and I told the prince if he rejects my unborn child then he should never come for him later…I told him exactly that and I still hold onto my word…let non of you speak to me of this again…return back to the kingdom first thing tomorrow morning and tell your prince that I refused…I was cast out, humiliated, nobody believed me or gave me a chance to speak….now they want me back…that is never going to be possible.
Remi stormed out angrily and went into her room. Sipah was seated with the confuse guards who did not know what to do. Sipah turned to them.
“I will speak to her…is very normal for her to be angry, it was a great injustice done to her but I’m happy that she has being vindicated…I will speak with her later, she is still very angry now and will not listen…my name is Sipah…your kingdom will be restored again…do not panic…
“Thank you Sipah, may the gods bless you mightily. please, kindly help us speak to her…she may listen to you, our kingdom needs her, the gods have vindicated her already, we know it was a great wrong that was done to her and the whole kingdom feels sorry for such unrightful sentence, we can’t leave here without her or the prince will send us back or angrily punish us, please…
Later that night after Sipah showed the men where to sleep for the night he went to Remi’s room and knocked on the door before going in.
“Pah, if you are here to speak to me about going back with those guards then you have come to waste your time…except you have to kick me and my son out yourself…
Sipah ignored her and went to sit on a chair close to her wooden bed. He was quiet for sometime before speaking up
“You don’t need to fight or be angry…nobody will force you out of here without your consent…you should be happy the truth finally came to light…the almighty has judged in your favor, anger will not do you any good…I understand everything… I totally do, but the book of proverb says that anger labels us a fool…I mean anger does no good to us but sometimes is okay to be angry but don’t make decision in anger…sometimes we should use wisdom in our daily thoughts…
“Somebody once say that to me…anger labels you a fool…ooh is my grandma…she says a lot of things about anger…
“Your grandma was right…don’t you miss her and also your brother…because I know she will be looking forward to having you back…maybe your main purpose on earth is now…for such a time as this. Your people needs you Remi…the prince is just a man, he isn’t perfect, he made a mistake and he regrets it all, he must have died inside with guilt and sadness, for denying you and his child. He is a nice man to have realized his mistake on time, your purpose in life is right there in your kingdom, a service to humanity…maybe beside the prince and our little Emmanuel will have a better home than this ….the prince needs you…ejoo…what does please means again in yoruba…I can’t remember
Remi smile as Pah pretend not to know what please is but just wanted to cheer her up.
“please is jowo or ejoo which is generally used, you just said it now Pah, don’t make me laugh I’m not in a good mood, I don’t want the prince, we have nothing together, he rejected me and Ademide just when I needed him…I just don’t want to leave here…what of you and Mikai, even if I have to leave then I am not leaving without you, Mikai and Ore too. We all must go together if not then I am not going anywhere.
“I may come visiting later, you may take Mikai along if she want to go with you, but I have my big farms here to attend to and I like it here, my world is not outside there…is right here and I feel comfortable here Remi…jowo…
Remi insisted on not leaving without Sipah, she said she can’t leave him alone in the forest that he must come along or she won’t go anywhere. It took time before Sipah agreed to go with her maybe after sometime he will return back to the forest but Remi told him if he was going to return back to the forest that she will also come along with him. Sipah smile and told her that she was about to find her purpose in life which will keep her very busy.
Remi was having double mind of leaving the forest, she began to think of the whole thing before sleeping off that night.
Remi found herself talking with her grandma as she urge her to come home
“I am not leaving without Pah, Iya… I owe him my life…
“Sipah, is an angel on assignment which is to help you, his work is done and yours has just began…Sipah and his daughter Mikai and also the monkey whom you call Ore are ready to do anything for you to come home… your people needs you, the land needs the diamond you carry…that is the only remedy to heal and purge the kingdom of this evil that has befallen our land…bring the diamond child home let me hold him before I pass on…I have waited for this…now is time…do not delay…I don’t have much time left on this earth…I want to see you and the diamond child…the seed of crown. I have missed you my daughter…Remilekun…come home. Your place is beside omooba, he is deeply sorry, I know you love Sipah but is okay to love a good man as that but he has his own race to run, you have yours…I’m about to fulfill mine and kiss the earth good bye….Sipah and Mikai has a place in our land…they will live and marry among us…Sipah is coming with the truth of light…many will come to believe…come home my daughter, the evil has being exposed and the enemies has being put to shame…you are the answer the kingdom seek…come home…
Remi woke up and sat quiet on her bed, thinking of what to do when Sipah knocked on her door that morning, Remi was arranging her things, he greeted her in a funny way that made Remi to laugh…
“eka aro…ba wo ale?… I got it right…please rate me…
“Not so perfect but you tried…you are a fast learner…good morning Pah…and my night was fine…I have made up my mind…we all are leaving this place, I am not doing It for the Prince or the Oba, I am doing it for everyone who stood by me all this while, my grandma, my brother, the princess, Ope my good palace friend…I miss them all, you, Mikai, Ore my monkey friend and most important for my diamond child…as my grandma will call him and to everyone out there who stood by me and supported me…they are the reason why I am doing this…
“thank you for doing this…I am so proud of you Remi…I couldn’t sleep last night as I pray that God should touch your heart and make you see reasons…I’m glad he hard my prayer. We, the forest squad are strongly standing by you, hahahaha…let’s go and get your kingdom working again…let’s go and restore the color back to your kingdom…bringing real change and smile to everyone’s lip. I will gather enough food in sacks, those guard will have to carry load as we journey to the kingdom…your kingdom should get ready because the forest squad will be landing soon…
Mikai who suddenly woke up started laughing at Sipah’s tone of voice, Remi joined in and little Ademide awaken and was looking at everyone as they all laugh at Sipah, he also started giggling in laughter which made Remi to laugh even more.
They left the forest as evening approach, Mikai was hanging her bow and arrow, Sipah carried Ademide on his shoulder and later gave him to Remi who backed him with the same prince’s wrapper which has being so helpful to her and still retains it’s color except for the stain that wasn’t so obvious now.
Ore, who was jumping from tree to tree jumped on Sipah’s right hand shoulder as they kept on moving, they rested severally on the road and built fire and shelter when night came then continued the following morning
Mikai was so happy as she look forward to changing environment for the first time in her life.
The journey lasted for three days, they met another set of five palace guards coming to the forest. They said the prince has sent them into the forest for another search since the second set of guard has not returned for over five days.
Everyone was happy as they travel back to the kingdom.

To be continued…

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