EMPIRE - THE RULER

EMPIRE – THE RULER (Episode 12)

EMPIRE – THE RULER EPISODE 12
© OLADIPO DANIEL 

King Adedapo in his palace, Ayo wanted to plead the king to release his brother but could not even make a complete sentence.

AYO
(Tremulously)
I beg your gracious lordship, my… I cannot stand see him suffered, pls my lord me to replace I mean, I… Pls forgive.. I.. Release.

The king told him to go home and relax, he said perhaps he has never been to war before that’s why he talked gibberingly. He went to the prison and started acted strangely as well, Dayo told him to leave and forget about him..

The king was advised to summon the OLU-AWO (the chief priest) for another consultation from the gods to be assured if his plan worked and to know more about his fate. So the OLU-AWO came, consulted the oracle and pronounced the decision of the gods.

OLU-AWO
I am to tell you the lord of the land, IN THREE DAYS TIME.

KING
In three what?

OLU-AWO
That is all what they said, IN THREE DAYS TIME

KING
Ask them again, there must be something about it. My wedding is in three days time.

OLU-AWO
Pls your Highness, who do you call the ruler of the land?

KING
What rhetorical question is that, I’m the one of course.

OLU-AWO
You might be right, but we shall soon find out. Just in three days. May gods bless the land.
He packed his property and was leaving.

KING
Olu, I never ordered you to leave, there are other questions I still need you answer.

OLU-AWO
(As he was going)
IN THREE DAYS you can ask me any question, let’s wait till then. The gods have spoken.

Olori and Asipa came in, they wanted to make preparation for the coming wedding.

OLORI
I hope the priest presence brought a good news?

KING
(Coldly)
Don’t mind him, his pride is becoming too unbearable.

OLORI
How my lord?

ASIPA
will you command me to deal with him?

KING
No no, he spoke in parable. Pls let’s put that one aside.

OLORI
Asipa said he will take his journey soon, how will you betroth our daughter when your wedding is just days.

KING
I plead Asipa be patient till after my wedding. I want you to help me fulfill my will then you will forever be my in-law.

ASIPA
As your lordship says, I shall wait. The next day, you shall make me marry your daughter. And the queen said…

OLORI
Yes my lord, I told him he would be paying me tribute yearly because I cannot just be helping without anything in return.

KING
You mean… So you are expecting something in return since you have agreed to help me?

OLORI
(Smiling)
You should have known that my lord, how would I just broke our youthful covenant if not for my benefit.

KING
you advised me to call the priest too, what exactly do you want from me woman?

OLORI
(Confidently)
Well, my request is not much, I want to be the woman leader and in charge of the marketing of the wh0le territory. I cannot just suffer this much and relegated to OLD QUEEN.

KING
(Amazed)
When have you thought of this?

OLORI
Well!
Before you were crowned. And I have been working tirelessly to achieve the dream.

ASIPA
My lord, they have said the inside of a man is more deeper than well, that’s woman. Well, I just cannot stop dreaming of becoming King. I can’t wait till coming week.

KING
I’ve heard you all, pls can you allow me think. Just take your leave and call me the guard at the entrance.

They stood and left, not quit long, the guard entered. And greeted the king.

GUARD 3
Your Highness, you sent for me.

KING
I have been becut, they want me to be a ruler without income, can you imagine, my queen plans to rule over every source of income in the wh0le kingdom. So I will just be a figure head.

GUARD 3
I beg you my lord, my mother died few years ago. I wept like my life has ended. It was…

KING
(Hoarsely)
I should have recommended you for sacrifice long time ago. Will you not disappoint me with your insanity now

GUARD 3
I swear by my mother, you can kill my mum if I ever disappoint you.

KING
Your mum! Where did you say she is?

GUARD 3
She never left her grave for the past four years.

KING
You’re very mad. Listen and listen good. Ok! Immediately after my wedding which is coming up in three days, I want you to take off my queen. Let her join your mum in the grave. But if I hear you tell anyone or fail to do as I say, your head will join your mum. Get out now.

GUARD 3
As your lord command, I shall do, I promise with my mother’s head. ..

*****
OLORI and Asipa were together in the inner chamber, Asipa saw Olori as over ambitious he was somehow scare if the king would not disappoint him. Olori too in her mind, knew the king being cunning might not grant her request. She thought of not to loose. Finally, Asipa spoke up.

ASIPA
I think your request is too high from the throne.

OLORI
Don’t speak of it, I left my life, husband, children, what will I get in return.

ASIPA
But the King might not grant it.

OLORI
You wait and see, I have my plan.

ASIPA
Do you think he will not turn me down too?

OLORI
(Laughed)
You are in special demand, he will surrender his life to make you king. You just relax.

ASIPA
I will be glad. Because I don’t mind if I’m to kill the wh0le world to be king. But what plan have you?

OLORI
In three days you shall fully know woman is the ruler of this kingdom, like I said, wait and see.

To be continued

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