(He has to remember💫)
Written by Eunice Nwodu
Indian Romance series💘
🎊Two years later🎊
I drew the last line and the lady smiled.
“You’re so talented dear…Lord Shiva bless you” she said and stood up.
I painted her hands with henna and I guess she likes it.
She handed me some money and left the shop.
Anushka smiled and stretched her hand and I gave her the money.
“Nice work Ranu” she beamed.
Two years living a hard and crazy life.
You can’t even imagine how thin I had become cause of so much stressed and my face has changed a bit.
No one recognizes me as princess Ranu now.
We have disguises.
My fake name is Kush while Anushka is Amber.
“Okay, let’s pack up. Am famished” she said yawning.
I rolled my eyes and slumped on a seat nearby.
I heard my phone beep severally beside me.
I rubbed my eyes tiredly and took the phone.
Its Lakshmi calling.
“Good morning cute chicken!! Are you in the plane yet???!!!” She yelled eagerly from the other side of the phone.
“geez, stop being lousy. Yeah, am in the plane” I lied.
“Yes! just know am waiting for you. Love you!!!” She said and hung up.
I stayed still as the maids fixed my hair.
The Happiness I feel right now is an understatement.
I can’t believe it.
Am getting married To Javan!!
I never for once dreamt of it cause I never imagined it to be possible…
I learnt they had chosen princess Ranu to marry him but unfortunately she went missing or more like, she’s dead!
When mom and dad told me the news,
I almost went crazy
The maids are running helter shelter trying to pull my belongings together cause am moving to their kingdom today.
Javan’s going to be damn happy to see me.
thousands of suitors have offered gold, diamond, rubies just to have me as their bride.
My parents turned them all down and I wondered why.
Little did I know there is a lovely package being kept carefully for me and today, it has been unwrapped.
Mom had given me series of advise on how to survive at the castle.
She said I only have one goal that’d score me points…
Get pregnant for Prince Javan.
He’ll be mine forever.
I danced around the room with my long dress swaying around the floor.
The maids giggled and began playing music for me.
I danced happily.
I stood before the king, Javan’s father as he gave his orders
“I want a portrait of the royal household to be taken in preparation for the Moon festival. It shall be drawn not photographed” he said pacing around the throne room
“You mean Sketched, your highness” I corrected him but he ignored me.
“Listen to me Devi, I want the best! No mistakes” he warned and dismissed me.
I left the throne room thinking hard.
Where do I find perfect sketching artists??
Javan’s father have been acting like a psycho since his wife slipped into coma. I even heard he found another princess to marry Javan.
I got to my chariot and met my men talking cheerfully.
A chubby lady walked past and I saw the beautiful Henna tattoo design on her hands. So breathtaking.
I ran after her.
“Please ma’am. Can you tell me where you had these drawn?” I asked her.
“At Amber and Kush’s place. Two beautiful sisters” she said and gave me their address.
They’re not even close by. I have to travel to the next kingdom.
“Get the cars ready” I told my men.
Chapter 8 & 9
“Ranu! Be fast. Am really hungry” I whined as I arranged the seats.
She just stayed still on the couch starong at the ceiling. I know she’s sad.
She’ve never been truly happy for two years now. I pity Ranu…
She lost her crown and now have to live like a total commoner.
I sat beside her and rubbed her arm as she dropped her head on my shoulder.
Suddenly, the curtain shifted and someone walked in.
I darted my eyes up his body.
He looks so familiar.
He also stared at me like he also felt like he had seen me somewhere.
I racked my brain.
The guy I beat up at the market place two years ago at Bavana kingdom.
What’s he doing here??
“You!” He exclaimed quite amazed.
Ranu batted her lashes staring at us at intervals.
I couldn’t say a word…
Right now, am not the fancy girlfriend of the princess. Am a nobody..
“Desperate fat cow?” He asked more like a call.
Ranu and I got up.
“What? What did you just call my friend?!” Ranu charged.
“What the hell do you want?” I asked agitated.
His lips curved to a smile and he kind of looked charming.
“I have a sort of business deal I want to propose. The moon festival ia coming in two weeks. I want you both to come with me to the palace. You’ll sketch the entire household. You’ll be given shelter at the palace…if you do your job well, the pay will change your life forever” he said looking damn serious.
Ranu and I exchanged stares.
What an offer!
“I won’t beg twice…its just that I have short time to find an artist” he added.
I tried to protest but Ranu beat me to it.
“Fine, we’ll do it” she said…
But its possible She’ll see Javan.
Isn’t she going to be uncomfortable?
We need the money.
“How about you, Amber?” Devi asked me.
I felt so embarrassed and nervous.
“Fine” I muttered.
Why did I beat him up back then?
But now, he’s helping me.
I sniffed but am sure he didn’t hear it.
As we went to the cars parked outside,
I watched Amber (Anushka) walk like she was extremely scared, shy and dejected.
She looked so wealthy and chubbier but now…
Something’s not right.
I kind of know how it feels to be once wealthy and next thing left in the mud.
I wish she won’t feel like I’d mock her or something. Whatever happened to her..
I’d like to know💗
I arrived at the castle and Lakshmi was the first to hug me!
“Cute chicken. I missed you so much” she said giggling.
I smiled as she unlocked from the hug.
“Your dad’s at the throne room. In a meeting with the counsel” she said as we walked to my room.
“And mom?” I asked, my voice totally shaky.
The look on her face dropped.
“She’s alive” she breathed out.
I opened the door and we went in.
The guards had brought my stuff in.
I removed my white and silver slippers and dropped my phones on the drawer.
I slumped on my bed while Lakshmi rubbed my feet.
“Javan…I have something to tell you” she said breaking the silence.
I focused on her as she stared at my legs as she rubbed it.
“You’ll find out eventually… Just want you to be ready when your father informs you…
It’s about your new bride, Princess Sanjana. She’ll be arriving soon” she said lowly.
“Tell me you’re joking” I said not believing it.
She didn’t say anything.
How can dad do this bride sh-t when he knows am damn not interested!?
“Leave” I said died with rage.
“I said leave, right now!” I said pissed off.
She stood up and walked to the door.
There’s no way am getting married.
I was at the balcony watching Lakshmi hug Javan. Are they close?
I waited in my room.
Waiting to see if Javan would come meet me since am his bride to be.
I was wrong. He didn’t come.
I tried to cheer up.
“Cheer up Sanjana.
He’ll come around soon.
I just have to give him time.
He’s mine to keep.
Nothing can split us” I assured myself.
I’ll move to his bedroom tonight.
My maid, Oprah was arranging my clothes in the closet.
She’ll be my minion. Keeping an eye on Javan for me.
Anushka and I marveled at the room Devi gave us. I think he’s giving us special treatment cause of Anushka.
Could it be he likes her?
That’ll be awesome. Atleast Anushka will find true happiness.
I looked at the closet with pretty clothes in it.
We’ll be staying here for two weeks anyway.
Anushka laid on the bed.
“It’s been so long…” She cried as she rolled on the bed.
I smiled out tears.
I left the room to find Devi.
I can also see the queen. And that’s when I remembered she’s been in coma.
I got to a cross path.
He was coming but I don’t think he had seen me yet.
After two years…
He looked so charming like he always is.
But he looks troubled.
He wore a yellow tank top.
Different shapes of gold rings as he used it to smoothen his hair with a yellow band around it. He put his hands in the pockets of his shorts.
I ran back and entered a room,
Afraid he would see me.
I looked behind me and flinched.
Queen Freya was lying on a bed with different wires and stuff attached to her nose and arms.
She was unconscious.
Oh my God!
I can’t believe she’s the same woman that sent me gifts since I can remember. She would visit us and we’d merry till I fall asleep on her lap.
She’s mom’s best friend.
She knows me in and out.
I slowly drew close to her.
There were dried up tears at the edge of her eyes.
I touched her cheek.
And those memories came flowing in. I began crying..
The kiss we shared.
The way he looked at me.
He really wanted to marry me.
And I wanted him too.
The door opened and I jerked back looking at the door.
Javan was standing there looking at me.