BELIEVE : Episode 1 – 10

[the girl he never noticed]

settings; Nigeria-drama?


“will you attend the occasion? Ife please don’t say no” Ngozi pestered.
“what if my stepmother finds out,I don’t want trouble anymore.Even the one I put myself in,have not fully recovered” I said.

“nope they won’t find out you will change your identity there” she said.
“hmmm changing my identity is a thing I can’t do,I can not pretend to be another person” I said.She twisted my ear playfully as we ran.

“this is the second time am asking you for something,the first time I begged you to sing you did not now you’re shutting me out again,is that how good friends do?”, she asked with a pained expression.
“I’m sorry… please share in my pains too” I said.She smiled and held my hand as we ran.
We already approached her house, mine is still far a little bit..
I left her hand.”bye Ngozi” I said.
“share my dinner with me,my instinct just told me the dev!l might not give you food tonight” she said.
I laughed and followed her in.The house was quiet,no one was in.
“where’s your mama?”, I asked.
“she went to Ofor market to get more stocks” she replied,I remembered her step mom is a trader.
I wish I have this type of step mother.

“thanks for the meal.Finally so I would eat meat in my life again” I said as I lick my fingers.The bitterleaf soup is the most tasty soup have ever tested this month.
I smiled as I drank water fully.
My eyes landed on her laps,she already brought out three different colorful wrappers.So admirable and beautiful,the waist chain, anklets and bangles are super hot.waoow?

“so which one are you choosing?”,
she asked.I hastily wash my hand.
when last did my father bought me beautiful wrappers…Olamma usually selects the best.
“anyone you give me,my heart will gladly accept” I said,happily.
“you’re fair,am dark…red will go for you while yellow will go for me” she said as she shared the wrappers.
I perceived the scent and hugged the wrappers.
“Ngozi,nobody will come in between us” I said with a fair heart.
“hmmm for now, keep the wrappers. What if onome sees it with me,she’s really wicked” I said.
“chai??? na true talk biko,abeg bring am(that’s true,bring it let me keep it)” Ngozi said.
I gave it to her and stood up,hurriedly. I rush to the door of her hut….she followed me out.

“Ife do not forget.It’s evening oooo.I will wait for you at the lovers spot where we will get dressed and all that” she said….
“bye best” I replied and ran out.
I was almost home,I thanked my stars no one is outside our building. I drew nearer while walking on my toes.No one caught me,I successfully ran to the backyard.I almost opened the back door until my eyes caught a moment.

it was olamma,my step sister and Arinze the village drunkard.They were looking into each other eyes romantically,their faces suddenly came closer.Arinze lips almost pressed on olamma’s succulent l!ps but she smartly press her finger against his lips, denying him access.

She rolled her eyeballs as she pressed her other hand on his bare chest,desires were already clouding in Arinze’s eyes as he brush his hand absent mindedly on her waist..
Olamma rolled her eyeballs in a more nasty way and quickly removed his hand.

“what’s all this?”, she said and wanted to look around,I quickly snuck back into my hideout…
“Arinze stop,this is not our agreement?”, olamma said as she frees herself from Arinze grip.
“Are you denying me access for real?”, Arinze asked.
“send me the silver coin that I asked for”, she said rudely.
Arinze blinked his eyeballs,I could see the sweetness in his eyes..
He is handsome too with a shiny caramel color.
“okay but can I just hug?”, he asked.
“no,when you finish payment” olamma said, they disengage.
So this us how she usually gets money from them…
I shrugged and went in.

A heavy knock landed on my head,it was onome my step mother.
“where are you coming from?”,
“you stupidly committed a crime…why are you fond of embarrassing my husband!….
“Go and sleep outside today” she said…I went on my kneels.
“mama bikonu(please) I might get raped” I said almost in tears.
“do you have any usefulness before, had any male ever ask you out…ugly idi0t” she said and brought out a pestle to hit me,I ran outside…
I better go back to Ngozi for the night..
She opened the door and allowed me in,she even allow me share her wooden bed,she is so nice.
“sorry” she said and hugged me.
“for what?”, I asked.
“everything you’re going through. Just BELIEVE you will scale through. I will share in your sweeping punishment tomorrow at the palace”
she said.. I smiled as i remembered the song i always see myself singing in my dream.
that song………..
? Believe in all that can be
? A miracle starts if you dream
? Believe and sing from your heart
? Ife believe,believe Ife you will see!
I slept.
??????? Next day.
king’s p.o.v??

“your highness don’t you think it is time to start testing our two sons. By now we ought to have known who will make a good king” my dearest wife said.
“my dear wife,I know what to do”
I replied.Afterwards, I signalled a guard.He bowed as he squat beside where i sat on the golden built throne
The guard nodded and left.

Not quiet long,the princes matched in…I smiled as i waved my staff.
I watched my sons with so much enthusiasm even though i sometimes find it difficult to say who is who.I always differentiate them with their characters……
And besides they left the village when they where 15years old for abroad where they learned.
“here we are father” Lotanna said in a very soft whisper as he sits on the little gold throne beside the queen.
Jidenna didn’t utter a word as he sat close to me.
? The lion himself
? The war
? The Battle!
? The fight!
? The liquid metal!
? The indaboski,pahose!
? Who dares you,who goes you!
the queen started praising the two handsome princes.
Lotanna smiled as the queen touch the royal pendant in his neck.
His smile alone looks like heaven his opened to rain.But he doesn’t even know the meaning of those praises, he can’t even speak the language fluently anymore.

“why exactly did you call for us?”,
Jidenna asked.His voice usually carry so much authority.
“my sons,it’s all because of a case..
Okoro and Azuka.Okoro is popularly known as the owner of the widest land after I,the king…
Okoro and Azuka had serious fights, during the fight azuka threatened okoro he would get back at him..the next day okoro beloved wife died during child labor…Okoro then reported that Azuka killed his wife”
Sons if you were the king,what will be your judgment????
Lotanna let me hear your point of view” I said.

Lotanna smiled out dimples..
“may you live long father” he said.he was actually speaking in English.
“if I were the king,I will both send them back home” Lotanna said, Jidenna frowned.

Lotanna took his lips in as he look directly into the queens eyes…he so much loves his mother.
“Firstly,what will Azuka gain from killing okoro’s wife and unborn child?
secondly,threat is always normal in every fight….
thirdly,death during child birth is common too..
If i were the king,I will send them back home and look into the matter properly before any decision” lotanna said.
“what nonsense are you saying?…..
I said it,you can never be the king after papa…..if I become the king and such matter come up,I will give orders for Azuka to be killed,his dead body would be thrown into the evil forest also” Jidenna cuts in.
.”who is dragging the throne with you,did I ever tell you am interested….gosh I can’t wait to go back to Australia! this place is weird”
Lotanna said in English.
“And who wants to use you for the king” jidenna said.
Lotanna already kept quiet but Jidennna was still talking.
“sons, it is okay you can go….I only want to hear what you think of the case” I said…Jidenna stood up..
Lotanna also stood up.
“Papa(father) i leave,should I?”, he asked.I nodded..
He bowed and went out to catch up with Jidenna who was already at the door.

I rushed to the palace as soon as the cock crow.Ngozi also followed me and shared in my sweeping punishment…I was hoping I would see the prince,the one whom I actually gave a cut.I want to tell him sorry and give him the ointment I made.Too bad I didn’t see him.

Ngozi and I swept the whole place,
we were instructed to do other things before leaving.
“you’re done with your punishment.. I advise you to be careful in the future” the guard said,Ngozi and I dismissed.
We left..
“Ife don’t forget where we are .meeting for the party,don’t keep me waiting….remember to leave the party before one hour” she said..
I nodded and clapped my hands.
she branched her house…
I retired home tiredly and met onome buying beads from a bead seller.
Just so adorable….
“I want my daughter to look best best best if possible I want her waist to be adorned with the most beautiful waist bead.She is princess Akuna’s birthday,she should look best”
onome said to the bead seller and paid for what she bought.

She sighted me…
“you this stupid girl!!!! have you fetched water?”, she asked.I rushed in to get another pot.
I was done fetching it ..
chai?????? hunger oo..
“Ife my friend mama mmesoma needs water” she said…
“am not a maid”, I said.
“did you say something.”she said.
“nothing” I replied and went to her friend house,I did a her chores..
Hunger you’re the one meant to kill me,kindly kill me now! I said in tears as I did the chores.
I was not done until evening.That was when her friend released me.

When I got home, I met Olamma fully dressed for the party…gosh,she’s really pretty with those beads on her hair….aaaawww?..
“Your papa said the water you fetched was dirty.He poured it away and said you should fetch another one” olamma said with pride..
I felt something cut in my tommy..
aaaah death has finally come for me.
“bye NNE(mother)” olamma said to mother and walked away….
“dance well mma” mother replied.
“make sure you pack my cloth for laundry” olamma turned to me….

“mama I want to go to the party also!
I said….
what I heard next was laughter

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