BELIEVE : Episode 11 – 20

[the girl he never noticed]

adesola adeomowole.m.


The royal guard mother assigned yo always follow me around traced the direction of my eyes,he seems perturbed with my mood.
“your highness,nothing is there”
he said…
I hurriedly look away,I faced him.I remembered I told him not to address me as highness not too long
The other guards went ahead to check,they came back 20minutes later…

? Nothing is there…
? Yes,we’ve search nooks and cranies…no one is really there.
the guards choroused.
“but where was that voice coming from?”, I asked.
“such voice does not exist in our kingdom,I don’t think the voice is real, it might be a spirit that was singing and besides Akuna has the best voice even though she is from the next kingdom…she has no rival.

Let’s just conclude it’s a spirit,if it were to be a maiden,the voice would have been recognized during last year’s voice hunt”Ikechukwu said.

“spirit” that sounds wired- it looks like something that has no meaning. How can a spirit sing sooo beautifully as if it were angels-
I stayed quiet.

“the royal feast,have you forgotten” he snapped me out of my thoughts.
I stood upright and followed the guards, I better not fail mother this time around.
I strolled out with the guards,and met footprints beside the stream.I look at it properly.

Someone was really here….my mind doesn’t decieve me….. but they said it is a spirit.
“does spirits have footprints” I asked, smartly..
“Yes,your highness. .spirits can appear in form of anything.It usually appear in forms of very beautiful and sexy maiden beside the stream,also in the form of mermaid,forms of animals in the forest,Spirits are usually very tempting”.
he explained.
“Are they bad?”, I asked.
“most are bad,only few bring fortunes” he said.
Waooow….I gasped as I check my phone..
? online meeting by twelve pm!
Rissa sent…

The feast between my family and Akuna’s family was on by the time we got to the palace.
Everywhere was glittering with light, aroma of different delicacies was everywhere.
I entered my room and dropped the recording device where I had record the spirit voice.
A knock came on my door,
I answered it and it was Jidenna.

“Hey….” I said softly as I tuck my hands into my sweat pant pocket.
“Mother calls for you” he said.
“fourth floor-the royality dining” he said,and left.
I checked time,and turned,
Nkem already came in.

He’s always wanting to talk to me but my snubbish character never gave him chance or should I say my introvert lifestyle.
“I pass by to say hi” he said.
I nodded and was expecting him to leave as usual but he didn’t.

“thinking you would like to have some palmwine” he said and stretch forth a rare flask.
“it’s taste nice and it’s freshly tapped” he said,nicely.
I stared at the flask blankly,I don’t take things like this,rejecting if would mean that am shutting him out.

He filled two glasses halfly and pass one to me,he drank first,I took a sip.. and waooow,it’s sweet.
I gulp the whole quantity..
“yeah,I love good palm wine.. you know our grandfather was a lover of it…before he passed away” he said.
“are you sure” I asked.
“hmm what do you even know about your family” he smiled and covered the two glasses with lids,we both left for the royal feast.
I saw many unfamiliar faces,
Nkem and I took our seats silently, Akuna quickly exchange seats and made sure she was close to me.

“hi” she said.
mother smiled immediately she said that and I wondered why.
“Hi” Akuna said again.She also knows how to speak English fluently.
“hello dear” I replied.
She blushed persistently. Jidenna and I exchange glances.He was like how was she able to differentiate us.
I stayed quiet,the maids dish out foods..
I was personally served plantain and beef sauce by mother.
There was silence as the two kings discussed.

“is my dress pretty?”, Akuna asked.
I stayed quiet,a corner of my eyes stared at what she was putting on…
Just soo exposed.
“Do you like what you’re seeing?”,
she asked happily.
“To be frank,I didn’t even see a dress” I replied… mother touched me..
“Lotanna you’re harsh on her”
she said.
“then let her mind her business!
I said and dropped my spoon,I stood up and left the gathering for my online meeting..

? Adeife?Adeife?
I felt so happy I sang with him but I still don’t understand why he didn’t sing back with me…
is my voice ugly to him as my face is? or did I cause him trouble unknowingly!
? till then!
? Aaaah Aaaah!
I bummed as I catwalked.I reach Ngozi house,I got lucky her step mother wasn’t around.I knocked on the door,she opened up and a smile plastered on her face.

“waooow,your dress is killing…you didn’t tell me you knew how to use attires” she said as she allow me in.
“Who bought this for you…is it Onome?” she asked.
“in my dreams” I replied.
“then where did you get money, remember you said you won’t touch your savings” she said.
“Nkem gave me money,we are now friends” I said.I got happy too.
“that’s unusual” she said.
“you’re dressing up,where to?”, I asked.
“Vivian’s place,I need to see her for the stock exchange stuff” she said.
We both went out,we soon part ways.

I remembered the new cloth just as I step into our compound, it was too late as onome already saw me.
She will tear this one again and probably beat me for daring her.
“where’s my money?”, she asked in a stern voice.
“I kept it in your store” I replied, she stared at my dress.
“hope its not what am thinking”
she said.
“I sw.ear mama, I didn’t use your money” I said.
“ohhh you’ve started selling your body for money.Anyways,it’s your life…..getting pregn@nt for three different crippled men is your destiny from the start” she said.

I was tempted to cry but I hold myself not like it’s her first time as saying it ..she is always saying it to me.Well,if this is my destiny,then I accept. ..
“why standing like that,won’t you make dinner?” she nagged.
I went in to bring all what I would use outside.
She shouted.”I don’t want outdoor cooking”.

My fear started cooking up as I went back inside.The last time she sent me inside to do something,I didn’t know she followed me in secretly and locked all the doors,she beat me blue black- one of the painful experiences of my life.
The marks are still on my body,I don’t even think it will erase!.

I started cooking,I was almost done when she showed up from behind with a tiny wire.
“mama,I did nothing!!!!!!!
I screamed as she whip me.
“you sang,didn’t you” she said as she whip me..
“I will not do it again! I sgiutrf and wanted to escape,she ran after me and wanted to pull my hair,that was when she tripped and fell.
I turned back,what I saw was blood dripping out of her forehead and nose…..
“she has killed me ooo” she shouted..
“I didn’t kill you,it was you who wanted to kill yourself” I said as I hastily run out.
I ran into someone!!!

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