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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


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Morenike sharply released her hand from his grip. He stared at her surprised and curious to know the reason.

She blinked her eyes and looked down. “I have to go.”

“But why?” he asked in a disturbed tone. “Did I say or do anything wrong? Please, look at me.”

She did and liked him already and if she stayed and spoke with him further, she would fall helplessly in love with him. He flashed a smile and her heart softened. She was tempted to stay and chat with him for a long time. Morenike wanted to know more about his personality.

“Stay with me for a while.” Omorodion’s voice was calm and polite. “I want to know more about you.”

“I want to but I can’t.” She said, walking hastily away from him but he hiked towards her, caught her by the left arm and brought her to face him. 

“Why are you doing this?” he asked her.

“Leave me alone!”

“I can’t!”

Imafidon gazed at his right side and noticed what was happening. He went towards them and freed Morenike from Omorodion.

“Let’s go home!” She said to Imafidon.

“What’s going on?” he asked her. “Is he harassing you?”

“What!” Omorodion exclaimed. “I can never do such a thing like that!”

Morenike focused her startling fuming eyes on Imafidon. “I said we should go home.”

“It’s already late. We can go tomorrow.”

“Then take me somewhere else. I don’t want to be here right now.”

“Did I say or do anything wrong?” Omorodion asked, this time looking very confused.

She turned to his direction. “Don’t follow us. I cannot speak with you again.” 

“But why?”

Morenike walked away with Imafidon without offering him an answer. Two of them found a quiet place to stay and he demanded an explanation from her.

She revealed to him he was the future King of Udo and she liked him but could not be his friend.

“Unbelievable!” Imafidon spat out looking baffled. “Is it not the same Udo Kingdom that joined forces with your uncle?”

“Yes.” she answered in a feeble tone.

“He is the son of your uncle’s main guard.”

She gave a nod and shook her head despondently. “Prince Omorodion would have been my cousin if not that his mother cheated on my father’s brother. The King of Udo and his family are wicked. They are heartless.”

“But you should know prince Omorodion first before you conclude he is a bad person or going to be a wicked leader. I know his grandfather was part of the war that got my father killed but I cannot blame him for that.”

“That is not what I am saying Imafidon.” she said with concern. “I…. my mother” Her voice broke. “She’s does not want to have anything to do with Udo Kingdom. She has told us several times that their King and his daughter are her enemies. I am surprise you are not angry at him.”

“I think my anger should go to the late prince Osazuwa. My mother revealed he was the one that killed my father.”

“He was protecting my father.” She said as tears dripped from her eyes. “He saved my father that day.”

Imafidon looked away. The tears he saw weakened him. “I still can’t believe his mother lived. I heard she took poison and died.”

“That is what my mother told me too but few years ago, she received the news that she was alive. When she heard her father found Adesuwa and welcomed her and her son back to his Kingdom, my mother never said a word about them again.”

He glanced at her. “And you believe she will get angry with you if you and the son of Adesuwa become friends?”

Morenike wiped her face and looked at Imafidon. “Yes. That’s the truth. I just want to be away from him. I don’t want any trouble.”

“I think you should speak with your mother about it. Hear her out.”

 “That’s what I will do but I have to avoid him before we return to Izieole Kingdom.”

Omotola requested for Owokan and he came to meet her few minutes later. She was upset with him and she reminded him of his rude behavior and wanted an apology.

He gazed into her eyes, looking shocked. “You’re not over that day?”

“What do you mean by that stupid statement?”


“You still have the guts to insult me?”

“I never insulted you. Not that day or today.”

“I want you to explain to me why you shouted at your brother. You disrespected your elder brother.”

“Is he complaining?”

“Even if he is not, I am. I will not tolerate any insolence in my palace!”

“Your palace?”

“It is mine,” she said and her voice suddenly became firm. “Are you trying to take it away from me?”

Owokan laughed and stepped backwards. “I don’t have time for this.” He said and turned his back on her.

Omotola uplifted on her feet. She glared into his eyes angrily. “I will never repeat myself again. Whenever I am talking to you, don’t ever try to walk out on me.” She pointed a finger at him. “Don’t ever.”

“But I want to leave whenever you are not making sense. You do not even know what we were arguing about before you started making assumptions that I insulted Odion. It happened weeks ago and you are still talking about it. Don’t you forget irrelevant things easily and let them go? If you insist I tell you the reason for raising our voices at each other, I have nothing to say otherwise you will go outside and tell your people the reason for my punishment.”

She raised her left eyebrow. “What punishment are you talking about?”

“There’s no way you can force anything from my mouth except I receive punishment. But it should not be a light one because that can never break me.”

She sat down and heaved out a long sigh. Omotola gave him a long stare and spoke. “Leave my sight.”

He bowed down his head, raised it up and smiled at her. “Thank you my Queen.”

She watched him leave her presence. Words failed her. Omotola thought about him and concluded he did not only remind him of her late brother in law but also herself. He was stubborn and smart just like her. A wide smile sparkled on her soft lips. 

Omotola was happy to have Morenike back home on time. She gave Imafidon some days off and sat down with her daughter in her bedroom. They were drinking some palm wine.

“I am glad the couples enjoyed your song.” Omotola said to her cheerfully. “Did you make new friends?”

Morenike rolled her eyes, gulped her remaining wine and held the cup. She narrated how she met the prince.

Omotola face drastically formed into a tensed and a furious expression. The wine she drank suddenly tasted bitter in her mouth and she placed her cup on the stool and shifted it a bit far away from her. 

“I am delighted to know you didn’t prolong your conversation with him. Adesuwa is a wicked woman. A cat can never give birth to a bird. They are birds of the same feathers. I hope you understand that what you did was right.”

She was sad but had to show her mother a happy face. “Yes mother, I understand.”

“I hope you don’t like him.”

Her heart said yes but her lips told her mother no. She was fighting hard not to cry.

Morenike spoke. “I’m getting tired mother. Can I go to my room and rest?”

Omotola smiled at her and touched her gently on the shoulder. “Yes, you can. I am proud of you.”

She nodded and gave a faint smile. Morenike got to her room, threw the cup on the floor, sat on her bed and exploded into a silent cry.

Adesuwa welcomed back her son home. She was looking older than her age and despite the loud make-up on her aged face, she appeared quite sick. Ever since she returned to Udo Kingdom, she stayed mostly in the palace and avoided the people out of shame. After her mother died, she became in charge of the verdict of complains from Udo people in the palace and her verdict was either harsh or irrational. The King had become very ill and everyone knew he would soon join his ancestors. Adesuwa had become impatient for that to happen. She wanted her son on the throne so she could manipulate him and control everything that had to do with Udo Kingdom. 

“Are you sure you met the princess of Izieole Kingdom?” Princess Adesuwa asked her son after he narrated what transpired between him amd Morenike.

“Yes mother.”

She reminded him again of her story.

He sighed disappointedly and his face fell. “I understand now.”

“You understand what?” 

“Mother, I need to rest.” He said and stood up.

“Sit down!” She said in a commanding tone.

He sat down. Omorodion always respected his mother. Anytime he did not agree with her, she always blamed him he was the cause of her failure. She controlled him and chose his friends. No woman was ever good for him. Adesuwa told him he would rule for a year before she would choose the right woman for him. He later turned out to be uninterested in women and focus to plan on how to become a King that Udo people would love. 

“You are acting like a twat because a little bird ignored you after she found out you are my son. Don’t be a weakling!”

He didn’t say a word but she could see he was very angry with her. She did not care.

“I want you to listen to me attentively. You will do as I say when you become King. My father has become a vegetable and reluctant to fight back for me. I was humiliated by the Queen of Izieole and it hurts she is the one ruling instead of me. Do not forget that we are against them and be prepared for what I have planned.”

Her last statement got his full attention. “What have you planned?”

“I will not discuss that with you now. All I can tell you for now is that you must not go near the princess or even see her again. She is bad blood. You should rest now my son.”

Omorodion felt a bit relieved, he rose on his feet, gave her a smile and left her alone.

“Is it really true?” Odion asked his mother as she sat down on her throne.

She stared into his raged eyes and remained calm. She placed her hands on her laps and answered him. “Yes.”
“Why would you agree to such? It is unacceptable!”

“You cannot tell me what to do my son. I have accepted King Osamudiamen’s request and I and Morenike shall visit him soon.”

He paced around, positioned his hands on his waist and halted. Odion looked at her. “You will do no such thing. I do not trust him!”

“I trust him!” She raised her voice at him. “He cannot hurt me!”

“But he can cause danger to our Kingdom. How can you offer to help him whenever he goes to war because he is willing to put you in a deal that you have no clue if it is real.”

Omotola gave him a hard look. “I see no reason why he would give me a fabricated deal. We have become friends and my instinct tells me I have made the right choice.”

“A choice that could put you in trouble!” Odion uttered and dropped his hands.

“I think you have nothing reasonable to say. My decision is final and you cannot change it.”

He shook his head, gave a side smile and glanced at her. “Do you like him?”

She did a double look and scoffed. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“You know what I mean mother.” 

A loud laugh interrupted them. They gazed at the direction of the sound and acted not surprised to see it came from Owokan.

“I smell drama!” Owokan said, continued to laugh and walked away.

Omotola gave a long hissed and focused her eyes on Odion. “We are not going to discuss this again. If you want to join me on the journey to Eroma Kingdom, inform me on time.”

“I am not interested.”

She uplifted on her feet, set to leave his sight. “I think that is a wise decision.”

Her answer and seeing her leave without obliging to his request infuriated him. The lunch one of the maidens served him, he threw it away and he left the palace without informing anyone of where he was going.

Two days later, Eki came to the palace and begged Morenike to escort her to visit a relation. Morenike refused at first. She had been in a bad mood since she spoke with her mother about Omorodion. When she asked for Owokan’s opinion, he told her to follow her heart. Odion advised her to stay away from the prince. He was bad luck, he said to her. 

She decided to follow her friend just to get away from seeing her mother and stay in the palace doing nothing. A female guard followed them and when they arrived at a particular spot, Eki whispered into Morenike’s ear.

“Tell your guard to wait here.” She said inaudibly. 


“Just tell her. I want to show you something privately.”

Morenike agreed and informed her guard. Both of them walked through a path, got to the place, a small stream with bushes. Morenike eyes widened as she saw prince Omorodion. He was dressed like a palm wine tapper.

“What are you doing here!”

He moved closer to her. “Please don’t shout at me or get angry at your friend. I had to see you.”

Morenike gave Eki an annoyed look and glanced back at him. “You risked your life coming to my Kingdom. What if someone recognized you?”

“That is why I disguised myself. How are you?”

“How am I? My mother would be upset if she ever finds out about this.”

“My mother too.”

Two of them focused their eyes on each other and chuckled together. 

She smiled. “I can’t believe you came to see me. Coming here has changed my decision.”

“What decision?” He asked curiously.

“Someone close to me advised me to follow my heart. He said no one has the right to tell me how to live my life and determine how I get my happiness.”

“Have you decided we should be friends?” His eyes were inquisitive to hear a positive answer.


Omorodion held her hands and closed his eyes. When he opened them, he saw her smiling. Morenike was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He wanted to be more than friends with her but telling her his intentions could spoil her mood. He didn’t want that.

“You have made me so happy.” He hugged her tightly. “Can you stay with me for a while before I leave? I want to know more about you.”

“Of course I will stay. I want to know more about you too.” Morenike said delightfully. 

The following day, after breakfast, Queen Omotola appeared stunned in front of Owokan. What came out from his mouth threw her off balance. “Are you sure you want to follow me to Eroma Kingdom?” She asked for the second time.

“My answer remains the same. Yes, I want to follow you.”

”But why?”

“Odion is not interested. Am I not worthy to join you in your trip?”

“Yes! All my children are worthy to follow me anywhere. This is the first time you agreed to join me without asking.”

Owokan smiled brightly and that alone made her suspicious but she had no reason to say no. He would accompany her and her eyes would surely be on him. He left her and she sent one of her messengers to bring Chief Eghe. She required his advice.

Few minutes later, one of her female guards knocked on her door.

“What is it?” She asked.

Her voice sounded nervous. “You have a visitor.”

“So soon. Tell Chief Eghe I am coming.”

“No my Queen.” she said apprehensively. “It’s not Chief Eghe.” 

Omotola noticed the sound of her voice. She quickly rose on her feet and sauntered to her door. She opened it and looked into her guards eyes. “Who is this visitor?”

“It’s Princess Adesuwa Osaze.” 

To be continued…..


  1. Oh wow, I love the turn this is taking. So interesting!

    Funmi x

  2. I think Morenike will be the one to betray her mother. Very sad indeed.

  3. It depends. what if the prince of udo is actually a good person? @Jolly saft

  4. Ahhh!
    Adesuwa visits, for what now?
    This could only mean wahala.
    I await the next episode patiently.

  5. Hmmmmm too much suspense. Princess adesuswa,kai wrong timing what does she want, to warn omotola to tell her daughter to live her son.i smell trouble or war...niceone Ckj..


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