(Episode 12) Village Teacher.… from Pit to the Palace!

The next day, after Patience was given herbs she felt better. It was Zakoyi that administered the herbs to her. He was the oldest in Knayigbana and he knew the right herbs for every illness. There was no clinic or a dispensary in the village as of that time.

Zakoyi: “let her take the herbs as I’ve instructed,” he said as she laid on the mat.

Clement stood as the old man gave instructions. Patience was yet to tell him what happened to her. She had just woken up. When she passed out he rushed her to Zakoyi’s place he remained with her until morning.

Patience: “what about the child?”

The old smiled as the face divided into segments because of the wrinkles,

Zakoyi: “the baby is doing great!”

She smiled as tears stood in her eyes,” what happened to you?” the old man asked that was the part Clement has been waiting for,

Patience: “I fell on my way to the farm and at night I started running temperature!”

Zakoyi looked at Clement; they both knew it was a lie. Zakoyi sighed he couldn’t explain why it was Clement that brought her when she fell ill instead of the man that was supposed to be her husband to be- the father of her unborn child. It was solely their business not his, he thought.

Zakoyi: “let her rest for an hour then you can take her!”

The old man took his leave; she was kept in the chamber where he attended to patient. Immediately he left, Clement sat on the stool he was on and touched Patience’s face,

Clement: “how are you feeling?”

She smiled at him,

Patience: “Thank you for saving my life!” she smiled again, he smiled back.

Clement: “My promises towards you haven’t changed. I’m ready to put my life on the line for you!”

She felt much better as she asked for food to eat; Shedarach’s(his younger brother) wife had brought food for them . Clement served her and she rushed the food, “You’re really hungry!” they smiled.

After allowing her to rest for about thirty minutes, he asked,

“so what happened?”
Patience looked away as tears gathered in her eyes,

Patience: “I fell!”

Clement sighed and held her hand,

Clement: “You know if there’s anyone you would lie to, it isn’t me. Look at me, “she looked at him as tears trickled down her eyes, “Henry did this to you right?”

Sobbing, she nodded,

“that bastard!” he ran out!

Patience: “Clay! Clay!! Come back!! Please!” he was gone already. She broke down in tears.

He ran into a barn where his father kept hunting guns. He loaded one and ran out with the gun on his shoulders. Henry was in the village drinking spot, Clement knew he would find him there. He was also a customer. It was an open hut with no roof. When Henry saw Clement running towards the hut with a gun he took to heels others followed. Clement had warned him weeks back that whenever he heard that he beat Patience he’d kill him. Clement chased him with vigour Henry ran like his life depended on it,ran towards the market. Henry was a good runner when Clement saw that he couldn’t match up to his speed, he aimed at him with a gun and when he shot, Henry jumped and screamed.

Henry: “I’m dead! I’m dead oo!” he increased his pace. It was a near miss.

Clement stood up and left the house

Clement: “You won’t be lucky next time!” he said in an angry tone.

….

Bala managed to get up with from the bed, he sat by the edge.  Sitting up was a burden for his body ached especially his back. Soldiers are mean, he said to himself. He had overheard all that had transpired earlier. The drama between Mairo and his father; he wondered if Diana had followed her mother home. How was he going to face his father? He was too ashamed of himself,

Bala: “what have I gotten myself into? Diana I swear it shall not be well with you!”

How was he going to explain to Kyauta that the pregnancy wasn’t faked but very real, “Oh my God, what kind of thing is this eh?”

Sighed, his mind ran back to the day’s protest,

Bala: “I cannot disappoint the people! Nope! I’ve come a long way already!”

Forced himself out of the bed, he needed to be ready for it was thirty minutes to the scheduled time. He yawned and screamed as he stretched, “Ooh!” he held his stomach, looked like the main pain had settled there. The red scarlet eyes became bulgy. He was sick as a dog. As he opened the door, he was shocked to see someone at his doorstep. It was Diana, she was curled up at a corner. Cold had grasped her. Before he could attempt to shut the door she ran in and hopped on the bed covering herself up with his wrapper. She felt so comfortable. Akimbo, he stood very angry, it was as if he should choke life out of her. Looking at her,

Shivering she said,

Diana: “What are you doing staring at me like one who doesn’t know what to do? Can’t you see that the mother of your baby is dying of cold come and warm me,please!”

What kind of person was Diana? He was puzzled. Did she have mental illness? He asked.

Bala: “If the cold would just kill you right away I’d be the happiest human right now!”

Diana: “Ah,ah, Bally, that’s a very wicked thing to say to someone who loves you and is carrying your baby!”

It was really annoying, he thought. The way she said, “carrying your baby,” with an aura of pride like one who had just won a prized asset. It irked him. if he had responded to her craziness he sure would have murdered her. He turned and left,

‘Ahah, where are you going now? Come and do your duty oooo! Hah!”

He whispered as he carried a bucket of water to the bathroom,

Bala: “You’re mad!”

His father was filing his hoe preparing to go to the farm,

“Good morning,Baba!”

Bala’s Father: “ Good morning,my son. I hear your protest is today!”

Bala: “Yes,baba.”

Bala’s Father: “Then why didn’t you mention it to  me earlier?”

Bala: “It came unplanned. We held the meeting in this compound two days ago when you were away!”

Bala’s Father:  “Okay. Just be careful. Get going the people might be waiting for you!”

Bala smiled. Those words from his father meant the whole world to him, “I’m proud of you,son!”

Bala: “Thank you, sir!” he felt like a child who had just gotten a fatherly hug. He was ecstatic. Bala was surprised that his father never mentioned Diana’s case. That was somewhat mystical.

….

Maigari entered into Captain Nwanze’s office,

Captain Nwanze: “Ah,Maigari you’re welcome!”

Maigari: “Yuawa!”

They shook hands as they both sit.

Captain Nwanze: “What can I offer you?”

Maigari cackled,

Maigari: “my favourite aii,” they both smiled.

Captain Nwanze ordered for Maigari to be served with Snap. They chatted as they drank,

“Ehen, my friend how did it go with Bala?”

Captain Nwanze: “Ah, that pauper. I put him at his place!”

Maigari smiling,

Maigari: “Good! Very rude boy! He thinks I am his mate. Nonsense!”

Captain Nwanze: “he is just mere maggot to me. Somebody I’ll just squash life out of within seconds!”

Maigari: “He is as stubborn as his father aii!”

Captain Nwanze: “ I See! I hear rumour of the protest still holding! I’m prepared for them. More men are on their way from the state capital!”

Maigari: “more men?”

Captain Nwanze nodded,

Captain Nwanze: “yes!”

Maigari: “But I hope there wouldn’t be blood shed?”

Captain Nwanze: “Nooo! It’s just to scare them!”
Maigari seemed so happy, “Next week, I’ll bring a buyer for one of the farmlands!”

Maigari: “Yauwa, that is what I want to hear aii!”

They laughed.

….

The people were gathered as they waited for the arrival of Bala. They had converged at the village square.

Diana was lying down when Bala was set to go out,

Bala: “Before I come back I want you out of my house!”

She hissed and turned herself to the wall,

Diana: “Come and carry me on your head now!” she shot back.

Bala: “I’m late I don’t have time to exchange words with you!” He ran out.

The faces of the people glowed when they saw him. They all came together,

Bala: “I’m sorry for coming late. I’m sure most of you have heard of what they did to me last night. For those who don’t know lemme tell you. Last night I was taken by force to the office of the administrator and he asked that this protest be cancelled but I refused he even offered me money and I turned it down. He got angry and I was beaten up. But I have decided that no matter what happens we will never give up!” he raised his hands up.

The people yelled, “never!”

They all held leaves and some people held placards with different inscriptions on them, “Say no to tyranny!” “No To over taxation!” “we want leaders not flesh eaters!” “give us back our lands!”

Bala continued,

“We will match to the office of the administrator we wouldn’t need to go to Maigari’s palace again for we have been informed that he is at Captain Nwanze’s office!”

They sang as they matched to the office.

The soldiers from the state capital had arrived in many trucks. Captain Nwanze had told Maku what to do so they had the men scattered around. As the crowd approached the office singing, the fury looking soldiers positioned themselves as they were close to the office bugle was blared as soldiers charged towards them. A few of the protesters ran but Bala and the rest stood their grounds. The soldiers acting on instruction pounced on them, kicking and using the edge of the guns on them. A number of the protesters were thrown to the ground. With cries polluting the air, blood spluttered on the ground, Bala who was identified as the leader was dragged in between seven soldiers as they stamped and kicked him using edge of their guns. Blood covered his body. The last thing Bala could say before passing out was,

“I love you,Kyuata!”

Would Bala die? What would become of Diana? How would Kyuata handle it?

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148 Comments

  1. Wow, hv made it back to back, (1st to comment ; morning, afternoon n night) who can beat that. Bala need to step up. Its getting hotter.

  2. Bala would not die, i believe other youths would put pressure on maigari who wld hv no choice than go to the administrator for his release. Diana claiming Wife, n mother of bala’s child , she never see anything, am jst waiting for kyauta to surface.

  3. Bala won’t die rather its going to be really tough. Love will prevail between bala and kyauta. When Timothy hears Diana is pregnant, i pray he steps up to what transpired between them.

  4. Bala can’t die, kyata will fight for her man will go and meet d captain her will offer her to sleep with him for Bala release.

  5. Bala will not die. Diana’s pregnancy will be exposed cause the owner will now claim his thing. Kyauta will support Bala all the way. Well done Adelove and crew.

  6. Bala will not die, Diana will not succeed with her lies. Kyuata will be sad let’s hope she will support him as she said n not give in to d captain.

  7. This is wen we need Clements gun, gun down Diana, gun down Maigari. Kyauta shld mediate btw the administrator n bala, but she shld not drop her kpomo in exchange for bala. She shld set d admnistrator up.

  8. Actor no dey die. freedom fighter like bala can’t die. he will be the one to rescue his people from the hands of there so called dictators.
    As for Diana when she is tired of waiting at home she will leave.
    As for patience I know she will either loose the pregnancy or the baby at the end and she will be back in Clements arms again. Adelove forward ever.

  9. Interesting but short!
    Bala will not die. This is just the Beginning!
    As for Diana, she’s a loser!!!
    Great work Adelove, Next Episode please

  10. The brave and courageous bala will not die, d owner of the child will soon come and claim Diana and she will end up a laughing stock in the village just like her mother. Kyauta will handle the issue well because of the love she has for Bala though it wil b difficult for her. Clement is very aggressive o lol. Next pls

  11. For sure Bala will not die.

    But if I am the one writing this story…. Bala would die and Kyauta will be pregnant too. She will give birth and the son will continue the fight.

    Just saying my own sha….

    Diana dey find how to cure cold and she wants akamu. Its a pity Bala akamu is for only Kyauta, cold go kill her

  12. Bala can’t n won’t die. As for Diana I pity u becoz ur suffer never start. kyuata pls stand by the love of u life he needs u now more than eva

  13. Bala will not die. Good will always prevail. Henry’s part got me cracking down with laughter when Clement chased him with gun. Gud one at Adelove and crew

  14. Am sure Bala will not not die,Kyuata may give in to d wicked captain to save Bala,as for Diana,she’ll b so disappointed cos her baby will look exactly like d father,Joseph. Well-done Adelove crew

  15. he’s the reason for the story I guess so he won’t die. just enjoying every bit of this story nice one Ade crew. more ink to ur pen and more ideas to ur brain. keep it up

  16. Bally will not die, Diana will be disgraced because Timothy will claim his child. Kyauta will stand for her nan. The evil king will be dethroned and his cohorts will be arrested.

  17. This wouldn’t kill Bala. Diana has a lot to learn : lies do not pay, and Kyanta, where there is a will, there is a way. Her love for Bala will sail through.

  18. Bala is d hero in dis story so he ‘ll not die. As for Diana her lies & deceit will definitely b exposed. Kyuata should b strong & believe in their love, they’ll surely get over d situation.

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