(Episode 7) Chronicle of a Royal Prince and the Devil Incarnate

Throughout the day, Banke walked up and down past my office, but I did not invite her in. I had already decided she was the right person for my plans, but I wanted her to stew, she had looked down on me the first day we met. Besides, I didn’t like her, I liked her friend Prisca, but Prisca would not be right for the kind of role I wanted Banke to play. So I made my move.

Leke: “Banks, will you have lunch with me?” I asked as I walked into Kunmi’s office.

Banke: “Oh, I was just about going out for lunch, so we could go together. Just let me freshen up” she rushed out to the restroom.

Kunmi: “How old are you anyway?” she asked without raising her head from the pattern she was cutting.

Leke: “Am twenty one” I lied. I was confident I could pull the age, after all I was big.

Kunmi: “What about your parents?” she stopped what she was doing to look at me.

Leke: “They are dead, I am an orphan” I replied. At least, I was not lying about that.

Kunmi: “Oh sorry dear”

Leke: “Why are you asking these questions, I only asked Banke for lunch, I am not marrying her” I teased.

Kunmi: “Don’t be silly” she replied.

Leke: “Ma’am…” I started, but Kunmi cut me off.

Kunmi: “Mikhail stop calling me ma’am, I am Kunmi not ma’am” she retorted

Leke: “Alright alright, Kunmi, what is going to happen to the collection launch?”

Kunmi dropped her scissors and looked into space thoughtfully; Banke chose that moment to break the silence. I frowned at her; I was going to see if I could make Kunmi talk about Nora’s reaction, she was someone who knew my mother.

Banke: “I am all set, let’s go” she said and we left together…

I took her to a pizza café for pizza and chocolate fudges; I still had that love for chocolates. Not having any at the mental home did not make me lose the habit. While she ate, I watched her; she had beautiful, lean and long fingers, that had rose colored nails, I wondered if she would take on the role I had for her.

Leke: “Do you like me?” I asked suddenly, and watched as she played with the pizza on her plate, obviously thinking of how best to respond.

Banke: “You are a very likeable person; even my sister likes you…”

Leke: “I want us to date” I went in for the kill, she was beating about the bush, it was the only signal I needed.

Banke: “Really? Let me sleep on it” she said

Leke: “How is your friend Prisca, she seems like a nice day” I asked, deliberately. She would know that I noticed Prisca, I even remembered her name. And if she really liked me as I suspected, she would want to secure her position.

Banke: “She is fine, she is probably at her boyfriend’s place” she replied. So, she did not secure her position, but she will before the day ends.

That evening, after work, I was at home, in the small self contained apartment in the boys’ quarter I rented monthly. I was overcome with grief, I missed my mother. I took out her picture and traced the contours of her face. I was certain that she was murdered, by whom, was the puzzle I was trying to solve. Another thing that baffled me, was the complicity of my father, did he know about the killer? I wondered. I thought back to when I was little, and the house. I took my diary where I had been writing in since I got into the mental home and began to sketch the plan of the house. The details were a bit sketchy, but it was usable.  Banke would need the sketch for her undercover duties in the house. I was still drawing the plan, when my phone began to chirp, I saw a strange number and received it.

Leke: “Hello” I said

Banke: “Mikhail, it is Banke. Sorry, I got your number from my sister”

Leke: “Oh that’s cool. How are you, have you had your dinner?”  I asked, turning on my charm.

Banke: “Yes, you?”

Leke: “I have not; will get something to eat out”

Banke: “I could throw something together for you” I refused, but I was glad, she was being caught in the web already.

Leke: “If that is all, I would like to go about my dinner now” I said passively

Banke: “I wanted to tell you that I have accepted your offer to date. I would like us to date” she said

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Leke: “Wow I am happy, we are a team now” I said

Banke: “Yes, see you at the office”

Leke: “You work with us now?”

Banke: “Goat, I am coming because of you” she said and hung up. I pumped my fist in the air.

Days after, my relationship with Banke was going well, she was frequenting the office. Nora however, was nowhere to be found, she had not been in the office. I took a risk one afternoon, and went to my former house. Standing outside the fear, a sense of foreboding suddenly came over me, what if someone recognized me, I thought. But I took courage and hammered on the gate. It was a new gate man, so there was no risk of being recognized here.

Gateman: “Who you dey look for?”

Leke: “I am an employee at Fola fashion house, I am here to see Madam Nora” I said in impeccable English. Our former gateman had been a learned man, so he always communicated in clear cut English. This one was quite different and I was soon to find out.

Gateman: “You dey mad ni, who you dey blow oyinbo for, you dey craze?” he flared up and made to bang the gate in my face, but I held the gate.

Gateman: “Oh, so you want to fight your father abi”

Leke: “Na Madam Nora send me, if you no allow me, she go sack you oh” I said because my instincts told me Nora was not at home, she had probably travelled out of the country, following the debacle at the collection launch. He opened the gate a crack and glanced at me from head to toe. He was probably pleased with what he saw, so he flung the gate wide open. I went in tentatively, looking around the place in which I had been born. Not much had changed, the garden was still well kept, and the house had been freshly painted. I felt nostalgic as I walked in through the oak doors into the large living room. The picture of father when he was been interrogated by the police when Mary was attacked flashed in my head, I looked towards the staircase where I had hidden. It felt like it was yesterday. I walked up the stairs to the living area; I turned into my parents’ room. It seemed no one had lived there since mother died. It had the musty smell of a place not lived in. I opened the wardrobe; mother’s things were still intact.

Leke: “Is Nora scared of coming here?” I asked myself, I left the room and walked to my room. I opened the door and peeked inside; it was no longer like the room I left years ago. It seemed that Nora had taken up residence here. I went in and began to rummage through her things. I did not find anything that was note worthy, so I arranged everything as I had seen it, and left. As I descended the stairs, I bumped into iyaBiliki, my eyes widened in shock.

IyaBiliki: “Who you be and wetin you dey do here?” she asked with her hands on her waist in akimbo.

Leke: “I am a staff in Madam Nora’s company” I said and winced as I said this.

IyaBiliki: “Eh eh, na here is office?” she asked and came closer, peering into my face.

Leke: “She asked to get something from her… her” I paused, and remembered that father once had an office in the house, perhaps Nora had converted it to hers, so I took a risk.

Leke: “She asked me to get something from her office” I concluded.

IyaBiliki: “Which office, since oga die, that witch never use that office”

Leke: “She seemed out of it though, since that collection launch” I said fishing for gossip.

IyaBiliki: “What is you talking. Please come and be going you no know wetindem send me” she pushed me towards the door. I almost pushed back and told her that this house belonged to me, but what would I gain, other than destroy my well laid down plans. It was time to bring Banke in. I opened the door and came face to face with Nora.

She was decked in a black jumpsuit and Christian Louboutine shoes. My eyes were wide in shock when I saw her.

Nora: “You are that graphic designer Kunmi talks so much about aren’t you?”

Leke: “Yes ma’am” I stuttered.

Nora: “So what are you doing here?”

Question: How would Leke get out of the quagmire he has found himself, how would he explain his presence in the house?

Throughout the day, Banke walked up and down past my office, but I did not invite her in. I had already decided she was the right person for my plans, but I wanted her to stew, she had looked down on me the first day we met. Besides, I didn’t like her, I liked her friend Prisca, but Prisca would not be the right for the kind of role I wanted Banke to play. So I made my move.

Leke: “Banks, will you have lunch with me?” I asked as I walked into Kunmi’s office.

Banke: “Oh, I was just about going out for lunch, so we could go together. Just let me freshen up” she rushed out to the restroom.

Kunmi: “How old are you anyway?” she asked without raising her head from the pattern she was cutting.

Leke: “Am twenty one” I lied. I was confident I could pull the age, after all I was big.

Kunmi: “What about your parents?” she stopped what she was doing to look at me.

Leke: “They are dead, I am an orphan” I replied. At least, I was not lying about that.

Kunmi: “Oh sorry dear”

Leke: “Why are you asking these questions, I only asked Banke for lunch, I am not marrying her” I teased.

Kunmi: “Don’t be silly” she replied.

Leke: “Ma’am…” I started, but Kunmi cut me off.

Kunmi: “Mikhail stop calling me ma’am, I am Kunmi not ma’am” she retorted

Leke: “Alright alright, Kunmi, what is going to happen to the collection launch?”

Kunmi dropped her scissors and looked into space thoughtfully; Banke chose that moment to break the silence. I frowned at her; I was going to see if I could make Kunmi talk about Nora’s reaction, she was someone who knew my mother.

Banke: “I am all set, let’s go” she said and we left together…

I took her to a pizza café for pizza and chocolate fudges; I still had that love for chocolates. Not having any at the mental home did not make me lose the habit. While she ate, I watched her; she had beautiful, lean and long fingers, that had rose colored nails, I wondered if she would take on the role I had for her.

Leke: “Do you like me?” I asked suddenly, and watched as she played with the pizza on her plate, obviously thinking of how best to respond.

Banke: “You are a very likeable person; even my sister likes you…”

Leke: “I want us to date” I went in for the kill, she was beating about the bush, it was the only signal I needed.

Banke: “Really? Let me sleep on it” she said

Leke: “How is your friend Prisca, she seems like a nice day” I asked, deliberately. She would know that I noticed Prisca, I even remembered her name. And if she really liked me as I suspected, she would want to secure her position.

Banke: “She is fine, she is probably at her boyfriend’s place” she replied. So, she did not secure her position, but she will before the day ends.

That evening, after work, I was at home, in the small self contained apartment in the boys’ quarter I rented monthly. I was overcome with grief, I missed my mother. I took out her picture and traced the contours of her face. I was certain that she was murdered, by whom, was the puzzle I was trying to solve. Another thing that baffled me, was the complicity of my father, did he know about the killer? I wondered. I thought back to when I was little, and the house. I took my diary where I had been writing in since I got into the mental home and began to sketch the plan of the house. The details were a bit sketchy, but it was usable.  Banke would need the sketch for her undercover duties in the house. I was still drawing the plan, when my phone began to chirp, I saw a strange number and received it.

Leke: “Hello” I said

Banke: “Mikhail, it is Banke. Sorry, I got your number from my sister”

Leke: “Oh that’s cool. How are you, have you had your dinner?”  I asked, turning on my charm.

Banke: “Yes, you?”

Leke: “I have not; will get something to eat out”

Banke: “I could throw something together for you” I refused, but I was glad, she was being caught in the web already.

Leke: “If that is all, I would like to go about my dinner now” I said passively

Banke: “I wanted to tell you that I have accepted your offer to date. I would like us to date” she said

Leke: “Wow I am happy, we are a team now” I said

Banke: “Yes, see you at the office”

Leke: “You work with us now?”

Banke: “Goat, I am coming because of you” she said and hung up. I pumped my fist in the air.

Days after, my relationship with Banke was going well, she was frequenting the office. Nora however, was nowhere to be found, she had not been in the office. I took a risk one afternoon, and went to my former house. Standing outside the fear, a sense of foreboding suddenly came over me, what if someone recognized me, I thought. But I took courage and hammered on the gate. It was a new gate man, so there was no risk of being recognized here.

Gateman: “Who you dey look for?”

Leke: “I am an employee at Fola fashion house, I am here to see Madam Nora” I said in impeccable English. Our former gateman had been a learned man, so he always communicated in clear cut English. This one was quite different and I was soon to find out.

Gateman: “You dey mad ni, who you dey blow oyinbo for, you dey craze?” he flared up and made to bang the gate in my face, but I held the gate.

Gateman: “Oh, so you want to fight your father abi”

Leke: “Na Madam Nora send me, if you no allow me, she go sack you oh” I said because my instincts told me Nora was not at home, she had probably travelled out of the country, following the debacle at the collection launch. He opened the gate a crack and glanced at me from head to toe. He was probably pleased with what he saw, so he flung the gate wide open. I went in tentatively, looking around the place in which I had been born. Not much had changed, the garden was still well kept, and the house had been freshly painted. I felt nostalgic as I walked in through the oak doors into the large living room. The picture of father when he was been interrogated by the police when Mary was attacked flashed in my head, I looked towards the staircase where I had hidden. It felt like it was yesterday. I walked up the stairs to the living area; I turned into my parents’ room. It seemed no one had lived there since mother died. It had the musty smell of a place not lived in. I opened the wardrobe; mother’s things were still intact.

Leke: “Is Nora scared of coming here?” I asked myself, I left the room and walked to my room. I opened the door and peeked inside; it was no longer like the room I left years ago. It seemed that Nora had taken up residence here. I went in and began to rummage through her things. I did not find anything that was note worthy, so I arranged everything as I had seen it, and left. As I descended the stairs, I bumped into iyaBiliki, my eyes widened in shock.

IyaBiliki: “Who you be and wetin you dey do here?” she asked with her hands on her waist in akimbo.

Leke: “I am a staff in Madam Nora’s company” I said and winced as I said this.

IyaBiliki: “Eh eh, na here is office?” she asked and came closer, peering into my face.

Leke: “She asked to get something from her… her” I paused, and remembered that father once had an office in the house, perhaps Nora had converted it to hers, so I took a risk.

Leke: “She asked me to get something from her office” I concluded.

IyaBiliki: “Which office, since oga die, that witch never use that office”

Leke: “She seemed out of it though, since that collection launch” I said fishing for gossip.

IyaBiliki: “What is you talking. Please come and be going you no know wetindem send me” she pushed me towards the door. I almost pushed back and told her that this house belonged to me, but what would I gain, other than destroy my well laid down plans. It was time to bring Banke in. I opened the door and came face to face with Nora.

She was decked in a black jumpsuit and Christian Louboutine shoes. My eyes were wide in shock when I saw her.

Nora: “You are that graphic designer Kunmi talks so much about aren’t you?”

Leke: “Yes ma’am” I stuttered.

Nora: “So what are you doing here?”

Question: How would Leke get out of the quagmire he has found himself, how would he explain his presence in the house?

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187 Comments

  1. e may gve her excuse that e dont c ha in office that why e came to check ha at home………

  2. Leke can use the debacle that happened and claim he came to check on her.
    But why the repeated lines ? Or is it only at my end ?

  3. Hmmmmm,its complicated o but I trust leke bobo,he will surely come up wit a genuine excuses since nora even like him 4 his well work done in d fashion company. Jus hope iya biliki won’t say he told her nora sent him to get something 4 her.

  4. He will surely get out of this situation…just simply telling her he was worried about her not coming to office for sometimes now so he decided to check on her at home.

  5. He is a man so he will always find something to say like “I decided to check on u since u didn’t come to office.

  6. He will lie that he came to check on her since its been a while in d office that is if iya biliki and the gateman don’t expose her. although Nora might not believe him fully bit will still dismiss him all the same

  7. He will definitely find a way out…… He can say he came to know if she is okay cos she has not been coming to work…… He will find a way out …. He is a smart boy….

  8. Hmmmmmmm don’t really know what to answer here but what I know is that leke is a smart boy and can come-up with anything that will save his neck.

  9. This is getting hotter and more complicated. Hmmmmm…. let’s hope the gateman didn’t expose Leke to Nora on his purpose of coming to the house as well as Iyabiki. But I presume his smartness may save him out. There is fire on the mountain here. Fire on adelove…..

  10. Evening ALC&Fs,
    Steaming……..
    Well he just needs to tell an office related white lie, he’s smart he would come come up with something fast.

    Cheers to ALC!

    Up&Forward

  11. Well leke has always found a way to get away from issues so he deffintly fine a way out of this. But he is a brave boy

  12. He will probably said he came to check on her since he didn’t see her in office and to check on her health after the incidence

  13. Hmmmmmm what a suspense filled episode. I’m sure Leke will find a way out. But he shouldn’t tell her he came to check on because of her absence at the office. He should use Kunmmi as an excuse. Welldone Adelove

  14. He would probably say he was worried about her so he came to check on her and Also bring up new graphic ideas he’d working on

  15. He is very smart, He will tell her that he notice that she has not come to work for days and decided to come see how she is doing.

  16. wow!!!Leke sabi toast oo lol….Leke may lie that he hasn’t see Nora for days in d office that’s y he try to check on her @ home if all is well

  17. A lot of lies could be manufactured eg

    I haven’t seen you for a long time. And since I didn’t have your no to call and didn’t want to collect from colleague either for fear of rumour we are dating being circulated, I decided to check on you and know if everything is alright with you.

    I am in need of money to offset huge old debt. Being that I am an orphan and none Nigerian it was difficult to get assistant. I came as my last resort to know if you can lend or borrow me some of the money. It is not something we could have discussed in the office because of many factors.

    My female friend whose parents are dead was just evicted by her landlord due to unpaid rent. When I overheard colleague saying that you live in big house, I decide to ask you oo her behalf if you have unoccupied room in your building where she could stay temporily until her uncle send her money to rent accomodation.
    etc

    On another note
    Why was IyaBiliki retained why others were sacke? Was she the person Nora commissioned to kill Leke’s mother and maime Mary and Bamidele? I am suspecting her.

  18. Leke will surely find something to say and escape from Nora claw…. and something will lead to something.. They’ll end sleeping with each other..

  19. he a smart guy he can go answer any question if he can take the risk of entering into that house answering questions is nothing

  20. Tell her you are here to check on her since uve not seen her in d office for a while or u are here to beg her to employ ur sister(Banke) since u guys are orphan….Just tell her anything jare

  21. this is a great puzzle ,but I believe in leke he is so intelligent he come up with better explanation that can easily convince nora

  22. He’s smart enough. He can just say that he hasn’t seen her for sometime at the office that he came to check on her, shekinah.
    Adelove you guys are just making my evening with this story

  23. This is getting more interesting but what is the king who is his maternal grandpa doing.Anyway, that’s why there’s what is called suspense. Too many knots yet to be unravelled. Nice work Adelove.

  24. He could say he came to find out if she knows the person behind that video and what they need to do to avoid future occurrence
    If she’s clever enough, she’ll recognise him

  25. Leke! Leke!! Leke!!! B careful, d devil migt recognze u and yet b pretending u beta find a gud excuse gve b4 al ur plans spoil

  26. Leke is a smart guy he may tell Nora that he came to check on her since she’s not seen in the office and that he lied to the gateman so as to allow him in

  27. Leke should cook up a story to tell her…. Maybe he came to check if all is well with her since she had been absent from the office for some days now

  28. He could just tell her he came to check her well-being since he noticed she didn’t see her lately in d office,…….
    bt God helps him, he’s beginning to unravel more misery dat may seem overwhelmed to him……

  29. I’ve not seen you around in the office for a while now so I got the address of your house and decided to check on you ma. Hope all is well. A lie like this can save him from this

  30. Leke could just tell her dat He was worried abuh her well being nd dat’s y he came to her house since she has not been in d office 4 weeks.

  31. he is a smart guy am sure he going to find a way out…..
    He can also say it has been a while since he saw her in the office, so he came to check her welfare

  32. Leke will tell her he came to check on her since she has not been seen at the office for sometime now…and besides, she has not been at home, he could say he has been sitting and waiting for her to come back… but he was about to go when she returned.

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