ARRESTED BY LOVE
(The best of Daria)
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
At the door, Amara met a man in suit and a doctor. The man had a briefcase in his hand, while the other hand found refuge inside his pocket. When Daria saw them coming in, she disengaged her hand from Ebube and adjusted backward to Lana.
“Oh, you’re awake already” the doctor said and began to examin Ebube who stared at the man in suit. “You’re really recovering very fast” the doctor concluded then gave the man a sign that shows: YOU CAN GO AHEAD NOW.
“How are you feeling, Destiny?” the man approached closer.
“Who are you?” Ebube asked.
“I’m Kent, your father’s new lawer. I know you’ll find it hard to know me because i was hired by your father while you were still in jail. His motive was to use me to get you out of jail but…” Kent paused and changed the topic immediately. “Your case is still in court and you are expected to go back to jail after you recover. So that’s why I’m here to let you know that you’re my client now because i can’t let you go back to jail. But before then, tell me all that you know”
Hearing that, Daria and Lana smiled broadly from a distant.
Mr and Mrs Alfred were surprise to see the prince coming into their compound as they sat on a long wooden chair outside the compound. They stood up instantly when the prince approached closer.
“Welcome my prince” Mrs Alfred said.
“To what do we owe this visit my prince?” the husband added.
“Nothing much” the prince replied. Just then, Daria walked in with Lana and stood at a distant. Both glanced at each other surprisingly then moved forward again. When the prince saw them, he stared at them especially Lana……
Daria’s room had an electric light on. One could see a blanket covering from her abdomen to her legs as she laid on the bed. And on her hands was the paper the prince gave to her. She unfolded it with a smiled and read thus: I’M NOT AFRAID TO DIE, BUT VERY MUCH AFRAID TO LOSE YOU FOREVER. AlREADY, I HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY YOUR LOVE SO IF I DIE ALWAYS KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU TOO, DARIA.
Daria kept smiling as she folded the paper, she put it under her pillow then turned off the light.
On the other hand, Mr and Mrs Alfred sat up on their bed. Also, from their abdomen to their legs were covered with a blanket.
“My husband, I’m really worried” Mrs Alfred broke the silence.
“What’s it?” the husband asked.
“It’s about the prince. Didn’t you see his reaction to Daria when he came today?”
“He only said he came to visit us”
“Isn’t it obvious that he’s interested in our daughter?”
“Then how’s that your problem?”
“But what about Red, i mean Ebube?”
Mr Alfred looked at his wife suspiciously and said, “What do you mean by that? By the way, have you gotten the long story i told you to get from your daughter?”
“Daria is in love with Ebube. According to her, that’s the reason why Ebube couldn’t resist bullets anymore” the wife replied then both became quiet.
Mr Alfred exhaled heavily. “Daria” was the las thing that came out from his mouth as he laid comfortably on the bed.
“Well, what do you think?” the wife asked him.
“What do you want me to think? Love supersedes all” he concluded and went to sleep.
THE NEXT DAY
One could see the elders at the palace chewing kolanuts given to them happily by prince Victor as an apology. And on top of the centre table was a red wine. The prince stood before all of them smiling and looking at them happily too.
“Once again my elders, I’m really sorry for my initial behaviour”
“Now you are talking like a man!” elder Ben spoke up. “You shouldn’t follow your father’s footsteps that were of bad because we all know that he was also a good man”
“Gwam!” the elders chorused.
“My prince, the gods will give you long life and prosperity if only u stay away from violence and other people’s property” another elder added.
“I’ve heard you all. I hope you’re aware that I’m to find a wife in the next twenty-nine days otherwise the gods will find one for me”
“Exactly!” some elders chorused.
“My prince” elder Thomas stood up. “Is even better if the gods find a wife for you. Or is it not true my fellow elders?” he stretched his hands looking at other elders.
“You’re corrected!!” they shouted but prince Victor smiled.
“I’ll find my wife myself” he concluded.
Tall grasses danced along the direction of the wind that took over the evening. Austine felt it and saw the grasses as he approached Daria’s house. He stop at the entrances coz he had an atom of fear in him. Suddenly, Mrs Alfred came out and saw him standing like an iroko tree.
“Good evening, ma”
“Who are u looking for?” Mrs Alfred wasn’t smiling coz her daughter had explained things to her indirectly.
“Please, i want to talk to Daria” Austine replied. Immediately, Daria also came out standing beside her mother.
“What can i do for you, Austine?” Daria wasn’t smiling too.
“Can we talk in private, please?”
“You can’t have my privacy anymore, leave!” Daria said and walked inside..
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