ARRESTED BY LOVE
(The best of Daria)
Final Episode (Episode 25)
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
“I hope you heard what my daughter said. Oya leave!” Mrs Alfred commanded.
Austine wished he never left but he knew he had to. So he gently turned and left sadly.
Prince victor walked to and fro in front of the throne after the elders left. He was actually meditating on their wise words and promise not to follow his father’s bad footsteps. He also erased the thought of having Daria as the future queen because he knew she was another man’s property. Just as he meditated, the mother walked in.
“Son, you look worried”
“I’m not worried mother”
“But you are restless”
The prince sat beside her mother swiftly as if to say he had something very important to say. “Mother, what do you know about Mr Joseph’s family?” he asked.
“Which Mr Joseph?” the mother stared at him seriously too.
“Well, i don’t really know but i met her daughter Lana the other day”
“Oh, Mr Joseph!” the mother exclaimed. “I know him, he’s quite a good man. Do you like his daughter?”
Prince Victor stood up without replying her mother.
“You can go for her, son” the mother continued. “She’s a responsible girl and you have my full support”
The prince glanced at her mother then both smiled.
With the help of the guards, prince Victor was able to locate the resident of Lana. He found her eating outside their house on a bench. When Lana saw him, she stood up surprisingly. She couldn’t talk at the moment because there was a large quantity of food in her mouth. So she felt embarrassed and ran inside the house, if not for anything, to swallow the food forcefully.
“Why’s she running away?” the prince asked surprisingly with open arms.
“I’m sorry my prince” Lana came out smiling and cleaning her hand. “I went to check my pot that is on fire” she added then offered him a seat. Both seated on the bed with the plate of rice inbetween them.
“Please, join me my prince” Lana said.
“You really want me to eat?” the prince asked.
“Of course” Lana positioned the food very well for him. He scooped the rice into his mouth and smiled.
“You’re really a good cook” he said.
“Thanks” Lana smiled too.
The prince scooped another one wanting to feed her. He had already positioned the spoon close to her mouth but Lana withdrew her face looking shy.
“No my prince”
“Take it from me”
“No my prince”
The prince persuaded before Lana ate from the spoon. “Please, be my queen” he said looking straight into her eyes. Hearing that, Lana choked and was forced by the prince to drink water….
26 DAYS LATER
Ebube became fully well and put back into jail. One could see him on prison uniform as he sat opposite Amara in the visitors’ room.
“I never knew your father is the person i killed. God!” Ebube shouted bitterly then began to rub his head.
“Is okay” Amara gently took his hands in tears. “You only avenged your father’s death so don’t blame yourself. Now i know how you feel. I’ll testify against my father in court so that you’ll be free, after which I’ll go back to Paris” she added.
“Thank you. Please, forgive me” Ebube said.
“Is okay” Amara replied.
It was the judgement day, Daria anticipated to see Ebube walking into their compound because she didn’t follow them to the court. Her parents were inside the house but only her mother occasionally looked at her restless daughter through the window. Suddenly, Lana arrived to see Daria looking worried.
“You look worried. Don’t worry he will be fine” as she just concluded, Ebube and Amara walked in.
“Ebube!” Daria shouted. She ran and hugged him tightly then Lana and Amara smiled.
“Did you win the case?” Daria asked.
“Yes, i did” Ebube replied and hugged her again.
All entered inside the house and got seated. Mr Alfred sat beside his wife while Daria sat beside Ebube. On another seat were Amara and Lana.
“My son” Mr Alfred began. “Is good to have you here but next time make sure you don’t embark on such dangerous mission again. Though i know is painful to lose the one we love but vengeance is for God alone. Well, at least my daughter will rest from crying and i will also rest from seeing her tears because ever since u came into this land as Red, she has been cry…”
“Father!!” Daria interrupted him just to stop him from talking so they all laughed.
“Bia Daria or Dairy, allow me to talk. Or am i lying?” the father continued. “My daughter never slept! Day and night she cried calling your name here and there. I thank God you survived oh coz i don’t know where she would have been by now”
“That you very much sir. I’ve heard all that you said but i want to make a request” Ebube began. “Please sir, can i be your son in-law?”
Everybody became surprised except Daria coz Ebube had briefed her on it.
“Well, no problem if it’s her wish” Mr Alfred replied.
“It is Father” Daria said.
“Then case close” they laughed.
The prince married Lana after few days then Prisca and Austine were put to shame.
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