The Legend Of Dayo…
THE LEGEND OF DAYO
SEASON 5: THE ONE
Again, there were gasps around, especially among the aged.
“He speaks with the tongue of his father,” Ayaka Nsugbe said with awe.
Temidayo turned away from Daniel, but the giant reached out and gripped Temi’s shoulder tightly with his free hand.
“You don’t walk away when I’m talking to you!” Daniel said fiercely. “This fiasco has gone on long enough. I call for a Duel of Princes right now! The leader of the duel becomes the heir and future prince!”
Rose Amaefule watched as Temi shrugged from Daniel’s grasp, and how he walked away from Temi without a backward glance, speaking as he walked forward, treating Daniel with absolute indifference.
“A Duel of Princes is for princes,” he said.
The implication hit Rose and the rest of the onlookers with the impact of a mule’s kick.
With nonchalance and absolute contempt, Temi had just told everyone that Daniel Godwin was not even a prince! With that simple statement, Temi had made himself the Chosen One, the real prince, and totally thrown Daniel Godwin out of the race!
What had happened? What was he hinting at?
Worse, the Keepers and the elders were standing still as if stunned, and no one was saying anything to dispute Temi’s words. Rose was suddenly scared because she knew, just like all of them, that the only way Daniel could regain any ground would be to force the fight on Temi.
“You will fight a Duel of Princes with me!” Daniel Godwin screamed. “Otherwise I’ll run you through with my sword where you stand!”
“You have nothing to do with the throne of Dayo,” Temi said without turning.
“And you do?” Daniel screamed furiously, his voice embittered and filled with hatred. “Is it because you were born in wedlock? Is that why you think you’re perhaps more important than I am?”
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Temidayo was about to mount the stairs, but he stopped suddenly and turned slowly and fixed Daniel Godwin with eyes so filled with icy fury that it seemed capable of freezing any that beheld it.
“I do not judge a man by his birth, Daniel,” he said softly as he retraced his steps deliberately toward the simmering giant. “You’re just a big brute, Daniel Godwin. Line up the kings of Dayo, and you will stand out like a drop of blood on the ice. You’re no king.”
“That is typical coming from you!” Daniel growled furiously, his hatred boiling to the fore, hot and uncontrollable. “You descended from a seed of usurpers, didn’t you? Your mother stole her way to the crown. She forced our father to throw tradition to the winds and marry a common slave girl and made her queen. And that single act of disobedience plunged Dayo into her darkest depths of hell! I expect nothing less from you, because her blood runs in you, and not the blood of a true king!”
Temidayo faced Daniel fully.
“You’re pathetic,” he said calmly. “You speak with the vexatious wrath of a careless and destructive whirlwind. You fail to discern, even now, that I have been giving you the chance to walk away from a table you’re no partaker of!”
“Don’t you give me no talk, you swine!” Daniel growled and raised his sword. “You’re just a weakling, a nonentity seeking to talk your way out of the decision of who is really the Chosen One. You will fight in a Duel of Princes, or I swear I’ll kill you where you stand!”
“You’re not entitled to any duel!” Temidayo hissed, and his left hand flexed rapidly. “The only reason I’m letting you live is that I believe you still have something good to offer, that within that dark soul of yours you still have a heart. Do not force my hand.”
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“You imbecile!” Daniel screamed with so much fury that heat seemed to emerge from his ears. “You will die where you stand. Give him a sword!”
“I need no sword for cowards like you,” Temidayo said softly.
His voice was soft, but his words were audible, almost like a fierce whisper that carried to many ears. It was filled with a strange authority, a power-laden sound that served as both a warning and advice, but of course, it was lost on the fiercely furious heart of the giant Daniel Godwin.
With a roar, the huge man pointed his sword at Temidayo.
“I guess I have to beat you like pulp again!” he hissed furiously. “This time around, there will be no holding back. I’ll break every damn bone in your body and show to everybody here that you’re just a damn usurper, a fake and a weakling! I’ll send you back to join your ancestors when I run this sword through your cowardly heart.”
“You talk a lot, don’t you?” Temidayo said softly.
And, watching them, all the onlookers knew that there was no doubt who was in command. Whereas Daniel Godwin presented a picture of the screaming and petulant child, Temi was a composed calm embodiment of tranquil leadership.
And then it happened quickly.
Daniel Godwin screamed and rushed Temidayo with his sword held away from his body in a deadly swordsman stance. Temi did not make any move, he just stood calmly and waited for the giant to come at him.
“Godwin will murder the prince, sir!” Walexman said with concern and fear as he looked at Commander Freeman. “He’s unarmed, sir! He will be no match for him! We need to protect him!”
Walexman suddenly lifted his sword, but Prosper reached out and touched his arm gently, but his eyes were fixed with wonder on the still form of Temidayo.
“Sheath, Walex,” Prosper said softly. “Look at the way he stands. He’s the One.”
Daniel Godwin brought the sword swinging round in a vicious arc aimed at Temi’s throat, evidently meaning to decapitate the prince.
Temi’s upper body moved back but his right leg moved forward, a sinuous and graceful movement that was incredible to behold, his body a perfectly amazing flow of rhythm. The tip of Daniel’s sword missed Temi’s throat by a millimetre just as Temi’s foot crashed with sickening force into Daniel’s left knee joint.
Daniel’s eyes opened with sudden horror as he saw that he had missed with the sword at the same time that he felt the agonizing pain shooting through his shattered kneecap and leg!
Frantically, he tried to reverse his sword for a counter backward stab into Temi’s neck, but Temidayo slammed a fist into Daniel’s arm, breaking the arm bone and making the sword fall harmlessly to the ground.
The pain suffused Daniel Godwin as he found that his left leg could not support his weight and that his arm was broken. He looked at Temi with sudden fear as he saw the boy looming toward over him and swinging. He was unable to do anything about Temi’s furious punch into his ribcage, and he heard the horrible whisper that came out of Temi’s lips.
The blow hammered into Daniel’s ribs, breaking up his bones and driving them into vital organs.
Daniel Godwin gurgled blood from his mouth as he began to fall, his pain so profuse that he could not make any sound except groan.
“Stena!” Temi whispered as his left fist smashed into Daniel’s jaw, snapping it like it had been made of clay, and flinging the giant down like a piece of rag.
Daniel lay on the ground with broken bones and blood oozing out of his mouth, watching with horror as Temi raised his foot high above his face, and unable to do anything about it.
And, lying prone on the ground, helpless and knowing the last seconds of his life was just passing across his eyes, that he could not do anything about it, Daniel Godwin knew real fear for the very first time in his life.
He had always been his own man, his huge bulk a natural advantage that had ensured he had never been afraid of any man. He had practiced for years until he was a master with his bare hands and with a sword, making him feel invisible and absolutely untouchable. Daniel Godwin had never known what fear and helplessness was, until now.
As he watched Temi’s foot descending, looming bigger and bigger toward his face, he knew he was a dead man. Somehow, incredibly, this weakling of a boy had now mastered a way of fighting far deadlier than any Daniel had been exposed to so far!
And Daniel Godwin finally conceded that Temidayo David Dayo was now a fearsome warrior that no sane man would dare cross![stextbox id=”info” caption=”JOIN US ON WHATSAPP“]
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