The Legend Of Dayo…
THE LEGEND OF DAYO
“You can’t, my Lord,” Kehinde cried. “If you seek the Dead Olive, then tomorrow morning we’ll show you a path out of here after the ogre goes foraging, and in four hours you ought to be far away for him to get any scent of you. But if you go out now, he will gobble you up, and all hope will be lost for Dayo.”
Here were people whose crimes had been considered so grievous that they had not been allowed to stay in Dayo, and had been imprisoned here. They should have hated Dayo, and been happy that the land now lay wasted under the Apocalypse.
They should have hated the royal family, and come at him with cudgels and swords.[wp_ad_camp_2]
But here they were, showing more patriotism and love for Dayo than he had imagined possible. Even he had not wanted to come on this journey and had only been galvanized by fury and a sense of betrayal to undertake this perilous journey.
But these were real patriots who were concerned for the welfare of the Dayan empire, and he was very much impressed.
Slowly he slipped the Royal DayoSword from his waist and put it on one of the tables in its scabbard.
“Can I have some water, please?” he asked politely.
Rose walked to the clay pitcher and poured a cupful of the water, causing her father’s eyes to bulge with horror.
“Hey!” he said reluctantly. “Water is…very important. He can drink a quarter of that, please, or maybe half. But he can’t have a full cup, no.”
Rose smiled sadly at her father.
“He’s thirsty, Pappy,” she said gently. “Tomorrow, he will get you more water, I know. He will give you free access to the spring water, and you can swim in it if you want. This is Temi, the man that defeated the dreadful White Kombas. He is unique, and he will get you water, believe me.”
The men exchanged sick and pained stares, but they said nothing as Temi took the cup and drank all the water.
“Thank you,” he said as he handed back the cup to Rose.
“You must be hungry too,” Kehinde said suddenly. “Forgive me for my insensitivity. We have a little rice and vegetable stew left.”
“Food can wait,” Temi said and yawned. “A place to rest a little will be worthwhile.”
“You can have my room, my Lord,” said Babangida. “I’ll sleep in Sola’s room. Badu and Abdul can pair. You two can have the other rooms.”
“Thank you,” Temi said with gratitude. “You’re most kind.”
He picked up the Royal DayoSword and followed old Babangida to one of the rooms which had more log chairs and a table, and a bed with the coarsest mattress Temi had ever lain on.
Carefully, he took off his boots and placed the swords under the pillow.
He then stretched out on the rough bed, stifled a yawn, and then placed one of his huge, muscle-filled arms across his face.
A few minutes later, he was asleep.
Rose came to the doorway and leaned against it for a long time with her arms folded under her breasts. Her father came up behind her and put an arm across her shoulder.
“Seems to me you like him,” he said gently.
Rose’s lips trembled as she turned and embraced her father.
“Oh, Pappy,” she whispered miserably. “Your Diamond loves that man so much it is killing her heart! I despised him at first, but wrongly. Later, I had respect and liking for him. And then, like a sledgehammer, love for him filled my heart to bursting point! I don’t know why it should happen so, and I do not understand it, Pappy! My thoughts are of him, my cravings for him…and it is painful! It feels like a spell has been cast on me! I love him so!”
Kehinde smiled sadly and rubbed her back.
“Do not be faint-hearted, my sweet pawpaw,” he said. “Love is a funny thing. It surprises us sometimes, and I do feel it has a pleasant surprise for you.”
“May it be so, Pappy,” Rose said miserably. “I may have to live the rest of my life here all alone. But, if he can show me a little love, just a little, I will be able to live with that, and face any obstacle with that.”
“It will be so, my beautiful diamond. Now, go in and rest too. Tomorrow may be stressful.”
Temitayo Anubi turned restlessly on the bed.
Life was really horrible for him on the White Lands!
From the luxuries of the Dayan Palace to the horrible life he was experiencing here was simply killing his soul. To have only four hours outside, each day, was like death to him because spending twenty hours each day inside a room was a terrible thing he could not get used to, not in a million years!
Perhaps, the only positive thing was seeing his old father again, but the harsh life in the White Lands had surprisingly changed Pedro Igwe Peter and turned him into a docile entity that Temitayo could barely recognize.
His father had been a fierce warrior, an ambitious man who had wanted to conquer the planet earth and rule it as the all-conquering warrior. His plan had started with Leke Olugbade Bally but had been foiled by his younger brother, King Demi.
Temitayo Anubi had had no qualms in throwing camp with Leke Bally when his father was imprisoned, but again, the unknown son of King Demi had shown up and wrecked his plans!
Fleeing to the White Lands, Leke Bally had brought Temitayo to his father and promised to come back soon and continue their ambitions. Temitayo had wanted his father to come back and lead the crusade, but Igwe Peter Pedro had refused.
And, surprisingly, the old Peter Igwe had wept bitterly when he heard of the death of his mother and his brother.
“Leke Olugbade Bally entered my brother Demi’s body and used him to kill my mother, your own grandmother?” he had said with horror as tears fell down his face. “Oh, Creator, what have I done? Please forgive me and my son!”
“Come on, Father!” Temitayo had said furiously. “What is this? I continued what you started!”
“You fool!” Igwe Peter Pedro had screamed and slapped his son hard across the face. “Leke Bally filled my head with evil! He controlled my being, and if my brother Demi had not stopped me, I would have wreaked a lot of evil on Dayo and on Earth because of that vile spirit! I will never forgive you, Temitayo, for killing my mother!”
And, surprisingly, Igwe had been mournful ever since and given Temitayo the cold shoulder even though they stayed in the best log house in the Brown Rocks community.
Temitayo had a big room all to himself, with a bigger bed than most of the people, and a bed made from very soft silk from the farm of his father, but he was still filled with fury and an urge to get back to Dayo and get his lovely Juliet Onyinye back.
He tossed restlessly on his bed that night, his dark soul seeking a peace that was not forthcoming on the night, unknown to him, Temidayo had arrived in the community.
Suddenly, Temitayo began to feel very cold.
This was very unusual in the Brown Rocks because they always slept with all doors and windows closed. With no good breeze, and no cooling technology available, it was always stifling hot, even in the nights when that detestable yellow glow was a bit dulled.
But he was freezing now, incredibly, a bitterly cold breeze that seeped into his bones and made his teeth chatter. Temitayo Anubi opened his eyes slowly and saw the long, hazy outline of Leke Olugbade Bally hanging in the air at the foot of the bed.
And, also hovering near Temitayo’s head, was a long, deadly-looking sword.
The evil sorcerer’s arms were folded across his chest, and his horrible white eyes glared at Temitayo with baleful disgust.
Temitayo sat up quickly on the bed and looked at Leke Bally.
“Welcome, Master,” he said and was actually very relieved and happy to see the evil entity. “You don’t know how your presence here gladdens my heart!”
“I had a pact with you, Anubi,” Leke Olugbade Bally said coldly. “Why then, have you been troubling yourself to please your father?”
Anubi looked at the white being without batting an eye.
“Because it is a human flaw to love a father, and to feel delighted in seeing a lost father,” he said levelly. “But, I have come to realize my own father is no longer the man I used to know.”
“Indeed, he is not,” Leke Bally said. “And your allegiance, first and foremost, should always be to me. If I had wished your father a part of us, he would be by now. You will favour who I tell you to favour and loathe all others. Is that understood?”
“It is perfectly understood, Master.”
“Good. The hour I promised you has dawned. The oppressor, Temidayo is here now.”
Temitayo Anubi felt a kick of fear and panic to his heart as he promptly got off the bed and stood up, his tight face showing the horror raging through his veins.
“Temi is here?” he asked, trying hard not to show his fear.
There was a sudden blast of cold air that felt like a hand slamming against Temitayo’s chest, and he was lifted off his feet and slammed solidly into the log wall. He crashed to the floor, unable to breathe for a minute, and then he got to his hands and knees and bowed his head as his heart was filled with sudden resolve.
“Forgive your servant for showing fear, Master,” he said in a docile voice.
“It is good you have seen your folly, and corrected it, showing fear where it is due,” the shimmering spirit of Leke Bally said. “I am going to use you, and I have no use for cowards! As the sky breaks today, the Oppressor plans to slay the ogre at the stream.”
“Temi will slay the ogre?” Temitayo asked with a scowl. “Surely, the ogre will kill him for us!”[wp_ad_camp_3]
“Absolutely not!” Leke Olugbade Bally said. “Luckily, he has brought the Royal DayoSword with him. Temi will enter the throat of the ogre to kill him. But, after his fight with the ogre, I will thwart his efforts to get out of the ogre’s throat. He will be very tired and weak struggling to get out, and that is when I want you to take the sword I’ve brought you, and cut off Temi’s head! He will be too weakened to harm you.”
“Why thwart his efforts, Master?” Temitayo asked, sounding confused. “Why not kill him outright inside the throat of the ogre?”
“Because the powers of the Royal DayoSword to open the portals to Earth will only work if the sword is in the hands of a Royal who kills the immediate holder of the sword. If you kill Temi, you can then hold the Royal DayoSword, and open the portals for me to get to earth!”
“I understand now, Master,” Temitayo said. “Forgive the impudence of your servant! Yes, in the morning, after Temi’s fight with the ogre, I will gladly cut off his head!”
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