The Legend Of Dayo…
THE LEGEND OF DAYO
FINAL SEASON: THE REDEMPTION
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After putting on her warrior clothes, Rose headed back toward The Ashes, and saw all of them crowding the entrance and waiting for her.
She could see Temi standing a bit nearer than the others, his handsome face filled with unease. She knew this was it, and a part of her was dying inside.
With Leke Olugbade Bally and his cohorts vanquished, Temi’s mission to the White Lands was all but completed now. All he had to do was cross over to The Desolates, get the Dead Olive and head back to Dayo.
She had no regrets coming to the White Lands, and she was extremely happy for Temi, but she knew this could be the end. She could be left behind to spend the rest of her life here.
Yes, Temi had promised not to leave her behind, and she had seen the dove brands imprinted on their bodies, but Rose knew enough to know that sometimes the laws of the Creator were cast in stone, and nothing – not even the best Dayan prince – could sway a change in the laws and Oracles.
And the law affecting her presently was one that made it impossible for non-royals to leave the White Lands!
So, she could end up here all alone!
She sighed, trying to be brave, but when she looked at Temi, and knew she would not be with him, her heart failed her, and she could not control the depths of the pain that flitted across her features and the beginnings of tears that pricked her eyes.
She had reached them now, and she smiled bravely at Temi.
“Temi, my prince, my love,” she whispered.
He held out his hand to her.
“Come to me, Rose, my love,” he whispered quaveringly, wanting so much to hold and kiss her.
But then, his hand came up against the barrier, and his expression changed rapidly into sudden stress when his hand could not go through. He pushed both hands out then, but it came up against the invisible barrier.
“What is this?” Temi said harshly, quite desperate now as he rushed forward, but the barrier repelled him. “Hey, what’s the meaning of this?”
He was greatly agitated, his face cut to bits as he turned and looked at the forlorn Rose whose face was filled with sudden trepidation, and whose eyes were filled with tears. “Rose, can you hear me?”
“I can hear you, my love,” Rose said and smiled even though her tears fell. “Seems I can’t come any further. End of the road for us. Go get the Dead Olive, my love. I will be fine.”
“No!” Temi cried with pain. “I’m not leaving without you, Rose! Come to me, come inside!”
“It gives me great painful shocks when I touch it,” Rose said, shaking her head.
“No, no, no!” Temi shouted, holding up his hands. “Don’t do this to me, Rose. Come to me! Come, I’ll take your hand!”
Rose nodded and stepped forward, extending her hand forward, and the invisible barrier sizzled violently with multi-hued colours that made Rose gasp.
“No, don’t touch it!” Jhon The Moziz cried and stepped forward, his face alarmed. “If you touch it now, you will die!”
Rose stepped back, and turned to flee, her heart broken and filled with pain.
“Rose!” Temi’s scream caught her, and she stopped and turned to face him. “Don’t you dare leave me, Rose! Don’t!”
“Go, Temi, just go!” she screamed in distress. “Save Dayo, and keep watch over Earth! That’s your destiny! I’ll be fine here!”
“But I won’t be fine, damn you!” Temi screamed as he drew the Royal DayoSword and attacked the barrier relentlessly. Apart from a drumming sound each time he struck, the barrier remained in place.
“Open it up!” Temi screamed at Jhon The Moziz even as the Fathers grouped around him with pitying faces. “Open it up right now! Let her through! I’m not leaving without her!”
“Alas, I can’t, sorry,” Jhon The Moziz said. “The Creator put it there. Her work is done. She can’t leave the White Lands because she is not royal.”
“Cut out that crap!” Temi screamed in anguish, but King Demi suddenly dropped down in front of his son.
“Son, son, be calm! Look at me!” he said kindly.[wp_ad_camp_1]
Temi looked at his father with a broken up face.
“I love her, Pops!” he said softly, pointing at the weeping Rose. “I don’t know how, when or why it even happened. I’ve hated her, wished her dead, even wanted to kill her with my own hands at a point in time. But now, Pops. I love that girl. I can’t live without her! She has the branding under her breasts, the sign of the dove, half of mine! She’s meant to be my queen…so why can’t she enter?”
“Temi!” Rose cried in anguish. “Please don’t make this any harder! Please go, get Neji Helen, let her be your Queen. I’ll be here, and I’ll be happy you loved me this much. I have everything here. Food, our lake, memories of you! Go get Neji Helen, my love, and be happy for me!”
“Don’t!” Temi screamed, turning to her. “I love Neji in an entirely different way, a young kind of way! I can live without her…but I can’t live without you, Rose. No, I can’t breathe without you, and if they will not let you come with me, I will stay this side of the damn barrier just to be with you!”
“Son!” King Demi screamed, looking at his son desperately. “She is not royal! She can’t come through because she is not royal!”
“I want to marry her!” Temi screamed furiously, painfully. “Do you understand? Does the Creator understand? I want to marry her and make her a royal!”
“Look at me intently, son!” King Demi screamed now, forcing Temi to look at him. “Focus on me, my son, and don’t be stupid. She can’t come through because she is not royal. You wanting to marry her does not make her royal, do you understand? She is not royal!”
And then it hit Temi!
He looked round at the other faces of the past kings, and saw the same sadness, the same desperation, and he knew they were sending him a desperate message, and when he finally understood it, he breathed with great relief and tears came to his eyes.
“Yes, I will make her a royal,” he said with a trembling voice. “As the Creator is my witness, I want to marry her now, right here!”
There was a collective scream and gigantic whooping from them, and Daniel Godwin slammed into Temi with such exuberance that he managed to rock him just a little bit.
“You block head!” Daniel screamed. “We could not tell you that! If we had told you, it would have been forced, and the Creator’s law would have stood! That’s the way, man! You marrying her here and now makes her a royal!”
“What?” Rose asked, barely believing what she had heard. “What are you talking about?”
King Demi drew near to the barrier and looked at her fondly.
“You will make one great queen, Rose,” he said gently. “Don’t worry about all your past deeds, dear. The Creator ordered your actions from the day you were born, and everything you did was according to His Amazing decree, even down to trying to kill my son and Nneka! You’ve been destined from the moment you were born, just like Temi, to end up here, now, and so I ask you…do you want to marry my son?”
Rose could not speak.
Her lips trembled, and tears drenched her.
She nodded severally in her great emotional moment.
“Ah, then I have no choice! But you must be crowned King before you can marry this damsel! Sit on the throne, Prince Temidayo David Dayo!” Jhon The Moziz said.
“What throne?” Temi asked, confused.
“Behind you,” the first Grand Oracle said.
Temi turned, and saw that the huge golden staircase had descended again, and rolling slowly down it was an amazingly grand golden throne!
It was studded with gems…diamonds, sapphires, pearls, gold!
“Sit, please,” the Grand Oracle said. “We have limited time.”
Temi climbed the three steps and sat down on the throne, and immediately the sky cracked, and a golden crown descended on his head.
“I crown you, this day, as decreed by the Creator, and witnessed by ninety-nine kings, a prince and a half-prince, the Sovereign King of Dayo!”
“Hail the King!” King Oliseh shouted, and immediately they all fell on one knee in front of Temi, who felt the warm tears of happiness on his face.
“Your Majesty, King David Temidayo Dayo!” Jhon The Moziz said.
“Hail, hail, hail!” the spirits shouted.
John The Moziz smiled sadly then and looked at King Temi.
“Your mission shall be completed when you take the Dead Olive,” he said and stepped back. “But, alas, you cannot marry the damsel of your heart!”
“And why not?” King Demi asked harshly. “He’s been crowned king, by a throne and crown given by the Creator himself! He wants to marry Rose and make her his queen! Why do you say he cannot marry her, Grand Oracle?”
Jhon The Moziz stared bleakly at King Demi.
“Because he does not have rings, my Lord,” he said gravely. “He needs rings to marry her. Without rings, no meaningful or binding marriage can happen here…so the woman remains!”
Temi came off the throne and rushed toward the spirit of Jhon The Moziz with a thunderous expression of fury.
“No, no, don’t say that!” he said grimly. “I will not go to The Desolates for the Dead Olive if she does not come with me! I will not!”
“Temi, no!” Rose said softly. “This is not meant to be! Please go, save our people!”
“Don’t say that!” Temi shouted at her bitterly. “It is meant to be, and it will be!”
“But you need rings to marry her!” Jhon The Moziz screamed. “Without that, you can’t marry her! And if you dally here, she will die! Is that what you want?”
“Then give me rings!” Temi screamed. “The Creator gave me a throne and a crown! He can give me rings, can’t he?”
“No,” Jhon The Moziz said sadly. “Your crowning was long told in the Oracles, as the only king who will be crowned by the Creator of All Things Himself! Alas, that excludes marrying this damsel!”
“Son,” King Oliseh said sadly. “I’m afraid the Grand Oracle is right! You have to leave her here!”
Rose was weeping bitterly now, her heart absolutely shattered!
Tears came to Temi’s eyes as he looked desperately around him, and then he did a very strange thing. He took a deep breath, and looked at Rose with his tears shimmering in his eyes.
“I’m marrying you, Rose, because I can’t breathe without you!” he said gently. “Whatever it takes, I’m leaving here with you!”
“But we don’t have the rings, my love!” she cried desperately.
“Oh, we do, my love, we do have the rings!” he said gently.
Rose looked at him, her tears falling unchecked now.
“Don’t do this to me, Temi, my love, please!” she moaned painfully.
“You have rings?” Jhon The Moziz asked suspiciously. “Where, Your Majesty?”
Temi slowly held up his palm toward the Grand Oracle.
“Your palm is empty, Your Majesty!” he said coldly.
“My palm is not empty!” Temi replied in an equally cold voice as he glared at the Grand Oracle. “You’re not serious! There is a ring in my palm! Hold up your palm, Rose!”
Rose put a hand across her heart and looked at Temi with a devastated experession.
“Temi!” she whispered. “Please!”
“Hold up your damn palm, Rose!” Temi screamed. “Now, my love, please!”
And slowly Rose held up her empty palm, and then Temi looked at her and smiled.
“How beautiful the ring is, my love!” he whispered. “Can you see it?”
Rose looked at her empty palm, and then she looked at Temi, and slowly she understood, and she smiled beautifully through her tears.
“Oh, yes, my love!” she whispered tragically. “I can see them now. Beautiful, beautiful rings!”
“You two are mad!” Jhon The Moziz screamed furiously. “You think we jest here? You do not mock the ways of the Creator!”
“We have the rings!” Temi said, unmoved. “If you can’t see them, that’s your problem, Grand Oracle! Now we’re ready, begin the vows!”
“Your Majesty!” Jhon The Moziz screamed. “Please, this is serious!”
“Marry us off, Grand Oracle, before you incur the wrath of the Creator!” Temi shouted right back. “We have the rings!”
King Oliseh smiled gently.
“He speaks with faith, Grand Oracle,” he said. “The power of his love for her makes everything possible, and that is by faith, as we walk with the Creator by faith…begin the ceremony!”
And so, with a heavy heart and a solemn expression, Jhon The Moziz began the ceremony, and made Temi recite the wedding vows first. And then, with a great sigh, he asked him to put the ring on Rose’s finger.
Smiling gently, Temi lifts the imaginary ring from his upended palm, and extends it toward Rose, who holds out her left hand fearfully…[wp_ad_camp_1]
They all watched with fear as Temi’s hand went toward the barrier…and then it went right through it without any hindrance, and he pushed the imaginary ring on Rose’s ring finger!
The spirits exhaled with sudden joy, and a great rapturous applause sounded around The Ashes!
Temi’s tears fell slowly with relief as Rose said her vows, and then she also picked up the nonexistent ring and extended her hand toward the barrier…and her hand came right through, and she pushed the imaginary ring on Temi’s finger as tears drowned her!
Temi reached out, took her hand, and dragged her forward into his arms, and she came without hitting any barrier, and he kissed the air out of her body in the longest kiss ever!
They were like two little kids as they held hands and looked at the golden staircase where all the spirits were assembled again except King Demi, who was standing in front of his son and his wife.
“I wish you two long life, and a long rule,” he said softly and with great emotion. “I’m grateful, that I witnessed my son’s marriage.”
Temi nodded, and tears came to his eyes.
“I wish, above all things, that I can hug you one more time, Pops,” he said gravelly.
King Demi smiled, and his handsome face reflected his pleasure and inner peace.
“What more can a father wish in a son?” he said gently. “Go on then. And tell your mother I will be waiting for her, and that I love her. And my daughter…she must be quite beautiful now.”
“Beautiful, yes, and in love with a young warrior,” Rose said softly.
King Demi raised his eyebrows.
“In love!’ he said, startled. “You approve of her choice, son?”
Temi nodded, and two drops of tears fell down his cheeks even though he giggled.
“Wonderful chap, loves her to bits,” he said. “Only thing I have about him is his name, Okakuo Agbons.”
King Demi threw back his head and laughed.
“Ah, I remember his face,” he said. “A good man Agbons was. Be on your way then, son. A black gate yonder opens to The Desolates. You will find the Dead Olive atop a hill. Pluck it up, descend to the other side, and you will find a room. Spend the night with your wife there, and in the morning, you will be given directions back to Dayo.”
“Directions?” Temi asked. “Thought I would use the Royal DayoSword to open the door in the Wall.”
“That would mean going all the way back to the wall, and that would be another horrible journey. The Creator will give you a shortcut, son. Fare thee well, till we meet again.”
“Fare thee well, Pops,” Temi said softly. “I love you.”
This time around there was a magnificent silvery sheen to King Demi’s eyes, as if he had silver gem tears.
“I love you, son,” he said. “Always.”
Temi and Rose waved as King Demi glided into the air, and soon landed on the golden staircase.
“Peace, little brother!” Daniel Godwin shouted and raised his hand.
Temi was weeping now as he raised a trembling hand.
“Peace, you all,” he said quaveringly.
The golden staircase rose majestically and began to retract into the sky, and soon it was gone, and the skies closed up, leaving the two of them.
Temi looked down at his wife, and she saw on his face the look she had wished to see for a long time, and there was great peace and a bubbling happiness in the heart of Rose Amaefule Dayo.
She sighed contentedly.
“I think we must go to The Desolates now,” she said.
“Ah, yes, for the Dead Olive,” Temi said as he turned.
“No,” Rose said softly, and her lips trembled. “To the room…that was what I was thinking about.”
Temi laughed softly as they walked toward the huge black gate that was standing at the far end of The Ashes.
“To me, Swords,” he whispered.
And, way down in the valley, the Swords of Destiny zinged into the air and travelled at great speed to The Ashes. Temi did not turn, but felt the swords slipping silently into their scabbards across his back.
They hurried through the black gate and entered what was indeed The Desolates![wp_ad_camp_1]
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