She bent over rubbing her stomach with her right hand, and the other one perched on her waist. “Like am gonna throw up”, Meba replied faintly.
“What are these for?” the younger man asked, holding the lot Young had returned with. Noticing the young man’s enthusiasm, Young left Meba’s side for a minute. “It’s for making a carrier for Princess Meba,” Young replied walking towards them. “Am Guy Young by the way, and she is the Princess of my village Goha”, he said, pointing to Meba. “Who might you good Samaritans be?” he concluded. “I’m Sunday, and that’s my younger brother Monday,” the eldest replied. “It’s our pleasure to be of help to a Princess”, Monday chipped in, “Now, how do we make a stretcher out of Palm branches” he continued. “I’ll show you”, Young said, kneeling on one knee to work, “But I’ll need your help.”
Sunday held down one thick palm branch, whilst Monday held another, creating a three feet gap between them. Young immediately got to work, weaving the palm fronds back and forth to create a beautiful Palanquin that could be carried on the shoulders by two people – one in front, and the other at the back. “I’ll go first in front”, Monday exclaimed having finally gotten over his captivation and figured out how it was going to work. “No way”, replied both Young and Sunday at once. “We’ll both carry the Princess and you can help out with our bags”, Young continued. They carefully placed Meba on the stretcher and set off for the old man’s house.
Two hours away from where they were, the village of Goha was thrown into upheaval. News of the disappearance of the Princess, and the theft of a very important document from the King’s Palace was everywhere, and speculations and accusations were flying from all angles. Fear gripped the hearts of the elderly who had before witnessed the wrath of King Kang. They dreaded the king’s next course of action regarding the situation and prayed they didn’t get caught in the crossfire, but they knew would be affected in one way or the other.
“In the name of the King, Kang, whosoever has any information about the disappearance of the Princess, and the theft of the missing document, would be awarded handsomely, and whoever is found guilty would be put to death”. This decree went out to the people of Goha and extended to the underlying villages. Warriors and guards were sent out in search parties and told not to return until they were successful. Additionally, nobody was to go in or out of the town.
Later in the day, the two guards Meba and Young fled from, reported their encounter at the dock to the King’s advisor, but he didn’t utter a word about it to the King after secretly meeting with the elders who advised him not to do so.
Back in their new environment, Meba awoke slowly to a dim-lit, slightly furnished room and chattering of voices outside. She tried to get out of bed but felt her legs wobbling beneath her. She gently stood and tried walking towards the door.
To Be Continued……..
[Author: Alex Bruno (Ghana), ©The Telescope International. All Rights Reserved.]
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