MAYBE ONE MORE DAY…
He was fast running out of time and patience. He scratched the much treasured beard in his usual lackadaisical manner. Today will be no exception, this villagers will soon see!Wait till someone sees this fiesta… He squinted a bit and yet observed.
“Mtschewwww…are you people just blind!”. It appears today’s children are totally void of manners, ehn? These ones are no exceptions apparently. Tanmola totally had no patience left for these bunch! The basket on her greying head was filled with fruits, and must weigh a tonne, the observing girl thought.
Another push and she might dump those on them. They pressed the more and yet thronged.The fastest one perhaps could be a ‘winner’, some thought.
She was sweet and very pretty. Hmm, she seem also very amiable and tender.She didn’t raise her voice nor yelled down her counterparts to be heard like most others on the queue…perhaps, just perhaps,she could be the one. The ‘choice’ one, the preferred of them all.
Arole moved the pun on his favorite board game. The skin on his forehead creased into a frown before turning to look at his ‘bestie’…
“We’d just have to squeeze a little more to get the juice. The filtering is already on-going”. The big,radiant smile on his face said more than his words. Arole knew that smile. He was ever assuring, never judging,presumptuous nor demanding. Unlike the other servants,aides or helps; Arole had found a dear friend in him.
Arole smiled wryly, his voice deep and wobbly with emotions. Only Esan ever saw him in that state…his friend,playmate , aide since childhood.
“Father has very limited time left, the people must not even know of his state yet. We must hasten up!”
Arole moved away from the shield. He had grown accustomed to taking time out to reflect here and sometimes share his thoughts with his friend, just like today.
The king barely has till few days before new moon, after which the fate of Ibido Kingdom will rest on his son- Arole. Only the inner chambers chiefs,the High priest, Ayaba- the Queen and Arole knew. The king had not seen anyone one on one for some days now and the people were beginning to wonder why?
“Esan, how many more days will it be before we find THE ONE?”
Esan saw the twitch of his jawline,saw the pain in his eyes . Quietly resolved to get the selection concluded as soon as he could.
“I will see to it,my friend… you can be sure I will”. Esan reached for his shoulders, rubbing and patting gently.