“I will not warn you again,” Nnenna said. “Ella eavesdropped on my daughter and a girl called Chioma when they were discussing and she was jealous of the fact that the Prince was dating Miriam. She let envy get the best of her. She was capable of murder, because she wanted the Queen to kill Miriam for being a mermaid and the Prince’s girlfriend, so she reported her to the Queen. I had to kill her, and I will not hesitate to kill anyone who poses a threat, so you better not interfere.”
Nnenna disappeared. Gasping, Amara looked around the room. Her heart slammed violently against her chest. “God, what have I gotten myself into? In fact, I am not working again. My life is more important to me than this palace job. I have to resign before I get killed for something I don’t know. So Ella was this bad and nobody knew. She kept on pretending to be a funny and nice girl. Ella, why?”
There was no time to waste. She had to leave the palace as soon as possible.
“Hello who is this?” Queen Jaja asked, gluing her phone to her ear. Her eyes widened as she listened to the person on the other end.
“What?” she screamed, springing to her feet. “Oh no. God, please don’t let this happen to me.”
Her phone slithered away from her grasp and crashed onto the floor. “Emeka!”
A guard raced into the room. “Yes my Queen.”
“Get the car keys,” Queen Jaja said. “We are going to the hospital. The Prince just had an accident.”
“Okay, your majesty,” Emeka said, bowing down.
At the blink of an eye, they arrived at the hospital.
Spotting Tony walking to and fro in the reception, Queen Jaja sprinted to his side.
“Tony,” she called.
“Good afternoon, your majesty,” Tony greeted. He’d returned to Nigeria today, and was the one who’d carried Michael to the hospital.
“Where is my son?” the Queen demanded.
“The doctors are still working on him,” Tony said.
“We just have to hope for the best.”
“But how did it happen?” she asked.
Tony breathed heavily. “When I called him earlier, he told me to go straight to the house, that he was going out to get something and that he would meet me at home. So I headed out of the airport, and on my way here, I saw a car that had halted in the middle of the road. When I saw the driver’s head resting on the steering wheel, I went closer to investigate, only to realize it was Michael. I think he had a heart attack while driving, and then he fainted. So I had to bring him here and call you over.”
Queen Jaja sobbed. “Oh heavens, please. The festival is just around the corner and the ritual will take place soon.”
“What ritual are you talking about?” Tony asked.
“It’s for his health,” Queen Jaja said. “We need to sacrifice two women for this whole calamity going around in the palace to stop, and for the healing of his heart.”
“You mean you will kill two human beings for this land and for the Prince?” Tony asked, unable to believe his ears.
“Yes, and we need to do it fast before it is too late, “Queen Jaja said. “But the problem is that the Chief Priest said they must willingly accept the task.”
“And you think you will get anyone who will be willing to die?” Tony asked. “Or do you think the Prince will be happy with this?”
Tony’s questions rendered Queen Jaja speechless.
To be continued..
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