ONE ORDINARY NIGHT

CHAPTER EIGHT

her palm. ”how did I get here ” she whispered to herself, racking her brain and hoping to find a way to return back home. She wondered if her patient was able to get the surgery and that shattered her heart the more. She laid on her back on the bamboo bed with her leg stretched out on the floor and something very important that she had missed flashed through her mind, she remebered the Oluwo telling the king g to call the military head, Are-ana – kankanfo, how come the name didn sink in her before. The Are-ana- kankanfo is the military head that defends the kingdoms territory and in her era, they don use it anymore. This was enough to confirm her suspicion that she was back in times and its a mystery that she herself finds hard to understand. She shut her eyes close, trying to see if she can connect the dots and find out what had really happened.

When she opened her eyes, the room. was dark and a lantern stood in one corner of the room that served as light. She sat up on the bed and wondered how long she slept, she couldn believe that she was able to sleep despite the situation she is in and despite the new surroundings,then, the door to the room banged open and she turned to see who it was, it was one of the girl servant and she wished that they would observe common courtesy and knock before barging into her room, even the kings son knocked before entering her room, how much more a mere servant. The servant girl dropped the bowl of food and bowl of water that was in her hands on the ground and when she was about to leave, Eliza said to her back politely, ”please the next time you want to come in,knock before you do so, don just barg in, you can as well inform your colleagues so they can be aware, its not appropriate to just barge into someones room like you just did ”. The slave girl Walked out of the room without giving Eliza a reply and she also didn shut the door. Eliza stood on her feet and went to shut the door before coming back to sit and settling down to eat her meal. She ate the meal quietly and because she didn have much appetite, she ate little. She washed her hands through the window and sat back on the bed sadly, she was frustrated and her heart ached, she wanted to go back home, back home to her mum,she wondered how her mom was faring and her heart ached more at the thought that her mum might be in pain, crying seriously because of her sudden disappearance and she is here stuck in this place.She buried her face in her palm and allowed the tears that had welled up in her eyes to flow freely and she sobbed quietly.

She stopped crying and thought of going to the garden that Iwa and taken her to in the evening and take a walk in the garden that way she would free her head a little. She carried the lantern and walked out of the room. She stood In front of her door, looking around not knowing which direction to take, she hadn really master the road that led to the garden as she had been lost in her own thought. She decided to go right and she began to walk down the dark corridor that was a bit dark, where the small lantern she held in her hand served as light and the other lanterns that was hung on the wall brightened the corridor a little. She got to a particular place in the palace that she couldn describe and she stood still at the corridor looking at the two huge door that were on her right then at the ones on her left,It was a dead end and the door seems like they were rooms, this isn the way, she thought and when she turned to leave a deep voice asked, ”What are you doing here this late Ewa? ” and she shrieked in fear, her legs began to tremble with great fear. The voice sounded familiar and she held her breath, when she heard footsteps coming towards her shivered inwardly and held onto the lantern tightly, in case she needed to run. her back was turned against the person and she dares not turn back to see who it was, she was too scared.

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