“Jide…. Jide! JIIIIDDDDEEE!!! Would you wake up already!”
“Leave me alone Bisi… I need my sleep time.”
Jide lying in bed, pulls the covers over his head in an effort to reenter the sweet bliss of slumber.
Standing over him, Olabisi Omoyemi arms folded, stared in disbelief at her older brother.
“It’s already 1:30 in the afternoon! How much longer are you going to stay in bed for you lazy arse! Mum said you were supposed to help clean the house today!”
“Where is mother?”
“She’s gone to the port. She said there’s an issue with the processing of her goods.”
“Well that means she won’t be back till late. Now act like a good girl and leave my room.”
Bisi stood there for a moment glaring at the body double wrapped in covers before her. Biting her lip, she looked around the messy room that was her older brother’s and finally smiled when she saw his open bathroom door.
“No problem brother.”
Going to the bathroom, Bisi grabbed a bucket, opened a tap and filled it with water. Dragging the bucket out of the bathroom, she cursed as she almost tripped on a stray sneaker. Now right in front of jide’s bed, Bisi let out an evil smirk as she in one clean, swift motion poured the contents of the bucket on his head.
His scream of shock and rage was also swift yet quite messy as Jide staggered off his bed coughing and gasping for air, his body and clothes completely soaked.
“What is this!!! ARE YOU MAD BISI!!!”
He manages to shout as he sees his sister’s hurried exit from his room.
On the pursuit, Jide chases her from the main corridor to the parlor of the house.
“Stupid girl!!! Don’t let me catch you!”
As she leaps over the couch, Jide attempts to grab her and fails tripping over it and falling unto a stool.
Getting to his feet, Jide winced as he rubbed his right shin which had hit the stool edge hard. Looking around he cursed as he realized that Bisi had escaped from the house.
“Jide! What is going on here! What is… why are you wet?”
Sitting back on the couch, Jide let out a soft gasp as aa quick shot of pain went through his leg.
“Oooww. Ask my brat of a sister. Always looking for my trouble, Never leaving me alone. See me now? I’m wet, my leg’s hurt and now I have to dry my mattress outside!”
Kunle Omoyemi stared at Jide with a worried expression on his face. Walking to a nearby drawer in the parlor, he brings out a container of mentholated cream.
” Maybe this wouldn’t be happening if you didn’t always bully her and beat her.”
“Don’t make it sound like i’m the bad person here! She’s always testing my patience. I’m pretty sure she was born in the pits of… ouch!”
He winced as Kunle knelt in front of him and began rubbing the cream into his leg.
“No matter how annoying you percieve her to be Jide, if you acted the role of a caring elder brother, you wouldn’t be fighting all the time.”
“Maybe if she stopped acting like I was a stupid ape….”
“Nothing… I hear you.”
Jide muttered as he stared at the black screen of the tv in front of him. In a few seconds, Kunle was done and was already rearranging the stools and couch.
“Hey Jide let’s go and dry your bed out and don’t worry about Bisi, I’ll talk to her.”
Jide looking distracted, nodded his head.
“Do smell something? Like flowers…”
“What are you talking about there aren’t an……..”
Opening his eyes, Jide found himself on a bed in a large spacious room with large windows that allowed the glow of the sun to enter. Sitting up and looking around Jide saw that the room was furnished with a large table and six thick wooden chairs.
Seated on one of these chairs feasting on what seemed to be a mixture of earth and soup, was a petite green humanoid with brown hair and yellow eyes. On her head was a single pink flower that twitched from time to time as she took mouthfuls of her meal. Spitting a pebble out of her mouth her eyes widened as she saw the stunned Jide staring at her.
“Friend! You’re finally awake!”
She said as a large smile appeared on her face. Jumping off her chair she dashed to Jide giving the surprised human a big hug.
“I was worried at first when you fainted but I’m so happy to see you’re okay!!”
Jide politely but firmly pushed the plant girl away as he looked around in confusion.
“Where am I? Who are you and why are you here with me? How did I get here? Why do you smell so sweet?”
The plant girl’s face darkens at first but a spark of realization soon appears, causing her to blush her cheeks turning a shade of yellow-light green.
Getting of the bed, she dramatically sits on the floor facing Jide with her expression as serious as her features would allow.
” My name’s Hibee. We’ve met twice already… the first time you scared me and the second time you’ve saved my life. Smelling sweet? That’s a first for me. But thanks Errr…”
She says while scratching her head absentmindedly.
“Jide. Jide Omoyemi”.
“Oh ok Jide Omoyemi. We’re in the town of Illien. The place that you supposedly wrecked before we met the second time. No no don’t worry, you’re not in any trouble their Elders said they just wanted to talk to you…”
She quickly spurts out as she noticed Jide’s alarmed expression.
“Don’t worry! I made sure they didn’t do any fishy stuff on you while you slept. Soooooo…What are you? you kinda look like an illienze but like wrong somehow.”
Stepping back onto the bed, Hibee begins poking Jide on the arm.
“Ooohhhh… your skin’s all soft and meaty…not crusty or stiff. You’re really not an illienze. That metal form you turned into though was amazing! Oofff!”
She grunted as Jide pushed her off him again. Staring at her in wonder Jide straightened himself on the bed.
“Sorry… I’m just not used to this whole situation. And the metal thing is new too.”
“It’s a really nice look for you.”
Hibee says as she gives Jide a large smile.
The sudden opening of the door puts a stop to their conversation as a familiar face warily peeked from the door-frame his unblinking eyes fixed on the pair seated on the bed.
“Oh you’ve woken up… The elders would like to speak to you as soon as you’re able to…”
The illienze paused biting his lips ashe considered his next words.
“Is there anything you want before meeting them?”
“FFFOoOOOooODDD!!! And water! Lots of it!”
Hibee blurted out as she leapt off the bed and picked up the empty plates from the table, dumping them into the illienze’s hands.
Turning back to look at Jide, she gives him a sheepish look.
“Anything else friend?”
Sunny sat on a tree branch overlooking the compound of the hut where the metal creature and the florin were being held. She had no idea what the elders where thinking, not just leaving him alive but bringing him back to Illien. Had they gone senile? Did they just want to test their power against it? No matter. Grasping the bow slung over her shoulder, Sunny hissed. The moment that monster made a wrong move she’ll put an arrow in him, no matter what the florin tries to do.
“Oi! That cannot be healthy.”
An apple struck Sunny’s head nearly causing her to fall off the branch she was on. Rubbing her head she looked down as she glared at the plump Illienze below her munching on an apple.
“Pettie, what was that for? You near made me fall mudbrain!”
Stifling a chuckle, Pettie threw another apple which Sunny caught. Taking a seat at the base of the tree, Pettie let’s out a low whistle as she weaves a small hole in the earth which she hurls the remains of her apple.
“Sooo are you obsessed or what?”
“If you’re here to get on my case Pettie you can just leave.”
“If only I could, except being your best friend I’m under mandate to talk some sense into you when you start acting crazy.”
“Me acting crazy? Its these old fossil elders who decided to bring him back to Illien, after what he did!”
“But you’re the one who went hunting for him when he escaped and even found him. Now you’re standing vigil over its dwelling like a guardbeast. If that’s not obsessed or at least a lil crazy, then what is?”
Pettie said as she glared up into the branches of the tree where Sunny was seated.
“Don’t you feel… responsible for it?”
“But it’s here because we brought it here. You saw what it did. If it does something like that again…”
“It’s not our concern anymore it’s the elders problem now.”
Pettie suddenly stands up hands akimbo, and stares directly at Sunny.
“Enough of this lone warrior stuff let’s go have fun at the river! You know your skin flakes when it gets too dry!”
“It doesn’t! How dare you say such baseless things!”
Sunny blushing jumps down from the tree and chases after a fleeing Pettie who’s laughter echoes down the street.
Unseen by either of them a small cat watched from the branches even further above, a small smirk appearing on its face.
“I’m sure it’ll be okay Jide… Illienze are a fairly peaceful people. So I’m certain there’s nothing for us to worry about..”
Said Hibee as she sat beside Jide in a large room separated into an upper level and a lower level, sorta like a panel or a court of some kind.
It was difficult not to get nervous about the situation on ground. After being escorted by at least a dozen armed illies..Illienze through town his nerves were quite frayed. It reminded him of the times when he got in trouble for fighting and he was called to the principal’s office.
Suddenly the sound of people coming in roused him from not his thoughts.
As the three aged illienze took their seats on the upper section the tallest of them wearing a stern expression on his face declared.
“Now that everyone’s present. I believe we can proceed with the questioning”