The 12th Disciple Episode 13
(His Royal Majesty)
By: Faith Lucky
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I sat on my my bed as I racked my head over the work in front of me, my books opened carelessly.
Damn! Why was this being so difficult huh?
I tore out a lot of pages after wrong trials. But one fact about me – I never give up.
Suddenly, the door opened and I lifted my eyes to see it was mum.
“Bitna darling, you’re still in bed? Don’t you have classes today?” She asked as she held the door.
She was looking natty and dressed to kill – as always.
Well, mum was one pretty woman.
“I do, mum. Still need to finish up my assignment” I replied tiredly, rolling my eyes back to the book.
“Oh, dear. Didn’t you finish it up last night?” She asked and I shook my head sideways.
“Hm. I wish I could be of help. Anyway,, I’m off to work already. So, take care of yourself, okay? Your dad will be home soon”.
She walked up to me and planted a sweet peck.
“Okay mum. Bye.
“Um….mum, will you be going for the Royal banquet tomorrow?” I called back her attention.
“Oh..that!” She sighed.
“Well, I’d love to, Bitna. But tomorrow might be a really busy day for me. Anyway, let’s see how it goes” .she smiled and stroke my hair.
Her phone started ringing immediately and she pulled it out from her bag.
“Oops! Need to go already. Bye honey. Love you” she said as she ran out of the room.
“Love you too, mum” I mumbled with a light smile as the door finally went close.
I took in a deep breath and took my eyes back to the books, resuming work.
I needed to find the answer to this. I was the best student in school.
I’m not exaggerating but…yes. I was the best student and had won an award last session. I guess that’s one of the reasons my parents are so proud of me.
I continued solving and after a long while, I let out a cry of as I finally fixed the puzzle.
I’d gotten the answer.
I giggled happily as I cross checked the answer. Ahh!! Thank goodness. At last.
I let out a deep sigh of relief and started arranging my books into my bag. I was still in the process when my eyes suddenly caught with something interesting on the tele.
I arched my brows and took up the TV remote – quickly, increasing the volume which I had decreased when I was studying.
Nathan was on tele and that was what gripped my attention.
A huge smile came up on my face.
But what’s he doing? It doesn’t seem like one of his commercial ads.
“I know you’re out there” he said from the tele.
“And I hope you can see me”.
It was more like a video and he sat , facing the television screen.
“You saved me yesterday, but ran away just before I could see your face.
“Please, I really want to see you, I want to know you. I….I promise not to hurt you. I just…want us to talk and you’ll be rewarded for your time”.
He paused and brought out a bracelet from his pocket, holding it out to the screen.
“I know this belongs to you. And to the rest of the viewers out there, please, if you know anyone who owns this, let me know and you’ll be rewarded.
And the screen went off.
My face crumpled up immediately.
Who the hell is Nathan looking for that much?
I parked my car in the deserted area and looked through the mirror before stepping out.
I looked around to be sure no one was watching. Well, of course. Who could be here in this jungle?
After making doubly sure, I proceeded to my location, walking through the bushes. And after a long walk, I got to the snug looking house.
There was no need knocking on the door. So, I just brought out the spare key from my pocket, inserted it into the keyhole, and the door was opened.
I walked in – slowly – and met the sitting room quiet and empty.
“I’m here” I announced my entrance, hoping she’d come out.
But there was nothing.
I dropped my car keys on the center table and sighed.
“Where are you?” I called out again and this time around, heard her footsteps.
I turned swifty and saw her coming in from the bedroom, her face crinkled up in smiles.
“Son?” She hushed and my eyes beamed.
“Mum” I muttered and rushed to hug her.
As Nana and I walked to her house, she tried all she could to make me cheerful by bringing up interesting stories and jokes.
As we walked through the woods, I stared at the spot where I had seen the prince and my heart suddenly gave a leap, making me forget a bit about the pains I’d been feeling a while ago.
Nana had almost noticed the way I stared so keenly at the place. And I quickly took my eyes away.
Finally, we got to her house and met her mum about leaving.
Ahh! Thank goodness we arrived in time. She was already outside the house.
“Mum? Are you going out?” Nana asked as we stood in front of her.
“Ah; yes. Did you deliver my message?” She asked, riffling through her bag for something.
“Yes. Um…mum. Danica is here for the banquet stuff. She’s agreed to be among the cooks” she said and her mother paused to look at me.
“Oh! Is that so?” She asked and I nodded.
“Well…as you can see,I’m on my way out already. So, don’t worry, I’ll talk to Hannah about it. And by tomorrow morning, you’ll come here, and I’ll take you to her. You know, the cooking starts long before the banquet. So, you’ll need to be there by morning….”
As she explained, Nana left us and went into the house.
“Do you understand?” She concluded. .
“Yes, ma’am. Thanks a lot” I smiled warmly, rubbing my palms together.
“Um…ma’am, please…I’d want this to be a secret…between us. I wouldn’t want my grandma getting to know about it, please” I said.
“Of course, of course. I understand, dear. You don’t have to worry about it.
“I’ll be on my way now. Bye”.
And I watched her leave.
Phew! Thank goodness..
“Danica!!!” I suddenly heard my name from the room – Nana screamed my name.
What the heck??
I flinched and ran into the house and found her facing the tele.
“What is it, Nana?” I asked, perturbed at the way she had screamed my name.
But her eyes were glued to the tele and I also looked at it.
Nathan?? On a live video?
“Danica…..isn’t that your bracelet??” Nana asked and my heart nearly left my chest.