He had returned to the palace to rescue her, informing her that Enwayo troops were in full retreat. King Ofori and his army would reach the capital soon. He wanted the two of them to lead what remained of their armed forces to seek sanctuary in their cousin Bonsu’s kingdom of Yeboasi.
She had refused to go with him, reminding Tuma King Ofori had proven to be a merciless killer in other kingdoms that he had defeated. If she stayed, she could use whatever influence that she had with King Ofori to protect the people of Enwayo.
He questioned her, “How do you think you alone can stop him? You will be completely at his mercy.”
Akinyi smiled. “You forget, Brother, that fool of a man wants me to be his wife. I would rather slit my own throat, but as Princess of Enwayo, I am willing to make the sacrifice if it will save our people.”
He tried again to convince her to leave. When, yet again, she refused, he told her that as they spoke, their troops were gathering as many of Enwayo’s citizens as they could for the journey to Yeboasi.
With that said, Akinyi hugged her brother, feeling him flinch in pain.
When he got to the door, he turned and looked at his sister for a moment. He raised his right fist in the air as he shouted, “The enemy may be strong!”
In response, the princess raised her right fist in the air while shouting in reply, “We are stronger!”
Then in unison, they said, “Enwayo will prevail!”
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