End of the Past - Modern day - Year: 2007 Against her will, Iniye nursed her four child...
Against her will, Iniye nursed her four children to adulthood. The four children whose names were Martha, Joel, Ada and Obinna had no knowledge about killing their father or about their true evil potentials. All they could tell was that their mother hated them with a passion; but the reason for her hatred they could not fathom. And neither was it revealed to any one of them that they were in covenant with the serpent kingdom. Because of their mother’s incessant rage, they chose to put up with their friends and came home just once in a while. Iniye did not care if they lived or died; each morning she woke up from sleep, she would first rain curses on her four children and would pray that death would rid her of them. Very often she would include her mother, Ebinyo, in her rain of curses. From the day Ugonna died, she refused to go to Asarama to visit with her mother. Iniye blamed Ebinyo for the horror which overtook her family. Iniye was so difficult to live with that her children often confessed to their friends that they would be happy to hear of her death. Iniye’s sorrows were so much to bear that she loathed waking up each new day. Daily she longed for death, and to snap out of her misery, she decided to take her own life, but she was not going to die alone. She reasoned that having nursed the children of Satan to adulthood, (that was what she called her four children), that the serpent kingdom would not give a hoot if she lived or died; and so she journeyed down to Asarama to pay her mother a visit. As much as Iniye wanted her visit to be a surprise, it failed to be so.
As she stomped into her mother’s shrine with rage and her mouth loaded with curses; Ebinyo took a stand in one corner of her shrine and shouted, “Welcome back Oh daughter of serpent! Have you not come home to kill me? I have been waiting for this day for quite a long time now. I have been told that I shall die by your hands. We are the daughters of serpent who kill their parents and birth the children of serpent.” Iniye was befuddled by her mother’s words, and so angrily asked, “What are you talking about old witch?” “You and I have the same fate; we serve the beast in the sun. We are the daughters of darkness. We kill our parents and birth the children of serpent. You have heard that my parents’ house caught fire by night and they died in it. Well that was not the whole truth; the fire which killed them came from my eyes, just as the fire which killed your father came from your mouth. You are here to kill me aren’t you? Please be quick with it. However you must know that when you are done with me, you must kill yourself to end this evil circle or else one of your daughters shall kill you. Already have they not killed your husband? I know it was Martha’s strike which broke Ugonna’s neck. Iniye, this is our destiny! This is how we exit this life! We are the children of serpent!” Iniye was shocked; her mother’s words hit her like arrows and made her go berserk. It had been years since she changed into a serpent, but in that moment she was happy to take on that form again. Amid her transformation, she shouted at her mother, “So you knew the truth all along and you kept it from me?” “Be quick with it daughter! End our lives here now! Your children will do things far worse than the things we have done. Bring my life to an end and take yours, so that we may not see the days of your children!”
Iniye would have loved to spare her mother, but she was fed up with life, and since the moment Ugonna died, darkness had taken over her soul. Having morphed into a dreadful serpent, Iniye slithered as fast as lightning and struck her mother by the neck and willingly she yielded her life. Crushing her mother’s bones with her fat serpent body, she raised her serpent head high above and with great force pulled her mother’s head off from her body. Still not satisfied with severing her mother’s head, Iniye turned to devouring her flesh. When she was done, she coiled herself around her mother’s remains and lay still. By night, she woke up fully back to her human form. With haste she began to prepare a poisonous concoction with which to end her life. By early morning, when the concoction was ready, Iniye took it and lay on the bare ground. Hours later, serpents began to slide out of her body and rushed into the trees in the shrine. Slowly Iniye’s body deflated like a balloon and shrunk up like a decade old corpse. She had succeeded in saving her children from killing both their parents, but had left them a great curse.
The Children of Serpent - Modern day - Year: 2008
They got their wish, not only was Iniye dead, Ebinyo their grandmother was dead too. Over the years they had understood that they were not welcome in their father’s house. Kelechi and Ngbechi, while she was still alive, had made it clear in no uncertain terms that the four of them, Martha, Joel, Ada and Obinna, were no more part of Chibueze’s family than strangers. The four of them did not care more about their paternal branch of the family than Kelechi and Ngbechi cared about them. They were happy to live without the hostility which came from their father’s family. The Inheritance their father, Ugonna, left for them was enough to see them through life if managed very well; so what more could they need their father’s family for.
The pieces of puzzle around their lives began to come to the fore just a year after their mother died. Slowly it began; loud shrieks and nightmares, trails of blood and snake skin all over the floor by night left the children wondering if their house had suddenly become haunted by infernal forces. They would often congregate in their living room in the morning or late in the night to narrate one after another the nightmares they had. The nightmares at the beginning were about serpents, but with time they began to come in other variants. Ada was the first to experience a near true-life nightmare. In her dream she saw Ebinyo dressing her with snake-skin fashion accessories and afterwards sent her to go kill a man in his hotel room. Though she had no carnal taste of a man in real life, but in the dream, she was shocked to see how she drove the man nuts in bed with her lustful behavior until he bled to death from the mouth. While the man chocked in the bloody liquid in his mouth, Ada tried to pull herself away from him, only to see that a giant serpent had fastened itself to the man’s body from in-between her legs. She Fled from the bed in utter shock and then observed that the serpent had burrowed its way into the man’s body. While she shouted hysterically and sought a way to escape from the room, the serpent pulled itself out from the man’s body with the man’s heart in its mouth. At the sight of that she slumped in anguish and watched helplessly as the snake made its way back into her body. When she woke up from the nightmare, her bed was drenched in fresh blood. The tests Ada underwent at the hospital gave her a clean bill of mental health; and mysteriously she wasn’t in her menstruation period, even if she was, there was no way she could have leaked out the stream of blood which was found on her bed.
By evening some interesting pieces of news was broadcast on the local NTA channel in their city. A man was found dead in his hotel room with a hole in the place his genital was supposed to be and a lake of blood in his bed. Ada and her siblings were shocked to their marrows because the hotel where the man died was the very one where she killed a man in her dream. They four of them rushed to the city morgue and bribed the morgue attendants to allow them see the man’s corpse. When they did, Ada slumped to the floor. He was the very man whom she had sex with in her dream.
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