RESURRECTION – Season Three: Episode 11

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“Why didn’t you get the pastor whom you mentioned involved all these while?” he asked. “He has been out of Lagos for long. We gathered he is in The Gambia on a missionary work,” replied Melinda. “I do not believe you need to get down to the temple of this occult group or to the grave you mentioned to destroy the evil force there. I can make a decree from here and your friend would be sent free from the bottle you mentioned. Oh my God! Young woman, did you see what God did to the scorpions? I can unleash the mighty name of Jesus from here and the scorpion spirit you call Ayari will turn against the occult men who invoked it against you! Do you believe this can happen?” Melinda and her friends, including Jeff echoed, “Yes, we believe!”

“Then let us begin… Mark my words, you will get to their temple in the morning and see it in devastation. A battle is coming! A bigger battle is shaping up even as I speak, but before it begins, it shall end swiftly. Relax. God has raised a man to do your battle! I see him dressed in blood, I see him mocking at the lifeless bodies of his enemies. Who is Simon amongst you?” Usman asked. “He is the one locked in a bottle,” replied Ochuma. “He is the man of war! We need to pray for God to break his spirit out of that bottle!”

They all began to pray as Usman led them. Even Doctor Briggs joined them. A passer-by would have mistaken the hospital for a church. Everyone prayed, including nurses and patients who dragged themselves out of their sick beds.

While they prayed, the bottle in which, Simon’s spirit had been locked cracked. At the time the bottle cracked, Michael and the elders of Circle of Stars were in a meeting in one of their secret chambers in the temple. After laboring much in prayers, Usman told Melinda and the others to go to sleep. He assured them that the battle was over.

Usman left the hospital and returned home late that night. Austin and the others were a bit skeptical about sleeping. However, before long they all dozed off out of weariness. About 4:00 am in the morning, a large cloud of darkness swept into the hospital while they all slept. Michael, in Simon’s body, emerged from the cloud, followed by two elders, one of the elders was Okunowo. The three of them had razor sharp machetes. Michael walked over to where Melinda and the other lay and told Okunowo to lift Melinda into the cloud of darkness. Okunowo lifted Melinda while she slept and carried her into the swirling cloud of darkness.

“These are the heads I asked for and none of you could give them to me. Now I have to take them myself. Without hesitation, Michael swung his machete upon Austin’s neck and Austin’s body fell off the bench upon which he slept. Michael stepped over to Osoba’s body and asked the elder by his side to pick up Austin’s head.

When the elder stooped to look under the bench for Austin’s head, he suddenly screamed and grabbed his neck. Between his fingers which held his neck, blood surged. Michael was shocked; he couldn’t figure out what happened. One of his elders was dying, someone had slit his throat. Michael was scared, as he retreated from Osoba, he saw Austin sleeping like a baby under the bench with his head in place. He was certain that just some seconds earlier he had beheaded Austin. As Michael stood watching in utter shock, he felt being choked inside Simon’s body. He called out to elder Okunowo who was inside the swirling cloud of darkness keeping an eye on Melinda.

Okunowo raced out of the cloud to help, when he drew closer, Michael raised the machete in his hand and lumped off his head. He didn’t want to do that, but he could not understand why he did it. Michael jumped into the cloud, kicked Melinda out of it and vanished. Melinda landed on the floor and woke up with a fit of anxiety. Her eyes darted about as she breathed heavily. She didn’t even know when she slept off or how she ended up at the spot she woke from. She sprang to her feet and then saw two dead bodies on the floor; she noticed they were dressed like Persian priests.

“Austin! Verah!” Melinda shouted. The alarm in her voice startled all of them. They woke up thinking they were under attack.  “Look at these! They must be from Circle of Stars,” announced Melinda. “If I am right, these are some of the elders of Circle of Stars,” said Osoba. “Christ! They came here to kill us; but what could have killed them?” Austin asked. “This much we know, they are dying; someone certainly is killing them. I think we should head down to their temple and finish this off,” Etim suggested with much enthusiasm.

Without much delay they gathered their stuffs and went into Osoba’s bus.

Early that morning when Michael returned from the hospital to the temple of the Circle of Stars, he met a commotion. A swarm of shadow scorpions had invaded the temple and were devouring the elders. The prayer said at the hospital had turned Ayari against the elders of Circle of Stars. The elders were happy to see Michael back at the temple. They were hopeful he would use his enormous power to banish the scorpions; but much to their shock, Michael needed help as well. He seemed uncomfortable in Simon’s body and moved nervously. With unsteady steps he moved into the inner chambers of the temple, and when he returned, he had in his hand one of the Persian blades which adorned the temple.

He gave the elders no chance at all to escape. He moved like a ghost. One after another he took their heads. The elders were confused they didn’t know who to run from; whether the shadow scorpions which devoured them or their lord who had gone mad. What the elders could not figure out was that Simon had retaken his body; he was having a fight inside his body with Michael and was winning.

He made Michael do things he would ordinarily not want to do. When he was done with the elders, he staggered back into the chamber where Michael’s body was kept in a cone-like coffin and pushed out the coffin into the temple. He dragged out Michael’s body from the coffin. At this point, Michael’s voice could be heard in the temple but not from Simon’s body.
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Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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