RESURRECTION – Season Three: Episode 5

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Nigeria's leading fictional story blog - doctors and nurses, Circle, Stars, body, altar, elders, The Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Assyrians and Arabs used honey and wax, embalming their prominent dead.

They all ran to Osoba’s bus, where Ochuma was being attended to by a doctor and some nurses. The medical staff in the hospital had fled outside when the woman went berserk with a surgical blade. From the manner Melinda and Verah were shouting the doctors and nurses outside knew the woman was back. Everyone took the easiest means and escaped from the hospital. Austin, Osoba and the others went away in Osoba’s bus. When the demon possessed woman came outside she was disappointed to see people fleeing. With her targets gone, the scorpion came out of her and dispersed into the air like smoke. The woman whom it had possessed slumped to the ground bleeding; she must have died there with no medical staff around to attend to her.

At the temple of Circle of Stars, Simon was lying on a stone altar, next to him, on another altar, was the burnt body of Michael. The elders of Circle of Stars conjured powers from Michael’s dead body into Simon’s body. At a certain stage during the ritual, Michael’s dead body parted its mouth and an orange bubble-like material came out and rose into the air. One of the elders performing the ritual, forced Simon’s mouth open and the orange bubble-like material entered Simon’s body through his mouth. As soon as it entered Simon’s body, Simon began to vibrate like a man sitting on an electric chair.

His eyes opened wide and light rays began to shoot out of them like the rays of the sun. While Simon was thrashing about on the altar and his eyes shooting light rays, all the elders of Circle of Stars bowed down on their knees and chorused, “You are welcome back, O lord Michael!” Simon sat up from the altar and asked with Michael’s voice, “Why did you do this? My time is gone, Simon should take my place!” The most senior of the elders of Circle of Stars, elder Okunowo, replied him, “Simon refused to take your place, not even at the point of death. He left us with no choice than to transfer your spirit into his body my lord.”

“Stand to your feet all of you! We have work to do. Simon is a strong man; he comes from a lineage of men who serve the Holy One. I know Simon, he will fight to retake his body; he has a strong, stubborn, violent spirit. His spirit will seek to undo my will,” explained Michael. “No my lord, he will do no such thing, we have bottled his spirit. There it is,” responded Okunowo.

Above the temple was a corked bottle of aromatic hot drink hanging by a thread. In it was a glowing cloud, its glow was brighter than daylight.

Michael, in Simon’s body, smiled, shook his head and said, “This body is not mine, I know the owner better than any of you; he will come for his body.” “Not while he is imprisoned in that bottle,” Okunowo said defiantly. Michael cast a demeaning look at him and asked, “Have you encountered the Holy One before? Simon believes in him.” Michael in Simon’s body jumped off the altar and demanded, “I want to be updated on all that has been happening since my absence.”

When Michael got to the steps of the temple on his way out, he paused and remarked, “Most importantly I want the heads of all the people who dug up my grave on that altar within the space of thirty-six hours. Oh! There is an exception, bring me Melinda alive!”

Michael descended the staircase, got into a car and a young man drove him off. The elders of Circle of Stars went back into the temple and poured honey on Michael’s body and massaged the honey into the body. They applied more honey on the body and after that they poured wax over it. They used layers of white cloth to wrap up the body. Then they put the body into a cone-like coffin and carried it into a dark room which they locked afterwards. The embalmment was in line with the practice of ancient Persians from where their occult group, Circle of Stars, originated.

The Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Assyrians and Arabs used honey and wax for embalming their prominent dead. The ancient Persians and other ancient cultures kept the belief that the souls of the dead continue to live, and required food for their future maintenance after death, thinking otherwise the dead would starve. According to this ancient concept, the body may be destroyed and denatured over time after death, but the soul would live on, and if sustained properly would have the ability to return to earth. Death was considered not so much the departure of the body, but the soul being freed from its earthly fetters. The soul after death was thought to be able to take flight to a future destination. Honey, symbolized death among many ancients cultures, an allusion perhaps to the sweetness that death would provide to the soul. Once Michael’s mission was completed, his spirit would return to his body and the elders would give him a proper burial.

Austin and his company were still on the road wondering where to spend the night. They knew it would only be a matter of time before the scorpion would return, looking for another host to attach itself to so it can attack them. Osoba who was driving, pulled up the vehicle by the road side and asked Austin to take over. He needed to make a call, there was someone he believed could unravel the mystery of the scorpion to them and how to stop it once and for all. After his call Osoba announced to them all, “We are going to Badagry, we have to see a man at the ancient Wawu kingdom. He can help us with the answers we seek.”

With no better idea or option about what to do, all of them acquiesced to Osoba’s ideas and they headed off to Badagry that night. Austin drove like a crazy man; it took him only one hour thirty minutes to get to Badagry. When they arrived at Wawu kingdom, the man they had come to see, Hungbo Sewedo was already waiting for them. Osoba stooped and greeted the man in Egun tongue, “Ogboni mi karo ro o!” The others stooped in respect and Hungbo Sewedo led them into his living room. The man’s face was taut, something in his eyes gave the impression he didn’t like their visit. Melinda leaned on Austin’s shoulder and whispered, “I don’t like this man. I hope he won’t sell us out”. “You are right, something is wrong, the look of his face says it all. Be on your guard, stay close to me and be ready to fight,” responded Austin.

Melinda and Austin were the last to step into Hungbo’s living room, before she entered the house, she cast her eyes about Hungbo’s compound for anything unusual; for a moment she thought she saw a shadow moving through the wall of Hungbo’s compound and heading toward the backyard.

When they sat down in Hungbo’s living room, Melinda pinched Austin and whispered, “I think I saw something outside; it looked like the shadow that dragged me into the valley of the dead some weeks ago. I think we should tell the others and get out of here.” Hungbo fixed his eyes on Austin and Melinda and said, “No one is going to hurt you while you are here, but you must do your business here quickly and leave. This is one place you shouldn’t have brought them Osoba. There are more enemies here than friends. What you saw outside followed you to this place, as I speak; it rallies its likes to capture you all. In a matter of hours all of you will die…”


Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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