RESURRECTION – Season Three: Episode 6

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 Hungbo raised his hand, pointed it at Melinda and said, “Except you!” “What would happen to her? Tell me old man!” Austin asked. “She shall be forced into an unholy matrimony with the one who was dead and yet lives now. That is what I see.” “Who do you speak of sir? Who is the one who was dead and is alive now?” asked Osoba. “The one whose grave you dug up and destroyed with fire. He has returned in the body of another. He wants blood.” There was silence in the room. No one could speak a word. Seeing how despondent his guests were, Hungbo tried to offer them some hope, “The shadow scorpion which you have battled all day long is called Ayari. It never returns to its abode until it has taken the soul of the one to whom it was sent to kill. It is a stubborn spirit, but it can be trapped or even turned against those who unleashed it against you.”

“How can we do that?” asked Austin. “You must lure it to the grave of the one who seeks your death, to the grave you dug up, but that is if you all survive the next few hours.” “The grave is in Eku-Obhiosa, Edo state. It is too far,” Melinda pointed out. “Even if the grave was in Jamaica, you must go there to send the shadow scorpion back to the sender.” Hungbo pointed at Verah and said, “You have faith, but you often doubt yourself. If you would exercise your faith in the Most High, your faith would save your friends. When the shadow scorpion enters the grave, command it to return death to the sender in the name of God’s Holy Son. It will obey you! You have faith my child.”

“We need somewhere to sleep tonight,” Osoba said to his colleagues. “I can tell you were not listening to me, this place is the last place you want to be at this moment. Our land crawls with evil. The shadow your lady friend saw outside is gathering other shadows to take you all captive or worst still kill you all. You must leave tonight. The land you have come to is evil; it is home to far too many demonic powers, they will be glad to feast upon your flesh. I have left the evil ways I followed years ago; I do not want to start a battle with the Circle of Stars. They revel in blood shed, they feed upon blood like you and I breathe air. You must leave my house now!! I am done helping you!!!”

His voice startled all of them and they sprang to their feet and hurried outside. As soon as they all were outside, Hungbo locked his metal door securely, not bothering to so much as wave them goodbye. As if on cue they all ran outside the compound and headed straight for Osoba’s bus. Osoba started his bus and drove out of the small ancient kingdom, with no clear picture in his mind as to where he was driving to. After some twenty minutes of racing on the highway, Ochuma who had been silent all along told Austin that he was in much pains. The anesthetics given to him after the ceiling fan blade chopped of his arm must have worn out; he was in need of another shot. They all told him to hang on for them to get to the next town.

The next town happened to be Ijaniki, they had thought of stopping at Agbara, but it felt too eerie and overcrowded, so they chose to make their stop at Ijaniki.

Austin and Etim were asked to find a drug store or some local hospital where they could find anesthetics. The two of them braved up and dashed into the night. Melinda was scared for Austin; she had to call him back and asked him to be careful. She kissed Austin as though that was the last time they were going to see each other. Reluctantly she let Austin go; Austin had to hasten his pace so to catch up with Etim.  While Austin was with Melinda, Etim was already asking passers-by where he could find a hospital or drug store.

A woman pointed him in a direction; there was something odd about her, but Etim was in so much haste to have noticed it. When Austin caught up with him, he told Austin, that a woman had told him a hospital was somewhere around. The two of them headed in the direction the woman pointed them to. There was a building full of light and with a number of cars parked in front of it; they assumed it must be the hospital. They hastened down to it, chatting about their determination to live beyond the hours set for them by Circle of Stars.

At some point Austin felt something was wrong; the building was right in front of them and for some reason they were unable to reach it. It was as though the building was moving away as they drew closer to it. “Etim Stop! Something is wrong! How long have we been walking? Why can’t we reach the building right before us?” Austin turned back to see the distance they had covered, and behind him was a vast thick bush.

Matters came to a head when same Austin and Etim lost in some bush returned to Osoba and wanted to lead them to a hospital which they had supposedly found. When they returned no one suspected they were impersonations of Austin and Etim until Ochuma who was gritting in much pain asked to be prayed for. Melinda volunteered to say the prayer for Ochuma and asked the rest to lower the heads in reverence to God. The strange Austin who was with them took offence. “What Ochuma needs is painkillers not prayers! I think we should hurry to the hospital and not waste our time on helpless prayers!”  he yelled.

Melinda and the others were shocked by Austin’s words. Much more, Melinda picked something in Austin’s voice that made her suspect he was either on a spell or was entirely another person masquerading as Austin. Etim also lent his voice to support Austin’s view, “I think Austin is right; tell me how is prayer going to help a man in such pain? Don’t forget Ochuma’s arm was forcefully severed by a ceiling fan blade. I doubt any of you understand what he is going through. Let’s go to the hospital please!” “I don’t want to be taken to the hospital anymore. If it is suddenly wrong for me to be prayed for, then I don’t want any of your painkillers,” Ochuma said while clenching his teeth in pain.

Osoba was stunned and could not figure out why they were arguing over prayer. Prayer had always been their last resort whenever they were in a fix. He got angry and shouted, “Melinda pray joor! Who knows what happened to the two of you at the hospital you intend to take us to.” “You sure say nah Austin and Etim be these sef,” Verah said, sounding as much concerned as the others. The two guys impersonating Austin and Etim drew closer as Melinda bent her head to pray. Ochuma kept his eyes fixed on them, he didn’t trust them. He had done the job of undoing the works of the dead and evil spirits that inhabit them for years. He was sure something wasn’t right about the two guys who had returned from searching for a hospital or drug store to take him to. While Melinda prayed, Austin leaned forward and grabbed Melinda by the neck and yanked her off the bus. Etim grabbed Osoba and also pulled him off the bus, leaving only one-armed Ochuma and Verah to defend their friends.

Ochuma was expecting the two guys to do something like that, so as soon as Austin grabbed Melinda, he lunged forward with his right foot and caught Austin by his jaw. His vicious kick sent Austin to the ground; Ochuma jumped off the bus and landed on Austin’s face with his both feet and Austin exploded into a black cloud and enveloped him.

Verah had no time to think about it, as soon as she saw her friends being dragged off the bus; she attacked Etim with her fingernails; burying them into the both sides of Etim’s neck. When her finger nails sunk into Etim’s skin, she felt a cold sensation spreading through her fingers to her arms and then to her chest. She resisted the cold sensation and pulled Etim close to her face as if to kiss him, and then yelled in his face, “I bind you in the name of Jesus!!!” Etim exploded into a thick dark cluster of cloud and dispersed with the wind. Ochuma was still in the midst of the dark cloud, they could hear his voice praying from within the cloud. Verah thrust her right hand into the cloud and shouted, “Satan, the blood of Jesus is against you!” Her hand felt an object and she quickly pulled it out of the cloud; fortunately for them, the object was Ochuma. Right before their eyes the dark cloud smashed itself against their bus, shattering some glass and disappeared into the dark sky.


Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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