RESURRECTION – Season Three: Episode 7

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Melinda and Osoba had to slowly pick themselves up from the ground. When Etim and Austin grabbed them, they felt that same cold sensation which Verah had experienced when she sunk her fingernails into Etim’s neck. The cold sensation had immobilized Osoba and Melinda and made it hard for them to fight. The two of them felt extremely cold, so much so that their teeth clattered like they had been in the cold for hours.

Verah had to put Ochuma down on the bus to help Melinda and Osoba into the bus. Their condition looked very grim; they felt so much cold that they thought they would freeze to death at any point. Verah was shaken by what she saw of her friends, ice drops were beginning to form on the faces of Osoba and Melinda. She began to cry; she ran to a Mallam selling Suya nearby, her thought was to scoop some coals into the bus to warm up her friends. The Mallam refused her saying, “Kei! Madam you wan burn the bus? I no give am for you, allah!” Verah was at her wits end; she ran back to the bus still crying.

Ochuma grabbed Verah with his one arm and shouted at her, “Verah pray for them! Use your faith!” “I have no faith now! I can’t feel my faith anymore! My faith is gone,” she replied looking helpless. “You are wrong Verah! I just saw you exercise your faith! By the way, faith doesn’t come and go; you don’t have to feel it! Just pray with the name of Jesus and you will get answers. Please pray for them they are dying!”

Already Melinda had stretched herself on the bus shaking like a weather-beaten bird. Verah squeezed her eyes shut and hollered, “You evil cold, I demand that you stop now!!” She felt she didn’t say that right so she rephrased her words, “You evil cold from hell, in the name of Jesus, I command you to break over these ones now!” She opened her eyes expecting to see immediate result, but there was none; hopelessly she sunk to the ground and began to wail. While she cried Melinda stirred herself and said, “Thank you Verah for the prayer, it saved me.” Verah sprang to her feet, hugged Melinda and wiped off her tears with the back of her hand. While she held Melinda, Osoba sat up on his seat with tears in his eyes and a huge smile on his face and said, “Thanks Verah, my neck was on a stone altar and about to be chopped off when you began to pray. I thought I was gone! Thank you Verah. But there was more, I saw Simon in a bottle. He was trying to say something to me…” Melinda cut in, “Yes I saw him too! He was in a bottle! He said something about helping him out of the bottle and leaving the fight to him.”

Osoba jumped off the bus and said, “We need to get back to Lagos now, we must find the God-forsaken temple of those Circle of demons (Stars), that must be where they are keeping Simon. If Simon wants the fight, let's help him get the fight!” As Osoba headed to go and start the bus, Ochuma and Melinda asked almost simultaneously, “How about Austin and Etim? They are not yet back.”

Emboldened by her faith, Verah told them, “They headed in that direction, let’s go find them.” She didn’t wait for the others to say a word and ran off in the direction she had seen Etim and Austin go.

Ochuma could not keep up with Melinda and Osoba as they ran to meet up with Verah. Melinda ran back to help Ochuma and told Osoba to go ahead with Verah. Melinda had hardly covered a few yards when she saw a drugstore, she couldn’t help but wonder why Austin and Etim couldn’t see it. She led Ochuma into the drugstore and explained to the storekeeper, an elderly woman, that Ochuma had an accident earlier in the day and had not had adequate treatment. When the elderly woman saw Ochuma’s injury, she shrank back and turned away her face. “This is not the sort of case you bring to a drugstore. This man is going to run mad with pain. Take him to a hospital please!” said the elderly woman.

“I don’t know where I can find a hospital around here, please help us Madam,” responded Melinda. “Are you new around here young lady? That building behind you is a hospital! In fact, come with me!” The elderly woman stepped out of her drugstore and led Melinda and Ochuma to the hospital she had pointed them to. When they entered the hospital, and nurses saw a man with a blood stained severed arm, they called for a stretcher. As soon as the stretcher arrived they asked Ochuma to get on it.

As they wheeled him into the hospital for treatment, Melinda heard some nurses asking the elderly woman, “Doc where is the severed part of his arm?” The elderly woman turned and asked Melinda, “Do you have the part of his arm which was cut off?” “I don’t have it Ma. Even if I did, it must have died by now. He had his accident in the morning”. “In the morning? Why then did you not get him to a hospital in the morning? Tell me the truth, what happened to this guy? Is he a thief?” asked a male voice from behind Melinda. “He is no thief. A blade cut off his hand,” Melinda replied. “I will need a police report before I can…” “No doctor Emeka, treat him and if he is a thief let the police deal with me,” interjected the elderly woman.

 “What did they give you in the morning when this happened?” Doctor Emeka asked Ochuma. “I don’t know, but it quickly killed the pain.” The doctor commenced treatment on Ochuma; while he administered treatment to him, he noticed that Melinda who was trying to reach someone on the phone had several cuts on her body. The doctor quietly went to the elderly woman and asked, “Don’t you think we should call in the police? Look at that lady, she has fresh cuts all over her body, maybe they are on their way back from robbery or might be cultists.” The elderly woman studied Melinda’s body while she desperately tried to reach Austin on the phone. She turned to Doctor Emeka and said, “Do it. But while you are at it, give the young man the required treatment. The doctor gave his phone to one of the nurses, whispered some words into her ears and sent her out of the theater.

While plans were being made to invite the police to quiz Melinda and Ochuma, Verah and Osoba were meandering through every corner of the streets in that eerie night, looking for Austin and Etim. Osoba and Verah turned on torch lights on their phones to help them see well in the night. They had tried several times to reach either Austin or Etim on their mobile phones without success. Eventually Verah and Osoba turned into the street where Austin and Etim noticed that the house they were going to was also moving away from them. As they walked energetically toward the house, they saw Austin’s phone on the floor ringing, the call was from Melinda. They wondered whether to pick the call and tell Melinda what they had found; after a bit hesitation, Osoba picked the call, Melinda’s voice came through, sounding very excited that she had finally got through to Austin, “Austin! Oh my God! Where are you?”

“Sorry Melinda, this is Osoba…” “Where is Austin?” Osoba hesitated wondering how to tell her that they found Austin’s phone on the ground. “Where is Austin? Tell me you have found him!” “Sorry Melinda, we haven’t found him. We saw his phone on the ground. At least we know he went through this way. Stay calm we will call you as soon as we find him and Etim.” “No Osoba, I am coming over!” “No Melinda, you can’t do that, it is too risky out here stay with Ochuma. By the way, how is he?” “I have put him in a good hospital and he has been attended to. I want to come over and find Austin, please!” “No stay with Ochuma, they could send the scorpion again!” “Ochuma is asleep!” “That is the much reason you should watch over him!”


Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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