RESURRECTION – Season Three: Episode 8

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While Osoba spoke with Melinda, Verah found something on the ground and called Osoba to come and have a look. “Osoba, You have to see this!” “Melinda, Verah has seen something I have to see, I need to go now.” Osoba dropped the call and ran over to where Verah stood. Verah was pointing her torchlight on the ground; there was fresh blood trail on the ground and lots of footprints. “Austin and Etim must have given whoever crossed their path a lot of fight,” said Osoba thoughtfully. “We have to find them now!” said Verah with some measure of alarm in her voice.

A few yards away from where they saw the blood trail on the ground, they saw a crushed big black scorpion. Verah and Osoba studied it for a moment and then continued running to the house glowing a distance away from them. “Osoba I don’t understand, the scorpion usually comes in smoke, cloud or shadow forms, the one we saw wasn’t in any of those forms, why?” “I have no clue Verah, let’s pray that by the time we find Austin and Etim, they are still alive.” “Wait Osoba, why should we go to that house and make enquiries about our friends, what if they are the bad guys?”

The two of them stopped running and Osoba pondered what Verah had said. “What do you suggest we do?” asked Osoba.

Verah and Osoba had their torchlight turned off and were talking in hushed voices. Verah had no time to alert Osoba to it, she felt a human figure move very close behind her, she swung her right leg backward into the air, she could not tell how she was able to achieve that. It had been about two months since she went to a gym. When she swung her leg backward, the sharp end of her shoe heel caught the man by the neck and punctured his windpipe. Verah’s action shocked both her and Osoba, all they heard was a heavy thud on the ground. Osoba turned on his light and they saw a man with his windpipe ripped open and blood fountaining from it.

The man was gasping for air and was strangely naked from hair to toe. Verah was of the opinion she had killed a mad man wondering the street in the night, until Osoba who was on his knees examining the man leapt into the air and called Verah’s attention to what he had seen. Vera had to turn on her light; underneath the man’s skin were scorpion-like creatures, moving about as if in a hurry to flee the man’s body before death could to set in. While they watched in shock, some blue light began to glow amid a pile of clothes lying next to the man. Osoba kicked the pile of clothes and it revealed Etim’s phone vibrating to a call. Osoba picked up the phone, the call was from a friend of Etim’s, Osoba ignored it.

Verah and Oosba were forced to turn off their torchlight and hide when they heard voices coming out of the bush directly in front of them. While they held their breath in the bush and watched, they saw four men dragging Etim and Austin out of the bush. As soon as they got to the road side where their colleague lay dead on the ground, they stood still, watching his lifeless body speechlessly. One of them, he must be their leader, said in anger, “Behead the two men! After all what lord Michael want’s is their heads. Behead them!”

The two men who held Austin and Etim pushed them down to the ground and the fourth one amongst them who was carrying a sack lowered it and removed a machete from it which glittered in the night. He stood over Austin and quickly raised the machete, before he could lower it; a heavy stone crashed into his skull and sent him to the ground. The others turned to see where that came from; Osoba who was racing out of the bush savagely kicked his booth into their leader’s groin. The man shouted so loud that his shout confused the other two who were on their feet.

Verah who had raced out of the bush with Osoba went for the man who had the machete, when she reached him, she picked up the machete the man had dropped when the stone hit his head and swung it breathlessly close to the man’s shoulder. The man’s head flew into the air and his body which was trying to stand to its feet staggered around as blood spurted from the stump which served as the last vestige of the man’s head and neck.

The sight of the man’s headless body and squirting blood, shook her down to her marrow, she dropped the machete and began to cry like a little child. The machete fell close to Austin; he grabbed it and sprang to his feet. He only had to swipe it twice at the two men who were trying to hypnotize Osoba. In a flash the men’s heads were on the ground and their mouths gaping; even though Austin had killed them, he kept stabbing their bodies and shouting. Etim was on the ground and didn’t move while the brief fight took place. The hypnosis they performed on them in the bush was still heavy on him. Austin had beaten the hypnosis by praying under his breath while the men performed it. Perhaps the two men Austin beheaded had thought Osoba was their only problem; that could have been the reason they ignored the machete when Verah dropped it. They might not have known that Austin was not under their hypnosis.

Verah continued to shout as Austin and Osoba stared down at the three headless bodies on the ground. Osoba was not sure the man he kicked was dead or not, so he took the machete from Austin and stabbed it into the man’s thigh, the man cried out in excruciating pain. While Austin and Osoba paid attention to the leader of the pack they had just killed, Verah, who had turned on her phone torchlight again, saw the same sensation on the bodies of the three dead men. Shapes of giant scorpions were moving under their skin. Amid her cry she said, “Look at this!”

Osoba and Austin turned and saw shapes of scorpion moving under the skin of the dead men. “Austin we saw this same thing when Verah killed the one lying over there.” Osoba turned on his torchlight to point at the body and there was nothing there; the body had somehow vanished. “These things are not humans! I didn’t kill any human being! Burn their bodies! We need to burn their bodies!” Verah who was crying moments earlier, took courage by what she had seen and began to search the sack the men had left on the ground for anything they could use to burn the bodies.

Inside the sack, she found a one litre of gin and raised it to the others, “See what I found.” Austin ran around looking for stones to ignite fire. Osoba held the machete menacingly over the only living one amongst the men they had encountered. Austin returned with tow stones and packed the bodies of the men together. Verah took the pile of clothes found next to the body of the man whose dead body had disappeared and dropped them on the pile of bodies they intended to burn. Osoba asked for the bottle of gin and Verah handed it to him, he smelt it and knocked of the cork with the machete in his hand and offered it to Austin. Austin poured the gin on the bodies and tried to ignite fire with the stones. He couldn’t get the fire burning, Osoba asked him to keep the stones close to the bodies, Austin did and Osoba smacked the machete with force against the stones and the bodies caught fire. To help the fire burn well, Austin poured more of the gin into the fire.


Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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