RESURRECTION – Season Two: Episode 8

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“I would be most glad if you stop digging up this grave and leave here immediately,” Simon said authoritatively. “May I ask, what is your business with the grave?” quizzed Osoba. “The inhabitant doesn’t want to be disturbed and has hired me to stop you,” answered Simon defiantly. Melinda and Austin could not believe their eyes; Melinda asked Austin from the midst of plants where she was hiding “Is that not Simon, what is he doing here?” Austin didn’t answer her; rather he stepped out of the bush and called out, “Simon! Simon! Lower your gun! What in God’s world are you doing?”

“Protecting the grave and its inhabitant,” replied Simon impudently. “Christ, what has come over you? This is Michael’s grave we are talking about here, the guy who has made your life miserable. We need to dig it up and destroy the evil down there,” explained Austin. “Austin stay away from him; Michael has taken over his mind!” shouted Melinda from the bush. “No, he is in his right mind,” countered Osoba. “Is that you Melinda?” asked Simon. “Yes, it is me Simon. I don’t know what has come over you, but you should know I saw Angelique, Obiorah and Lanre, they want Michael’s grave dug up, they asked me to help them. We have found out the truth, it wasn’t The Riches of the Dead that killed them, it was Michael…”

“Michael killed them? What do you mean Melinda?” Simon lowered the pump action rifle in his hand and motioned to his two guys to lower their guard. Melinda stepped out of the bush and explained things a bit more to Simon, “Simon, you are misled in whatever you think you are doing. Michael fooled us all, the The Riches of the Dead didn’t kill him; rather he killed our friends to rise as a lord in an occult organization called the Circle of Stars…” “Where did you hear that name from Melinda? I saw a crest on Michael this morning bearing that name on it.”  Melinda pointed at Osoba and said, “That guy, he has solved the Michael riddle. So why are you here?” “Verah had a nasty attack yesterday morning; I couldn’t reach any of you and she was going to die, so I rushed her to a church nearby and drove off to see Strong Pastor. I still can’t explain what happened, but I was not able to get to see Strong Pastor. Instead of going to see the pastor, I ended up at Cream Royal. I drove up there, went in and sat down as if I was invited to that place by someone for a meeting. While I waited, Michael came in and sat at my table. He made me an offer guys…” Simon paused.

“What offer?” Austin, Melinda and Osoba asked simultaneously. “He said he would let Verah and I live if I stopped you guys.” “Simon you are being conned, Michael is going to kill you as soon as he knows you have stopped us. You took part in the rituals for The Riches of the Dead right?” asked Osoba. “Yes I did.” “That means that Michael will never let you live, he has become by that ritual the lord of your star. Have you bothered to ask how he came back to life?” “Who is this guy Melinda?” Simon asked, pointing at Osoba. “He is a specialist in dealing with the stubborn dead. Step aside Simon and let him finish this now,” Melinda said.

“What if he fails?” “If I was going to fail, Michael wouldn’t have sent you down here. The first time I came here to dig up this grave, he sent no one to do his job. He took care of things his way and I failed and lost two colleagues of mine. Now things are different, he knows I will succeed, so he sent you. He is only using you Simon.” “He is right Simon. Remember Michael told us months ago that he had three hours to return to his grave, that was all a lie. How come he is still out there going about his business instead of rotting in his grave?” Austin explained further. “This guy had better succeed, because if he fails, I will put a bullet in his head before Michael gets to me”, said Simon as he stepped away from the grave. 

Etim and Ochuma went back to digging the grave. After about fifteen minutes of laboring over the grave, Etim and Ochuma stumbled on something in the grave. They had to stop digging and called Osoba to come have a look at it. All of them gathered around the grave and flashed their torchlights into it; to clear the sand on it a bit so to allow them a better look at the object; Etim jumped back into the grave and tried to move the pile of sand around it. While he did that, Osoba shouted, “Get out of there Etim!” Etim reacted quickly and tried to jump out of the grave, but the object moved up and grabbed Etim by one of his ankles and pulled him back into the grave. Etim fought hard to keep off the ghostly creature.

Osoba knew exactly what it was; his two friends whom he killed the last time he tried digging up the grave must have buried themselves in the grave after he left. Michael surely roused them to stop Osoba and his men from digging up the grave. Simon knew it would only be a matter of seconds before the risen dead in that grave would plunge its teeth into Etim’s body, so he opened fire on it. His two other guys joined him in shooting at the risen dead. There bullets could only slow it, buying Etim a fraction of time to leap out of the grave.

When Etim came out, he was breathing heavily and it wasn’t because of fear. The risen dead had lacerated much of his skin with its nails. The wounds were doing something inhuman to him. He was beginning to snarl like a beast. For a moment Simon was going to shoot him on the head, thinking he was going to attack them. Osoba had to plead with him to wait and removed a powder from a pouch around his waist and threw some of it on Etim. Etim hit the floor screaming as if Osoba had thrown a bucket of hot water over him. While they all paid attention to Etim, Osoba’s other dead colleague woke up in the grave.


Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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