*THE DEADLY MARK*
The day was getting dack but the beauty of Kali city was glowing like a fresh morning flower due to the uninterrupted power supply. It seemed to Lawson as if his world has ended when he heard the news about Ruth’s accident. He began to run halter and skelter trying to get the point where the accident occurred. He finally found it. He could see two policemen walking around the damaged vehicle beside the road.
“Ruth!” he shouted and began to run. “Where she?!”
“Calm down young man. Who are you?” a policeman asked.
“Are you Lawson?” another asked.
“Yes, i am”
“Who’s Ruth to you?”
“She’s my girlfriend”
The officer exhaled deeply shaking his head piteously.
“Officer where is she?”
“We didn’t see her living or dead body, but we shall investigate to know what happened to her”
“Thank you, sir” Lawson replied. He gave them all necessary details they needed and walked out insearch of her in all the hospitals in Kali city. “She can’t just die like that” he thought as he ran helter and skelter.
It was totally dack when Lawson sluggishly returned home looking exhausted. He clutched his door knob and opened it. The room was very dark that even white cloth wasn’t visible. Lawson turned on the light. He sat on the floor with a hand on her head. It was very difficult for him to admit the death of Ruth. Suddenly, his phone rang, he glanced at it and saw a strange number…
On the other hand, Cassandra laid on the bed thinking and falling inlove with Daniel the more without the fear of the deadly mark. She stood up wearing a fairy transparent gown which exposed her underwears. She stared at her biological mother’s picture which hung on the wall. Suddenly, she felt her eyes closed. She began to see dead people again in a dark and scary bush. She could hear whispering noises and cries. Sooner did she know that she was moving deeper into the bush without her legs performing the locomotion. At a place, she saw a vibrating tree which she moved closer to examine. As she stood under the tree, a drop of blood landed on her head which made her to look up. She saw Daniel and Ruth hanging on the tree lamenting and crying. “Daniel?” she called in tears. Immediately, the tree began to move into the darkness.
“No! Please, come back!” she shouted in a loud voice which startled her step-mother physically….
Lawson slowly picked the phone and placed it on his ear. Then waited for someone to say something because the number was stranged to him. He began to hear scary whispering from the phone which made him listen carefully. Sooner did he hear the cry of a girl that he recognised.
“Ruth?” he called and stood up sharply. “Ruth? Where are you?”
Lawson didn’t hear anything anymore. The line became quiet but wast still connected. Few seconds later, a loud scary male voice laughed on the phone.
“Jeez!” he exclaimed throwing the phone on the bed. He only knew one place to go and lay his observation-Cassandra’s resident. Then he fearfully grabbed the phone and rushed out.
Cassandra opened her eyes and found herself shedding tears. She looked at the wall but didn’t see the picture anymore. She saw it when her eyes went to the floor. Then she gradually picked it up wondering what caused the falling of the it.
Mrs Jonas entered.
“I heard you shouting, what is it?”
“Mother, i saw Daniel!”
“I don’t know, is like a bush. I don’t know where it is”
The mother exhaled deeply realising that she must have had the vision once more.
“And i also saw Ruth?” Cassandra added.
“You won’t know her, the one i told you that traveled today”
At that point, they heard a knock on the door. Mrs Jonas rushed to open. While Cassandra slowly hung the picture back and followed her step-mother.
“Cassandra!” Lawson bagged in for the second time breathing heavily.
“Lawson, are you okay?”
“I’m not okay, a stranged number called me and i heard Ruth’s voice after which a scary voice began to laugh over the phone”
“I saw Daniel and Ruth” Cassandra said calmly which slowed Lawson’s heartbeat. He remained silent staring at her.
“What did you just say?” he asked moving forward.
“Has something happened to Ruth?”
“When? you mean she hasn’t traveled?”
“She had an accident on her way and her body was nowhere to be found” he looked at her steady. “Where did you say you saw her and Daniel?” he asked again with all seriousness.
“I don’t know the place but it is in a dack lonely and scary bush”
“We have to locate the bush right now!”
“How can we do that when we don’t even know where to locate it?”
Mrs Jonas stared at them quietly trying to figure out a bush which could be that deadly in Kali city.
“Can you explain what you saw inside the bush” she asked Cassandra.
“I saw dead people and a vibrating tree where Daniel and Ruth were hanging and bleeding”
Mrs Jonas exhaled again in thought. Suddenly, Cassandra phone rang-the strange number was calling..
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