*THE DEADLY MARK*
THE ROAD TO THE CEMETERY-8:00pm
Nothing could be seen at every corner of the road leading to the cemetery. The trees struggled bending at every angle and living creatures giving glory to God by their sounds. Only the light from the vehicle was seen on the road making Lawson and Cassandra see what was ahead of them as they remained silent in the car staring at each other.
“Try starting the car again” Cassandra suggested.
“Is not working! How many times will i do that?” Lawson tried again and again but it refused to start.
“We are moving forwards. Get down from the car” Cassandra stepped down and Lawson stared at her from the driver seat. He quickly stepped out. “I think we should go back and come back tomorrow” he said.
“If we go back, more people will die especially Kelly will die by then, even me! Though i should have been dead by now but i don’t know why I’m still alive. So we have to break the curse tonight before something else happens”
Lawson became speechless and gradually took his bag and a torch from the car. He looked at Cassandra in a way that explains: lets keep going. Then they began to go leaving the car headlights on. Their shadow could be seen as they walked into the darkness. Few minutes of walking, the headlights from the car went off which made them turned sharply to see the cause of it.
“Lets go” Cassandra insisted and put on her torchlight. Even Lawson put on his torchlight. Then they began to move further into the dark bush. As they walked, they couldn’t hear anything but the sound of their footsteps. After few minutes of walking deep into the bush, they saw an open area where few trees were seen.
“What is this place?” Lawson asked pointing his torch at every angle.
“I guess a burial ground” she replied.
“Sshh, listen” Cassandra signed making everywhere quiet. They could hear whispering voices from a distance. “Can you hear that?”
“Yes” Lawson replied moving forward. “Ruth!” he exclaimed and began to run towards the whispering voice followed by Cassandra. They stopped at a distance when the voice suddenly stopped….
MRS VICKERS RESIDENT
The television was still on just like Grace left it when Mrs Vicker returned. First, she got surprised when she saw her car wasn’t at the exact place she parked it. “Grace!” he called walking briskly into the house. She saw the television broadcasting and the remote on the floor. “Grace!” she called again moving inside her room but there was no sign of Grace. She stopped in the sittingroom with her hands on her waist. “Where is this girl?” she asked rhetorically….
MRS JONAS RESIDENTS
The was an electricity in the sittingroom but the television wasn’t on. Kelly sat closely with Mrs Jonas on a long cushion placing his hands on his two cheeks in silence.
“Take heart my child. I know is very painful to lose the one you love but you shouldn’t kill yourself in the process”
“When I’m already dying” Kelly looked at her.
“You will not die. I believe Cassandra and her friend will break the curse before coming back”
“Who knows if they are still alive? Their lines are not going through!”
Mrs Jonas exhaled in thought without saying anything. Suddenly, they heard the sound of police vehicles stopping in front of the compound. Kelly stood up sharply looking at them through the window. “What are policemen doing here?” he asked.
“I don’t know?” Mrs Jonas also stood up to open the door when they activated the alarm.
“Good evening ma’am” a policeman greeted.
“Good evening, i hope they is no problem, sir?”
“Are you Mrs Jonas?”
Mrs Jonas glanced at Kelly who stood behind watching them silently.
“Yes, i am” she replied.
“We are here to check on your daughter, Cassandra. Is she back?”
“No, she’s not”
“Okay, we shall come back anytime she does” the policeman glanced at Kelly and went out. Then Mrs Jonas stared at Kelly.
“Why are police looking for my daughter?”
“I don’t know, i even heard Grace saying that she saw her on national television. I don’t just know what’s going on”
Mrs Jonas exhaled again in surprise…
AT THE CEMETERY
Everywhere was quiet without the hearing of any voice. Suddenly, the light from the torch of Lawson and Cassandra went off.
“What is happening?” Lawson asked.
“I don’t know” she hit the torch continuously.
“Listen” Lawson said which brought another silence. They could hear the same voice from the phone asking them how much they love their friends.
“Lawson” a voice whispered from behind. Then they turned sharply and saw Ruth and Daniel hanging on a tree with sand on it’s root. Immediately, a strong wind began to blow which carried Lawson away into the darkness but Cassandra grabbed his hand allowin d book to fall from her hands. She supported her other hand on a tree. “Hold on, Lawson!” she exclaimed holdin tightly. Her hand was about to slip off but Grace grabbed!
“Grace?” she she called.
“Yes, is me” she replied.
Meanwhile, the book started flying away.
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