*THE DEADLY MARK*
“The book, Grace!” Cassandra shouted. “Grab the book!”
Grace stared at her silently on the strong wind.
“Don’t worry, just save the book” Cassandra said calmly before Grace quickly grab the book. Since Kelly had briefed her on what the book is used for, she opened it and began to read in Kalish language.
“No, Grace! Use the sand!”
“What do you mean!”
“Take a sand under the tree and place on it!”
Grace looked at the place she was talking about and moved forward to collect the sand but her legs sank inside the ground making her to fall. Just a few centimeter away, the book fell from her hand. At that point Cassandra’s hand weakened thereby slipping off from the tree. “Grace!” she shouted. It was as if she was being dragged backward by unseen force into the darker part of the cemetery.
Meanwhile, Grace had managed to grab the book back and took the sand placing it on the book. She began to read again in Kalish as she laid on the floor. As she read, the strong wind began to slow down and Ruth and Daniel forcefully landed on the floor unconsciously. Grace could see a bright light from the book into the atmosphere and finally landed on the soil under the tree…
MRS JONAS APARTMENT
Kelly quietly went back to his seat while Mrs Jonas sat beside him staring at the deadly mark on his neck. Suddenly, she saw the mark disappearing gradually which made her open her eyes widely in surprise. “My child, the mark is gone!”
Kelly looked at her. “You are joking, right?” he said.
“No, truly, it has gone!” she began to touch his neck.
Kelly sharply stood up looking for a mirror. She walked into Cassandra’s room without even a permission when he could see any mirror in the Palour. He came out within a twinkle of an eyes. “Truly is gone!” he exclaimed. “Turn on the television” he added grabbing the remote…
The governor sat alone in his private office when his telephone rang. Then he picked it immediately.
“Good news your excellency” a voice said from the other side of the phone. “The deadly mark has disappeared from the victims.
“Are you serious?!”
“Why don’t you turn on your television?”
The governor quickly grabbed the remote of his television. He could see people testifying on how the mark suddenly disappeared thereby setting them free from any deadly and prematured death. He forcefully walked out into a narrow passage with his personally assistance. “Put me through with the DPO” he told his P.A walking briskly and opening severally doors.
“He’s online your excellency” the P.A said handing the phone to him.
“Hello, your excellency”
“DPO Cain, is what I’m hearing true?”
“Yes, very true your excellency”
“What about the two guys?”
“My men are just coming back from their resident saying they are not yet back from wherever they went to”
“But you should have ordered your men to follow them for security reasons. Anyways, let me know when they are back”
“Okay, sir” the line went dead….
The citizens of Kali city were over happy seeing that the deadly mark had left them without knowing the cause- only few people knew what happened. One could see young people hugging each other on the street.
AT THE CEMETERY
The wind totally ended making everywhere to be calm. Grace managed to disengage her legs from the broken ground and rushed Daniel. She shouted his name severally but there was no sign of life in him. Likewise Ruth. Then she stood up in search of Cassandra and Lawson.
“Cassandra!” she shouted moving into the darkness. “Lawson!” she added.
On the other hand, Lawson was all alone in a lonely part of the bush. He could feel his body on the grass and his head broken. He heard Grace’s voice and began to follow it.
“Cassandra!” Grace called.
“Grace!” Lawson shouted back but his voice wasn’t loud enough. Few seconds later, they met.
“Where is Cassandra?!” Grace asked.
“I don’t know” he replied sighting forward. He saw Ruth and Daniel lying helplessly on the ground. Then he rushed them.
“My love please, wake up” he said rubbing her hair. Few minutes later, Graces returned staring at Lawson on the floor.
“We have to get out of here, now!” she said.
“What about Cassandra?”
“She’s nowhere to be found”
“What do you mean by that?!”
“I can’t find her!”
Lawson stood up looking at the direction where they fell into. Then he glanced at Grace suspiciously. Before he would Say anything, they saw Cassandra walking sluggishly out of the darkness. Then Lawson rushed her. “Thank God you are alive” he said.
Suddenly, the ground began to vibrate. They could see the old graves opening.
“Lets get out of here!” Grace shouted from a distance and tried to carry Daniel but she couldn’t. Lawson and Cassandra ran to her and help her. Lawson put Daniel on his shoulder watching Grace and Cassandra carry Ruth.
“Coming on, you can do it!”
They managed to carry her, then ran out.
“The book!” Cassandra shouted running back to take it..
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