*THE DEADLY MARK*
The closed rang where Ruth saw Cassandra and Lawson got her worried which made her fixed her eyes on them steadily as the doctor examined her. Even Kelly and Daniel watched them from a distance wondering what they were discussing. Only grace seemed absent minded about their impeachable togetherness.
Lawson was still trying to figure out why Cassandra would reject such huge amount of money from the governor. Then he stared at her in a way that explains: Convince me the more.
Cassandra understand, “Listen, she said moving to a closer rang than before. Ruth stared from the bed.
“I don’t know what the governor or the government at large is up to. They are already suspecting and pointing fingers on me to be the cause of the deadly mark. So i mustn’t start what i can’t finish”
“I think you have a point there” Lawson said touching his jaw. Their attention went to the doctor who was talking to Grace and Kelly. Then they walked heroically together to them monitored by Ruth.
“…there were only terrified and tortured by the condition of the place they found themselves” the doctor was telling Grace.
“Does that mean there are okay, now?” Lawson asked with his hands in his pockets.
“They are perfectly okay. You can take them home”
“Alright” Cassandra replied.
Few minutes later, Ruth and Daniel were discharged from the hospital. Daniel placed his hand across Grace’s shoulder for a support likewise Ruth to Lawson walking outside the hospital. While Cassandra and Kelly followed them from behind. They quickly rushed and opened the car door for them. Before Daniel entered, he stopped and looked at Cassandra who smiled at him.
“We shall meet you at your apartment tonight” Grace told Cassandra.
“Okay, i will be waiting” she replied smiling continuously.
Grace drove Daniel to his apartment in her mum’s car while Lawson drove Ruth to his apartment too in a rented car followed by Kelly and Cassandra.
Grace helped Daniel into the apartment and began to dress and dust it while Daniel laid on the bed. Few minutes later, she served a food on the table inviting Daniel to the table. He shruggled but slowly sat up. Then he began to eat as Grace watched him.
“Can you tell me what happened?” Daniel requested.
“You were captured by the love hunters..” she paused. Then Daniel tried to recall his past actions.
“Yes, i can remember being tortured by unseen spirit”
Grace exhaled and told him how the deadly mark killed many people in the city and how Cassandra became the only solution and saved the him and the city.
“All these happened within 48hours?” Daniel asked.
“But others died, why were Ruth and i captured?”
“I think Cassandra is in the best position to answer that”
They kept quiet and staring at each other occasionally.
“Can i ask you something?” Grace broke the silence.
“Do you love Cassandra?”
Daniel stared at her for the surprised and unexpected question. “No, why do you ask?” he continued eating.
“Because i saw the way both of you look at each other”
“Is nothing..” he paused and looked at her. “You are the one i love” he added.
“Yes, but…” he looked at her again.
“But what?” Grace was curious.
“But i don’t know if you also love me as i do” Daniel replied which rendered her speechless as she stared into his eyes…
Ruth stared at Lawson as he tried to make her feel comfortable. He dressed the bed and opened windows for ventilation. “I have to get you something to eat” he said and walked towards the door.
“No!” Ruth interrupted. “Just come and be with me and tell me what happened because i thought i was dead already but suddenly woke up in the hospital”
Lawson smiled and sat beside her on the bed looking at her. He told her how she was saved by Cassandra, Grace and himself. Also how Cassandra got a book and power. Even how people and Thessy died because of the mark.
“Then why was i and Daniel captured instead dying?” Ruth also asked.
“To get to Cassandra and the book” Lawson replied.
“Why? What has Cassandra got to do with dead people?” she opened her eyes in surprise.
“I don’t know, that’s the next thing we are trying to find out”
“What do you mean?” Lawson was confused. Then Ruth looked straight into his eyes.
“Should i worry about you and Cassandra?” she asked. And Lawson stared at her…
Daniel was still waiting patiently for Grace to answer his question looking straight into her eyes. “You aren’t saying anything” he continued eating.
Grace exhaled and said, “Yes, i love you too”
From her voice Daniel deduced that she forcefully said it. Then he looked at her again and said, “I will always love you”
“By the way where did you say Thessy is. I didn’t see her at the hospital” Daniel asked without looking at her.
“Thessy is dead”
“What?! Oh shit!” he kept his spoon. “What killed her?”
“She got the mark”
Daniel became sad looking at Grace…
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