*THE DEADLY MARK*
(currently in PH)
Everybody’s attention was drawn to the door that cracked opened waiting silently to know the cause. Daniel sluggishly entered bleeding from the nose. Grace and Lawson rushed him immediately. Cassandra’s heart began to beat faster seeing him in such mood. She wanted to rush him too but the presence of Grace prevented her. Then she stood behind watching others interrogat Daniel.
“Where have you been, Daniel?” Lawson asked but didn’t get a response. “We have been trying to reach you through a phone call but wasn’t going through”
“Baby please talk to us” Grace added holding him tightly.
“I have been at home” Daniel replied in a low voice.
“But i activated your alarm door severally without getting a response”
“I don’t just know what happened, i lost conscious. But I’m fine” He managed to disengage himself from Grace and stepped forward.
The room was only visible to the area where they were and every other corner was covered with darkness. Daniel brought out a paper given to him by the post-man which contain the mark and Cassandra opened her eyes widely.
“What’s that? I mean where did you get that?” she asked.
“A post-man delivered it to me this morning and disappeared. Since then i have not been myself..” Lawson and Kelly drew closer. He slowly collecting the paper trying to read the mark in silence.
“..and this mark is the same mark i have on my neck without me knowing how it came about”
“Are you saying you don’t know how you got this?” Thessy asked touching his neck.
“Yes, and i have been in pains”
“What could this mark represent?” Lawson asked rhetorically still looking at the mark.
“It is a deadly mark!” Cassandra shouted from a distance where she stood alone which made everybody fixed their eyes on her in silence. “It is a deadly mark from Love hunters” she added.
“And who are these love hunters?” Lawson asked and stepped forward.
“Yes, and how did you know about it?” Grace supported.
Everywhere became quiet waiting for Cassandra to explain herself. Meanwhile, Thessy’s legs were beginning to shake hearing the word ‘deadly’. Then she slowly walked to Kelly who noticed her fear and held her hand tightly.
Cassandra walked slowly to Denial as everybody stared at her in silence. Even the sound of her shoes echoed the whole room. She stood in front of Daniel looking at his lovely eyes. “May i?” she asked raising her hand up. Grace, seeing that she wanted to touch Daniel’s neck shouted, “Get your hands off him, bitch!” she angrily moved forward to attack her but Ruth rebuked her and Thessy grabbing her hand which slowed her down. Cassandra touched the mark on Daniel’s neck and felt her eyes closed. She could see dead people laying on the ground and she could hear cry of people lamenting and suffering in a lonely dark bush. Suddenly, she saw Daniel laying helplessly on the ground with blood all over his body. “No!!” she exclaimed and opened her eyes stepping backward.
“We are waiting, Cassandra. How did you know about this mark?” Lawson asked in the silence. Cassandra began to shed tears. She brought out the drawing of the mark she made and everybody stared at it in surprise.
“I saw this same mark in my dream and mum said is a deadly mark from the people she called love hunters”
Lawson flung the paper from her forcefully looking confused.
“Does it mean that I’m gonna die?!” Daniel asked looking at everybody who remained quiet.
“I think Cassandra’s mother has some explanation to do now!” Kelly said angrily and grabbed Cassandra’s hand forcefully.
“Get your hands off me!”
“Yes, don’t touch her gain!” Ruth supported.
“What do you mean? Don’t you think her mother has to do some explanation?!” Kelly faced her.
“No, but you must not force or drag her again!”
“Shut up both of you!” Lawson shouted at them which calmed everywhere down and silence took over again. He was known to be the greatest of them all and they must abide by his rules. He looked at Cassandra.
“Why did you shout ‘no’ after touching Daniel’s neck?” he asked.
“I don’t know, i have never experience such thing before” tears ran down her eyes again.
“Experience what?” Thessy asked.
Everybody waited in silence to hear from her again.
“I saw dead people” Cassandra started. “Dead people filled the ground and cries and lamentation of people were heard from all part of a bush. Then suddenly, i saw.. I saw..” she paused and looked straight into Daniel’s eyes. The tears flowed the more.
“What did you see?!” Kelly grew impatient.
“Allow her to speak!” Ruth attacked him which made them looked at each other angrily.
“What did you see?” Lawson repeated the question
.i saw Daniel dead on the floor in the lonely dark bush”
“You lie!” Grace shouted moving close to Daniel. “I think you and your mother are possessed!” she added.
“You are the one possessed!” Cassandra stepped forward. “Mind the way you speak of my mother, okay?!”
“And if i don’t?” she also stepped forward.
“Stop!” Lawson exclaimed..
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