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Deadly Mark 2 — Episode 8

The Deadly Mark
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(Book Hunters)

#2 in The Deadly Mark Series

Episode 8

The sound of the carrot and the knife which Ruth used to send them into the boiling pot echoed the
whole kitchen. She was still waiting for Cassandra to harangue after she dropped the phone call with
Lawson. Cassandra could sense jealousy and pains on her face as she angrily added ingredients into the
boiling pot. So she adjusted forward, looking at her without knowing what else to say.
“I can assure you that you aren’t gonna lose Lawson to me. That will never happen” she urged her but
Ruth never said a word. “I’ll probably tell him to stay away from me. I don’t need his help anymore. I
think that will be better” she waited for her to say something yet, Ruth didn’t say a word. Then
Cassandra gently walked out angrily before Ruth stood still in the kitchen with a look at the direction of
the door.
There was a supermarket which filled up with different types of items. It had several routes and modern
facilities. Grace stumbled on Hector inside there where they were picking items. She could see a
handsome boy with an attractive body stature.
“Please, I’m sorry” Hector began to park her fallen items.
“No, no, no, is okay” Grace insisted and picked them up.
“I’m really sorry”
“I’m sorry too”
“I’m Hector” he stretched his hand smiling broadly.
“I’m Grace, Grace Vicker” she shook his soft and gentle hand also smiling.
“Nice to meet you”
There was no obsolete item in the supermarket or in Grace and Hector’s bags. They kept smiling at each
other without knowing why.

“Can we grab a cup of coffee sometime somewhere?” Hector requested still smiling.
“Are you asking me out for a date?” Grace threw back the question. Then Hector shruggled his shoulder
and hands behaving as if he lacked words.
“You can call it a date, if you want” he replied.
“Okay then”
They exchanged numbers and smiled out to the cashier. Grace never cease to admire his handsomeness
as they paid and walked out of the supermarket together.
Kelly, Lawson and Daniel were all together in Kelly’s apartment having fun as said earlier by Lawson to
Cassandra on the phone. But Lawson suddenly kept quiet gazing at the wall.
“What’s the problem, bro?” Daniel asked him.
“Can you imaging?” he leaned forward. “Ruth thinks i have something doing with Cassandra”
Kelly and Daniel looked at each other in surprise.
“Is normal” Daniel began. “Any other woman will act the same way. Even almighty God is a jealous God
talk less of human beings, a girl for that matter”
“But why?”
“Check yourself, guy” Daniel concluded. Immediately, Kelly’s phone rang-Nelikita was calling.
“Hello, Kelly”
“Hi, Nelly”
Hearing the name ‘Nelly’ Lawson glanced at Daniel apprehensivly.
“Can i visit you?” Nelly asked.
“Why not?”
“Well, open your door”
“My door?”
Lawson and Daniel watched him as he walked towards the door and behold Nelikita standing at the door.
He opened it silently and she walked in looking at Lawson and Daniel.

“Hi” she greeted with a smiling innocent face, but her beauty glows.
“Are you not, Neliki..”
“Nelikita” She interrupted Daniel.
“You are welcome”
Lawson was still silent observing her character and beauty. Also remembering the tremendous power
she exhibited in the party. Even, Nelikita didn’t care of what he thought of her. Then she quietly sat
down on the bed.
“You paid me a surprise visit” Kelly stretched his hand.
“I thought you love surprises”
“Ok, that’s why”
Silence took over the room. Then Lawson stood up to the door. “We shall talk later, bro” he told Kelly.
“I hope my presence isn’t irritating you?” Nelikita asked him from the bed. But he glared at her silently
without saying a word and went out…
Cassandra sluggishly opened their parlour door and closed it. She sat on the cushion alone feeling
rejected by her friend, Ruth. Thessy, who was the second person closed to her was no more, and she
had never been in good terms with Grace. Even Daniel whom she deeply fell inlove couldn’t notice her
feelings, and the book was another headache to her. Then she brought out her phone and dialed Kelly’s
“Hello, Kelly”
“Hi, Cassandra, are you okay?”
“I’m fine, just…” she paused.
Kelly felt unspoken words from her which got him worried.
“Where are you?” he asked.
“I’m at home”
“You are worried, what is it?” Suddenly, Cassandra heard a noise from the roof of the house.

“Hold on” she told Kelly and sharply walked inside her room. She found a dead looking human being
sniffing around her room and also turned sharply to look at her. He wore a torn black cloth with his
teeth visibly scattered.
“You!” he exclaimed with a deep scary voice as he walked close to her. Then Cassandra gently brought
down the phone from her ear, leaving it connected to Kelly.
“Where is that book?!” the hunter asked angrily, he forcefully grabbed Cassandra on the neck which
caused the phone to fall on the floor. His fingernails were dirty and long, even his skin was peeled off.
The hair on his head, hands and legs were as gray as a white wood ash. But Cassandra struggled to
disengage his hands from her neck.
“Cassandra?” Kelly’s voice sounded from the phone on the floor. “Cassandra! Cassandra…!!”
Daniel and Nelikita stared at Kelly in anticipation because his voice sounded scary.
“What is it, man?” Daniel questioned.
“I think Cassandra is in trouble” Kelly responded. “We need to go to their house now!”
“Can i join you?” Nelikita asked.
“Come on, let’s go” Kelly permitted her and they ran out..
To be continue…

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