THE DEADLY MARK
Lawson reserved the discussion for another moment as they approached the police vehicle which shone
red, yellow and blue light above it. Grace pulled over and put on the inner light of the car. The
policeman shone a torchlight into the car and saw Ruth and Daniel lying unconscious on the back seat
before he pointed the torchlight at Grace. “Who are you?” he asked then pointed it on Lawson’s face.
“Hey, i think you look familiar”
“Yes, the one who was with the governor earlier today” Lawson replied.
“Really? the governor has been expecting your arrival”
The policeman stared at him in surprise. “Don’t you know the deadly mark has gone?! And all thanks go
to you and your friend. The governor wants to see you” he added.
“I don’t want to see any governor! I want to go to the hospital and you are wasting our time”
“We will take you there” he brought out a phone and called the head of office. Grace glanced at Lawson
and drove off with the Policemen. Then Lawson laid his head back on the seat wishing that Cassandra
will just appear from nowhere.
The news had reached the DPO and other citizens of Kali that the people they had been waiting for were
back which made him sent more men to them.
“This is 601, we are heading to the federal hospital” a policeman said from the vehicle in motion.
“Copied” another voice sounded from the other side of the phone.
They made a reverse into another road with a speed with Grace and Lawson’s car inbetween the police
AT THE FEDERAL HOSPITAL
Cameramen and journalists stood at the entrance of the hospital when Grace drove in with several
police vehicles. They came out from their cars, carrying heavy guns as they round Lawson and Grace
who carried Daniel and Ruth into the hospital preventing journalists from getting close to them. One
could see them holding a microphone and standing in front of a camera. The microphone had a square
like paper written KTV.
“This is KTV live at federal hospital where actually a man and a woman who are believed to be the ones
dat broke the curse of the love hunters..”
Camera light shone at every angle trying to capture Lawson and Grace as they entered into the hospital.
Daniel and Ruth were taken care of by doctors immediately. While Lawson and Grace sat down quietly
on a chair waiting for the doctors’ report. Behind them was a window with a protector to enable people
see through it. Suddenly, Lawson turned sharply to the sound of a vehicle that drove into the hospital.
He stared at the female driver. “Cassandra?” he called and Grace also turned sharply. “Is Cassandra!”
both ran outside. They watched her struggle to come in through the crowd of people. Lawson climbed
down moving towards her in the midst of the crowd. They finally met and hugged each other tightly
while Grace stood above the corridor watching them. Meanwhile, the policemen prevented people 4rm
coming close to them. Cassandra climbed the corridor then stared at Grace. She hugged her tightly.
“What happened?” Lawson asked from behind.
“Yes, how did you escape?” Grace supported.
“Is a long story” Cassandra began to move inside the hospital followed by Grace and Lawson at the same
time. “How are Ruth and Daniel?” she asked.
“They are being taken care of” Grace replied. Then they stopped at the room where Ruth and Daniel
were receiving treating. They could see them through a demarcated glass.
“Tell us the long story” Lawson was still curious and Cassandra stared at him..
FLASH BACK AT THE CEMETERY
Cassandra sank into the breaking ground and partially covered up. She was totally losing her breath until
she felt herself dying silently with closed eyes. She saw a woman in a white apparel who stretched her
hand and said, “Up my child and save the book” suddenly, she felt the ground opening physically which
made her struggled out. A voice came out from the bush, “I knew you will come which is why i captured
your friends to get to you. So you must die!”
Cassandra ran and grabbed the book. “Show your face!” she shouted before a dead looking human
being came out from the bush. His cloths were torn and he had a skull like head.
“You are as stubborn as your witch mother. You must surrender the book or you die!”
As Cassandra wanted to open the book, the wind started again. She could see other dead people coming
out from the ground. Then she began to read a particular page in Kalish, standing boldly in one position
as they come closer to her. Suddenly, a light from the book explode in the sky which made them
disappear. Then she began to run to the broken down vehicle. Before she could get there, the headlights
of the car was already on for only God knew why and how. Then she started it and drove home..
CONTINUITY FROM FEDERAL HOSPITAL
“Where is the book now?” Lawson asked.
“In the car”
“So happy to have you back” he hugged her..