THE DEADLY MARK
Taking a brave step for the safety of other people is a heroic move. The ground was vibrating and
breaking down when Cassandra made a heroic move to get hold of the book of curses. While Grace gathered all her strength to put unconscious Ruth on her shoulder. Then she began to run, leaving
Lawson who was looking at Cassandra behind. She suddenly stopped to see what was going on.
“Don’t go back, Cassandra!” Lawson shouted with Daniel on his shoulder.
“Cassandra, leave the book!” Grace added from a distance. Yet she was still running to get the book.
It was really dark but they could see themselves in the lonely and scary bush. No other thing was seen
except the breaking ground. Cassandra, in her brave appearance got stocked and fell inside an opened
ground without the eyes of Lawson and Grace seeing her anymore.
“No!” Lawson shouted and dropped Daniel to help her but the force which the ground broke before him
like an earthquake prevented him to go further.
“Lawson lets go!” Grace shouted again from a distance.
Seeing the force of the breaking ground, Lawson ran back and carried Daniel. Then they began to run
towards the main road. They sighted the broken down car from afar which gave Grace hope of getting
closer to the main road because the weight of Ruth exerted on her body became unbearable. When
they got to the car, Lawson wanted to put Daniel inside but Grace interrupted him saying, “Lets use my
“Yes, my mum’s” she replied before they headed to the main road where Grace’s car was parked alone
the roadside. Lawson looked back, hopping to see Cassandra coming but everywhere was dark and
“Lets go!” Grace started the car.
Lawson put Daniel in the back seat and entered before Grace drove out with a high speed. Even the
sound of the rotating back tyres were heard and smoked as she drove off. She adjusted the headlights
to be able to see distant potholes. She could hear Lawson breathing heavily in the quiet vehicle then
glanced at him.
“No, no, no! Pull over!!” Lawson shouted in a loud voice.
“I said stop the car!”
Grace matched the brake forcefully which magneted them forward and finally backward when she
released the brake. Lawson began to cry covering his face. “I still can’t believe Cassandra is dead” he said
with a broken voice letting out the tears of a man. “I don’t feel like going home without her” he added.
Grace stared at him pitifully. She was also touched by the death of Cassandra as they believed then
placed her hand around his shoulder in consolidation. “It’s just so hard to admit it, but we couldn’t do anything at that moment to save her life. So don’t blame yourself for her death. We need to make sure
that Ruth and Daniel are safe for now. Please, lets take them to the hospital” she gradually started the
car and drove off. While Lawson was still in tears. He thought of what message he will give to Mrs Jonas
when they get home. Few minutes later, he dried his tears and glanced at Grace in the silence. She
looked at him too and averted her face. She could sense that Lawson was about to be inquisitive. Just
then, Lawson asked, “How did you find your way to the cemetery?”
“I said it!” Grace exclaimed within her mind…
9:15pm-AT MRS JONAS RESIDENCE
Kelly and Mrs Jonas were still watching the news on how the city of Kali was relieved of the greatest
burden of their lives when they saw the governor about to make a speech: “Great citizens of Kali, it is a
good thing to know that the deadly mark has gone without questioning why. I can assure you that your
freedom from the deadly mark is caused by just two citizens who are yet to be received back from.. from
the love hunters, believed to be the ones who laid the curse on this great city according to the history of
Mrs Jonas and Kelly looked at themselves.
“He’s talking about Lawson and Cassandra” said Kelly.
“Please, nothing should happen to my child” Mrs Jonas grabbed her chest…
ON THE ROAD
Lawson was still waiting for Grace to give a reasonable answer to his question in the silence. There was a
green light from the car CD-drive where music is played which made the inner car a bit visible. Then
Graced looked at him and said. “I followed you guys from the government house to the police station
after meeting Kelly”
“Then why didn’t you just stop us to join us instead of following us”
“I knew Cassandra wouldn’t have agreed”
“Do you think I’m lying?! You know how Cassandra and i have been like cat and rat” Lawson stared at
her to continue. “I know you guys take me as a bad person. I know i have hurt Cassandra for no reason,
and i wish she was around for me to apologise to her. It was actually because i thought she was
snatching Daniel away from me until i realised that i wasn’t even inlove with him” she paused and
sniffed in when she saw police vehicle. Then Lawson remained speechless….
to be continue…