THE INVINCIBLE HUNTERS
Written by Nathaniel Anuma
There was an expression of surprise on the faces of Jennifer’s parents after the unexpected question. Lana approached closer to her mother when she saw the seriousness. Though she was only eight but could comprehend emotions, danger and happiness. Jennifer stood before her parents waiting for an answer to her question. One could detect anger from her face.
“Jane, what has come over u?” the mother asked.
“Mother, that’s not the answer to my question” Jennifer retorted. “What happened the day i was born? And do i have supernatural powers?” she repeated.
Mr. Fenado, the father, provoked. “Who is feeding you with all this factitious informations?! If you must know, you are a normal girl. You don’t have any power”
“Yes, darling, you don’t have any supernatural powers” the mother added sincerely. She stood up and held Jennifer on the shoulder. “The truth is that something remarkable happened on the day you were born which your father and i have not figured out the meaning”
Jennifer slowly looked at her mother, “What happened?” she asked.
“The sky darkened with lightening and a thunder struck right inside the labor room. The nurses and doctors even your father ran away. But after you came out from my womb without the doctor or anybody’s help, the sky brightened” the mother replied.
“What does that signify?” Jennifer was still inquisitive.
“We don’t know, Jane” the father began. “We met several witches and wizards, even men of God for an interpretation of what happened, all told us the same thing; That you are a special child. But definitely, you don’t have any super powers”
Silence took over as Mrs. Fenado returned to her seat. Jennifer was more confuse. She glanced at the door, her parents and Lana who broke the silence saying, “Jane, you are scaring me”
“Don’t be scared, baby” the mother carried her instantly.
“So, how did you come about with these questions?” Mr. Fenado asked Jennifer.
“Vena, Hannah’s grandmother, told me. She said I’m a product of a prophecy” she replied.
“What prophecy?” the father became enthusiastic.
“A prophecy of protecting this” Jennifer brought out the seed.
“My God!” the father stood up. “Where did you get this?” he tried to take it.
“Don’t touch it, father!” Jane exclaimed but Mr. Fenado went ahead to take it. The seed produced an unusual fire then he fell back on his seat. Just then, the door opened and they began to see wet footsteps coming closer. Seeing that, the parents, with Lana in Mrs. Fenado’s arms ran behind Jennifer who dropped her bag and held the seed tightly. She quickly reached her cell phone in her pocket and typed a message to Jack.
“Who are you?! Show your face!” she shouted quivering in fear. Without hearing anything, she felt the seed leaving her palm and her body being dragged by unseen force, so she held the seed with her two hands pulling herself backward. “Leave me alone?!” she shouted.
Mr. Fenado wanted to retaliate but he found himself gum on the wall forcefully. The wife screamed and ran inside the room with Lana.
However, Jennifer had been battling with an unseen force. A strange wind began to blow thereby banging doors and windows. Suddenly, the invincible and invisible hunters attacking them became visible because they cannot kill Jane or take the seed without being visible first. Jennifer could see the person attacking her. He was totally a skeleton!
Inside Jack’s room, Karina was still lamenting on how he doesn’t love her while Jack undressed. But his cell phone bling, he opened the message sent to him by Jennifer and read thus: PLEASE, SAVE ME..
“Oh, shit!” he exclaimed.
“What’s it?” Karina asked.
“Jane is in trouble, she needs my help!” he dressed up again quickly, opened a chest of drawer and took a small gun. “Stay right here!” he commanded Karina.
“No, I’m following you!” Karina insisted.
One could see Jack and Karina inside a car heading to Jennifer’s house. Jack had always wanted to become a corp and he was working towards it.
On the other hand, the hunters had beaten Jennifer mercilessly but hadn’t laid their hands on the seed. Jennifer was seen beside her father on the wall with the hunters’ hands on their necks strangling them to death.
“You gonna die, the chosen one, if u don’t hand over the seed to us” the hunter said. Since he was just a skeleton, only his mandible moved as he spoke. He had no tongue but teeth. Jennifer wondered how they see coz they had no eyes too.
“Jane, give them the seed” Mr Fenado said under his breathe.
“No, father” Jane insisted then the hunters laughed.
Jack bagged in with Karina instantly. He pointed the gun at the hunters especially the one holding Jennifer. “Get your hands off her, dick!” he shouted.
The hunters turned. They left Jane and her father who fell on the floor to catch their breathe. Seeing that, Jack began to shoot at them but the bullets bounced on their bones. They took the gun from him and jacked him up. Suddenly, the hunters fell on the floor and broke into pieces-that was Hannah with her powers.
The invincible hunters who also appears to be invisible and sometimes visible suddenly crashed on the floor when Hannah arrived. She stood at the door in her black attire and with her hands stretched forward. Everybody in the building stared at her. Jennifer and her father stood up from the ground instantly. As they looked at each other speechlessly, Mrs. Fenado came out from the room with Lana. When she saw the broken bones of the dead hunters on the floor, she screamed and quickly embraced her husband feeling scared.
Meanwhile, Hannah had stepped inside without smiling after using her power as a witch to kill the hunters which Mr. Fenado hated a lot. He doesn’t like to see witches and wizards use their powers especially in his house. Therefore he said vividly, “No using of powers in my house!”
“But i just save all your asses!” Hannah replied.
“I don’t care, i dislike it!”
“Okay, fine! I’m leaving!” Hannah wanted to step out but Jennifer called her back. She ran and embraced her warmly which got everybody surprised. Karina stood close to Jack looking at the drama.
“Ann, please, don’t go” Jennifer disengaged herself. “I’m very happy you came. Even you Jack and Karina” she looked at Jack which Karina monitored her eyes suspiciously.
“Jane, what have you brought upon yourself?” Mr Fenado asked stepping forward. “Where did you get that seed that nearly got us killed by.. by.. by..”
“They are called invincible hunters according to Vena” Jennifer interrupted.
“That explains why my bullets couldn’t kill them” Jack said.
“Yes, and they are also invisible”
“My God, that’s why we couldn’t see them at first” Mrs. Fenado gasped.
“What are you guys saying?!” the husband provoked. “I demand to know where you got that thing in your hand, Jane!”
“I found it in the forest, father, during our vacation” Jennifer replied.
“And you brought it into my house?! You gonna return that to wherever you found it!”
“I can not, Father” Jennifer refused.
“You must be out of your mind” the father angrily wanted to take the seed forcefully from her but the fire in which the seed produced scared him away and he fell on the floor.
Not only the hunters who wanted the seed, even other particular group of witches and wizards from the city of Zumga wanted the seed too. They had felt it’s presence, so they prepared to hunt for it too. They were very old witches and wizards who never wanted to grow old and die. That’s why they needed the seed to become young and eventually immortals. They were found at the fringes of the city in a building surrounded by bushes. Dead grasses could also be seen on it’s roof and yellowish ray of light coming out from the windows. Inside the house were two watches and three wizards.
All were covered with a black fabric sitting on a couch. Their fingernails were long having grey hair all over their heads.
“I can feel the seed” a witch said looking around the building.
“Yes, i guess the time of the prophecy has come. The possession of the seed of life is now under the care of the special and powerful child” another added.
“And we must get it from her and possibly kill her.” a wizard said. Another wizard stood up with a smile, stared at the roof and laughed in a loud voice. “I have waited for so long for this time. I shall never grow old and die again” he laughed.
Back to the residence of Mr. Fenado who had stood up from the floor by the help of his daughter, Jennifer.
“Father, are you okay?”
“I’m not okay! Go and return the seed, Jane!” the father shrieked. “And get your hands off me!” he pushed her away in a way Jack prevented her from falling by holding her waist.
“Honey, take it easy” Mrs. Fenado tried to calm her husband down.
“I’m not gonna take it easy!” he retorted.
“Stop acting like a jerk and face reality!” Hannah began boldly and seriously then everywhere remained calmed. “The war has already begun. These hunters aren’t gonna stop until they see your daughter dead. Oh, do you think they want only the seed? They gonna kill her too coz that’s the only way they can lay hands on the seed. They are everywhere. I can feel it. Very soon Zumga city will experience their wrath, so the better you support your daughter, the better for you and i and the entire city” she walked out.
Her words didn’t only render Mr. Fenaado speechless but also got him woozy.
“I don’t know what this is all about but i feel danger coming up” Jack looked at Mr. Fenado. “So sir, don’t be hard on Jane. I may not be a wizard but i promise to protect her by any means. Be careful Jane” he patted Jennifer’s shoulder then walked out too followed by Karina. On their way home, Karina placed a hand on her cheek quietly.
“What’s your problem?” Jack asked her.
“Nothing, just take me home” she replied.
However, Jennifer had started shedding tears before her parents. She held the seed properly then walked into her room and locked the door..
To Be Continued