The Invincible Hunters
By Nathaniel Anuma
Karina suddenly kept quiet after Randy told her that they were heading to save Frank. That was a true character of friendship which got her worried because she expected Jack to be on his way to save her too or even worry about her at that hazardous moment.
On the other hand, Blessing remembered when Karina asked her about the invincible hunters after Randy replied her question inside the cab too. Only few knew about the hunters in Zumga city.
“Hey, i wanna know something here. Who are these hunters and what are they hunting for?” Blessing asked again.
“This isn’t the right time, girl” Randy replied and drove into a lonely street.
“No, I’m asking, Karina” Blessing stared at her.
“I don’t know please” Karina replied absentmindedly. All her minds were on Jack. “Probably he has gone to save Jennifer instead of me” she thought.
Randy looked at her. “Are you okay?” he asked.
“I’m fine. Watch out!!” Karina shouted then Randy matched the break. They nearly hit an electric pole.
“Don’t worry, nothing gonna happen to us in as much as we have blessing” Randy moved the car again.
“Wow, I’m blushing!” Blessing shouted from behind.
Randy became confused wondering why she had to say that.
“Wait, is your name Blessing?” he queried.
“Yes, of course”
“Sorry, i didn’t mean your own blessing but blessing from above” Randy corrected looking at Blessing from the centre mirror of the car.
“Whatever!” Blessing frowned while Randy and Karina smiled.
Jennifer was in a high speed going home. She could see hunters from the side mirror of the car running after her. On a seat beside her was the seed which never stopped glowing with white light. Suddenly, she reversed the car and faced the hunters running after her. She warmed up the car in a way the back tyres began to rotate very fast, yet without the car moving. “Fuck my ass you metal dicks” she said and released the break then the car sped off.
It crushed all the hunters then she reversed again and began her journey home.
At home, Jennifer heard the cry of Lana from outside, so she hurried up with the seed in her hand. Just at the door, three watches blocked her. Already, two wizards were inside the house holding her parents.
Seeing them, Jennifer remembered her cell phone and stepped backward.
She could see broken bones of dead hunters on the floor.
“Give us the seed, Remina” one of the witches said.
“No, leave me alone” Jennifer smartly dialed Jack’s number…
Meanwhile, Jack had come out from the house leaving his cell phone on the centre table. Uncle Ben was surprise to see him not only with a gun but also shooting the hunters.
“Jackson, what a heck are you doing?! I told you to remain inside!” Uncle Ben said losing concentration on the hunters without knowing that one was very close to him.
“I’m going nowhere, uncle” Jack replied and sighted the hunter who had raised a hand to hit uncle Ben.
“Uncle, watch out!!” he aimed at the hunter and shot his skull thereby pulling him back before uncle Ben finally killed him. He looked at Jack and said, “Nice shot!”
Jack smiled. Just then, the hunters began to retreat.
They could see them running away and eventually finished.
“Jack, Jennifer is calling!” Frank shouted from the door with the cell phone. Before Jack reached the phone, the call ended, so he quickly entered into his car and drove to Jennifer’s.
Policemen fought the hunters even Hannah who used her power as a witch to protect herself and other citizens-but secretly.
Back to Jennifer’s residents, Jennifer felt powerless in the presence of the witches who commanded the car behind her to start. Lo and behold, the car started without anybody in it. It moved and hit Jennifer in
a way the seed fell from her. “Noo!” she shouted.
As the witches wanted to pick the seed, Jack arrived shooting them from his car then they ran away even the ones inside. He rushed Jennifer.
“Are you okay?”
“I’m fine” Jennifer rushed inside the house leaving the seed outside. She found her parents lying down on the floor even Lana.
“Dad, Mum, are you okay?” Jennifer carried Lana up while the parents staggered up too.
“I have never been okay since that seed entered this house” Mr Fenado replied.
“Hey, Jane, where is the seed?” Jack asked then Jennifer realised and saw the seed through the window.
She stretched her hand, the window opened and the seed flew to her hand instantly. The parents couldn’t believe it!
Randy and co arrived at Jack’s residence after they couldn’t see Frank in his house. As Randy shook Frank’s hand, Karina ran inside in search of Jack but didn’t see him. She came out.
“Where is Jack?”
“He has gone to Jane’s” Frank replied. Just then, Jack and Jennifer arrived in different cars. Everybody stared at them, even uncle Ben. Seeing the two together sent a signal to Karina, even Jennifer knew what was going through her mind.
“Karina!” Jack hurried to meet her but she slapped him to everybody’s amazement.
Jack held his cheek to reduce the pains of the slap he received from Karina. Jennifer couldn’t take it but at the same time couldn’t do anything, less, she would complicate issues.
She was still standing alone
beside uncle Ben’s car while Randy, Frank and Blessing stood together watching the drama like every other person. One could see anger burning in Karina’s eyes as she glared at Jack unabashedly.
“What was that for?!” Jack shouted.
“You never cared about me!” Karina began. “All this while the hunters invaded the city you didn’t care to know if I’m okay or not? All your enthusiasm is on Jennifer! I don’t even know what I’m doing with you!”
However, Jennifer had approached closer to them to at least calm Karina down. She took a deep breathe and said, “Karina, is not what you..”
“Stay out of this!” Karina interrupted her. “What do you wanna tell me? Huu! Isn’t it obvious that Jack prefers you to me?” she looked at Jack steadily with anger. “I guess we are done” she added and walked
Jennifer wanted to stop her and talk things over with her but she ignored her.
All became quiet looking at one another even uncle Ben.
“Sorry, if you don’t mind, I’m leaving with her” Blessing broke the silence and ran after Karina.
“Now what?” Randy said.
“Nothing, but to destroy the seed” uncle Ben stepped forward.
“Nobody is destroying the seed!” Jennifer opposed boldly.
“I support her!” a female voice came from a distant then all turned to her-that was Hannah. She was always on black with black make-up too. Frank, who had never fallen in love began to admire her.
“Wow, she’s… she’s… she’s definitely what she is” he stammered with boldness eyes.
“Hey, Frank, she might be a witch” Randy whispered to him.
“Oh, yes, i love witches” Frank objected still admiring Hannah who stood beside Jennifer. Only Jack and Jennifer knew who she was.
“Who de hell are you?” uncle Ben asked looking at her.
“She’s Ann, my friend” Jennifer replied.
“Now listen to me” uncle Ben began. “I give you twenty-four hours to make up your mind and release the seed for destruction otherwise, we, the police, shall also start hunting you and the seed” he walked
into his car.
All stood beside each other in line watching as uncle Ben drove off. Jack’s eyes caught with Jennifer’s then he entered into his house sadly. One could deduce that he wasn’t okay with Karina’s reaction. Hannah glanced at Jennifer and said, “What’s going on with Jack?”
“He has a little problem with Karina” Jennifer replied.
“His… his.. girlfriend”
“The girl i saw him with at your house the other day?”
“How about the seed?” Hannah changed the topic because of her selfish interest on it. Moreover, she didn’t have any emotional feelings or relationship with anyone. Therefore she didn’t care.
“The seed is safe” Jennifer replied.
“Okay, I’m gonna be at your place tomorrow for the training” Hannah wanted to walk out but Frank approached. He adjusted his eyeglasses and composed himself.
“Hi, I’m Frank”
“Who cares?” Hannah disdained him and quickened her steps while Randy and Jennifer smiled. Yet,
Frank kept staring at her.
“Hey, Frank” Jennifer called. “She’s not your type. She’s a witch”
“I love witches!” Frank exclaimed.
Back to the resident of Mr Fenado, Lana watched her parents exchange words in the sittingroom after they saw Jennifer use her power.
“Did you see that?” Mr Fenado began. “Your daughter doesn’t only have powers, she also used it in my house!”
“I know how you hate strange powers and witches but you need to accept Jane for who she is now!” the wife backfired.
“Oh, i don’t blame you coz your mother was a witch”
“Don’t bring my late mother into this!” the wife walked inside the room with Lana.
Frank and Randy went away while Jennifer walked into Jack’s house. She found him sitting in the living room with his two legs on the centre table. From all indications, he was emotionally down.
“Jack?” Jennifer called romantically. “I’m sorry for everything. I guess I’m the reason why Karina reacted that way. Sincerely, i shouldn’t be taking her place in your life. Thank you for being there the time i
needed you but i think it gonna stop now coz it’s causing problem. Bye” she began to walk out.
Just at the door, she stopped at Jack’s voice who called, “Jennifer!” she turned.
Jack stood up looking at her, “It’s not your fault. Stop blaming yourself. I made a promise to protect you”
“But I’m here telling you to stop it” Jennifer said.
Jack remained silent coz he didn’t know how to give his reasons. It was obvious that the two were in love with each other.
“Why can’t you break your promise?” Jennifer repeated.
Jack walked closer to her in a way they looked into each other’s eyes. “Because promises are not meant
to be broken” he replied. As the eye contact lingered, Jennifer walked out without a word.
Immediately she went out through the door, she had a flash of a burning fire. Due to it was a new development, she stumbled at the stairs and fell down.
“Jane!” Jack shouted when he saw her. He rushed and help her up. “Are you okay?”
“My head aches” Jennifer replied under her breathe with a hand on her forehead.
“Sorry, let me take you home with my car” Jack said holding her waist as they staggered towards the car.
But when Jennifer remembered Karma’s initial character, she said, “Don’t worry, i can take myself home” she disengaged from Jack who stood at a spot looking at her.
Suddenly, she fell down again then
he rushed her for the second time.
“Jane, enter into the car let me take you home!”
“I said I’m fine!”
“You are not fine”
“What’s your problem? Leave me alone!” She hastened to the main road and eventually found her way
home. Jack became disappointed.
At Mr. Fenado’s residence, Jennifer pushed the door opened still with a hand on her forehead. Only her mother and Lana were in the sittingroom. They could tell that she wasn’t okay, so the mother stood up.
“Jane, what’s wrong with you?”
“I’m fine, mum” Jennifer wanted to enter into her room but her father came out like an angry lion.
“Now explain to me what happened today, Jane”
“Dad, please, i want to be alone”
“What nonsense! I want to know who you really are coz i can’t believe you came out from my scrotum”
Just before any other ranting, everybody’s eyes went to the television where the mayor of Zumga city stood before a microphone. He wore a light green suit and had a chocolate complexion. Other influential
men stood behind him as he gave a speech saying, “Good citizens of Zumga, what we experienced today isn’t a new thing to this land.
It happened decades ago. Many of you won’t have any knowledge about it.
It is about a seed of life which mysteriously got missing during the war after the bearer was killed. But a prophecy was made that in years to come, the seed will meet a new bearer called Remina. Now, i guess the prophecy has been fulfilled. The seed has found a new bearer called Remina who i believe is a citizen of this city. That’s why we are experiencing the war of the invincible hunters again. Nevertheless, i promise you that we shall find this Remina of a girl, take the seed and destroy it. I guess that’s the only way to stop this war….”
Mr. Fenado understood better who his daughter was, so he bemusedly looked at Jennifer who quietly entered into her room and locked the door.
“Jennifer is Remina, right?” Mr Fenado looked at his wife.
“Yes” the wife replied.
“But i never named her Remina”
“Only my late mother called her that”
“This is serious” Mr Fenado became torpor and sat down.
Night began to take over, yet, Jennifer had not come out from her room or eaten anything which got her parents worried. She was actually experiencing new changes in her life, body and soul as the bearer of
the seed of life.
Everybody in the city had a better understanding and wondered who the Remina is and where she is. All
those who knew about her and the seed kept quiet. Uncle Ben didn’t want to tell the public yet that he knew who Remina is, but concluded that he would if Jennifer refuse to hand over the seed peacefully for
Jack drove to Karina’s apartment that evening. On his way he saw light from every part of the city regardless the fact that a serious war happened that day with the invincible hunters. He stopped in front
of the apartment and came out wearing a black jacket over a shirt coz the weather was cold. On his legs were a pair of blue jean trouser, and on his feet were white canvas. He took a deep breathe before
knocking at the door. A few seconds later, Karina opened the door wearing a bomshort, a white singlet and standing voluptuously.
“Hi” Jack broke the silence.
Karina didn’t say a word rather went back into the house leaving the door opened. Jack entered. He saw her sitting in a couch with a Milky Crab can-food in her hand. She was actually eating it. Jack stood beside her and said, “I’m sorry for not being there when you needed me the most. But i want you to
understand that Jennifer isn’t the reason why i wasn’t there to save you”
“Then why?” Karina asked without looking at him.
“I had a bemused state of being. I couldn’t think of anything or anybody”
“Even me?” Karina looked at him. “That shows how unimportant i am to you. But i saw you coming back with Jennifer from their house. You remembered her…”
“She cried for help through a phone call” Jack interrupted then both remained quiet. He turned to leave but Karina called him back and walked closer to him.
“It’s okay, I’m sorry too” she said.
“Thank you” Jack replied.
Karina crossed her hand on his neck and wanted to kiss him but Jack withdrew his face..
To Be Continued…