What happened was
shocking. Amanda stared in surprise at Layla’s disappearing back as she left
the church. The pastor fell to the ground clutching his cheeks, Amanda hurried
up to the pastor, his face was red and the imprint of Layla’s palm on his cheek
was there for all to see.
with the way he winced, she could see that he was in great pain.
happened? Where did she go?” Mr. Ekanem asked aloud.
transferred to her…” Amanda said silently.
Sharon’s father shouted in alarm. “Layla! Layla!” He started as he headed
towards the gate.
her…or you’ll be led to your own death.” The pastor said with pain in his
will want to return to Sharon’s body and if you follow her, you might end up
in a fatal accident. I advise that you stay in the church while my ministers
keep praying for your family. This is a battle and we must win! Our battles are
not of flesh and blood but with principalities and powers and through the power
of the most High, we must overcome.” The pastor said looking at Sharon’s
started turning red and his face looked strained.
pastor?” Amanda asked.
but not my spirit. I will fight this till the end because I draw strength from
the rock of my salvation.” The pastor said.
home with Sharon to tell her parents about the discoveries that the matron had
about her at the camp …” Amanda started.
sister, you are God sent. God placed you in Sharon’s path for a purpose and you
have successfully achieved it. I however ask that you come and pay her a visit
at the church tomorrow or the next…you know…just to be kept abreast of the
happenings…” The pastor said.
much pastor for taking time to pray for the Ekanem family.” Amanda said to the
pastor and turning to Sharon’s father who looked so downcast, she said. “I’ll
see you tomorrow…”
appreciate your help.” Sharon’s father said.
return…” Amanda said and waving goodbye, she left the church.
the gate of the church, she said aloud.
sofa of his sitting room and watching television while his wife and Amanda
sat at the dinning table, discussing.
ooo…Amanda! Thank God for you…I can’t believe you came out unscathed from
all this.” Calista was saying.
when Marcus wanted to marry Layla after their university education, we all
wanted that to happen. Hmmm…so my brother would have been going through what
Layla’s husband is going through.” Amanda said in a whisper.
away from problems awaiting us in the future. I am still surprised to hear of
an ancestral curse as strong as Layla’s. May God help us.” Calista said.
looked at her phone, there was no incoming calls yet.
Ben hasn’t called yet…”
huh? I like him though…” Calista teased.
can’t be thinking of romance at the midst of this dilemma, can I? I’m just
worried because aside from the fact that he’s with my luggage, he was supposed
to follow the school bus closely behind and follow me to Sharon’s place. It’s
been almost five hours and I haven’t heard from him.”
ooo…are you sure he was following you behind?”
when there was a knock at the door.
this time?” Calista asked.
the television and looked at his sister and wife.
asked. “Is anyone of you expecting someone?”
hurriedly opening the door.
asked sounding displeased.
to reveal Ben who looked scruffy, tired and as though in need of a shower.
been? I’ve been so worried.” Amanda said hugging him.
Ben said stepping into the house.
so scruffy…what happened?” Amanda asked.
ghastly motor accident, in fact, I died for a while…and came back to life.”
do you mean by accident?” Amanda asked in fear.
actually died today…” Ben said and recounted the whole experience.
who had walked into his house as though this he was no stranger and
listened to his story.
happy that you are well…you can’t possibly go home tonight. You must spend
the night.” Calista said.
phone was crushed at the scene of the accident so I had no other choice but to
come here to tell Amanda that I am okay.” Ben said. “Amanda, I was able to salvage some of our luggage
home tonight…we have a spare room that you can sleep in.” Amanda said, and
turning to her brother she asked. “Marcus, please can he stay the night?”
you guys are big friends with him so, it’s fine.” Marcus replied.
you’re feeling left out of the friendship.” His wife nudged.
it’s unusual that my sister and my wife have a friend in common who I know
nothing about.” Marcus said stubbornly.
am Amanda’s friend and I have been acquainted your lovely wife, can we all be friends?” Ben
said with a hint of humour despite his situation.
hand to Ben and said with a smile;
occurrences of the day, Amanda’s family and Ben conversed like old friends.
bridge and looked around, she felt the cold chill her skin. The night was dark and there was no one in sight as it was way past
surrounded her, seven of her kindred spirits stood around her staring at her in
menace. They were the most powerful of her kind.
do? I couldn’t kill the pastor.” She said into the darkness.
body! You made them realize that Sharon can be saved. Why did you leave that
body?” One of her kin asked.
hot! You weren’t in the body so you can’t understand how hot it was.” Layla said.
you the right to escape the body…no! It doesn’t! The fact that you’ve
inhabited that body since birth means that the body is ours for the taking. All
we need is for her to grow a bit more and we teach her our ways and by then, you
can leave.” The kin said.
have done? You have ruined years of our toil. Sharon is not only a host body
but our body as well, she has harboured you for twelve whole years of her life
and you cannot let her go at this point. You should have made that pastor
believe that she was born that way, as a part of our kin.” Another kin said.
was hot! I was burning! I was in pain!” Layla shouted.
found a permanent spot in this body? No you haven’t! We want Layla to join us
and not to harbour you in her body. Besides, she’s already grown and her will could
overshadow ours. You must go back to the body from whence you came!”
spirits that only her eyes could see.
man…is too strong…I need backup…” Layla said.
not fear!” The kin spirits said.
all the spirits merged into one and together, they entered Layla’s body. She
stood up from the pavement where she sat and walked back to the church.
continued on Thursday…