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March 28, 2017 at 12:30 am #984135
Daniel listened intently to the deep voice of the dean of his faculty booming over the mic. It had been almost three hours since he started his “introductory speech” and it didn’t seem like he was going to stop anytime soon. So far, it was talks of welcome, rules, how to excel in the university and of course, the olden days speech of how he suffered in his youth and was able to breakthrough with determination. Daniel sighed for the thousandth time in annoyance, wishing the old man could just get it over with. Another thing he regretted was not eating before entering the big hall as the results began to manifest in form of a growling stomach. He glanced at his watch: it read 2:30pm. Throwing his head backwards, he let out a frustrated groan which caught the attention of his friend sitting beside him.
“Dude, just try and endure abeg.”
Daniel turned to him. “ Easy for you to say, Jake. My stomach is killing me. You know I didn’t eat before leaving the hostel”
Jake chuckled. “ And who’s fault is that?” Seeing the glare Daniel gave him, he became serious. “Oh come on, we were already running late”
“You mean late for a speech that started two hours ahead of time” Daniel rolled his eyes.
“Well pardon me for not realizing African time exists in universities” Jake replied
“It exists everywhere, man” Daniel replied
“Tell that to your boss when you go late for work in future” Jake laughed ending the conversation.
Daniel leaned back in his seat and was just about to doze off when a sudden feeling overwhelmed him. That familiar feeling that had felt for almost a decade now. The feeling that he was being watched. But who? He sat upright and glanced around the auditorium, his eyes narrowing in suspicion. The auditorium was crowded alright, but his instincts never failed him in the past and it wasn’t going to fail him now. He glanced to his right and his suspicions were confirmed. He saw her. Sitting a few seats from him was a girl of his age with a no-nonsense look and sharp eyes. She was wearing a black T-shirt and dark blue tight jeans. She was dark in complexion, with pointed nose and red lips. Red? He kind of found that weird. Her long unbraided hair was tied back in a ponytail and it glistened under the lights of the auditorium. What fascinated him was her eyes. A light brown in contrast to the dark black of the average Nigerian. As soon as she saw him staring, she narrowed her eyes at him and he quickly glanced away.
“The hell is her problem? She stared first” He grumbled silengtly.
“What was that?” Jake turned to him.
“ Oh nothing jare, don’t mind me” he replied leaning back to his seat once more and closing his eyes.
Jake looked at him for a while and shrugged. Daniel was always one to keep things to himself. More of a reserved dude. He had known him like that from primary school to secondary school to well…now. He had stopped bothering on that a long time ago.
“ And finally” The dean announced. “ Remember there is a difference between passing through school and letting the school pass through you. Have a wonderful semester and I wish you the best . Thank you”
With that, he dropped the mic to a reception of applause and relieved sighs. Daniel laughed at this. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one tired of the 3 hour speech. One by one, the students filed out of the auditorium to begin their normal activities.
“Hey, Dan” Jake said as they trotted to their hostel.
“ Yeah?” Daniel replied.
“There’s a welcome departmental party for freshers this evening at the park. You coming?”
“Well…” Daniel hesitantly replied
“Before you come up with your lame speech on how “Terrible things” happen in parties” Jake interrupted using his fingers in quote. “ Alcohol is banned from the party. Plus it would give you the chance to mingle with people and socialize. I don’t want you graduating from this school a miserable old man”
“ Screw you too” Daniel grumbled and they both laughed.
“So what do you say?” Jake pressed on.
Before Daniel could reply, his phone rang and he fished it out of his pocket. Looking at the screen, he sighed.
“ It’s my mom” He turned to his friend. Jake nodded understandably and Daniel picked the call.
“Hello, baby” The feminine voice of his mom came over the speaker. “ How are you?”
“ I’m fine, mom” he replied. “ And you?”
“ I’m alright. In fact am in front of your hostel”
“ Yes o. I brought some things for you.”
“ Alright hold on. Ill be right there” he replied and cut the call. Turning to his friend, he blurted. “ Jake, she’s in front of our hostel”
“Good, let’s go”
The two boys hurried over and saw Mrs Johnson standing by a Toyota camry. She was wearing a white tight blouse and dark jeans that showed her curves and her hair was fixed in a brazillian hairstyle. She held a big white nylon in one hand and the other was placed on her hip. she removed her hand from her hip and started drumming her fingers on the bonnet of the car patiently. On seeing her attire, Daniel groaned inwardly at his mother’s attempt of once again trying to look younger. Not to say she wasn’t good looking. She was still attractive at the age of 42,having had Daniel at a young age. But after the death of her husband, she still wanted to make sure men found her attractive much to the chagrin of her son. He never hesitated to make his grieviances known to her on that issue which she found adorable and wave it away with a pinch of his cheeks, leaving him more frustrated than before.
“ Good evening, Mom” Daniel said as he approached her. She smiled and drew him in a tight embrace.
“ My baby” She smiled warmly, ignoring his protests as he struggled against her, while Jake laughed at this.
“ Mom!!” Daniel choked out and began to panic as their embrace drew in a little audience. “ This is embarrassing!!”
“ Hush, boy” She replied with a giggle. “ You don’t know how it feels being alone in that house.”
She finally released him, much to his relief.
“Good evening, ma” Jake said, bowing a little.
“ Jacob” She turned to him. “ How are you? it has been a while. Wow, you are looking like quite the young man.”
“ And you look beautiful, ma” He smiled back.
“JAKE!!” Daniel glared at him.
“Oh, lighten up” His mother replied. “ It’s not everyday I get compliments from the male gender.” Turning to Jake, she continued. “ Thank you dear. That means a lot.”
Daniel rolled his eyes at that.
“Anyway” Mrs Johnson handed the nylon to her son. “This is for you. Provisions, mosquito nets and other stuffs.”
“Thanks mom” he smiled warmly, collecting the bag.
Reaching into her purse, she counted some money and gave Daniel. Then gave some to Jake which he politely declined.
“Ma, I don’t think…” Jake began.
“ Just take it, dear” she smiled. “ Or you want to start forming big boy abi?” she added and they laughed. Jake smiled and accepted the money.
“ Thank you ma” He said.
“Okay, boys.” she said as she opened her car. “ I am off. I will check on you from time to time. Remember to study well and stay away from distractions. Make friends but sensible ones. Socialize and interact with people. Don’t join bad gangs okay? And always remember to pray” She hugged Jake and gave a tighter hug to Daniel which he rolled his eyes at but he smiled at returned her embrace all the same. “You know..” she whispered in his ear. “ You are the exact copy of your father. In image and character. Even if he isn’t here, I have you to remind me of him and that is all I ever want. I love you, my baby”
“ Love you too, mom” he whispered back and rubbed his hands soothingly over her back. Daniel never knew his father as he died two months after he was born and the cause of his death was never known. His mom and paternal grandfather had been the only family he knew and they made sure to take care of him. Overprotective? sure. But they were the best people in his life and he wouldn’t trade them for anyone.
His mother got into the car and wind her glass down.
“ One more thing, Dan” she said as she began to reverse out of the hostel parking lot.
“ Yeah?” he looked expectantly.
With a sly grin on her face, she exclaimed “ Always remember to use protection!!!!!”
And with that, she zoomed off leaving Daniel a blushing mess and Jake almost rolling over with laughter. Only one thought occurred in Daniel’s head at that moment.
“WHAT THE ****!!”0March 28, 2017 at 12:58 am #984137
“Wake up, wake up, wake up!! It’s time for morning devotion!!” came the voice of a random student as he went from door to door in the hostel banging rather loudly on each door. He was met with curses from some rooms as the boys voiced their displeasure at being disturbed at a rather early morning.
Daniel rose from his bed and glanced at his phone screen: 4:30 AM.
“Seriously?” He grunted in annoyance. On the bed below him however, Jake slept surprisingly soundly over the noise of the “town crier”. Unable to go back to sleep, Daniel hopped down from the bed and went outside to relieve himself. Knowing the states of the hostel toilets, he opted to use the gutter near the hostel borehole. How grown up boys managed to make use of the toilet without flushing was still a thing of mystery to him. Yet this same boys outside will be forming swag in order to get the eyes of their feminine counterpart.
He had just finished and was about to leave the area when he heard the snapping of a twig. Glancing around, he saw nothing. He shrugged and was about to move on when he heard it again. With cold sweat breaking on his face, he looked around again and still saw nothing. His hostel was surrounded by strong fences which meant it should be well fortified. And so far, he was the only one there.
“ Hello?” he called out in the darkness. “ Who’s there?” No response. He called out again and again, he got no response. “probably a rat” he concluded humorously.
He was about to leave when a screeching sound came from above him. He glanced up and his heart missed a beat. Staring back at him from a nearby tree a few metres from the hostel was a bat. It’s red eyes glowed menacingly . He stood rooted to the spot and kept on staring at it. There was something odd about it and he suddenly felt his legs making movements of their own. Overwhelmed by some force he couldn’t explain, he began to walk towards the direction of the direction of the tree. The bat bared it’s teeth and spread it’s wings as Daniel edged closer. The only thing separating them was the fence but that wouldn’t be any problem for a creature with wings. The bat was just about to lung from the tree at his victim when a nearby stone hit the branch it was standing on, startling it and scaring it away. Daniel blinked and shook his head as he came back to reality.
“Okay” he said, surprised at his sudden change in location. “ What the hell just happened?”
A few feet away from the tree previously occupied by the bat stood an unknown figure. The figure wore a dark hood and dark jeans and watched as the bat flew away.
“ No one gets the boy. Not while I am alive” the figure muttered darkly before leaving the area.
“And that is all on supernatural mythologies” The voice of the history lecturer, Mr akingbade concluded. “If there are no further questions, I’ll take my leave”
Daniel had been absent minded throughout the lecture still shaken up by his ordeal that early morning. Truth be told, he had been absent minded throughout the previous lectures and was lucky not to get caught by any of the lecturers. He received a nudge to his side and blinked rapidly before staring sideways into the eyes of his hyperactive course mate, Sharon. She was a few inches shorter than him with fair complexion and a lean build and mostly had her hair in braids. Her bubbly personality endeared many to her and she was a joy to be with. Unfortunately, she could be quite naïve and some took advantage of it.
“ Hello?” she said, pouting at him“ Didn’t you hear me?”
“Er.. No. Sorry, what did you say?” he replied.
“ I said I need your help with a that psychology course thingy. It’s more complicated than I thought. Can we meet at the faculty library later this night? I will be busy throughout today” she replied hopefully.
“Well. I am not really…” he hesitated
“ Pleaaasse?” she pouted, showing him her puppy dog eyes.
“ Sharon” he warned “ You know that doesn’t work on me”
“ I can hope” she pressed on .
“Alright” he sighed. “I’ll try”
“Yay!!” she squealed pumping her left arm up in a victory pose. Daniel couldn’t help but chuckle at her immaturity. It was kind of cute.
“Urrgh” a voice snorted in disgust behind them. “ Keep up that lovey dovey stuff and I am going to be sick” They turned around and saw a dark skinned girl with a mischievious look in her eyes grinning at them.
“It will be a relief for the whole world” Sharon stuck out her tongue at her and was rewarded by a sharp tug at her braids. “OW!! Tomiwa, why did you do that?!!”
Tomiwa grinned and stuck out her tongue at Sharon in reply. Daniel shook his head with a smile and relaxed a bit. The class was noisy as Mr akingbade had departed. Jake and some other boys were arguing on football. Sharon and Tomiwa had jumped into a big activity of gossips and they giggled incessantly.
He glanced to his left and saw her again. The same girl who had been staring at him at the previous meeting. And there she was… staring at him again!!!
“What is wrong with this girl?” he thought. “doesn’t she know it’s rude to stare for crying out loud?”.
An hour had gone by and it was evident that the final lecture was not going to hold again.
“You guys still waiting?” he stood up, glancing at the two girls who were still conversing.
“ No” Tomiwa replied standing up along with Sharon. “ Let’s go”
They moved over to Jake who had given up in his own argument with the boys and was currently snoozing with his head on the desk.
“ Jake” Daniel tapped him lightly and he awoke “ We are leaving”
“ Yeah, alright” Jake replied, stretching before standing up and soon, the quartet left the class.
“ Anyone ready for the test coming up tomorrow?” Jake said as they walked along the pedestrian lane towards their respective hostels.
“ Kinda” Daniel replied absentmindedly.
“ Same here” Tomiwa replied.
“Not really” Sharon squeaked bashfully. “ which means you are going to tutor me longer, Dan”
Daniel groaned in response.
“Hey, don’t complain” she replied. “ I am a fast learner” she added proudly.
The other three coughed awkwardly at that proclamation and she scowled at them. “ Whatever” she mumbled.
They soon slowed down as a crowd caught their attention. The crowd seemed to be gathering over something….or rather someone. Angling to satisfy their curiosity, the four ran towards the crowd .
“What happened?” Daniel asked a guy who had just come in from the crowd.
“ Someone was attacked” The guy replied with a panicked look on his face. “ It doesn’t look like he was attacked with weapons though. That is the baffling part.” .With that, the guy continued on his way
Daniel combed through the crowd, apologizing at the complains coming his way. When he reached the front and saw the what was causing the commotion, His heart skipped for the second time that day.
Lying on the floor was a young man, not older than him. He was still alive evidenced by his labored breathing and there was a lot of blood pooling around him. What shocked Daniel was the cause of the injury. Peering closer at the injured fellow, his eyes opened wide as he saw a wound inflicted on the boy’s neck.
It was a bite wound.
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A hooded figure walked along the bushy pathway in the dark hours of the morning. His aim only known to him alone. Stopping by a large rock underneath a cashew tree, the figure sat down and leant his head against the tree and relaxed. Pulling out a cigarette from his pocket, he lit it and sighed in pleasure as he inhaled the smoke, a smile of relief plastering on his face. Drumming his fingers on his thigh, he began to ruminate on the latest events that had transpired so far:
The boy was finally here and moments away from being in his grasp. The one he had tracked for years was finally within reach and all he had to do was get him to be alone and that’s all.
The problem? An irritating obstacle in form of a certain person kept on getting in the way and it was beginning to piss him off.
Speaking of obstacles….
“I know you are here” he growled as he sensed the presence of another being nearby. “You can come out now. It’s pathetic”
A few feet from his left, another hooded figure stepped out of the darkness into the light illuminated by the moon.
“You know you had some real guts,. Pulling that stunt yesterday” The first man said, standing up and putting out his cigarette.
“What else were you expecting” the stranger replied, the voice sounding a lot feminine. “ I was only protecting my insurance”
“You know you can’t protect him forever” the man said, a sinister grin etching into his face. “If it is not me, it’s going to be the others. They know where he is and they are coming for him. You think you can stand a chance?”
“ I can try”
“You can die trying” he smiled momentarily and then his face became serious. “What is wrong with you? why do you keep hiding from yourself and denying reality? This boy can be the answer to what we seek. No more hiding. No more weakness. What do you stand to gain from protecting him?”
“None of your business”
“Oh, it’s my business alright and if you know what is good for you, you help us or stay out of our way. There is an impending war coming. A war we intend to win. So…” the man stood and walked towards the other figure. He reached leaned closer until their faces were a few inches apart. “ Who’s side are you on?”
“ Dan, I can’t make it to lectures today” came the weak voice of Jake as he squeezed himself under the covers of his blanket. His eyes squeezed shut, pain obvious on his face.
“Why? What’s wrong?” Daniel said. He had already taken his shower , dressed up and was combing his hair.
“ I’m having serious headache and everything feels hot. I also feel like throwing up” Jake groaned.
Daniel sighed and placed his forearm on his friend’s forehead. His temperature was very high.
“Malaria” he muttered. “ Dude, you need to eat something right now. Then take some drugs”
“You didn’t get the part where I said I feel like throwing up?” Jake said sarcastically. “ I don’t think I can eat anything”
“ Just try, please” Daniel pleaded. “I’ll make cornflakes for you. even if you eat five spoonfuls. It’s alright”
“He’s right o” one of their roommates added. “ Malaria is not something to play with. Just try and manage something”
Jake turned to his friend. “ Alright”
Daniel made the cereal and gave it to his friend who had difficulty swallowing a spoonful much to his frustration.
“ You know?” Jake said weakly as he swallowed another. “ Ever since we’ve known each other, you’ve never complained of any illness before or rather put, you’ve never fallen ill before. I envy you o”
Daniel paused and a serious look appeared on his face. This was something he thought about since he was a little. He had never had any health problem before. Even as minor as headache. Nothing. Not that he complained, but he kind of found it strange. He kept it to himself though as he knew people would question his sanity if he mentioned something like “ Why can’t I fall ill? Other people fall ill. Why not me?”
Turning to his friend, he shrugged. “I don’t really know why.”
Soon Jake took the drugs and dozed off. Daniel left him and set off to lectures.
“ Hey, Dan. What’s up?” was the first greeting he received at the class, courtesy of Sharon.
“Hey, where is Jake?” Tomiwa enquired, chewing noisily at her gum.
“won’t make it. Malaria”
“Oh, ehya. I wish him a swift recovery” Tomiwa said sadly.
“ He’ll be fine. He is too stubborn to stay down so I doubt malaria will hold him down” Daniel grinned and they laughed.
“ Which reminds me” Sharon said, her face becoming serious. Reaching into her satchel, she pulled out a mini pamphlet and handed it to him. “ you need to check this out, bought it on my way here”
Opening the front page, his eyes widened as he saw the headline :
MAN KILLED BY WILD ANIMAL OUTSIDE UNIVERSITY GATE.
Beneath the headline was a picture of a bloodied corpse. The man lay outstretched with his head twisted grotesquely . his shirt was torn and there was a bite mark on his neck. Similar to the one he saw on the previous victim.
“Another one again?” Daniel cried out
“Yeah” Sharon replied. “ In the space of one month. This is getting out of hand and seriously scary”
“tell me about it” Tomiwa muttered, blowing a bubble.
“ You don’t really seem bothered” Sharon turned to her.
“I am” Tomiwa replied. “I just don’t want to show it. It’s kind of funny how this school hasn’t addressed the issue yet. Hopefully , they can declare a strike due to wild animal infestation” she giggled.
Sharon rolled her eyes and turned to Daniel. She was about to say something when she saw him spacing out again. It was becoming a habit of him recently. Zoning out during conversations and replying monotonously. Though, she didn’t want to voice it out, she was actually worried for him.
Daniel however, was in his own world. The recent events was worth pondering about. Sudden rainfalls on a dry season, school transformer set on fire, now two men killed like wild stock in the space of one month. He glanced around and noticed his mystery girl was absent. Eh..good for her.
“Dan?” he snapped back to reality as Sharon waved her hand in front of his face. “ You alright?”
“Yeah” he forced a smile on his face. “ Just thinking of well…things”
“You sure?” she pressed.
“Na wa o” Tomiwa grinned slyly. “ Give your boyfriend some breathing space na” She dodged a grip from a flustered Sharon and took off, with Sharon hot on her heels.
“Come back here!” Sharon cried out as she chased her.
Lectures once again was uneventful and Daniel managed to stay focused. Though he couldn’t get the feeling out of his mind that something terrible was about to happen. He couldn’t place his finger on it but the danger alert button on his brain kept blinking red. If there was one special gift he had, it was the ability to anticipate bad omen. As much as he tried to shake it off, it always came back to stick to his mind like glue.
By six pm, lectures were over. He stood up and was about to leave the class when his phone buzzed. It was an inbox from an unknown number. Opening it, he saw a message:
HEY, DAN. IT’S JAKE.I AM AT THE LAGOON FRONT WITH SEGUN NEAR THE FACULTY LIBRARY. PLEASE HURRY, IT IS AN EMERGENCY. I COULDN’T USE MY PHONE CAUSE IT’S DEAD. THIS ONE IS ABOUT TO DIE TOO. PLEASE HURRY.
“Jake?” Daniel pondered as he shoved the phone in his pocket. “ I thought he was sick. What is he doing with Segun at the lagoon front?” Segun was their roommate. a student studying medicine.
Pushing the thoughts to the back of his mind, he bid his friends goodbye and ran off towards the appointed destination.
On his way, the bad feeling began to intensify and he glanced up. The sky began to darken. He glanced at his watch : 6:25pm. Why then was it getting dark?
Getting to the lagoon front, he was stunned. The place was devoid of any human activity and was quiet, save for the chirping of the crickets and noises of other nocturnal creatures.
“Jake?” Daniel called out and he looked around. No response
“Jake?” he repeated. Still no response.
He heard a twig snap behind him and he turned around. Standing in front of him was a figure dressed in a black hoodie and dark jeans. One glance at the figure’s stature was enough to alert Daniel that he was a man. He was quite muscular and his face was partly covered by the hood, save for the lower half of his face which revealed bright red lips.
“Hello Daniel” The man growled as his lips contorted into a twisted grin.
Daniel’s eyes widened as he backed up a bit. There was something eerie about this man which gave him the creeps.
“ Who are you and how do you know me?” he said fearfully.
The man chuckled darkly and Daniel noticed a sudden change in the atmosphere. For some reason the air around him began to feel chilly.
“How do I know you?” the man smiled. “ Lets just say I’ve known you since you were born. And as for who I am?….” the man walked slowly and stealthily towards Daniel. He removed his hood to reveal an angular face with a permed hairstyle. His nose was pointed and his eyes were sharp with red glowing irises.
“Let’s just say I’m your debt collector. You have something I want, Boy. AND I HAVE COME TO TAKE IT!!! ”
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