Stories & Poems

THAT NIGHT IN ROOM 104

Episode 16

Ifakolade’s dead body and my dying body touched Igbonla in the split of a second. The disappearing charm had brought us to where I wanted to be, in front of Pastor James’ house. True be told, some of these diabolical things are real, but of NO profit. A journey that should have taken us 2 hours 30 minutes, took us less than a minute, but VANITY upon VANITY…

The diabolic charm had failed Larry, Gbenga and Ifakolade today. They were all dead, despite their diabolical fortification, they still dropped dead. Another truth is, the devil has powers, but the ONE power he does NOT have which JESUS has over him is the Power to SAVE and DELIVER…the devil never saves, rather he enslaves people. It dawned on me more that Jesus was only the saviour….

It was with this mindset and a weak staggering body, I literally crawled towards Pastor James’ house, but as I moved closer I was hearing two familiar voices speaking to Pastor James in my local dialect…

“Pastor, so you didn’t see anyone to compete with as regards wife matters, you are dragging Orishamuyiwa with our boss Ifakolade… Well, Ifakolade sent you a message through us, he said he didn’t want to meet you alive by the time he and Orishamuyiwa comes back to Igbonla”

The second familiar voice said “ Pastor, you were told to come and feed the hungry flock here in Igbonla, rather you started falling in love, so since, your ministerial assignment is not very important to you here in Igbonla, we want to transfer you to another duty post….”

My dizziness was increasing by the moment, so I didn’t know if I was imagining things, but when I heard Pastor James’ voice, pleading…

“Please! Please! Don’t do this”

I knew this was real and it was going to become deadly, if I do not move fast…The door was wide open, I crawled in as I tried calling the names of the two guys, SHEPE and SLY (Ifakolade’s boys),but it seem like they couldn’t hear me, I stood up to tried to stop them as Sly was pointing the gun at Pastor James, but It seem like I was invisible….oh Yes!, I was still in my invisible state and these boys couldn’t see me…

I heard the gun shots, two times…

I had to do something, I remembered Ifakolade banged Larry’s gate when we were invisible and it made a sound, I ran to the door, and started hitting it, Sly and Shepe were shocked, they exchanged curious looks and ran away, escaping through the back door…

Pastor James too had fallen to the ground in his own blood, all because of me again…

Why?, Ifakolade!, why did Ifakolade do this to me?, No wonder he said he had killed three people today, Larry, Gbenga, and Pastor JAMES. Pastor James was groaning, and I was surprised when he said…
“Grace! Where are you? I know you are here… I smell you”…

Pastor James knew I was here, but he could not see me or hear me… I moved very close to him…

“Grace why you are so close and yet I can’t see you…ah….Ah…” he said groaning in pains from the gun shot…

“Are you dead? Is it your spirit that is around…I told you…I knew I was going to lose you…” he broke into tears, I moved closer to wipe his tears, I couldn’t help my tears either, but as I cried, my tears fell on his arm…

“Grace…you are crying….I know you are here….God! Why are you invisible? Did Larry do this to you? Did he use a charm on you? God! If she is alive, open my eyes, you opened the eyes of the servant of Elisha to see the invisible, open my eyes, Lord… Pastor James in his pain, started speaking in tongues…

“I..I…. neu…tralize the eff…ect of any ……e…vil invisible charm…. In Jesus name”…he said while grunting in pain….He continued speaking in tongues, but his voice was going lower as he was losing a lot of blood, I was also wearing out…were we both going to die?

I wish I could shout for help, but no one would hear me… the sound of the gunshots would have sent the people of Igbonla into their rooms, they would not come out until they hear the cry of help, but here was I weak, invisible and unheard.

To be continued

Published under the permission of the script writer; Opeyemi Ojerinde

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