July 4, 2018 at 8:20 am #1232724ValentineKeymaster
I stood transfixed at a spot with my mouth wide open and Isabella last word on repeat in my head while waiting for her reply which she was battling to utter out of her mouth but I stood fixed with so much interest to hear it.
“they can only touch what they can see?,what do you mean by that? “.i ask again expecting an answer but something like a spark suddenly appeared in her eyes like she is scared of something.
“wisdom,please Leave this place now”.
“what???”.i asked with a raised voice.
“are you chasing me out of your house?”.i added getting impatience and angry.
“no, just go to the bed now please “.
“you won’t understand just go now”.she shouted this time getting me super angry and I still felt reluctant to go.isabella drag me by the hand toward the bed and pushed me on it then she sent Anabella out of the room, I became extremely scared with so many negative thought running through my mind ofcourse you don’t have to blame me am a human and am bound to think negatively at times.
“what is this girl up to?”.i ask in my mind staring at her as she stood erect staring at the spot were she dragged me from with an unsettled mind which I could see vividly from her facial expressions.
“you better stop thinking negatively”.she said as if she knows what was in my mind after some minutes of silence and persistent stares.
“did I do anything wrong?,tell me please”.i pleaded cos I knew something is disturbing her mind, I could feel I have done something wrong but the big question is,what is it that I did?.isabella head back to the spot and she bent down on the exact spot I stood before,alright this is getting out of hand, if I did anything wrong the best thing she should do is to tell me and stop making me feel like a leper”.i thought in my mind as I made to stand up and confront her but was unable to as my eyes became blury and the next thing I saw before passing out is isabella cutting her palm with a knife.
_____________DEEP INSIDE ISIAMA RIVER________________
Lucius rage around the palace breaking anything he come across in anger while the queen sat on her throne without uttering a single word suddenly, Lucius stopped abruptly like a connection was broken and he face the queen with an all questionable expression.
“I can’t feel the presence anymore,the feeling is gone”.he uttered staring at the queen with his hands wide open.
“you don’t know what we are up against,isabella has stopped the connection.i told you to calm down but you refuse to listen”.the queen replied.
“but how did she manage to do that?,what is Isabella turning into?.i warned you not to let her go to the human World but you refused now look at where it as lead us”.
“we felt the presence because the human step on the spot were Isabella stood when activating the mirror power thereby weakening the mirror”.
“how then did she stop it?”Lucius asked with his black eyes emanating sparkling black pearls.lucius is the most powerful marman in isiama river,he won Isabella hand in marriage with is strength in a combat which is the only acceptable way for marriage in isiama river and he defeated all other marman in isiama river as the law made by the ancient marmaids inscribed.right from ancient time, love has been banned by the ancient marmaids a law where all other marmaids in the universe are prompted to obey.
“she did it the same way she activate it before, cleaning the spot were the human stood with her blood”.the Queen Mother replied and Lucius became devastated with his mouth wide open but no word proceed out of it for minutes.
“eze’nwanyimmiri.grant Me feet Biko’nu am going to the human world”.Lucius finally uttered after some second’s of silence.
“you don’t know what we are up against,the mirror of Isis have a side effect to every being on earth to human, they cant see it.to werewolves who come across it, it swift them off their full moon transformation there by rendering them useless.to witches,it sieze their powers and to marmaids creators of the mirrors it wipe them out of existence when activated by the blood of a marmaid. If you go to the earth you will die by just sighting Isabella”.
“yes.that is how powerful the mirrors of Isis are”.
“why didn’t we heard of this before? And if this kind of weapon is being created by marmaids why are the marmaids of this clave unable to create any?”.Lucius asked.
“Lucius!!”.the queen called.
“yes my queen”.
“next time you ask me irrelevant questions again I will send you to the forbidden for eternity”.the queen uttered in a thundered voice with a sparkling silver lightening emanating from her eyes which signify Fury.
“am sorry my queen please pardon me,but please my queen we need to bring Isabella back tell me what I should do am Ready to do anything”.Lucius pleaded with a forceful calm voice.
“we wait. Patience is a virtue”.the Queen replied.
I woke up stand-in up abruptly like a man been chased by lion in the dream only to see Isabella on the bed with me serving the tray of pepper soup and wine the maid brought to us earlier.
“you have woke up so early,that is good”.she said with a bright smile. Something does not seem right, it seems my Memory is trying to remember something but what could it be?.oh yes Isabella’s cut her hand with a knife. I quickly took her right hand pouring the cup of wine she wanted to pick up on the tray in the process.
“what is wrong with you wisdom?”.she echoed dragging her hand away from me.
“the…the cut”.i manage to say with a trembling shaking mouth.
“which cut? “.
“on your palm”.i added and she stretched the hand opened for me and I saw the hand fully intact no sign of any cut could be seen in it as it is as smooth, soft,fair and beautiful as ever.
“but I saw you cut your hand with a sharp knife before I dozed off”.i said trying to be convinc’ive as I was already ashamed of myself thinking that am going crazy but still want to maintain the fact that am fully OK.
“are you hungry?”she asked and I nodded In affirmative wondering why she will ask that all of a sudden.
“that said it all,you are hilucinating because you are hungry.it do happen to me at times”.she said and I agreed partially maybe it because am really hungry but I really saw her cutting herself.
“now let me feed you”.she added.
“yep, or don’t you want it?”.she asked smiling brightly which trigger joy inside me forgetting all my worries.
“OK. I love it”.i replied and she took a piece of meat from the plate and fed me with it also with the wine she poured inside the cups as she keep on feeding me slowly while I sat down enjoying every bit of it.
“Anabella, come and see us off”.Isabella called to her pet dog who started running toward us barking with it loud voice that seems like a lion roar.
“Hmmmm, Anabella am still curious on why you will name a dog human name”.i said as the dog got on my feet lapping it with it big tongue.
“Lolz, don’t you like dogs?”.
“ofcourse I do but I prefer cats better”.i replied.
“I once have a pink cat too”.
“you do?,o. M. G where is he, is it a he or she?”.i asked happily.i don’t even know why I am so happy this evening, yes evening and we are already outside heading to Isabella Range Rover sport packed at the extreme end of the parking space in the compound.
“don’t be ridiculous,i said ‘once’ not ‘now’.it died last year a week after my return from California. Her name was isabelle”.she explained and I burst into a roaring laughter.
“wait.isabelle?,you name a cat after you?,lolz this Girl is really crazy!”.i exclaimed and she smiled.
“ofcourse am crazy,crazy over you”.
“and am mad over you”.i replied and we both smile with my heart beating very fast but the big question is, where will I start in proposing my feelings to a goddess of beauty like Isabella?, what is the best way to start it and how should it be done to make it a memorable and unforgettable day forever?.
The ride home was not like the latter when we were coming as we gist along the way play funny pranks and games. I must say one of the best moment of my life is the one I spent at Isabella’s house, it was totally awesome. Isabella mom later came home from her boutique and as expected she was very happy and she end up colouring my day more. Her dad is not in the state he has gone to lagos the day before.come to think of this, if a classic and sophisticated lady with almost everything like Victoria okenwa can still be working even though everything she need will always be provide by her husband then why am I saying there is no good reason for my mom to work too?. In short my Mom need to own her own worldwide boutique too no one knows tomorrow cos according to the elders tomorrow is pregnant.
The term is fast Running out and examination is already around the corner.my friendship with Isabella keep growing day by day making our physical bond almost impossible to break into if not impossible,my mom now owns her own boutique at the boundary of ezenite and umudike Town and it is almost all over the state all thanks to Isabella mom who made it a hit and the medium of advertisement which make it very popular in just a short period of time. Today is the long anticipated day,the day for the final match of the governor’s cup between prestigious kings academy and Glorious land academy a School in owerri the capital of imo state. Just like prestigious kings academy, glorious land academy were also the best as their name has gone so wide to the extent that they never loosed any match throughout the round of match and the knockout stage. Guess what!!,the highest score they use to win their opponents according to their highlight which Was shown in the school computer room was five goals to nothing.can you imagine that?, their lowest goals record is five goals and their highest is eleven goals which they use to knockouts their semi Final match to meet us and the most heartbreaking part of it all, it is going to be an away match for us,we are going to Dan Anyiam Stadium owerri today by flight.according to the news been displayed almost everyday on different TV stations which I have also watched, two twins are their Best players and I must say those twins are really Good but we have Gabriel and I don’t think their goal keeper can be as good as Gabriel or so I thought. Everyone is already gathered in the school field waiting for me including the school girls selected to follow us and Just like you thought, all my friends are included.isabella is already in school I told her to go a grieve mistake I made that day putting all my School hope in danger and multiplying their fear.my school is scared, all the past weeks was used in discussing about the possible outcome of the match and I am the only hope my School have against those devilish twins.
the driver drove in fast speed as commanded by me along m’baise road heading to my school and my mind was fully in haste and tension for the match.suddenly, a black jeep overtake us from the side blocking our pathway and my driver stopped abruptly cursing the hell out of the occupant of the jeep ofcourse I was not left out cos that stupid act really piss me off. The car door open and three guards came down with full AK 47 riffle That was when we discover what we were against really came fully prepared for us.
“come down from that car”.one of the guys commanded and we jumped down without a Second thought knelling down on the floor with our hands above our head pleading for mercy.
“please don’t kill me, please I beg of you in the name of God”.i pleaded vigorously.
“wisdom wealth,son of wealth chukwuyere”.a base voice sounded from the car and the man came down wearing complete black suit with a long pipe of tobacco in his hand which he is busy inhaling.
“please sir,i have not done anything wrong to deserve death am still very young please don’t kill me”.
“kill you?”.he asked and they started laughing.
“I can see you dont know me OK,sorry for my manners. I am chief Desmond okechukwu”.
“tochukwu dad?”.i asked.
“smart boy!.yes I am Desmond father”.
“please sir dont hurt me,it was not my fault for what happen to tochukwu please spare me I promise never to touch him again”.
“who is talking about tochukwu here?,you are going to school for the flight to owerri right?”.he asked and I nodded like a frightening lizard.
“you must not join them in That match if you know what is good for you”.
“if I don’t go they will loose sir please consider our effort since the beginning of this competition please reconsider your decision”.i pleaded as sweat were already all over my body regreting why I did not follow Isabella in the First place while my driver laid down on the floor like a dead wood being blow by breeze.
“I am the president of the Parent teacher association of Glorious ground academy,i have spent enough cash to ensure that trophy is ours and would eventually be ours but you are the only person that can make all our effort useless if you participate in that match”.now am getting everything right, he actually use tochukwu against me so I could quit playing. The trophy is not even my problem but the sweat and time we use to play right from the beginning which will be totally wasted and full of disgrace if I don’t play.
“take a look at this”.he said showing me a picture.
“jesus!!,sir please don’t do this!”.I pleaded after seeing the pic which shows my mom when she was going into her boutique this morning.
“do everything possible to ensure you dont play that match if you still love your mom or you will receive the news that your mom is dead immediately you step your feet in owerri”.he elucidated with a very serious tune and they went back to their car.
“the choice is your”.he added before whinning up the car door and they drove off with their wheel streaking the floor due to their speed.
“I cant let my mom die,what should I do!!!?”.i cried out to no one in particular as tears started steaming down my face falling on the tiled road.
I stood there scratching my hair roughly with my fingers and my mind completely filled with so many thoughts .what am I going to do?,if I don’t play this match I have a feeling that it is going to be very rough for them.the driver is not even helping any matter on board not that am expecting him to tell me what I should do before cos according to chief Desmond the choice is mine and the ball is in my coat but at least he should have a little idea on the kind of choice I should make considering the fact that he is more advance in age than me if not thrice my age.
“take me to the School”.i sounded with a bit commanding tune completely frustrated and worn out.
“the school?,sir don’t you think it is a bit risky?.he said for the first time after the overtaking and I force out a smile.
“yeah I know am not playing I just want to go and tell them that I won’t be able to follow them”.i elucidated and he nodded in affirmative.nomally,i usually bashed on him for adding some respects to my name considering the fact that he is old enough to have a son of my age but with the kind of mess I am in now,there is no time for that we are talking about my mom’s life here.
I saw Isabella at the gate the moment I came down from the car,it is obvious she was waiting for me considering the speed she ran and hug me when she saw me.
“what happen to you?”.she asked after dessengaging the hug.
“bella,i don’t think I can participate in this final match”.
“ofcourse you will and you must”.
“my mom life is in danger,i was warned on my way not too……”.
“by Chief Desmond right? “.She asked cutting my words short and I became surprised.
“how did you know?”.
“driver,get me the car key”.she motioned to my driver without replying my question and the driver did as commanded.
“do you know how to drive?”.i ask again filled with a worried expression.
“look, calm your nerves down.do you trust me?”.she asked.
“yes,with my life,i trust you more than my self”.
“then go to the school and get prepared for the ride to the Airport, nothing will happen to your mom”.she added with so much confident and she enter the car before I could gather my boldness together to ask what she meant by all her words which seem like puzzles to me and right there in my presence she drove out of the vicinity alone in the car and I was left with no other option than to do as she said.
Students were just gathering in the Assembly which I think was summon by the principal when I entered the school and I went straight to my line a little bit calm and I don’t just seem to know why, maybe because I saw Isabella but what is seeing Isabella gat to do with my mom life?.
“where have you been since?”.someone motioned to me and I look at the direction to see Vincent staring at me.
“I was doing something at home”.i muttered which he smiled to. The urge to tell him what happen to me was very high but I succeeded in shifting it to a deep part of me with the conclusion that I should wait for isabella first,i don’t know why but I kinda have some faith on isabella,a faith which i don’t know where it came From or is it part of love too?.
The principal later climbed the podium projected for announcement and I knew at that point that it is time for the final manifesto.
“great prestigious students!!”.he exclaimed aloud.
“Great!!”we echoed in a unique voice at the same time.
“Great! Great!! Great!!! Prestigious students!.
“we finally made it to owerri”.
“today is the Final match,the day we have work so much to reach,the place 32 School’s strive to reach but only two get to reach. We are playing with glorious land academy a School that as put fear in many people’s mind at the mention of their name but I want to assure you all that they are humans like us there is no reason to be scared of them. The same determination and focus that get them there is the same we are using to meet them, they are good but they lack one thing which we always have.we are prestigious and they are not”.the principal said and we all shouted and applause for what we are,who we still are and will always be.
“unlike the other various matches we had played this one is going to be different we are playing it in a Stadium,Dan Anyiam Stadium as we all know. Don’t let the length and width of the stadium to confuse you a field is a field for prestigious dragons of IMO state,we are going to owerri with just one rule,it is either we win or we draw or we die there for the Love of the street…..!!”he concluded exclaiming the last word aloud and the whole lines scattered as students shout on the top of their voice in echoes of various tunes and I accepted the fact that students crises is the worst thing that should befall a School seeing the way they are shouting all around happily now,what will now happen if it is a school crises where every students from different home and different home training are free to display their madness?.
I sighted Isabella at the gate coming into the school compoand when were where getting ready to leave for the airport as we were fully prepared putting on our governor’s cup vest,soccer and shinguard and I quickly ran to meet up with her.
“I can see you are fully prepared already that is good”.she said amidst smile.
“but my mom, am scared”.
“I thought you said you trusted me?”.
“yes but am……”.
“shiiiiiii,dont be scared and no but.nothing will happen and beside that,I have a surprise for you”.she said melting my heart with her sweet voice.
“ok,what is that?”.i asked.
“no need to rush,you will see it when you get to owerri now let’s go to the Airport”.she said and I obliged as other students selected and those that can afford a flight on their own started going out of the School compound and we join them including some staffs in the school but that does not stop me from being curious wondering the surprise Isabella is talking about.
The match is to start by 12noon prompt and we got to Dan Anyiam Stadium by 11:14 am a little bit late for some proper introduction as our opponents were already there waiting for us. You won’t believe adaeze prestigious kings throne was actually brought to the field too by air as two boys were seen taking it out of the car to a place where she will seat and have a clear view of the match,lolz that girl is enjoying sha.
“wisdom!!”.i heard Isabella sweet voice from behind and I turned back to see a shocking view. Heading toward where I stood with my teammate and staffs is my mom, Isabella dad,her mom and Isabella herself.i quickly ran and hug my mom very tight as they both laugh so hard.
“I love you mom”.i said in a sober Voice.
“yeah I know you love me but why are you crying when you are suppose to be happy to see us?”.she asked and I quickly cover up with a smile in order not to give them a spike clue to what happened that morning.
“ofcourse mom am happy, very happy”.i said and she giggle.
“but why didn’t you tell me that you will come?”.i added.
“because I wanted to surprise you which I have done now”.she replied and I dessengaged from her hugging Isabella parents one after the other and we all smile happily.
“what about me,wont you hug me? “.Isabella retorted and I smile hugging her too.
“and us too,wont you hug us? “.i heard from my back only to turn back and see Vincent,anabel and adaeze heading toward us and I went to hug them too together which Isabella joined too.
“friends for life”.we chorused and our parents laugh happily.
“now go to the field and show them how it is done”.my mom elucidated.
“if prestigious kings academy win this match the will give the five of you anything you want no matter the cost”.Isabella dad retorted and we exhale deeply.
“ok sir, we Will”.i said reassuring him.
“wisdom”.Isabella called me back as we were going to the field and she hug me again.
“be careful”.she enunciated in a sober whisper in my ear and I smile.
“I will my sunshine”.i said in assurance dessengaging the hug and we head to the field joining my other teammate in a straight line as the opponent were already line up in the field waiting for us in the stadium that is totally filled with people to the blinks Including reporters,jouna
list from different newspaper, television and Radio stations. Now that my mom is close to me ,no chief Desmond to disturb me then it is time to show them how it is done or so I thought. But come to think of it, where did Isabella drove to when she said I should trust her?, well the goodnews is my mom is here with me that is all I need to be calm.
The match started few minutes later after we made the first pass and the lock horn begin. For close to ten minutes they were fully more than us in ball possession as the two twins strikers were using us to shine enjoying the cheers from the spectators.we were playing tightly from our own sides too but I must say they are more than us as I and Vincent took it upon ourself to attack the twins slowing down their pace and I must say they are really good,they read there mind far better than us especially with their shadow marking and attack. The match is really against us but as fate will have it Gabriel is doing what he know how to do best which is, acting as a rock of ages that will always cleft for us. John one of our defenders played a goal kick straight my wing and I stopped it making sure I do the best by avoiding their shadow marking as I dribbled a little bit, passed it to Matt who inturn long pass it to Vincent and Vincent fired a hot shot which I quickly played in an R2 tactics which was our first attempt on their goal keeper since the game start against there numerous attempt which they fire on Gabriel as he stopped them all and guess what? Their keeper made a dive right from the left pole to the right one and he caught the ball in his hand like a piece of paper.
“gosh, this is not a child play”.i muttered on my breath as I remember the principal word, it is either we win or we draw or we die there for the love of the street.the only way to hold this people down is now that they are attacking more than us,what we have to do is to make our post impenetrable to them by turning this match to defending game so the game can be a draw and it will end in penalty.few minutes later,the referee blow his whistle for the half time as we all went out to meet our principal and staffs who started lecturing us again with encouragement and they offer us glocuse and more power boast fruits and drinks.
“sir please substitute John for tochukwu”.i bluntly muttered to our coach after some tactics speech and encouragement from the principal.
“why?.the principal said tochukwu should be benched”.he replied.
“the best way to win this match is to defend and it will be good if tochukwu join us with his midfielding skills”.
“ok, we will”.the principal replied.
The second half started and this time tochukwu joined us after the principal remind us the only accepted rule for the game which is to either win,draw or we die there.our main focus was to defend our goal post with every paramount strength inside us which tochukwu and Matt were doing with there full strength while I and Vincent try our best striking and defending too. Our new game formation made the mid field strength to wallow off but no matter how they try they were always unable to pass through our defenders not to talk of playing any ball to Gabriel which is very good, he should save his strength for penalty if the game is to end in a draw which was our plan.tochukwu kicked a ball heavily out from the goal post which Vincent supported with a direct head bolt to the front where glorious land defenders were and I jumped up to head the ball to the post only to be kicked down by a defender who was trying to stop me from heading the ball and I landed on the floor with one of my kneel hitting the ground so hard and I end up breaking one of my leg and I screamed so loud in pain as the fracture sound was loud enough for the people close to me to hear.
“oh God,there is no hope in winning this trophy anymore”.a voice retorted giving up hope just like I have already done in my heart.
“the rule said it is either we win or we draw or we die there does that mean am really going to die here?”. I ask rhetorically in my mind filled with so much pains as loosing was never recorded in the rules.
To be continue………….July 4, 2018 at 11:19 am #1232747DannymhorganParticipant
Make sure you don’t end your playing career oooJuly 4, 2018 at 12:57 pm #1232770Junior50Participant
Hmmm……wisdom don’t die o. Mr writer pls where is episode 53July 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm #1232780kingsabintoParticipant
Can’t find episode 53 oJuly 4, 2018 at 1:29 pm #1232782SoftieParticipant
i believe you people will win themJuly 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm #1232790TolaniParticipant
Die me…Mr writer where is epi 53July 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm #1232794Lonewolf05Participant
Are you truly going to give your life for a football match?… then you are really dumb.July 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm #1232805jummybabeParticipant
Episode 53 is missing