May 14, 2018 at 6:52 am #1215356ValentineModerator
(Tales of the dead)
:Written by # BRIGHT_DANIEL
Alex woke up very early in the morning for an exercise. He flung the blanket of the bed that covered him and his fiancee, Kate, up then stepped down naked dressing up for the exercise. Morning dew was the nature of the weather which he normally likes because it makes him exercise more than he expects. Distant vehicles and trailers kept making a pandemonium as he sat on the edge of the bed putting on his sport shoes. He had already worn his black track suit and wristwatch which had his complexion. Never had any hair been seen on his head-he barbs it completely every two weeks. He is tall with a pointed nose and small eyes looking innocent, humble and harmless. He walked towards the door after getting ready but Kate groaned half-asleep and interrupted him saying, “Where are you going?”
“Wonna do a little jogging” Alex replied with his hand on the doorknob. “Do you wonna join me?” he added.
“Coz you never told me you’ll be doing that this morning. Moreover, it’s very cold”
Alex smiled. “Simply tell me you want another sex or probably morning sex”
“Get a hell out of here, silly boy” Kate blindedly threw a billow at him with a smile.
“I’m off” Alex clutched the doorknob. “I love you” he said and finally went out to the cold.
“I love you too” Kate replied even though Alex didn’t hear it.
Along the road where Alex jogged, cars and passengers kept moving to and fro. The road was straight and long without a single pothole. By the side of it were houses having almost the same building pattern; a tall ornamental crop in front of each house.
After several minutes of jogging on the road, Alex stopped to the sound of a strange bell which kept ringing continuously from nowhere. He looks at other people who were passing-by to know if they were also hearing the ringing bell but none showed a reaction to it which means there weren’t hearing it. “What is going on?” he thought and tapped the nearest girl beside him. “Can you here that?” he asked.
“Hear what?” the girl returned the
“It’s ringing. Can’t you hear it?”
The young girl shook her head negatively and looked at Alex as if he was insane before leaving his presence. Suddenly a dog under an ornamental crop in front of one of the houses began to bark at Alex who stared at it. It ran to him, touched him with it’s tail then began to run along the road too.
“I think the dog can hear it” Alex said and ran after it. On their way where there was no single house but bushes, the dog ran inside one of them. Alex hesitated to follow it into the bush but when the sound of the bell got intense, he rushed inside flinging away several grasses. “Where are you taking me to?!” he shouted at the dog. Sooner did he notice that he was in the heart of the forest. He stopped and watched the dog bark under a particular tree. Instantly, the bell stopped ringing then he gently walked to the dog whose eyes were upward. He also looked up but couldn’t believe what he saw on the tree! “My God!” he exclaimed silently.
Alex returned to the house but didn’t see Kate in bed anymore-she was in the kitchen. The apartment was one bedroom flat with toilet and a kitchen. It was a typical bachelor’s house: a single bed, television, wardrobe, bags on the floor and PS game along side with the television. Alex didn’t bother to go into the kitchen when he heard Kate preparing breakfast, rather he pulled out a bottle of alcoholic drink and began to drink quietly in confusion and worries. Just then, Kate came out. She wore a long gown which she supported with a hand.
“Why are you drinking when I’m making breakfast?”
“I need to get my senses together”
“With an alcohol?” Kate sat beside him on the edge of the bed. “Baby, tell me, what’s wrong?”
“I heard the sound of a ringing bell along the road” Alex began. “I noticed i was the only one hearing it after asking a lady if she could hear it too. Suddenly, a dog began to bark. It touches me with it’s tail and led me to a forest, under a
tree. When i looked up, i couldn’t believe what i saw”
“What did you see?” Kate queried.
Alex stood up, drank a quantity of the drink again and looked at her bemusedly.
“You are scaring me. What did u see?” Kate also stood up.
“I saw a hanging human skeleton” Alex replied.
“Oh, my God!”
“I don’t know the meaning of what just happened this morning”
“Baby, this is serious” Kate began. “I know the fact that bells signifies
information. I think an information is trying to be passed to you or through you”
“What a hell do you mean by that? And what information are you talking about?” Alex was beginning to get angry. He can easily get angry and also forgets about it easily. That was part of him Kate tried to adjust.
“Alex, calm down” Kate gently held his hand, “I think the information is about the dead body you saw hanging on the tree” she concluded.
TBCMay 14, 2018 at 6:55 am #1215358ValentineModerator
:Written by # BRIGHT_DANIEL
Alex became woozy when he heard Kate saying that the ringing bell tried to tell him about the dead body he found in the heart of the forest. So he walked towards the television set and drank more of the alcoholic drink. He suddenly turned to Kate again and said, “What concerns me with a dead body who i don’t even know?”
“I don’t know, Alex but…” Kate moved closer to him. “I think we should forget about this. It means nothing” she added hoping it sounds convincing because she didn’t want him to get worried over it. That wasn’t what she expected for a happy morning, so she walked into the kitchen again and came out with cooked noodles. “Breakfast is ready” she announced.
Alex was just a junior staff in Remedy Bank Of Africa (RBA). It had not been long he was employed so he tried his best to be punctual, effective and productive. He loves his job and was willing to do anything to keep it because he suffered and struggled not only to get it but also to get to the level he is. He
was ready to do away with anything that would make him descend from that position instead of ascending to another one regardless who or what the thing is. He walked into the bank wearing a black plain trouser and longsleeve shirt which he tucked in. After the shirt was a black suit with his ID card dangling by the side. He reached the door of his office and tried to open it but it stocked. He shook it with force yet the door refused to open. When he finally pushed it opened, he observed something: it seemed to him as if he had done something like that before in the past, so he stopped and looked around the office. Nevertheless, he walked straight to his chair, boote the computer before him on the table and tried to open-up a file but several papers fell down from it. There was also a half-drank bottle of water on the table which he left the previous day. As he bent to pick up the papers, his cell phone fell down too and broke open. “My God, what is all this!?” he shrieked and ignored everything touching his beards silently. He couldn’t figure out what was happening. Just then, a fellow female worker, Glory, entered with a big file in her hand. After glancing at the nasty floor, she saw Alex lost in thought. She was totally fair in complexion with a transparent pair of eyeglasses on her face having a Brazilian hair. She also wore a black trouser and suit.
“Alex?” Glory called enthusiastically then Alex came back to his senses.
“Hi, good morning” he greeted and began to park the papers and his broken phone immediately.
“Are you okay?” Glory stepped forward and sat on a chair opposite him.
“I don’t think so. What happened?” she pleasingly queried.
Alex exhaled heavily after picking the papers and said, “I struggled to open the door, papers fell on the floor, when i tried to pick them, my cell phone fell down too and got broken then i went deep in thought. That’s what happened” he explained without a single smile.
“What were you thinking?” Glory queried again.
“It doesn’t matter”
“Oh.. I see. Sorry for that anyways”
“Thanks. What can i do you for?”
“Just sign this document for me”
Glory walked to Alex, stood beside him and placed the file that contained the document on the table before him. After he signed it, dropped the pen and tried to hand over the file to her, he mistakingly fell the bottle-water whose water soaked the document very well.
“Christ!” Glory flung the document up immediately while Alex took up the bottle-water instantly.
“I’m sorry” he apologized.
“You are sorry?”
“Alex, you are not yourself!” Glory
interrupted angrily. “Do you know the consequences of what you’ve just done? The manager needs this document now and believe you me, he won’t take it likely to see it damaged like this!” Just after she lamented, Alex began to hear the sound of the bell again. So he stood up swiftly staring at Glory.
“Can you hear that?”
“Glory, listen carefully is ringing!” Alex held her two shoulders and shook it vigorously but Glory stared at him as if he had gone bonkers. “I’m not insane” he added.
“The first time i checked, you weren’t but you are proving to be now. Let’s see how the manager will react to this scene you’ve just created” Glory walked out. Yet the bell never stopped ringing..
Kate had left to her mother’s and joined her in the kitchen. Mrs Nancy Ethen, the mother, was in her early fifties. She had a husband, Ethen Williams, who had gone for a business trip.
“You never told me you’ll be sleeping over at Alex’s” Mrs Nancy told her daughter.
“I’m sorry, mum” Kate apologized.
“Remember he’s not your husband yet, you are just his fiancee”
“I know mum”
“How’s he doing?”
“Fine but..” Kate paused and looked at her mother. “Mum, something happened to him this morning” she said while the mother looked at her too..
TBCMay 14, 2018 at 7:11 am #1215360HORMORTIYORModerator
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