LIST OF COMPLETED STORIES
(THE LIVING GODDESS)
Written by Nathaniel Anuma
Darkness had taken the best part of the atmosphere at that particular geographical area of the world. There was no moon but twinkle stars. It was by this time that notorious beings like Juel and Joan operate, looking for who to castrate. Of course, they were at it again that night, driving to Delber for the living goddess. Nobody could explain how they got the car driven so fast as if used for bank robbery. Its headlight only illuminated at a close range.
On the other hand, Isabella and Chiquitita laid on the bed given to them by Nina. Already Fernando had explained to his granny why the twins came but never mentioned to her about his quest to make money through Chiquitita, neither did he tell her that he had less than five days to live on earth.
Nevertheless, Isabella called on her sister who laid beside her, thinking about her conversation with Fernando early that day. She was really happy to finally see a man that loves her, but Isabella didn’t give a damn about men. Surprisingly, she saw Chiquitita smiling alone through the flame of a horican lamp.
“Why are you smiling?”
“Was I?” Chiquitita returned the question.
“Whatever..” Isabella turned from her, but suddenly turned to her again. “Fernando said he saw you talking to nobody beside the pool at the hospital? Is it true?”
“I can’t remember doing that” Chiquitita rubbed her forehead.
“We need to know what we’re into. The woman who died in our house said that it gonna be disastrous for us if we don’t return to the marine kingdom”
“We? No, only Chiquitita is chosen to come serve as was agreed by your late mother” a female voice came from the sitting room which startled the girls.
“Who said that?” Chiquitita looked at her sister whose heart has began to beat faster. She had to hold Tita by the hand due to how scared she could be to horror situations like that. Their eyes never departed from the opened door which was demarcated by a curtain. The curtain kept flipping thro and fro due to wind generated from nearby trees and the river. Yet, they never saw anybody.
“Who is there?” Chiquitita stepped down from the bed. “Nina, is that you?” she added. By then, the roof of the building had started making noise. Hearing it, Isabella hurried to the back of her sister in a way she held her gown. Both looked up then directed their eyes back to the flipping curtain, gradually moving towards it until they finally passed through it into the sitting room where the voice came. They saw nothing but shadows of furniture. Suddenly, a woman appeared from behind. Seeing her, the twins adjusted backward.
“Tita, you shall not have peace until you fulfil your mother’s covenant. You must come to assume your duty” the woman said.
“Lies, my sister is going nowhere” Isabella disagreed from her hiding place; behind her sister.
“Something more than the car explosion will happen again. Your parents won’t get lucky this time around”
“Wait..” Chiquitita placed a hand on her head. “Now I can remember. You caused the explosion. You were among the person who came to me by the swimming pool”
“Come with me, Tita, to your world where..” the unknown woman became interrupted by Nina who came out with crucifix in her hand.
“She’s going no where with you”
“Stay out of this old woman” she pointed a finger at her. Just then, Nina fell down and the candle lights from her small alter fell on her cloth to eventually burn her up. When Isabella wanted to go help her, she found herself pinned at a spot.
“Tita, I can’t move!” She shouted.
Chiquitita looked at both of them without knowing what to do. She wanted to move too but found herself pinned at a spot also. At such situations, she could easily feel a power within her, but nothing happen. Therefore, she shouted at the woman saying, “Release them!!”
Strong wind began to blow into the house to the extent Chiquitita’s hair dangled towards its direction.
The woman laughed like a witch. “You don’t have your powers anymore because you have fallen in love” she disappeared.
Meanwhile, Nina’s cloth had started burning. Just before Chiquitita could go help her because the absence of the woman freed them, Juel and Joan arrived. They grabbed Chiquitita in a way a handkerchief full of drugs covered her nose, so immediately she inhaled it, she became unconscious. They began to carry her out. When Isabella wanted to react, the barrel of a gun restricted her. She did nothing but to shout for help as the boys carried her twin sister away. She had to first help Nina up, but before she could finish, the men had driven out. She ran outside with tears in her eyes. “Somebody help me!!”
However, Fernando had succeeded In loosing the rope that was used to tie him down. He took the next available bus to Delber to see the house scattered with Isabella crying outside. The grandmother’s voice could be heard from outside praying with a rosary in her hand.
“Where is your sister?” Fernando asked Isabella.
“They have taken her away” she replied in tears. “They took this way with a car” she pointed at a direction.
Fernando ran inside, took a torchlight and ran towards a motorcycle parked at one if the neighbourhoods. Isabella ran after him, but when he noticed, he shouted, “Where the hell do you think you’re going to?!”
“I’m following you!!” her voice seemed louder than his.
“Get back into the house. It’s dangerous!”
“Damn!” He finally got to the motorcycle, cut and joined two wires then started it. Isabella jumped in from behind before they blasted into the darkness, following the same direction…..
TO BE CONTINUED
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