Pastor Amadi woke up and looked around him. He was the only one in the room.
Pastor Amadi: *smiling* so she didn’t wait to collect money for the s£x. Hmm, where will someone get free s£x these days?
He said as he stretched and stood up. He wore his trouser, shirt, shoe and walked out of the room closing the door.
Pastor Amadi: here is the key!
Receptionist: thanks for coming to our hotel sir. Do have a nice day.
Pastor Amadi: you are welcome.
He said and walked out of the hotel. He got close to his car and he never knew what made him looked at the back seat.
Pastor Amadi: Jesus!!!!!!
He said and opened the car doors. He searched everywhere but his ‘Ghana must go’ bags were missing. He opened the boot and burrnet of the car but yet no money.
He ran back to the hotel receptionist.
Pastor Amadi: please when I was going upstairs did I hold any ‘Ghana must go bag’?
Receptionist: no sir. Any problem?
Pastor Amadi: erm no. The girl, the girl that came with me when did she leave the hotel?
Receptionist: about an hour ago sir.
Pastor Amadi: did she carry any bag on her way out?
Receptionist: no, she just passed by the first time with what looked like a car key in her hand. She later passed by the second time, I guess she went to drop the keys before leaving the hotel.
Pastor Amadi: Jesus!!!!!! I am finish oo.
Receptionist: sorry sir, is their any problem?
Pastor Amadi: erm no, thank you very much.
He said as he dashed out of the hotel, entered inside his car and zoomed off.
PASTOR AMADI’S HOUSE.
Pastor Amadi rushed inside his house breathing heavily. His wife grace was cleaning the television set at that time.
Pastor Amadi: *breathing hard* I am finish. I am finish oo.
Grace: you have started this your useless complain again. What is it this time?
Pastor Amadi: *sitting down* the money, the money ooo.
Grace: you mean the money you were suppose to send to the headquarters?
Pastor Amadi: yes o.
Grace: what happened to the money?
Pastor Amadi: I lost it o. I lost thirteen million naira.
Pastor Amadi: believe me, I still can’t believe it. I don’t even know the right explanation to give o.
Grace: we are finished. If the headquarters find out then you might loose your job as a pastor.
Pastor Amadi: yes o. Where are we going to get money to pay the bills, the children school fees and even house rent.
Grace: Amadi, I don’t know you can be very careless as to lost thirteen million naira. Worst of all is that tomorrow is the deadline you are given to submit the cash.
Pastor Amadi: what are we going to do now?
Grace: me I am not ready to go and suffer o. I don’t want to suffer.
Pastor Amadi: then what are we going to do?
Grace: *thinks for a while* you know you can easily turn things around.
Pastor Amadi: how?
Grace: the only person that knows about the thirteen million naira you are about to send today is Pastor Val. He is also the only one very close to you. Remember how you gave him ten million naira to keep for the church last year?
Pastor Amadi: yes, what are you insinuating?
Grace: we can turn this against Pastor Val!!
Pastor Amadi: what do you mean by that.
Grace: we can easily say that Pastor Val took the money when he visited you some night ago for the meeting you guys conducted.
Pastor Amadi: no I can’t. I can’t do that. I can’t set up my fellow pastor.
Grace: I can see you are a weakling. Well get ready to die and rot in jail because when the headquarters found out that you misplaced the money, the police will be after you.
Pastor Amadi: God forbid.
Grace: which God? The same one who says heaven help those that help themselves? Stay their and be killing yourself thinking of an impossible solution when I have already provided a possible solution.
Pastor Amadi: but setting up Val won’t be easy you know. Where are my witness.
Grace: so that is what you need, witnesses. You shall have as many as you want so far there is money to pay them all.
Pastor Amadi: oh my God, thirteen million naira???
Grace: and honey, I want you to tell me how you were able to misplaced such a huge amount of money.
Pastor Amadi: I was driving to the bank when I saw one black SUV car behind me. Thinking I was in danger, I zoomed off not knowing that it was a police car on patrol. They also thought that I was a criminal due to the way I took off and the chased me. I was able to get close to another police station before jumping out of my car and ran to the police station forgetting to close the doors. The policemen that were after me also parked their cars as the rushed inside looking for me. They found me and that was when the truth of the matter was revealed that they were not criminals but police. Out of fear, I left the car doors opened as I ran out. It was when I returned that was when I saw that the money were missing.
Grace: hmm this your long story does not sound right to me oo. Well the did has been done. One should not spend time crying over spilt milk. We better think and act fast or else we stand the chance of loosing everything.
Pastor Amadi: anything you say dear, I am solidly behind you!!!
ONE WEEK LATER
Pastor Val walked inside his house with tears in his eyes. His wife and kid were still in the hospital. Some days ago, the doctor confirmed that the baby in his wife womb was dead due to the situation of the mother.
They have the baby removed as quickly as possible to prevent it being decayed. Now that is not even the main matter.
He is coming from a meeting where the general overseer and other big pastors of GLORIOUS LIFE MINISTRY are accusing him of stealing the thirteen million naira that was meant for the church.
The treasurer Pastor Amadi Okeke was able to maneuver the situation in such a way that it looked as though pastor val stole the money because they have been close friends up till this day.
The secretary and accountant of the church were also witnesses of this false news. At the end, he lost his Job and was given a deadline of one week to pay the money or face the law.
Pastor Val: does God really exist?
He asked himself as he threw his bible to God knows where and slumped into a chair.
Pastor Val: I have been serving this same God for years but look at the way he abandons me. When I needed him most, where was he? Nowhere to be found. How can the God I serve allow an innocent girl to be battling with her life in the hospital? How can the God I have humbly serve all this years allow a pregnant woman to loose her baby and yet, she is still in the hospital with her kid. I claim to serve God but my Job and everything is gone for something I didn’t do. Who knows, maybe the rest of my life will be spent in jail. Does God truly exist?
Just then he heard a knock on the door.
Pastor Val: yes who is there?
Voice: it’s me mummy Idris.
Pastor Val: oh come in.
My mother walked inside the house.
Mum: good day sir.
Pastor Val: good day to you. Hope there is no problem?
Mum: not at all sir, the only problem is that we have not been conducting our prayer lately. I came to ask if everything is alright.
Pastor Val: I can’t and won’t lie to you. Everything is not fine. Infact I am under family crisis and until I sort things out with my family, every other things are suspended.
Mum: ok, if that is the way you want it. I will be conducting the prayers alone for now.
Pastor Val: that will be very good.
My mum stood up without another word and left Pastor Val’s house.
THE WITCHES COVEN
the goddess appear smiling in front of the queen mother. She seemed pleased.
goddess: nice work Queen mother. I am truly impressed by your work. You have successfully destroyed his family. Now he is not close to his God as before. He even went to bed this night without praying.
Queen: that means…
goddess: he is very vulnerable to any of our attack.
Queen: then now will be the perfect and right time to attack him. What do you think?
goddess: same, I am solidly behind you.
She said and disappeared.
Pastor val’s house.
She appeared inside pastor val’s room with a smile on her face. Pastor val lay on his bed deep in sleep. She simply walked over to the other side of the bed and stretched her hand towards him.
Queen: val, val!! I summon your soul to appear before me. Appear now before me for you shall do my biddings. appear! appear!! appear!!!!!!
She shouted and Pastor val soul appeared before her and they both disappeared to the coven.
THE WITCHES COVEN
PASTOR VAL’S POV
I couldn’t keep myself calm since this tragedy began to take place in my life. How could my wife and kid be admitted in the hospital in the same day. I lost my baby in the womb including my Job and the rest of my life might be spent in jail.
At this point, believing and trusting in God won’t be as easy as I thought because the God I know will not allow his children to suffer over nothing.
I was still thinking when mummy Idris came to my house. I had no other option than to tell her that the prayer is on hold. Good a thing she just left without arguing.
Is there any point in praying?
Whom am I praying to?
The same God that allow tragedy, badluck and misfortunes to befall me?
Is it not better I just go to bed and wake up the next day with whatever faith have in store for me?
Surely there is no reason why I shouldn’t just go to bed like that. I mean what might happen to me that has not already happened.
I went to bed and slept off without praying. Not long, I felt something odd. It was like I was in a dream and my soul was detached from my body.
I followed an unknown woman to a place where she lay me down on what looked like an altar and brought out a sharp knife. A very sharp knife aiming for my head.