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The Immortals’ Code #21

Last week’s episode brought us to the end of the first part of The Immortals’ Code. This was where I stopped the last time but have no worries, the story continues. This second part is titled The Rise of the Cabal. It takes you back to the beginning where men were still boys. The story is interwoven with For Better, For Worse. Enjoy. It has only just begun… CHARYBDIS HOTEL AND RESTAURANT/ 1978 Emem had never seen anything like the room where she stood. It was a strange-looking restaurant but it was also inviting to the eyes. She had no idea what the floor was made of. It sounded like wood beneath her platform shoes, although it shone like brown glass. She looked up at the ceiling which held a large, green boat that covered most of it and she feared that it could drop down on unsuspecting diners at any…

The Immortals’ Code #16

“Has anyone here heard of Bloodbath?” Lanre mumbled after Victor threw his question. “It was written severally on the planes and stars. What is it?” Victor scratched his beard. “The question you should ask is who. Who are they?” He stopped for a drink from his keg. “Is it me or this palmwine tastes like it’s a week old?” “Victor…” Etim rubbed his eyes. “We’re running out of time.” “You people think the motives of the Cabal are bad? I can imagine the shame on your faces when you talk about them; the spurn when you think about what your fathers are doing. By all definition, they are ruthless but their motives…their conclusion will serve us well in the end.” “How can you say that?” David frowned. “Bloodbath is a militia in the Cabal. There are two others but Bloodbath is the terrorist wing, a militia of men and women…

The Immortals’ Code #15

It was well past one in the morning when Captain finally turned in. His bedroom had been pre-cooled for him and he switched off the air conditioner the moment he walked in. He didn’t bother to turn on the lights as he rested his back on the bed and stared up at the ceiling. “Hope you didn’t miss me too much?” he asked the form that lay in the nude beside him. “How did the meeting go?” Emem inquired and Captain turned. She seemed to be floating over the cool blue of the bedspread. He sat up and worshipped her with his eyes, fancying himself a magician that had succeeded in making his subject levitate. A voice prodded him to touch her but he was afraid she would vanish if he did. Still he was tempted. As he pondered over it, she petered out from his view and took a…

The Immortals’ Code #11

It was Ramsey’s last day on civilian grounds. He was going back to base by sundown and he was all set. The only problem was that he wasn’t ready. Typically, he was feeling no form of excitement. The army had been part of his existence from birth and he was now accustomed to it but he was tired of taking orders. Leonel was his role model and he constantly envied his freedom, watching how he ran his own enterprise and made his own decisions. That was the type of life he had always wished for. In usual tradition, his brothers had treated him to a farewell dinner the previous night and he still felt lazy from the heavy meal of pounded yam and egusi David’s wife had fed him. Sitting in the silence of his bedroom, darkened by black curtains, he washed down the heaviness with a glass of vodka…

The Immortals’ Code #9

TADE’S BAR/ A FEW MINUTES BEFORE RICHIE’S DEATH The table was silent. Bottles of beer were left opened but unconsumed, except for Richie’s which was presently glued to his lips and had no plans of making it back to the table. Tony looked at him blankly, his eyes clouded with unshed tears. His elbows briefly rested on the wobbly plastic table before him and the ignored bottles of beer shook, threatening to be toppled over. No one bothered about the table or the beers; each person was mourning Tina in their own silent way. Her death had come as a rude shock to all of them. Moses, in particular, still believed someone was pulling a nasty joke. He refused to accept that Tina was dead even after he saw her lying lifelessly on Tony’s bed just after midnight that morning. It had been surreal for him to watch Richie and…

The Immortals’ Code #8

Read Previous Episodes Of  The Immortals’ Code “Sorry, I had to do this, Hamza,” Lanre said, going behind Hamza to untie him from the chair that had held him captive for nine hours. “It was necessary.” Hamza was silent. He didn’t really have anything to say to Lanre. So much had ensued in the past forty-eight hours that his brain was still reeling from the shock of information and happenings that he didn’t have the staying power to voice out what was on his mind. He massaged his sore wrists and wiggled his feet to restore the flow of blood as Lanre stood before him again. “I had to do a serious background check on you to find out relevant information that would help in my investigations. First I needed to know if you were sent by someone.” “I was not,” Hamza said in his defense. “Second, I needed to…

The Immortal’s Code #7

Read Previous Episodes Of The Immortals’ Code THE MORNING AFTER TINA DIED Desire rubbed her eyes tiredly as she followed Hamza into his house. She forced out a stiff yawn and was tempted to drop into the nearest couch for a nap but she remembered she had to push Hamza into packing up a few things for his escape. It was seven in the morning and she felt they had taken enough risks already. She had used her limitless connections and gotten someone to allow them access to Tina’s corpse even though she knew showing their faces at the hospital at daylight was stupid and unprofessional of her. But Hamza had insisted on seeing Tina and there was nothing Desire could do about it. On their way out of the hospital, she called one of her contacts to confirm a flight for Hamza that was leaving for Helsinki at 10am. A…

The Immortals’ Code #5

Read previous episodes of The Immortals’ Code THE NIGHT TINA DIED Desire and Ramsey were standing on top of a thick, green lawn that stretched over a large mass of land. To their left was a swimming pool filled with dirty water and covered with brown leaves from a large tree that stood in a corner not far away. To the right, the lawn continued and came to stop before a small, winding picket fence protecting a botanical garden. Alongside the fence were small Asian lampposts that lined a thin, straight macadam path coming from a three-storey house towering the entire area. Ramsey was holding a handgun and he pointed aimlessly at things around him as his other hand pulled at the crotch of his jean. “I feel like shooting something,” he said restlessly and aimed the huge tree by the swimming pool. “Please don’t,” Desire scarcely replied when…

The Immortals’ Code #4

Read Previous Episodes of The Immortals’ Code CAPTAIN’S RESDIDENCE/ PRESENT DAY Desire endured a full body search at the gate before she was allowed into Captain’s private quarters. It was a chalet, different from where he officially lived. People were hardly allowed into this part of the mansion but Desire had unlimited access. She walked with short, hurried steps to the front entrance where a soldier let her in. She was told Captain was in his study and would be available shortly. With hands on her waist, she rounded the small anteroom and listened as guard dogs in the distance tried to outdo each other in a howling contest. The anteroom was dimly lit with expensive but dark furnishings. There was a black statue of a naked woman with an external bleeding heart—a dark version of the Madonna—and it stood beside a smaller statue of a naked man stretched out…

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