Wednesday, 6 December 2017

CRY OF BABIES (Journey To The Unknown) Episode 9

It was getting darker and darker as the sun
hides it’s smiling face in the atmosphere
depicting the sign of dusk. Anochie sat down in
front of their hut on a long bench holding his
flute in his hand with some many unspeakable
thoughts in his mind. He thought for a while
and began to blow his flute. His mother came
out, looked at him and ascertained the
moment to ask him several questions about
what has been happening around him
“Anochie My Son” Mrs. Nworie called from
behind and Anochie stopped playing the flute
aand turned to her
“Mama, you are still awake?” He asked
“Yes My Son, I want to ask you something” She
said sitting down with a serious face
“Questions about what Nne?” Anochie asked
“Just answer me well and tell me the truth”
Mrs. Nworie said holding him which made
Anochie a bit confused but he listened to the
“My Son, have you been going to another god
apart from Osimmili the Mother of
Umuanyanwu?” Mrs. Nworie asked and Anochie
was surprised
“Why are you asking Mother” Anochie replied
with a question
“Eerhhm.. The happenings and incidents both
with the Prince and the Guards still baffles my
imaginations” Mrs. Nworie said
“Aah.. Mama, why do you think of such. The god
of the innocent always protects the poor and
Innoocent Nne, I do not serve any other god.
They got the wrath of the gods upon
themselves” Anochie said looking straight into
the eyes of his mother
“Hmm, alright My Son, if you say so” Mrs.
Nworie said and stood up
“I will go to bed now” She added and tried to
leave but Anochie called her back
“Nne” Anochie called
“Yes My Son” She replied
“You still have not told me much about my
Father, anytime I ask you about it you
procrastinate the reply” Anochie said and Mrs.
Nworie stood shocked and a bit speechless
“You have to go to bed now” She later said
“No Mama, this is all you always say keeping
me in the pool of Ignorance” Anochie said in a
bit loud voice standing up from the bench he
sat on
“Alright, your father died when you were 7
years old. What else do you want to hear. Why
do you like reminding me of the pains of my
past” Mrs. Nworie said forming out tears
pretending to be crying which melted the heart
of Anochie
“Nne, I’m sorry, I didn’t know that it will hurt
you this way” Anochie said moving close to his
“It’s alright my Son. Good Night” She said and
went inside the hut leaving Anochie who gazed
at the stars with his hands on his waist. Later
on, he went in and laid in slumber. As he slept
his legs made a slow melodic movement
depicting his spirit in wonderland
“What is all this??” Anochie asked himsel as he
walked down the bushy path of Umuanyanwu
that leads to the Igwe’s palace seeing dead
animals all over the place, both fowls, goats
and sheeps where all over the area lifeless
“Chim ooh!!” Anochie screamed and ran as fast
as he could. When he got tired, he stopped but
surprisingly he began to see dead humans that
looks familiar to him all laying dead. Tears
rolled down his eyes as he viewed them closer.
“Cheiii!!.. I must meet the Priestess” He yelled
in tears. On running to the Shrine he met
Priestess Osimmili standing like a tree with no
movement and her eyes looking above.
Anochie called her severally, even touched her
but no sign of life in her
“What is happening in Umuanyanwu eeh!!” He
exclaimed as he ran to the palace in quest to
seek solace there. Through all the roads and
bushes he passed, he met no one showing that
he was the only one still breathing, all he saw
was dead bodies and animals. As he ran into
the palace, everywhere was filled with blood,
he stopped and looked around to see if he
could find someone. Suddenly, he heard a
laugh so loud that he covered his ears, the
ground began to shake and a figure appeared
sitting on the throne. He tried comprehending
the image, but the quake of the earth couldn’t
allow him. Just then, the image disappeared
and great thunder struck the throne into
“Nooo!!” Anochie screamed…
Anochie was sweating profusely as he jumped
up from the bed shouting “No”, his breathe
became heavier and his heart pumped faster.
His Mother ran in immediately and held him
close to her chest
“Nwa m (My Son), take it easy, it’s just a
dream” Mrs. Nworie said understanding that
only a bad dream could cause such physical
“Tell me about it my son” She added raising his
head up but Anochie said nothing looking at
her. This motion took few seconds before he
spoke up
“Dead Animals, dead bodies, immoveable
Priestess, destroyed throne” He said throwing
away his ace as these were the only words that
could escape his mouth and his mother became
“Nne, I see evil befalling Umuanyanwu!” He
concluded and they looked at each other…


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