The other side
Julie was burning with wrath, she felt like strangling Siera to death, if only that were possible, Bernice would surely prevent her from doing that. At an instance she thought of what challenge Bernice might throw at her, she got a little scared, but no, she wasn’t going to give this up…she won’t let the fear get in the way.
“How did it go?”
Favour tagged along, taking time to survey the environs for Bernice.
“I challenged her, there is no way I would allow Siera murder Jack”
“You did what?”
Julie was ready to lash at favour when she questioned sarcastically. But Favour’s reaction was one of shock, not disdain.
“Julie, no ghost on the other side, I mean no one dares The gatekeeper, are you serious? You did that?”
Julie furrowed eyes eased up now, she appeared to see Jack asleep before she replied Favour..
“Well there is always a time for everything”
She was quiet, pondering on what to do next. Siera can see her, she was sure Siera would want to double her game…or Bernice would surely provide Siera some weapon to use against her.
“What do we do now? Siera can see me”
Favour was quiet at her question, because she knew one thing for sure…Julie was going to lose this fight. There is no way one rookie ghost can achieve what even the ancient of all ancients has failed to do(challenge the gatekeeper)
“Emm, why not tell Jack about it first”
She suggested and it made sense.
“Ok, you go, I don’t want him seeing you…he might freak out”
Favour bought the idea and took off.
He sprang up immediately, obviously startled…he hissed the next minute when he noticed it was Julie.
“Oh come on, in my bedroom too? Are you my wife or something?”
She ignored his abash words and went straight to the point.
“Jack, Siera can see me”
He paused and took a while to act pensive, before he questioned.
“Is that suppose to mean something?”
She sighed and calmed her nerves before she continued.
“Jack, it means she can somehow harm me”
Jack laughed now.
“Harm you? Julie you are a ghost…how can a human harm a ghost?”
He asked, prayerfully wishing she say the word, so he could use it to ward her off…
“I don’t know ok, I am kinda new at all this, it’s the gate keeper that is aiding her”
“Who is the gatekeeper?”
Julie felt she couldn’t start another sermon in trying to explain…
“Don’t bother, go back to sleep, I would think of something”
He gladly tucked his pillows, but just before he laid his head to sleep, Julie asked
“Can I lie on the bed too?”
She shut her eyes to take his spurned reply, but he surprised her when he said.
“Feel free, I am stuck with you anyway”
“It’s today vero, he dies today”
Siera whispered to vero.
“I can’t have Julie interrupting my plans”
Vero was still shivering at the voodoo storyline.
“Wait, explain how you saw her again?”
“It was the old woman I saw the other day nah, I told you before… She touched my eyes and told me Julie was trying to stop my plans, at first I laughed it off because I was certain I murdered the bastard myself… But when I heard its her ghost…I became attentive…you see this whip?”
Siera brought out an horse whip.
“The woman said it can be used to ward her off”
Vero swallowed a lump of saliva.
“So we are fighting a ghost now?”
She was still in doubt.
“Vero I saw her, I saw Julie, she was eavesdropping on us…I am not crazy, I know what I am saying”
Vero nodded, she acted like she believed every word Siera said, she didn’t want trouble.
“I have been patient because Jack is my cousin but I…”
“Wait, wait, hold on, you mean Jack is your cousin? And you been sleeping with him? Jesus Christ!”
Vero had to act on Siera’s revelation…she couldn’t believe her ears.
“What? I’m not the first person to have sex with a relative…grow up girl”
Siera wave it off and went on to reveal how she would carry out her murder scheme.
It was Saturday, a work free day, Jack watched as Julie took care of the house chores, moving objects without touching them.
“Hmm, watching you do this eh, It’s giving me the chill, I wanna be a ghost too oh”
He teased and got Julie laughing.
“It’s easy na, lemme just strangle you, case solved”
“Biko no oh, I was joking!”
He quickly replied when she came at him.
The next minute she frowned, his first thought was he had done something wrong..
“What? What did I do?”
He questioned with his hands to help with the demonstration…
“Nothing, it’s Siera, she is coming…”
She took her steps backwards and hid behind the passage door.
“She must not know you can see me”
She instructed just before Siera entered with a bottle or Eva wine.
She squealed and hugged him.
Flashes of light beamed on Julie’s memory, instantly her subconsciousness revealed how she was killed.
She gasped…Siera had poisoned the Eva wine she drank that night. It the type of poison that shuts your system down slowly, one that you won’t feel a thing till you are off the land of the living.
And she was sure this wasn’t a coincidence, it was the same drink she poured out for Jack…the same drink Jack was about to gulp down his throat.
She yelled from her hiding place.
©onyeneke Abel .November 2017 all rights reserved.
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