The Virgin Ghostess
By Ogunsola Ayobami Samuel
She runs into julius , though, who’s here to meet her for their not-quite-date and mock-scolds her for making him wait. She stammers an “I’m sorry,” which makes him note that Depressed Kate is back, and she goes with that explanation.
Since the last thing Kate remembers was the cooking show, she asks how the spilled flour problem worked out. Julius thinks she’s angling for praise at how well she fixed things, and throws in some cooking tips while he’s at it. Then he instructs her to look up directions to the restaurant on her phone, and she’s startled to see that her wallpaper has been changed to the cozy selfie she took with him.
Julia disembarks from the bus and looks around carefully for signs of the Mrs Jane . She relaxes just as the she swoops in from behind and grabs her, looking like a crazy person to the rest of the bystanders who can’t see the ghost she’s dragging.
At the restaurant, julius tells Kate that food is like music and art—it’s about more than just eating. He has her taste the food and teaches her about various properties of ingredients, and she takes in his tips attentively.
As they leave, Kate stumbles and he tells her to build up her endurance, chiding her for shrinking back and giving off the impression that she’s weak.He tells her to speak up more and not let them get away with that… and then tosses out, “Let’s go, Kate .” She double-takes, and he quips, “It’s okay for me. Only me.”
Kate pauses to watch a street musician singing and playing guitar, enjoying the song. Julius grumps that it’s no big deal and calls her away, though she’s loath to leave, lingering to hear more.
Makes Jane takes Julia back home, binding her with some kind of spiritual rope, ignoring her whining for freedom. Julia insists she’s on the verge of resolving her lingering grudge, so all Mrs Jane has to do is let her do the last step. She perks up to hear that Julia has found a man whose energy can withstand hers, but when she hears who it is, she puts her foot down. No way, no how.
Her argument is that julius mother is her client and friend, but Julia guesses it’s more that she’s taken lots of his mom money. She’s not moved by that argument, but Mrs Jane grows serious and offers to send Julia onward with a spiritual rite that will move her forward to her heavenly afterlife.
But Julia tenses up in fear at the mention of those rites, having heard how painful they are—they supposedly cause pain that feels like your skin is being ripped apart. Mrs Jane says it’s only for a moment, but Julia refuses.
Julius and Kate arrive back at the restaurant, and she bids him a good night. He says he’s not sure if that’s possible since she might switch to her manic side and pounce on him, though really, at this point I think he’d be disappointed if she didn’t.
In the morning, julius wakes her up early insisting on starting an exercise regimen. You know, for her health and cooking endurance, like a good teacher would do.
But he’s surprise to hear that she never learned how to ride a bicycle, and it’s hilarious how he finds every opportunity to show off, literally riding his bike in circles in front of her. Doubly hilarious is how his bragging would impress nobody else, but lucky for him that it works on her.
Julius proceeds to teach her how to ride, though not successfully, and ends up with a sore arm when she starts to fall and he leaps forward to break her impact.
Stopping at the vending machines for a drink, julius just a bit short to buy two cans. He feels under the machine and comes up with one coin, but they’re still short, and as he’s suggesting they split one can, Kate fiddles with the coin return knob and finds what they need. And of course, Julia finds a way to make this his doing: “Well, when the teacher is quick, so is the student.”
They return to their parked bikes just in time to see a thief making off with one of the seats, and Julia runs after him, chasing him through the neighborhood. Kate runs too but fades quicker, and goes in the other direction to intercept the thief from the other side. She clings madly to the thief’s leg, wailing, “I’m sorry! I’m really sorry!” He yelps, “If you’re sorry, let go!”
But instead, Kate chomps down on his calf, just long enough for julius to catch up.
They hand over the culprit to the police, who have been after him for a while for a number of neighborhood thefts.
As julius and Kate head off together, John and his partner wonder at how surprisingly friendly the fussy chef is with his employee—it’s certainly new behavior for julius.
Julius invites Kate to eat some of his favorite cake with him, and she shyly accepts. He looks down at her fondly and notes that she’s smiling a lot today and how much better that is than constantly shrinking back. “I really like today’s Kate,” he declares, making her feel even giddier as he ruffles her hair affectionately.
That’s when Bella arrives, awkwardly noticing that he’s eating the same cake she brought for him. Julius explains about Kate’s living situation, and explains so thoroughly that she says it sounds like he’s making excuses. She teases that he’s usually not like this.
Still, to others it looks like julius and Kate are the two flirting with romance, and when his assistants arrive for work, they immediately make excuses to leave them to some privacy, not really buying the couple’s protests that they’re not together.
Mrs Jane insists on performing that rite to send Julia on to the next realm, grimly dragging her along while she begs to be allowed to do things her way. She’s legitimately terrified and on the verge of tears, but Mrs Jane reminds her of the consequences of failing to resolve her grudge—she only has a few months left before she hits the third year anniversary of her death, and becomes a malevolent ghost.
She begins the ceremony, chanting in front of an altar where Julia sits, bound by ropes, wailing that she doesn’t want to go this way. She gets so worked up that for a brief flash, black wisps start to emanate from her body, and that pent-up force sends parts of the altar flying. Then the black cloud dissipates and she returns to normal.
At the restaurant, chef Mike is being his usual pushy self with the other assistants, pressuring them to go drinking after work, and accidentally nicks his knife. Worse yet, he hadn’t realized he’d been using julius’s knife, and they all know how much he hates that.
So Mike madly sharpens the blade before Sun-woo gets there, preferring to be on the hook for that minor offense rather than the bigger one of damaging it.
Bella calls julius under the pretense of talking about the cooking show, then brings up the potential blind date, asking if she should agree or not. Julius hesitates before saying she should do it, and she’s disappointed with his answer.
Julius’s outburst during the rites caused something to scratch Mrs Jane face, and she apologizes contritely for getting too worked up. But she has bigger concerns, having identified that black smoke as Julia’s malevolent energy. It’s starting to grow within her as her deadline approaches, and when she got upset it flared out of control.
That night, Julia gives Kate another cooking lesson, this time with salts and seasonings. When he pats her head, Kate smiles to herself, while julius smiles to himself as he watches her working her way through the tastings. They are freaking adorable, in the way it makes them so obviously happy to be in each other’s presence. Then he caps off the lesson with a cup of tea to soothe her taste buds, and the thoughtfulness gives her another thrill of pleasure.
As she leaves the restaurant, Officer John comes by and offers to buy a late snack. She starts to decline politely, but he overrides her with friendly insistence, telling her where to meet him.
With Kate back in her body, Julia’s family wonders why they haven’t seen her around lately. It’s mostly little bro alex6 who’s cranky at her lack of response to his calls and texts, which Dad laughs about since it’s obvious Alex wants to see her. But they’re both bewildered when kafe6 walks right by them without noticing, and when Alex stops her, she just says, “I think you have the wrong person.”
Alex finds her behavior insulting, sure that she’s acting. Even Dad is confused, wondering at the drastic change.
Kate and john sat down at a café, and he notes that she seems different every time he sees her. She gives a vague explanation about being moody, and he prods a little before backing off and saying that he’s just worried about her, because there was something in her vibe that one dawn when he’d run into her—she seemed on the verge.
“I’ve experienced that moment in my life a few times too,” he explains. Something in his manner gets Kate to start confiding, but she cuts herself off.
At home, julius listens for sounds of Kate through their shared wall, wondering why it’s so quiet. Then Mom calls saying that she’s sick, so the next morning julius drops by her house… where he finds her hearty and hale, of course, since she just lied to get him to come over for family time.
Julius practically rolls his eyes when his Mom starts in on all the spiritual warnings again, telling him to beware of water this year. She wonders if he’s wearing the talisman underwear she bought him, and starts fishing around his waistband to check for herself. Julius fends her off, and she exclaims, “If that’s so unfair, you can see mine too.” julius : “NO!” And then Mom literally chases him around the living room and over couches.
Julia is understandably dismayed at the signs of her impending future as a malevolent ghost, and tells Mrs Jane that she’s scared. While she rummages around her kitchen, Julia glances at the door, seeing her opening to escape. But this time, she doesn’t go after her, feeling overcome with pity for Julia’s fate and wishing for her to solve her grudge soon.
After slipping away from Mrs Jane , Julia heads back to the restaurant, telling herself she can solve her problem her own way. She bounds up to Kate , who yelps in alarm and tries to avoid her, to no avail Julia keeps hounding her,asking for permission to possess her and sort a diving for the body anyway.
She tells Kate how important this is and how she has very little time and needs to avoid turning into a bad ghost, but every time she lurches for the body, Kate skitters away.
In her hurry to evade the ghost, Kate knocks into her desk and causes a notebook to fall, and Julia sees the clippings that fall out—they’re all about julius . The ensuing exchange is hilarious, as Kate clocks Julia’s interest:
Kate: “It’s not!”
Julia : “What’s not?”
Kate “…everything! It’s just not.”
Julia : “It is? REALLY?”
But it makes sense for Julia , who now appeals to Kate to make a deal. Kate listens warily as Julia argues a pretty decent case for possessing her body: She’ll make the chef kate’s man, and seduce him for her. Kate isn’t going to be able to make progress on her own, but Julia is totally fine being pushy and making all the advances. In the kate will win julius over, and Julia will get to resolve her grudge. She adds that Kate could lose the chef to Bella if she doesn’t do anything.
Kate seems to find this tempting, but she shakes it aside firmly, saying she doesn’t want julius that way. Julia complains that she’s way too conservative, but doesn’t keep chasing her.
Instead, she finds her father out for a walk and accompanies him up the hill, though of course he can’t see her, or hear her wondering about her fate.
The cooking lesson tonight involves knife skills, and julius corrects kate’s grip and shows her how to trim tomatoes properly. He has her hold his hand as he goes through the motion, and she thrills at the touch, holding her hand close afterward.
Julius finds Bella outside the restaurant, swaying drunkenly. She admits she drank alone because she was feeling peeved, and asks again if he truly feels nothing to see her with another man. She even admits, “Watching you with your nobody assistant makes me jealous.”
They don’t see that the front door opens, and Kate overhears as Bella wonders why she’s feeling this way all of a sudden, and asks julius if she was really only a friend to him. Then she kisses him impulsively, though she’s immediately mortified. Julius’s stunned, and kate whirls back inside in shock.
Meanwhile, Julia drinks funeral liquor with her ghost friend, sighing over her predicament. The friend urges her to just go for it and seduce julius , but Julia doesn’t see a way to do it when she can’t possess the woman he likes, and the woman she can possess won’t allow her.
Julia wonders if she may have to give up, sighing that she really did want to try “it” once: “The thing that’s so easy for others, why is it so hard for me?” Her friend suggests that she go through with that passing rite, which is better than turning into a bad ghost, although they both wince to think of the excruciating pain involved.
Reeling from the kiss she witnessed, Kate thinks back to all her encounters with him, like his lessons in cooking and his serenade. Finally it prompts a decision, and she gets up with determination, looking for Julia.
She can’t find her in the restaurant, so she heads out into the neighborhood (cutely yelling, “Hey, Ghost!”) until she comes across her in the street. Julia makes a few digs at Kate for being a conservative stick-in-the-mud, but Kate looks her in the eye and says decisively, “I’ll allow it. I’ll let you come into my body.”
Jukia’s eyes widen, and kate asks, “Make julius mine.”
To be Continued…………
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Ogunsola Ayobami Samuel is a blogger, writer, poet, and teacher. He attended Baptist High school from 2010-2013 and graduated from Kinsey College of Education Ilorin 2018, still hoping to have his first degree in English.
He sees writing and teaching as the best channel to reach out to the world.
The Virgin Ghostess is his first story to be written, though he had written different poems such as
The peaceful war
This too shall come to pass
We are African
Why did he
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