Palingenesis – Episode 8

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By Akpede Isaac Olutosin

Everyone in the room was shocked at the question Ben just asked Clarieta, even Clarieta herself didn’t see the question coming hence didn’t do well in hiding her shock also.

“I am Clarieta Ozabereme from Edo state, I am the first child of 3 kids, I am just a girl who is supernaturally awesome and kinda weird. I do many weird things that some people will tag as unsual, some people believe there is more to me than meet the eyes but overall I am fun to be with because am a talkative, have I answered your question” she said.

Ben who was able to read between the lines of what she said just faked a smile and nodded in confirmation, he was able to note the terms she used about being supernatural and that there is more to her than meet the eyes. The game continued, on and on but it wasn’t as interesting as it was when it started, Ben and Isaac kept looking at each other at interval, seems Isaac is also aware of what just transpired between Ben and Clarieta.

He must have heard the ‘there’s more to me than meet the eyes’ part quite loudly too. Ejiro was the only one who read no special meaning to what just happened or maybe she was just acting like she didn’t.. they played the game for a while until the boys decided to leave for their house.

Due to their drunkenness, they decided to walk home just to be able to clear their eyes a little.

“Isaac what do you think about Clarieta’s answer to the question I asked her”.

“It was so vague yet so clear, that girl is really very smart, I think it’s high time I ended the relationship between us, my parents called me earlier today and warned me about knowing the people I mingle with” Isaac replied.

Ben was about to reply him when a car just parked by their side. They waited for the person in the car to roll down, and then they heard that tiny angelic voice.

“Where are you guys off to” Anne.

‘Oh we we are going home’ Ben replied stammering.

‘You mind if I drop you guys’ she asked smiling.

‘No problem ‘they chorused.

They rode silently and they only spoke whenever they wanted to inform her of when and where to turn, as soon as they got to their gate, Isaac alighted and thanked her for the ride.

‘Thanks for the ride, we really appreciate ‘Ben.

“Ohh come of it, I should be the one thanking you for the words of encouragement you said to me earlier today, it really was really helpful” said Anne.

Ben just smiled and held her hands like they were some really close friends.

‘You mind if I get your number so we could chat and call you to know when you get home’ he asked.

‘Ohh it’s no problem’ she replied, they exchanged contacts and then he dropped from the car, he waited for her to drive out of sight before walking inside.

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**Present day**

The next day was a Saturday, the guys got up quite early to do some house cleaning, cooked and did some laundry, by the time they finished it was noon already.

‘Guy make we go watch ball for viewing centre na’ Ben.

‘I no go jaare I wan rest’ Isaac replied.

Ben left noticing that he was really in a bad mood, he called few of their neighbours and they went together.

Isaac tried sleeping but he couldn’t with everything happening around him, he was wondering who the girls really are, he was checking the possibilities of how dangerous they could be due to the stern warning his parents gave him on phone the other day.

Many things were running through his mind hence he couldn’t sleep and then there was a knock on the door, he opened the door and almost decided to close it back when he saw who was at the door.

“I saw the message you sent last night about breaking up with me, you wanna talk about it ? ” said Clarieta.

She was looking astonishingly beautiful, she was putting on a short yellow top which enabled her flat and fresh tummy to be revealed without stress, and a blue skirt that will pass for a micro-mini short.

Her hips were so conspicuous, Isaac couldn’t take his eyes of her, he forgot they were still standing at the door and when it looked like he wouldn’t invite her inside, she shoved him aside and went in.

Isaac’s mind was as confused as the legs of a tailor, a part of him wanted to tell her to leave and another part wanted to kiss and eat her raw.

The latter won, he slammed the door and clicked it behind and in a split second he was all over her like a plague, he kissed her passionately and she kissed him back, Isaac has never been so engrossed in to kissing and romancing like this before.

In just a little time they were stark Unclad, Isaac is about to get inside her, she was smiling a little outside and really loud inside, all she just needed is for him to get inside of her.

He wanted to stop but he couldn’t, the sexual urge was pushing him and just as the tip of his little soldier was about to enter her reception, he started hearing voices, the same voices he was hearing in the river, he became a little bit unconscious.

Clarieta wondering why he stopped, she pulled him closer but the voice kept ringing in his head, the voices were shouting his name, for a second he thought he was running mad.

He was brought back to reality by his ringing phone. He rushed to where the phone was and picked the call

“Hello Dad” ……

“Hello my son, start praying immediately against foul spirits, take your bible and read some psalms, there’s a spiritual battle going on, pray my son” ………

“Okay dad”…… was all he managed to say.

It took him few minutes to understand what just happened, he was about to have sex with a girl he thought was evil and dangerous and thanks to the voices in his head that distracted him and then again his father called him to start praying, all these in such a short while.

How did he even allow this devil to enter his house he asked himself.

‘Clarieta you must leave right now ‘he said almost shouting at the girl who was still looking at him seductively.

She reluctantly stood and dressed up, and just as she was about to leave, she went closer to him.

“Let’s see how long you gonna keep running! You are mine and mine alone” said Clarieta as she stepped out.

He started praying immediately……..

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“Nna see that extra minutes goal wey that ewu Yaya toure go score na…. the idiot kan put us for Last minute pressure”….

“Olboi na arsenal dey top table now, make we just win this trophy after all these years na”…..

Ben and his friends just finished the match and it was a good one for him because Arsenal won Manchester city by 2 goals to 1. Ben has always been a die hard arsenal fan and is really very happy about the win, he was about to contribute his quota to the argument when his phone rang, he brought it out and saw the caller, Anne…

“Hello Miss Anne, how are you” ….

“Am good, you sound really happy”…..

“Yes I am happy, my club just won a delicate match”….

“Really you mind coming to tell me about it” …..

“Tell you, Where are you” …..

“Right behind you”….

(he looked back and when he saw a red camry pencil behind him, he realised it was her)

He hung up, told his friends that he will meet them at home and walked back to where she was thanking God in his mind that he had freshened up and dressed well to the viewing centre unlike somedays where he would dress shabbily looking as rough as possible. He was putting on his traditional red arsenal jersey, customised with his name and his favourite player’s number 17 which belongs to Alexis Sanchez .

‘What are you doing in my area’ he asked as he sat on the seat beside her.

‘Is that how to say hello to a friend ‘she replied.

He smiled and scanned through her body, she was looking as beautiful as always, just that she looked prettier in a casual dressing.

‘I was just bored at home and I decided to come pick you up so you could keep my company ‘she continued, ‘Or are you busy’.

“Busy? Nope am not, it’s fine” said Ben.

They rode to her house discussing a whole lot of things and when they got into her estate, He was surprised how an ordinary student could afford an apartment in an Estate where only top working class people live, he tried to conceal his amazement. They drove for a little while from the gate to her house, shortly after they pulled up infront of a beautiful building which obviously was her house, they talked more far a while after which they decided to go inside, as he was about drop, she pulled him back.

‘Quick question, Do you have a girlfriend ‘ she asked.

He was taken back by the question, he thought round n round, what if he says yes and she just orders him to leave her house or what If he says No and then she finds out later, she might even fail him in her course out of anger, but truly failing the course is not the bone of contention here, it’s like he is in love with her.

‘Yes I have a girlfriend ‘he replied expecting her to be surprised or angry.

‘I thought you were going to lie, I already did my findings and I know you are dating a girl named Ejiro’she said smiling.

Ben took a deep breath and was glad he passed the first test …

…to be continued

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