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The Cry – Season 1 Episode 13

“Haa… Nne, where did you get this from?”

Azuka asked mopping at the big grasscutter

Amaka held and at same time viewing the

irrestible shape of Amaka

“My Son, It was the twin hunters who gave

them to me” Lolo replied and ordered Amaka

to go and prepare it for meal. Lolo walked with

Azuka to the throne where Ebubedike was

sitted smiling at them

“Nna anyi I greet you” Lolo greeted

“Yes My Queen, I can see your walk today

produced something tangible” Igwe said and

they laughed. After in few minutes finished

preparing the meal and served to everyone of

which they ate.

*

Meanwhile, Ada and Anochie finished their

meal and had a long conversation till the

evening filled with laughter, smiles and body

touches.

“I have to be going now” Ada said

“It’s getting Late” She added and Anochie

jokingly frowned his face

“Silly boy” Ada said picking up her basket and

plates.

“Alright, we will see tomorrow” Anochie said

and Ada left.. On her way home she ran into

Mrs. Nworie who was coming back from their

house

“Arrh, Nne are you going already” Ada asked in

smiles

“Hmm.. Ada, yes I am ooh, let me go and meet

my husband at home” Mrs. Nworie said and

laughed along with Ada who left after the

happy conversation jumping around. Mrs.

Nworie turned around looking at her. She

shook her head and went her way..

*

*

#At_Night

The village of Umuanyanwu became calm and

silent as everyone has gone to bed. The clouds

glowed with stars and the illumination of the

moon was a bit bright. Noises and sounds of

animals were heard from the bushes and

streams with a cool wind blowing all over.

Anochie stretched out in slumber as he laid on

his bed. Moments later he began to shake on

the bed

*

#Anochies_Dream

Anochie was walking in a lonely path feeling a

bit scared as he held his flute in his right hand.

Suddenly, two unknown men jumped out from

the bush and attacked Anochie. Anochie luckily

escaped their first strike and ran as fast as his

legs could carry him. He ran meters away from

the place but they maintained the chase on

him.. He ran faster and fell to the grassy

ground and incurred a wound on his left hand

which he never noticed, he crawled

immediately and stood up running again. Few

seconds after running he ran into an old man

who was walking with a walking stick and fell on

the ground again pleading

“Please, don’t kill me” Anochie pleaded the old

man who looked so harmless.

“What is chasing you my Son” The old man

asked in a shaky voice and Anochie turned

around but surprisingly he didn’t see his

attackers anymore, so he breathed heavily not

knowing what to say

“It’s alright my Son, come” The old man said

stretching out his hands and Anochie quickly

stood up without holding the man and he

sluggishly followed the man thinking he was

among the people chasing him

“Don’t be afraid my Son Come” The old man

reduced the fear that gripped Anochie and he

followed him. They walked for few minutes

without talking but Anochie then broke the

silence

“Old Man, who are you?” Anochie asked and the

man looked at him without saying anything

“Please talk to me” Anochie pleaded and the

Man stopped walking and starred at Anochie

“You will face difficulties and troubles my Son”

The old man said ignoring Anochie’s question

which made him confused

“What?? How??” Anochie asked

“Times and tide will tell the answer to your

question My Son” The old man said and

Anochie was speechless

“But always remember, I am with You” The Old

man said and began to fade away with the wind

“No wait, don’t go… Just tell me who you

are..!!” Anochie exclaimed and fell on his

kneels as the old man disappeared completely.

Only the last words of the Old Man echoed in

his ears…

*

#Reality..

Anochie woke up sweating profusely on his

bed. He didn’t scream as he never wanted to

awaken his mother who will never understand

what he explains to her.

“What a dream” Anochie said to himself and

wondered as he also recalled the words of Ete

the drunk.. He laid down again in thoughts

trying to sleep but he never slept.

*

*

Early and bright was the morning as Anochie

woke up picking up a cutlass. His mother was

behind the house sweeping when he met her

there

“Nne good Morning” Anochie greeted holding

the cutlass

“My Son, hope you slept well” Mrs. Nworie

asked dropping the broom she was holding

“Yes Mama, let me go and fetch some

firewood” Anochie said and the mother turned

to him

“Isn’t it too early my Son, have some rest. At

least wait for Ada to come” Nworie said

“No Mama, I want to also fetch for them today

as she normally does for Us” Anochie said and

the Mother smiled

“That’s good and thoughtful of you my son”

Nworie said and Anochie smiled and tried to

leave but his mother called him back

“Anochie” She called

“Yes Nne (Mother)” Anochie answered

“What is that bleeding in your left arm?” Mrs.

Nworie asked

“Erhhm.. I don’t know Mama” Anochie replied

also surprised to see the injury and the

bleeding

“Maybe when I was collecting the cutlass I

pierced my hand into something” Anochie

covered his ignorance of not knowing what

happened to him

“Cheii.. You see what I am telling you my son.

Take things easy” Nworie said and brought a

leaf, squeezed out the liquid of the leaf and

touched it on the wound which seized the

bleeding a bit.

But what still baffles the imagination of Nworie

and Anochie was that the bleeding was a bit

much but Anochie did not even know that his

hand was bleeding.. Later on, after few local

medications by Anochie’s mother, he left for

the firewod…

TBC…….

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