Chimanemeka for fear of his life, closes his eyes and strikes Chizendu with the matchet .Then he opens his left eyes when he heard them laughing ,even Chizendu ..
He looks at his hand , the matchet wasn’t dripping of blood and neither was Chizendu hurt, not a mark on his body..
He staggers back. ..” What..what?” No this isn’t real, he touches the matchet,it was sharp. .much like a blades
“Give him another weapon .Maybe his faith would be stronge ” The priest commands
Chizendu hands him a gun but instead of waiting for him to pull the Trigger ..he places the gun in Chimanemeka ‘s hands, and placing Chimanemeka’s finger there, he presses it with his own… the bullet bounces off his body..
“No bullet, no matchet , no metal capable of harming any normal human can penetrate his body or the bodies of everyone who stands here. there are impregnable. invincible. un-killable. they cannot be harmed. how is this possible? Odeshi!! the fortifications of spiritual and universal elements to form a cloak over them..And as long as they continue to be fortified they are gods amongst mem. Now tell me, wouldn’t you want to be amongst these men…?”
Chimanemeka had suddenly lost fear, he touches Chizendu body, walking around to make sure his eyes were not deceiving him, he picks up the matchet and strikes him again..”Odeshi!!” Chizendu jumps..he does it again and again..
“Odeshi” Chizendu laughs.
He takes the gun and places it to his chest and fires “Odeshi” everyone chants
Chimanemeka begins to laugh like a mad man “Unbelievable! ! unbelievable! !” he exclaims
“Do you want to be part of us?…while you guide the village of others at night and in the morning you can be what you want. … You know there are jobs and man must eat so..we must fend for ourselves. .while they steal our money this politicians and put It in the bank..we go there and take it and even their clothed men in uniforms and their Ak 46s can’t harm us or stop us, instead we cut them down..We enrich ourselves and nothing ..not on earth,not under the heavens can stop us because we have used the elements of heaven, earth and the sea to fortify us. So what do you say brother .join us,and let us change your destiny? ”
“Nothing can kill me?”
“Not under the heavens and on earth or in the sea . Not fire. not earth not air..and anything made out of these things”
“then i accept to be a part of you Brethen .. I accept. ” Chimanemeka says
“then put on that black signlet and tie on the red scarfs…and let the itiation begin”
A week later, they went for their first operation.
Three security men ,a few staffs and a dozen police men lay dead, and they went away with a truck of money.
Chimanemeka didn’t kill anyone, no one told him they were going to kill anyone
“If you don’t kill them..they would keep coming at you ..though they can’t hurt you…but body pains isn’t inevitable “Chizendu laughs “And they keep çalling for reinforcements …and we don’t need more of them”
it was on their third and forth trip he understood..
when he gunned down the staff who had been reaching for the alarm after he told her not to. .as soon as he looked away,it blared and in anger he turns around. …”I told you not to you bitch ‘ And without blinking he released two bullets into her chest .
And ever since then…
The deaths at his wake had been counting and before he could hardly close his eyes at night to sleep, now he does. ..
when he had a mansion over his head; a few millions in his account, cars in his garage and he could afford to bring his mother and send her back with money every time she came.
He slept well.
He slept really well,
As he gets into his car , his mother had come to him, “Let me anoint you atleast ?” She says coming with anointing oil to the side of the door
“Mama..don’t annoy me this morning please ”
“Mama!!” he snaps again , sighing he puts the car on drive and pulls out of the compound..hoping that by the time he gets home she would have gone back to the village.
He needed a few weeks of peace…
Beside they had a few operations to do this week, They got Intel about some government money being stashed away in the bank for political rallies..
it was an exchange of bullets, But the whole police men ducked and hide their heads, They..matched on, welding their guns and matches and cutting them down..
They got into the safe after blowing open the door. the operation takes an hour and half,they load the money into their truck and leaves..
Leaving blood,dead bodies and halfed limbs..and not a tear or a mark on their body..
They come in dressed like customers, in suits and fresh boys, well polished ,English speaking fellas and during the course of time they bring out the red scarfs and tenon their arms,legs and foreheads ,and they put a leaf in thier mouth then they chew…and before long…they bring out their weapons and everything else goes up in bullets and smokes. it was a good day, a good operation..just like every operation it went smooth. And they made their way to their respectful homes .
Nsiksala was in the shrine
whenever their operation was to be successful he would sit before the fire, taking the sand of the earth he would smear it with water and then he would place his hands into the fire.. And he would chant ..all their names , continuously , he would smear his hands to his forehead, his chest and then his body…and he would put his hand back in fire and continue. .
he would do it untill the fire stops dancing and the water stops boiling and the air slowly let’s the dust settle back into the basket.
He knew they were done…
Then he would leave his shrine and go back to his house.
This he had done for years..cloaking them and protecting them. .
But today,today as he leaves his shrine..he met them standing outside
“Who are you to dare stand before me??’” he asks
They were four , young boys,
“We have been following you Nsiksala, we have been watching you and we know what you have been doing ” They say
“And if you know that,you do not fear?”
“What do we have to fear? death. we are dead already…”
he frowns “You are not ghosts ,ghosts don’t have the vessels of humans ”
“No, You have taken all that we have and own..our parents. .Those men you protect, a year ago today, they had taken our families ,killing them in cold blood and because of that…we have nothing and own nothing,leave for nothing and we have toiled far and wide, near and close searching …because we know what they are and we know from where they have come from..Because we followed the trail of blood and the carcases of dead bodies and then we found you. .and because we have nothing else to lose but ourselves. .we must put a stop to you” They said
he laughs and laughs “Me? Me?The great high priests ? the one who has merged the elements of the gods and cloaked man to be like a god, me that cannot be killed and make men not to be touched…me? Leave here fools before I reduce you to the asshes used for Wednesdays ”
“We are not afraid to die. but are you not afraid to die?”
“Hain!! I cannot be killed not by anything under the heavens, on earth or in the sea, not by bullets , matchets and metals and anything made by man. I cannot be killed…and I will not let fools like you to come threaten me” He thunders
“Oh..who said anything about those…what about something made not of these things?”
“Nothing can ever kill me , I am Nsiksala , and I will bring you ruins to where you stand ” He stretches his hands before them
The boys,four of them stand, bold they stand. .
“You are not afraid ?” he asks again
“No. but you should be” they say and they are looking over his shoulders , curious he turns
There,within his shrine … He sees a fifth peeing into the fire after spitting in it ..
“Nooo!!’ he screams running into the shrine
But the four boys reach for him and dragging him down as soon as the fire which had never quenched begins to flicker down…
As soon as the fire goes off,he kicks the basket and bowl of water, then he pours acid over it mixed with alcohol and then he spits on it…
“No No No” He fights them off but they hold him down,bringing the chain they had dropped and wrapping him with it to keep his hands away from them just incase he decides to perform any incantations to cause him to disappear. ..
“quick. .pee on him” one of them says as they bound him up
As one of them begins to release his bowels..the others stand up and do thesame causing him to shout for them to stop and that he would kill them..
Then he looks at his shrine and see how the boy thrashes up the place,
“I will kill you!!” he thunders looking at them
“If you say nothing under the heavens and earth and water can kill you…, gun, bullets , metal..can kill you, how about we see if it still applies now Nsiksala ”
They tied the chain around his neck…and they drag him to the tree, tying him to it they put another round his neck….and they began to pull and pull and pull and pull..
He screams untill he can’t scream anymore. ..
Suddenly his neck snaps and his head leaves his body falling to the ground while his body sprouts out blood .
They stood there watching his head roll off, they grab a stick and pierces it from his throat and stands it in the middle of his shrine and walks away.
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the banging on his gate startled him from sleep.. he gets up from his bed and looks out of his window…he sees the red and blue lights dancing on the streets.
“What the hell?” he frowns
“Na who be that?” the security calls out
“Its the police, open the gate. .open the gate”!! the voices call out
“Jesus Police ?!!” the security says running to his window. .
Emeka frowns…what were they doing here ?
“Oga make I open am? ”
“No..don’t ” He says rushing out of his room,he wears his singlet, ties his red cloth and put the leave in his mouth.
His mother hadn’t left, he had come home to find her still around, she said the rain had fallen and she couldn’t get a cab out.
He would tell her not to come out even she hears gun shot…
He would take care off all of them..
Nothing can touch him but he doesn’t want flying bullets to touch his mother…
He runs to her room..
“Ha!! Chimanemeka, what is it? why did you rush in here like this, and…what is that noise at the gate and Jesus,what..what are you tying ,what is this..Jesus Chimanemeka what Is this?”
“Mama,stay inside, hide,don’t come out untill the coast is clear. promise me”
“Chimanemeka what is happening? what is happening. ..what..is this..in your mouth..this red ..this ..hay God Chimanemeka! !!” She wails
“be quiet mama, promise me! they have come for me but do not worry, I will be fine. Nothing can harm me,this is my protection, but you are not fortified so you have to stay put of harms way mama…promise me..I will tell you all later but now..I must go out there and face them..I will make sure they all leave..I am not scared..I am impregnable. .Stay here mama..do not come out”
“Chimanemeka! !” She holds on to him
But he removes her hands from clutching to him and goes out of the room …locking the door behind him..
The police had driven down the gate and barged into the house..
He was waiting for them with a smile on his face;as soon as they saw him they pointed their guns at him
‘Surrender, surrender you are surrounded. You are one of the Bakassi boys, today your reign ends”
Chimanemeka laughs “You should have not come here…” He laughs ..
“But I will give you a choice,drop your guns, ask for mercies and I will spare your lives to go back to your families….”
“Surrender !!! There is no escaping “”
“No, not for you…But because I am a good person I will count one to ten and if you don’t surrender and get the hell out of my house. ..your dead bodies would he put in boxes and sent to your homes.” Chimanemeka says, he had two guns in his hands..he didn’t need more now.
He would let them finish their bullets on him and then one by one he would gun them down with their own guns if need be.
Then he would clear up the mess and then he would explain to his mother and maybe they wouldn’t have to talk about it ever again..
He removes the safety from the gun and points to them
“Say bye” He presses down on the trigger
“Fire!!!” The commander says
“ODESHI! !!!” he chants chesting out .
And then they began to fire as he releases two bullets hitting two of the police officers and injuring three others..
When the bullets began to reach his body .
he felt pain,it was normal..
He always felt pain but it never was more than that, it passes after a few seconds..
but this wasn’t passing…Instead his pain increased .
And as the bullets kept making contact with his body…He staggers backwards untill his back makes contact with the wall and then he looks down as the firing stops. ..he drops his guns
He raises his eyes to meet them..
“Nothing can ever kill you” The priests had told him “The elements of the gods .. Earth,water and fire, have made you invincible to the bullets of the guns,metals,matchets and everything under the heavens ,on the earth and the sea..Nothing can ever kill you. As long as you are cloaked with Odeshi and you have now…so be a God amongst men” His words comes back to him
Then he looks down again at his bleeding body and holes in his chest , he chokes out blood and coughs out thick cloats of more blood.
Then he laughs …
“He lied.. he lied” He coughs slipping to the ground
He felt dizy… his body was in excruciating pains
“I am a god, cloaked in Earth, Water and Fire..Odeshi. ..!! nothing can kill me ” he breaths slowly slipping out of consciousness. ..”
they search the house and finds his mother screaming inside her room..
“Where is my son??” she cried ”
Where is my son??”
She runs to the palour and then she sees him lying down in the pool of his own blood… choking to his death. .
And her dream flashes before her as she rushes to him cradling his head in her lap and cries
“Chimmooooooooo Chimanemeka I told you..I told you !!!!!!!!!!!”” She wails
“Mama..mama…..” He holds unto her. ..then suddenly he became still and quiet.
“CHIMANEMEKA EHHHH! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ” She wails louder
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