Tale of the dead episode 9
Jimmy got hold of Kate thereby pulling her together coz things were getting out of hand.
“My work here is done” Ife said and began to leave the forest without minding whether they would follow him or not, but Alex sluggishly made a move to follow him. It seems to him his world had ended and couldn’t think of anything at the moment.
Jimmy, on the other hand, also began to drag crying Kate out of the forest too.
Back to Labon, Mr Ethen returned from work standing in the sitting room. The door of the room was opened so the wife didn’t notice when he arrived. The television was broadcasting with nobody watching it. He pulled his suit, picked a phone, dialed his daughter’s number coz he believed that she hadn’t returned, but the line wasn’t going through. He placed the phone on the centre table before entering inside his room. When he opened the door, he couldn’t believe his eyes: he saw Mrs Nancy, his wife, trying to hide something inside her bag. She wore an expensive light blue gown. Though she was old but still looked attractive.
“Honey..” Mrs Nancy called standing after the bag. “You scared me”
“Why is the door open? And what are you hiding?” the husband stepped forward. “I saw tears in your eye yesterday, my daughter had gone out with her fiance for a reason i don’t know and you just behaved strangly now. What’s going on?” he stood before the wife who began to tremble.
“Nothing, I’m sorry for the door. Let me close it” the wife hurried out of the room just to reduce tension. After she went out, Mr Ethen opened the bag to see the picture. The image of the young man there was familiar to him. He sat on the edge of a bed as he watched the picture steady. Just then, the wife entered and was surprise!
“What’s Dave Clinton’s picture still doing in your bag?”
“Honey.. i.. i..” the wife moved forward without knowing what to say. “I just found it in my bag” she finally said, then the husband stood up glaring at her thereby making her heart skip a bit.
“Are u saying that after the past twenty-five years, you’ve never noticed this picture in your bag? So you’re still thinking about Dave even when I’m with you and have made everything available for you. I can’t believe this”
“Honey, I’m sorry. I can’t help but to think about him since i never saw his corpse after he died” Mrs Nancy began to cry but the husband ignored her walking back to the sitting room with the picture. Yet the wife followed him.
“I can’t believe I’m living with a woman whose heart is still with another man!” Mr Ethen streaked glaring at his wife. “What do you take me for? A fool?!”
“No, honey, i love you too” the wife defended fearfully trying to go on her knees but the opening of the door interrupted her. Both directed their eyes there to see Kate, Alex and another man coming inside-that was Jimmy. All weren’t looking happy or smiling. Kate became surprise to see her mother in tears but never wanted to know why, so she stood at a spot with her hands folded. Alex and Jimmy also stood differently.
“What’s the problem?” Mr Ethen threw the question on air for any person to answer but nobody said anything. Alex narrowed his vision to the picture in his hand then briskly walked to him. “Can i see that sir?” he took if from him even when Mr Ethen didn’t want to hand it over. “This is him!” he said.
“Who’s that?” Kate asked.
“This is Dave Clinton” Alex replied then looked at Mrs Nancy who said, “How do you know him?”
“This is the man that is making my life miserable. The same man i saw in my bank!”
“What!” Mrs Nancy exclaimed. “Do you know what you’re talking about? You can’t see him coz he’s dead”
“Yes, i know. But i realize i only saw a ghost”
“Now can someone tell me what’s happening, and who is this young man here?” Mr Ethen queried pointing at Jimmy. Nobody said anything again until Jimmy stepped forward to introduce himself and to explain everything. Mrs Nancy quivered in tears while Alex took a seat tapping his foot on the floor. But Kate never unfolded her hands enduring the whole issue.
“Alex is suffering from a dangerous reincarnation..
” Jimmy began. He told the story from A-Z and Mr Ethen became speechless. Already, Kate had started shedding tears and the mother’s had increased too.
“I can’t believe this, and never will i allow Alex to marry my wife. You all are insane!” Mr Ethen shouted.
“But that’s the only way to safe this young man’s life! Do u want him to die?” Jimmy queried.
“I don’t care what happens to him. He should bear the cross of his father’s sin”
“Now, both of you should get out of my house!” Mr Ethen commanded.
Alex stood up with red eyes. He
looked from Mrs Nancy to Kate seeing both shedding tears uncontrollably. He dropped the picture on the table and walked out instantly.
“No!” Kate began to cry trying to run after him but the father prevented her..
Tale of the dead episode 10
Kate struggled in the hands of her father crying and wanting to run after Alex but the father didn’t let her go. Mrs Nancy, the mother, also wanted to know the forest where Dave’s skeleton was found, so she asked Jimmy who turned to leave the room in disappointment, “Please, can you take me to the forest?”
As Jimmy adjusted his eyeglasses to reply her, Mr Ethen’s voice put back the words into his mouth.
“You are going nowhere, woman! I can’t allow any of you to interfere in this matter coz it’s a serious and dangerous one!” the husband had said.
“Please, honey, i beg you in the name of God” the wife pleaded with her knees on the ground.
“Daddy, let me go!” Kate also struggled.
Seeing all that, Jimmy clutched the doorknob and left immediately. He met Alex outside, inside his car waiting for him. Jimmy entered into the driver’s seat, glanced at Alex who remained quiet with a hand on his jaw. Though he wasn’t shedding tears anymore but the colour of his eyes explained his state of being.
“Now what, bro?”
“Take me to Dave”
“I mean the skeleton”
“Sure” Jimmy put the key in the ignition thereby setting the car in motion. He drove as fast as he could on the way without any obstruction. He occasionally glanced at Alex after which he would shake his head piteously and adjust his eyeglasses too.
Just before the forest, Alex began to hear the sound of the bell but he didn’t show any reaction to it again. It kept ringing until they entered into the forest but Jimmy never knew that he had been hearing something. As they moved alone into the heart of the forest, Alex saw the rose flower the old woman talked about, so he bent down and took part of it. Jimmy kept quiet.
When they got to the tree where Dave’s skeleton hung, Alex began to climb up.
“What are you doing bro?” Jimmy asked him but there was no response until he hung down the skeleton whose joints were still intact. He carried it and began to leave the forest.
“Where are you taking that to?” Jimmy queried again.
“Just follow me” Alex finally replied, then Jimmy had no choice but to keep mute and follow him.
The whole thing took the young men almost an hour carrying the skeleton, the flower, pen and bunch of key found by Jimmy to the residence of Mr Ethen. Jimmy observed Alex’s actions when they got there-he dropped the skeleton, the flower, pen and the key at the doorstep coz the door was locked.
“Nancy Ethen!” Alex shouted standing before the items. Sweat could be seen running down from his face to his abdomen thereby rendering his shirt wet. “Nancy Ethen!” he shouted again.
Meanwhile while, inside the house, Kate recognised Alex’s voice then rushed to open the door, but was surprised to meet her parents already behind it wondering who could be calling in such a loud and disrespective voice.
“Daddy, open the door, it’s Alex”
“Will you shut up!” the father rebuked. When he opened the door, all saw the skeleton lying at the doorstep and Alex standing with the rose flower.
“Jesus!” Kate and her mother shouted running back into the house, while Mr Ethen stood firm holding the door.
“What is the meaning of this, Alex?”
“I’ve come to do the only thing i could” Alex began, then the women drew closer in a way Alex had a clear view of Mrs Nancy. “This is Dave’s skeleton and his properties. He was actually on his way to present this flower to you before he was killed by my father for a reason i don’t know..” he dropped the flower and Mrs Nancy broke down in tears immediately. Even the husband felt the pains as Alex continued, “I think I’ve fufiled Dave’s wish the only way i could coz i can never marry you even though you except me. If that will be the only thing that will kill me then let me die coz your daughter is the one i love and i will always love her till death. But please sir..” he looked at Mr Ethen in tears. “Do me the favour of allowing me to die in the arms of your daughter” he requested. His last statement also made Kate broke down in tears too then silence silence took over the arena.
“I’m sorry, you’re wish cannot be granted” Mr Ethen replied, banged the door close and locked it thereby making the women cry the more.
“Daddy, please, i don’t want Alex to die!” Kate held her father’s trouser. She suddenly left it and held her mother’s gown too. “Mum, please, marry him to save his life i beg u!” she cried.
The mother couldn’t do or say anything but to cry too. So she went on her knees again before her husband and said, “Please, honey, let me involve Dave’s relatives into this for them to know what’s happening. There must be a way out”
Mr Ethen thought for a while and entered into his room..
Alex left the skeleton and other things at the doorstep and headed to his apartment with Jimmy. As he wanted to open his door, the doorknob broke in his hand-the bad omen continued..