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[Story]O.G.B.A.N.J.E (The Child of Thunder) Chapter 7



The Child of Thunder Chapter 7

Ifeoma Isabella Okeke

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Okoro cleared his throat as his three beautiful daughters stare up at him. They had just finished having their evening meal together and the girls had nagged and begged their father, Okoro, to tell them one of his beautiful stories.

“Once upon a time there lived a hunter called Ajakasi. Many hunters lived in his village. Some hunters used guns, some used bows and arrows, others used sticks and cutlasses to do their hunting.
Ajakasi went on a hunting expedition early one morning. He went deep into the bush. He wondered around all day long, but the bush seemed deserted, and by late afternoon he had not even seen a bird. He was terribly tired and hungry. He decided to go back home. Just as he was about to turn back, he heard an unusual sound coming from somewhere in the distance. He listened carefully, thinking he finally got lucky; he hard peeap peeap peeap uuwuurgh oowuurgh uuuwuurgh.
He said to himself, goodness, that sounds like a big animal, maybe even a lion, I’ll sneak up carefully and see if I can find it. He headed in the direction from which the sound was coming, and soon he came upon a clearing in the forest, and right there in the middle of the clearing was a big hole. He approached gingerly, and craned his neck so as to be able to see inside the pit, and what did he see?

He saw a lion.
Instinctively he jumped back, then after collecting his nerves, he approached the hole again, and craned his neck so as to be able to see inside the pit; then he saw a snake in the same pit! And he saw a man, crouching in one of the corners. Ajakasi couldn’t help but wonder what was happening down there, why was the lion not eating the man?
Then he also saw a rat! He couldn’t believe is eyes, so there was a lion down there, and a huge snake, and a man and a rat!
The lion was he first to spot Ajakasi. Please Mr Hunter, get me out of this pit! I‘m terribly hungry! Ajakasi shook his head, and with a trembling voice, said: I’m really sorry Mr Lion, but I can’t do that! A hungry lion? How can I pull you out? As soon as I get you up here you’re going to have me for your lunch!
The lion growled in response. Don’t you think I could have eaten this man here, he asked. Or the snake, or the rat? We all agreed not to eat each other but to stick together, so that we might all get out of here. I guarantee that if you help us you will be safe
The man in the pit joined in: Please Mr Hunter, believe us, the lion is telling the truth, please get us out of here, please help us. The snake joined in, hissing, and the rat was squeaking. The hunter was touched.
All right, he said, all right, I’ll help you. Just hold on while I find something. He went into the trees, and found the longest possible rope, he tied one end to the nearest tall tree, and pulled it hard to test it. When he was satisfied that it would be strong enough to pull all those creatures out of the pit. He threw the loose end into the hole. And who was the first to come out? Of course, the lion, the snake came out next, and then the rat and finally the man crawled to the surface. The lion gave Ajakasi a heavy handshake. Ouch, screamed Ajakasi, you’ve hurt me! That was painful! Is that how you’re going to thank me?

No, no, no, no, said the lion, Thank you very much indeed, Mr Hunter, I will see you again. With that the lion disappeared into the jungle. The snake thanked him too, and slithered away. The man thanked him, and ran off.
The rat was the last to thank him; I won’t forget your kindness, he said before scurrying off in the undergrowth.
Ajakasi was left all by himself; it was getting dark and he remembered how hungry he was, so he too set off back to his hut in the village.
Several days later, very early in the morning, even before the sun had crawled over the horizon, he heard somebody knocking loudly on his door.

Bhoumm Bhoumm Bhoumm! Who is there, asked Ajakasi. But there was no reply. He opened the door, and there stood the lion. Ajakasi was scared to the marrow, and almost threw the door shut again, but the lion raised a paw in greeting. Mr Lion, sighed Ajakasi, you really scared me there! I’m sorry about that, said the lion, I suppose that can’t be helped. I can’t very well turn up here in broad daylight, can I now? Ajakasi had to agree. Well then, said the lion, you did something wonderful for me the other day, you were very brave to help the four of us get out of that pit. So I have come to thank you, just come over here. The lion stood back and Ajakasi stepped outside. There, in front of his house he found a huge pile of wild meat. All for you, said the lion, and wandered off.
Ajakasi was very excited. He sat to work immediately cleaning the meat and cutting it up. He kept some in his hut and took the rest to the city to sell. He got a lot of money for it! A few more days went by, when Ajakasi was woken again by the same noise coming from his door. He opened the door carefully, and found the lion there again. The lion directed him to the usual spot, and there was an even bigger pile of meat! Again, Ajakasi cleaned the meat, cut it up and took it to the market to sell. He got even more money. The remarkable thing was that the lion kept coming back every three or four days to bring more meat. Ajakasi became a very rich man. He could pay his debt, he built a new hut, he bought new wrappers for himself and all his family members He was turning into a very happy man.
Then one day, he noticed a hole in the roof of his new house. Oooh, what is this? He went to inspect and to his surprise he saw a rat peeping through the hole. Aaaii, said Ajakasi, who are you, and what are you doing to my roof, making holes in it? The rat said: Don’t you remember me? I’m the rat you rescued from the pit in the jungle, some time ago now. If it hadn’t been for you coming along I would surely have ended up as supper for the lion or the snake! I’ve come to bring you something to thank you, just wait there a minute.
Ajakasi was left speechless, he watched as the rat disappeared, but came back presently, lugging an enormous sack, which he dropped through the hole at Ajakasi’s feet. Take these things, the rat said, as a token of my appreciation , and then he disappeared as quickly as he had come. Ajakasi, tugged at the sack, and opened it.
When he saw what was inside he almost fainted. The sack was filled with gold, diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones and minerals
Now Ajakasi was almost the wealthiest man in the whole village. Only the chief was richer. It so happened that a few months later thieves broke into the chief’s compound while he was away on a trip. They took everything that had any value. When he returned the chief was soooo sad, he wept for days on end. People came from all over the district to bring him presents and to console him. Ajakasi also went to see him and took some pieces of gold. One day the man who was rescued from the pit by Ajakasi passed through the village and called at the chief’s compound. He asked to see the chief, saying that he had some information about the theft. The chief had him ushered into his private quarters immediately, he was still very sad and tearful, and asked his visitor to tell him everything he knew without stalling. Don’t cry again, nana, the man started, I know who it was who stole all your jewels and your rich kente cloths. Who is that man? The chief shouted. Where is he?
Don’t worry, said the visitor, he is here in the village, it is the hunter Ajakasi.
The chief fell down on his chair. Ajakasi? I don’t believe it, he is such a good man!
The man raised his hand up. Don’t you remember, Oh great chief, Ajakasi was just a poor wretched hunter, but look at him now, he has built a new house, almost as big as your own, he has bought new clothes for himself and all his family, and he never goes out hunting any more, yet he always has plenty of meat on his table. How is he able to do all that…? He is surely the one who stole all your things.
The chief was now very angry. He called some of his soldiers and commanded them to arrest Ajakasi and bring the thief before him immediately. This was done. The soldiers went to Ajakasi’s house, tied him up and brought him before the chief. He was mercilessly beaten. He tried to explain how it was that he had come by his riches, but when he mentioned the lion bringing him meat, the soldiers just beat him more, and when he mentioned the rat bringing him gold and precious metals in a sack, the chief shouted: Enough! Tie him to the stocks, and tomorrow morning we will execute him!
So, Ajakasi was put in the stocks and condemned to death as punishment for a crime he didn’t commit. He realized he would be executed the next morning and there was nothing he could do about it. After darkness had fallen and the last of the village people had gone home, he felt a strange sensation around his ankles. What is this, he wondered, what is going on now? He heard the hissing of a snake, and when he looked down he saw a large snake slithering on the ground in front of him.
I would normally be afraid of you, said Ajakasi, but as I’m going to die anyway tomorrow, I’m not really worried. Well, said the snake, you’re right not to be worried. You probably don’t remember me, but I am the snake you rescued from that pit in the jungle all those weeks ago now. I have come to thank you for what you did.
Oh. It was nothing really, said Ajakasi, but I’m afraid it’s a little bit late. I’m about to be executed! I have been accused of a crime I never committed.
We’ll see about that, said the snake. I have a plan. I have some medicine here, which I’ll hide under your belt. I understand the king has a very beautiful daughter. That’s right, confirmed Ajakasi, she is his only child. Even better, said the snake. I am going to give her a little bite, and poison her. She will surely die, but the medicine in the bottle is an antidote, the only thing that will cure my bite. When you save the life of the king’s only child, he will be forever in your debt, and he surely will not want to kill you any more! With that the snake slithered towards the chief’ living quarters.
Be careful, don’t get caught! whispered the hunter.
As the sun sent its first rays over the eastern wall of the compound, Ajakasi heard some screams coming from the chief’s living quarters. Women were wailing. Ouwooaagh! The king’s only daughter! Owowowow! A snake has bitten her! Owowowow! The snake has run away! Owowowowo! Why is this happening?! Owowowow!
People were running towards the house.
Ajakasi shouted at them: I can bring this girl back to life! A soldier came up to Ajakasi, and shouted at him: Shut up, you’re only a common thief!
Ajakasi pleaded with him: I am sincere, I can really bring the girl back to life, go and tell the chief! The soldier spat at him, and told him again to keep quiet. But as he was running to the chief’s house, the soldier thought to himself: what if the condemned man was telling the truth? The chief would be grateful to him and he would surely be rewarded. He had nothing to loose by telling the chief.
At first, when the chief was told that Ajakasi could bring his daughter back to life, he didn’t want to know. That man is only trying to postpone his execution, he thought. But when he looked at the body of his dead daughter, and saw his distraught wife, he changed his mind. After all, there was nothing to be lost, and everything to be gained. You never know what secrets these hunters learn in the jungle. So he ordered his soldiers to cut Ajakasi loose and bring the man to him.

When Ajakasi got to the dead girl’s bedside, he asked for a bowl and some water. He poured in the medicine that the snake had given him, and stirred it with his fingers until it was well mixed into a smooth sauce.

This he mopped up with a piece of plain cotton cloth, and he squeezed the liquid into the dead girl’s nostrils. The chief and his wife and all the soldiers were watching his every move. Ajakasi knew very well that if the girl didn’t revive he would be dead on the spot.
But the girl twitched her nose. Itchee! Itchee!
She sneezed! The chief shouted: She sneezed! Slowly the girl opened her eyes, and the chief jumped up and down for joy. The girl’s mother rushed to her side and the soldiers started to dance. The girl spoke to her mother: mommy, where am I? I’m hungry, can you get me some fufu?
Ah, the chief and his wife were so excited! A servant brought in some fufu with a wonderful soup, and the girl ate everything.
Ajakasi was carried shoulder high all around the village. When things quietened down a little the chief sent for him.
Ajakasi, the chief addressed him, you have done me a great service, the greatest possible service, so I am going to save your life. But you must tell me, honestly and without lying, why did you have to steal all my property.
Ajakasi replied: O my great chief, I really didn’t steal your property, as I’ve been trying to tell everyone. He then told the chief his remarkable story, what had happened in the jungle, how he found the lion, the snake, the rat and the man in the pit and how he got them out. How the lion thanked him by bringing him meat, which he sold at a great profit; how the rat brought him gold and diamonds and other precious minerals, some of which he sold and got even more money for.
But his fellow human being thanked him by getting him into trouble. If it had not been for the snake coming to his rescue at the last minute, he would not be standing here to tell his tale.
The king was astonished by the tale. He apologized to Ajakasi for not believing him and he ordered all his possessions to be restored to him. To show the chief he did not harbour any grudges, Ajakasi organized a big feast, which went on long into the night”. Okoro finished at last.

“You are the best storyteller papa. The gods really gave you the wisdom in storytelling”, Ogbanje said cheerfully as her sisters nodded their heads in unison.

“So what do You learnt in the story?” Asked Okoro to his daughters.

“I learnt that we should not be greedy”, Uzochi responded immediately. Okeke nodded his head

“I also learnt that we should never be jealous of one another”. Okoro nodded his head again.

“And what of you Ada?”

“I learnt we should be helpful to one another”, Ogbanje said

“And most importantly we should learn how to Love one another”. Okoro said pleased with his daughters answers and finally bid them a good night rest.


“The greatest wrestler of our time, the one whose blow would kill a living Lion with a single punch. What brings the greatest of greatest to my humble home today”, said Okoro as he shower praises on Omekannaya. His son Obinwanne was nodding his head in pride. Four of their guards were behind Obinwanne also their head were swollen with pride like a peacock. Different assorted layers of clothes, tubers of yams, palm wine were kept in front of Okoro.

Omekannaya cleared his voice and said with a rich voice “Okoro, you know if a toad is seen running during daylight, then either something is chasing the toad or the toad is chasing something”, Omekannaya said.

“Well said Omekannaya but that hasn’t answer my question and you know it”. Okoro said with a smile on his face.

“True. Anyway, my son here, Obinwanne, told me that he saw a beautiful flower planted here that he would love to settle down with”. Omekannaya said happily to Okoro.

“I still don’t understand you my friend, please elaborate more on that”.

“…”, Omekannaya was interrupted by his son.

“What my father is trying to tell you is that your daughter has found favour in my eyes”, Obinwanne said this time.

“That is very good. Well, It is every parents dream and joy to be alive and see their children get married. But you know I have only three beautiful daughters, so I don’t know the one Obinwanne is speaking off”. Said Okoro.

“It is no other person than your first daughter, Ada”. Omekannaya told Okeke.

“Well”, clears his throat, “That’s good also, but I can not make nor can I decide for my daughter, Ada. You will have to ask her yourself, if she agrees or not, it depends on her”. Okoro said in wisdom.

“You said well Okoro”. Said Omekannaya.

“Let me call her out so you can tell her yourselves. Ada! Ada ooo!!”.

Ogbanje’s voice filled the air “Yes papa”.

“Please come out quickly”, Okoro said as Ogbanje stopped whatever she was doing inside and rushed out to meet her father.

“Father, you called me”. Said Ogbanje as she greeted the people with her father.

“Yes my daughter. Ehmm Ada, my friend here Omekannaya said his son, Obinwanne, wants to get married to you. So I called you here so that you can give an answer to his proposal”.

Turns to look at Obinwanne in abysmal “Do I know you? How can you just come and ask me to marry you when we don’t even know each other?. What am I even saying self, I do not even know you and I won’t marry you so don’t come here and start telling my father rubbish. This is aberrant and I do not like it”. Ogbanje hissed at them angrily.

Omekannaya seemed surprise at the out burst of Ogbanje. “Ada, we are not quarreling neither are we fighting eh. I only came here to seek your hand in marriage for my son Obinwanne”.

Ogbanje grow annoyed by the second, her nose flared in anger.

Meanwhile, Obinwanne was busy smiling at Ogbanje, the more she grew angry the more he fall deeply in love with her.

He clears his throat prompting Ogbanje to stop and look at his direction.

“My jewel, ola mu, achalugo, it hasn’t gotten to that extend for you to raise your voice at my father, your future father-in-law and for the records, you will soon become my wife”.

“I see you are so full of yourself, nonsense”, said Ogbanje as she turned to her father, “Papa, I was doing something inside the kitchen so since I have made myself clear, I will head back to the kitchen now”. Ogbanje said as she left their presence.

Okoro turned to face his visitors. “You have heard from the horses mouth itself”. Okoro told his guests.


“That little girl has the guts to talk back at me and reject my proposal”. Obinwanne told himself that night as he strode the frontage of his hut in thought. “She must be mine at all cost, that maiden must be mine. I will do everything to get married to her”.


“I am going down to earth to dwell among the mortals soon and get married to the beautiful maiden that my heart beat for”. Ikenga told Aku and the rest of the little gods that serve him. “But I will need a plan, a plan that will make Ogbanje like me. A plan that will make her mine”. Said Ikenga.

He has to be prepared, for he know what Amadioha can do. He only hope he doesn’t involve Njoku ji into this.


“Njoku ji, I need your help”, Amadioha said to his brother in his aboard as Njoku ji turns to look at his brother whom he hasn’t seen for a long period of time.

“What is it again Amadioha my beloved brother. You know I am a peaceful god who doesn’t stir up a fight without knowing the cause of it”.

“It’s about Ikenga, he has bitten more than he chew and this time around, I will pour out my venom on him”. Amadioha said finally.

To Be Continued

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  1. Titi

    December 31, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Wow nice

  2. ayo

    December 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Next please

  3. yemi

    December 31, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    good work, expecting the next chapter

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    January 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

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    April 3, 2019 at 9:54 pm

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    April 3, 2019 at 9:55 pm

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    November 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm

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I walked out of the room and straight to the front door.
I got to the door and opened it to see a lady standing in front of my door. She was very beautiful, her brown hair stopped right at her waist, her eyes brown and her skin smooth as ever.
“G..good day..” she stuttered.

“Who is that?” I heard Kathleen said behind and I turned to see her coming close to me with Mary.
She turned to see who was at the door and her jaw suddenly dropped.

“Kathleen.” the lady at the door smiled.

“Y…Ymir?” Kathleen called.

Wait…! Ymir.
I paused and turned to the ‘ymir!’ my eyes observed her face to her body features, the description about ymir in that guy’s story I read online was exactly the same as the ymir standing in front of me. Could it be the same Ymir!.

“You’re… Alive!” Kathleen exclaimed.
Ymir smiled and turned to me. “Can I come in?” she asked.

“S..sure?” I stuttered.
Two sirens at my house… Just great.
Ymir walked in and closed the door behind her. Her glorious hair following her every move.
She looked at Kathleen and her eyes lingered around Kathleen’s body for a while, before she said.
“You’ve changed!”
She stood in front of kathleen, Kathleen was a bit taller than her, but their beauty won’t stop competing.
Kathleen smiled shyly adjusting Mary on her body. “How do you mean?”
“Everything about you!” Ymir replied.
“I… I didn’t notice any change!” Kathleen smiled.
Ymir, looked around the house and her eyes suddenly stopped at Mary.
She glanced at me, then Mary and then Kathleen.
“Is she your?…No that’s not possible… Ymir was confused pointing at Mary.
“No she’s not!” I replied and ymir glanced at me.
“Is she my what?” Kathleen asked not really understanding where ymir was trying to go.

“It’s nothing!” Ymir smiled.
She turned to me and gave a small bow. “I’m Ymir, Kathleen’s cousin!” she smiled.
“Okay… Nice to meet you Ymir, I’m Joseph, and this is my daughter Mary” I gave a small smile.
“Yes of course, I saw the resemblance” ymir smiled.

And goodness, are all sirens so beautiful. Kathleen and ymir wanted to have a slight resemblance, but they had different face features.
“Honestly, it’s so glad to see you again.” Kathleen chimed in.

Yeah I got that it was a family reunion, so I took Mary from Kathleen and walked away to the living, though I could still hear their voice very clearly.
I dropped Mary down on the living room floor but she crawled back to Kathleen.
Just great!

I watched from the living couch, as Kathleen picked her up from the floor and kissed her cheek with love.

“Kathleen you need to get away from here, it’s dangerous!” Ymir said to Kathleen.
“Why, is it because, they’re still looking for us?” Kathleen asked.
“No, they all think we’re dead, they believe we don’t survive in this world, but I’m talking about this place, the man who was standing here minutes ago, he might be dangerous, he doesn’t even know your true self.” Ymir stated.

I wanted to yell. ‘Hello ymir… I’m over here and I can hear your voices, you should totally talk this behind my back.

“Funny that he does,” Kathleen scoffed.
“He knows about your true identity?” Ymir’s tone, you could easy tell she was shocked.
“Yes” Kathleen nodded.
“And he didn’t freak out or do anything about it?” I asked.
“He did, at the first moment, but he’s fine with me

“You can’t trust humans, they might stab you in the back one day Kathleen!” ymir warned.
“No, sir, Joseph isn’t like that!”

“And how are you so sure? I’ve studied humans so well, if they can stab their own flesh and blood in the back. Who are we?” Ymir’s tone was stern.
“I know sir, Joseph and he’s not like others!” Kathleen and her defenses for me.
How is she so sure and optimistic about me. Her level of trust is so high that it can surpass the moon.
“You can never trust them Kathleen, what if he just want your body? That’s what they do, they see a pretty lady and fall over heels for them, and what they actually want with them at the end is to wreck their body!” ymir started to yell.

Hello. I can hear them.

“like I said, sir, Joseph isn’t like that!” Kathleen yelled back.
“Stop trying to defend him, men, women, humans are all the same, they’re not good for us, come with me I know a place where we can both stay, we can’t go back in the water, but we can live here, come with me instead, look we only have each other there is nothing else but ourselves!”. Ymir’s voice echoed through the whole house.
Kathleen’s voice was low but I managed to hear her. “You’re wrong, in the family, we only have each other, sure the others died leaving the two of us, I’m thankful that you’re alive, but I have you, I have Mary, and I have sir, Joseph! It will be really selfish of me if I agree that we only have each other. Yes we can’t go back to the water and we are left with no option but to live with the humans we call cruel, how can we live with them, if we don’t LIVE With them, where will you be taking me? To a place where we can be free, is that it? Sorry ymir, this place is my home, it’s my freedom and I’m not going anywhere because I made a promise never to leave the people I love the most in the world.”
Kathleen’s word made me smile and my heart became warm and I became filled.
“The people you love the most, and how are you so sure he loves you, just like he loves you, yeah I bet he has tell you I love you a couple of times but those are just words.” Ymir yelled.
“They might be words to you, but they’re not to me, and no, sir Joseph hasn’t said a word like that to me, I don’t care if he says it, he treats me nice and gives me what I want.” Kathleen’s voice was becoming stern.
“Don’t be fooled Kathleen!” Ymir grunted angrily.
“I am not, I am taking a decision, and the decision belongs to me and I have the right to regret if I want to, if I am really being fooled then I won’t have any regrets because I know it was from my stupid decision” Kathleen yelled and I suddenly heard Mary’s voice crying and screaming.
They frightened my little angel.

The girls stopped talking immediately I walked in on them and Mary quickly stretched her hand towards her father. I smiled and took her from Kathleen.
As I walked away from them, Mary kept quiet and I breathed out a sigh of relief.

“How did you find me anyways?” I heard Kathleen’s voice said.
“How else would I find you, I just did.” Ymir replied.

I placed Mary on the couch but she held on to me looking at Kathleen’s direction. Though she can’t actually see Kathleen but can hear her voice.
“Don’t tell me you want to go back to her.” I said and Mary’s direction turned to me like she understood what I said.
She smiled and I laughed. “classic.”
“When you turn two or three and starts to talk properly, you’re going to tell me why you like Kathleen more than me” I smiled and gently pulled her nose.
She giggled happily making me smile. Babies give the best joy.

Kathleen Walked into the living room angrily and sat down opposite me.
Ymir followed and stood beside her.
Am I about to watch a sister’s fight? Or why are they both so angry?

Seeing Kathleen, Mary forgot the sudden incident and starts to stretch her hand towards Kathleen.
I pushed her hands down and she turned to me.
“Don’t!” I said and she starts to cry. Kathleen looked at me and then at Mary, she wanted to stand up to get Mary but I shook my head at her.
“Kathleen are you even listening to me?” Ymir suddenly asked over Mary’s crying voice.
“I’m not! Cause you’re going to use that as an excuse for me to leave cause unfortunately to you, this place isn’t the best place so, and it’s just a normal thing I guess, why did you have to gasp like it’s a big thing.–
“Can you even let me speak!” ymir almost yelled and glanced at me giving me an apologetic look.

I stood up with Mary, “I’ll leave you guys to talk!”

I was already halfway to my room when Ymir said.

“You think it’s a normal thing, but it’s not, you’re pregnant Kathleen!”

I paused and turned.


I turned and didn’t know when my legs took me back to the living room.

Kathleen was in a confused expression, as I walked in,
Ymir glanced at me and then at Kathleen.

“And how do you know? Or how sure are you?” Kathleen asked Ymir.
“According to what you told me, those pains aren’t normal.” Ymir shook her head.
Kathleen stood up. “How can you detect pregnancy through pain, how sure are you about it, and how do you even know about it?” Kathleen rolled her eyes.
“How did you think my mom died!” Ymir yelled. “People thought, she was killed underwater because of some sort of crime, but no, my mom died because she was pregnant… For a human”

Kathleen paused for a while and a smile crept up her face.

“Why are you even smiling and how many times have you experienced this pain?” Ymir asked.
“Two times.” Kathleen replied.
“Two times?” Ymir scoffed. “It’s happening faster than expected.”

“So you’re sure I’m carrying sir Joseph’s baby!” Kathleen smiled
Ymir glanced at me and gave a sigh


“Stop smiling it’s not a good thing!” Ymir reprimanded.
“It’s the best thing!” Kathleen stated
“You’re helpless, hopeless and naive Kathleen.” Ymir said angrily.

I didn’t speak, I couldn’t even speak.
Kathleen’s pregnant for me???
But it hasn’t been a week since we…
I couldn’t tell how I was feeling at that moment.
Kathleen seemed happy about it, but… I didn’t know how I feel.
I paused staring at the two ladies

“If you intend to carry that baby, you won’t survive, we cannot give birth like this, we do not give birth like this, never! You’re taking a risk Kathleen, a risk to a dead end, neither you or your baby will survive!” Ymir explained.

“Stop trying to scare me” Kathleen said angrily through gritted teeth.
“I am not trying to.” Ymir yelled.
“Then leave me alone, I’m pregnant for sir, Joseph or not, its none of your business. What if I’m taking a risk, it’s my body.”
“You’re the only family, I have left Kathleen and I’m not going to let you kill yourself over something stupid like this, you’re going to end this baby!” Ymir said angrily.
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“Okay then what are we?” Kathleen asked.
“We’re in a relationship!” I tell her. Her eyes almost lit up in excitement but she managed to keep her cool.
“What kind of relationship?” she asked.
“We’re in a dating relationship!” I said and gave a small nod.
I just started a relationship between us.

“We are?” Kathleen smiled.
“We are.” I repeated.

Kathleen couldn’t contain her smile
I stood up and asked if she has eaten lunch yet but she said no. I ordered pizza and well I wanted to order two but decided to order one cause it was the biggest size, but as soon as Kathleen and I started eating, the box became empty. Kathleen.!
“How does a girl eat so much, I had only one slice.” I wasn’t shocked but I had to complain.
“I don’t know either, my appetite just keeps getting bigger and bigger.” she laughed.
“I won’t be surprised if you wake up one day and suddenly look like my couch!” I said standing up and closing the box.
“Looking like the couch?”
“Getting fat!” I helped.
She laughed. “I can’t get fat.”
“And what makes you say that, with the way you eat, it’s not impossible.” I smirked.
“It’s impossible, no matter how much we eat, we don’t get fat, there are a lot of things people think we do or we are but we’re actually the opposite!” Kathleen said.
“Things like?” I asked, shoving in the last bite of my pizza slice in my mouth.
“I searched about us on the internet and people thinks we’re deadly, but look at me, I don’t know how to be deadly, I have abilities like other sirens, but yet I hardly use them or know how to control them, and then i saw another question, someone asked if we’re pretty or ugly and the answer was that we’re faceless, they said sirens don’t have faces, we can’t talk and we wail instead through our ears. But look at me sir, Joseph I have face! I’m talking now and and I can’t make a sound with my ears” Kathleen complaining made me laugh.
“People just makes up silly stories for viewers, when they haven’t even meet sirens for real.” I tell her.
“Anyways, I don’t care what others think about sirens like us, I only care about what you think.” Kathleen smiled.
I glanced her a look and smiled. I grabbed the pizza box and went out to dispose it.
After washing my hand, I went back to the living room to see Mary was now awake and was now leaning on Kathleen’s shoulder looking like she’s just waking up from a slumber from a hundred years.
I paused to look at Mary. Now she’s the one getting fat. And Suzanne thought we weren’t doing great without her here.
“Sir, Joseph, Mary and I will be in the resting room” Kathleen smiled.
I turned to her. “Kath, considering our relationship now, why don’t you just call me jospeh, the sir sounds a little too formal, considering how casual we are to each other. And sometimes you call me jospeh”
She smiled shyly. “Well I’ll try!”
“It’s not something hard! Don’t try just do it!” I stated and she nodded.
Kathleen took Mary upstairs while I ended up in my room.

It was nighttime and has been an hour since we had dinner. Mary as a baby has fallen asleep again and was sleeping peacefully in her crib.
Kathleen and I stood in front of the window facing the lake, this room doesn’t fail to give you the best view during night time.
“So now looking at the lake. You don’t miss the water?” I asked Kathleen. She scoot closer to me and placed my hand around her shoulders.
“I don’t.” she said with a plain face.
“Why, you don’t have good memories in the water?” I asked.
“I had great memories, it’s just that now, it’s not something you’ll want to miss.” she said without smiling.

“And would you tell me why? Or if you don’t want to, it’s okay!” I said.
“No, well, you see, the family i have down there, they’re all dead, so what’s there to miss” she gave a forced smile.
“Sorry to hear that.” I said, I wanted to ask how they died or why they died but I just didn’t want her to feel like I’m questioning her too much, even though she has always been the inquisitive one.
“See I used to have a mother and two older sisters, my oldest sister suddenly found a way for us to have legs and walk on land and told my mother about it, my mother told her never to speak of it again cause it was abominable, and if neptune should hear of it, we were going to be killed.” Kathleen explained.
“Neptune?” I replied. Isn’t that a planet.
“Yeah, neptune, he’s like the god of the sea, though no one has seen him face to face before. But they all believe he’s the ruler of the sea and he’s like the greatest.” Kathleen said and rolled her eyes.

I smiled. “You don’t believe in him? Because you haven’t seen him before?” I asked.
It’s like how neptune rules the Sea, God rules the earth.
“I do believe in him, but he makes up stupid rules that I’m hundred percent sure the people makes up themselves and yell that it’s in the name of neptune.” Kathleen’s angry face almost made me laugh.
“Though my mother stopped my sister from using such abilities by having legs and going on land, my sister disobeyed and showed us the same ability, my other sister and I sneaked out with my oldest sister one day and the three of us came on land, seeing so many things we all got so curious and wanted to know more about this place, we made it back to the water in no time and nobody noticed. But then came a day my oldest sister did the same thing again and was caught, her act was pinned as treason and it will be that she and her family will be sentenced to death. I cried my eyes out cause we were all going to be dead, neptune and his stupid rules. When one person from a family commits a crime the person and that whole family serves the punishment. My mother found a way for me and my other sister to escape but my sister was caught but I managed to escape and that’s when I came on land. And every where I go, I feel like they will still come for me. And the day my sisters and mother died, I wasn’t there but I felt it, we sirens we are all connected and when some thing happens to someone close to you, you feel something leaving your body, it’s like a rope being cut off from the inside. My mother’s sister daughter used to stay with us too and she managed to escape too. I don’t know how she is or where she is now but i know she’s safe, I can feel it.” Kathleen sighed.
“You’ve really been through a lot haven’t you?” I sighed.
“I remembered how my mother and the other mothers used to talk about how here on land is dangerous and how the people despises us and how we need to kill them immediately we encounter them, but now I think it’s supposed to be the other way round.” Kathleen explained and pulled her closer to my body. Kathleen was like an innocent living in the realm of nocent.
“And now, a human is rescuing me from my own kind. Neptune is stupid.” Kathleen pouted.
“You sure hate Neptune” I laughed.
“I do and…. Ouch!” Kathleen suddenly whinced holding her left waist.
“Are you okay” I asked immediately.
Kathleen nodded and breathed out slowly.
“I felt another pain on my waist again.” she tells me.
She’s not going to pass out now, is she?
“But it’s fine now.” she said.
“Are you sure?” I asked. To be sure too.
“Yes, it’s like a tingling feeling but it also come with a slight pain.” she laughed.
And I didn’t understand how the situation became funny.
“Seriously you don’t have to laugh at everything, you haven’t experienced something like this before right?” I asked.
She nodded. “yesterday was my first, and now.”
“But it’s going to be fine.” she smiled. “I know my body so well.”
I believed her at that moment for knowing her body so well.
We both chatted that night till we got sleepy and head back to my room, Kathleen reminded me she hated the idea of sleeping alone and well we both ended up in mine and I didn’t have a problem with that.

The next morning, surprisingly I woke up in time, in time and found Kathleen still asleep beside me. I turned to my side and almost jumped up when I thought I saw a doll looking at me. But to my surprise it was Mary. I laughed as I watched her watch me from her crib. Her bright eyes lingering around the room.
I grabbed her from her crib and she gave a happy giggle.
“Looks like I’m the one who’s going to give you a bath today, Kathleen’s still asleep.” I smiled and took Mary out of the room.
Which used to be my daily routine before Kathleen took it from me, I gave Mary her bath, prepared breakfast for her and cladded her body with one of her baby dress.
I decided to take my bath too and went inside the room to drop Mary beside Kathleen, Kathleen was still asleep, so I just dropped Mary beside her, and immediately Mary starts to gag some baby words and her tiny hands slapped Kathleen on the face. Kathleen didn’t seem to flinch as she was deep in her sleep.

I took a bath, wore some comfy clothes and decided to prepare breakfast. I was surprised Kathleen hadn’t wake up yet but it wasn’t a shocker.
I prepared breakfast and ate alone, anytime Kathleen wakes up she’ll have breakfast.
12:09pm Kathleen was still asleep. This was unlike her, I was getting worried so I decided to check on her. She was sound asleep her breathings could be heard fine. Mary was still beside her talking to herself. I walked out of the room and did nothing.
I was alone in the living room with my phone, and honestly I was bored without Kathleen and I realised how much I loved to hear her ask questions.
It was two p.m in the afternoon and Kathleen was still asleep, what the hell.
I was about going to check on her, and as I walked into the room, I saw her opening her eyes and sitting up.
“Kath.” I almost laughed.
“Good morning” she smiled.
“It’s two p.m in the afternoon” I stated.
“What?” her eyes widen. “Is that how late I slept?”
“I was worried sick” I breathed out a smile.
We both heard a knock on the door and I glanced at the Mary and then Kathleen.
“I’ll get the door” I said and Kathleen nodded.

I walked out of the room and straight to the front door.
I got to the door and opened it to see a lady standing in front of my door. She was very beautiful, her brown hair stopped right at her waist, her eyes brown and her skin smooth as ever.
“G..good day..” she stuttered.

“Who is that?” I heard Kathleen said behind and I turned to see her coming close to me with Mary.
She turned to see who was at the door and her jaw suddenly dropped.

“Kathleen.” the lady at the door smiled.
“Y…Ymir?” Kathleen called.
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And in my front, in front of the fridge Kathleen drank five bottles of water. And it was the big bottle sized.
Kathleen breathed out tiredly as she picked the bottles from the floor.
“Now I feel alive again.” she gave me a smile.
I stood still, my eyes fixated on her. What the hell, just happened?

Kathleen smiled at me and as she disposed the bottles into the kitchen’s waste bin, she walked out of the kitchen and still yet I followed her.
My head started to calculate on why she passed out, but if she doesn’t know, how do I know?.

I walked into the living room and met her sitting down on the couch beside Mary. I didn’t bother asking about why she passed out.

Or is she dehydrated? Because fishes get dehydrated few minutes after they’re out from the water. But still she has been doing fine and…
I quit thinking on my own and asked her.
“Why did you drink so much quantity of water?” I asked sitting down opposite her.
“Because I felt super thirsty!” she replied.
“No, one, not even in a hundred years can feel so thirsty to empty five bottles in one go!” I tell and she shrugged.
“Are you getting dehydrated or something?” I asked.
“De– hydr–ated?” she repeated
“Like parched, it’s like when you’re dry on the inside, You know how fishes die when they are brought out of the water, because their body suddenly becomes dry and they crave for the water because they can’t swim or breathe without that water. do you miss the water or anything?” I asked to be sure.
Kathleen laughed.
“Why on neptune would I miss the water? I love it here and I just drank so much water because I was thirsty that’s all” Kathleen smiled.
“That’s all?” I raised my brows at her.
“Look I’m not trying to be a detective or any thing, but I feel really uncomfortable with what just happened, so you’re telling me that when you sirens are out of the water for a long time, you don’t get dehydrated?” I asked and she shook her head Negatively.
“We don’t! Honestly, and now thinking about it, it’s strange, with what happened to me too! I’ve never drank so much water like that.” she laughed.
“This isn’t funny kath, it’s something we should worry about” I let her know.
She breathed out a sigh. “I don’t know what happened sir, Joseph but I am fine now.”
“And how are you so sure something like that won’t happen again?” I narrowed my eyes at her.
“Because I’m so sure.” she repeated.
I swallowed my smile by her outrageous reply.

“So… How was it, did the baby belong to you?” Kathleen asked. Her gaze was stern and curious.
“No, the baby actually belongs to Henry! And Suzanne tried to pin the baby on me so she’ll get back together with me.” I explained and Kathleen gasped.
“She is such a bad person.”
“I know right!” I smirked.

We became quiet again, well for a brief moment because Kathleen immediately started another conversation.
“Joseph!” she called and I looked up. What happened to the sir.
Well it doesn’t matter.
“Just like you taught me how to surf the internet before you left to meet Suzanne, I was surfing the internet and believe when I say the internet knows everything, I was surfing the internet when I came across the question love, they asked what was love and told me to click the page to understand the meaning of love.” Kathleen explained happily.
“Okay? And let me guess you clicked the page right?” i scoffed and she nodded with a smile.
“I clicked the page and they explained what love is, I came across so many questions and the answers and I was thrilled, so many questions on my mind were answered, it was like magic.” Kathleen explained and you should see the way her eyes lit up in excitement as she talked. She was like a child, a child who was sailing off on a deserted rainbow and seeing things she hadn’t seen before. This story is written by Ruthie lee.
Kathleen quieted down and gave a small sigh. “And then I came across something that said, when you and the opposite gender, share cuddles and kisses what does it mean?” she raised her head up at me. Is she waiting for me to answer her question? When I said nothing she sighed again.
“I left that question when I found another one similar to it but had a slight different, and it said when you and the opposite gender, shares more than hugs and kisses, when you’re not even married neither are you guys In a dating relationship what does it mean? The question made me pause because the question sounded like something that should be answered by you, sir, Joseph! What does it mean?”
She never stops.
Maybe it wasn’t good idea dropping my phone with her. I like her being clueless.

Finally I said something
“What does it mean? Didn’t you read the answer to that?” I asked.
“I did, but I want to hear from you first.” she lowly said and her head turned to her fingers on her thighs.
Well according to her question I clearly don’t know what to reply as an answer.
when you and the opposite gender, shares more than hugs and kisses, when you’re not even married neither are you guys In a dating relationship what does it mean? That question kind of feels like…. Us.
Kath and I aren’t dating, neither are we married, we’ve hugged more than once and kissed more than once too, we’ve had sexual intercourse once. And yet we are not in any relationship.
‘is it necessary to be in any relationship?’ my subconscious asked and I sighed and looked at Kathleen.
“I don’t know.” I stated. “To be very honest, I don’t know”.
Kathleen looked up at me. “You’re very smart sir, Joseph how can you not know something like this.”
“Because I am not a love expert” I replied. “You said you saw the answer but you wanted to hear from me first, now tell me what did the answer say?”
Kathleen tilt her head. “It said what I didn’t understand. It said, friends with benefits, what does that mean?” Kathleen looked confused to show she really doesn’t know what friends with benefits meant.

It was kind of embarrassing explaining and having this kind of conversation with Kathleen.
“It’s somewhere between a dating relationship and a friendship.” I started. “Friends with benefits means when two friends who knows each other so well engage in intimate or sexual activity without really dating each other.”

Kathleen wore a sad smile. “That’s what we are right? We don’t have anything going on we are just being intimate with each other, I thought it was a good thing, but now with you explaining to me, I don’t want to be friends with benefits with you.” she looked at me.
I shook my head. “That’s not what we are.” I said, assuring
“Then. What are we?” she asked.
“Think about it, we’re not even friends to begin with.” I said.
“Isn’t that even worse?” she sniffed.
Don’t tell me she’s about to cry. “If we’re not even friends, then how do we become friends with benefits!”.
“Huh?” I was confused by what she was talking about.
“Look Kathleen” I called and she turned to me. “We do not stand as friends neither are we friends with benefits”.
“Okay then what are we?” she asked.
“We’re in a relationship!” I tell her. Her eyes almost lit up in excitement but she managed to keep her cool.
“What kind of relationship?” she asked.
“We’re in a dating relationship!” I said and gave a small nod.
I just started a relationship between us.

“We are?” Kathleen smiled.
“We are.” I repeated.
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