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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Siren The Beautiful Killer (PROLOGUE)
Siren The Beautiful Killer
Written By Zeeman
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I pulled my car to a halt in front of a white mansion.
I stared at the map on my iPod and glanced at the white mansion.
I wore a red wig over my brown golden hair, picked my mask and wore it over my face before stepping out of the car holding a pistol.
My eyes swiftly scanned the entire building and i walked towards the locked gate.
That doesn’t stop me from going in though.
I smiled and began climbing the wall with expertise, I’ve climbed bigger mansions than this!
I jumped into the balcony without making a sound.
I turned and carefully scanned the area.
I tried the door knob with my gloved hand and found it locked.
I twitched my nose and produced a skeleton key from the pocket of my ninja outfit.
I slid the key into the lock and turned it, it opened immediately and i quickly entered the house.
I met the well furnished living room empty .
➡️Mia what’s up?” Boss asked through the ear connection.
“Modus operandi (mode of operation)” I whispered back before disconnecting.
I walked into the middle of the living room and saw a narrow passage,i moved towards it.
There are three doors on the left,two on the right,and one at the end of the passage facing me.
I walked towards the one at the end of the passage and kicked it open with my boots.
I barged into the room and saw the couple disengage from their love making, staring at me in fear.
I chuckled “That’ll be the last sex you’ll both have,you can continue in heaven” I said and opened fire on my pistol.
I shot them twice each on their heads and smirked as their brains splattered across the bed’s headboard with blood covering their bedside lamp.
I hurried back to the balcony,and brought out a thick rope which is always connected beneath my boot.
I attached it down to the gate and also clipped it to the balcony edge.
I slide down using the rope as support.
My feet landed on the ground and i quickly disconnected the rope.
I wrapped it firmly in my hands and barged back to my car.
I unlocked it and looked around again.
I entered and shut the door.
I removed my wig and mask,dumped the pistol at the backseat and then glanced at my reflection in the rear view mirror,i adjusted my hair.
I picked my face cap and pulled it over my hair before turning on the ignition.
“Another mission accomplished” I muttered with a smile before speeding away into the night.
CELEBRITY FAVOURITISM EPISODE 29
CELEBRITY FAVOURITISM EPISODE 29
BY RUTHIE LEE
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★★ JUNE ★★
My heart skipped a beat as Erick hugged me but I maintained my balance and rested my chin on his shoulder.
I could get used to this, this warmth, and comfort. My hands were slowly starting to rise up and hug him back but Augie’s happy voice ruined the moment.
“Erick!!!” he called happily, he and Ella running up to meet him, Erick let’s go of me and with a smile he walked passed me to meet my baby brother and his Ex dog.
I closed the door with a sigh and turned to the happy reunion in front of my eyes.
The door to my grandma’s room opened and of course, my grandma walked out.
“oh, Erick!” she exclaimed
“grandma!” Erick smiled and walked up to her to give her a hug.
“is it just me or you look more younger and prettier” Erick said and my grandma laughed hysterically pulling his cheeks.
“you’ll never change”.
“and why in the world, would I change?” Erick smiled.
“so what should I get you! Water? Juice—
“grandma, am fine and I also ate like a king during dinner, so it’s okay” Erick smiled and my grandma smiled.
My family surrounded Erick and bombered him with different kind of questions.
My grandma asking him about his new life, and Augie at the same time asking him why he dyed his hair blue and Ella barking and jumping around Erick asking him questions of her own, that no one understands.
I just sat still and watched Erick bring laughter to the whole house and I laughed too when he talked something funny, I kind of missed this atmosphere, I missed the days when dinner would be fun because Erick was there and I also missed the days chores became fun cause he was still there too.. He is such an influence.
Finally Augie fell asleep and Ella fell asleep on his stomach, wrapping her small body to fit his small body.
Maltese dogs are just so small
My grandma retired to her room. Wishing us goodnight and I sighed as I slowly carried Ella from my baby brother’s stomach.
I was about to carry Augie up but Erick stopped me.
“it’s fine” I tell him.. “it’s not like it’s the first time I’ll be taking his sleeping body to bed”.
“still, you’re a girl and I’m a guy watching you carry him will just make me a complete useless Person” Erick said and picked up Augie carefully placing him on his shoulder.
I picked Ella up and trailed behind Erick as he walked to my room, the door was open. So we just walked in and I closed the door after dropping Ella on her doggy bed.
Augie was placed on his bed by Erick while I covered his body with the thick blanket.
“whoa” Erick said.
“what?” I asked as I watched him look at sleeping Augie.
“he looks so much like you!” he blurted and I laughed.
“his my brother you idiot! How can we not look alike” I rolled my eyes.
“but you know June, this feels weird” Erick whispered with a smile and he bit his bottom lip still smiling.
“what, feels weird?” I asked.
“it’s like we’re putting our ‘son’ off to bed” Erick said and I rolled my eyes and walked away from him.
“you’re unbelievable” I said as I got on my own bed and rummage through my drawer for a rubber band.
“what?. I am actually making a point, we both look like two young parents” Erick said walking up to me.
“sometimes you say the most stupidest thing ever” I huffed pushing the strands of hair in front of my face to go with my sudden pony tail.
“and sometimes, the most stupidest thing may be the most meaningful thing” Erick said as he got on my bed.
“hey take off your shoes” I warned him.
“what? It’s not like I’m sitting with my feet” he scoffed.
“I don’t care, take it off” I said and he sighed and pushed his shoes off his legs leaving a pair of black stockings on his feet.
“happy?” he mocked
“more than you think” I smiled.
He let out a small sigh and laid on the bed, removing my hands on my thigh, he laid his head on my thighs, and placed my hands on his hair.
“what are you—
“can you please not complain and just let me stay like this for a while” he said with his eyes closed and my vocal chords clogged immediately.
We both remained quiet and my hands didn’t move from his hair, the air was cool and fine minutes ago but now, it seems hot and I feel like I’m gonna burst any minute.
“say something” Erick said, his eyes still closed. “I hate silence”.
“wh–what do you want me to say?” I stutter.
“anything, you can sing if you want to.”
“no, I think I’ve had enough singing today,” I said and his eyes fluttered opened and it was staring at mine and I don’t know how foolish I’ve become that my eyes suddenly adverted to his lips but I quickly shifted them back to his eyes.
“what was that?” he asked with a teasing smile.
“what was what?” I asked looking away.
“I saw you, why did you look at my lips Like that?” he asked, and even though I’m not looking at him I know he’s holding the most teasing smile he could produce.
“I–I–i did not–
“do not lie to me June, I saw you” he interrupted me and sat up.
“you totally wanted to–
“can you just shut up” I yelled and he laughed, shook his head negatively and laid back on the bed with his hair on my thigh.
“June.” he called.
“what?” I barked.
“can you cool it, I was just joking okay” he laughed.
“well have I told you I never find your jokes funny” I asked looking down at him sternly.
“you wouldn’t cause my jokes always comes out as a joke and half the truth” he said and I rolled my eyes.
He breathed out a small sigh. While I looked away…
This feels weirdly comfotable, even though it shouldn’t. I am actually enjoying Erick’s company…
“have you… Dated a guy before?” his voice echoed.
Why Is he suddenly asking “this” kind of question.
“why are you asking?”
“I don’t know…” he shrugged on my legs.
“you’re kind of acting like someone who got her heart broken big time” he said and I smiled.
“yeah, I did got my heart broken once!” I said and slowly looked down at him to see his reaction and he was staring straight at me, but he suddenly stood up.
“really?” he asked as he adjusted a little closer to me.
“yeah.” I said looking away to smile at the wall.
“well that explains why you’re like this.”
“like what?” I snapped.
“nothing” he replied with a grin “so tell me June, this guy that broke your heart, how did it start and how did it end”.
“well see I was in the Nineth grade when that happened” I said with a nod
“okay I’m all ears.” Erick smiled.
“you want me to narrate the whole story to you?” I asked.
“yep” he replied making the “p” pop.
Time for a whole story of lies.
“okay so there’s this guy Jus.. John… No.. Jared… Yes Jared! He’s tall—
“taller than me?” Erick caught me off with a smile.
“he’s– he’s height is just like yours”. I said and Erick nod.
“he has blonde hair, brown eyes, he’s a little bit slender, he’s got perfect nose and amazing lips he also has this smile that makes your heart melt and gosh he’s a smile addict—
“wait! Why do I feel like you’re talking about me?” Erick said and I glowered at him.
“Shut up I’m taking about John this is about John”. I yelled.
“but I thought you said his name was Jared?”
“I did?” God I am so bad at lying
“yeah,, wait are you making this all up?”
“what! No way he’s name is Jared and he’s got a baby brother names John, their names get me confused sometimes” I said with a nervous laugh “so Jared was the captain of the football club then and gosh all the girls loved him cause you knows, he’s our handsome Jared and we always win whenever there’s a football game and whenever he’s around, so luckily out of all the whole girls in school he chose me!” I said and bat my lashes dramatically.
“I don’t see a reason for him not to” Erick said and I blushed.
“anyways… He told me he liked me and I liked him too and we started to go out” I paused thinking of another lie.
“okay, why or how did he break your heart?” Erick asked inquisitively.
“he uhm… He… He stole… My pen and lied about… It, and then we broke up” I said and bit my lip hard, I am terrible at lies!.
“what? That is one cliché story! How can you guys break up because of a stupid pen, are you lying to me??” he asked narrowing his eyes.
“I am not! And did I say pen, that’s what actually happened to his brother, I caught him kissing another girl and he lied about it when I tried to confront him about it” I said and the look Erick gave me made me gulped hard.
“you’re lying” Erick breathed.
“and why would I?”
“cause somehow you think this is fun, telling me about some guy who you described as me and how he broke your heart by stealing your pen then kissing a girl”. I giggled a little when I listened to my story in my head and he grabbed my hand.
“okay, maybe, somehow I am making up stories or so but it doesn’t matter” I rolled my eyes.
“it does matter cause you’re keeping your heart isolated and it’s…” he sighed…
“you know I really like you June and–
“can we not talk about this now Erick” I said slipping my hand away from his and standing up.
“if not now, then when?” he asked standing up.
“I don’t know—but can we please not talk about it now?” I said folding my hand, I’m suddenly feeling cold.
“you always do this, pushing me away or shunning me whenever I talk about my feelings with you, at least am honest and proud about it, how long do I have to wait?” he asked and I bit my lips and looked up at him.
“a little longer” I mumbled and I moved back a little cause he moved closer to me.
He remained quiet for a while and so did I. . .
Finally I heard his sigh and “fine” after that.
“I’ll wait! You don’t know but I’m pretty good at it” he said and I looked up at him to see his slightly disappointed face.
His phone suddenly ring and he brought it out from his pocket, he rolled his eyes and shoved it back in his pocket.
“I have to go” he announced
“oh!” I said and looked away,
Good… For me.
“I’ll escort you to the door” I said but he shook his head negatively.
“don’t! You might not like what I might do and besides, you might not come back too” he said calmly and my eyebrows flew up.
What is this dude saying, Just by escorting him to the door, I might not return home??.
“so… Uhm… Goodnight?” I shrugged
“no… It’s actually a bad night” he said making me flinch.
I’m sorry Erick I don’t know why I’m being like this towards you, I wanted to say so badly but I couldn’t bring myself too.
What is wrong with me.
He suddenly moved closer and gave me one of his comforting hugs,
and I hugged him back.
He said nothing as he let’s go of me and I couldn’t even look at him as he walked towards the door and opened it and walked out.
He did it!
That night I couldn’t sleep, I kept tossing and turning like never before,
My heart is still working and I know that… And I do know I like Erick but I don’t know, I don’t know what to even think.
I screamed in my pillow loudly and turned on my night light,
I hate this!!! Not being able to sleep.
I decided to listen to music, maybe it’ll help me fall asleep. But when I tried it, it didn’t work I just sang along and it’s Maria Li’s song, how can I not sing along.
I haven’t watched Erick’s video yet. I smiled at the recall of that, I head straight to YouTube, it’s been years since I’ve been to the Internet. Aside watching or downloading Maria Li’s song. I haven’t done anything.
I searched the name Erick and Erick-J suddenly popped on the search list and my eyes widen immediately. I tapped on the name and it took me to his music video.
“8.9million views” I gasped as I clicked on watch to watch the video.
After re-watching Erick’s music video for the fifth time I was starting to feel a bit sleepy, but I couldn’t help the smile that made my lips stretch so widely as I watched as Erick gave the camera a breath taking gaze as the video ended.
This guy likes me! I thought as I dropped my phone on my drawer,
But what the hell is holding me back?!! I thought, thinking about that my eyes slowly starts to close and before I knew it, I fell asleep
The rays of sunlight shone on my face and the amazing smell of burnt crust and butter filled my nostrils and I smiled and slowly opened my eyes.
It was twelve pm when I looked at the time and I slowly walked to the bathroom to brush my teeth.
As I brushed my teeth, I looked at myself in the wall mirror,
What the hell did Erick sees in me. I held my brush with my teeth and touched my face, I examined my huge round eyes and sighed, my eyes moved down to my lips, I’ve always wanted full lips but I got thin ones instead.
I stopped examining myself and continued to brush my teeth.
The house seemed quiet, I’ve eaten breakfast but still I feel empty, sitting outside staring at the empty street with Ella jumping around my leg.
“go play by yourself Ella. I’m not in the mood to play with you” I said and she let out a pitiful yelp.
“you just have to wait till Augie’s back from school”. I said and she suddenly jumped at the mention of Augie and ran inside.
I sighed as I stared at the blank sky, my chest feels heavy and I don’t know why.
Actually… I do know why..
I suddenly head inside and putting on my sandals, I yelled from the door.
“grandma, I’ll be back”.
“where are you going?” she yelled from inside.
“uhhh… To Erick’s?” I said truthfully
“okay be back before dinner” she announced
I hurried down the stairs of our building and the wind took over my hair. Today’s supposed to be my resting day for yesterday’s stress, but no! This is more important.
T. B. C
By RUTHIE LEE
CELEBRITY FAVOURITISM EPISODE 28
CELEBRITY FAVOURITISM EPISODE 28
BY RUTHIE LEE
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쇼 June 쇼
Erick smiled at me and goodness his blue hair was to die for. And Daniel’s gone pink, which suit him too.
“oh my God” Grace said standing up.
“D-Daniel..” she stutter.. “E-Erick”.
Daniel smiled at her and Cassie quickly stood up,
“Daniel, I am your biggest fan and… ” she sighed breathlessly giving both of them a loving look.
“and you, and I just love the both of you”. Cassie said and Grace nodded.
“well that’s great.. cause we love you guys too” Daniel said giving them a small smile.
“oh if it isn’t Travel” Erick said smiling.
“it’s Travis”. Travis snapped.
“yeah, whatever” Erick smiled and walked up to me.
“hey” I said with a smile and he held my hand making me stand up.
The number of eyes staring at us made me gulped down and I had to avoid their eyes and look at Erick.
“h-happy debut’s day” I said and he laughed.
“that’s not a thing” he said.
“sorry… I’m just out of words” I said lowly.
“you look beautiful” he said and grace coughed and held myself not to glance at her and give her a glare. “thanks”.. I beamed.
“you’re all getting ready for the competition right?” Erick asked and I nod.
“luckily, I found a pen in my bag, Daniel can I have your autograph, I missed your fan signing event” Cassie said and Daniel smiled.”sure” and took the pen from her.
“where would you like me to sign?” Daniel asked.
“on my wrist” Cassie replied immediately.
Daniel took her wrist and grace yelped. While Erick turned back to me “I missed you, it was kind of stressful and bored without you there”.
“oh” I said my cheeks heating up. I can’t help myself when he’s being like this
“And I also–
His buzzing phone interrupted him from finishing his words, and he sighed and he read whatever was on his screen.
“dang it!” he muttered as he dropped his phone back in his pocket. “I have to go, these days I’m gonna be a lot scarcer than ever because of my debut” he sighed and pushed his hair back.
“your hair. . .” I said
“what is it bad?” he rushed his words
“no! it’s beautiful and so is Daniel’s” I smiled and glanced at Daniel to see him crowded by Grace and Cassie.
“I asked for myself not for Daniel too, you could have just complimented me alone”
“can you not be a jealous freak!” I rolled my eyes and he laughed.
“I’ll try, anyways I have to go I’ll see you when heavens tell us too” he said and gave a charming smile.
“okay,” I laughed.
He let’s go of my hand and sighed tiredly looking at me.
“what?” I asked.
“i-i… I could have kissed you but I’ll ruin your makeover” he said.
°It doesn’t matter° I wanted to say but good thing I stopped myself cause I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
I stopped talking cause I keep saying “I” which means I don’t know what to say, even if I really do.
“anyways, I’ll see you real soon” he said, smiled and walked up to Daniel, Grace and Cassie asked for Erick’s autograph and he gave them too.
“don’t you want one?” Erick asked Travis, referring to their autographs
“I’m good” Travis replied sternly.
“okay… Here’s your pen” Erick handed Cassie her pen.
“good luck to you all” Erick said.
“thanks” Grace grinned and Erick glance at me before he and Daniel walked out.
“today is the most happiest day of my life” Cassie smiled sitting back on her chair.
“yeah I almost cried” Grace added.
“tch” Travis scoffed.
“oh and Travis, have you met Daniel and Erick before?” Cassie asked.
“they would have probably have, cause how would they know his name” Grace said
“I’ve met them and they hate me, you could have heard Erick called me Travel” Travis said and he turned to me while I gave him an apologizing look.
Cassie suddenly laughed hysterically and we all turned to her.
“Travel? Wow that’s more convenient than Travis” she said while Travis rolled his eyes.
“but I have to say this June! I’m jealous, you’re dating a celebrity and he’s also best friend with the king of pop and wow… You’re lucky” Grace said whimsically and I smiled briefly.
The door opened and our stylists walked inside with our clothes.
“wow…” grace beamed as she gazed at the clothes happily, the clothes were all purple and black and it was shiny and sparkly like that of a clothes worn at disco balls.
“here”. One of the stylist said and gave Travis his clothes, And ours was handed to us.
“you! You can change in here” one of the stylist said and moved Travis to a door, and no one knew there was a door there cause there was no knob, the door just rhymed with the wall.
We were all moved to a small dressing room and I don’t know if anyone’s room is as tiny as mine cause mine’s suffocating.
I quickly changed into the black crop top and sparkly purple bum short, the shorts surprisingly came with purple sparkly suspenders and after bracing it up, I slipped the black shoes on which has sparkly shoe laces and lastly put on the sparkly purple hand gloves that came with the clothes.
I walked out of the small room and met Travis who was already dressed in a black pants, a black shirt and a sparkly blazer on top of the shirt. Cassie came out next and hers was a purple sparkly short jumpsuit with a black belly belt around her waist. Grace came out last and hers was a simple armless purple crop top and black trousers with purple sparkly belt and the same shoes as mine.
We heard noises coming from outside and one of the stylist said to us “our job here is done and everyone’s outside you guys need to go”.
We all walked out after the stylist who went their own way. And I was surprised to see every group looking fabulous with their group colour code. And everyone wearing sparkly outfits, ours were purple and the first group were green, the third group were blue and the last group were orange.
We all gathered together cause we were all told to and suddenly four judges walked in, two male two females, all wearing thick red suits and none of them smiling.
Why do they always give us mean looking judges.
The judges moved to the four chairs facing the stage and they all sat down.
A woman walked up to the stage with a smile and a microphone in her hand.
“um… Hi everyone.” she said and the curious eyes made her smile again and continued, “you all know that during your last round, you were told that this round you’re all going to perform three times before entering the next round, but guess what! Due to some stuff going on in the industry that rule has been terminated, you get to the next round with just this performance, so you all should do your best with this performance and reach for the stars!!!” the woman said and everyone clapped. While she walked down the stage.
The first group were called on stage the song they chose got everyone’s body moving to the beat,
“I don’t know what song this is, but this is pretty good” Cassie said.
“guys is it just me or are these clothes tight and suffocating” Grace said and fanned herself with her hand.
“it’s not! It’s fabulous” Cassie said.
I glance at Grace and she looked scared as she watched the first group display their awesome dance moves.
“are you nervous?” I asked Grace as I stood beside her.
“no!” she scoffed. (this story is written by Ruthie Lee)
“you don’t have to lie, I know you are and honestly I am too” I said and she breathed out a sigh of relief. “I am so nervous I feel like crying” Grace stated and Travis turned to her, placing his hands on her shoulder.
“you don’t have to be Grace, just act like you’re still in dance class and just let your body go with the music okay, we’re all human here don’t act like someone’s going to slaughter you for not performing well, and let me tell you nervousness ruins everything, so just get rid of your nervousness and Let’s blow everyone’s mind and I believe we have the best dance moves and amazing song to go with, so Grace, I don’t see any reason for you to be nervous” Travis expound and Grace pulled him in a hug.
“thanks Travis” she muttered
“you’re welcome” he said as he hugged her back.
We watched the first group dance together and Travis hand laid on Grace’s shoulder the whole time, he was keeping her calm the whole time and she felt comfortable under his under his arm and rested her head on his shoulder.
Cassie kept looking at them and I kept looking at her looking at them without her knowing .
Finally the first group ended their performance and everyone clapped.
“remember guys, Let’s give our best!” Travis stated strongly as our group name were being called.
We ended our performance with a catchy pose and everyone clapped.
“wow that was magical” Grace said happily, as we all walked down to the crowd.
We all did great no one became the best dancer when we got on stage cause everyone did their best in singing and dancing, the lyrics giving to Grace was strong and she did a pretty good job drawing the song and dancing at the same time. And I think getting that part perfectly is making her happy
“see I told you there’s nothing to worry about” Travis said and she flashed him a smile.
Cassie rolled her eyes at that I started to wonder what was wrong with her.
A woman came and handed us bottled water and everyone chugged down the whole thing, I can’t believe I’ll be so thirsty to ask for another bottle.
The next group chose a slow song and everyone giggled to how slow and funny the dance looked and oh their poor souls, the judges are looking pretty angry and I don’t think they’re going to stay. It’s not their fault, it’s their dance teachers and I am so glad we got Justin.
The last group performed well but I still think we gave the best performance, and after the last group ended their dance everyone were called on stage and we all stood separately, but side by side with our group members.
“group D. Move forward” one of the female judge with the meanest face said and the first group moved forward.
“you guys were wonderful, but I’ll take back my “ful” cause you guys weren’t completely wonderful, you with the tiny waist, your body’s flexible but doesn’t go with your voice while you dance, and you with the gloves, your voice is amazing and so is your dance steps but you don’t have confidence in you and that sucks. You, the only boy in the group, you’re the worst, whatever vibe the group had you ruined it with your frozen body and trembling voice, you suck!” the judge said minding her foul words and everyone gasped.
“and lastly you, you did just perfect, so you and you, you’re out and you and you are in” the female judge said and everyone watched as the girl with the tiny waist and the boy with the frozen body walked down the stage sadly, leaving the two girls to feel happy for themselves.
“group A. Move forward” the room echoed with that and my heart skipped a beat as we moved forward.
The woman sighed and shook her head negatively while Grace starts to tremble.
“you’re all wonderful, and I’m leaving my ful thus time”.
“you with the blonde hair” the woman said to Cassie “you’re not so good with dancing but you have a nice voice and you keep up and there’s so much confidence in you and that’s the first thing a super star needs, confidence! So congratulations
She made it.
“you” the woman said to Travis and he kind of flinched, “your voice isn’t that great, but I’ll put it in the list of okay, but the way your body moves with the beat, made me wish I was teenager and you carry this catchy aura that makes someone smile seeing you dance, you were wonderFUL young man and I’m not taking my ful this time, congratulations
“and you” dang it! it’s my turn, can she stop referring to us as “YOU” it’s scary.
“you have a nice voice and a flexible body, you’re full with passion and you smile while you dance, and just everything a super star needs, congratulation”
I made it!!!! I screamed happily in me,
I cannot believe I did it.
“and you!” the woman said to Grace and she held her breath, holding my hand.
“you were not so good, but honey people like you who are not-so-good are the best and I mean it, there’s a part where the dance part became harder and the song note became higher, I thought you’d be a vibe killer and destroy your group by singing that part badly and dancing stupidly, but sweetie you blew my mind when you dance and drew the song like it was nothing, your singing talent Is to die for, so dear congratulation!
“we all did it” Travis said as we all walked to the back stage
“yeah, I cannot believe it” I said and he laughed.
“me too, I was so scared I almost peed on stage” Grace said and we all laughed.
The third group only the boy made it and the last group, three of them made it, making us a complete ten.
We were giving speeches on how and where our next performance will be taking place, and this time around they’re going to be just four winners and that was sad cause anyways one or two of us are going to make it and the rest is going to loose. I wish we could all make it but it’s not possible…
That day after sharing happiness with my groupies I made my journey home, inside the bus I listened carefully to the bus radio as the broadcaster talked about out certain things and then moved to celebrities.
«“and now with this news coming live, DH industry. One of the biggest music entertainment in Mahnline, announced a new star’s debut, who goes by the name Erick-J, Erick-J debut was released at 6:00am today, ten hours ago and grossing 8million views in just ten hours and that is mind blowing cause it is the fas—
I smiled as I got down the bus, look at Erick being adored, and he wanted to throw all that away.
I got home and I met my grandma eating dinner with Augie and I happily joined them, I told my grandma about the competition and how everything went and she happily listened as I spilled the whole story to her.
It was nighttime and I just finished doing the dishes about to go to my room to take a long lasting nap, when a soft knock landed on the door, I yawned softly and walked to the door, wondering who it could be.
I opened the door and he smiled showing his complete white teeth.
“what are you doing here?” I said can’t help my smile
“are you gonna let me in or ask me more questions till I freeze out here and die” Erick said and I rolled my eyes and opened the door wider for him to walk in but instead he hugged me.
T. B. C
By RUTHIE LEE
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