Once Upon A Time…

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Once upon a time there was a girl with an enigmatic personality and a colorful pen. She wrote a little story that went something like this…

Discovering she was in the hands of not only a murderer, but also a lunatic she tried to reason with him. “Okay, this is just guilt making you react this way. Maybe, you’re bipolar. You made a mistake and just need help.” Becoming more irritated by her and in a hurry to get his answers he grabbed her by the shoulders, shook her and yelled, “I’m not crazy! Just tell me who and what you are!”
“A human being! Let go of me!” In their ruckus they didn’t hear anyone enter the alley until he felt an elbow nudge the left side of his head and jabbed both fists to his upper body. As he stumbled to the ground, emerald called out in relief, “Cin. We have to call the police. It’s the guy I saw on the news earlier.”
“Wow, I knew something was wrong. Let’s get out of here first.” Cindy said, being completely stunned. She grabbed Emerald’s arm and they ran out of the alley to a strip closer to the gym.

Finally, they were amongst bystanders and stopped to catch their breath. Emerald pulled out her cell to dial 911, but looked panicked while staring at her phone. Staring directly at her Cindy asked, “Are you okay?”
“Cin, I can’t dial the numbers.”
“What do you mean you can’t dial the numbers?” Before Emerald could say anything further, Nessa spotted them while leaving out of the gym and asked, “Where have you been?” Interrupted again, Caleb managed to sneak behind Emerald with his weapon out and grabbed ahold of her.
“If you don’t wanna see her hurt keep moving.”
“Oh my God.” Nessa panicked and Cindy tried to reason with him, “You don’t have to do this.”

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“They’re my sisters. You said you just needed me to answer some questions, so let them come. I don’t want them to worry.” Emerald pleaded.
“Alright, in the alley now.”
Almost in the same spot as before Caleb asked her who she was again and she answered, “I’m Emerald Wright.”
“Okay, occupation?”

Seeing this as an opportunity to get help, Nessa discreetly started dialing 911. At the same moment Cindy flinched as if she were possessed and someone took over her body. She blurted out, “Otoke Mentie!” Startling them all, Caleb turned his gun towards her releasing a what the hell. Feeling and looking disturbed by it, Nessa interpreted it. “Help him. It means help him and I don’t know how I know that.” Coming back to herself Cindy stumbled to the ground. She was conscious, but drained from her experience. Emerald and Nessa both rushed over and helped her up. “What’s going on?” Caleb said with fear and suspicion.

Angered that they all were being affected by the situation Emerald yelled, “You’re asking us! What is it, witchcraft? I tried to call the police on you and I couldn’t even dial the numbers. What did you do?!”
“I didn’t do anything. I told you I couldn’t leave. I still can’t. I only feel free when I’m with you!”
“You need God! Not me! My sister needs help and we’re leaving now.”
They grabbed a tighter hold of Cindy and started to head out. Caleb didn’t try to stop them or come after her this time. Hopeless, he dropped to his knees and put the gun to his head. At the cock of the gun thunder struck abnormally loud. It made the girls jump and stop in their tracks. Like a magnet forcing them to turn around, they did. A tree lit up as if gasoline aligned every fiber and someone threw a match. It was all they could see.

They heard a voice speak to them, “Do you not know the book I left you concerning your spiritual gifts? I would not have you ignorant. By the spirit one is given the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same spirit; to another faith; to another the gift of healing; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another the discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues, to another interpretation of tongues. For as the body is one and hath many members, all members are one body. Whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member be honored, all members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular. Go and suffer with him, so that he may be made honorable.”

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Thunder struck once more and hard rain fell, following the tree departing back to its normal state. The moment unfroze and they could now see Caleb about to pull the trigger. “No!” Emerald yelled out to him, while running towards him. Caleb looked up panting. Dropping to her knees in front of him, she held his face and told him, “Caleb, we’re Bounty Hunters and God sent us here to help you. Do you believe in Him?” Since the rain fell hard no one could see him cry, but his body wouldn’t allow him to hide what he felt. His chest heaved and as he lowered the gun he answered, “I do now.” Emerald grabbed and held him. Standing behind them, overcome by all they just beheld, Nessa and Cindy managed to smile…

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