My Covenant With A Mermaid… Conclusion
I was handcuffed and bundled into the pickup van. On getting to the station, I was coerced behind bars without writing any statement or having any thorough interrogation. Everything happened so fast, the way I accelerated to affluence and the way I denigrated to nothingness like a criminal. I knew I had really messed things up. With no family in Akwa Ibom, I thought I was going to roast in cell for eternity.
The cell was stuffy and hard lots of blood sucking insects. I was really tired, had a nagging headache from heavy drinking the previous night. I took a quick doze and I fell into a deep sleep. This time it was Amanda that appeared to me, She was looking very furious and she said to me. “After I had warned you, you still went ahead to hurt my feelings.”
I said. “I can’t really remember what happened that night. I was drunk, I am sorry it wasn’t intentional.”
I went down on my knees and begged her. “Please, Amanda, spare her life, you can live me here for all I care. But don’t let Rita die.”
She then looked down at me and said. “I have given you everything, including my love. I will be merciful, she will live but I don’t want you to relate with her anymore and this is your last chance. Understood?”
I said to her. “Understood. I will avoid her and I am sure she will do the same.”
She then said. “Wake up John and live well again.”
I opened my eyes and almost immediately a police officer opened the cell and said. “Sir, you can come out now.”
As I got to the counter, I saw my Chairman, he came to bail me out, he then said. “I am so sorry about the whole complication. I came as soon as I heard. Rita has stabilized and she said you had no hand in her accident. So sorry about what you went through, you will be duly compensated. try and take a week off and get yourself together, good thing that your boys are doing great, you have been an asset to us John and I am proud of you.”
He dropped me at my apartment. I then went straight to the shower and then I sat down on my bed thinking about ways I could free myself from this stronghold. I felt entrapped, caged like some animal against my freewill. Everything felt meaningless to me, the money, the job and all the heaven on earth good fortune. I felt a great need to break free from this covenant. My Christian life was nothing to write home about, hadn’t been to church in like 2 years and I felt a good man of God will be strong enough to deliver me from all these.
I then called my driver, since he’s from the region. When he came, I didn’t tell him much about the whole drama I was facing. I only asked him if he knew a strong man of God, he said he knew one, so he took me to the acclaimed strongest man of God in Eket. I got to his church and it was large edifice and beautiful too. I was then ushered into his office and he attended to me.
I told him everything that happened including the trinket. He then said. “Let me see it.”
I showed it to him. He looked at it for a while and said. “I will need to conduct a vigil over this piece, so I can break the covenant between you and the Spirit. You will need to leave it behind.”
I was reluctant at first, because I remembered Amanda told me to always have it in my keep. But I knew I needed to break free from her stronghold and this could just be the solution I needed. So I left it with him and was ready to face the consequences. The pastor then kept it in his drawer and we went to the main church to pray.
I knelt down before 4 prayer warriors including the pastor. They surrounded me and I was at the center. They began to pray, they prayed for over an hour, on top of their voices speaking in different tongues. All of a sudden, there was a shout. “Pastor!! The office complex is on fire!!”
Immediately the prayer was cut short and we all ran to see what was happening.
To my surprise, the entire office complex was razed in inferno. It was so terrifying that the flame engulfed the entire building. Efforts were made to extinguish the fire but to no avail. The fire extinguishers had almost no impact against the raging fire.
We all stood helplessly, watching till the fire died down naturally after about an hour. Everything was consumed by the fire except the pastors desk. I became more frightened, knowing Amanda had a hand in it. The pastor then went into his burnt office, opened the draw and the trinket was without a smudge. He reached for it and handed it over to me and said. “Take your piece and go.”
He looked very sad. I then said. “Pastor, I am very sorry. But you need to help me, I beg you. I will pay for all the damages. I will pay you any amount.” I was so desperate.
He looked at me with a very distraughtful face and he said. “leave this place at once, I cannot help you and I don’t need your money.”
I saw the seriousness in his eyes and I knew I was down for. I had no other option than to leave.
I got back home feeling so depressed and helpless. I was more afraid than ever, hoping to have another round of consequence for my action. I took excess coffee to stay up that night, avoiding sleep for as much as I could. I was so confused and helpless.
My driver paid me a visit the following morning, he could tell something was wrong from the incident at the church and my disposition. I had to open up to him, telling him everything. he then said. “Oga, if I knew about this earlier, I would have taken you to the most power marine priest. He alone is the bridge between the marine spirit and the people.”
I asked him. “Are you sure he can be of help?”
He said. “Yes I am sure, your case is a common case. These things happen here and he has proffered solution to people with such afflictions.”
I then felt it was worth the shot, so we left for the place.
We got to the shrine and they were people he was attending to, so we had to wait for about 20 minutes. When it was our turn, I was asked to step in. I removed my shoes and sat down on a mat. The priest then looked at me and said. “Young man, what do you carry? You have something with you that is indeed very potent.”
I showed him the trinket then he said. “I see… So what can I do for you.”
I then explained to him my predicament and told him I needed to break loose from the covenant. He did some ritual and he looked at me and said. “There is a solution. You will need to present virgin as an offering, she must be not older than 20 years. Her purity will be used to appease the Queen mother and her spirit will be exchanged with yours. Making the Queen mother compel her daughter to free you from her covenant.”
I then said. “That’s it? No consequences?”
He laughed and said. “Of course there is, if the daughter is merciful, all the riches you have acquired from her will be taken from you and your life will be as it were. But if she’s angry with you, she will take everything from you and make you suffer for the rest of your long life.”
I became scared and I said. “You said offering, what do you mean? Is it that the virgin will be sacrificed?”
He said.”Yes, she will be sacrificed.”
I then said. “No way, I can’t shed blood because of this, but Sir, will I end up in hell fire with this covenant?”
He laughed and said. “Hell is the white man’s fabrication. We have our culture, that we have lived with for over 1,000 years. Young man, you have no cause to be afraid. You are blessed from the royalty, people will kill to get to be in your shoes.”
I took a deep breath in an said. “So what do I do now?”
He looked at me and said. “Love her and you will see how it pays you. Accept your fate, it is your destiny.”
I was so confused, I stood up and tried to give him some money then… “No my son, you don’t have to. I will see you here again. It is here that you will be cleansed before your first physical journey to the realm of the spirits.”
I then left. A lot was going through my mind, while in the car, I was fighting really hard to be awake, I hadn’t slept in 24 hours. I couldn’t keep up with the fight and then I fell asleep. I went into a trance and I saw Amanda crying profusely, she was drenched in tears, crying like she was bitter.
I then said. “Amanda, what is wrong?”
She looked up at me and said. “You don’t love me John. After all that I have done for you, you still not committed to me and I am carrying your child in me.” She resumed crying.
At that moment, I felt pity for her. To see a beautiful lady cry like a child was a very sorry sight. I then said to her. “The thing is I am afraid of you Amanda. I am scared of you. The only thing I feel is fear.”
She then said. “I can never hurt you John, and I will never hurt you. I will go to any length to protect you. Please give me a chance, open your heart to me, That’s all I ask. Love me John.”
I looked into her eyes soaked in tears but yet astonishing. She was more than adorable, and I began to feel obliged to her. I helped her up and said to her. “Amanda, it is not that I can’t love you, I can. I need you around me in the physical. I need to feel you, hold you, touch your skin, kiss you….”
Our eyes were locked and her lips slightly opened and at that moment there was a spark in my heart. I kissed her, then we kissed. It was a deep and passionate one.
Next thing, I woke up in the hospital. lying down and I had a drip on me. A nurse then came in and she said. “Sir, you are up?”
I said. “What happened?” looking around me for my belongings. “Where are my stuffs, my wallet?”
She said. “Sir, you were involved in a ghastly motor accident, your driver died instantly and it was a miracle that you didn’t have a scratch on you. You have been in coma for over 24 hours. And all your stuffs are in the drawer beside you.”
I then said to her. “Please help me with my wallet.”
She got me my wallet and I saw the trinket inside and I felt relieved.
I knew Amanda was responsible for the accident. Obviously to silence the driver for good. I just laughed and said. “Amanda…..You are just so predictable.”
I had prepared my mind to accept my fate and to grow in love with Amanda. Next thing, the door opened and it was Amanda. She had a basket of fresh fruits and as she walking towards me she had a beautiful smile on. She wore a pair of fitted jeans, her hair done, nails and she was looking off the hook like some hot chic from yankee. She then said. “Sweety, how are you feeling now?”
I smiled back at her and said. “I have never been better.”