THE WAILING ENTITY
Ledi Pedi came awake in the dark.
The lady was gone, and he was all alone in the gigantic mini-castle that was his home. He opened his eyes slowly and breathed hard in the darkness, fighting the excruciating waves of depression that engulfed him.
He was still naked, and he sat up in bed in the darkness.
His breathing was laboured, and his jaw worked tightly.
He got up from bed and walked groggily out of his bedroom, gained the landing, and descended the stairs slowly, still naked. He entered the living-room and walked to the bar. Ledi put on a small lamp and then he picked up a bottle of vodka from the shelf, opened the cover, and drank straight from the long bottle!
The fiery liquid burned its way down his throat…
But he could not forget!
He still saw them…his wife and children!
“Oh, damn!” he groaned with much pain. “I miss you, Akua! I miss you, my dearest princess! Oh, I miss you, Junior! I miss you so much!”
Ledi Pedi screamed and hurled the bottle of vodka across the room savagely!
It hit a wall and broke into many pieces!
The thickset man was crying now as he rushed up the stairs again to his bedroom, avoiding to look down the corridor where the bedrooms of his son and daughter had been.
He rushed to his bed and pulled out a drawer on the bedside table!
A gun and a clip of bullets were lying inside.
Whimpering and crying pitifully, Ledi Pedi picked up the gun and the clip. He inserted the clip, primed the gun, and then he pressed it against his right temple and pulled the trigger…over and over again!
But nothing happened!
The gun didn’t fire!
Ledi Pedi screamed shrilly and in great agony, and then he stood and raced blindly out of the bedroom and descended to the living-room. He threw the main door open and rushed out into the darkness of the night, and then he put the tip of the gun against his temple and fired repeatedly, but again the gun didn’t fire.
Ledi sank to his knees in the soft grass and screamed.
“WHY?? Lord, whyyyyyy? Why did you take them from me? Why did you let them burn to death? Oh, why did you do this to me, Looooord? Whyyyyy??”
His body trembling with agony, he pushed the barrel of the gun into his mouth and fired again and again, but the gun simply would not go off!
And, in the depths of his agony, he saw a brightness all around him, and he lifted his head slowly and looked at the angel standing a few metres from him.
Ledi looked at the angel, and could see the dim outline inside that brightness.
“Go away from me!” Ledi screamed and raised his gun. “Just get the fuck away from me! Go and tell your father that I’m now a sinner!”
The brightness of the angel diminished somewhat, and then Ledi saw the silvery outline of the angel.
“The Lord of Hosts sent me to you, Ledi,” came the soft voice from within the brightness. “He loves you very much!”
“Liar!” Ledi screamed and fired his gun into the angel in quick succession!
This time the night silence was shattered by the roar of the gun as bullets left it with each squeeze of the trigger!
Four bullets were fired, and Ledi pushed the hot tip of the barrel into his skull and fired, but no bullet came out.
He pointed at the angel again and fired, and two more bullets left the gun.
“Don’t you see?” the angel asked gently. “He loves you! He still cares! That is why He is not allowing you to do yourself harm!”
“Liar!” Ledi screamed. “He doesn’t love me! I was his pastor! I was his trusted servant! And I never held back anything from the Lord! I availed myself to be used! I fought demons, and I preached the word! Damn, I helped people overcome death!”
He paused and wept silently for a while.
“My wife…my daughter!” Ledi wept bitterly. “I sacrificed everything I had for the Lord! I did His work! My son, my only son! Today I saved two damn people from a burning car because I wanted to! The Lord could have saved my family if He wanted to!”
The angel was quite near now, and his brightness fell on Ledi Pedi.
“You’re refusing to see the bigger picture, son!” came the soothing remark with a tinge of sadness. “Even His own son, His only begotten son, was sacrificed on the cross for humans.”
Ledi Pedi raised his gun and fired the remaining shots angrily into the bright figure.
“Don’t give me that story!” Ledi screamed. “He is God, and He is not blood and flesh! I’m blood and flesh, and I feel the agony! I feel the pain! I feel the loss! Why didn’t He take me instead? Why didn’t I die so that they could live? Tell me whyyyyyyyy!!”
“The understanding of some things are beyond our comprehension, son, and only the Lord understands! He knows you’re hurting, son, and He feels your pain!”
“I wanna die!” Ledi screamed. “Tell Him to stop jamming my gun! Tell him to take His gifts from me! I don’t wanna see into the invisible world anymore! I’m going to fornicate and sin and break every one of His laws until he kills me! I don’t want to live!”
“His grace is sufficient,” the angel said kindly. “You will continue to have His gifts, and He will continue to protect and watch over you until the appointed time when you come back home!”
“I’m not coming back!!” Ledi screamed. “I’ve regretted the day I became a Christian Warrior! I know He can hear me! Tell him I’ll die in my sins!”
“Don’t you blaspheme now before you incur the wrath of our Lord!” the angel reprimanded sharply.
“That’s the idea, yes, you moron!” Ledi Pedi screamed. “I’ll continue to blaspheme and sin and mess up until He kills me! I don’t care anymore! He should’ve saved my family!”
“All things work together for good, for those that love the Lord,” the kind voice came again. “I came to tell you that your family didn’t suffer in the burning car, son. Long before any pain, they were already with the Lord. He didn’t let them suffer! You may not understand now, but you will. Yes, someday you will understand why it had to be so, son. For now, however, just remember that the Good Lord is still covering you with grace.”
The darkness returned as the angel of God disappeared as suddenly as he had appeared.
Ledi Pedi remained naked on the grass…and he wept bitterly like a little child, his heart breaking with the pain all over again.
How he missed them!
The door of MALE WARD 7 of the EDEN HOSPITAL opened.
Kofi, lying in bed and surrounded by his mother, pastor and four of his friends, looked at the doorway.
It was the thickset man he had seen the previous day, the one that had looked at him and drank alcohol before saving them.
The man was wearing blue jeans, sneakers and a beautiful red polo T-shirt. There were bruises on both of his cheeks as he entered the ward fully.
Kofi’s face lit up with sudden joy.
“Oh, hello!” he said brightly as he struggled to sit up. “It’s you! Pastor, Mama, guys, thank this man for me! He saved us yesterday otherwise we would’ve died!”
Ledi did not smile, and neither did he take the pastor’s outstretched hand. He was holding the laptop bag he had taken from the car after the accident.
“I took this from the car,” Ledi said and handed the bag to the young man’s mother.
“Oh, thank you, thank, you, thank you!” Kofi shouted with unbridled passionate happiness. “I was convinced it got burnt, or that someone stole it!”
Ledi Pedi turned toward the door.
“Goodness gracious me!” the pastor shouted suddenly. “You’re Pastor Ledi Pedi, aren’t you?”
“Oh!” said the boy’s mom. “Is he the great Ledi Pedi, of LP Ministeries?”
“Yes, he is!” the pastor said in an awed voice.
Ledi ignored them and turned to the door.
He suddenly felt the stench, and heard the sudden wailing sound, and he stopped and looked upward suddenly!
The spirit of the tall, slender man was hanging upside down from the ceiling, glaring angrily at Ledi with his sickly green eyes.
Ledi was aware that Kofi, his mom and the pastor were all staring at the ceiling where Ledi’s gaze was fixed…but of course they saw nothing!
Ledi turned to the pastor.
“Pray for this dude,” he said, gesturing with his head toward Kofi. “There’s some tall, slender bald-headed guy after him. Some asshole with long ears and a bloody big nose!”
He saw the stunned expressions on their faces as they exchanged terrified looks.
“Ebo Sintim?” Kofi whispered hoarsely. “Jesus! What’s he talking about, Pastor? Ebo Sintim is dead!”
Ledi smiled sardonically and left the room.
He gained the upper landing of the ward and started walking briskly, ignoring the pastor’s frantic call, and ignoring the spirit’s wailing scream behind him.
As he descended the stairs to the female ward he saw them all around!
Evil and good spirits, mingling on the corridors, moving through the unsuspecting human beings!
Ledi didn’t stare at them.
He was used to the sight. There was a time when he was covered by a force-field so the bad ones fled from him.
Now he was angry with God, and he covered himself with sin, and so they didn’t flee from him again. He knew how vindictive some of these spirits were, especially the demons of evil.
If he had been glowing they would have known he had the gift of the Second Sight, but as it was now they did not know. If he stared too much at them, and they suspected, they would attack him.
He was not afraid of them, though.
He knew they could attack, and hurt him a great deal, as he had found out in the past, but they could not kill him, no. The grace of God would not allow that, but because Ledi was a compulsive and determined sinner, the force-field was off him, and the pain he sometimes suffered at their hands was excruciating.
So he walked on, and on the Female Ward he saw a small group of people. There was woman, a man and an old couple. The woman was beautiful, and she was being held in the arms of the grey-haired woman. The woman was weeping pitifully as they stared into the ward where a young girl of about eight years was lying on the bed.
The men, one grey-haired, was leaning against the wall, looking extremely sad. The other was youngish, and he had a smug expression on his face.
Ledi assumed the young girl inside the ward, surrounded by doctors, might be dying. Maybe she was the daughter of the young woman, whose husband was the younger man. The elderly couple might be grandparents.
Ledi’s attention was however drawn to the spirit of a girl about twelve who was standing in front of the younger man, and throwing futile punches at the man with fury, but she was not able to hit him.
A young spirit, glowing slightly to indicate that she was a good girl, a good spirit.
Her face was oval and pretty, and she was shimmering rather pleasantly. She seemed extremely sad, though, and she was throwing punches at the man as she cried.
Was the man her father? Why was she so angry at him? Why was she dead? Was that her younger sister in the ward? What was happening?
Ledi realized he was staring at her fixedly as he passed, and that she was suddenly looking at him, her spiritual face a bit puzzled.
Ledi knew he should look away, but she intrigued him. She reminded him so much of his daughter, his princess, and a painful lodge came into his heart.
He saw the spirit floating toward him, and he looked away quickly now, and began to descend the stairs.
The spirit of the little girl followed him, floating into the air and rounding him, floating in front of him and peering at him solidly, her face confused.
He pretended not to see her as he brought out a cigarette and lit it.
He walked on, but she stayed in his face.
Suddenly she made a swipe at his face with her balled fists, something he was not expecting, and he involuntarily switched his head back and blinked, as if avoiding her blow.
“Hey!” she called frantically. “You can see me, can’t you? Mister, hey mister! Stop mister! You can see me, can’t you?”
Ledi didn’t speak, and he didn’t stop.
He walked on, puffing on his cigarette and walking on, ignoring the NO SMOKING signs and glaring at a porter who was gesturing to him to remove his cigarette.
The spiritual girl was still floating in front of him, throwing little blows at him.
“Mister, stop, please, oh please! Please!” she was crying. “Please, if you can see me, I want you to send my mom a message otherwise my sister will die too! I beg of you, mister! Hey! Oh, please!”
Ledi stopped abruptly, angry, and snarled at the girl.
“Hey, fuck the fuck off, would you?” he shouted.
The people around looked at him with shock and surprise, and exchanged amused looks.
Of course they thought he was talking to himself, going mad maybe. They didn’t know they were surrounded by a host of spiritual humans and demonic incarnates.
“Oh!’ the girl whispered, face shining brighter. “You can see me! You can hear me! Oh! But why? Those people who can see us…they have the white thing around them to protect them from the baddies! But why, you’re not having it the brilliant light, but you can see me!”
“Because I’m a fucking sinner, dimwit!” Ledi growled fiercely at her under his breath. “Now shove off and stop talking to me otherwise you’ll let these fucking demons, the baddies as you call them, tear me apart!”
He walked on toward the entrance, but she settled down comfortably across his shoulders, her legs on either side of his neck.
Ledi came to a stop immediately and tears came to his eyes as pain blasted through his heart!
He had carried Junior just like this, across his shoulders, just a day before the accident that claimed their lives!
He took out the cigarette and as he went out the entrance and dropped it on the floor, stepping on it. Ledi was trembling now, and tears shimmered in his eyes.
“Get the fuck off my shoulders, bitch!” he growled.
“A grownup man like you shouldn’t call a twelve-year old girl a bitch, mister,” she said softly. “If you won’t help me I’ll ride across your shoulders forever, mister! And I really mean it!”
“Hey!” Ledi growled, masking his lips with his palm because a terrible demon with serrated teeth and one huge eye had emerged from within the hospital and was floating past, glaring at him with its deadly eye. “What the fuck do you want with me?”
To Be Continued…
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