THE SECOND SIGHT 3
She kept her arms around him and raised a face drenched with tears but filled with radiant pleasure and spoke softly.
“Is this a passing-through visit, Yaw?”
He smiled into her face.
“No, Nic, my love,” he answered gently. “I told you it is permanent this time around. If you will let me share your life, I’ll be here till my last breath.”
She chuckled and pressed her face to his chest again and then took a shuddering breath and lifted her face again.
He could not have stopped himself even if he wanted to, so his head dropped, and he kissed her gently. It took the giggles of some visitors in the lounge to finally make them see that they were not alone, and he raised his head sheepishly.
She smiled a most radiant explosion of facial beauty.
“This, right this moment, is bliss,” she whispered and sighed again. “Come, my love, let’s go home. I haven’t eaten well in a long time. Let me go and cook, and then we’ll eat.”
“I’ll like that very much,” he said.
There were a lot of giggling and low talk around them but they did not pay attention to anybody as the receptionist handed Nicole’s bag to her. The receptionist, above all else, looked shell-shocked to see the usually composed Nicole reduced to such an emotionally effusive bundle like a teenager, and a little smile played around her lips.
Boat put an arm around Nicole’s shoulders and she put her arm around his waist as they moved to the door that led to the executive parking lot. Eventually, they managed to get into her sleek Nissan four-runner with her behind the wheel and Boat in the reclined front seat.
Nicole drove slowly, reaching out time and again to hold his hand, her face still filled with wonder that indeed it was him beside her. Yaw Boat closed his eyes and relished the feel of her soft hand seeking his. This was contentment, this was peace, and this was joy. He could do with a dose of this warm feeling of love for the rest of his life. it was a welcomed salvo, an oasis of sorts that was comforting and refreshing from the horrors of the past year where his life had been defined by one horror after the other, going around and combating evil which had seared his soul raw.
He could live with this and grow old like this. Here was a woman he loved as well as respected, a woman above all, someone whose physical presence sated his need for any other woman even though he had not even made love to her yet. Nicole was the one, his need for her absolutely a thing of the soul.
There had been a time, a long time ago, when he would have cringed at the thought of spending his life with one woman. That would have been horrific to speculate, to say the least. That had been a time when his life was controlled by drugs, booze and sex, a wanton crave for debauchery that had made him sleep with unknown women with the frequency that had appalled even himself.
It had become an obsession that had darkened his soul, a dark destructive course of horror that had eventually been revealed as a diabolical plot to make him king of dark forces and to terrorize the men of God.
But, as divine intervention and the love of a true God would have it, he had been saved and given grace to take sides with these same men of God and do battle with those dark forces that had sought to claim him.
Life had not been easy, though.
He had fled from Nicole after his battle with that vindictive horde of demons called the Legion, thinking that his presence in her life would endanger her and any family he might seek to raise with her.
That assertion had not changed, though. He still felt their life would not be an easy one. It would have to be a constant dependence on God and a total devotion to the ways of righteousness and a sin-free like because those evil entities were always watching and waiting. Their patience was matched only by their destructive and heinous nature, a combination that was indeed the truest form of manic and diabolical evil.
But here, with Nicole, with life, he felt like he could really do with this. If only he did not have the constraint of being an Unblind, he could settle so easily into this life and live a happy, contented life with Nicole. That was what he wished for, and that was one of the reasons he had refused to go along with those Unblinds.
Suddenly, he was tired and horrified. He wanted an oasis, a timeout to just get away from all that evil, away from the constant high-octane battles where he needed to stay top-notch with faith and piousness, a place where one second of lapse could mean the difference between life and death.
He had had no teacher, and he had been forced to live this life being his own ruthless teacher.
Boat wanted to breathe!
He wished, above all else, that he could just be an ordinary Christian for once, to just settle down with the woman he loved and let others take care of him and protect him for a change. It would have been so beautiful to grow older with no worries for a change, and maybe being called into the life of an Unblind when he was far older, like most of them.
He was yet to celebrate his twenty-fourth birthday, and yet it seemed to him as though the past year had been a hundred years, living as himself and being a stranger to others he needed to help, countless agendas fighting the pure evils of man against man, and dark evil forces against man.
He needed rest; and he needed to exhale for a beat of time!
“I love you, Yaw,” Nicole whispered when she saw the furrow of worry on his brow, and she was a little bit scared. She knew this decision to come back to her had not been an easy one. This young boy had been convinced that keeping away from her was the best form of protection for her. He had been willing to sacrifice his happiness to keep her safe, but he had found out that they were meant to be together, bound by a love and mutual craving for each other that was beyond their control.
And she knew too that he could vanish again if something he could not control or he felt would harm her occurred. Nicole knew it was now up to her to show him that together they could conquer and still the storm, just as they would wilt if there was space and time between them.
He half-turned in his seat and opened his eyes, and when he smiled at her from that handsome face and put his other hand across, the bubble of happiness in her chest burst and spread through her whole being.
“I missed you, Nic,” Boat whispered painfully. “Every little single second that I was away from you. I will love you till my heart stops.”
He raised her hand and kissed the back of her hand, and she was so overcome by a deep emotional coup that she instantly put a hand on his right cheek and caressed him gently and tenderly.
And as they stared at each other, their breaths quickened, and suddenly the feeling between them became a deep physical need, the moment stealing over them as powerfully as they had ever experienced. With a little moan Nicole suddenly swung the car to the side of the road and parked.
“Nic,” Boat whispered suddenly. “Don’t, please.”
But she released her seatbelt and opened her door, and then she moved around the front of the car and came towards his door. With a little shudder Boat released his seatbelt too and opened his door, stepping out just as she reached him.
And there, on the lonely stretch of road leading to her residence, they reached out for each other and a second later their lips met in a desperate physical need for each other. Their hands held each other in the fiercest of all embraces as their hungers sought for a way to be slaked.
So, in the midst of their desires which bordered on the lines of carnal, because righteousness had all but fled from their thoughts at that moment, a pair of vindictive bloodied eyes watched them from the skies and Elaine Blankson came soaring toward the earth with a screeching wail so filled with pain, torture and vengeance that all glass windows, the windshield and the back glass on Nicole’s car exploded outward with a horrible crinkling sound!
Yaw Boat instinctively turned his back to the fragmenting glass, shielding Nicole from the lethal knife-edged glassy shrapnel. All the four tyres exploded and the huge car settled down on the ground with a crashing thump.
Elaine materialized behind Nicole, grabbed her by the neck and ripped her out of Boat’s grasp with a face filled with fury! She threw Nicole backward, and with a scream of fear Nicole sailed into the air and smashed down hard on the hot surface of the street.
Yaw Boat stared at Elaine with sheer horror on his face.
“Elly?” he whispered with an almost soundless voice. “What is this?”
With a screech of fury Elaine raised her long-heeled right foot and slammed it into Yaw Boat’s belly. The power of the kick lifted him off his feet and smashed him with sickening force into the side of the deformed car!
Boat felt the agony of the kick, and as he fell down heavily his mind raced, seeking answers to why this should happen now!
Where the hell had she come from?
And why the hell was this happening to them?
Where was his glow?
Where was Elaine’s glow?
He saw through dulled eyes Nicole struggling to sit up again, far away from him. Elaine was standing over Boat with eyes blazing with hatred.
With a cry of fury Boat aimed a blow at Elaine, and she caught his hand in a vice-like grip and then her other hand fastened around his throat.
“You’re pathetic, Yaw!” she whispered fiercely as she lifted Boat off his feet and then with a cry of jealous fury slammed him hard on the ground!
Boat groaned with agony as pain lanced through his back!
What the hell was happening?
Elaine dropped to one knee beside him and looked at him with baleful eyes.
“Look at you, Yaw, you piece of shit!” she screamed and slapped him across the face, cutting his cheek with her talon-like claws. “Is this what you want? You had such a grand destiny, Yaw! You were going to rule the world with me beside you as your queen…and you threw it all away for what? Your son has been taken over by another power, you bastard! Instead of you going out to look for him, and save him, you’re here cavorting with this whore! Well, it ends here, you bastard! It is time to restore you! She dies, Yaw Boat, your whore dies!”
She got to her feet and began to turn.
“Elaine, no, no, no, don’t you dare touch her or I swear I’ll kill you!” he wailed painfully as he tried to get up.
“You’re pathetic, Yaw!” she hissed and began to move away.
With a cry of fear Yaw Boat launched himself off the ground with his arms extended. He wrapped his arms around Elaine’s waist and tried to wrestle her down!
But he was like a weak baby against her!
Elaine screamed and squirmed, using her hips to swivel Yaw Boat around, and then she slammed a fist into his face, grabbed him by the shoulders, lifted him, and slammed him down hard on the street.
“She turned your head!” she screamed viciously. “They all turned your head, and they will pay! You will come back to me, Yaw Boateng, to your destiny, to your son, and rule the world!”
She kicked Yaw Boat viciously in the head, causing him to almost black out, and then she began to walk toward a stunned Nicole who was now dazed and trying to get up.
Yaw Boat fought to stay conscious as he felt blood dripping down his nostrils.
What in the name of Hades was happening to him?
Why was he so helpless against Elaine?
Where was their force-fields?
“No, Nic, Nic!” Boat groaned and struggled to his hands and knees.
Nicole had gotten to her feet now and was running towards him.
“No, no, Nic!” Boat screamed weakly. “Keep away! Run away! Nic, run!”
Elaine’s fingers were talons now as she moved forward to meet Nicole, and a vicious look was pasted on her face.
“Yaw!” Nicole was weeping as she tried to go around Elaine. “Oh, what have you done to him?”
Elaine caught her around the neck and drew back her hand to rip out Nicole’s heart.
“Elaine!” Yaw Boat screamed in agony as helpless tears came to his eyes. “Stop it! Please!”
And then there was a screech of laboured tyres as a sleek, black Lexus screamed around the bend and zoomed down rapidly towards the two women.
Nicole could not breathe as Elaine strangled her!
Elaine was about to dig her sharp talons into Nicole’s heart when the Lexus screeched to a thundering halt and Ledi Pedi threw himself out, rolled once and pointed at Elaine.
“You cannot touch God’s anointed, you dark evil!” Ledi cried frantically and raised his right hand. “By the powers vested in me by the blood my Lord Jesus shared on…”
Elaine screamed and threw Nicole at Ledi Pedi!
The woman sailed through the air and Ledi knew she would definitely crush her skull on the hard pavement and die, so he stopped speaking and launched himself and held out his arms.
Elaine ran like a spirit, leapt high onto the roof of a high building beside the street, and then she was gone!
Ledi caught Nicole and shielded her as the two of them crashed down. Nicole was weeping softly now as she got to her feet slowly and looked down at the stunned face of the Unblind.
“Thank you,” she whispered. “Thank you very much!”
She turned toward Yaw Boat and then she quickly ran to his side, dropped on her knees, and gathered him in her arms. Boat was breathing painfully. There was a huge lump on his forehead, and his nose was bleeding.
Nicole pulled off the wrapper around her neck and used it to stanch the flow of blood from his nose. Boat held her weakly as he watched Ledi coming towards them with horror on his face.
“Pedi?” he whispered softly.
“Howdy, paddy?” Ledi said with a weak smile. “Saw you in a dream two days ago being swallowed by a monstrous fish in the bottom of the sea. Decided to come and look for you. Seems I came at the right time, buddy.”
Ledi tried to speak lightly, but there was great terror in his eyes as he stared down at his friend, this great Unblind who had once saved him from death.
“What is happening?” Boat asked, and his voice was very scared.
Ledi shrugged and looked around.
“My predecessor told me about that a long time ago,” he said in a very worried voice. “Unblinds who are very related – like friends – like the way you and I are, well…sometimes we may have the fish-swallowing dream about each other.”
Boat looked at him with dawning horror.
“The Nineveh Effect?” he asked numbly. “Some dude told me about that earlier today.”
Ledi nodded gravely.
“The Nineveh Effect, Jonah Curse, take your pick,” he said fearfully. “You disobeyed a direct order from the Lord, buddy. It is like rejecting the hand of God and trusting your own reasoning.”
“And?” Boat asked painfully.
“Your status as an Unblind got revoked,” Ledi said softly. “You’re no longer an Unblind.”
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