The Halo Breed
THE HALO BREED
IN THE HALOS
A WEEKEND STORY
There was a terrible thunderstorm, the rains coming down in vicious slanted sleets that was a form of dirge to the crashing thunder and blinding lightning.
It was frightening enough, but the fury of the storm could not mute the growls, howls, brays and other chilling sounds that were emanating from the Pale Lands behind the building that had been home to Gus Kukah.
Sarai, all alone in the house, shivered with fear and dread.
She had not been afraid like this in a long time, and she had thought being here would be alright. At least, she would be close to the spirit of a murdered man, a man whose heart she had broken so badly.
For three days she had lived in the house filled with grief as she mourned a man she loved and would always love above all men. Her fear had begun the first night when the ominous sounds began filtering out of the Pale Lands. It had been as if the soul of Gus was crying out from the mysteries that geographical arena represented.
Sarai’s first inclination was to leave the house to its pain, but she had stayed. Moving from here meant cutting all ties finally with Gus, and she found the prospect increasingly painful.
She tried, at first, to justify her actions and take some solace in the fact that she had been innocent of the blood of Gus, but the guilt simply could not be assuaged.
Kobby Obeng had been right, and Prince Daniel had been right: she had condemned the man she loved to death the moment she accepted Dan’s proposal.
She sat in the huge living room wearing a thin, lacy nightdress, the one that always made Gus crazy enough to jump on her and make sweet love to her.
Tears blinded her for a moment and she shivered when a particularly nasty thunder rocked the building.
She wiped tears off her cheeks and stared at a low table in front of her. On the table were three small metal cups and three little square leaves.
Sarai sighed morosely and picked up the cups and leaves with trembling hands. She stood up and walked dejectedly to the huge bathroom where a lantern was burning.
She carefully put two of the cups and the leaves on top of the metallic drum in the bathroom. Again, she sighed and slowly hitched up her nightdress. She held one of the metal cups beneath her pudenda as she urinated into it.
Trembling slightly, she poured a little of the urine into each metal cup, and then she picked the three odd leaves and dropped one into each cup.
Clamping her hands to her mouth, she waited with bated breath and counted the time slowly in her head.
Oh, how many times hadn’t she done this in the past?
She had wanted so much to have a baby with Gus, to give him a son, but each time she picked up the leaf from the urine, its colour had still been green. In the end, she had convinced herself that she would never be able to have children for Gus, and this had scared her.
She had blamed her childlessness on the many rapes those three beasts in the house she had been a slave in had subjected her to. More and more her hatred and pain had gotten the better of her, and vengeance had raged in her veins until it had consumed her wholly.
In the end, it had rendered her blind to the raw love she had for Gus! And so, she had grasped the power of being a queen and betrayed a good man, a man she loved so completely.
But, suddenly, after Gus’ death, her flow had not showed. Nausea had set in quickly and she had started vomiting.
Well, it was time now…
With trembling hands, she reached for a pair of forceps on the window sill and reached into the first cup for the leaf.
“Let it be green, gods of Densua!” she whispered painfully. “Please, do not condemn me further with my sins!”
She held the leaf under the direct glare of the lantern!
The leaf had become very white!
Sarai groaned with pain and dropped the forceps! She took quick steps backwards and came up hard against the wall. Great shivers gripped her body as she put frantic hands to her lips, and her teeth gnashed rather alarmingly.
And then, with a frantic cry Sarai moved off the wall and rushed at the two remaining cups. She ignored the forceps and used her fingers to dip into the cups, into her urine, and brought out the two remaining leaves!
They were no longer green!
Both were snow-white!
She was pregnant with child Gus Kukah’s child!
Sarai screamed and swept the lantern off its stand!
It crashed on the floor and the shade shattered as the scent of kerosene filled the room. Luckily, the flame went out, plunging the room into darkness.
And at that precise moment the storm stopped abruptly!
The winds stopped wailing and the thunder stopped screaming.
It seemed the elements were listening in to her shame!
She fled from the bathroom and fell on the floor in the living room.
And then Sarai began to weep bitterly!
She had never known such pain, such bitterness, such agony!
Suddenly, revenge was not something she wanted anymore, and neither was the prospect of being a queen! She just wanted her man back, the only man she loved, the man she had betrayed so horrendously and was responsible for his murder!
“Gus!” she moaned in unbridled agony. “Come out of the Pale Lands, my darling! Your son is here, Gus!”
Sarai held her stomach and wept tears of blood!
And, deep in her torments, she heard a great shout from outside!
Her agonized mind played tricks on her, and she sat up suddenly with a heart that thudded.
“Gus?” she whispered frantically. “Oh, my love! Have you come back to me?”
She stood up and rushed blindly towards the front door and threw it open. She stepped onto the porch and then came to a sudden stop!
It was not her Gus!
Filling the yard were about twenty armed warriors from the palace, and in the lead was Prince Daniel Baffour Koduah.
He was dressed in his warrior clothing.
“Any man that looks upon the nakedness of this woman shall lose his head!” the prince screamed, and as the warriors looked down with fear, Sarai realized suddenly that she was naked.
The prince got off his horse and marched towards her. He removed his outer metal plates and let them clang to the floor, and then he took off his inner felt and covered her nakedness with it.
He looked darkly into her face.
“Ah, the whore still mourns the death of her peon,” he said almost savagely. “But, weep no more, my queen. I bring you the first of my promises!”
He turned and made a motioning gesture with his right hand.
Some of the warriors got down and pushed someone off one of the horses. This man was not in warrior’s clothing but he was wearing a long, white sleeping pyjama.
He was a thin, gaunt man with sparse grey hair.
His hands were tied in front of him, and his face was filled with such great horror that Sarai was staggered.
“Baron Bisiw?” she whispered with sudden fright now.
“Yes, madam!” Prince Dan shouted with much glee. “Your former master who allowed his three imbecile sons rape you! There he is! Time for your vengeance, my queen!”
Baron Bisiw dropped to his knees in the mud and held up his trembling hands. The moon was high, and so his fear was quite plain and pathetic to see.
“Sarai!” he cried with terror. “P-ple-please for-for-forgive me!”
And as Sarai looked at the man she had hated all her life, the man she had killed so many times with horrific detail in her mind, she only felt great revulsion and pity now.
Gus had been right, of course!
Now that she was with child, now that she was going to be a mother, she had no heart to see her vengeance through.
Tears came to her eyes.
“Let him go,” she whispered. “It is not necessary anymore!”
An explosive wrath carved over Prince Dan’s face.
“The hell it is not necessary anymore!” he exploded darkly. “That son of a sow dared let his seed defile the queen’s throne of Densua! No, no, Sarai, he pays!”
And then Prince Dan dragged his sword out of its scabbard.
Tears fell down Sarai’s face as she put a trembling hand on his arm.
“No, my Lord, please,” she whispered. “They’re not important anymore! Please, enough of the blood spilling!”
He pushed her hand off his arm, and he looked at her with fierce madness.
“I shall clean your name, and purge the scourge of evil on you, Sarai!” he screamed. “I will do for you what that cowardly Kukah couldn’t do!”
He jumped from the porch.
Baron Bisiw screamed and tried to get up and flee.
The look of terror on his face was difficult for Sarai to see.
Her lips trembled as she saw the prince bringing his sword around in a fierce arc, slicing it cleanly through Baron’s neck!
The swipe completely decapitated the old man. His head jumped and fell as his body thudded to the ground and blood gurgled out of his severed neck!
His feet beat a dying staccato dirge on the ground as his head rolled over and came to a stop, his eyes staring up at Sarai with eternal accusation.
Sarai moaned with pain and fled into the house. She threw the prince’s garment away and fled to the bedroom with the intention of getting dressed.
She heard his sudden footsteps on the floor when she dragged out a dress from the wardrobe, and then he came to stand in the doorway, his eyes fierce and mad as he grinned evilly at her.
He was naked now, and his erection led him like a pointed finger in the middle of his body.
“Ah, how fitting!” he growled lustfully. “In the end, I avenged the fair queen in the house of the man she betrayed, and took her on the bed of the man she was mourning! You will not dare stop me, Sarai!”
Sarai did not stop him.
She lay on the bed silently as she put her hand to her mouth, spat thickly into it, and rubbed herself with it to lubricate her dry netherlips; she was not ready for him, and she knew this was her curse.
For as long as she remained with him, she would never be ready for him, because she would always belong to Gus!
He fell on her, slobbering and in a rush, and he lunged savagely into her. She just closed her eyes and dreamt of Gus as the Prince took out his lust on her!
When he began to jerk spasmodically on her, she held his shoulders and wept bitterly to herself.
Soon, when he was snoring quite noisily beside her, Sarai got up slowly and marched to the bathroom.
She gathered the incriminating white leaves and destroyed them.
Her secret was safe, for now!
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