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Curse of the sands -p2

he bell rang n ol bt 2 boys rushd out. The 2 wa da same height. 1 ws brown with specs n quite shy bt very smart. Da ada was slightly darker more talkative n popular with ladies. CK was the shy one and James the outgoing bt they were good friends. The 2 put away their bux n joind da lunch line. The trays wa placed n da belt. CK 2k a Sprite, fudge pudding an apple n noodles. James had strawberry yorghurt 2 oranges n a plate o fries. They headed 2 an empty table. A young girl donning frameless spectacles sat next to CK.
‘Hi Rose,’ he confirmed her presence. She nodded at James. Rose was your average caramel, gud front 2 back ratio gal. She was big bodied but not fat ’cause she was proportionate. They finishd up n headed to the field where they’d spend their afternoon. She sat between the 2 boys n startd chatting about the latest movie. CK as usual was quiet only chipping in his views when asked. Rose then showd off her newest jewellry which was a necklace wid a milky purple stone. CK stared at it n axd her what she thot it was.
‘Amethyst!’ she answered. He shook his head as he felt it. ‘No it isn’t that. It is Quartz- silicon (IV) oxide.’
‘Nkt!’ She clicked, ‘Ati now I am wearing ordinary glass!’
CK shook his head, ‘No! Not ordinary! I may be wrong bt it isn’t ordinary. Mind if i borrow it?’ He askd. She snatchd it away bt he gave her 6 brown notes grabbed it and rushd to da Chem lab. The other 2 watchd his hasty flight…

Rose and James waited for CK outside the large signpost that read Philipa High School. It was already a quarter past, yet there was no sign of him. 3 minutes later he showed up.
‘Okay that is weird,’ he said joining the 2. James lookd at him to continue.
‘Isn’t Lead the point where the proton to neutron ratio exceeds 1:1.5 hence radioactivity begins from there? Then how does that explain… No! Somethings not right.’ He continued. James askd him whether the whole time he had been in the lab. CK nodded deep in thought. He then asked Rose where she had bought the locket.
‘My cousin abroad sent it as a gift,’ she answered as they got in the waiting school bus.
‘So are you going to the school camp?’ James asked him. CK stared at Rose for further explanation which he got in the form of a leaflet. He read it thoroughly then nodded. He pulled out the necklace staring for long at it. As he turned it round he could have swore he saw a faint glow to it.

Phil Collins stepped out to resume the EVA. He rechecked his safety tether before venturing forth. He drifted sidewise to the crane where he connected his foot to the restraint.

He rechecked his safety tether before venturing forth. He drifted sidewise to the crane where he connected his foot to the restraint. For 5 mins he worked n the satellite as he heard the friendy chatter- over his inbuilt radio of his colleagues back in the station.
Just 3 more more shuttle payload deliveries before the ISS was complete. This was his 7th month away from earth. He gazed at the stars in awe as he reminisced how he had lost everything. A pinprick of light flashed yonder. He wondered what it was as he headed back.
After being acclimatized he joined the rest and told them of the light. They teased him and laughed. He tried to explain but they all laughed even harder. He saw it was useless and got up heading to his bunker.
A few minutes later a tense voice came over the PA:
‘We have a problem. Some of our vital instruments have stopped working. Radio communication is down.’

CK headed to his room and plopped into his bed. He put on his laptop and went to the information superhighway. Using Wikipedia he read everything about Silicon- yet he was still puzzled. Nikki his elder sister and guardian called him down for supper. He told her ’bout his day then switched on the television.
‘In other news ten crew members of Apollo 17 are stranded in space following breakdown in communication systems with Mission Control in Houston Texas. Technicians say the problem is from space and not Earth. However everything is being done to reconnect with the crew. Stay tuned to WHUP TV for the latest in business news.’
Nikki switched to another station as CK tried to imagine how cool it would be to be stranded anywhere.
‘First the Leonid Meteor Shower of last week. Then came the Solar Flares that are interrupting satellite comunications. That was followed by the Near Earth Asteroid Eros that broke the record by coming as close as ten million Km to earth. Now observatories in US have sighted a comet heading our way. Is this the Apocalypse? I will let you decide reporting for CNN this is Madge Swits.’

Curse of the sands- p1

The 5 men flinched n shudderd inwardly as they recalld the threats of returning empty handed. 4tnately they found out the place wea it was and wa w8n 4 total darkness.

At 11pm, shadows moved up da hillock 2 da lone housf at da top. 3 of em pried open a window n got in. Sme1 screamed then silence was preceeded by 2 shots. Minutes l8r da 3 came out draggin a large sack. A van backed up 2 da door enablin da sack 2 b thrown in. The van’s door was closed n it sped off.

The 3 shadows took sme hidden cans and poured the contents in n out of the house. 1 took a match, struck it, threw it in the buildin n ran 4 cover.

From a safe distance the shadows watched as the manor was licked up by the hungry flames. They then vanished- neva 2 return.

The luggage was dumped at the master’s feet. He pulled up the frail old man by his white hairs. A scanning device was passed over him. A beep was heard over his wrists. 2 men slashed his wrists and pulled out a small chip the size of a Micro SD memory card handing it over 2 their superior. He took the chip and placed it in an adapter which he inserted in a laptop.

He cursed out loud n turned angrily to the bleeding man. He shook him hardly as he demanded 4 something. Hades pitied the man and carried him away but after the old man smiled victoriously and whispered: ‘It is safe.’

Death By Life 2nd part

‘Welcome to CNN. You are with me Madge Swits and Tek Williams. About 30 min ago 4 xplosions tore the city. The 1st went off at 10:01 am in the Stentworth Miller School of Art Fashion Music and Design. A student died,’ Madge began.
‘At 10:03am Runda wea the Internal Security Minîster dwells was the next site. He and hs 3 bodyguards got in the Range Rover which blew up upon ignition. The 4 died n the spot.’ Tek took over.
’10:06am and Muthangari wea the Ikolomani MP stays was hit. His mercedes blew up 20 metres away but he survived and was rushd to Nairobi Hospital. Then at 10:29am the final 1 blew up in Lavington Estate where the EAC Minister resides. His Passat blew up but fortunately no 1 was nearby.’
Tek cleared his throat, ‘Security has been tightened around the city. News just in- seconds ago the homes of Foreign Affairs and State Development in Nakuru and Kisumu have also been affected. We will bring you more as the story unfolds.’
Lucy sighed, ‘So much for peace and tranquility.’
She flipped to another station, ‘Our reporter Stephen Voski is in Riara where thd world famous school of has its regional base. Stephen.’
‘Thank you Eric. According to eyewitnesses the deceased Kevin Wafula was the 1 who warned the rest. However he remained back raising eyebrows. Did he set it off? Or was he trying to be a hero? We are proud to be the first house n the site. Speak of the-‘
Lucy watchd as Tek and Madge appeared behind Stephen. She shut off the telly and sat back thinking.

‘Tek n Madge prepare 4 a newsflash,’ the news editor to5d da 2 as they got in. They were directed 2 da Chief’s office where they watchd a video. Madge watched in horra, gasping 2ce at da threats. Tek watchd then advised the chief nt 2 play it on t.v. In response the telly was put on:
‘Minutes ago we received a videotape-‘
‘This is BCC. Minutes ago an unidentified videotape was dropped-‘
‘Eric Shimzy 4 WHUP TV where minutes ago-‘
‘ATN received an anonymous package containing-‘
‘Even radio stations,’ Madge said putting on the stereo next to her. Sure enuf all da radio stations were reporting on the tape.
Tek shook his head, ‘As long as CNN does not relay the news it will nt b valid. People trust us to give them news.’
Chief stared then asked, ‘What’s your plan?’
As if on cue a knock was heard on the door. A delivery boy handed Tek an unmarked white envelope. Tek took out his wallet and gave the boy some notes making him grin.
Just as Tek broke the seal, the door and in walked a young european woman followd by three other tall men. They all had guns in their hands.
‘We are agents from DSID. Your are holding classified information,’ the woman said holding out a badge.

Lucy strugld 2 untie ha bonds. She had ovaheard da video shooting. The knots cut deepa in2 ha wrists. She stopd remembering that she always cut 1 o ha nails in an upturnd V shape. The rope was polyester n she strugld 2 get ha pinkie finga in position. Afta twenty minutes the rope gave way.She restd 4 a min b4 putin ha finga dwn ha cleavage n withdrawin a SIM card. It was sharpend at 1 end n she used dt end 2 cut the other knots. 5 min later circulation was restord n she got up headin 2 da door. It was lockd bt thru da peep hole she kud c da key.She lookd round da rum n saw a mag on a woodn table. A wire was next 2 da table. She grabd both n went 2 da door pushn da mag unda da door. The wire she insertd in da keyhole n joggled it until da key fel n da mag. She puld it keafuli n 2k da key- ready to open the door.THEN SHE STOPPED!!Lucy lookd round the rum. It had a table, the chair where she was tied dwn 2 n a window hy up in da ceiling. She shook ha head, took da key n lockd haself in jamming the wire in the hole. She realisd what was wrng. Footsteps headed 2 da door frm the outside.’She’s gne n taken da key wid ha. 4lw ha n kil ha,’ Whitney shouted. 3 other pairs of footsteps wa heard retreatin as the door knob was turnd.She sat n the chair trying 2 figa ha next course of action. Ha gaze fell n the window wich was 2 high 4 ha 2 reach. She dragd the table n stood n it- stil 2 high. She put the chair n it but was just out of reach. After 2 more attempts she gave up.She froze when two gun shots resounded outside the door. Another shot n the lock fell off. She watchd in shock as her friend Sean walked in aiming his gun straight at her head…

Death By Life

11pm- outside 2 shadows moved slowly dragging a box 2 a parked car. They pull owt something n fix it 2 the car n vanish.
Somewhere else a group of men jimmied open a Rover Sports, got in and left it 5 min l8r.
A third place a red Merc pulled out of da driveway in2 a w8n lorry. 10 min l8r it was re-parked.

Kevin gulpd hs tea as da bus hooted loudly 4 da 3rd tym. He snatchd hs bag kisd hs mum n flew owt jus getin in da bus b4 it left. He put n da most angelic smyl as da driver glared at hm.
Kevin was a tall n thin youth bt he was strng. Chocl8 brwn colour n smal deft hands lyk a ladies. He was always sportin a wyt tee and black slacks. Not into girls bt in2 hs wak. He sat next 2 a short gal hu was watchn hm.
Once n xul they dashd 2 class wea the professor was w8n with a line of mannequins. Each took 1 headin to their workstation. They were to dress up the models. Kevin’s mannequin was leanin to da ryt and he got fed up afta 3 tries.
He bent it to da left.
He looked around wonderin wea da noîse came from. He lookd at da model. He turnd wyt as colour drained away as he realisd wat it was.
‘RUN!! There’s a bomb in here!’ He shouted. The others screamd wid five jumping out by the window. The others rushd to the door.
He tried 2 run bt his trousers’ belt were jammed on the drawing table. He fumbled with the belt n stopped.
He screamed loudly then-



‘Don’t forget tomorrow Monique,’ someone shouted at her. She shouted back, ‘I won’t. See you tomorrow. Bye Sheilah, Wilma.’ Monique got in the bus taking her seat. It was dark just a little after 7p.m. She didn’t know whether where she heard moved to was safe. It was only yesterday that she had moved out to the new place at Naivasha Road.
Monique got off at the last stage. She adjusted her duffel bag and walked home. A few cars passed her n the road reminding her that she was the only soul on the road.
She branched to her right and stopped. Up ahead- she remembered during the day the path was lined with thick bushes and beyond the thicket was undeveloped land. Now the path was pitch black that even Makmende would think twice before passing there.
She offered up a silent prayer then rummaged in her bag for her torch which she found and lit the road ahead. She felt a wee bit braver as she walked up the hill. Halfway up the ascent she heard crunching of gravel. She quickly flashed the torch ahead. She saw a black dog on its hunches watching her.
She stopped, her heart beating wildly. Her Imagination answering to Fears persistent knocking. She took rein of her imagination then continued.
This time she said another prayer and kept on.
Something brushed her leg. She quickly illuminated her leg to see the dog following her. She wanted to scream but didn’t incase the dog sensed her fear and attacked.
She flashed the beam ahead and staggered back as she saw the silhouette of a person watching her- in the middle of the road… She wanted to run out of fright. She felt the dog come up to her side. She lit the path again.
She quickly covered the few metres to her gate. She stopped n sensed she was all alone. She flashed the beam around and sure enough the dog had vanished. She got in locked the gate n straight to the guest room.
She freshend up and then made supper. A knock was heard n da door. She opened it and the guest walked in.
‘You have come now?’ she was asked. She nodded slowly. ‘This place is not safe especially this stretch to the main road. Muggings and rape have taken place. You be careful. Plans are underway to light up this road. I am Ken your neighbour,’ he said.
Monique introduced herself. They chatted for a few minutes then he left. She smiled and put on the telly. Later and she did her assignments and headed to bed.

The second day she reached Town at 8pm and by 9pm she was walking up the desolate road. The dog got up and followed her up to the gate and vanished. She heard retreating footsteps to her right and flashed her torch which illuminated a silhouette that melted into the darkness.
For two full weeks that was the norm. After the first 3 days she became secure when she heard the CRUNCH CRUNCH up ahead and the mysterious Houdini dog.

‘We on today Monique?’ her girlfriend asked her at the Mess Hall. She put down her tray on the table, ‘Sure Mercy. You’ll help me finish the project.’
Mercy nodded and sipped on her blackcurrant, ‘Is it okay if Kay Will comes along?’
‘Isnt Kay dat guy in class who keeps on giving me the eye eye all the time? I thought he neva talks to anyone. How the hell did you become friends?’ Monique asked surprised.
‘I see you have a stalker,’ Mercy teased.
‘Dont talk to me about stalkers. One is enough,’ she muttered.
Mercy stared at her, ‘What do you mean?’ Monique clammed up and sipped on her soda quickly. She watched as Kay sat down on a table by himself. He looked up, saw Monique watching him and quickly looked away. He got up carrying his tray and tripped over his shoelaces.
He sprawled down the floor. Everyone laughed at him Mercy got up quickly and went over to him. She helped him up to his feet bringing him over to her table.He avoided looking at Monique as Mercy gave him paper napkins to clean himself. He muttered a thank you and left.
‘Such a klutz there is no way. I’d ever be seen with him,’ Monique laughed. She stopped, watching Mercy’s eyes. She slowly looked back and saw Kay Will turning back quickly.
‘He heard, didn’t he?’ She asked. Mercy nodded finishing her soda. Monique waited for him to come to class. He was usually among the first to get in the hall. However he did not show up for the lecture. After class the two girls searched for him and bumped into Wilma who told them she had seen him leave quickly at lunch time. Mercy sighed and thanked her. Monique felt bad and asked if Mercy had his number. She shook her head. The two then boarded the University bus to Town.

When Mercy saw the dark stretch she hesitated. ‘Relax it is safe,’ she said handing Mercy a torch. When the two reached halfway up, Monique stopped.

‘What’s wrong?’ Mercy asked. ‘The dog has not shown up,’ Monique replied. Mercy looked round quickly fearfully. ‘Is it a stray?’

Monique shook her head, ‘I do not know. It is just always escorts me to the gate then vanishes.’ Up ahead a beam of light flashed at them.

‘Monique is that you?’ some one shouted. She replied and they were met by Ken who said, ‘There was a prowler around just near the gate. I heard a scuffle with him and did some damage I think to him with my knife. I think he was your stalker. You better hurry in.’

The two girls did so quickly. Once in while drinking hot chocolate, Monique told of her stalker. ‘I guess you were frightened the first day,’ Mercy teased. Monique nodded then said, ‘Guess it was just Ken watching over me.’

Mercy put down her mug and stared thoughtfully at Monique, ‘Isn’t it strange? Your guardian dog has not shown up tonight and Ken meets you at the hill after two weeks of hiding. It doesn’t add up. By the way had you told anyone you were stalked?’ Monique shook her head.

‘Then how the hell did Ken know?’ Mercy enquired. ‘Who cares? Maybe someone told him. As long as we are safe,’ Monique shrugged. Mercy sighed at her friend’s naivety. She took out her books and begun studying. At eleven, Mercy borrowed a flashlight and bade farewell to Monique.

She descended thoughtfully her mind far away. Something brushed her leg and she almost jumped. She saw a black Spaniel at her side.

Something about the dog hit her mind. It escorted her to the main road and vanished as quietly as it had come. Up ahead she heard footsteps. She followed them and concluded thert the person was heading the same direction as her. Her beam of light picked up a shiny object on the ground. She picked up the silver locket and next to it was a drop of blood. A car hooted and she got up.

The person vanished when the matatus headlight illuminated the road.

Mercy reached Tinderet crescent at midnight. She had to get a matt in Tao. She got one and saw she was the only female. The rest were pot-bellied men who eyed her, some making sexually suggestive remarks. She squeezed in between 2 men at the back.
One by one they got off at different stages, until only her and a hefty man were left. He got off at Lower Tinderet. Unfortunately the matt stalled at Upper Tinderet and she had 2 walk. The road was dark but the moon had stopped playing hide n seek and was now lighting her way.
As she passed the Kilimani-Westy by-pass she quickly looked round. 3 dogs passed her chasing each other across the road. She shivered as the cold wind whipped her exposed areas.
She stopped for a minute then continued. Her ears heard the slow footsteps behind her. She started humming to herself as she joined Nyeri Road. The moon blushed and hid behind a cloud.
This time it was louder right behind her. She started running, her sandals clapping on the road. She looked back and bumped into a burly figure. She saw it was the man who got off at Tinderet. He read her face and understood. He walked with her all the way to the junction. He pocketed and slowly pulled out something.
At that moment the moon overcame its shyness and smiled at the earth. It saw its reflection on a silver blade.
Mercy stopped to adjust her sandal straps and lost her balance toppling over to the bushes. She then realized that she was pushed and the only person nearby was the man. She then saw the blade and swallowed in fright as it hit ha
HE WAS THE STALKER!!! She was 2 scared to scream. He grabbed ha by the neck and pinned her to the ground. She knew what he was going to do next. Her hand grabbed a stone the size of her hand and struck his head hardly.
He groaned n grabbed his head. She tried to push him off her but he was heavy. He chuckled n unbuckled his belt. His zipper jammed and he had to stand up to undo it.
She cried silently as he felt her curves. He started to unbutton her top slowly taking his precious time. Then she heard it.
A low rumbling growl just above her. He was too busy thinking of the fantasies he would get. It became a distinct angry and dangerous snarl. She saw a black shadow jump on his back. He yelled as it bit his neck. He got up quickly n threw the dog off him.
It bared its fangs at him but he threw a rock at it and it ran away. He turned back to Mercy who was stuck trying to get up.
She closed her eyes not wanting to witness what happened next. She waited to fill him on top, instead she heard a scuffle. She opened her eyes and saw a smaller figure beating up the man.
She then saw the rapist plunge something in the smaller man. He staggered back n that would have been the end if the dog had not appeared jumping and clamping its jaws on the rapist’s neck. He fought with the dog and managed to throw it down. He quickly showed a clean pair of heels.
The dog stood over the smaller figure then came over to Mercy. She saw it was the black Spaniel wondering if it was the same one. The figure came over and put out his hand pulling her out of the ditch.
She buttoned her top took her bag and looked up to thank him.
She saw him 2 metres ahead his back turned 2 ha. His right hand clutching his abdomen. She tried to catch up but she could not. The dog was by her side. The figure was limping.
She tried to run but he walked faster. She found herself at her gate. The dog pulled its Houdini act. She looked round but so had her savior- he vanished.

She got in her room and sighed. She took out the silver locket and examined it. It had the initials H.W. engraved in it. She opened it and saw a young beautiful girl staring at her. The sandman came by, blew sand in her eyes and flagged the Night Bus which took her first class to Slumber land

The next day Mercy told Monique of her ordeal but left out the locket. The two looked around for Kay Will but he had not arrived. At lunch time they did not see him. It actually was a week before showed up.

Five minutes into the lecture he walked in to the hall. He put down his crutch and pulled out his books.

‘Glad you could join us Master Williams. Where were you?’ he was asked by the lecturer. Monique looked up quickly as she had not seen him enter. Mercy was watching him.

‘I had an accident and tumbled down the roof at home,’ he explained. ‘Klutz,’ someone shouted and every one laughed. Monique looked down as Mercy shook her head. Kay stared blankly into space and handed his project.

After the lecture every one left. Mercy was staring at the bandage on his head. She walked over to him followed by Monique.

‘What happened to your head?’ She asked him. He looked at her and shrugged not uttering a word. He took his bag and flung it behind him. Kay then looked at Monique deeply and she saw hurt in his eyes. He looked away quickly but not before she registered a new feeling. He limped away on his crutch.

Monique could not believe it. ‘Could it be? No, that was a long time ago. NO it wasn’t. Just a false alarm.’ Mercy stared at Kay her mind processing the facts she had and she shook her head.

The two girls looked at each other- each knowing something but not sure if they were correct….

The Guardian

Mercy reachd Tinderet crescent at midnyt. She had 2 get a matt n Tao. She got 1 n saw she was da nly female. Da rest wa pot-bellied men hu eyed ha, sme makin sexually suggestive remax. She squeezed in btwn 2 men at da back.
1 by 1 they got off at dfrnt stages until nly ha n a hefty man wa left. He gt off at Lower Tinderet. Un4tntly da matt stalled at Uppa Tinderet n she had 2 walk. The road was dark bt da moon had stopd playin hyd n seek n was nw lytin ha way.
As she pasd da Kilimani-Westy by-pass she quickly lookd round. 3 dogs pasd ha chasin each ada akros da road. She shivad as da cold wind whipd ha xposd areas.
She stopd 4 a minute then continued. Ha ears heard da slow footsteps behynd ha. She startd humming 2 haself as she joind Nyeri Road. The moon blushd n hid behynd a cloud.
This tym twas louda ryt behynd ha. She startd runnin, ha sandals clappin n da road. She lukd bk n bumpd in2 a burly figa. She saw twas da man hu got off at Tinderet. He read ha face n undastood. He walkd with ha ol da way 2 da junction. Ge pocketd n sloly puld owt smethn.
At that moment the moon ovakame its shyness n smyld at da earth. It saw its reflection n a silva blade.
Mercy stopd 2 adjust ha sandal straps n lost ha balance toppling ova 2 da bushes. She then realized that she was pushd n da nly pasn nearby was the man. She then saw the blade n swallowd in fryt as it hit ha

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