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Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 2:15pm On Aug 28
YOUR COMMENTS ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATED!
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by enirock(m): 2:31pm On Aug 28
If the sonic does not affect Zeke as it does the girl in black and Justin, does it mean He's stronger than the girl in black seeing as she's a direct descendant of the formators of their planet (Orca)? or Zeke being an offspring of a guardian and a fallen developed diffrently Thanks for the update, and money go soon complete for the laptop.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Surayj123(m): 10:46pm On Aug 28
Interesting
nice one Sir
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 9:13pm On Aug 30
CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Shelby groaned as she rolled on her bed, she was having the same premonition that was quickly turning out to become a nightmare, Zeke was walking slowly towards soldiers that held guns turned towards him, she could see Nikita smiling as she held on to the head of a woman but she couldn't get a clear view of who the woman was. She could hear a voice shout something at Zeke but it was inaudible, she also tried to warn him but couldn't, gasping, she tried to run to him to prevent him from getting shot but she was rooted to the spot, as tears rolled down her eyes, she heard a loud bang and she immediately jumped from her bed. The image of Zion staring straight at her as soon as she opened her eyes further startled her and she immediately rolled away from the bed, hitting the ground in a loud thud.

Zion was surprised at Shelby's sudden actions and kept his gaze fixed on her. He knew what was happening and it was one of the reasons he had left her and a few others to live, watching them grow and making sure they all ended up on his side, all except one. He could always stay a step ahead with a feeler by his side and better still, a feeler that had sworn allegiance to him, that was the last ingredient to win this war he had been planning for countless years, he could easily figure out what the future held and manipulate his way till it foretold one that he wanted. It was almost the perfect plan until the irregularity came up, the deadly offspring that needed to be curbed before he went out of hands, he was not going to let anyone get in his way, and he would always do all he could to make sure everything went according to the book. He stood up from the bed, his gaze still fixed on Shelby, as one of his submissive, he shared a bond with her, a bond that grants him easier access to her memory when compared to others that he had to take by force and all he needed was to hold her hands.

"I see you are having a nightmare. I came to tell you to get ready, I want you to meet some people."

Shelby grumbled and stood to her feet. "And you had to do that yourself? Why couldn't you just send one of the guards to do that." She was still under the influence of the adrenaline that was flowing steadily I'm her bloodstream.

Zion remained silent for a while as he tried to suppress his anger, he wasn't used to receiving such insolence from anyone but he had to keep her unsuspecting while he got what he wanted from her.

"We will be leaving in twenty minutes, we will also be eating out. Just get ready." He glared at her and she folded under its influence. Zion turned to walk away.

"Who are they?" Shelby was not going to cower, he had stolen her free will, but she was not going to let him steal any other thing from her.

Zion turned to face her and he had an unusual smile on his face.

"People that have the same gifts like you, although their gifts differ from yours. Hurry now, I'm sure they would be very anxious to meet you." He said and gave one final smile before exiting the room.

*

Justin walked into the room holding a nylon bag on one had and an ice-cream om the other, he seemed the least concerned amongst the three of us about the event that had happened the night before, Nikita was walking walking free again and even with all the promises she had given us, he still somehow managed to gather the appetite eat. The girl in black had been in a kind of semi concious state for a while, she had not said much since last night and she kept on mumbling something to herself, like she was talking to somebody that was not there. I wasn't very worried though, with her, nothing surprised me again.

"Any luck in tracking her?" I asked Justin as soon as he dropped ths bag and took his sit on his favourite seat.

"If you mean Nikita, then the answer is still no. It's like she vanished into thin air, no footage from three miles shows her or any other suspicious activity that could be linked to her disappearance. But if you mean Shelby, then..... the answer is till no too, but I made an interesting finding when I was going to her background check and a few others. Something stood out and I think it's worth theorizing." He clicked into his PC. "You know when you said that her dad died when she was young and that his killers were never brought to the book? Well, I logged into the police records storage...."

I squeezed my face and rolled my eyes and he reciprocated, rolling his eyes too.

"Fine, I hacked into the police records storage and found her file." He clicked on the enter key as I walked over to him. "Voila."

I stared at the screen and didn't know what I was looking at, most of it had been redacted. I turned to Justin and shook my head in confusion. He smiled instantly.

"I had that same look when I first saw this too. I mean why would anyone go through such length to cover up a mere accident as they called it....."

Oh, I now understood what he was thinking even though I had shook my head in confusion and not in this realization. I felt honoured that he thought we were thinking the same thing..

"...so I had to figure out a way to declassify whatever it was that they were trying to hide and I was able to figure out who had classified it in the first place." He loaded another image of the first page of the document and the line that had been redacted was now visible. It read:

'Classified by JWF'

"JFW, what does that stand for?" I was getting curious.

"It's short for Joint world force." Justin replied immediately and I remembered who the geek was. "It is a force that united various countries back in the seventeen hundreds, countries that belonged to this Joint force enjoyed lots of benefits too. It is hard to get anymore details about them because they were dismissed around the end of the eighteenth century and that was the last anyone heard about them."

My curiosity was suddenly turning into confusion. "Shelby's dad died a few years ago, how does a force that never existed at the time of his death classify his file?"

"Same question I asked." He began clicking on his PC again. "When i was giving it a thought, i realized that i had seen that acronym some place before and even though at that time i didn't I didn't give it much thought, it's worth it now."

He clicked on the screen and two files came up simultaneously. They were for a Pateev Rakesh and Tina Mladov. I turned to look at Justin for further enlightenment.

"They are my parents." He responded.

"Oh." That was all I could say and it felt weird, sympathy wasn't really my strong suit..

"Their files were also classified by the same people. This got me thinking and while I was waiting for the pizza, I quickly wrote an algorithm that searched for classified data in different country's databases, using the length of the reaction and few came up. I narrowed down based on keywords and...." He clicked into his PC and three files popped up. "These files were also classified by the same people. All the accidents happened within twenty years frame and that means that they might have kids that..."

"Might have the same gifts like we do." I completed the statement as the realization hit me.

"Now comes the weird part." Justin spoke again. "You don't fit the theory."

If I didn't fit the theory, then the theory must be false, I thought. I could also see them too and I matched every description of somebody that had a gift, even though I hadn't figured out what it was yet.

"Only three more files have been redacted by this organisation and none is related to you."

"What files?" The girl in black asked getting our attention.

She was finally back from wherever she had gone sitting down on a spot.

"Looks like you finally joined the party." Justin spoke first.

"What was all that about?" I asked.

"I was talking to other guardians, they are on their way here and I had to warn them about what awaited. Like me, they were also stunned at the news of an higher fallen and although they still think I am mistaken, they are going to exercise the protocol for dealing with his kind."

"More guardians are coming here?" I turned to look at Justin who also looked as oblivious as I did.

"Yes, the planets are going to be aligned soon, and I needed help if we are going to stop them before them activate the Vynet, now that we have an higher fallen involved, I'm glad I did. Now what file are you two looking into?" She asked again.

I sighed. "Well, Justin has a theory that there are more like us out there."

"Three more, actually." Justin added.

"Well, he also said I did not meet the criteria for selection according to his hypothesis."

The girl in black walked past me and stood on the other side of Justin. "Fred Coleman, Zara hindmarch.."

"Those are the parents."

"Were you able to trace the children?" She asked.

"Yes." Justin replied and clicked into his PC. Three profile popped up, it was for two boys and a girl.

"Mason Fredman, Xiu li yang, Rachel Babel." I read aloud.

"Can you get their current locations?" The girl in black asked.

"I will get right on that now." Justin replied, pulling the nylon he had been carrying and opening up the pizza case as he pulled one piece out an took a large bite.

The girl in black turned to me. "We have to figure out a way to get find out the holder here, but first, we have to talk about your back."

*

Shelby walked into the large house that stood at the centre of miles of woods and nothing. She stared at the ancient building that still stood gracefully as Zion walked towards her and nudge her to move in. They walked into the building and were welcomed by a woman at the door. She bowed as soon as she saw Zion and Shelby could see her eyes, she was a fallen. Zion walked past her and Shelby followed suit. The woman locked the door behind them and walked past them.

"This way, they are waiting for you in the living room." She said, leading the way.

Shelby and Zion walked into the living were met by three people sitting in the living room, they had their gaze fixed on Shelby as they stared at her eagerly.

"Is she the thinker?" One of the asked in a weird accent and Shelby almost laughed.

"No she is not. Considering the fact that she considers your accent funny. " The lady in their midst replied.

Zion smiled at them. "I would like you all to meet Shelby. She would be joining you from today and you will be working together."

The lady in their midst stood up from her sit and walked towards Shelby. "You must be the feeler." She said, but her lips did not move.

Shelby took a step backwards, frightened. She turned to Zion who had a smile on.

"Meet Rachel, she's a Calypse. She can read minds and communicate with her mind too, you can not hide anything from her because your mind is her playground."

"Nice to meet you." Rachel said and again her lips did not move. Shelby knew at that moment that it was going to take a long time for her to get used to it.

One of the boys stood up and walked towards her, stretching out his hands. "I'm Mason." He said. Shelby stretched her hand to receive his but her hands were beginning to wither and flowers began to grow on them. "I'm a mind manipulator, I can make you see whatever I want you to see and you won't be able to tell what's real and what's not."

Shelby turned and was instantly stunned when she saw Zeke standing in front of her, he had not been there some seconds ago. He walked towards her and stretched his hand at her.

"I'm Xiu." She instantly recognized that accent.
"The master of disguise." He ran his hands over his face and he was back again. "I heard you really love to see that face, you might be seeing it very often then." He said with a large smile on his face.

"Meet your new family." Zion spoke. "I will be leaving you all to catch up now. I have an important meeting to get to." He said, walking out of the room.

*

Nikita stood by the side of the glass and stared out of it to the endless forest outside, she had both her hands wrapped together behind her as she tried to collect her thoughts. Saying she was furious was an understatement, she was uncontrollably angry and pissed off, she was royalty and shouldn't be stamped on by anybody, talk less by a bunch kids that thought they were super heroes and were on the way to save the world. She knew she had to send a bold message to them and she knew exactly what she needed to do, but for now she had to know how far the mission had progressed without her. A female guard walked in and held a phone to her.

"He is calling." She announced.

Nikita received the phone and placed it on her ears. "Hello."

"Let's meet by the bridge in an hour." Zion's voice came in through the receiver.

She pulled the phone away from her ears and handed it back to the female guard. She remained silent for a while and her eyes suddenly lit up as soon as an idea hit her. She turned to the guard.

"The men stationed on Zeke's family, contact them and have them bring them over here, let's prepare a special package for him." She said, as the guard nodded. She turned back to the glass and gave a sinister smile before walking past the guard and out of the room.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 9:15pm On Aug 30
THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS! I REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by enirock(m): 10:35pm On Aug 30
Thanks for the update sir. This one Nikita is bringing Zeke family down there... I guess she wants to distract him and somehow I get the feeling that apart from Zion, no one knows the 'potentials' locked up in Zeke. We await more updates boss.

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Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Ann2012(f): 7:49am On Aug 31
Thanks for the update
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by ijawcitizen(m): 9:33am On Sep 01
Greetings sir Frankline461, you've got a brand new fan in moi, and my utmost respect and best regards.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 10:13am On Sep 01
ijawcitizen:
Greetings sir Frankline461, you've got a brand new fan in moi, and my utmost respect and best regards.

Welcome on board man, a pleasure to have you

Ann2012:
Thanks for the update

Thanks for following

enirock:
Thanks for the update sir. This one Nikita is bringing Zeke family down there... I guess she wants to distract him and somehow I get the feeling that apart from Zion, no one knows the 'potentials' locked up in Zeke. We await more updates boss.

Thanks for your lengthy comments and observations, and also thanks for following too
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Khriztarl(f): 1:35pm On Sep 01
Interesting. Thanks for the update sir.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by PenHub: 6:39pm On Sep 01
Thanks for the update sir Franklin.
Really nice and thought provoking. But please can someone enlighten me on whether zeke and Zion are different pple or the same.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Puvo: 6:08am On Sep 02
I don't know why I didn't see this story earlier o
But the story is a bomb grin
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Lakesc(m): 8:52am On Sep 02
This higher fallen is way ahead of zeke's crew. Those other guardians should arrived real soon o.. Thanks Op, this story line is really great and exciting....
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by enirock(m): 1:56pm On Sep 02
PenHub:
Thanks for the update sir Franklin.
Really nice and thought provoking. But please can someone enlighten me on whether zeke and Zion are different pple or the same.
Zion is the higher fallen while Zeke is an offspring of a fallen and a guardian(I think). They are different. One has experience on his side due to rank and how long he has lived both on earth and in Orca(Zion), while the other is just beginning to unravel his (Zeke).
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 11:13am On Sep 04
Lakesc:
This higher fallen is way ahead of zeke's crew. Those other guardians should arrived real soon o.. Thanks Op, this story line is really great and exciting....

Thanks for following

Puvo:
I don't know why I didn't see this story earlier o
But the story is a bomb grin

welcome on board man, glad to have you

PenHub:
Thanks for the update sir Franklin.
Really nice and thought provoking. But please can someone enlighten me on whether zeke and Zion are different pple or the same.

I see it has been answered, sorry for the delay

Khriztarl:
Interesting. Thanks for the update sir.

Thanks for following ma'am really appreciate

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Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 11:14am On Sep 04
Thanks for your comments, and sorry for the delay.
An update would be dropping today, stay tuned smiley smiley smiley

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Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 3:39pm On Sep 04
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Shelby walked further into the room; it was decorated in a peculiar way, one that fitted the kind of kids that were in the room, kids with special talents. For a start, the house they were in was situated at a strategic location, not one that was easy to track, and from the look of it, they had most of the things they needed, they even had a caretaker that handled their needs. She wondered why they were put there, away from everything and what it was that they did. From the internal decoration, things looked simple enough, one that didn’t spell obsession or restriction, but didn’t spell freedom either. She took a look at the yard, there were only two guards securing the house, and from the little demonstration they had shown, she knew they could easily take them out and get out of the house; they weren’t kept prisoners. Rachael slowly crept behind Shelby as she stared into the yard.

“We can’t leave because like you, we all swore allegiance to him.” Shelby turned to look at her, and this time, her lips were moving. “We all owe him our lives, he took us in when the rest of the world turned their backs on us, he taught us how to use our gifts and has promised to release us as soon as we help him achieve his aim.”

“Do you know what that is?” Shelby asked curiously, did they really know what they were getting themselves into?

“Something to do with payback? The point is, we know that what he is about to do may or may not be the right thing, but it is not our place to judge or try to prevent him from doing what he wants, he would achieve his aim regardless, with or without us anyways.”

Shelby scorned as she returned her gaze to the yard, her mind slowly drifted to the subway and Zeke, she wondered where he was and what he was doing. She knew he would definitely be looking for a way to stop Zion, and she secretly rooted for him in her mind that they could, the odds had stacked further up against them and their chances of ever preventing the all out alienation were becoming slimmer. At that moment, she wished she had realized what she was getting into by swearing allegiance to Zion but she knew it was what he would have expected her to do, she only hoped he understood how dire the situation was and didn’t hold any grudges against her.

‘You really love him, don’t you?’

Rachel was back in her mind, it was turning out to be true that one couldn’t keep things from her, she wondered what it felt like for her, knowing the exact motives of people around her, being able to read their minds and figure out their true intentions.

‘Yes I do.’

‘And you know that this is an all out war and love doesn’t fare well in things like this. You will be getting to face him with time and would be forced to harm him if it calls for it, it would be best not to have those kind of feelings lingering in you when the time comes.’

“Come on now, I will show you to your room.” She spoke aloud, nudging her along.

*

Zion walked down the lonely road that led to the bridge, although it had been abandoned for years, he still had the memory of a long time ago when it had still been in use. It was where they had first met, on that cold winter night, under the night sky that filled with stars. He could still remember her face vividly even after all the years that had passed, from the subtle curves on her cheeks to the almond red colour of her lips and the fold it made whenever she was in thoughts or when she intentionally teased him. How could he forget her thick curly eyebrow or how her eyes lit up whenever she smiled? It all felt like a sweet bitter memory now, one that had spent too long in his head and made him unsure if it was real or not. He looked down the lonely road and found Nikita standing at the edge of the road; she slowly turned to his direction as soon as she saw him. He walked to her and stood by her side.

“I heard you’ve had a very eventful few days.” He started.

Nikita scoffed. “That is being taken care of. You said you had something important to tell me.”

“Yes, Project Arachna will be going live in the four other countries in a few days and I want you to get ready for it.”

Nikita flinched, had she heard right? “Why the sudden change in plans? The day of alignment is still about a month away, we only just went live in china a few weeks ago after we announced the blackout, running it across four other major countries at once might arise suspicions and that is why I suggested that we did it in phases, we are only supposed to speed it up if we were lacking behind schedule, but by the look of things, we are well on track.”

“I got word that more guardians are on their way to your planet and they would be here in approximately a week, now that they are aware of my presence here, they would be coming here with all they have to stop us. We have to be ready by then, your immortality lies on it. We are very close to our goal and with just one slip up, everything could be destroyed. It’s not a chance I am willing to take. There is also a factor that I never considered that has unfolded, a boy. I had been told by other fallen about him, but I had ignored them, what could one boy do by himself? But finally getting to meet him put me off, he has an aura around him that spells trouble. He is working with the guardian and is a ruffle that should be taken out before it gets sour.”

“He wouldn’t happen to be the corky one amongst the circus, would he?” Nikita asked, rolling her eyes.

“Yes, he is a ticking bomb waiting to explode in our faces if it is not disarmed now, he does not belong to the linage of the Hunters like the rest of the others with gifts, if he did, I would have found him sooner. He is the first of his kind and I don’t know the extent of his powers yet and I also don’t plan on waiting to find out. Handle that, I will contact the heads in all countries to initiate Plan Arachna simultaneously in five days, that should give you enough time to call over the remaining carriers, activate the Vynets and initiate the sequence for the day of alignment. Also, I want all the carriers off grid and untraceable.”

“We are set in China and all our plans are unnoticeable since we took the country off grid. Russia is set to announce the same measures soon, I spoke to the president and they are going to give the statement later today. We need the same time phase to announce in Australia, the United States and Nigeria, and they are scheduled to make their announcements in three, eight and twelve days simultaneously. That way we can position the fallen henchmen there without raising eyebrows and defend the headquarters against any threats without risking an uproar.”

Zion scorned, an human uproar was never a threat to him, they were very easily disposable and even better still if he was able to activate the Vynet successfully as planned. “Get them to speed up the announcements and get the carriers here. We have no time to waste any longer.” He placed his hat back on his head and both hands into the side pocket of his sweater, walking away from Nikita and humming slowly as he did.

*

“Run me through it again, you first started feeling this pain after the accident?”The girl in black asked as she ran her fingers over my back.

“Yes, it was after the accident.”

She stared at my back again, and pushed in one of the vertebrae, I could feel it move into my body and slowly move out again, dragging my skin with it.

“I don’t know what it is.” She finally conceded and I pulled my shirt over my body. “And like Justin pointed out, you do not belong to the linage of those with gifts.”

“I knew it.” Justin spoke out loud, throwing his fist in the air like he had scored a goal.

“And how would you know?” I asked.

“Looking for them was the first thing I did when I got here, they had been very helpful during the first attack, singlehandedly preventing the attack to take down your planet before the guardians could come here and round up all of the fallen, or so we thought. Most of them had died and the rest that inherited the gifts had been killed by the time I got here and it was hard to trace down their linage and figure out who had picked up the gift. I was lucky enough to find the feeler, Shelby, she was the link to the others and with time she was bound to bring us to them, but not you. You are different from the rest, the mural specifically pointed me in your direction and although I don’t know why yet, I think this is an indication. I would have to speak to other guardians to figure out exactly what it might be, but there is only one thing that I have seen that looked like this.”

“What.” I asked curiously.

“A fallen.” She replied.

I scoffed and almost burst into laughter. “It is one thing for Justin to think up an absurd theory that I don’t fit the criteria for selection, but it is another for you to think that I am a fallen. How would that even work?”

The girl in black stood up and walked slowly to stand in front of me, she looked to be in deep thoughts. “When a fallen is inactive, or when an active fallen is killed, their wings always recede into their bodies and it looks the same way as this.”

“Ahh, good, a zombie fallen?” I couldn’t hold the laughter in any longer.

“It’s not funny you know, you said the first time you felt that kind of pain was when you took the soldiers back to the cabin and the second time was when you went to meet Shelby in the subway. What does both moment have in common?”

“Nothing.” I replied. I couldn’t believe we were really doing this.

“Wait, you think the reaction is being triggered by something?” Justin asked.

Great, that was just what we needed at that time, another conspiracy theory from Justin who seemed to be full of it.

“Yes I do, and till we find out what it is, you’re not going to be doing any field work.”

“You are kidding right?” I couldn’t believe my ears. “You are grounding me because of a nonexistent threat and an unproven fact?” I scoffed and slapped my head in disbelief.

“You were lucky that people were around when the pain was triggered, you don’t know how scared I was realizing that I sent you out all alone and that I could have been responsible for another loss to this team. I think it is best that you sit this one out.”

“Like you said, we are a team and you shouldn’t be the only one making the decision.” I turned to Justin hoping that he would back me up, but he remained silent. I scoffed again and turned back to the girl in black.

“So I guess that is that.” She said. She turned to Justin. “Were you able to figure out who the carrier is yet? We are running out of time to stop them from initiating the process, once initiated we can do little to nothing to stop them from doing whatever they want.”
Justin gave a broad smile and I knew what that meant.

“So when you gave me the Vynet to hold, I made a digital print of it you know to give us more avenue to find whoever the carrier was using real time image search.”

“And?” The girl in black asked.

“And as soon as we came into the country, I activated the search for it, using real time images from every camera in the country and....” He tapped swiftly into his PC and a half-image popped up. It was an image from the back camera of a phone and it showed part of the Vynet under the cloth of a man dressed as a priest.

“Who is he?” I asked.

Justin stared at me without saying a word, he turned to the girl in black and she gave a dissatisfied look.

“Wow, so you really are cutting me off.”

“Who is he?” She questioned and Justin loaded some newspaper articles.

“He is the head pope of Sydney and he heads the general catholic church over here, he is very popular and has won so many outstanding awards over the years. He is a very busy man, but takes out time to meet with everyone that goes to see him.”

“Good.” The girl in black spoke, tilting away from the desk. “Who is ready to go confess their sins?”

“I sure am.” Justin replied sarcastically, packing up his Pc and dragging his bag behind him.

They both walked past me and headed out of the house to my disappointment.

“What the hell do you want me to be doing?” I shouted after them as the door shut.

“It’s your day off, turn on the T.V set and Netflix and chill.” Justin replied, screaming from outside.

*

I groaned for the umpteenth time, hitting the remote control on the chair, I turned to look at the time and they hadn’t even been gone for thirty minutes. I sighed and walked into the room, and back to the living room, leaning on the chair as I tried to concentrate on the movie that was playing. Sighing, i rolled from behind the chair and landed on it in a loud thud, dissatisfied. I picked up the earpod and tapped it.

“Anyone there?” I spoke. “How is it going?”

There was no response from the other side. I sighed in frustration and threw the earpod to the chair on the other side of the room. I picked up the remote control and was about to switch the movie when the doorbell rang. They were back already? I quickly got to my feet and walked to the door opening it. I stared outside but no one was there, I looked sideways and still found no one there. I was about to shut the door when I saw a little envelope on the floor. I slowly picked it up and shut the door behind me. I walked back into the living room, sat on the chair and opened the envelope, wondering what was in it. I pulled out its content and my heartbeat suddenly spiked when I saw it, I got to my feet instinctively and had never been so scared in my life.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by enirock(m): 12:00am On Sep 05
So Zion does not know the full extent of Zeke powers or is He just feigning ignorance So Nikita's involvement has a bearing to immotality? I believe the content of the envelop Zeke received had something to do with his family. Please who is that lady Zion kept remembering on the way to meet Nikita, don't tell me there's an attraction we are not aware of. (I won't be shocked if Zeke is somehow related to Zion,or his offspring). Thanks King for the update. It just keeps getting better and more interesting. I believe Shelby will outdo this children and most probably break Zions hold on her.(my thoughts though)
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Lakesc(m): 10:53am On Sep 06
If it is comfirm that Zeke's family are held hostage by Nikita and Zion, then their situation have clearly gone from bad to worse. Would he try and rescue his family or the world.. Thanks Op, luving it......
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Khriztarl(f): 4:25pm On Sep 06
Pictures of zeke's parents have been sent ni. Ahh, op this suspense big pass me oo grin. Thanks for the update.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 8:31am On Sep 09
DEDICATED TO Khriztarl, Lakesc and enirock, thanks for following and always dropping your comments. Also, penhub, Ann20212 where are you guys?

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

“Is it recording?”

“Wait, the output is damaged but it should be. We are also running low on battery; you have to do it now.”

“Okay.” Clears throat. “My name is Aemiliana Ahenobarbus Artakhshathra the 3rd, I don’t know if there is anyone out there to hear this message I’m transmitting. About Six months months ago, I was sent to Via Galatica to evict fallen that had escaped there, while on my mission, I and my crew were able to unveil some unexpected developments going on there. At first, we thought it was something that could be handled, if i teamed up with a few hunters here, but our path led us to uncover another unexpected set back; an higher fallen called Zion. He had been here ever since the first cleansing and had stayed here, remaining undetected for thousands of years while he slowly grew his army and made perfect plans towards the day of alignment. That was over a month ago and if this message gets to you while at peace, I want you to prepare for war. He is coming with his cavalry and all he leaves behind is death....”

“Did you hear that?”

“What.”

“Shh, there is something out there.”

“Send the message.”

“It’s being broadcasted live on every radiowave enabled platform, if there is anyone out there, they should get it.”

.

.

“Did you hear that?”

“Yes I did, it’s getting closer, we are no longer safe, we have to get away from here now.”

Lights out.

*

PRESENT

The girl in black and Justin pulled out of the cab, Justin struggling to keep the bag he was carrying on his back. She looked around the surrounding and it was quiet, with just the whistling sound of the birds and the often speeding of cars down the road. The Chapel was located in the quiet side of Sydney, a few miles away from Watamolia beach, it was the perfect place to get away from the buzzing of the city. Justin cleared his throat, interrupting the girl in black’s thoughts. She finally came through and as they walked towards the entrance of the chapel, a man walked out of it, wearing a black suit and a shade, his gaze all business like. Justin gave the girl in black a weird look and she responded with one of hers as they pushed the door open.

The chapel was bigger than it had looked in the papers, and being empty, you could see every nook and corner of it. It was much more quiet than its surrounding and even the constant ruffle of Justin’s bag could be heard so clearly. Being new to the surrounding, they both ran their gaze around, looking for the sacrament of confession, Justin finally found it and nudged the girl in black on to its direction while he took his seat in one of the many wooden long benches in the church. Amy walked slowly towards the small cubicle, walked into the confessing box and took her knee, awkwardly. As she replayed the words Justin had taught her on their way there, she made the sign of the cross and she started.

“Forgive me father, I am here to receive your confessions.”

There was a little silence from the other side and a chuckle ensued. “You know, it has been a long time I met a guardian, and switching between vessels down here does not help in any bit. It seems within this period of time, guardians have developed a sense of humour.”

The girl in black became wary, it was confirmed now; he was a fallen. She slowly reached for her sword and pulled it out of its concealment slowly.

“I am here for one thing and I would like you to hand it over peacefully before things get loud and bloody in here. I hear this is a holy place, we should try to keep it holy, shouldn’t we?”

There was another long laughter from the man on the other side of the cubicle. “I’m really liking this new version of guardians, it makes encounters less tense and not only about business, it’s a pity I don’t have much time as I have been summoned and must get going now. Maybe we will continue our little chat some other time, don’t you think?”

The girl in black scoffed, slowly taking position for any sudden attack, as she staged different reprisal attacks in her head.

”Not so fast.”

She stretched her sword and pulled back forcefully, breaking the divide between them. She was not going to allow him walk away so easily without recovering what they had come there for, she wondered what he meant by being summoned a she readjusted her stance, standing face to face with him as they both stared at each other, planning their next moves.

Justin pulled out his PC and began typing into it; he was trying to get his mind off what was happening in the other room between the girl in black and whoever the priest was. A headline caught his attention and he quickly clicked on it, hoping it was only a click bait.

‘Russia announces total lockdown and bars the use of the internet and multimedia as they deal with internal issues, amidst sightings of flying humans’

It was already happening, what they were hoping to stop was already unfolding slowly before them. It felt like the efforts they were putting to stop it was irrelevant and things were moving as smoothly as it could. He also became curious as to why these countries were locking the country and trying to prevent anyone from knowing what was happening. He quickly initiated a connection to the satellite, if Russia had just announced their total lockdown and had started revoking connections into the country, it would take a while before they were able to deactivate the satellite and move it out of their country’s range and he had to gather as much information as he could while they did. He connected his external hard drive and initiated a software that stored multiple pictures from different aerial angles in the country.

*

Zion slowly paced around the room slowly, he looked restless, but that was a perfect contrast to how he felt. He turned to look at his wristwatch, it was already past six; he had been waiting for approximately fifteen minutes and he hated waiting. He sighed again as a phone call came in. He flipped the phone to check the caller and Nikita’s name appeared boldly on the screen. He hoped it was for good news a bad one would flip everything and might drive him out of his way. He dragged the receiver button and placed the phone slowly on his ear.

“We’ve gone live in Russia, Project Arachna has been initiated in China and we are also on our way in Russia. I spoke to the prime minister of Australia, the Vice president of USA and the president of Nigeria and told them to speed up the plan, we will be going live in all three countries within three days.”

Zion lips folded into a subtle smile, how gullible humans were when they wanted something so bad, their will was unmatched and their capacity, infinite.

“And what about the other thing I asked you to take care of.” He asked.

“On it, I have come up with the perfect plan, he should be out of our hair before sunset tomorrow.”

Zion dropped the receiver and his mind felt more at peace than it had been, one of his guard walked in hastily.

“I just got word from the guard we sent to invite the pope, we have a problem.”

*

The girl in black stared at the man standing in front of her, her was no longer wearing his pope dress, he was dressed in a rather former way and held a briefcase of his own, one that she suspected held the Vynet they had come to find. He had a smirk at the corner of his mouth, one that she was tempted to slap off.

“Even with the manners they teach you guys at the academy, you all are still spoilt little brats, especially you. Your dad is trying his best to rid the planet of scums and instead of fighting by his side; you decide to take the side of his enemies.”

The girl in black repositioned, trying her best not to get influence by his tricky way. She held her sword tightly and jumped towards him, lunging it forward and swiping it horizontally. He was able to get out of the way easily, like a dance move, making sure he was still holding on to the briefcase and his clothes were not rumpled. He burst into laughter as he wiped off the little sweat that had formed on his face with his handkerchief.

“Still the same old training I see.” He checked his wristwatch again. “I really have to go now, we will settle this some other time.”

He turned to leave and the girl in black saw it as the perfect chance to attack. She stretched her sword again, but was intercepted by another sword that showed up out of nowhere. Gaining her balance, she held on to the sword and altered her stance, looking around as the man walked away. She was sure that the block had not come from him, if it hadn’t, where had it come from? She heard footsteps come out of the cotton and there he stood, an exact replica of the pope. Another footstep approached, then another, and another, all the same face and wielding a sword of theirs. Although confused, she maintained her stand and blocked the first lunge towards her.

*

I stared at the pictures I was holding intensely as my hand trembled, everything around me suddenly felt irritating and I was beginning to black out as my heart raced and probably pumped a reduced ejection fraction. I felt anger and at the same time, I was scared, i didn’t know what I would if anything happened to them; I couldn’t even handle the thought. I was holding a picture of my family; they were blindfolded and made to knee with masked gunmen standing at each end. I felt instantly helpless and my back ached again. A piece of paper slipped from the pile of pictures and I bent to pick it up. It had something inscribed on it.

‘From dust we come and to dust we return.’

I was shaken down to the bone marrow as I read this statement, it was a direct threat and it almost drove me mad. There was also something written just at the bottom of the small piece of paper. I wiped up the tears that had fallen from my eyes off it and read through

‘Your family will be waiting for you in Yokohama resort by twelve noon tomorrow, come alone or they die’

I whimpered , my legs felt too weak to carry the rest of my body as the pictures slipped out of my hands. I could no longer think straight and all I wanted at that moment was for my family to be safe, the uncertainty killed me slowly. The house phone rang and it took me a lot of courage to approach it and pick it up as I rubbed off the tears on my face.

“Hello.”

There was no response from the other side. I slowly pulled the receiver from my ears and stared at it, it was still counting. I placed the receiver back on my ears.

“Hello.”

“How do you like what I sent you?” A female voice finally came through and I recognized Nikita’s voice.

“You bit**, if you as much harm a hair on their heads, I swear i will hunt you and your generation down until there is no one left to carry on your bloodline.”

There was a very long laughter from the other side, further enraging me.

“That’s not all the gift I have for you. Turn on your television set and check out the latest news on CNN.”

I walked slowly to the TV set and picked up the remote control from the chair. I switched the channel to CNN, it was a breaking news, the country had been put on red alert because a terrorist linked to multiple killings in six other countries had been spotted in the country. I was confused and was about to speak into the receiver when the terrorist face was put up. I fell to the seat and stared at the screen in disbelief, how was that possible? My face was on the screen for over one billion viewers and I was tagged dangerous and armed, they even went as far as placing a bounty on my head and promised to reward anyone with information about me. My life was slowly turning into a nightmare before my eyes and there was nothing I could do to stop it.

“I guess you must be in shock right now, I know I would be if I was in your shoes. You should know by now that I do not give empty threats, and when I promise to fu** up your life, I fu**it up without remorse. Your family would be at the said position by noon tomorrow; it would be intriguing watching you get there with the whole country keeping an eye out for you. If you don’t turn up at the said time, they would be sent over to you in a body bag. Tik...tok, tik....tok... The time is counting.”

The line went dead.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 8:33am On Sep 09
enirock:
So Zion does not know the full extent of Zeke powers or is He just feigning ignorance So Nikita's involvement has a bearing to immotality? I believe the content of the envelop Zeke received had something to do with his family. Please who is that lady Zion kept remembering on the way to meet Nikita, don't tell me there's an attraction we are not aware of. (I won't be shocked if Zeke is somehow related to Zion,or his offspring). Thanks King for the update. It just keeps getting better and more interesting. I believe Shelby will outdo this children and most probably break Zions hold on her.(my thoughts though)

Thanks for following man.

Lakesc:
If it is comfirm that Zeke's family are held hostage by Nikita and Zion, then their situation have clearly gone from bad to worse. Would he try and rescue his family or the world.. Thanks Op, luving it......

Thanks for following

Khriztarl:
Pictures of zeke's parents have been sent ni. Ahh, op this suspense big pass me oo grin. Thanks for the update.

Thanks for following ma'am
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 8:34am On Sep 09
Also, ghostreaders, don't ya'll think it's time to say something?
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 8:39am On Sep 09
ANYWAYS, YOUR COMMENTS ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATED!!
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by Lakesc(m): 9:00am On Sep 09
Without Zeke understanding what he is and reaching his full potential, i clear dont see how he or the others will manage to survive all this and defect Zion. Those other guardians are taking so long to get there, hope they are not copying their Nigerian counterpart_showing up when d action is over. Thanks Op.......
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by enirock(m): 9:50am On Sep 09
Thanks for the dedication. I think somehow this will drive Zeke to getting in touch with his powers and somehow learning to use them little by little. Somehow Zion has been able to clone the pope and they somehow have human doing their bidding. When a man wants immortality,he goes extra length to please the giver. Thanks for the update Frankline.
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by jupitre(m): 10:30pm On Sep 09
It's getting intense..
Zeke has to understand what he is first before he can understand how to do into his power
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by PenHub: 8:53am On Sep 10
Nice update frankline. The success of this mission depends on zeke. Just hope he doesn't fall on the wrong hands.
The suspense is growing.....
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 12:50pm On Sep 13
PenHub:
Nice update frankline. The success of this mission depends on zeke. Just hope he doesn't fall on the wrong hands.
The suspense is growing.....

Thanks for the comment

jupitre:
It's getting intense..
Zeke has to understand what he is first before he can understand how to do into his power

Thanks for following

enirock:
Thanks for the dedication. I think somehow this will drive Zeke to getting in touch with his powers and somehow learning to use them little by little. Somehow Zion has been able to clone the pope and they somehow have human doing their bidding. When a man wants immortality,he goes extra length to please the giver. Thanks for the update Frankline.

Thanks for following and dropping a comment man

Lakesc:
Without Zeke understanding what he is and reaching his full potential, i clear dont see how he or the others will manage to survive all this and defect Zion. Those other guardians are taking so long to get there, hope they are not copying their Nigerian counterpart_showing up when d action is over. Thanks Op.......

Thanks for following man
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by frankline461: 12:51pm On Sep 13
An update dropping soon, stay tuned!
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by yungbanks(m): 1:45pm On Sep 13
frankline461:
An update dropping soon, stay tuned!
I dey here ooo
Re: The Girl In Black By SAMUEL Franklin by yungbanks(m): 1:45pm On Sep 13
frankline461:
An update dropping soon, stay tuned!
I dey ooo make it quick

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