Dark Mysteries – Classicpluz
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A bat hung upside down at the branch of an oak tree.
It’s wings covering it’s body as it snoozed peacefully. A
sudden movement below startled it and it quickly
snapped awake, eyes glaring .
Below, a white rabbit hopped around, it’s nose twitching
as it sniffed around for food. The bat adjusted itself and
stood upright on the branch, excited at the sight of a
new meal. It bared it’s fangs in excitement as the rabbit
continued moving about, unaware of the imminent
danger about to occur.
With a sharp snarl, it swooped down and the rabbit
suddenly, seeing the approaching predator, took off. It
was a short chase as the bat was gearing closer, it’s
feet close to grabbing the rabbit by the neck. Then it
Before it could lay it’s claws on the poor animal, a growl
was heard nearby and a grey wolf jumped out of the
swiped the bat away with it’s claw. The bat landed
roughly against a tree bark and quickly regained it’s
balance, flying to perch on the branch and snarling at
the intruder. The rabbit, seeing at it was saved ironically
from another predator, quickly scurried away into a
nearby hole to hide, grateful to be able to see the light
of another day.
The bat looked at the wolf with glowing red eyes but it
wasn’t enough to scare it away as the wolf glared back,
baring it’s teeth. It’s grey fur bright in the night and it’s
eyes a glistening blue. It stood at alert and growled
menancily. The atmosphere between the two animals
were tense as they dictated who would start the battle
and more importantly, who would come out alive.
With a loud screech, the bat flew down at the wolf and
the wolf charged towards it with an angry ferocity…
Daniel gasped as he woke up from his dream. He
rubbed his eyes and looked around. He was in his room
and everywhere was still dark. He could still hear the
loud snores of one of his room mates but that didn’t
bother him. He was used to it by now. He checked his
phone and saw that it read 4:AM. Sighing, he laid back
and ruminated on his dream.
‘What could this mean?’ he pondered. ‘The bat?, the
wolf? Fighting?. Is this some kind of unforeseen battle
He ran his hand over his hair in frustration as he
remembered a particular book his grandfather gave him.
It was a book titled :DREAMS AND THEIR MEANING. He
cursed himself for forgetting to bring it along with him
to the school. That book could really come in handy
Speaking of his grandfather, it had been a while since
he saw him. He smiled as he remembered the times
when he visited him and they would talk about old
times. Particularly the years between Daniel’s father
“ Joe was such a workaholic” His grandfather would
say. “He could be so stubborn sometimes too. I
remember each time I would wake up early around 3 to
use the latrine. I would pass his room and see his light
still on. Each time I check his room, he is doing one
kind of experiment or the other. I would scold him and
tell him to get back to sleep and he would obey. You
would think he had listened only for him to repeat the
same thing again. Joe, my boy. The stubborn doctor” He
added and they would laugh.
Right now was not the time to reminisce. This feeling
had appeared again in his mind and he needed to clear
it. He picked his phone and dialed his mom.
“Hello?” Her voice sounded tired. “Dan, sweetie. How
are you? Is everything okay?”
“Yes” he replied. “I just thought I should check on you
and see if you were fine”
“Around 4 in the morning?” she was amused. “Is
anything the matter?”
“No” he forced a smile to his face. “ Everything is fine”
“You sure?” she pressed on.
“Yeah” he replied too quickly.
Esther sighed into the receiver, knowing her son’s
reputation for keeping things to himself. But she didn’t
want to press him further.
“Alright, Baby.” She smiled. “ remember, if you need
anything or you want to talk to me about anything, I am
here for you. Okay?”
“Okay, I will” he smiled softly. “Love you mum”
“Love you too, my baby boy” She giggled.
“Mom, I’m 16” he rolled his eyes.
“Not yet anyway” she replied. “Until next week.”
“Alright. Take care and send my greetings to Jacob” she
Daniel looked under his bunk to see Jake snoozing,
wrapped in blanket and leaving only his head exposed.
An amusing sight.
“ Alright I will. Take care too, Mum” he said.
“ I will.” She replied. “Bye”
“Bye” he said and cut the call.
He sighed in relief. Thank goodness. His mum was fine.
The sun had risen and by that time, Dan and Jake had
gotten ready for their first lecture of the day. For once,
They finally had the time to eat which put Daniel in a
“Dan, na wa for you o” Jake said as they walked along
the hallway of their hostel.
“What happened?” Dan replied.
“This your way is not pure again” Jake laughed as they
turned to another corner that led to the exit.
“Haba” Daniel laughed slightly. “what brought about
that one again na”
“ Since that time you followed Ann that day, you just
dey disappear every now and then. Sometimes you will
be coming back late at night. I dey suspect you” Jake
Since his encounter with luke, Daniel had decided that
he really needed physical as well as mental fitness. He
had requested for Ann to teach him karate which she
happily obliged. That is not to say the training was a
smooth ride. The beginning process which was the
defensive had been a long and painful one as she had
managed to land hits on various parts of his body and
sent him falling on his back with a painful groan. After a
few weeks, he got the hang of it and began to dodge
her attacks gradually and reverse her grips. Then he
managed to land hits on her though he reduced his
efforts on that as he didn’t like hitting girls. So far it
was all good.
“I’m just putting her through in most of the courses”
“Na so” Jake replied.
They were suddenly intercepted by a brutish looking guy
with a scar running down his left cheeks and bloodshot
eyes. Falcon, as he was called, due to his sharp eyes
used to detect victims that he would extort money from,
was the hostel’s infamous bully known for his
aggressive nature and getting into fights with most of
the hostel inmates. Only a few in the hostel stood up to
him and his thuggish ways.
Right now, he had located his first victims of the day
and Jake knew what was coming next.
“Where una dey go?” he said with a frown as he
blocked their way. Daniel scowled at this, his bright
mood already ruined. He didn’t want any of this
“Class” he replied.
“Na so. Scholars” he laughed. “ Anyway, you know how
things dey go for this hostel. Just settle me something,
I wan buy food” he commanded as his face regained his
“Sorry, No cash” Daniel retorted, surprising both Jake
and Falcon. Jake because he had never seen this side of
his best friend before. Falcon, because he felt insulted
by this little boy who had the guts to stand up to him.
Who did he think he was?
“Na me you dey follow talk like that?” Falcon roared
scaring Jake who backed down a little. But Daniel stood
his ground. Some rebellious spirit had suddenly taking
him and he felt like lashing out. A small crowd had
gathered by the scene and some boys were already
feeling sorry for Daniel, knowing what was going to
“Listen” Daniel began. “We have class by 8 and this is
7;30. If we don’t hurry, we will be late”
“You dey form English for me” Falcon bellowed, gripping
Daniel by his shirt. “ E be like say you don forget how I
dey run things for this hostel. Pay your dues now or I
go show you my red eyes. No time”
“Abeg, guy. Do the right thing na” One of the bystanders
pleaded to Daniel, a few agreeing with him.
If Daniel wasn’t pissed before, he was definitely pissed
now. All he wanted was to wake up early and go to
class in peace. Was that too much to ask? Now he
would definitely be late all because of this stupid pig of
Gripping the hand that held his shirt, Daniel did the
unthinkable. To the surprise of their audience and Jake,
he lifted Falcon and slammed him into the nearby waste
bin head first. Shouts of surprise rang through the
crowd as they took in the sight of Falcon in the waste
bin. Only his legs sticking out. Daniel smiled a bit. That
karate lesson definitely paid off.
“Dude lets go” He pulled Jake along as they parted the
way through the crowd who quickly made way for them.
Jake obliged as a zombified look came on his face.
What happened to the Daniel he knew?
“Late late comer” Tomiwa teased the boys as they
finally made their way into the class. As predicted, they
arrived twenty minutes late and after some insults from
the lecturer, they were told to wait outside as
punishment before being pardoned and allowed to come
“It wasn’t our fault” Jake grumbled.
“Oh really?” she smiled. “ Who’s fault was it?”
“ Long story” Jake muttered.
“ Na so” She laughed.
Daniel sat down beside Sharon with a frown. He prayed
that today would not get any worse because if someone
managed to anger him, he would not go as easy on
that person as he went on Falcon. Sharon for once
decided not to bother him as she saw his mood.
“I smell fury” a feminine voice sang in his ear and he
turned around to look into the teasing chocolates of
“Then your nose works well” he managed a small smile.
“Terrible morning?” she asked.
“Yeah” he replied as he faced his front so he wouldn’t
be caught and sent outside again. “ I’ll tell you later” he
“Alright” she smiled.
Sharon frowned a little at their interaction. Ever since
Annabelle showed up into their group, She had managed
to gather most of Daniel’s attention and break into his
shell. How did she do it?
The rest of the day went quite normal and Daniel
lightened up. After lectures were over,he told Annabelle
about his encounter that early morning and she laughed
at it before congratulating him. She then invited over to
her place for a celebration of him becoming a “real man”
which he agreed on. Then they left the hall.
Currently, he was on his way to her place with a smile
on his face. When he got back to the hostel earlier in
the evening, he saw no sign of Falcon. Instead he was
greeted by the inmates of his hostel as they showered
praises and respect for him for his feat that morning. He
smiled at the memory as he quickly stopped at a nearby
bush to ease himself. The area was lonely as there were
not many people passing by. He finished and was about
to leave when he heard a voice behind him.
“ Boys, see as God wan take punish this guy now” the
voice snarled. Daniel turned around and was met with
the horrific sight of Falcon staring at him with an angry
look. With him were 4 other brutes and they all held
knives. Daniel panicked as he began to sweat. Training
was not enough to support him against 5 big guys who
were armed and the chances of him surviving this night
were next to naught.
“You dey form Jet li for me this morning abi” Falcon
said as he and the 4 guys began to corner Daniel.
“Don’t worry. We go see how your chinko style go help
you now.” Daniel was already against the wall with no
where to escape and was about to pray for his life.
“Leave him alone” a calm voice intercepted from the
“Who be that?” Falcon growled as he stopped in his
advance along with his boys.
The owner of the voice stepped out from the darkness
and to their surprise, it was Annabelle . She clenched
her fists as an angry look was on her face. A look
Daniel had never seen before.
“If you know what is good for you, I suggest you leave
now.” She continued.
Falcon and the boys roared in laughter.
“See this chick o” Falcon said in between laughs. “ You
think say we dey play here. You better commot for here
before I send my boys reach your side”
“Go ahead and try” She said, defiantly.
Falcon signaled to one of his boys and he charged
towards her only to be swiftly knocked down to the
ground unconscious by a heavy kick to the jaw. A look
of surprise came on Falcon’s face before it was replaced
with anger. He commanded the remaining three to
attack at once and a full fight began. Daniel and Falcon
stood by as they watched Annabelle brutalize the three
guys, one by one. The first charged with his knife and
she sidestepped him before hitting his back with her
elbow, stunning him enough to drop his knife. Before he
could recover, Annabelle had blocked the punch of the
second guy and jabbed him in the face before lifting him
by the shirt and throwing him towards the former. They
collided head to head and dropped to the ground in an
unconscious heap. The third lasted though as he
managed to endure her hits slightly. He tried to kick her
but she dodged it, switching positions with him with her
back to falcon. Falcon took this as his cue to attack
and charged forward with his knife.
“ANN! WATCH OUT!!” Daniel cried out, but it was too
Annabelle had punched the third guy in the jaw and
delivered multiple kicks to his head which knocked him
down. She turned around at the sound of Daniel’s cry a
little too late and couldn’t prevent Falcon’s knife from
piercing into her stomach. She screamed in pain and
Daniel gasped in horror.
“NO!!” he cried out.
Annabelle’s legs buckled and she slipped slowly to the
“I no tell you?” Falcon laughed as he held on to the
knife in her stomach. “ I tell you say you no suppose
cross my lane. I be the king….”
He was interrupted as all of a sudden, Annabelle
suddenly grabbed his hand and pulled it away from her
stomach and without hesitation… she broke his wrist.
Falcon screamed as he bent side ways, but she wasn’t
done yet. She stood back up with her eyes closed and
held him by the shirt before tearing the top of the shirt
away to reveal his neck. She straightened her self and
opened her eyes. Daniel gasped in terror as he saw her
eyes. It was glowing red and veins began to pulse
around it. It was the same appearance he had seen on
‘Oh no’ he thought in fear. ‘ this cannot be. This is not
Falcon on the other hand began to struggle against her
grip but it was no use as she quickly opened her mouth
to reveal fangs and bit into his neck. He screamed and
struggled harder until his body became limp and she
dropped him on the floor. His eyes were still open but
one sharp look would tell someone that he was dead.
Annabelle sighed in relief as she wiped her mouth. She
pulled up her shirt to reveal the rapidly healing wound
on her stomach. It soon closed up and her flesh became
“Ann?” A frightened voice startled her. She gasped in
reality as she glanced at the forgotten reason she was
here in the first place. She walked towards him but he
quickly moved back in fear.
“Dan, please wait…” she stretched her hand towards
“Ann?” he repeated as fear etched over his face. “
You’re a vampire?”
To Be Continued