The teacher adjusted his glasses, taking a cursory look at the class of 45 students. The students wearing various styles of the latest fashion.
"Children of nowadays eh!" He sighed.
Straightening up, he cleared his voice putting on the classic teacher stern look:
"Let's do something different today. How many of you know about the rich culture of the Yoruba kingdom, of ancient times?"
At that, a girl jumped up. She had glasses on too, obviously the class nerd with an all back braid plait. "I do, sir. About the times when the Orisha were not yet walking the Earth, right?" She asked gingerly.
The teacher laughed, wiping his mustache with a white handkerchief. "That is close but not quite it, Stephen. Nice try!"
The class suddenly erupted in laughter as they mocked Stephen with various oohs and Aahs. Sullen faced, She sat down after making faces to the close classmates about her.
"Ooh, come on, class. Did you know that the Gods or the Orisha had a soldier force of spirit beings or Emi Oguns that ran their errands in the various aspects the gods were concerned with? And that they were called Irunmoles?"
"Sir, excuse me." Stephen rose a hand again. "You are using the verb were in your narrative. Does that mean that gods don't exist no more or all that history was just a lie?"
"Oh, Sorry! Truth is, the Gods have stopped walking our realm. Rather they use Irunmoles, Messengers of Light who you can also call Angels."
The teacher smirked, raising one finger up.
"Except they are not the conventional idea of what you perceive angels to be. They grow, reproduce, eat and all that we do but their primary purpose is to assist The Orishas that they serve once time comes."
"Oh!" Stephen cooed, seating back in her chair.
"I did a little research, you know, the Yoruba culture of Nigeria is really rich and much more than what you see on the pages of google, bing etcetera. In fact, what search engines bring to you are merely diluted and fragmented parts of the real thing." The teacher smiled.
"There's a certain story you will never find on search engines. A very ancient one. One that tells of an Irunmoles, Trixius the great who challenged the gods to battle." He paused, wiping his face again.
Lifting a finger up, he continued. "One Irunmole against the host of Orisha. The various gods and all the gods could do was to seal his soul. He was so powerful that he couldn't be destroyed but sealed."
"Trixius was so powerful that the gods placed all manner of seals on him. But rumors had it that Trixius will break his bonds. How? No one knew but the gods knew that Trixius planned for every eventuality.
But that was long ago. As to whether the gods are still uptight, that's for..."
"Excuse me sir." A voice from the back of the class cut in.
"Yes?" The teacher looked in the direction frowning slightly.
"Sir, I think I need to... <yawwnnnnnnn>... oops! Sorry sir!" The student buckled over, covering his mouth simultaneously, earning himself a round of laughter from the class.
Immediately, he dashed out before any more talk could be made.
"Oh, Bayo... I wonder how you will pass history if you keep acting this way." The teacher sighed before wiping his face again.
Outside the classroom, Bayo jogged further to lodge himself at the stairways.
"What a boring class!" He smiled. "Glad to be out of there. Like, who does Yoruba mythology anymore?"
Average heightened, black eyes with a curvy yet round face, Bayo had looks that could get a girl all over him.
But one thing he didn't always have was the passion for schooling and education.
Not that he didn't want to study but it was all a bother to him.
Why study when people don't earn from what they study?
That was his perspective to education and as result found himself struggling between the middle of the class or bottom of class grades.
"Feel like eating something. Better head to the tuck shop." He said to himself.
Just then, he pulled himself from leaning against the wall and trudged down the stairs.
In a short time, he had exited his block of class room and was heading to the administrative block where a tuck shop was located.
Bayo jogged over quickly to the shade of the Admin block only to be taken aback. Behind a pillar was a girl giving a quick kiss to a boy who held her by the waist.
Laughing softly, the girl hit his hands away. "We are in school, okay?" She smiled but the smile froze seeing the surprise look the boy had.
"Bayo is looking at us." The boy mouthed.
At that, She turned around to give a cursory look at Bayo.
"So what? Bayo is my ex!"
He just couldn't believe his ears. His own girlfriend who he caught cheating on him would even tag him as an ex before his face?
His heart raced, thumping furiously as his eyes moistened.
No, he wasn't going to cry before the bitch of a girl.
"How... dare... you, Shade?" Bayo fisted his hands, visibly shaken.
At that, Shade made an innocent face, pouting. "Ooh, did I break your heart? Sorry baby boy. But you see, Wale here is better prospects for me. At least he doesn't tell me the history of his family when I ask for money." She rolled her eyes now.
Taken aback, Bayo tilted his head towards The Wale. "So you used money to get her , right? Damn you, Wale. I thought we were friends."
"We were. But you see, money is important in a relationship. And that aside, Shade deserves a better person than you. You are just a depressed, sad, broke and boring and delusional guy seeking for some attention from a girl.
You are worth nothing, man. Hopeless case.
And you think she'll remain with you? Come one, she was only managing you all along.
At least until I came in." Wale smirked, clearly unashamed.
"Aww... that's so sweet of you, Wale" shade mouthed, giving a quick kiss once more.
"NOOOO..." Bayo screamed, his legs propelling him towards the gates of the school.
His eyes streaming hot tears as the wind lashed against his face.
His girl and his friend?
No...That was just simply too-much for him to take!
He brushed against some students as well as he neared the gate.
"Hey, what happened? School isn't over yet." A baritone voice broke into his line of thoughts.
It was the old security guard and his ever faithful whip.
Seeing him, Bayo went into a hyperdrive. With a clouded mind, all he could think of was getting far from here and this old geezer wasn't going to stop him.
God. He hated his life.
But why him?
"Sir, I was sent on errand by my teacher." Bayo lied.
"Eehn..." The guard looked suspectingly at him as he moved closer. "Where is the permit letter then?"
"It's here sir." Bayo lied once more , dipping his hands into his trouser pockets.
The guard got into close range dangling his whip. "I say, GIVE ME THE LETTER. You think you can lie for me ba?"
The whip swirled in the air, traveling with lightning speed as it descended down.
Just then, Bayo diver forward, spearing into the old security guard, completely taking him by surprise.
The guard fell hard on his butt , grunting in pain as his own whip lashed his legs. He twirled around, rushing to his feet only to see that Bayo had unlocked the gate and dashing out already.
"Come back here!" The guard screamed, running after him as fast as he could.
He dashed out of the gate only to be met with a scream and the fast paced motion of an eighteen wheeler truck smashing the young boy.
"OGod! "The guard's face twisted in horror, watching as the student slammed hard on the asphalt a few meters, still in front of the truck.
The brake of the truck was engaged as the types squealed.
However, the momentum of its kinetic force pushed the truck grudgingly forward, climbing over the body of Bayo and turning him to ground paste of blood, flesh and bones.
It is theorized, scientifically, that the Brain is the last organ to die. All other organs begin to fail, each one fading off and failing to support the biological machination of human flesh and blood but the brain remains, seconds later, fighting before giving in, eventually.This was not any different in Bayo's case.HONKKKKKK....Was the last sound Bayo heard before his body went haywire. In a flash, the world tumbled over and over, fading off only to come clearer for a few seconds.'God... God... No... No... Stop!' Bayo screamed mentally.At the corner of his vision, he saw the old security guard screaming but not for long as darkness began to fade in gradually.He gasped after it appeared he reached his maximum height and then began to tumble down. He felt all shades of sick as his insides spun round and round.'No... no...no... somebody... anybody... help... anything to grab... please' Bayo panicked mentally as
Blink!In the darkness about, light suddenly sparked, bringing warmness to the dread, sad air.Bayo's conscience flickered, a glimmer of hope in the spark of light he saw. His sense of feel began coming to focus.He tried to feel where he was, floating in a space of nothing. Peeking forward, he felt gloomy dark around.He panicked.'Wait, where am I?'Trying to take forward look, he reached for his face but nothing.'My hands still not working?' He thought.But that didn't seem like it. He tried to move his legs but felt nothing.'Maybe I'm so injured I can't move.' He thought, resigning himself to fate.He tried again, moving his body, any part, but this time a restricting force began to come on him.In annoyance, Bayo mentally refused and felt the restricting forces that came latched on him at several points disappearing.He sighed mentally, obviously relaxed. As he did, a flood o
For a minute or so, Bayo felt nothing. Emptiness.Then Thoom!A sudden blast of various scents hit him all at once. He could feel the heat of the sun blazing harshly at him and the stale air around accompanied with the smell of fresh grass.Wow!This is how it felt to be alive.'Ah, I miss being alive.' Bayo reached for his face but felt nothing like arms.'Wait, I am still bodiless?' Disappointed, he sighed, mentally.'Yasmin, uhm... you there?''Yes?' Yasmin's cool, collected voice came once more in his head.'Why don't I have a body?' He asked.'If you had been patient earlier with the Ascender Induction, all of this would be explained already.' Yasmin replied.Bayo frowned mentally.'Well, help me, damn you.'Nothing.'Yasmin?' Bayo asked uncertainly.Why the forge was Yasmin quiet suddenly.'Yasmin, please, I'm scared. Don't leave me alon
Bayo exhaled now, baring out his fangs. He took a minute, observing his body carefully. He had strong muscles that pulsated with strength as he stood. His claws too were black and dangerously deadly.No way was any beast going to stand in it's way.He felt so super strong.Untouchable!Don't get too caught up, Bayo. Focus. For craps sake there might be an even mightier form out there.He cautioned himself. With that note, he turned around, sniffing in the stale forest airs.He had to admit it. All of this was wonderful but first he had to really explore his chances of survivability.'Status, Yasmin'For some frightening minutes, Yasmin was quiet.'Yasmin?' Bayo called out quietly'Yassssmiiinnnn...' he called out in a sing song mental voice.Still no response.'Shit! Don't leave m
Bayo trudged on, pushing his wobbly cub feet to walk. Each gait was seemingly tough to pull by. Honestly, if he knew that he was not going to become that all might 17 energy rated Dog earlier, instead of this wobbly weakling of a cub, he would have just passed by.InFact, Giving Yasmin control was so much better than this form he was in.Come to think of it, how was he going to survive here? He had only one thing on his mind.That is to eat Salamanders. Yuck! Beside that, he had nothing else. And that wasn't sounding good to him.What if he encountered a beast that decided on tasting him?What were his survival chances? He couldn't fight as a dog.How do dogs even fight?In his last life, he had only two legs but now having four seemed unsettling. But that didn't mean he was going to ditch this life however.Taking a quick glance around the forest again, he noticed the heavily
Everywhere around was dark, the ominous feeling that comes with death. Bayo felt himself floating away as if being sucked up by a vacuum tube.The more he floated off, the more densely the suction became and more thicker the darkness grew.He felt... Nothing, no feeling whatsoever except that he had to survive.He had given his all. But clearly, this world had being harsh to him from the start. Disappointed, he let himself float further away, totally resigned to whatever fate awaiting him.'You have attained max growth point to evolve to Young Adult of Iron Spike Tail Dog. Beginning evolution process.' Yasmin's voice cut in, a glimmer of hope in the dreary darkness.Suddenly, light exploded in the darkness, setting the shadows in hiding. A gravitational pull descended on him, slamming him down with tremendous force.GRRROOAAR... Bayo growled, his voice audibly rippling through the forest now.Words floated to his min
Calm down!Calm down!!Calm down!!!Bayo heart thumped heavily. He sat down on his hunch, observing the splattered mass of a Rat head before him.Thinking back on how he had lost himself was about to delve into the meat made him cringe.Was he losing himself to animalistic instincts now?Damn!He was tempted to call Yasmin and ask for an explanation but after the soul genie had told him off, he didn't dare to.There were some things he had to figure out on his own.He rose up, shaking himself as a dog would shake off water from his body.Wait...How did I do that?That was unconscious. Oh Crap! I'm turning into a proper dog!AaGH!Bayo screamed in fear, physical howling out in the open.'I just howled, right?'In a short distance, a gruff bark sounded accompanied by thuds in the Earth. It seemed as if some sort of army was marching to him.Bayo turned to
The two undead ants blurred across the ground, racing towards Bayo with tremendous bloodlust in their compound eyes. Behind them, at the anthill, the Queen Ant was returning into a tunnel while the army of MonsterEater ants that were marching towards him earlier began turning back to the anthill.'Just great! Now I'm considered dead meat by you all? I'll shred you to pieces, I swear.' Bayo cursed after the returning ants.But that wasn't his main focus.The First undead ant, the one he just battled with, has leapt over one of the rocks, preparing to leap over the little pool of water he had splashed in.Bracing himself, Bayo gritted his fangs when suddenly, a quick movement darted across his vision line.GBAM!The undead ant somersaulted in the air as it landed unceremoniously on the forest floor.What?In its place now, was a 3 meter long Lizard with triangle markings on its back. Each marking becoming smaller as it tran