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Restless-Episode 60

Story By 

Oyin Oluwatosin Emmanuel

March 28, 2016

“Dave, can you hear me?” Henry said into the mouthpiece attached on his shirt as he sped past the vehicles on the road.
He could see the black vehicle that had come out last through the gate on the road, a very far distance away from him. The roads were free as expected that midnight.
He took his right hand off from the handle briefly to touch a button on the mouthpiece attached to his chest. He switched his communicator connection to Cole’s team.
“Hey Cole! Can you hear me?” he said into the mouthpiece.
“Yeah boss,” Cole answered in a somewhat distressed tone.
Henry could tell he was busy and probably just had a little break from a hand fist.
“I think I’ve seen our targets…” Henry paused again as he heard a different sound from the earpiece. He didn’t think Cole heard him, a loud groan followed. He was sure from the sound that it wasn’t Cole that groaned. “If you can hear me Cole, I’m out of the facility. Connect and talk to me as soon as you are free enough.”
He cut his message short and waited few seconds before he turned off the connection. He had also dropped the same message for Dave and he hoped they had heard him and would be free enough to reply before he got too busy to listen to them. He moved to the center of the road as he increased his speed gradually until it got to the highest.
Soon, he could sight the cars again at a very far distance from him. They were also on top speed and they seemed to have noticed his increased speed.
He continued in the chase and the distance between them began to reduce gradually. The distance was about five hundred metres between them at the point he spotted them making a U-turn into another road which led out of Enox.
Henry reduced his speed by some few metre per seconds to give him a break to recall the routes he had studied on the maps. He identified the route they had taken to be one that led into another town He moved back to the center of the road and continued his pursuit at the highest speed.
The last man standing charged towards Dave again. He was already looking battered and weak but still refused to give up, he was committed to ensuring Dave did not go past that place.
Dave took quick steps back away from the attack of the man. He stretched his foot forward to send back the kick of the man. The man followed with a blow directed to Cole’s face but it was dodged as Cole bent his head and delivered a punch into the man’s belly. He straightened up and followed with two more punches to the man’s chest and an additional one to the man’s face. The man staggered back and landed on his butt. He tried to get up immediately but Dave sent him rolling on the floor with a kick on his chest. His right hand bone shifted as he landed heavily on it and his face hit the ground. He tried to turn his face up quickly but he met with a hot blow which made him lose his senses completely. He laid back flat completely and two extra punches landed on his face and his chest.
“Who’s got the key to the entrance?” Dave asked, holding his neck.
The man opened his eyes and stared weakly and frightfully at Dave. Dave repeated his question.
“Who has the key to the entrance?”
The man made an effort to communicate something but seemed too weak to do so. Dave pulled him by the neck and made him sit up.
“Who has the key?” he asked again, pointing towards the gate which was far away.
The man managed to look round slowly, his eyes searching for the person to point to. He saw that all the other six men were also down. He stared into Dave’s eyes helplessly, without knowing how to describe how to get the key.
He suddenly got an idea as Dave made the grip on his neck tighter.
“The man…with the whistle,” he managed to squeeze out from his lips.
Dave let out a breath and pushed the man’s head to the ground. He got up slowly, trying to find where the man with the whistle dead body laid. He was the first man Dave shot that night. He had done it with the knife he found on the man’s body while fighting with him, that was after Jenny shot down another man who had come to join him. The same knife had stabbed two others who engaged Dave in a fight before the handle got broken.
He located the body of the man with the whistle and took a step in the direction but suddenly turned again like he changed his mind, he picked up an empty gun barrel on the floor and struck the head of the man in front of him.
He dropped the gun after being sure that the man had fallen unconscious. He looked around and suddenly realized that he wasn’t seeing Jenny around.
His eyes widened as he feared that she could have been badly hurt or even dead.
“Jennifer,” he called out loud as he looked around. He didn’t hear any response, neither did he notice any sound. “Jenny,” he called again.
“Dave,” she crawled from behind the bushes.
Dave heaved a sigh of relief. “You scared me,” he shouted at her as he proceeded towards the direction the man who blew the whistle had fallen, it was also towards her direction. “What are you doing there? It could be dangerous you know, we only had to hide there because we had no choice.”

“These bushes are fumigated regularly to keep off all kinds of rodents and snakes,” Samantha said as she rose up dusting her body.
There was silence for more than a minute.
“I thought something had happened to you,” Dave said as he stopped by the dead body to search it.
“No, I was only taking sometime to rest there. I was watching you,” she replied. She had fought physically with only one man and had taken her few minutes to get him down.
“Found the keys,” Dave announced as he rose up, holding the key in his hand.
“Are we going in?” Jenny asked as she walked out of the bushes. They met each other at a spot in front.
Dave checked the communication device and found out it had already been crushed during the process of the fight.
“Mine still works,” Jenny said, switching on the device.
“Connect to Henry, let’s hear from him.” Dave said to her.
She switched the button on the device to connect to Henry.
“Hey boss, you there?” She said into the mouthpiece. She stared at Dave after some seconds, “I guess he’s busy.”
“We’ve got to proceed,” Dave said as he tightened his grip on the keys and stared at the entrance gate from their dance. “Try connecting to Cole.”
“Still there boss?” Cole asked after taking two extra men down at the back of a room. He had heard the boss say something like he had located their targets, but he wasn’t still wasn’t sure and he needed to confirm. “Hello boss…” he was saying again when he spotted another man coming out through the back window of the next room.
He ignored the connection and raised the sword in his hand as the man turned and moved towards him. The man took the first strike towards his forehead and he met it with his sword. Another was directed to his belly and he stopped it again with the sword. The striking and blocking without any contact continued for a while until Cole had the opportunity to launch his a strike. The sword scraped part of the man’s arm and the clothes of his shoulder.
The man groaned as he took some steps back. Cole followed immediately and struck in direction of the man’s neck. It was stopped with the man’s sword. As fast as he could, he struck towards the man’s belly again and it was blocked, then he swiftly drove it into the left side of the man’s breast region. The man let out a scream.
The man groaned out loud as Cole pulled out the sword. With all his strength, he directed his sword to to top of Cole’s head and missed as Cole swerved. He struck again to Cole’s neck and had his blade blocked again.
Another man jumped out from the back window of the room before holding his own sword. He charged towards Cole to join his colleague in the fight.
Cole turned his sword backward to stop the strike and bent to dodge another swing from the front. He pushed his sword towards the belly of the first man but the man escaped by blocking with his sword and also pulling back. The man behind brought down his sword to Cole’s head but Cole moved aside and swung his to the man’s waist but was blocked.
A minute after, Cole continued to struggle in between the strikes and blocks from the two men until the first man suddenly went weak. Cole looked and saw the sharp pointed edge of a sword which had entered through the back of the man falling weak, then he saw Samantha hiding in the darkness behind as she pulled out the sword. She must have joined them at the back by jumping out from one of the back windows of another room. Cole bent to dodge another swing from the second man and he turned to face the man squarely since the other one was dead already.
Samantha jumped and turned immediately after pulling out the sword from the man’s back, she swung her sword backward to block the strike from another opponent who had joined them from behind. Her sword dropped away from the impact of the strike. The man in front of her made a victorious smile on seeing that she was now without arm. He struck at her again but she swerved to the right and leaned her back against the wooden wall of the camp rooms. The man drove his sword straight towards her but she moved before it could get to her body and he drove it into the wood. Samantha delivered a kick quickly to his waist.
She spotted another man jump out from the back window of the next room beside as she followed up with another kick to the man’s chest. The man fell on his back to the floor with sword he pulled out dropping beside him. She followed after him to pick his sword but had to stop and bend to dodge the swing of the man who had just joined. She made a round slide movement with her right leg, her two hands supporting her on the floor as she took the new man from his feet down heavily. The previous man had picked his sword and tried to drive his sword into her body but she rolled away. He attempted to follow up but a sword was driven into him by the side of the belly.
The man whose feet Samantha had taken off the ground tried to get up but Cole drove the sword into his chest before he could.
“Are you okay?” Cole asked Samantha after pulling out the sword from the man’s body.
“Yeah, thanks.” Samantha got up, dusting the dirts off her palms.
Cole looked around quickly to confirm they were alone before he continued speaking.
“You have an idea where the rest of these men are?” he asked her.
“They’re probably hiding around, setting traps to get us or hiding in the bushes, waiting for us to leave. But they are few, maybe one or two, Samantha said proudly as she bent to take the sword of one of the men. She had taken down not less than a dozen of the men personally and Cole had also done about the same number. She raised her head quickly. “Jenny is trying to connect,” she said as she looked at Cole’s face. She switched a button from the device attached to her shirt.
“Talk to me baby, I’m here.” Samantha said into the mouthpiece. She looked at Cole’s face as something was said to her from the other end.
Cole knew they must have tried to reach him when he was still fighting with the man he killed before coming to kill the two fighting with Samantha. He had heard Jenny’s voice but couldn’t turn on his device then because his hands were busy.
“Cole, have you received any instruction from the boss?” Samantha asked aloud, looking at his face again.
“Yes, I got attacked when he was trying to tell me something. I think he says he left in pursuit of the target already.” Cole replied her.
He turned backward, letting Samantha communicate his message as he switched the button on the communication device again to reach Henry.
Another bullet was fired again and Henry turned his hand to change the direction of the motorcycle. He was now less than ten metres close to his targets but had to reduce his speed when the men in the car began to shoot at him. It was at that moment they began to shoot that he heard Cole trying to connect to him and Jenny after. He couldn’t turn on his mouthpiece to speak back to them as he was on high speed and was still swerving to dodge bullets, he couldn’t take any of his hands off.
He reduced his speed drastically and the space in between them increased again. He used his right hand to switch the communication to Cole.
“Hey Cole,” he said, hoping Cole would respond quickly this time.
“Yes boss, I was just about to reach you.” Cole replied from the other end.
“Abort all operations and move out from the vicinity, I’m following after our targets and I may need you to join me.” Henry instructed.
“Right away boss,” Cole replied.
“Communicate this to your partner immediately,” he ordered and switched the connection to Jenny. “Are you with me Jennifer?”
“Yes boss, I tried to reach you already.”
“Tell Dave you two should leave the place immediately,” Henry said immediately. “I’m going after our targets alone already,” he added before he turned off the connection.
The vehicles had gone farther ahead of Henry again, about twenty five metres apart now. Henry reduced his speed again and bent over to pick something attached under the fuel tank of his motorcycle. He removed a purse containing a revolver and extra rounds of bullet. He cocked the gun and drastically increased his speed to catch up with the men.
He knew it was dangerous following those men alone. He couldn’t tell if they were leading him to a place where they had more of their men that would attack him. He had to stop them as soon as he could before they got to wherever they were leading him to.

“How the bleep was he able to finish those men and come after us?” Antonio lamented in the car again. He and Vincent were sitting at the backseat of the car in front with a lanky man driving them. Stan and four other men were sitting in the car behind them.
Vincent was sitting more calmly beside him, he had earphones plugged in his ears and his android device in his hand. He was dialing Kahn’s number.
“Boss, the bleeping dude is after us.” Vincent said into the mouthpiece. Vincent flashed a look at him and realized he was making a phone call.
“Don’t stop, keep moving.” Vincent heard Kahn’s reply. “We’ve got backup coming in your direction, try to hold him away for more time.”
“He’s already so close and we have only few ammunitions to keep him away, we may have to face him if he persists.” Vincent replied. He felt bad that the boss had instructed them to keep moving. He would have loved to stop and engage whoever the bike man was.
“That’s what he wants, try as much as you can not to.” Kahn said in a warning tone.
Vincent squeezed his face, he just couldn’t understand why Kahn continued to insist that they should avoid meeting the man and he was beginning to get more inquisitive and frustrated about it.
“I’m really not sure we can keep him away for long,” Vincent insisted, turning his neck back to check the rider again. He noticed the rider had increased his speed once more.
“Try as much as you can to, let the backups coming your way handle him.” Kahn repeated again.
“I heard you boss,” Vincent said before ending the call, not having it in mind to follow the instruction anymore. Kahn had said the backups would get to them in less than twenty minutes but Vincent wasn’t sure they could avoid the rider for that long. He turned to Antonio who had been staring backwards and had just turned back to face the road. “We got to pull out our guns now, we may have to face whoever it is.”
Vincent took the lead by taking out his revolver first, he opened the briefcase at the center of the backseat and took out a pack of cartridges.
He believed there was something Kahn knew about the rider which he wasn’t saying out, or Kahn was probably trying to prevent them from killing the rider but whichever case it was, he was ready to battle the rider who probably thought he was invincible.
“I was right,” Cole said as he turned towards Samantha. “The boss has left already and he’s on our targets trail, we would have to track and join him.”
“So,” Samantha raised a brow and raised her shoulders. “So, all we did here weren’t necessary?” She asked, referring to the fights that happened between them and the men.
“What do you mean?” Cole raised his brows.
“Henry’s got the trail of our targets even without any impact from what we did here,” she explained.
“No, we didn’t waste our time here. We actually made it quicker for Henry,” Cole replied. “It we weren’t here and if Dave and Jenny weren’t at the other entrance, the men would have chosen any of the two entrances to escape and would have done it easily without Henry’s noticing. I believe they thought going through the front was the safest.”

They proceeded on their way out from the back of the camp to the path in the bush.

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