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CHAPTER ONE
“It would take a long time before master gets home”,max thought.Usually his master arrives home before six pm everyday,but this was quarter to eight and there was no sign of his master’s arrival .Max peered constantly at his wristwatch while pacing from one place to another in the large living room.
Not long,the pendulum clock struck catching max attention,it was sharp eight and there was still no sign of his master. Max sat down on the chair on the large living room,heaving a sigh .The book on the table close to the chair he sat caught his eyes,”what could that be?”he thought.A novel?a textbook or what?He picked it up,and the holy bible was boldly written on it.
“Holy bible!”max exclaimed,”what is the holy bible?”he soliloquised.He flipped it open,and the first statement that caught his eyes was mark 9:35 “sitting down,Jesus called the twelve and said anyone who wants to be first must be the very last,and the servant of all”.”Hmm,max exclaimed,why must I be the very last?”he thought,”and who is Jesus?”he said loudly.He closed the bible,but what he read kept on ringing in his head.The pendulum clock struck again,it was nine p.m and still the master had not yet arrived.He relaxed himself on the chair,but nature took it course and not long after,max dozed off.…………………………………………………………………………………………
Brian closed the laptop on his big office table after shutting it down,he looked at the clock ,it was quarter to ten,he had been busy putting finishing touches to the manuscript of a book he intended publishing.He stood up,adjusted his tie properly,tucked in his shirt well into his trousers,put on his suit and grabbed his suitcase and car keys,then switched off his office light,and headed to the basement.
As he approached the basement,he heard some strange voices,but on getting closer,he heard nothing,he checked to see if he could find anyone,but no one could be found in sight.The basement had recently become an hide out for boys dealing with drugs and scavengers who ravaged around to see if something useful or edible could be found.
Brian started the car engine,as he drove out he remembered he hadn’t prayed,he had made it an habit of praying to God in all circumstances,and in every little task or thing he was about to engage in.He stopped the vehicle,closed his eyes and prayed .As he opened his eyes,his attention was caught by the light in another vehicle which was quickly turned off.Brian saw the light through through the aid of his front mirror. “Hmm,who could that be?”he thought,he drove out,but his curiosity wouldn’t let him drive home,he must find out who was that .Brian drove to a dark spot which was not illuminated by the street light and parked.
Not long,the car which he saw in the basement drove out,Brian drove out carefully,following the car so as not to be seen.The driver drove for some distance then stopped,a few minutes later Ashley alighted from the the passenger seat,she adjusted her clothes and walked out over to the driver’s door,the glass slid down and Brian watched as she kissed a man unknown to him, Brian couldn’t believe what he just saw,Ashley kissed a man?he asked himself. She was a top worker in the church,a regular church goer,why would she kiss a man who wasn’t her husband?and what would she be doing with him this late?was she having an affair?Brian thought over this as he started his car and drove home.

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Ashley cosmos was married to Cosmos Williams,their marriage was rock solid and an inspiration to many.Surviving many disappointments,storms and setbacks,the marriage had produced four lovely children,three girls and a guy. It was a family to behold,they went to church regularly,ate together,played together and had a bond that could not be broken easily.
Having been born to wealthy parents,Ashley went to one of the best universities in Nigeria,graduated with fine grades thereafter secured a top job with a prominent firm in Lagos and worked her way to the top.She was a powerful woman with many friends,admirers and well wishers,but deep down she had skeletons in her cupboard that she hid with her spirituality,beautiful looks and intelligence.

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Brian arrived home five minutes before past eleven,his heart was troubled from what he had just seen.Why would Ashley do such?he asked himself,his heart beat skipped faster than normal,how would her husband react to the news of Ashley cheating on him?Brian got down from his car feeling exhausted after a long day at the office.He and Ashley worked in different organizations but both firms shared the same basement.
Brian pressed the door bell and waited for max to open,he lived alone with max ever since the death of his wife Lauretta six years ago due to a fatal car crash.He was a strong man,no doubt,but deep down inside him,he yearned for someone to share his life with,play with and grow up spiritually with.
Brian pressed the door bell again and there was no sign of max coming,he banged the door with his hand which sharply woke max up and got him on his feet.Max opened the door and Brian entered without uttering a word.”master welcome”max said,but Brian remained silent,he was lost in thoughts.Ashley,Ashley,kept on ringing in his mind,he still couldn’t believe it for she was the most innocent angel ever.

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Brian woke up with a slight headache,he looked at the clock,it was past five.He stood up,peered outside the window,it was still dark,the street light illuminated the environment giving it a yellow look as if the sun was setting down.He knelt down to pray but couldn’t say a word,he sat down on the floor staring,staring at everything his eyes could see but his mind was far away.
His phone vibrated,it was a message from Irene,she desperately needed to see him,he wondered what the problem might be,he dialed her number,on hitting the green button,he heard a loud blast,a blast so catastrophic that woke up everyone in the neighbourhood .Brian got up and stared through his window,he could see a fire so tempestuous,he wondered what could have happened.

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Max still slept in his room unperturbed,he was dreaming.Fire everywhere,strange animals with gruesome looks howling,large larva like creatures crawled towards him,he ran towards a rock,on getting to the rock a strange huge beast chased him,he was in between two dangerous creatures,suddenly a man with apparel appeared,held his hand and they both vanished.He took max to a safe place,max was confused and asked the man who he was,the man said nothing but showed max an injury on his both palms,suddenly a huge black creature with green eyes approached,max screamed and closed his eyes,when he opened his eyes,he was awake physically and saw Brian standing in front of him.

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It was a terrorist attack,the loud blast was from a bomb that was planted at a house in sunshine valley estate,the estate was known for its poshness,classic houses and magnificent restaurants,it was one which seems to attract the crème de-la-crème of the society.
Max awoke fully,he greeted his master who answered him whole heartedly unlike yesterday night when he was bugged down with what he saw and his tedious day at the office.Today was Friday and Brian delayed going to the office because of the incident .Max was fully conscious now and he became aware of the bomb blast that occurred not long ago through the breaking news in the television .Brian joined max in the living room to know what was going on.The bomb blast had come from the house of Richard Daniels,the senior pastor of living spring porch,the church Brian attended.
“what’s happening?”Max asked Brian
“The pastor of my church is dead,he and his family were killed in the bomb blast that occurred this morning”Brian replied. Max had never been to a church before,he was an atheist,but the incident the night before that had made him curious about the bible,to the extent that he opened and read it was something he could not forget,talk less of the dream he had,he knew something beyond his understanding was at play here.
Brian finally called Irene on his way to work,they agreed to meet at a restaurant close to his office during lunch break. Irene had been a friend since childhood,but ever since she got married,the distance grew and communication reduced drastically,wanting to meet Brian was just something she couldn’t comprehend.