Some of them flew around their heads while others settled on their bodies making the kids all smile and laugh in glee. Not once did they notice the frown on little Ugo's face and how the fireflies evaded him like the plague.
As they all watched the display of the fireflies, no one noticed how some of them broke away and went to Ebuka. "wha-? " he asked as they circled him and began to tug on his shirt. Ebuka having never experienced anything like this before began to scream in fear.
"Ebuka stop squirming. Everyone look it's like they're trying to show us something " Nene said. Truth be told the fireflies began to go to their left. "maybe it's a way out of here" Chidindu said. Ndidi thought about it before nodding and speaking.
" I agree. This could be our only chance to get out of here safely " "N-no" Ugo's frightened voice suddenly came from behind. "what's the matter,Ugo?"he asked wanting to know the reason for his blatant refusal. If Ndidi thought about it for a second, Ugo had been awfully quiet for a while now. "don't want to go "he simply states not bothering to elaborate any further.
Ndidi sighed knowing he wasn't going to get anything from him especially in the state he was in. But he persuaded him nonetheless.
"come on Ugo. If we don't follow them, where else could we go? We may end up lost again or worse get more hurt than you did. What if we never get to see our parents again? You don't want that do you? " he asked. "But-" Ndidi didn't let him finish though. " Do you remember whose fault it was that got us here in the first place?"he asked coldly making sure the others didn't hear him.
Ugo froze realizing he was the one at fault here and rather than complain any further, he whispered an apology. "sorry "he said. "don't worry about it OK? If we just follow them I'm sure we'll get back home. When have I ever been wrong? " he said lightening back the mood. He knew it was wrong to guilt trip Ugo and he'll never hear the end of it should Nene get word of their discussion. But it had to be done. What was the point of being a leader if your men didn't follow?
The others gave him weird looks but he dismissed them by giving a wide grin and nodded as they all followed. Ugo looks back after they cover some distance to see where they once stood gradually being covered by a thick fog. He turns back and presses his face into Ndidi's back tightly clutching his rosary inside his shirt.
All five kids begin to tire after going on for a while quietly following the fireflies. It doesn't take long for them to voice their complaints. "how long are we going to keep on walking? " Chidindu asked as he tried to rub out sleep from his eyes. "My legs are getting numb" Nene said lagging behind. "how's Ugo? " Ebuka asks looking over his shoulder.
Ndidi sighed closing his eyes before getting a look at the now sleeping boy. After awhile of walking Ugo began to have a coughing fit accompanied with his sudden lack of breath. He kept on gulping for air like he didn't have enough. It seemed as they continued on this journey he turned out for the worst. Even now as he looked, he'd begun to sweat bullets. Strange things had been happening for awhile now.
"It's really cold too" Nene said rubbing her arms. Chidindu nodding in agreement. Yes, that had also happened too. The rate at which the temperature began to drop was surely one to be questioned. "maybe it's because it's already night time. Remember how at night it gets colder and at day hotter ? " he asked trying to stir away their attention from what was really going on. "yeah, maybe " Ebuka said obviously not convinced. Ndidi sighed again. At times he wished to act like the kid he's supposed to be not like an adult. A throaty cough brought him out of his reverie and he quickly called out. "Ugo are you alright? " he asked. "S-scared" he croaked out. "it's okay Ugo, everything's going to be fine " Nene reassured not all that convincing.
Ugo shakes his head and thrashes about making it hard for Ndidi to keep a firm hold on him.
Ugo falls to the floor his breathing becoming labored. soon he begins to scream. "NO! I WANT TO GO BACK! ". Everyone rushes to him trying to figure out what was going on. "what's wrong with him? " Chidindu asked. "I don't know... help me hold him down "Ndidi says trying to pin his arms to the ground after being scratched in the face. After having enough, Ndidi shouts. "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU ?! "
Ugo just whimpers saying softly. "I want.....to go back"
"you guys?"Ebuka's voice shakily calls out. "why did they stop? " he asks points out above them.
Everyone brought their attention to the fireflies and truthfully they just hovered above them not moving and also not making any sound. it was very scary and creepy at the same time. Suddenly Ugo speaks out. "i-it's here" immediately as that simple statement was said the fireflies began to circle around them at great speed while a loud shrieking noise echoed around them.
They all held their ears as the noise grew louder and the wind picked up.Ndidi holding tightly to Ugo was unable to protect his ears which ended up with them bleeding. As quickly as it came, it suddenly stopped. The fireflies all fell to the ground losing their light.Everwhere was instantly covered with fog and the dead fireflies began to float into the air turning into a large black mass which was slowly growing in size towering over them that they had to strain their necks just to look at it.
It stopped moving and opened those red demonic eyes that made them freeze to their spots and hold their breaths. Suddenly, it opened what seemed to be its mouth and screamed bloody murder, haunting their soul and remainder of their lives.