Underneath | Horror | Part 11 | Stories by Ima Udott
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Info: She is willing to help, even when her life is in danger. But a greater danger awaits her if she is unable to get back her memory. Enjoy this interesting horror story. 


Ima Udott

“Oh, you’re the landlord?” I asked in surprise.

“Yes, I am” 

“Oh, it’s good to see you, sir. My name is Mercy,” I said, smiling.

“Thank you. I just came around to see the new occupants. But from the look of things, you are the only one for now”

“Yes sir, I am the only one” 

“It’s okay. I believe others will come with time. My agent forgot to include the NEPA bill in your house rent, I don’t know what is wrong with him. But not to worry, since you are a student and my first tenant, I will pay for you. What I need you to do is keep this money so that whenever those NEPA officials come around, you give it to them” he brought out about five thousand naira from his pocket and stretched it to me.

I smiled and stretched my hands to get the money, but just then, I heard a big bang in my kitchen. I was startled.

Confused about what it could be, I politely excused myself and rushed to the kitchen. I scanned the wall to see if any of the pots had fallen, but everything was as they were.

I went back outside and met him making a phone call, so I waited for him to finish. When he was done with the call, he turned to me and asked if everything was okay, I smiled and said yes.

He dipped his hand into his pocket and brought the money again and I collected it from him. He smiled and sighed before he shook my hands once more and left.

“Be sure to always lock the gate o, the environment is not safe…and, don’t forget to give the money to the NEPA officials” he said on his way down the stairs

“Alright, sir” I replied while following him down so that I locked the gate as soon as he was out.

I went back to my room, picked up my phone, and just as I was about to call Mom so that we could continue our unfinished discussion, I heard a knock on my door.

I opened the door to behold Alex looking straight at me. I jumped on him and he caught me in his arms.

We hugged for a long while before we disentangled.

“Where on earth have you been? Do you know you’ve made me miss you so much?” I asked almost at the same time.

He looked at me and smiled, then led me to the bed. We sat down and he held my hands; I missed him doing this.

“I have been around, only that you never cared to know what’s been up with me”

“Are you serious right now? How was I supposed to check on you when you refused to give me your number each time I asked for it? We weren’t even done with the game we were playing and you left, just like that…”

The expression on Alex’s face told me that something was not right.

“Wait a minute, do you remember anything that happened last night?”

“All I remember is that we played a truth or dare game. I don’t know how we ended the game. I’ve been racking my brain since morning, but I can’t remember any other thing”

“Did anyone visit you, today?”

“Yes. My landlord came and gave me the NEPA bill to pay. He’s actually a very kind man because I was the one who was supposed to pay the money, but he decided to give me from his pocket”

“Oh shit!” Alex exclaimed.

I hadn’t seen this side of him before. He stood up, abruptly from the bed and asked for the money.

“Okay, you need to calm down and tell me what’s going on,” I said, pointing at a brown envelope on the table.

“Mercy, you need to get back your memory; you need to remember everything that happened last night, else, we are doomed!”

I almost laughed because the whole thing was sounding funny.

“Why are we doomed? What happened last night and how do I get back my memory?”

Alex paced the room for some minutes and then held me up;

“This is the only way I can help you to get back your memory. After doing this and it doesn’t work, then it is too late”

Before I could say a word, he pulled me into his arms, 

 “Mercy” he called in a really soft tone 


“Look into my eyes and do not blink”

I looked straight into his eyes and all I saw were two beautiful balls staring back at me. I felt something melting inside of me and my heart started to beat.

He dipped his hands into my thick hair, still staring at me, and, brought his mouth to my ear. I started to imagine how hot and passionate the kiss was going to be, because all I could think of was his mouth in mine, exploring and taking me to cloud nine.

Then, I imagined his hands underneath my dress, and the sensations I was already getting distracted me greatly such that, I started to blink my eyes.

“Do you see anything?” He whispered, bringing me back from my wild imagination.

“No,” I said

“Do not think of anything, just surrender yourself and look into my eyes”

I looked at him, this time, focused, and a very bright light suddenly flashed directly from his eyes into my eyes and I staggered backward

“It’s working. Come on, keep looking into my eyes, please” he begged.

I looked at him again, and this time around, a strong wind blew swiftly across my face and I fell on the bed and passed out.

I opened my eyes and realized that Alex was no longer with me. In fact, I was tied to a tree in a forest. I looked around but found no one.

I became scared and started to scream for help. Suddenly, I saw a man coming towards me with a calabash and a machete.

I was even more scared as he approached. When he finally got to me, I was shocked to see my landlord standing before me.

He started chanting and sprinkling the water from the calabash on my head. I felt very weak and empty.

Then, he stopped and dropped the calabash. Still chanting, he raised the machete with his two hands... to be continued.

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