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Ighayo (8)

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{INT. IGHAYO’S HOME}

MAJOR EVANS
(sees how soldiers are dying before the Brama terrorists and sighs)
We’ve been scammed.

CAPTAIN OBONG
I don’t think so. Come on, you know how far the asteroids in space are.

MAJOR EVANS
We didn’t welcome him into the country to fight asteroids but to protect the lives of our citizens!

CAPTAIN OBONG
(exhales heavily)
I have hope in him.

MAJOR EVANS
This is not the time of hope but action. Everyone is disappointed in me
(faces Captain Obong)
in us, Obong!

{EXT. SPACE}

Red Serpent continuously shoots fireballs against Ighayo very fast.

IGHAYO
(sees images of terrifying lion and bear; having seven heads, as he knocks away the fireballs)
No!
(terrified)
I can’t do this.
(Red Serpent knocks the flaming sword off his hand. The horse, his wings, and the flaming sword disappears except his white costume)

RED SERPENT
(approaches, coils around Ighayo and presses him tightly)
I see the old man didn’t tell you your weakness. Tell me, do you even have a name? You don’t seem to have any family or friend.
(Ighayo groans)
Well, that’s good because no one will morn or think about you as a being who once existed. I’ll wipe you out of history because that’s what has already happened to you.

FLASHBACK

{INT. MALES HOSTEL, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS – NIGHT}

ODUGHA
Damn!
(rushes, opens the glass window, sees Leela and yells)
Ghost! Run for your life!!
(runs outside terrifyingly with Onyeabor and Tamuno)

{EXT. ICE CAVE, ANTARCTICA – DAY}

GOLDEN PAPER
… By your words, it shall be done. Only contact me when you need to…

LEELA
… not as a newbie.

GOLDEN PAPER
…But I must warn, whatever happens, do not be afraid or have doubts!

END OF FLASHBACK

{EXT. SPACE – DAY}

IGHAYO
(frowns)
You’re screwed. I am Ighayo!
(lasers come out of his eyes and release electrical energy, which sets him free from the grips of the serpent. Suddenly, his wings, horse, and sword reappear. He stretches out his hand and the sword comes to him)

RED SERPENT
You can never win!

IGHAYO
(rides his horse in the speed of light, approaches the serpent, hits it with the sword; thrice, and exclaims)
I cast you to the abyss!
(stabs the serpent and a well-of-fire opens and swallows the serpent)
I’ve won, fool!
(suddenly, his white war attire, the horse, sword and wings disappear. And, his masked ghost-hero attire appears on him)
Whoa, whoa, whoa!

{INT. SHRINE TEMPLE, FOREST, KADUNA}

The reddish glowing mirror before the Priestess shatters apart and her magic disappears.

PRIESTESS
Oh no!
(dies as fire burns her legs and hands)

{EXT. NIGERIAN ARMY MILITARY CANTONMENT, LAGOS}

All the necklaces on the Brama terrorist group members stop working and the skeletal serpent skulls break apart.

SALIM
No!

Suddenly, soldiers start shooting at the Brama terrorist group members and the soldiers’ ammunitions kill them.

{INT. MILITARY COMMAND CENTRE, NIGERIAN ARMY RESOURCE CENTRE, ABUJA}

SOLDIER THREE
(to Major General Mustapha who is resting his head on a desk)
Sir, the Bramas are dying!

MAJOR GENERAL MUSTAPHA
(quickly jumps up)
What?

{EXT. NIGERIAN ARMY MILITARY CANTONMENT, LAGOS}

SALIM
(to his men)
Aim the tanks to the building and bring it down!

IGHAYO
(appear behind Salim)
Not today.
(in the speed of light; he knocks out all the members of the Brama terrorist group)
I’ll leave you with the soldiers to teach you the lessons you deserve. This is not a country for terrorism, if it was, not anymore.
(to the Nigeria Soldiers)
Arrest all of them and do with them as it pleases you!

SOLDIER FOUR
(receives a phone call)
Sir!

MAJOR EVANS (V.O)
(over the telephone)
Hail Ighayo.

SOLDIER FOUR
(quits phone call and exclaims)
Hail Ighayo!

ALL SOLDIERS
(applaud Ighayo and yell)
Hail Ighayo! Ighayo! Ighayo! Ighayo! Ighayo!

{INT. IGHAYO’S HOME}

CAPTAIN OBONG
I knew he’ll never let us down.

MAJOR EVANS
Well, I think it’s good to have at least little faith when there seems to be no hope.
(phone rings)

CAPTAIN OBONG
That’s the General

MAJOR EVANS
(quickly answers the phone call)
Hello?

MAJOR GENERAL MUSTAPHA (V.O)
(over the telephone)
Congratulations, your hero saves the day!

MAJOR EVANS
Thank you, sir.
(quits the phone call)
The door opens and Ighayo walks in.

CAPTAIN OBONG
(to Ighayo)
What took you so long?

IGHAYO
It’s a long story.

MAJOR EVANS
Come on, son, the whole world celebrates you! However, you still need to stay a…

IGHAYO
(interrupts)
A ghost! I accept.

They all laugh.

TWO WEEKS LATER

Leela is lying on the couch.

Suddenly, the computer alarms with beeping.

LEELA
(quickly sits upright)
What is that?
(rushes to the computer monitors and sees the clouds glowing in flames)
What the…

BLACK OUT

END OF IGHAYO