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Death zone: how a "strange house" killed a pregnant woman and her son (fiction)

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It happened in one of the remote areas in a particular kingdom, where a pregnant woman disappeared after entering a strange house – death zone – to urinate but couldn’t return afterward.

The house that is generally known as ‘death zone’ has existed for so many years in this kingdom. It has seen so many elderly men die and has witnessed a lot of children born to life. Ever since the house has been in place no villager has crossed or entered it because of the terrifying narratives surrounding it. The fear of entering the house transfers from generation to generation since the ill-story of the house is narrated by elderly ones to their younger ones. But one day, an expectant woman decided to break the history of the building.

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The age-long house is situated along a track road in a village and looks almost empty when viewed from afar. The house has only a roof over it with some block works. The rooms could be seen from outside the windows and doors. Nobody lives there in the day, but at night, there is usually a glow of light emanating from inside the building. There have been speculations that evil men gather there at night for meetings, but all these are just hearsay because no one has seen a real human in the house before.

The elderly ones warn their young-stars not to attempt entering the building for whatever reason because the last person who went into the house did not survive. Children could play about two poles away from this house but can never dare to go close. The most horrifying thing about this house is that nobody can give an account of how it came to exist. None of the community men or women knows who owns or built the house. Again, all trials to investigate the house or try to enter in it have been abortive.

Another strange thing about this building is that the surrounding vegetation never dries off. The bushes around the house have always remained fresh from generation to generation, even during the dry season when plants and crops shed leaves and dry off, the ones around the house still remain intact fresh. The mystery of this house troubled the villagers that they decided to invite a traditional doctor (a chief priest) who would help them neutralize the area and vandalize it.

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In the cool evening of the day when the whole community assembled somewhere close to the building, the native doctor came and started his incantations. The incantations by the native doctor lasted for not less than an hour, the community people even got tired of observing the man and his charm. After his “abracadabra”, he declared to the observers that the fight is really a strong one and that he has been trying to fight with some spirits that live in the building spiritually but they remain tough.

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The village people encouraged him to continue, stating that he is their last hope in destroying the house and they wouldn’t want to leave the scene without demolishing the building. These words fortified the native doctor and he went to the second phase of his incantations, after for nearly an hour, he proclaimed victory to everybody present. In his words, he said, “The deal has been done! You all shall rejoice again in this kingdom. I am the mouth of the gods, the lion that terrifies the entire zoo. No spirit is too big for me to handle. Today history will be made; your dead forefathers and those alive shall remember this day and jubilate. What is now remaining is for us to invade the house and do the needful.”

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When he said that, one of the village youths suggested that he should enter the house first and come back to them, then, they would believe that whatever supernatural powers that are guiding the structure have been neutralized. The man [the native doctor] agreed to walk into the house and come back. Before he stepped forward, he said some strange words, and as he was pacing slowly to the building, he sang traditional music and hit his staff on the ground at different intervals.

When he got to the door of the building, all the villagers were brought in awe because that was their first time to see a human approach the house and survive. While they were looking surprisingly, the man fell down on his two legs as he tried to enter through one of the empty doors of the uncompleted building.

At this point, everybody was arrested by fear with the hope that the man wouldn’t survive it. When the man stood up, he said some strange words again and entered the house. This time, he did not fall. Immediately he succeeded in entering the house, he shouted in a very loud voice once and no one heard him again. The onlookers waited for more than two hours for the man to return, but behold, he couldn’t survive it. People already knew that the man had died inside the house, so everybody departed to their house in fear. Their whole plot to break down the building remained unsuccessful.

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The next day, a pregnant woman who was walking past the building with her two children got close to the house and decided to urinate. She could have urinated along the road, but because she was wearing trousers, she, therefore, wanted a hidden place to remove her trousers, and then ease herself. So, she walked towards the house.

Meanwhile, this woman was a stranger in the kingdom who visited a friend of her and never knew that the house was a sacred place. While she was approaching the building, her children were on the road waiting for her. Immediately the woman entered the house, she cried loudly for not more than five seconds and stopped.

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When her son heard her mother’s loud voice, he ran into the building to know what was happening and asked his younger sister to remain on the road. Immediately the boy entered the house, he screamed and stopped. At this juncture, the remaining young girl ran away calling for help. On her way running she approached an elderly woman walking along the road with a stick, she stopped and narrated to her how her pregnant mother and elder brother entered a house and couldn’t come out. The elderly woman called her, consoled her and told her that they are dead and there is nothing she can do at that point. She further explained to the girl that the house is a death zone – no one enters the building and comes out alive.

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