Stranded At Santum Close (2)

Statue of Archangel Michael by August Vogel ab...

 Hamburg, Germany

The lone figure toddled along the street; the warm night air was like poison to his troubled soul. He dragged his left leg along and grunted with each painful step. His hunched shoulders were home to a coat, which hung on his gaunt frame like shredded shrouds. His small, beady eyes were still sharp and bright. He moved slowly but surely towards St Michael’s Church. When he neared the church, he glanced wearily at the bronze figure of Archangel Michael, which stood at the portal of the church conquering the devil but the image merely intensified his uneasiness.

He stiffened at the horrible thought that crossed his mind, ‘is any of the Leonhards still alive? If so, my soul be damned.’ At the ripe old age of 81, Bernstein Joel Bonnke believed his bones would not rest in his grave until he has seen an end to the last descendant of the cancer of Germany. His shaky head glared at the picture in his right hand, it was the picture of a beautiful dark-haired woman,  her features were lovely, but as far as he was concerned, she carried in her genes, an evil so potent, it must not be allowed to sprout. Bernstein gritted his teeth in quiet anticipation, if things worked according to plan, then his meeting at Santum Close would be successful.



Gordon’s car glided smoothly into the driveway, he killed the engine and opened the door of his Aston Martin. He closed it loudly for emphasis and muttered under his breath,

‘I’m still angry!’

He strode towards the door and stopped short, a creepy feeling slowly made its way down his spine. A worried frown crossed his taut face. He couldn’t place it but suddenly, he wanted to hold Linda in his arms, his earlier anger evaporated instantly.

He opened the front door and met a full house.

His mother and sons sat with glum faces while three police officers stood sentry close to the kitchen, whispering to themselves. Gordon’s heart sank; he knew something bad must have happened to Linda.

‘Hey mom,’ he croaked out, there was a stubborn lump on his throat.

His mother, Bertie stood up. She was a plain Jane, round, matronly but with the sweetest smile ever. She sauntered to where her son stood sheepishly, looking like a cat caught stealing a neighbour’s milk and held him close.

‘Linda didn’t make it to the office.’ Bertie whispered sadly, her eyes brimming with tears.

Gordon moved away from his mother’s embrace and faced his sons, they didn’t utter a word, but their accusing eyes spoke volume.

The police officers approached cautiously, their faces, deadpan and serious.

Eliza stood up and went to his room; Gordon stared at his retreating back and knew he has lost his son. He watched the police officers as they approached him and the knot in his stomach tightened as they inched closer.

They told him the news he had dreaded since stepping into the house.



One thing I’ve realised about relationships is this, we tend to jump to conclusions quickly. Suspicion and mistrust kills love faster than unfaithfulness and you know what I’m going to say next – Live well and love well.

The next part of this story would be next Wednesday, I appreciate your comments! 🙂

I write like Jeffrey Archer, I don’t plan my stories, I just write as the pen leads! I love you guys, and do enjoy the rest of this great week.

NP: There’s one thing though – I’m having problems commenting on all the blogs I visited yesterday, it’s like been banned from speaking to your friends! 😦  I do hope WordPress would fix this!!

Much love, always!




62 comments on “Stranded At Santum Close (2)

  1. Great story, the suspense is killing me! Do hurry up!
    Christy. 🙂 🙂

  2. Ben Naga says:

    NP: There’s one thing though – I’m having problems commenting on all the blogs I visited yesterday, it’s like been banned from speaking to your friends! I do hope WordPress would fix this!!

    Same thing with me. Then someone found all my comments to her had been treated as spam. If you have another route to them (FesseBook, Tweeter etc) try contacting them and asking them to check their spam repositories.

  3. wsforchrist says:

    Great story. Moving along quickly and with suspense. Can’t wait for Wednesday.

  4. ledrakenoir says:

    Very well written – but you’re a bad girl, my dear – too long to next wednesday… 🙂 😉 😉

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks dear friend, before you know it, another Wednesday would creep by! I left some comments on your new post but WP is refusing to show my comments, it’s so annoying!!
      🙂 🙂

  5. But this promises to be more that Jeffrey Archer, Sandra. So full of suspenseful promise. ‘We want more’. So go girl 🙂

    No wonder I have not seen your comments on my blog of late 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks dear Celestine, I’m glad you like it. 🙂 I don’t know why WordPress has put me on ‘no comment jail’ I hope it’s resolved soon, or else…. 😉

  6. marissafh says:

    Whhaattt!! Next Wednesday?? Noooo !! LoL …

  7. Uzoma says:

    Wonderful and suspenseful, sis! Gordon’s reaction in the previous has backfired on his. Now his son, Eliza, feels so bad about the whole situation–I can’t blame the poor child, his dad should’ve acted more sensibly. Ha! I eagerly wait for the next instalment.

    About commenting: I have also experienced the same problem and still do. It can be frustrating.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for stopping by Uzoma, I sent a message to your contact page, did you see it?It was so annoying because I wrote a glowing comment about ‘We Are Not Cursed’ and it refused to load!:sad:
      I’m grateful you love the story, do enjoy the rest of your day dear brother!

  8. Reblogged this on Arrow Gate Publishing and commented:
    A fantastic short story worth reading. It’s gripping and filled with suspense, I can’t wait to read more of this story!

  9. DeDivahDeals says:

    I’ll be waiting…and anticipating….

  10. Alastair says:

    This is great. But I read your book so knew it would be …. and here we go, diving into the spam bucket … WEEEEEEEE lol

  11. Alastair says:

    Okay … I shall try this again.

    I had said something like:
    I like this, but there again I have read your book so I knew it would be good.

  12. Alastair says:

    I wonder … maybe I can comment this way …

  13. daniellajoe says:

    …I hope it ends well…your story has a nice momentum 🙂

  14. thesound51213 says:

    Hello Seyi,
    I have just discovered your blog and I do think I am in love 🙂
    God has been dealing with me in the area of patience, so to say the suspense of waiting for the rest of the story is killing me, is an understatement lol!
    I love to read and the artistry of words is powerful to me….you have that in your writing and I wish you nothing but success in the future…
    A new fan..

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Awwwww! That’s so sweet of you, I’ll pop over to yours now and I’m sure it’s going to be awesome! I’m glad you like the short story, you can feast your eyes on some of my books or better still, read other stories on my site. I truly appreciate your kindness JC, thank you so much!
      Much love. 🙂

  15. Ste J says:

    Wednesday? That’s like….to far away. Very suspenseful, love it, so much going on and so many theories about different things. I caught your comment in my spam box, Alistair has the same problem at the moment, hope i works itself out soon!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      It would soon be here dear friend, don’t think I’m lazy (winks!) my editor is stifling me with countless deadlines, with my new novel coming in October, my hands are full! I’m happy you’ve released me from ‘the spam jail’ it could be frustrating! I’m glad you like the story. Thanks for your visit!

      • Ste J says:

        With deadlines looming then, I shall be content to wait, it’s all a bit like Christmas really, which is ironic as it’s stupidly hot again. Oh for a bit of snow! New novel…yay!

      • Seyi sandra says:

        You’ll get me started, my moaning is obviously grating on my husband’s nerves, I don’t like too hot, in actual fact – I can manage cold- snow- but not this sweltering heat! Love your enthusiasms about the novel, I hate personal editing before dumping it on my editor’s table! Enough grumbling, do enjoy the rest of your day and my love to Sophie and your cool self!
        🙂 🙂

      • Ste J says:

        I wish I was cool, although there is a nice bit of breeze at the moment. The editing will all be worth it when it comes out, but you know that already, of course. Give it a few months and I will be complaining about the snow and how I long for the sun, such is my fickle nature.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        We’re both fickle then, I guess it’s the human in us – never satisfied! I haven’t touched the novel today, would do that later… Sometimes, you’ll just want to chill out!

      • Ste J says:

        Let you book breathe like a fine wine, that’s what I say.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thank you dear friend! :):)

  16. utesmile says:

    Great continuation… looking forward to next Wednesday! You are right about relationships, you should never assume things and trust the person. The best way is really be honest and have open conversations about everything, and if something bothers you, say it, don’t carry it around and let it be a burden. It is very hard though to do. Thanks!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your kind words Ute! It’s truly hard to be honest and open sometimes, one could worsen things! I do think it’s better to use wisdom as well, check the right time to broach a sour topic up and things might pan out beautifully! I truly appreciate your visit dear friend!!
      Much love. 🙂

  17. RoSy says:

    Must we wait till next week? 😉
    I found a few of my peeps in spam. I went there & gave spam a piece of my mind & brought you & a couple of others back to my blog. Hopefully – it won’t put you back. I will keep checking it though – just incase WP decides to spam my peeps again.

  18. seanbidd says:

    Yes, no need to plan! Just keep planing for Wednesday, back to read properly soon.. 😉

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I will dear friend, just came back from your blog and left a comment, it didn’t appear. Could you check your spam folder and release me pls? WP has been messing with my comments! 😉

  19. SerachShiro says:

    LOve the story and I’ve nominate you for ” The Rose of Kindness Award “, if you like you can check out for details at my blog ! Have a splendid Friday ! 🙂

  20. gageier says:

    Liebste Freundin einen schönen Abend und ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir Klaus

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