6. Hide and Seek (2)

They speak French and Creole in Haiti. Ryu spoke Japanese and some English. When he found a translator, the fellow, who was not at all fluent in Japanese, had trouble understanding him.

“I need to find this man,” said Ryu in Japanese. He handed the translator a photo of Miura. The translator nodded furiously and stuck out his hand for more money. Together, they showed the photo to Haitians, who looked at it with glazed eyes and no recognition until they found an old woman in Jacmel in the southernmost part of the island.

“Theese man is dead,” said the woman at last as she examined the battered photograph of Miura. “You must look for Arnotine Ferucand. He keeled him.”

Then the search began for Arnotine Ferucand.

Arnotine Ferucand was not easy to track. The mere mention of his name provoked silence. Arnotine, the translator explained with some difficulty, was a bokor, a Vodoun witch doctor, a sorcerer who knew how to steal a man’s body and dispose of his soul. More money exchanged hands. “He is Guedeh,” whispered some of the interviewees. “He is Death.”

Note:  Guedeh, the irascible Loa of death, is often portrayed as a skeleton in a top hat and tails.

  • Patricia Ljutic

    People lucky enough to snatch up advanced copies of Deal Love can't put it down, and this is why. Playing with Death is so tense and tempting.

  • boldlow

    Thanks for a short lesson in cultural Haiti. These are teasers, I know. I want more. Guedeh, Loa of death … the mystery builds. Where are you taking us?!