The sudden solar eclipse caught the attention of the people. Rumors spread quickly around. It was not supposed to happen until June 10, bringing concerns to the scientists, and bad omens to the superstitious.
A woman looked at the sky and her face were frozen in a silent scream as a tendril of fire swooped at her. It entered through her nose and mouth, and the next thing she felt was the excruciating pain of her insides burning.
Hasanggan took over a woman who did not have a soul reservoir for a spirit. Instead, he killed her four souls, thereby taking over the body entirely. Her skin turned ashen, smoldering as it took the inane heat of the sun deity. Half of her face was molten, and the strands of her hair started to singe. Two people who saw the horrifying situation screamed in terror as they scampered away. He wanted to incinerate them, but most of his powers was sealed in his weapon. Besides, his current body was still adjusting to his essence, although it would probably disintegrate in a couple of hours because it was not a compatible vessel.
Bago harapin si Apolaki ay kailangan niyang mabawi ang kanyang sariktan, o ang pangunahing sandata ng mga anito. Sa kanyang pagkakatanda ay ikinubli ito ni Apolaki sa kahilagaan kung nasaan ang pinakamainit na pook noon dahil naroon ang kanyang mga abyan at tagapaglingkod. Isa pa’y hindi pinutol ni Apolaki ang ugnayan sa pagitan ng kanyang kariktan at hilagyo, isang pagkakamaling kanyang pagsisisihan sa huli.
The connection was faint, but he could feel his weapon waiting for him. He started walking toward the direction where he could sense his own presence, ignoring the ruckus he was creating.
Sa loob ng apat na araw ay narating ni Hasanggan ang kahilagaan. He had used a lot of noncompatible vessels because they disintegrate too fast. But with his sixth vessel, the reaction was far less apparent. The body adapted quite well without any physical changes aside from the ashen skin and eyes.
Ilang tao rin ang kanyang napatay sapagkat hindi ito sumunod sa kanyang kagustuhan. Ilan na roon ang mga pasahero ng isang bus na kanyang nais sakyan. Nang makita niya kung gaano ito kabilis, na mas mabilis pa sa kanyang agilang karo, ay agad niya itong nagustuhan. Luckily, the bus was enroute to the north, but he had no money, nor the patience to tolerate their complains. With his smoldering hands, he held every passenger’s neck and face, burning them to death, leaving the driver the only person alive.
Ipinahinto niya ito nang muli niyang maramdaman ang kanyang sariktan at agad na lumabas sa sasakyan. Hasanggan arrived at Tugegarao, Cagayan, one of the last territories of Apolaki as he was one of the revered deities in the province back in the days.
He walked toward the direction where he strongly felt his weapon and several hours later, a river came into his view. He boarded a wooden boat and rowed until he reached the middle. He could feel the throbbing sensation below him, his weapon yearning to be held again.
With a deep breath, he dove under the water making it sizzle upon contact with his literal hot body. He could feel his skin and lungs stinging in pain, but he gritted his teeth and sunk deeper until he could finally see the golden spear impelled to the ground under.
With a last burst of strength, he pulled the spear out of its containment and the power that was sealed along with it rapidly coursed through his body. He screamed in both pain and delight and as he thrust the spear upward, the whole river burst. In just a few seconds, one of the rivers in the city disappeared, evaporating from the tremendous heat of both deity and the spear. He bellowed in laughter as his power finally returned.
Eons ago, before Apolaki ruled the sky at daytime, a terrible deity called Hasanggan dominated it. He was never known among the others as the god of the sun, but with his other epithet—the god and harbinger of drought.