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Eminence Grise
posted 07-05-99 08:09 ET (US)         
Well, it seems we are done with the Barge Trip.

Our little group of travellers traveled from Alexandria to Aswan, more or less during Cleopatra's time. Incontinentia suggested w move further back in time and pay a visit to that well known boy king Tut-Ankh-Amun.

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

Eminence Grise
posted 07-05-99 08:19 ET (US)     1 / 151       
"Jayhawk, I want to see Tut-Ankh-Amun," Incontinentia asked the angel as they'd finished scrubbing Tusky.
"Me too," mouse piped up.
"If all of you want it, I see no reason why not. Follow me..."

The angel led them into the desert and started tracing a triangle on the. Archaic symbols appeared smokily besides it. A square appears around the triangle, and more symbols. Jayhawk adds a bowl of water, a pile of windblown sand, some rocks and a small pile of burning herbals to each of the corners. Then he steps inside the triagle, careful not to break any lines of the pattern.

"Osiris, Lord of the Eternity. Isis, Queen and Goddess, Horus, Lord of the Skies, Seth Demon God of the Red Land..."
Jayhawk's voice drones on and the sky darkens, clouds gather and sand comes whirling from the west.

The travellers huddle close, covering their eyes with cloth as the sandstorm drown out the angels voice.


"Prft, " Gustavia spits out a few handfuls of sand.
The Eye of Horus is bright, the sky azure...
Jayhawk shakes the sand out of his wings and says,
"I think we have a arrived..."

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

posted 07-05-99 14:06 ET (US)     2 / 151       
Big Tusky blew a load of sand out of his trunk. "Did the trip here have to be so...dusty, Jayhawk?" MRed asked, tipping sand out her herbals bag.

"Sorry," he apologised, watching everyone pat sand off their clothes. "I guess I...who's that?"

Everyone looked where he was pointing. Three elaborately decorated chariots were approaching. They appeared to be full of guards.

"I hope that's a welcoming party," Et Flavius muttered.

The foremost chariot pulled to a halt before them. "I bring you greetings from the Court of Tut-Ankh-Amun!" the Captain of the Guard boomed.

"Well, that's a relief," Ishaius sighed.

"How did you know we'd be here?" Jayhawk asked him.

"The Oracle of the Pharaoh's Court foresaw your arrival, and has sent us to offer you guidance to the Palace," the Captain explained, unravelled the scroll he held in his hand, and began to read from it. "He instructed us to travel to this spot, and find a group of people who are being guided by a man with wings like an eagle's, and a woman with a backside like an elephant's."

"I BEG YOUR PARDON!!" Incon, Gustavia, MRed and mouse shouted in unison, putting their hands on their hips and glaring at him.

The Captain's eyes widened, he blushed, and checked the scroll. "Oh...sorry. It says 'And a woman who likes to RIDE her pet elephant.' My apologies, the Seer's handwriting is...*really* bad..."

"Hmph," Incon said, patting Tusky's trunk.

The Captain consulted the scroll. "He says you will also have a Lying Blamer among you."

Et scratched his head. "D'you mean Lion Tamer?"

"Oh, yeah...sorry...and is there a blouse in your group?"

"The name's MOUSE!" mouse fumed.

"Whoops...this is *really* bad writing...erm, which one of you is Pig Flusky?"

Tusky approached the chariot until their eyes met. The Captain gulped audibly in the light of the pachaderm's angry glare.

"I think I'll just put this away," the Captain rolled up the scroll and put it in his breastplate.

"Very prudent, if you ask me," Gustavia commented. He looked at her.

"Ah, you must be Bus-Gravy-Ah. The Seer said you would be most wise."

Gustavia glared daggers at him.

"What d'you think, Jay?" Lion Tamer asked him. "Should we go with them?"

"Hm..." Jayhawk mulled it over...

[This message has been edited by Incontinentia (edited 07-05-99).]

HG Alumnus
posted 07-05-99 23:23 ET (US)     3 / 151       
Think we'de better go mouse mumbled. With a seer like that they need all the help they can get. Hey BT how about a ride asked mouse as she dusted the sand out of her fur.

You want me carry all of you across these burning sands and not a peanut in sight BT fussed. Come on boy said Incontinentia I see a palm tree and that means water. Maybe some fruit too. Oh well if you think so guess I can carry all of you this one time. It's ok BT I'll fly and carry ET said Angel Jayhawk.

The Captain of the Guard argued very strongly I was told to carry all of you to Pharaoh's Court. At this point BT had enough. He glared into the Captain's eyes will not will go to oasis for water and bath. Maybe then to Pharaoh's court. The Captain of the Guard quailed by the look in the elephant's eyes agreed.

Eminence Grise
posted 07-06-99 03:32 ET (US)     4 / 151       
" can have a bath in the palace..." the captain muttered.
Incon looked at the captian and asked:
"Do you think you have a bath big enough for an elephant?"

Jayhawk airlifted ET to the oasis then flew back to BT and did the same for Gustavia and MRed. By that time BT reached the oasis followed by the dejected group of chariots. With a quick hobbling trot BT splashed into the water, soon followed by the rest of the travelers.

After some splashing around, rinsing hair, drying in the sun and reapplying eye paint and khol, Incon walks to the captain.
"Take us to your leader," she says in a grim voice and then bursts out in giggles, "I've always wanted to say that."
The captain gives her a blank look.
"Err, anybody wants a ride?" he mumbles.

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

posted 07-06-99 23:26 ET (US)     5 / 151       
The group huddled together just outside of the Royal Guard's hearing.

"Not sure if I trust these folks, what if they are going to kidnap us and sell us down the river?," mumbled Mouse.

Mred exclaimed, "Where is your sense of adventure, guys, we have been taken bigger chances than this before!"

Ish joined in, "and I want to see the Pharaoh' Court."

"I dont know," Gustavia started, "there is something hinky about these guys...dont you think it was strange that they knew our names?"

After much whispering and muttering, the travelers reassembled in front of the bewildered Captian of the Guard.

"Well, we do appreciate the hospitality," Et Flavius said, "and we will go with you ...only if you let us drive."

posted 07-08-99 19:59 ET (US)     6 / 151       

MRed slapped the reins against the horses' backs. The chariot pulled ahead.

"Oh no you don't!" Et Flavius laughed, and spurred his horses on. The 3 chariots were currently neck and neck. The Egyptian guards who'd driven them into the desert held on for dear life and prayed to their gods that these Romans knew what they were doing.

"This is almost as much fun as water-skiing!" Gustavia cried from the 3rd chariot.

The band of travellers were being ferried from the oasis to the Royal Palace on chariots sent by the Oracle of the Court. Except for Incontinentia, Jayhawk, and the Egyptian Captain of the Guard, who rode at a more leisurely pace on Tusky's back.

The Captain wiped the sweat from his brow. "Are you sure your people know how to drive chariots?" he asked.

"Sure!" Incon replied, grinning. "Back home in the Provinces, we do it all the time. Only there - we call it 'racing'."

"Don't you have chariot races in Egypt?" Jayhawk asked.

"Not in the middle of the desert!" the Captain insisted.

"Look - mouse's chariot is pulling ahead!" Jayhawk smiled.

Mouse rode the lead horse of Gustavia's chariot, spurring it on to get to the Palace first.

"If you'll pardon my saying," the Captain huffed, "you foreigners are mad! Riding chariots as though they had the Wings of Horus. I think, after all, this beast provides a much more pleasant journey."

Tusky grinned smugly.

"How soon til we reach the Palace?" Incon asked him.

"Another few hours, and we'll be there - at this rate," the Captain replied.

Jayhawk swivelled round so he could face the Captain. "That broach holding your cloak on looks awfully familiar."

"It is a religious symbol," the Captain informed him. "I worship at the Temple of La-Amb-Ah-Dah."

Incon's eyes lit up like two torches...

HG Alumnus
posted 07-08-99 23:19 ET (US)     7 / 151       
We're winning we're winning mouse chanted as she danced up and down on the horse's back. Mouse do please be careful wouldn't want you to bounce off Gustavia called to the excited mouse.
posted 07-09-99 02:58 ET (US)     8 / 151       
Wow. we're having a great time. I hope Angel Jayhawk has time to toss in a few hints about our destination sites.

Brave glad to see everyone 'cutting' lose. it diminishes the travel stress so well. Never imagined I get to race chariots in the company of MRed and Incon. How exhilerating, even though those poor 'locals' think we've lost it.

I think this calls for a refreshment break...I'll toast you all...individually...of course, as we continue this wonderful excursion about discovering ol'Tut.


Eminence Grise
posted 07-09-99 10:55 ET (US)     9 / 151       
Jayhawk sat dozing on the elephant's back while Incon was trying to teach the Guard Captain some of the more intricate moves she'd learned at the temple. The angel's wings were folded over his head keeping out the sunlight.
BT had slowed to a gentle walk to give his mistress a more balanced dancefloor.

Meanwhile the three chariots were racing towards the Nile. MRed was gaining on mouse and about to over take her when suddenly the horses stopped as a few dozen ascetic looking Egyptians appeared out of nowhere. The men were armed and carried a bright aten on their shields.
"Stand!" one of them shouted.
As their escort grabbed for their weapons, they were dispatched by the slingers.
"Take them. They shall not be brought before the usurper and the false god."

posted 07-09-99 22:51 ET (US)     10 / 151       
At the sight of the strangers, Et Flavius wheeled his chariot to the left, Mred turned sharply to the right but Gustavia had no choice but to pull back on the reins of her horses, an action which caused Mouse to catapult over the head of the lead horse.... straight into the open arms of the burly leader of the strangers.

Mouse scampered up to his feathered headress where she let out a blood curdling squeak HELP!!!! Angel Jay, HELP!!!!

forgot who was driving the chariots

[This message has been edited by Gustavia (edited 07-09-99).]

Eminence Grise
posted 07-11-99 17:05 ET (US)     11 / 151       
The Egyptian quickly grabbed mouse by her tail and held her up.
"I see you value this rodent. Tell your leaders to meet us in the Temple of Aton at midnight"
The group of followers Akhen-Aten's monotheistic religion disappear into the desert.

Sometime later BT arrives at the site and his passengers see ET trying to comfort a weeping Gustavia.
"What happened? " Inconm asks.
"They kidnapped mouse and it's my fault!" she bawls.

They listen as Gustavia explains mouse's capture. The angel together with ET and Incon promise they will meet with the strangers, ignoring teh Guard Captains protests.

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

posted 07-11-99 18:44 ET (US)     12 / 151       
Tusky was mad. Tusky was fuming. Someone had kidnapped his little friend mouse, and that just about burned his toast.

"Incon - can't you get him to slow down a bit?" Jayhawk asked and he and Et Flavius were jostled about on the trotting elephant's back.

"Sorry, guys," Incon shrugged, hanging onto Tusky's neck, "but it's all I can do to keep him from going at a full gallop. He's REALLY peeved at those monotheists."

"I think I see our meeting place up ahead," Et blurted between jostles.

Tusky glared at the approaching temple. While his mistress coaxed him to slow down to a walk, he started planning which one of Akhen-Aten's followers he was going to bounce off the walls first...

posted 07-11-99 22:55 ET (US)     13 / 151       
errrm you think we could have a little 'dialogue' first, THEN turn BT loose as a last resort.

" tell him, he wants action you see mouse?? I wouldn't want her to get hurt in the scuffle..?" Incon...shouts over the bellows and stomping mad BT.

Hey A. JAY should we just stand back...I wouldn't want mouse to get accidently stepped on..whadda think..?

The racket gets louder...ET steps back



[This message has been edited by ET FLAVIUS (edited 07-11-99).]

Eminence Grise
posted 07-12-99 05:03 ET (US)     14 / 151       
The stark temple sticks out white in the light of the Moon. Tusky slams through the gold plated doors, crushing half a dozen guards behind them. He pounces a priest and grabs him by his feet.

Just as he makes ready to do some real head banging a light appears on the wall in front of him. The Aten takes on a golden glow and floats from it's place up in the sky. The rays shape into hands and stop the elephant in his tracks. They untangle the priest from BT trunk and as Jayhawk and his friends enter the temple a voice sounds.

A voice like a bronze bell that resounds forever in their bones.

A voice, filled with a mixture of wrath, curiosity and compassion.

A voice that asks:
"Just what do you think you are doing?"

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

[This message has been edited by Jayhawk (edited 07-12-99).]

HG Alumnus
posted 07-12-99 06:58 ET (US)     15 / 151       
meanwhile mouse is being held in a very small cage with a hungry cat sitting on top of it. Oh dear where are Anhky and Luther when I need them.
crash crash crash screams elephant trumpting in anger.

Alright that sounds like BT must be he's brought everybody. Rescue is at hand. Poor Gustiva know she feels just awful. But it wasn't her fault should have been hanging on instead of showing off.

Now if this misbegotten flea bag doesn't eat me before everybody gets here.

posted 07-12-99 09:59 ET (US)     16 / 151       
Things had quietened down in the outer chamber of the Temple. The guards keeping watch on mouse in her cage stood up, then sat down again. Their captain assured them it was probably just the novice priests stumbling around again.

Mouse found a toothpick in the bottom of her cage. Looking up and taking careful aim, she threw it javelin-style, and hit the mongrel cat in a place no male animal should ever be struck by a sharp object.

"What's his problem?" one of the guards asked as the cat yowled, screamed, leapt 6 feet in the air and took off at a lop-sided run.

"Fleas," the Captain suggested, and everyone laughed.

"I demand to be set free! Guard Brutality! Guard Brutality!! This is unlawful incarceration!! I know my rights! Release me at once!!" mouse piped up, hopping up and down in her cage.

The Captain leaned closer so he could see her. "Stuff a toga in it, Squeaky," he sneered. "You're not going anywhere."

Mouse glared at him. "I bet you've got a teeny weiner," she smirked.

This enraged the Captain. "That is NOT true!" he fumed.

"I bet you do," mouse insisted. "Why else would you feel the need to keep tiny, defenseless animals caged up?"

"I'm acting under orders from the Temple Priests," he assured her, still mad.

"Oh, *right*, sure," mouse folded her arms and looked away. "That's what all inadequately-proportioned men say."

This was the last straw for the Captain. He ripped the cage off its base and picked mouse up by her tail. "Now, look here, you little--"

Before he could finish, mouse snapped her tail free, leapt, landed on his shoulder and sunk her not-inconsiderably sharp little teeth into his earlobe.

"AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!" the Captain screamed in agony, dancing around and flapping his hands toward his ear. The other guards, thinking he was making up a new dance, starting clapping in time, tapping their feet and cheering him on.


As he swung past an open window, mouse let go and leapt for the windowsill. With a giggle in the direction of the lame-brained guards, she scooted off into the night.

"After her, you dolts!" the Captain boomed. "FOLLOW THAT MOUSE!!!"

"No chance, Cap'n!" the Sergeant scoffed. "Have you seen the state of your left ear?" The other guards nodded in solemn agreement.

posted 07-13-99 00:57 ET (US)     17 / 151       
heheeh... Always said mouse could take care of herself...if she needed to...DID you see that, all TEETH.

ET's cheering like he would for his favorite gladiator.

DID,ya see that Angel Jay...mmmm makes you think it's time to look at mouse with MUCH more respect.

Let's see if it's gonna be negotiations, or the road outta here as the next point of order.



Eminence Grise
posted 07-13-99 10:59 ET (US)     18 / 151       
Meanwhile in the courtyard.

The many rayed solar disk holds Tusky. It's light bathes the courtyard in a golden glow. The guards are on the ground, their faces pressed to the stone. The battered priest is trying to get up.

Jayhawk and ET are trying to hold Incon down.
"Lemme go"
"Calm down"
"It's hurting Tusky!"
"It is a God, Incon"
"I don't care!"

"Yes, Aton," the angel answers.
"What are you doing?"
"Your priests have captured one of our party."
"Why would they do that?"
"I don't know, ask them, I'd say."

"Yes, Aton"
"They are in league with the ursurper! They are going the pretender's court!! We had to stop them!!!"
"Because they stain your power!!!!"
"I am a god.
Do you think so little of me that you think my power can be stained by the actions of mortals?"
"Do you think they can hurt me?
Know priest that my power is infinite, but it's the mortal's right to choose. He cannot hurt me and I do not need you to hurt them for me.
Why would I want them hurt, aren't they all my children?"
"Release your prisoner."

Just then mouse comes running. She jumps up Jayhawks leg and climbs to his shoulder.
"No need to save me. I escaped myself!" she chitters proudly.
"Wonderful mouse, you're so clever."

"Yes, Jayhawk"
"Can we have our elephant back?"
"Of course, but promise he won't harm my priests"
"Tusky wouldn't harm a fly! You, you..." Incon tries to get away from ET again.
"Calm down, my daughter. If you promise me his good behaviour you can have him back."

The god releases Big Tusky, who slinks back to Incon and give her a big trunk hug.

"Farewell, mortals" the god intones as the disk fades back into the wall.

The travellers mount Tusky who plods of to where they left the others.

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

HG Alumnus
posted 07-14-99 05:45 ET (US)     19 / 151       
Wow that sure was a close call mouse stutters with excitment.

My poor BT held like a kitten by a god. Did he hurt you baby? No but didn't like it BT mutters. Want peanuts and sugar cane. Want to go to Pharaoh's court BT mumbles. Tired of these people.

Angel Jayhawk promises that things will be better now. But we must stay with the Pharaoh's escort for now. They will protect us. Good escape mouse.

he he he he giggle you should have seen them when I bite the Captain's ear. he he he he

Pharaoh's escort is fairly dancing with worry and excitment. Pharaoh would have their heads if anything happened to his guests.

posted 07-14-99 09:55 ET (US)     20 / 151       
"How's my big, brave, muscular, deity-defying elephanty-phanty-phanty, hmmmm?" Incon drawled in a syrupy voice to her faithful pachaderm.

The chariots made their way toward Tut's Palaces at a more sedate pace as the moon rose high over the warm desert. Everyone was enjoying a flask of local poppy seed wine, except for Incon, who rode Tusky alongside the chariots. Bent over his massive forehead, she kissed and stroked his head and nose, and hand-fed him peanuts.

"Poor, widdle, booshy-wooshy babeeeeee," Incon crooned.

Tusky wasn't complaining. He gratefully took each proffered peanut and cuddle, smiling. He hadn't had this much attention since he stubbed his foot on some loose plaza paving once.

"Would the beast's mistress care for some wine?" the Captain of the Guard asked Jayhawk.

"I think it's best if we leave her for now," he replied. "We can give her some at our next rest stop."

"She's been like that ever since we left the Temple of Aton," Et commented.

"Well, there's no accounting for a girl with a special love for her elephant," MRed smiled, inhaling on a Giza Gold Special.

Mouse nodded. "She and Tusky have always been close." Then she cringed as they all heard Incon sing:

"Booozhee-booozhee-booozhee....would my boozhee-woozhee babeeeee like anudder peanutty-wutty?"

"Oh, *dear*," Lion Tamer shook his head. "I've NEVER been that bad with Luthor! Even when he was a cub!"


"I think I'm going to be sick," Gustavia made a face.

"If you please," the Pharaoh's guard driving her chariot whispered politely, "...over the side, yes? This woodwork is brand new..."

"Bizzeee-bizzeee-buzzeee-mumma's biiiiig, special booooy..."

Unable to take anymore, Ankhy put his paws over his ears and hid under Ishaius' robe.

"Mummma's speshy-weshy booozzeeee-woooozzie biiiig boooy..."

Even Tusky rolled his eyes slightly at that one. The guards exchanged uncertain glances.

"Look yonder, up ahead," the Captain announced, to everyone's relief. "There lies the oasis where we will rest until sunrise."

"Does booozheee-wooozheee phanta-phanta wanna go oasis-wasis?" Incon asked her love-bombed elephant.

Everyone groaned loudly and looked forward to the oasis...

posted 07-15-99 01:17 ET (US)     21 / 151       
OK, OK I've been really far, but my gullet is as dry as a Sahara sand-flea's backside.

Incon...goodness sakes...well whatever twirls your curls they wonder that elephant is so protective...heheheh

Where's the next refreshment stop A.JayHawk...we really need to cool our heels somewhere where it's nice and quiet.

I read the last travelogue so long ago I'm a bit confused...BTW which way is ROAD TO ROME from here, I need a reference point.



[This message has been edited by ET FLAVIUS (edited 07-15-99).]

HG Alumnus
posted 07-16-99 08:16 ET (US)     22 / 151       
The oasis is very nice mouse remarks. But when can we get to Pharaoh's Court she's fairly chittering with excitment.

Water splash splasssssh as BT hits the pool in the oasis. Now that's more like it BT laughingly splashes everybody. Incontinentia most of all for embarrasing him. Babying a huge elephant.

The captain of Pharaoh's escort is out done. Whatever did I do to deserve this mission. Crazy people and animals. They confront gods. Lion, elephant, mouse and kitten all hear his remarks.

Mouserrrrr purrs Anhky let's show man what fun we can have. The kitten races around and around the Captain's feet with the mouse in hot persuit. Followed closly by lion and elephant who just happen to brush up against the captain knocking him off his feet. Now I'm wet and covered with sand he mumbles. How can I ever live this down.

Angel Jayhawk calls everybody to order as he wrings out his clothes. Gustivia and Incontinentia are fluffing up their hair for the trip. MRed is smoking one of her herbal cigarettes while she and Lion Tamer laugh quietly at the goings on.

Ok ET and I will share out the wine and food then we must be on our way. Pharaoh awaits us. Now behave leave the poor captain alone he shouts at the playful animals. A spurt of sand as they some to order almost drowns the captain and his men. They are not happy.

[This message has been edited by mouse (edited 07-17-99).]

Eminence Grise
posted 07-16-99 17:00 ET (US)     23 / 151       
Pleasantly moist the travelers mount the chariots ,and BT, and allow the captain to drive them to the capital. After a couple hours drive the reach the top of a large sand dune and can see the city beneath them.

Green, fertile land. Deep blue the River. White washed the houses and the temples.

"Behold, " the captain says, "behold the capital of the Two Lands."

Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

posted 07-17-99 01:01 ET (US)     24 / 151       
A 'Two Lands' Capital...has to have a great amount of variety going for it...and this wet n' wild party is going to investigate all the social spots. Right mouse??

*What a panoramic vision you painted A. Jay* We will have to spend some time here. Just look at all the things BT and Incon can get into...just in the markets.

Is that wine flasks I see hanging on the vendor racks??? Got to get one of know for those long dry spells while on the'll work wonders on my ATTITUDE

Whatta'ya think guys n'gals, kitties and meece...Elfnunt's and as that little Egyptains boy just commented to his Mother..'LooK it Tions and Ligers'...with ELEphants here in EGYPT? Probably thinks the Circus just rolled into town...

SO off to the city are we..?



posted 07-17-99 02:06 ET (US)     25 / 151       
The town was filled with markets and shops of every variety. Silks from Persia, spices and strange foods, copper pots and utensils, all manner of exotic goods to entice our travelers.

"hmmmmm..." remarked Mred to Gustavia. "I wonder if I could set up a branch Emporium here."

"I just want to find the Egyptian equivalent of the local pub" said ET. "This traveling is dusty business."

"Go wet your whistle" Incon said, "We have to go shopping. There is nothing suitable in the knapsack for meeting a king."

The female travelers rushed en group to the shop called "Queen of the Nile" which promised all you could desire in robes and fancy outfits for the promised presentation at the Pharaoh's Court.

Angel Jay and Et looked at each other.

The Captian of the Guards cleared his throat.

"Sirs," he began. "The wait may be long. May I suggest a more ....enjoyable place to wait for the ladies?"

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