By Lauren Haney
To Honor The Gods Amid Treachery and DeathFrom all over, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent banquet of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, amassing for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting buddies and fellow Medjay officials on the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted via foul homicide, the invention of the physique of a Hittite horse dealer, his throat savagely reduce. Bak has no authority to enquire what can be a basic subject of Hittite politics -- till related murders ensue in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. notwithstanding this urban isn't his personal, Bak eagerly concurs to assist within the research. yet his made up our minds look for connections embroils him in a terrifying conspiracy that issues to the court docket of Queen Hatshepsut herself. Untold others will be becoming a member of the ranks of the lifeless sooner than the villain is finished -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.
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Bak stepped aside, beckoned Imsiba to stand in his place, and hurried after Amonked and the messenger. He might never get another chance to stand before his men on so auspicious an occasion, and was sorry he had to leave. He would have to be content with catching up with the procession later, hopefully in time to watch the dual rulers make offerings to the gods before they entered the southern mansion of Ipet-resyt. They hastened northward, passing behind the almost deserted booths and the crowds watching the procession with much oohing and ahing, clapping and shouting.
Movement could be seen at the large, south-facing pylon gate being built by Maatkare Hatshepsut into the tall, crenellated wall that surrounded the sacred precinct. About half completed, the two towers rose slightly above the lintel recently placed over the doorway. The facades of both towers were hidden behind long, broad 26 Lauren Haney ramps made of mudbricks and debris up which materials were transported. Bak spotted the glint of gold and the white kilts of several men exiting the distant gate, holding high the royal standards.
You alone shoulder the responsibility for your household, your children. ” A look of horror, of unimaginable pain fell over her face like a cloud. She jerked away, stumbled through the next room and into the kitchen, a small area lightly roofed with branches and straw, where she dropped to the hard-packed earthen ﬂoor and began to sob. The children gathered around her, lost and forlorn. Bak shifted a stool to a place where he could watch, making sure she did no harm to herself, and sat down to wait.
A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney