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The funeral procession had finished its journey through the capital by early evening. Mourners dressed in wild blue gowns despite the twisting sands and molten sun rays pouring from above followed tirelessly behind, showing off their tears. Tutankhaten watched the parade dawdle by, thinking it was like an inverted comet. Dark and slow instead of a blink in bright light. Depressing and tedious instead of making dreams. But long. Longer than the longest comet's tail, the weepers stretched on. The whole city must have been out that day, even though it was so hot the body inside the broad stone coffin must be melting like old goat cheese tossed in fire.
The boy shifted, holding on to the stone window ledge habitually as an extra precaution to keep from toppling down to the terrain below. Everyone else was always so careful, so it was expected he must be as well. It was futile to protect the reckless.
Soldiers marched by the closed door, and Tutankhaten caught a s
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Some hours later, Tutankhaten ventured silently down the hall to the throne room, where the former Pharaoh, his father, was residing. He opened the door silently to see him languishing on Meritaten's seat, a dainty throne just recently carved for her slight body. Akhenaten was too tall for it. In one hand he held Meritaten's carved horse, a toy she had taken everywhere with her since birth.
"Father?" Tutankhaten spoke so quietly he could barely hear his own voice. "My guardian rescued a girl from the river this evening." Akhenaten nodded to show he was paying attention without looking up. "She is the daughter of the man Nusnbar, an orphan under protection of the Nation."
"I see. So I lose a daughter and gain a bottom feeder," Akhenaten said bitterly. Tuntankhaten's face darkened.
"Apparently she's been a ward of the state for the last few years. It's just that she's hurt now and has no where else to go. Nakhtmin believes it unsafe for her to remain in the slave co
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"Let us depart then," Tutankhaten said to the captain, who quickly began barking orders to the rest of his men. Tutankhaten's body guards mounted their horses and formed up beside him. They started off in the opposite direction to Horemheb. He caught a last glimpse of Ankh squeezing her water-mussed hair out into the Nile over the side of the supply boat. He hoped she would be all right.
The camp to the south of Napata was home to some four hundred flea-bitten, exhausted and ill men. Tonqua's forces had been engaged in bitter combat for half a year with no time to heal or rest. Many of them were injured but anyone capable of hefting a weapon was expected to stay and help. To their credit, many appeared to be jaded, but very few looked properly afraid. They armed themselves and stood at the ready when Tutankhaten's forces arrived near the camp perimeter. The captain approached them alone and returned safely after a scant few minutes.
"Master, it appears that the camp has lost the