Disclaimers: First of all bad history so if you want to stick to the facts read Shakespeare but if you think it would have been interesting to have Ramses be a woman and fall in love with a Hebrew slave youve come to the right place. The characters themselves might remind you of certain people depicted on television but ignore that fact for it is merely a coincidence. If you decide to sue though know that I am a poor person not worth you time and effort.
Now for the sex part, if you find that a relationship between two women distasteful try eating pineapple it does wonders for that. But seriously if you are underage and live someplace where that is not allowed move on, literally.
Sit back and enjoy the story and if you have something wonderful to say about it write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have nothing nice to say then be fore warned that I probably know more curse words than you do so dont tempt me.
Lastly I want to thank the love of my life, you know who you are, for encouraging me to write my first story. And thank you to all the wonderful bards that I have read for the last couple of years this my thanks for all the wonderful moments of reading you have given me.
To Capture A Heart
by Ali Vali
Ramses III had been buried for two months in the glory that was afforded all of Egypts great kings. The statues and monuments that he left behind would preserve his legacy for generations to come but the greatest treasure that he left was his heir.
Ramses IV was born to the pharaoh and his queen in the second year of their joining and from birth was the image of the king. Complications from the birth resulted in the queens death two months later leaving Ramses devastated from the loss.
The child inherited her fathers name after her mothers death for the king would father no more children after losing his great love. A daughter would become the king of all of Egypt so for the remainder of his life the king devoted his time into molding the child into a great warrior, leader and king.
The child grew and thrived under Ramsess tutelage leading his legions into war to expand the empire he controlled and she would eventually rule. The soldiers had adopted the nickname her father called her so she was known throughout the empire as Hawk. Ramses compared her spirit to the great bird, noble and in his opinion driven once the prey was in its sights.
Ramses had taken great pride in having her stand by his throne in his last days and show such strength; she would carry on his line and his name. The tall frame that so resembled her fathers measured almost six feet with black midnight hair. To honor her mothers memory the gods had given her striking blue eyes and a strong sense of compassion. The strength of her father and the caring of her mother would mark her rule. This is her story.
Now in her twenty-second year Hawk found herself alone without the champion that had guided her from birth. The battle lust had quieted some after her fathers death so she turned her energies to improving the lot of the less fortunate within the city walls. Together with some of her best architects they started the process of rebuilding the housing units where the Hebrew slaves where kept. While the great temples and homes in the city were built to honor its leaders they were constructed with the sweat and blood of its slaves.
"Sire why waste so many resources on mere slaves you must now start thinking of your own legacy to mark the city," Mendos the head architect addressed her.
"Who will build my temples Mendos if all the slaves die of disease living in this filth? You?" asked Hawk. "Your fragile build does not look like it can carry and pull the big stones it will take to build my legacy. How about we start here as my mark on the city my forefathers built? If you prefer I can send you to another project if you find this one so distasteful. Perhaps the rebuilding of the wash house would be more to your taste?"
"Forgive me sire I meant no disrespect," hastened Mendos over the laughter of the royal guard.
The discussion on how best to approach the undertaking Hawk had in mind without displacing the families for too long went on for the afternoon witnessed by the gathering crowd. The workers where on their way home for the evening from their labors and were surprised to find the king there giving directions as to what had to be done. No royal had ever walked where they lived just the soldiers and work captains that pushed them to work harder. From their knees they strained to listen to try and figure out what was going on, with the king here maybe they were to be put to death.
Above all the chatter flying around her Hawk heard the whizzing stone and turned just in time for it to embed itself in her shoulder instead of her chest causing a quick squirt of blood to rush down the fine white linen tunic that she was wearing. The soldiers were frenzied trying to find the assassin in the crowd of slaves that were gathered around their party. Hawk pulled the sharp rock out and looked at it before motioning for silence.
"Whomever among you did this step forward now!"
The crowd murmured but no one stepped forward knowing that to do so would mean instant death from the pharaohs guards who had now drawn their swords.
"Step forward now you coward or I will have the lot of you killed!" screamed Philbus part of the royal guard and Hawks cousin. From between the prostrate figures stepped a small boy with a slingshot trying not to look scared. "Have him whipped twenty lashes," ordered Philbus.
"Philbus step away from him and the first one to lift a whip to this child will earn a much crueler fate by my hand," said Hawk. "But sire he tried to kill you," complained the soldier.
"Really Philbus do I look that feeble in your eyes. Come here boy," Hawk ordered as she dropped into a chair under the small field tent that had been set up for her comfort.
The child dropped at her feet and started crying before anything else could be said. "Rise boy and let me look at you I promise that no harm will come to you. Now stop your crying and tell me what you have against me that you were trying to kill me."
Feeling the strong hands help him up Samuel looked into the face of his king with watery green eyes. All the warnings his mother had issued on the use of the slingshot were screaming in his head now that his practicing had injured the one person everyone knew could kill you without a problem. "I wasnt trying to hurt you King Ramses I was just practicing I swear."
"What are you practicing for boy?" asked the amused Hawk. The boy showed more courage than anyone in her royal court would have given the situation.
"To be in your legions and serve you," Samuel told her.
"You will address your king as sire slave," Philbus yelled as he struck the boy across the back with the cane in his hand. Hawk flew out of the chair and into her cousins face. Pulling the ornamented cane out of the surprised mans hand she pulled back and hit him with it across the face. The blow knocked Philbus down and left a long cut along his jaw and cheek.
"I do not like being disobeyed Philbus especially by one of my soldiers." Taking the cane and breaking it in two over her knee she threw it down at his chest. Recovering from the hit Philbus jumped to his feet in a defensive posture as if he were getting ready to attack.
"Even you can not be that stupid cousin but if you are then come on Im waiting for you. I will kill you and feed you to that crowd there."
Remembering his position Philbus quickly backed down and bowed. "Forgive me sire I only acted in your interest." "Next time let me decide the punishment for any disrespect, now get out of my sight."
Turning her attention toward the boy that was now howling in pain Hawk lifted his shirt to check for damage. An angry welt was bleeding across his back and the bruising had already begun. Sitting him in the chair she had just occupied Hawk tried to calm the child down so that the wound could be cleaned. "Corby bring me a little wine and have one of those women bring a basin with water to clean the boys back." Corby, the captain of the royal guard and Hawks friend from childhood, ran to get a cup of wine and the attention of one of the waiting slaves.
"Tell me your name so that I can stop calling you boy?" asked Hawk as she held the still crying child. "Samuel sire, my name is Samuel." "Well Samuel this has been an exciting day so far dont you think?" "If you say so sire."
"Now Samuel who are your parents and where can I find them so that I can explain what happened?" "I wanna do that myself sire." "Why?" "Might get in less trouble that way sire." "By what, leaving out the part where you tried to kill me with a stone?" "Yes sire." "I like you boy so stop calling me that and call me Hawk." Taking the cup that Corby had handed her she let Samuel take a sip to calm him and to numb the pain a bit.
"Dont have a father hes dead sire and my mother and me are slaves in the house of Larlis. I come here to practice my shooting with my friends once Im finished with my chores." Samuel explained as one of the soldiers put salve and a bandage on his back.
"I think that once I finish you wont be in too much trouble Samuel so come on before your mother starts to worry." Hawk picked the boy up and carefully arranged him in the circle of her arms to not bring any further pain to his back. Stepping out of the tent with her charge she walked to the head of her guard who was still bleeding from the wound she had inflicted and told him, "Get yourself cleaned up and meet me back at the palace. You are to be relieved of duty and reassigned once I figure out where to put you. And before you think of harming this boy or his family for your troubles think of your face as only the beginning."
Philbus glared at her before bowing and heading in the direction of the palace healers. The crowd was in awe that the pharaoh herself had punished Philbus for what he had done to Samuel. For once they bowed with respect for their leader, maybe the future didnt look so bleak under this pharaohs rule.
As they walked through the streets headed toward the noblemans house that owned Samuel and his mother the boy pointed out the homes of his friends and their parents. Hawk heard the sadness in the boys voice for the conditions that surrounded them and wondered where such a young boy had learned such wisdom for the world around him.
"Can you keep a secret for me Samuel?" she asked.
"Yes sire, I mean Hawk."
"I am going to build new homes for your friends so that when you come to visit they wont look so sad. That means that I will be here more often to make sure that it is done right and that they are happy. How does that sound?"
"Thank you sire."
Their walk took them out of the slums and into the more affluent section of the city. The great homes belonged to the traders and noblemen of the city. Behind the grand walls lived those that had grown rich with the assistance of the throne.
Larlis, the man whose home they were headed toward, was a slave trader by profession and the wares he traded in could be found in almost every home that lined the street they were on. Hawk was familiar with the man and found him to be a parasite that was cruel to those in his possession. She was having a hard time picturing Samuel in his care.
One of the guards broke from the formation as they came up to the house to announce their arrival. Larlis came running down the front walkway once he realized that the pharaoh was in the group stopped in front of his home.
"Sire my apologies for not coming sooner." He bowed toward the king and noticed that she held one of his slaves. "This slave will be punished at once for causing you to have to come out of your way. Sarah come and take this boy away and I will deal with him later."
Hawk ignored the man groveling in front of her and looked to the young woman coming to collect the small boy. Her blonde hair shone in the sunlight, as did her eyes in the brief glimpse Hawk got of them before the woman ducked her head. She was naked under the thin tunic she wore and the outline cast by the sun showed a beautiful figure.
"How old is your son Sarah?" asked Hawk.
Sarah couldnt believe that the pharaoh had addressed her. When she saw the tall figure of the king holding Samuel she was afraid that her precocious child had gotten himself in trouble. "Five sire, but how did you know he was my son?"
"His eyes my lady are like your own. Tell me are you as mischievous as my little friend here?"
"Please sire I am just a slave and dont deserve for you to address me as lady. I hope that my son has not caused you any problems today. He was suppose to be playing with his friends and not anywhere near the palace. If he is to be punished then I ask you to let me bare it for him."
"He didnt cause me any trouble Lady Sarah your son Samuel just agreed to take a walk with me to show me his home. He also was considerate enough to show me the homes of all of his friends as well along the way. Young Samuel here is very wise so I am honored that he is my friend and keeper of my secrets isnt that right my boy?"
"Yes Hawk it is. Mama meet Hawk, shes the king you know."
"Insolent boy," hissed Larlis as he raised his hand to strike Samuel. Before the slap could be delivered Larlis found his hand caught in an iron grasp and two blue eyes glaring at him. "Hit this boy for something that I told him to do and I will cut this off." She said squeezing his hand.
"My apologies sire I had no idea."
"Sarah please go inside and gather you and your sons possessions you are coming with me." The slave looked at Hawk with confusion so she added, "I have come to pay your price to Larlis so go on."
They watched the girl run to do as she was directed with Samuel following closely behind with a huge smile on his face. "Corby give Larlis four gold coins for the woman and her son."
"But sire the girl alone is worth at least two hundred gold pieces," complained Larlis.
"Larlis let me explain something to you so that even you will understand you are mine as is your house and everything in it. It is my birthright or have you forgotten who I am? The gold is for your trouble the rest you can consider a gift to the throne."
Coming out of the house with only a small bag in one hand and her son in the other Sarah waited for the pharaohs next directions. Hawk looked at her and smiled to ease the womans mind to her intentions then unclasped her half cape to wrap it around the thin tunic Sarah still had on.
"Come here my lady," she said softly "I cant let you walk to the palace like that."
"Im sorry sire that it displeases you but it is the only one that I own."
"It doesnt displease me Sarah I just dont want people staring at you and bringing you any discomfort in doing so."
When she pulled the cape away from her shoulder Sarah noticed the large blood stain on the front of Hawks tunic as well as the little grimace when she put her arm up to wrap the red cape around her.
"Sire you are hurt."
"Yes dear lady its one of the pitfalls of being king, someone is always trying to kill you. Just today a fierce soldier made an attempt on my life here in the city. Perhaps you know of him?"
"Im sorry sire but I would not know of such things. Was he captured?"
"No he actually surrendered but he told me that it was all a mistake and he was just taking target practice. Maybe I proved to be an easier target than the stick he was aiming for."
"Oh God please tell me that Samuel wasnt the one that did this to you?"
"Im afraid I cant do that Sarah your son is a good shot. I apologize for what happened to his back but assure you that the person was punished and that while you are in my care no harm will come to you and your son.
Larlis I will be coming into this area more often in the future so I trust that you will have sandals on the feet of all your slaves. I also expect that the clothes that the women will be wearing are not so that I can read a parchment through."
Hawk had noticed that both the child and his mother were barefoot which would make the walk back to the palace painful for them even though the sun wasnt in the middle of the sky any more. "Corby could you please carry Samuel back for me and be careful of his back. And send one of the boys for my chariot Ive walked more this afternoon than I do during a battle." "Yes Hawk I would be happy to."
Taking care not to aggravate her own wound Hawk picked up the small woman and started back toward her home. "Please sire I can walk. You dont have to trouble yourself and you are hurt."
"All this concern today on my behalf. Perhaps I need to get out in the sun more so that people wont think that I am at deaths door. Are you uncomfortable?"
"Do I frighten you?"
"Do you really want to walk in the hot sand for the two leagues it will take us to
get back to the palace."
They walked after that in silence listening to Samuels conversation with Corby. Sarah looked at her new owner through the corner of her eye wondering what life held for her and Samuel now. Larlis wasnt great but usually after taking his nightly pleasure with her he left them alone for the most part. What would the pharaoh want from them and would Samuel be made to pay. As if reading her thoughts the pharaoh started talking to her and eased her mind.
"Dont worry Lady Sarah I dont want anything from you or your son. After what happened today he stood before me with courage to accept whatever punishment I wanted for what had transpired. That is hard to find in one that is so young you have done a good job so far in his upbringing.
I just thought that with me he would have a better time of it once he becomes a man than he would under the roof of Larlis. If you so desire I can send you back if you can not bear the thought of being with me."
"No sire. Thank you for your kindness."
"Sarah call me Ramses or call me Hawk but that sire will drive me into the desert if I hear it too often."
The chariot was waiting for them along with two others once they reached the wide main road that lead to the palace. Large statues of past pharaohs lined the sides forever keeping watch over their heirs who now ruled in their stead. Hawk motioned for Corby to bring Samuel and place him in her chariot along side his mother. Four gleaming black stallions stood prancing in place waiting for their masters touch that would send them racing down the road.
"Ready Samuel?" asked Hawk. "Yes Hawk, ready mama?" "Would it make a difference if I said no." "Trust me Sarah this is the best part of being king," Hawk told her.
With a loud yell and a flick of her wrist the four black animals took off with a roar. Corby and Dennu followed in their own rides daring Hawk into a race. Knowing that their path was straight cutting down the risk to her passengers Hawk let the child like spirit in her out to play. Corby and Dennu not only guarded her they were her oldest friends. From the time they could walk their names where screamed by every palace inhabitant at one time or another for the trouble the three caused. Adulthood had not calmed the adventurous souls they were as children and the palace maids fully expected to see them racing along that main avenue for years to come.
As they neared the vast building that was the palace they started to slow having all decided to call it a draw. They gained a new member into their club in Samuel who stood in front of Hawk holding on and cheering the king on. His mother had never heard anything more wonderful than when the black demons started to slow their pace. When she did finally open her eyes the sight of her future home brought tears to her eyes. The king of Egypt truly does live like a king. The rich laughter coming from the tall body next to hers brought her out of her thoughts. Werent kings supposed to be solemn and serious?
"Close Corby but not close enough, you should thank Sarah and Samuel for weighting me down giving you a chance. Come on and lets get you two settled."
Hawk entered the palace and was instantly surrounded by servants all of whom were having a melt down after noticing the blood coming from her shoulder. Getting most of the older women that had met them to settle down she sent them to prepare rooms for Sarah and Samuel. Along with the rooms clothes, sandals and other essentials where ordered as well as trays of food for them to snack on until dinner. Sarah watched as the women led Hawk away to her private rooms leaving her and Samuel standing with the remaining maids.
The rooms they were given were not what she expected in that they were lavish and the bedrooms opened to the Nile River. Such accommodations verified her suspicions in that she was to be the pharaohs new pleasure slave. She has shown Samuel and I nothing but kindness so maybe this wont be so bad. The king has to be better than Larlis thought Sarah as she examined her new gowns and the other items she found on her bed.
One of the maids cleared her throat from the door to get her attention and not startle her. "Child the pharaoh is expecting you and the boy for dinner so would you like my assistance in getting ready?"
"Yes if it is no bother to you. My name is Sarah and you probably saw my son earlier his name is Samuel." "Then he would be the one taking shots at Ramsess fish with his slingshot off the steps leading into the river." Sarah turned to go out and get her son before he broke something or injured someone else. "No dont bother going out there to scold him the bigger child of the two is out there cheering him on," said Nina.
"There are other children that live in the palace?" asked Sarah.
"Yes but just one, her name is Ramses IV Pharaoh of Egypt. Now come Sarah and lets get you into a bath those chariot rides can get dusty. My name is Nina and I will be here to assist you and Samuel in your rooms."
"I can take care of the rooms Nina so you dont have to trouble yourself. Can you tell me of my new master?"
As Nina helped her into the perfumed bath she told her of Hawk and her life. Of the death of her mother and how her father had raised her. Sarah listened as Nina told of her victories on the battlefield for her father and of the devastation she felt when the old man had died. She and all the maids Sarah had seen that afternoon had been with Hawk since her birth and where the only mothers the woman had ever known. Nina confessed that she had been Hawks wet nurse and her two sons Corby and Dennu were now heads of the palace guard. They were no longer slaves but the palace was the only home they ever known so they stayed and cared for Hawk.
"She will be kind to you and your son so dont fear her. You just ask me if there is anything you need and Ill see to your comfort. Now we are ready to go out to the river because you are dining on the royal barge tonight."
"Thank you Nina you have made me feel better about our circumstance."
"I dont know what you mean child but dont mistake the pharaoh for her father. Gods know that he was kind but he was a strict man. His daughter has a lot of her mother in her so you will be cared for."
They walked out into the cool evening from Sarahs bedroom to the riverbank where Samuel and Hawk were waiting. Hawk held out her hand to Sarah to help her on board then turned and embraced Nina giving the old woman a kiss on the top of her head. "Corby came close today Nin so close we had to call it a tie."
"Foolish children, you will kill yourselves on those things one day mark my words. Now go on and dont keep your guests waiting."
Sarah almost fell overboard when she heard the maid fussing at Hawk and that the king not only put up with it but also was now bowing to the older woman.
"Dont tell anyone Nin but that is going to be my new queen." Hawk whispered in her ear.
"I know that you big trouble maker thats why Im rushing you."
Sarah listened to that laugh again as Hawk jumped from the pier to the middle of the barge. She is truly beautiful when she laughs and she bows to her maid. Who is this person and why am I here? The question was on her mind when she bowed to her master as she boarded.
"Sarah please dont do that when its just us. I bought your freedom today so that is no longer required unless we are in public. You and your son are free so enjoy what life has to offer you. I would like for you to stay until you decide what you would like to do or where you would like to go. Enjoy our hospitality and let me enjoy your company, yours and your sons."
The small woman didnt know how to react to that news so she chose to throw herself at the pharaohs feet in gratitude. Samuel would have a chance now as a free man to make something of his life besides shaping stone.
"Please Sarah get up and lets eat you dont have to do that."
They spent the remainder of the meal enjoying the food and Hawks explanation of what they were passing along the shore. The oarsmen turned by Hawks command when she noticed Samuel falling asleep on his mothers lap. When the barge glided back to its berth behind the palace Hawk carried Samuel up to his room.
"Good night sweet lady remember to call for Nina if you need anything. I enjoyed our dinner and would like to do it again if you are agreeable." Hawk told her from the door of their apartment.
"Where are your rooms sire?" asked Sarah. It was bad enough that her body would pay for the lovely evening she didnt want to degrade herself anymore than necessary by having to ask someone for directions.
"If you head out the back my rooms are the ones on the end of the palace. The ones that jut out over the water but if you have need of me just ask Nina and she will send someone for me."
"I prefer to come to you sire since Samuel is in the other room."
"All right, good night Sarah." Hawk responded confused as to the womans last statement. Did Sarah not want her son to spend time with her?
Sarah watched the retreating figure flanked by two guards wondering how long she should wait before following. Things were going so well that she didnt want to anger her benefactor by seeming ungrateful.
"Nina?" Sarah called in the direction of the maids room. "Yes child do you need something? How was dinner?"
"Everything was wonderful and Samuel and I had a wonderful time. Could you watch him for me until I get back? He shouldnt be a problem since he is already asleep but if he should awaken tell him Ill be back soon."
"Let me call you an escort if you are going out." Offered a worried Nina. Hawk would not like the young woman walking the corridors at night by herself without protection.
"No Nina thank you but that wont be necessary, I know the way I think."
She slipped out the back and walked along the marble floors of the backstretch of the palace. When she approached Hawks rooms Sarah noticed Corby outside talking to another man giving directions for the rest of the watch. Good at least I wont be killed trying to get to her.
Corby smiled when he noticed her and directed her to where she could find Hawk. Walking into the spacious sleeping chamber she noticed the pharaoh looking out on the river from the balcony. The tall woman looked relaxed with just a rope draped over her shoulders and her feet were bare. Her short black hair looked soft with the moonlight bouncing off of it. The relaxed posture changed in an instant when she heard someone behind her.
The quick movement of her turn caused her robe to open revealing a long muscled body that was ready for attack. Hawk changed her posture as soon as she saw that it was Sarah standing there and not someone that meant harm.
She knew she should look away but her head refused to budge and stayed glued to Hawk standing there looking like a goddess. Sarah looked at the pharaoh wondering what it would feel like to be under that hard body. Hawk could awaken her desire if she was a gentle lover. For once the task before her did not seem so horrible. Ramses was a touch Sarah actually desired.
"Sarah do you need anything?"
As an answer Sarah untied the knot over her left shoulder allowing her dress to fall in a pool at her feet. "I hope that you are pleased sire." She said as she sunk to her knees and bowed her head to the floor in a position of subservience. She waited for the pharaohs reaction for what seemed an eternity before she heard the low voice.
"What are you doing?"
"I am here to please you sire."
"Sarah get up and put on your gown now. Have I done something to make you think that your role here is one of a whore? Or is it that you think so little of me that you think this is what I require because I offer you a kindness? Go back to your rooms and to your son Sarah."
"Please forgive me sire I misunderstood." Sarah pleaded as she retied her dress.
"Escort Sarah back to her apartment. And the next damned person that calls me sire tonight will be hanging off the end of my sword." With the command given Hawk turned and entered her rooms.
"Please King Ramses let me explain," whispered Sarah through her tears.
"Sarah dont cry she wont stay angry long she never does. Whatever happened will be forgotten after a good sleep. If she is still upset in the morning I will take her out and spar with her and it will a distant memory."
Corby didnt ask what had happened between them but he had a feeling he knew. Sarahs actions had wounded the big idiots pride. Hawk wanted to court this one not have her go so willing into her bed like the countless others. He would have to talk with his mother before retiring for the evening thinking that maybe she would be better suited in explaining it to the young woman.
Nina found Sarah lying on her stomach crying into her pillow. The older woman stroked Sarahs hair and explained what her position was now within the palace and what it was not. It was difficult for Sarah to understand given where Hawk had found her but Nina kept at it until it sunk in. "Child dont assume what Hawks motives are, if you are unsure ask her and she will enlighten you."
"Sarah?" Hawk asked from the door of the bedroom.
"Sire is that you?"
"Please Sarah call me by my name. Are you all right?"
"Yes Hawk Im just sorry that I upset you. My hope is that you will not send us away for my mistakes."
Interrupting her before Hawk could say anything else to Sarah the guard standing behind her spoke. "Sire there is a messenger from King Neftu waiting to see you."
"Nina send for Dennu to stand guard while I deal with this. And Sarah dont worry Im just sorry that I lost my temper."
"Be careful Hawk I dont trust that man much less his daughter," said Nina as she and Sarah watched Hawk walk out of the toward the throne room of the palace.
"King Ramses I send word from King Neftu who is three days ride behind me. He seeks an audience with you upon his arrival."
"Go and tell my friend that he is welcome in my house. If there is anything that he needs before he gets to my door tell my guard and it will be taken care of."
"Thank you King Ramses."
"We will be sending a contingency of warriors back with you to assure you safe passage into the city."
Hawk walked passed the messenger headed back toward Sarahs rooms followed by Corby. "Keep an eye on them my friend until I know what Neftus game is. And if he has brought that leech with him make sure to up the number of guards around me."
Corby laughed at the kings discription of the neighboring kings daughter. Her infactuations with Hawk were well known by the whole realm just by the womans actions whenever she found herself in Hawks presence. It will be interesting to see how Dalia reacts to Sarah and Samuel once the princess sees the kings eyes when she looks at the two together. Sometimes its good not to be king."
She heard the footsteps that were heading toward the apartment then stop to talk to the large guard that was standing in the doorway. Sarah lay awake wondering if it would be possible to see the king again that evening. She was still reacting to what Nina had told earlier when Corby had brought her back from the kings rooms. Why would the king of all of Egypt be interested in a Hebrew slave girl and her son? How long would it take for Ramses to throw her out on the streets with the rest of the beggars once she discovered that Sarahs condition? Larlis had left her with more than emotional scars.
"Do you ever dream Sarah?" asked Hawk.
I didnt even hear her come in thought Sarah as she felt the bed move when the king had taken a seat.
"Not really sire for what would a slave dream?"
"Of freedom, of a better life perhaps. I dream sometimes Sarah of my father who is now crossed over. He was my greatest advisor and my greatest teacher. From him I learned how to be pharaoh and I learned the secrets of Egypt. I miss him. Do you think that feeling that makes me weak?"
"No sire it makes you human."
"There is a caravan from one of the southern tribes coming in three days so I may gone from your company for awhile. Remember to ask for anything you desire and it will be done."
"What can I do to repay my pharaoh her kindness to me and my son?"
"There is nothing that I want from you sweet Sarah so stop worrying. I am just tired and thoughts of my father and Neftu have made me more so making me forget why I came to see you in the first place.
Im sorry for upsetting you earlier with my temper. Your body is not the reason I did what I did today but dont think that I am without interest. I just want the desire to flow from both ends of the stream Sarah. Do you understand what I am telling you?"
"Yes Hawk would you like to rest here for a moment since you are tired?" Sarah asked shyly still not sure if the pharaoh meant what she said about the use of her name.
"Isnt that easier to say than sire, Ramses or pharaoh?"
"Yes it is but tell me Hawk how did you come by that name?" asked Sarah from her side of the bed.
"My father gave it to me because of my hunting skills and some of my other antics. It stuck and now the bird for which I am nicknamed is part of my crest. What sort of names are Sarah and Samuel? Are you a Hebrew?"
"Yes they are old family names. I am named for my grandmother and Samuel is named for my father. I was sold when I was ten so when I bore my son I named him to keep my memories of my family alive through him."
"Are your parents down in the quarry section?"
"Yes my father is a master sculpture for your house and my mother works as a medic in the slave hospice. Due to my position I do not get to go back to see them and check if they are still all right."
"I can arrange that if you like by taking you there whenever you like. Sleep now Sarah and I will see you soon."
"Please sire stay with me and I will watch over you while you sleep. How is your shoulder wound? Would you like for me to change the dressing for you?"
"I can see where Samuel inherited his love of talking. If I stay will you promise to rest with me and not keep watch? People watching me sleep makes me nervous. My shoulder is better than my pride. I may never live down that it was such a young boy that landed such a good shot."
They laid side by side for the rest of the night each lost in their own thoughts and dreams. As the sun started to filter through the sheer linens that were hung from the ceiling Hawk woke up. The weight and warmth that covered her left side had pulled her from the land of dreams. When she opened her eyes she found that Sarah had migrated to her side of the bed during the night and was now using her as a pillow. Hawk didnt move enjoying the feel of this woman on her even though the responsibilities of the day were calling.
"Im sorry sire," Sarah told her having awoken by the change in cadence of Hawks breathing. "Let us not begin at the beginning again Sarah, please call me Hawk."
"Ok Hawk I didnt mean to use you as my personal pillow," Sarah started but shut up when Hawk quickly got off the bed and ran out of the room toward the river. Trying to figure out what had caused that strange behavior Sarah sat on the bed and waited to see if the king would return from whatever had sent her running from the room.
"Mama?" called Samuel. He came into the room rubbing his eyes still half-asleep looking for his mother.
"In here Samuel."
"Good morning you two did you sleep well in your new home?" asked Hawk as she came strolling in from the back of the palace.
"Hawk!" cried Samuel as he ran to his new friend. "Hello Samuel and good morning to you Sarah."
Sarah smiled when the realization of what the pharaoh had done on her behalf hit her. Hawk didnt want Samuel to come in and find them in bed together giving him the wrong impression of his mother.
"Are we going out on the boat for breakfast Hawk?" asked Samuel. "No my boy we are eating on land this morning but we have to make it fast. I have some guests that are arriving soon so Ill be tied up for the rest of the day and maybe tomorrow in preparation."
"Ah I was hoping to go riding with you today Hawk," whined Samuel.
"Samuel the first thing that every pharaoh must learn is that responsibility comes before pleasure though I tried my fathers patience on that rule more than once. Nin can tell you stories of my corrupted youth if she hasnt already. So as soon as I am done preparing for King Neftu I will take you riding. We can race Corby and Dennu to show them who has the better team and perhaps we can talk your mother in to coming with us."
"No I prefer to watch from the steps as you corrupt my son."
"Ah dear Sarah to become as bad to the core as I am takes years of practice."
"You can not convince me of that Hawk."
"I didnt mean bad in a bad way Sarah. I meant bad in a good way. You two enjoy your day and if you like have Nina bring you to meet me later."
Hawk got up and left the same way she had come in through the back of Sarahs room. The moment she stepped onto the black marble of the river path back to her rooms advisors surrounded her telling her their opinion of why Neftu was visiting. Hawk who only nodded to appease the older men that had once served her father already knew his reasons. She smiled and rolled her eyes at Corby who walked by her side already thinking of Dalia and the border raiders that Neftu would complain about.
Later that day as the advisors argued about how to handled Neftu and his demands on Ramses Sarah stood outside the room waiting for a break in the talking to get Hawks attention. "Sire you can not just give him what he wants it will only embolden him for the next time," said Mika the head advisor. "Much like you Mika in your manner today." Said Hawk looking at the older man with amusement, as the room grew silent from her statement and the fact that Sarah has stepped into room.
"Sarah come we are finished here. The mystery of Neftus visit is solved and the fighting among us is done so I thank you for a welcome diversion."
"Sire I came to see if you were hungry? Nina has set up lunch under the canopy by the river next to your rooms." Sarah told her as she slightly bowed her head. Hawk got up and swept past everyone in the room. When she reached Sarah Hawk held out her hand to the young woman. Hawk was becoming quickly addicted to the smiles that Sarah gifted her with. Unlike all the others in her life always wanting something from her Sarah seemed eager to please just for the sake of doing so.
"Let us not keep Samuel waiting my lady. I owe you whatever you desire for saving me of a death of boredom if I had to sit in there one more minute."
"I will just take you having lunch with me today Hawk. Do you have many of these meetings with these men?" "More than I would like Sarah more than I would like. Having lunch with you though would be something I would never tire of if you gave me the chance."
"Are you flirting with me sire?"
"Would you run screaming out of the place if I said yes?"
"No I just want not to make any more mistakes on that score."
"Just so that we are clear first I will get you to fall in love with me making it impossible for you to live with out me. Then I will do everything within my power to make your life here wonderful so that you will not want to leave. And lastly I will help you with Samuel so that through him you can have hope for the future."
"You have a sweet tongue sire."
"You have no idea Sarah." Said Hawk causing Sarah to blush.
"And how do plan to accomplish all that sire?"
"Well if I had a palace, a kingdom to offer and a charming personality it might be easier to pave the way for me. Wait a moment I do have all that so what do you say Sarah are you interested?"
"I would be a fool to say no sire."
They stopped their walk when they had reached the end of the corridor they were in looking out on a vast view of the river. The palace was built in tiers especially along the back so that the waters of the Nile could be used to feed pools and fountains leaving those lucky enough to see it in awe of the grandeur of Egypt. Sarah looked out from Hawks side and wondered if her father had ever come here to carve the marble that surrounded them giving the palace its elegant look. It was a bit overwhelming to go from slave to being courted by the pharaoh all in one day.
Looking at the woman beside her Hawk asked, "Are you all right Sarah? Do I frighten you with such talk?"
"No sire but I would like to ask you why me? I am no one and Im sure that there would be so many others more worthy of your attention and your affections. Im afraid that when you know all there is to know about my past I will fall short in your eyes."
"The only thing short is your height but everything else screams out strength. It has taken strength to endure under Larlis has it not? There have been many that would like my affections yes but it must be mutual and that has up to now not happened for me. Yesterday I saw a vision in a thin tunic and she has run away with my heart and my thoughts and I feel so alive. I dont want your gratitude Sarah I want you to care for me but I will not force you."
There in sight of the ancient waters Hawk leaned down and kissed Sarah, not a kiss of conquest or of desire but of gentleness and caring. Hawk had cupped Sarahs face in her hands and from the first touch of the small womans lips never wanted to let go. Sarah had to grab onto Hawks tunic to keep herself on her feet. The touch of the pharaohs lips sent a fire through her blood that was a new experience for her. The womans words and her actions had freed the former slaves heart from its prison of non-feeling.
For the next two days Hawk spent what time she could with Sarah and Samuel further cementing their bond and feeding the glow within Sarahs heart. Nina looked on and relished the laughter and smiles that seemed to be a permanent fixture on the pharaohs face when she was in the company of the two small blondes.
Sarah stepped into the throne room with Nina and Samuel standing well to the left of the raised dais that sat under a grand mosaic that depicted the gods of Egypt. Samuel was quietly standing in front of her taking in all the sights and the people that were waiting for the pharaoh to come in and take her throne. Nina had helped them both in getting dressed and giving them a quick lesson on their conduct while they were in the grand room.
"Why are there two chairs Nina?" asked Samuel.
"The larger one is for the pharaoh and the smaller one is for her queen. Hawks situation is different than any Egypt has witnessed before in that Ramses made her pharaoh and not queen but we that raised her know his reason for doing so."
"She has a queen?" Sarah whispered the question in surprise. What does she want with us if she already has a queen?
"No child Hawk still looks for the one that would capture her heart enough for her to give the greatest possession she has."
"What is that Nina?" asked Sarah.
"Her heart child. Whoever is lucky enough to get that gets the whole of Egypt for that is who the pharaoh is, Egypt. That womans children will rule for Hawk once she has gone to the land of the pharaohs and joins her father. The love her parents shared is the love I wish for her, only hers should last longer than then time her father had with her mother."
"I wish for the same thing Nina, our pharaoh seems to be a kind and compassionate spirit she deserves no less from her mate. May her gods see that her wait is not too long."
"I think child that the gods are smiling upon her now and the Hawks seeking has come to an end."
The drums began to sound as the advisors entered the chamber dressed in their ornamental white robes that were adorned with gold and black piping. They took their position to the right of the dais and bowed as Ramses entered behind them.
Sarah looked at Hawk in total awe. The kings stride displayed nothing but confidence, confidence that let the people gathered know everything would be all right because she was there to lead them. The stark white short linen tunic was a nice contrast to the nice tan on the impossibly long legs. Over Hawks shoulders was draped a midnight blue cape that was trimmed with leopard skins and the short black hair was combed straight back. Hawk looked like the leader of her people. Behind her trailed Corby and Dennu with her scepters, sword and crown.
"Drives the advisors crazy that she wont wear the crown at these things," whispered Nina.
"Why should she, look at her. You could put everyone here together with her and still know who the king was," answered Sarah. She committed to memory the brief glimpse she had gotten of the pharaoh when Hawk stepped into the chamber.
Hawk continued her walk toward the throne looking at the tops of peoples heads as she made her way since they were all bowed, all but one. His soft green eyes looked at her and by his look she could tell he thought she looked impressive. Hawk winked at Samuel and stopped. When he saw what she had done he knew he had been caught looking at her when he should have been looking at the floor but rather than be cowered he winked back and smiled.
Everyone in the room was tempted to look up when they heard Ramsess rich laugh echo through the chamber. By the silence in the room except for her laughter they knew she had stopped walking before reaching the dais.
"Come here boy and walk with me," she told him through her mirth. Sarah almost fainted when she saw from her bowed position that it was Samuel that moved forward. God what has the boy done now? To late she had realized that her son had not lowered his head when the pharaoh had walked in after her advisors.
Samuel walked up until he was at her side and waited to see if he was in trouble for not doing as Nina had told him. Hawk for her part stood with her arms crossed over her chest and admired the difference in the boy from just a few days. Gone were the dirty streaks on his face and the worn clothes and the bare feet when she found him. With his combed blonde hair, fine linen tunic and new leather sandals Samuel looked to her like a Prince of Egypt.
Hawk looked at him with a somber face and arched her eyebrow as if waiting. He took the hint and bowed his head, which caused a smile to break out on the faces of Hawk, Corby and Dennu. Once he was in the correct position she tapped him on the top of the head and smiled down on him to let him know he was off the hook.
"Very good son now would you like to sit with me so you can see better?"
"Yes sire I would."
She took his hand and continued on her walk to the throne. She flared her cape back so that it hung behind the backless chair and sat Corby and Dennu taking up flanks behind her. Hawk motioned for Samuel to sit on her knee so that they could continue with this nonsense. With the boy settled she raised her hand and motioned to Corby.
"Hark all those who have business before Egypt, the Pharaoh Ramses IV bids you welcome. Come and pay homage to Egypt." Corby announced in a deep booming voice letting everyone know that it was now all right to look up. The silence was broken for a moment with the hushed murmurs of the court when they saw Samuel sitting with Ramses. The pharaoh leaned down and whispered in the boys ear for a moment and they waited to see if she would explain who he was.
Samuel raised his small hand and silence once again fell upon the room. When he saw that what Hawk had told him worked he turned around and laughed causing her to join in his fun and laugh along with him.
"Sire King Neftu wished an audience with you to discuss matters of his realm." The advisor who had addressed her bowed from the bottom of the stairs. "Send his party in and Egypt will hear his woes."
Samuel jumped a bit on her lap when the drums started again but with a more frenzied beat. The moment the drums started the chamber was filled with dancers who moved their bodies in perfect sync with the beat. Samuels eyes were glued to the floor watching the perfect bodies covered with leather and feathers go through their exaggerated movements. They were the announcers of King Neftu meant to impress the pharaoh. As quickly as the drums had started they stopped with the dancers parting along the middle of the room from the dais to the back. Once the last dancer moved from the middle there stood King Neftu and his daughter the Princess Dalia.
They moved toward the front of the room with a regal flair to where Ramses and Samuel sat finally arriving at the bottom step of the dais. Neftu bowed deeply from the waist showing Ramses the proper respect. Behind the African king stood his daughter Dalia bowed but not as deeply as her father. She stood up straight and looked at Ramses with open lust in her eyes. It would be only a matter of time in Dalias opinion before Ramses succumbed to what she had to offer.
"Pharaoh Ramses I bring gifts from the rich land of the Nile and come to ask for the help that only Egypt can provide." Neftu started as some of the dancers laid skins and other treasures on the stairs leading up to the throne.
"Neftu my friend we will discuss those matters later when we sit together and talk about the border raiders that are chipping away at what is yours and the rebels that are leading them."
"Sire how do you know these things?" asked Neftu.
"I am Egypt Neftu and her eyes see wide and far and her ears hear the slightest whispers in the wind."
Ramses stood Samuel up and sent him with a pat back to his mother before standing herself. Dalias eyes followed the child until he came to a stop next to the beautiful woman standing next to Nina. She does not sit on the throne with her so my chances are not lost thought the princess.
"Dennu accompany Samuel and his mother back to their apartments. Perhaps later the boy would like to practice his shooting on targets other than myself."
Hawk led the visiting party along with her advisors and Corby out of the chamber and to an open room that contained wide columns that were painted with colorful hieroglyphs. The slightly elevated room offered an impressive view of the city that while close to the palace seemed a thousand leagues away. The low tables that were surrounded put plush pillows were loaded down with food that had been cooked with the flavors familiar to the visiting king and his entourage.
Back in the throne room Sarah watched Hawk lead the visitors out for their negotiations she imagined. A feeling of jealousy came over her when she saw that both she and Samuel had been effectively dismissed but the princess got to adjourn with the rest of them. The look of want was not so hidden on the beautiful face and the fact that she was royalty meant that Dalia stood a better chance of being with Hawk than her. Dennu led them away back toward their rooms chatting with Samuel about the better points of the sling shot while Sarah followed trying to figure a way back to the pharaohs side.
"Ramses would you walk with me and show me the river?" asked Dalia. The talks with her father and Ramses concluded with the promise of a legion of soldiers led by the pharaohs cousin Philbus to wipe out the raiders that where becoming a greater threat to her fathers rule. Now Dalia wanted to have her own talks with Ramses and extract her own promises that included the king in her bed. Having one of her attendants inquire as to who the boy and his mother were lifted any worry from Dalias mind when she found out they were merely slaves.
"Dalia I would love to walk with you but know that my answer will be the same as always when it comes to your requests. You are a beautiful woman Dalia wait until you find the one person that will pursue you with as much vigor as you waste on me. I know that your father would love nothing better than such a permanent alliance with Egypt than to see you sitting beside me but that will not be."
"Ramses do not be so rash until you have tasted the fruit."
"Sire may I trouble you for a moment?" asked Sarah. Seeing the pharaoh walking along with the princess Sarah took a chance and approached the two as they were talking.
"Sarah you may trouble me whenever you desire. What can I do for you?"
She had the pharaohs attention so she desperately searched for something to ask. Thinking only to interrupt them before the princess sunk in her claws she hadnt thought ahead of a reason for her intrusion.
"Come on girl Ramses is waiting," hissed a perturbed Dalia.
"Corby would you escort the princess to her quarters for the night it seems there might be a problem that needs my immediate attention. Dalia we will finish our conversation in the morning."
"Yes sire, princess this way please," Corby bowed and swept his arm out leading the way.
"Sire Im " started Sarah.
"Thank you Sarah for saving me the trouble of finding my own means of retreat. That woman has got more hands than the gods intended. Would you like to walk with me and enjoy the moon tonight?"
"Yes Hawk I would like that," answered Sarah taking the large hand that Hawk held out to her.
Hawk looked over the woman before her much like she had her son earlier in the day. Sarah like Samuel looked vastly different after a bath and new clothing, not that Hawk hadnt found her desirable before. Nina had taken extra care in pinning her hair up to mimic the style that the courtesans were wearing giving the young woman a very sexy appearance now that her neck was showing. They walked along the rooms where earlier in the day Hawk had granted Neftus request. She pointed out to Sarah the various monuments and other buildings of importance that were lit up with torches in the distant night. The small blonde listened to Hawk while enjoying the feeling of the hand that enveloped her own.
Stopping at the corner of the open room to look out at the black sky that was lit with its own celestial torches Hawk gathered up Sarahs other hand. "Sarah you look beautiful tonight."
"Thank you Hawk."
"The morning I met your son I told him a secret that he promised that he would keep for me and now I would like to share another with you. Do you promise like Samuel to keep my secrets Sarah?"
"Till my death sire."
"I lost my heart out there a few days ago. To keep it close to me I brought it back with me to my home. My one wish is to keep it close to me for the rest of my life."
"I promise not to share your secret sire. Is there anything that I can do to help you keep it safe?"
"Never leave my side Sarah. Stay here with me and let me love you. For that I will give you all that I possess."
"You dont want me sire I am a slave as is my son. I know that you have given the ultimate gift of freedom but the rest of your people will always see me that way and your advisors will never let a Hebrew sit on the throne of Egypt."
"Egypt gets to decide who sits upon her throne my love not my advisors. Sarah I am Egypt." Hawk pulled the woman closer and slowly dipped her head to kiss the soft lips under hers. The kiss remained soft and gentle echoing what her words had said just before. Sarah sank into the embrace and the strong body that provided it. How could she have lost her heart in such a short time? Hawk was so different than what she was accustomed to. The tenderness the ruler displayed was intoxicating.
"I will not force myself on you Sarah so tell me now if this is something that you truly do not want."
"Will you kiss me again so that I may decide?"
Hawk took her up on the invitation pulling the woman against her with more wanting and turning up the intensity of the kiss. She pulled the pins Nina had put in Sarahs hair out letting the blonde locks fall through her fingers. "I take it the answer is yes?" asked Hawk as she held Sarah close to her. "The answer is yes Hawk and I think you knew that when I walked out and interrupted your previous moonlit stroll." "Dalia will be crushed," said Hawk.
Hawk walked Sarah back to her apartment finding Nina telling Samuel a story about the pharaoh as a child. Both mother and son found out that Samuel wasnt the only one to get in trouble with a sling shot as a child.
"Old woman where will the mystery be if you give away all my secrets?" bellowed a teasing Hawk. "And you two dont encourage her by laughing at her stories," she told Sarah and Samuel.
"Come on Samuel kiss your mother goodnight and then its off to bed for you." The boy kissed Sarah and Hawk goodnight after reminding the pharaoh of her promise of a chariot ride.
"I will stay with Samuel tonight should he need anything if he is to awaken in the night sire. Have a pleasant evening." Nina told her for both their benefits.
"I will leave you now Sarah to get your rest," said Hawk. She pulled Sarah onto her lap so that she could give her a kiss goodbye. Hawks hands seemed possessed in wanting to feel Sarahs skin. Sarah initiated a kiss by pulling Hawks head by the two handfuls of hair she had a hold of.
"Are you tired sire?" she asked.
"No but if I dont leave I cant promise that I wont touch you."
Sarah pulled away and stood before the seated ruler and repeated her actions from the first night she had spent in the palace and untied her dress letting it hit the floor. "As I asked you before sire does what you see not please you?" "Yes Sarah it pleases me but I dont want to rush you." "It is I who mean to rush you sire." Sarah added seductively.
She sat on her knees in front of Hawk and worked on untying one sandal then the other tossing them aside. Motioning Hawk to rise Sarah followed her to a standing position. She lifted Hawks linen tunic over her head leaving the pharaoh naked. Then she let her training take over and let Hawk make the first move.
The king moved to stand behind her close enough so that Sarah could feel the heat of her body but not close enough so that she could feel her skin. "Tell me Sarah what makes you feel good and stop me if I do something that does not. I want to touch you and help you release your passion. I want to make you feel good, so much so that you will crave my touch and no other. I want to feel your heat."
As she whispered the promises in the small ear Hawk began the mapping of Sarahs body with her hands. The words and her touch were having their effect on Sarah as her nipples grew hard and small bumps raised themselves on her skin as if she were chilled. The touches and the verbal onslaught were both relaxing her into Hawks body and exciting her at the same time. The hands never lingered any one place for too long, exciting one area then moving on. Sarah could feel the wetness between her legs and it was a new sensation. No one had ever cared about her pleasure enough to excite her to the point that it would increase her comfort.
She felt her knees start to tremble so she pulled her hands back to hold onto Hawk. "Baby take me to the bed," Sarah requested before she fell to the floor. The hands that had been burning her skin stopped and then picked her up and carried her to the bed. Hawk placed her gently on the surface then covered the small body with her own bracing her hands down so as not to put her whole weight on Sarah. Lowering her head Hawk kissed first Sarahs lips then her eyes and then the rest of her face. She could feel Sarahs hands on the small of her back urging her to continue what she had begun across the room. Rolling off to lie next to Sarah Hawk put her hands on the smooth skin of the other womans body watching the nipples grow harder and the chills more pronounced.
When she lowered her head to take a nipple into her mouth and dipped hand in-between Sarahs legs she heard the small woman gasp. Rolling her fingers around to lubricate them Hawk started by pressing them up against the hard pebble that was the center of Sarahs excitement. That caused Sarahs hips to rise up off the bed and her hands to grab Hawks hair smashing her face into her breast. Wanting Hawks mouth on hers again Sarah then pulled her head up giving the woman a clue. Hawk kissed her as she continued to stroke the length of Sarahs sex. Sarah rolled Hawk onto her back so that she could move her hips better to match the rhythm Hawk had set with her hand. The stars that they had walked under that night paled in comparison to the ones behind her eyelids when she lowered herself onto the long fingers.
"Ah baby .that feels .feels..so good," she panted as she felt her body start to tense. Hawk had curved her fingers up and in and was using her thumb to stimulate Sarahs clit upping the pleasure. Keeping her hand still she let Sarah move as fast or as slow as would make her feel good. She heard and felt Sarahs orgasm in numerous ways. One by the grunts Sarah was making, by the surprisingly strong grip on her shoulders and by the flood of desire that now coated her stomach. A doubling of the grip on her shoulder and the stilling of all movement followed by the screaming of Hawks name sent Sarah over the edge falling to earth again by collapsing on the muscular body under hers.
Pulling her hand out from between their bodies Hawk moved her hand to Sarahs back to hold her in place. Sarahs breathing relaxed until it evened out in sleep leaving Hawk in an almost painful predicament. She decided to keep her word and not push Sarah and joined her in sleep. Their positions didnt change the whole night through and that is how Nina found the still sleeping bodies the next morning. Going back to take care of Samuel before the child had the opportunity to disturb them Nina let him go off with Dennu for a while to take in some target practice.
"Yes," answered the sleep raspy voice.
"Neftu and Philbus are waiting for you in the column room whenever you are ready. I have taken the liberty of having food sent up for you and Sarah and the maids are preparing the bath."
"Thank you Nin. Where is Samuel?"
"He is with Dennu sire shooting at fish the last time I checked."
"Good Nin could you call Corby for me?"
Hawk gently lifted the still sleeping woman off of her so that she could put on a robe before Corby arrived. Pulling the soft sheet so that it covered all of Sarahs nakedness Hawk walked into the front room.
"You desire something Hawk?"
"I desire a great many things Corby but less so than I did yesterday. Send someone you trust down to the quarry and ask for a sculptor that has a wife that works in the slave hospice. If there is more than one couple that fits that discription ask which of them has a daughter by the name of Sarah.
Corby explain to your men that they are not frightened in any way and find out where they live. Once I am finished with my idiot cousin and Neftu have Dennu and my chariot waiting. We are going on an excursion this afternoon."
"As you wish sire."
"Hawk where are you?" came the soft voice from the bedchamber.
"That my friend is your cue to leave."
"Im right here my love." Hawk answered from the wide doorway. "I missed you when I opened my eyes," said Sarah. "You were sleeping so peacefully that I didnt want to intrude in your dreams."
"Im sorry Hawk."
The apology was not what she was expecting. Does Sarah regret already that she slept with me? Hawk prepared her face to mask any reaction that the rejection would bring. Just a taste of what her life could be like with Sarah in it made it unbearable to think what it would be like if the woman decided to leave.
"You have nothing to be sorry for Sarah."
"But you were so wonderful to me last night and then I fell asleep." "There will be plenty of time for that my love but for now we must eat so that we will have the energy for that later."
Hawk brought Sarah a robe like the one she was wearing and led her out to the covered part of the terrace where Nina had the table set up for their breakfast. Sitting on the plush pillows they fed each other bits of food from the various different trays there was to select from until they had eaten their fill.
"You make me so happy and make me feel so special Hawk that I would die if you took it away. I would be happy to remain just as your pleasure slave if you would promise not to send me away."
"You will stay with me my love but not as a slave. I have other plans in store for you and your son. After today I want you both to move into my private quarters in the palace. These rooms are nice but everything I need to run the realm is over there." Hawk pointed the east wing of the palace. There was located not just her sleeping quarters but the library and other essentials she relied on to make her decisions.
Hawk continued talking of the plans she had for Sarah and Samuel when she noticed that instead of happiness the small woman was crying quietly into her shoulder. Putting two fingers under the quivering chin Hawk asked with her eyes what the problem was.
"When you find out the whole truth about me you will send me away I know you will."
"Sarah unless you are a cleverly disguised killer I think I know everything there is to know about you."
"No sire you dont. I know that you are aware of what my position was in the last house I served in but there is something that I have neglected to tell you. Larlis has left me with child sire."
"Is he Samuels father as well?"
"Yes sire he is and even if you dont want me now please send me anywhere but back there again. Master Larlis wasnt the most kind person when he found out I was pregnant with Samuel because I could not accommodate his needs."
"Sarah this is your home now and if it would please you I would be honored to help you raise this child too. You are not the only one that has captured my heart my love your son has had a hand in my emotional captivity as well."
"You would accept this child as your own?" asked Sarah with doubt in her voice. To have the pharaoh say yes would be too much to dare and hope for.
"Your sons will rule Egypt when I am gone my love. They are not of my blood but they will be of my heart."
"And how sire do you know this will be a son for you? There is another possibility you know." Sarah asked with a much-lifted spirit.
"I am pharaoh my love which makes me always right."
Sarah laughed at that answer then spent a long sweet moment kissing her savior. Her good mood continued as Hawk carried her into the bath holding her in the water so that she could relax. "You have to be careful now and not do anything strenuous. I have to tell Nin to keep an eye on you when I cant be there."
"I will miss her Hawk when we move to the other end of the palace."
"Nin isnt going anywhere love she will be happy Im sure to return to her own set of rooms located not far from our own. She was here only to offer you comfort and welcome on my behalf."
"You are so sweet."
"Dont tell anyone that or I will be forced to feed you to the crocodiles. Now unhand me woman and let me finish up with Neftu and Philbus then I have a surprise for you."
"What are you doing with Neftu and Philbus? Im sorry you dont have to tell me that but you do have to tell me what my surprise is."
"I am sending Philbus with Neftu as the leader of the legion I promised the king to get his local raider problem solved. Philbus will of course be furious but it will teach him a valuable lesson on disobeying a direct order from me. Theres that and the fact that he struck who is to be my adopted son. As for your surprise Im taking you and Samuel for a ride this afternoon."
"That isnt a surprise that is torture and you know it. Did you mean that about Samuel?"
"Oh I thought not."
"I meant that about Samuel and the child you now carry Sarah. You do understand that there will have to be some changes in the way that Samuel and this baby will have to be raised but perhaps their origins will give them better insight on dealing with the slave population. But a ruler of Egypt has to be more than a Hebrew my love he must be history."
"They will become you?"
"That would be my greatest hope. You are not the monster that my father talked about and if my children were to become more like you that would be a treasure."
Sarah watched and was again overtaken by the powerful force of her jealousy as the servants from the bath dried and dressed Hawk. She was sorry that the morning had gone so quickly and she had not had the opportunity to touch the tall lean body. "Sire isnt there anything else that I could interest you in besides going for a ride?" Sarah asked as she moved the girl that was combing Hawks hair to the side. She finished the job then moved to tie off the tunic that had been pulled out for the pharaoh.
"Sarah I promise you that you are going to love what I have in store for you but first it requires you to get on the chariot."
"But you said I had to take it easy and not strain myself I think riding behind those for beasts of yours falls into that category."
"I promise that nothing is going to happen to you."
Hawk finished dressing and kissed Sarah before leaving to meet with the visiting king. She left word with Nina that everything that belonged to Sarah and Samuel were to be moved to the kings quarters. Nina laughed when Hawk told her that she was to keep a watchful eye on her future queen because of her condition. Hawk couldnt have been more excited if she had fathered the child herself.
"You are going as my representative Philbus and careful if you think of messing this assignment up. I am done turning my back to your mistakes just because you are the son of my mothers sister. Put to rest your dreams of being pharaoh Philbus that honor came from my father not my mother and he had nothing to do with neither your mother nor your blood. Your role with me is changing so do your best that it doesnt slip any further than it has already."
"Yes sire and will the princess be staying on as she has requested?"
"No that request will not be granted Dalia will return with her father."
Without any further word for Philbus Hawk stepped out of the room and went to wish Neftu a safe passage through her lands. Dalia fumed that her request to stay in the city with Ramses had been denied and begged her father to talk with the pharaoh. She wanted Neftu to tell Ramses that it would be an insult to him and his people for Dalia not to stay. Dalia couldnt get Ramses to love her if she was in the jungle instead of here in the city.
"Sire about Dalia," started Neftu. The man loved his child and tried to indulge her when he could.
"My old friend do not think to insult my hospitality by mentioning her request again. I have love for you and your people as they are part of my own but I do not love Dalia in that way and it is time for everyone including her to realize that. Go and take care of these rebels that trouble you so and may the gods smile upon your lands and your family.
"Yes sire thank you."
From the litter Dalia watched as the pharaohs horses were brought around to the front of the palace. The large hawk emblem on the crest of the great black stallions shone in the sunlight and for an instant so did her mood in thinking Ramses meant to ride with them out of the city. The pharaoh stepped out of the palace with her father heading toward the horses and his own litter. That is the most handsome woman I have ever seen. Trust me Ramses you will not get away from me for long my love you are meant to be with me.
What Dalia didnt count on was the small woman and child that followed behind the pharaoh. The child was the same one that had been seated on Ramses lap when she sat upon the throne. Why were they always with Ramses?
When the pharaoh stood on the street of kings bidding Dalias father farewell the child who was on at least the tenth step called for her and jumped. The strong arms caught him just in time. The blonde woman almost fainted by the act and Dalia could see that the pharaoh and child just threw their heads back and laughed. This did not look good and the princess needed time to think about what to do.
"That is how that overgrown adolescent got her name!" cried Nina from the top of the steps when she saw what Samuel had done. It seemed that the more time the boy spent within the walls of the palace the more he was possessed by the ghost of Hawks past.
"Perhaps sire you should adopt the name your father and mother gave you at birth and give Samuel the moniker your father gave you later." Suggest Corby.
"What do you mean Corby?" asked Sarah.
"The boy though not hers acts just like her and this latest stunt just proves it. My mother is right while Hawk is a legendary hunter she got the name of the bird when her father had to snatch her out of the air on more than one occasion. It seems that Ramses has found her own little hawk, pray the gods let him soar as high."
"Come on little Hawk climb aboard and you too my love."
Corby and Dennu followed in their own rigs and they were followed by a large number of palace guards. Corby had another large number waiting for them at their destination, as he wanted to be prepared for anything. A pharaoh of Egypt had never walked into the slave quarters of the city so Hawks protection became paramount.
In deference to Sarahs condition Hawk went slow keeping the horses at a steady pace as not to jostle her around too much. While they were on the main road she even handed the reins to Samuel for a moment letting him get the feel of the team. Had she given him all the treasures in her vaults it would not have produced a bigger smile on the young boys face.
Sarah for her part leaned back into the strong body behind her and enjoyed the scenery as it passed. Going this slow she didnt mind the ride as much but wondered where they were going when they turned off the main road. When they reached the edge of the quarry she was afraid for a moment that Hawk meant to drop her and Samuel off at the slave quarters now that the king knew of her condition.
Her fear grew as the chariot stopped at the entrance to the slave village and Hawk stepped off. "Come my love for your surprise."
"Couldnt I wait here for it?"
"No it will be better if we walk. Come on Ill keep you safe I promise you have nothing to fear."
She released her grip from the chariot and took the pharaohs hand and stepped off. Samuel showed no such fear as he held his arms up to Hawk to carried. With Sarah on one arm and Samuel tucked into the other they headed into the village following Corby who knew the way.
As they passed each hovel with its occupants standing outside bowing as they passed Sarah finally realized that the people were all here and not working even though it was a workday for them. They arrived at a home that had no one outside and they stopped. Her fears were realized in that this would be their new home.
Hawk let go of her hand and put Samuel down. The rest of the people on the streets looked on in curiosity as to what the pharaoh was doing at Habish Samuel and Isas home. The pharaoh motioned aside Corby and went to the door herself to knock. Though there were a multitude of people around the echo of the knock could be heard for blocks for the quiet. The king turned around and smiled at Sarah who was clutching Samuels hand. An older man with strong beefy arms and a gentle smile opened the door. Looking into the green eyes that reminded her of Sarah and her son the pharaoh smiled back at him. The stone he shaped every day had shaped his strong build but he did not look bitter as he looked into Hawks face.
"Yes sire is there something that I can do for you?" Habish asked as he lowered his head. "Ive come to visit you and your wife. I hope that you do not mind but I have brought a guest with me?"
"No sire it is our honor that you step through our door."
"Give me a moment man and we will be right in."
The broad shoulders of the pharaoh concealed the person that she was talking to so Sarah waited quietly for her fate. She could feel the eyes of all those around her burning into her skin. Finally Hawk turned around from her conversation and motioned them forward.
"Come on my love I have someone here that Im sure you want to see."
Hawk walked through the low door first and reached for Sarahs hand. The older couple stood in the main room with their heads bowed trying for the life of them to figure out why the pharaoh would visit them. "Habish and Isa I have brought Sarah back to you for a visit. Sarah Im sure that your parents have missed you so why not bid them hello."
Habish and Isas head whipped up without thought that the ruler of Egypt still was in the room and it could cost them their lives. Sarah had been gone so long and they prayed every night that she was still safe. Sarah let go of her hand and ran to them and into their embrace. Samuel stayed back with Hawk and watched as his mother was smothered by kisses by the couple. They kissed her and touched her hair as if to confirm that she was real and really there.
When the crying had slowed down and they were over the initial shock of seeing each other again Sarah motioned for Samuel to come forward. "Mama and papa this is Samuel my son. Samuel this is your grandparents Habish Samuel and Isa." The crying began again as they went through the same ritual with Samuel. The boy caused Hawk to laugh when he informed them that his name was Samuel but they were to call him Little Hawk because thats what Hawk called him. By laughing it reminded them all that there was another person in the room and though she was seated quietly by the cook fire she still was the ruler of Egypt.
"Habish may I speak with you for a moment?" asked Hawk.
"Yes sire whatever you desire, my greatest thanks for bringing my daughter back to me if only for a short while."
"I have come to ask your permission for your daughters hand Habish."
"You mean to make her your pleasure slave?" asked Habish with a dangerous edge in his voice.
"No man I mean to make her my queen."
"Im sorry sire but that is not allowed within our religion. Would you forsake Sarahs soul for your pleasure and what of Samuel?"
"Samuel and his brother will grow up to rule Egypt along with their mother long after I am gone. And you are wrong I would never forsake anything of Sarahs I love her. I want to make her happy and give her children the world but I am honorable and will not go against your wishes." She paused and smiled at her lovers father, "Even though we both know that I could."
Turning her attention to Sarah and rising from the chair Hawk told her that she was going outside but to take as long as she wished. Sarah moved over from her mother before the tall woman made it to the door and stopped her by grabbing at Hawks tunic. "Are you all right baby? Has something upset you and wish to go back?"
"No my love I will be outside talking to Corby and Dennu. Enjoy your visit and dont give me another thought, Im known for my patience."
"Ill just bet and you know better than that I could forget you if only for a short time." Sarah stood on her toes and kissed Hawk gently on the lips forgetting her parents for a moment.
"You whore yourself to that woman?" her mother asked.
"No mama I love her and she loves me."
"This is wrong and you know it Sarah. You have been gone from us but you cant have forgotten all that we taught you and where is your other son?" her father asked.
"I am with child father and Hawk insist that it will be another boy. And it is you that are wrong father not her. In my life I have known nothing but misery and pain. The only love that I remember is here within these walls but that seems like a lifetime ago then along came someone who has shown me nothing but kindness and love and it has been a gift from God not a curse."
"The pharaoh is a powerful woman Sarah but even with that she cant father children. What did she do lend you out to one of the servants to produce bastards for the throne?" hissed her father.
"No the man they sold me to did that with no love and tenderness. Our God says that it is only right between a man and a woman but I would rather die than have to go back to Larliss bed."
"Mama I thought you said my father was dead and he was a good man?" whispered the child in the corner of the room.
"No son your father is right here and I dont feel Im all that bad," said Hawk from the doorway. She had come back in to check on Sarah and Samuel after hearing the argument. "Fathers come in all forms boy yours is just a little different but that doesnt mean that I dont love you." She kneeled so that the boy could run into her arms and finish his crying. "Come on son lets see if we can interest some of these people out here in some games."
She left with the smiling boy without a word for the three that stood watching the exchange. Habish knew that Hawk had every right to punish him for his harsh words but was glad she wasnt lying about being honorable.
As their visit went on they heard laughing and shouting coming from the street. A look out the window showed the pharaoh dressed in only her short tunic running down the street behind two young men in a foot race. As they crossed the finish line she was able to overtake one but not the other.
"Good man, now that you have beaten me though Ill have to have you killed." Hawk told him as the laughter around her came to an abrupt stop and the face of the victor paled visibly. "Kidding man Im kidding. You will have to talk to Corby before we go about a new job as messenger with those quick feet."
The laughter started again as the crowd saw that the pharaoh was not like the rumors. She was not a demon. When they sat down to drink some water to cool down from their games she told Samuel that he should share with the people their secret. The little boy did a valiant job at trying to explain about their houses but got stuck on some of the words so Hawk finished for him. The construction of the new dwellings would take up their time from now on instead of new monuments for her. They had plenty of time for those but for now it was time to clean up the village they lived in so that disease and sickness could be kept low.
The people grew more comfortable with her and asked questions when they heard the rumble of carriages in the street. The royal cooks looked nervous but they followed Ninas directions and brought enough for an army. It was suppose to be an engagement celebration but that will have to wait thought Hawk. She asked the families to bring out their tables to the street so that they could sit and eat together. One of the men that had been talking with her went in to help Habish bring out his table so that the family could join in the feast. The excitement of new homes built by their own hands was the topic of conversation for the evening.
"So this was your secret with Samuel?" asked Sarah.
"Yes it was something I have been planning that we have put into motion just recently. These people deserve it; my horses live better than they do. The idea came to me in a dream from my mother so it is not a bribe for you to love me Sarah."
"I already love you Ramses as does your son Hawk and the little one I am carrying."
"Then I want you to know that I asked your father for your hand and he refused me."
"But you didnt need to do that baby."
"Love just because you were born here doesnt mean that you deserve to be treated any less like a human being. The things that I have that I cherish most are my name and my honor. To treat you with any less respect would be to taint both."
The world around them fell away for a moment as they got lost in each others eyes. Everyone had the good sense to keep talking but none were blind to the love the two shared. The young ladies in attendance cheered Sarah on for her good fortune. Marriages here for those that got to stay were arranged so that love came after if at all. To see it written so plainly on someones face was refreshing. The banging of a cup on the table brought the pharaohs head around.
"Thank you friends for coming tonight to this special celebration. We are honored tonight by having with us Ramses Pharaoh of Egypt and it is because of her that we are eating this fine food." Habish paused as the shouts and clapping started at that comment earning a bow from the king.
"There is another reason for our celebration tonight. Tonight I am honored to give my permission and my daughters hand to King Ramses for joining. Isa and I are happy that Sarah will become the next queen of Egypt and my grandson Hawk will someday be pharaoh. To King Ramses and Sarah." Habish lifted his cup and drank laughing at the astonished look on the kings face. Someone in the crowd started playing music and the party went on late into the night with the bravest among them coming up to offer their congratulations. When it was time to leave Ramses loaded Sarahs parents into one of the food carts going back to the palace with a promise that they could return home if they so desired. Sarah wanted her mother close by to plan her joining even though they were a bit out of their league on this one.
Habish and Isa were given the same apartment that Sarah had when she had arrived at the palace and settled in for the night. Retiring to their quarters they put the sleeping Hawk into bed and headed for the baths.
"Tell me love are you happy?" asked Ramses.
"I feel like I have died and gone to heaven baby. I dont know why you want me but Im glad you do but for now sire there is something we must do."
"What is that Queen Sarah?"
"The queen would like very much to make love to her king."
Ramses lifted Sarah out of the bath and set her on the floor and wrapped a towel around Sarah. Taking care of the now sensitive nipples she dried her queen and then herself. Picking up the small woman again she brought her into the bedroom and laid her down. Sarah could feel her breathing start to quicken and her inner thighs start to get wet.
When Ramses lay down Sarah flipped the tall woman onto her back so that she could straddle the rock hard abdomen. Having her lover sitting on her gave the pharaoh a good view of the woman that would be queen. Sarahs skin was creamy white and soft. Two full breasts with pink rosy nipples swung slightly when she moved. The hair between her legs was as blonde as her head and at the moment it was painting wet lines on Ramsess midsection.
Lying on top of Ramses gave Sarah an equally good view of the woman she was to marry. Ramses was tan on the parts that the sun touched most and olive toned where it was not. There was a layer of muscle just under the skin everywhere giving her a sculpted look. Two small breasts with dark nipples that stood at attention were perfect in Sarahs eyes and the sensations produced by the rippled muscles of Ramsess abdomen were driving Sarah mad.
"Touch me baby I cant wait anymore." Sarah told her as she draped her body over the one beneath her. Ramses rolled them over and slid down Sarahs body once the small woman was on her back. Before Sarah could protest the missing body Ramses buried her head between her legs. "OH baby dont stop that feels so good," Sarah screamed as Ramses sucked her clit into her mouth. The sensation was like no other that she had ever experienced as Ramses alternated between sucking and licking at the hard point. Sarah put her feet on Ramses shoulders to that she would have more leverage to push up and when she thought that she could not feel anything more pleasurable Ramses slowly pushed two fingers into her opening causing a flood of wetness to come out.
Riding the fingers and pushing the face harder against her sex with her hands Sarah lost all ability for speech and could only moan. When Ramses felt the slick inner walls start to tighten she sped up her pumping making Sarah come. The orgasm was fierce and Ramses almost passed out when the strong little legs clamped down on her head. Sarahs crying brought her out of her cocoon worried that she had hurt her.
"Whats wrong Sarah?"
"Nothing baby I just have never felt that before." Sarah told her as her heart beat slowed a little. Before there could be any further conversation Sarah sunk her hand into black curls that were wet with desire. It was Ramsess turn to start gasping. Taking her fingers Sarah stroked between the lips of Ramsess sex finding the hard point of want. Sarah felt selfish as her own desire swelled again when she started touching Ramses. She kissed the soft lips that tasted like her with passion and moaned into Ramsess mouth when she felt herself be lifted and placed in a straddled position on a strong leg. When Ramses lifted a little it brought a great relief to the throbbing between Sarahs legs.
"Let me take care of you baby dont worry about me," Sarah told her actions not reflecting her words as she rocked against the leg. "Touch me love and come with me," Ramses told her. As she buried her fingers deep within the pharaoh she pressed herself on the strong leg feeling another orgasm beginning again. Moving against each others sweaty bodies they fell into a mutual rhythm that left them screaming each others names at the same time. It was a position they woke up in later with Sarah glued to Ramsess leg and her fingers in between the pharaohs legs, which made them, repeat the process all over again.
"Sire it cant be done, it would be an insult to all who came before you," said Mika the senior advisor.
"Mika are you telling me what to do or giving lessons on history?" asked Ramses.
"I served your father Ramses as I now serve you. I watched you grow from a baby into a fine ruler and I feel like you are my own but now you have lost your way."
"You are not my father Mika so careful where you tread old man."
Mika stood before the throne in a fury. When he and the other advisors heard the news coming from the slave quarters they had demanded an audience with Ramses for an explanation.
"I speak for all here to tell you this will not be permitted. No Hebrew whore and her son will sit on the throne of Egypt I will not permit it!" screamed Mika. He had tried reason and now he was beyond all patience. "Your father made a grave mistake in making you pharaoh, he should have followed tradition and made you queen. It is clear to all of us that you need the influence that only a man can provide."
Sarah had entered the chamber in search of Ramses to ask her to have lunch with her and her parents. The whore comment had been like a slap in the face because it was so close o the truth. Their love for one another might not be enough to stand up to so many generations of hate.
"Are you so willing to throw it all away for this bitch Ramses? Surely if you are in heat we could find you a suitable mate but not her." Mika continued.
Ramses looked at the grief on Sarahs face and prayed to the gods that her next move wouldnt turn Sarah against her.
"Sarah my love come her here and sit with me. We were just discussing our upcoming joining." Ramses stood from here chair and descended the stairs to escort Sarah to the throne that sat next to hers. "Mika here thinks that my father made a mistake by giving me this chair and the lands that go with it. He thinks you and our sons are whores that have blinded my judgement. And he thinks that I am in heat for you love."
When she finished talking she turned to the group of men standing at the bottom of the steps. Her posture told them that Mika had been wrong in thinking she could be easily intimidated. They all saw it, save one and they stepped silently away from him less they share his fate.
"Mika you are right." She began making him smile thinking he had won. "You served my father and now me but today you have overstepped yourself a bit. What makes you believe that I would allow you to speak to me in the manner you have displayed here? Tell me Mika do you think that you are man enough to take this chair away from me? Do you think that because I am a woman I would be weak and do your bidding old man?" As she screamed louder he lost his bravado of moments before. The anger that had coursed through him was now replaced with fear.
"I will show mercy today Mika and forgive you for all the liberties you have taken with me today. They will be forgotten." She finished in a softer tone.
I knew that she was weak and will not punish me. With this victory it will garner me support to remove her from power thought Mika. He turned and looked at his fellow advisors with an air of superiority on his face.
"What you said about the queen though Mika, that is unforgivable and not pardonable. The woman you see sitting here will be your queen. She has given me a son and in a few moons will gift me with another. They will bear my name and with that will come our throne and yes I would give all of this up for her."
There was another angry outburst that was about to come out of his mouth when he saw her move her hand. His mind barley registered the fluid motion before he felt the incredible pain of the dagger sticking out of his gut. When he looked up at her he saw in her hand the twin to the one she had already thrown.
"Mika there is your queen," Ramses said pointing toward Sarah, "I think you owe her an apology for your harsh words you have said against her today. I insist." She looked at him tapping the blade in her palm.
"My queen forgive an old man his tongue. I was merely giving the pharaoh my advice on the matter." He was able to get the statement out but his pain was making him pale and sweaty. It would be only a few moments more before he could remain standing he was sure.
"There Mika that wasnt too difficult I trust. Now you are ready to meet your ancestors having paid all you wrongs." He listened not fully comprehending the words. His last thought before the dagger split his heart in two was that the pharaoh had said she had forgiven him.
"Is there any other discussion on my joining this morning and how it will affect my ability to rule?"
"No sire." All of the remaining advisors said simultaneously looking at the still body on the floor.
"Good you are dismissed. Corby are we ready to go?" "Yes sire."
Ramses waited a few heartbeats before turning and facing Sarah. Her fear came from what had just occurred. There were times when people had to see that there were consequences to challenging the throne. The right to rule belonged to only one and at that moment it was her turn.
When she did turn around and face her future wife she found Sarah crying. Silent large teardrops were falling down her face as she looked at the body stretched out at the bottom of the stairs.
"No one has ever bothered to defend my honor before. Of course I have no honor so why would they do so? Why do they do so now?" she asked Ramses.
"Sarah had you chosen your lot in life then you would have to live with people whispering about you forever. But you did not my love. You are a virtuous woman that was robbed of her dignity by circumstance and no other reason. I mean to treat you as such and so will everyone else."
"Thank you Ramses. You make it easy to believe that and you make it easy for me to love you sire."
"For the first time since my father Sarah I love someone more than that chair upon which you sit." Ramses told her as she come and kneeled before Sarahs throne. Reaching up and running her fingers along Ramsess jaw and then into her hair Sarah pulled the kneeling woman in for a kiss.
"I love you my queen."
"I came to get you for lunch. My parents and little Hawk are waiting in the column room. It is that all right?" asked Sarah.
"I would love nothing better then after I would like your parents to join Hawk and I on an errand in the city."
"Im sure they would love nothing better especially if our son gets to ride with you."
The lunch was another opportunity for Habish and Isa to relax around Ramses and get to know the person their daughter had fallen in love with. Ramses treated Sarah and Samuel with respect and love and it was easing their fears the more they saw. Sarah looked at Ramses with her son on her lap giving him advice on how to improve his aim with his sling shot and it warmed her more than all that Ramses had given her up to that moment. Samuel was happy here, happy with this woman. Children couldnt fake such affection.
After their meal Ramses led them to the front of the palace where Corby and Dennu again stood waiting with the teams of horses. Ramses had talked Sarah into coming with them after promising the future queen that they would go at a snails pace. Corby and Dennu each took one of Sarahs parents so that no one had to walk.
When they stopped in front of Larliss house Ramses could feel the shivers travel down not only Sarahs body but also Hawks as well. There were no pleasant memories here for either of them and were not anxious to step foot on the grounds again.
"Trust me you two this house will hold nothing but happy memories for you in the future. I mean to make Larlis pay for his crimes against you and the many others like you that came before you. My father let this man get away with too much and that will end today." Ramses told them as she stepped off the back of the rig. The soldiers she had ordered were already surrounding the house and Larlis was arguing with the captain that there had been some mistake. When he saw Ramses relief flooded his face and he hurried in her direction.
"Sire there has been an error committed by someone for I have not committed any crime to be treated in such a manner. These soldiers have been here since this morning causing talk among my neighbors that I am a thief to the throne. Now that you are here Im sure that this will be settled and you can dismiss these men. Tell me sire how is the pleasure slave that I gifted you with?"
Ramses slapped him hard across the face sending the weak man flailing to the ground. "Larlis do not speak of your future queen in such a manner it angers me. There is no mistake here little man you are a criminal and deserve to pay for your crimes. From this day forth you will be sent to live and work in the quarries to pay your debt to Egypt. You will lose your house and all your possessions to become a sculptor. Just think Larlis you will learn to shape rock so that it will glorify me and my sons."
"That little bastard of mine is who you will call son sire? You will become the joke of Egypt for putting a slave on the throne. Sarah is good but not that good sire surely you could do better."
"Corby have him taken to the quarries and put in the work force directed by Habish. Im sure that Sarahs father will enjoy having the man that repeatedly raped his daughter work for him on a daily basis. And while her father teaches Larlis the art of carving Habish can tell Larlis how comfortable he and Isa find their new home. It will be my gift to them for giving me the greatest gift Ive ever received the love of Sarah. Oh and Corby have his tongue cut out for his disrespect of the queen and our children. Have the Hebrews do it Im sure that their methods are so much better than our own."
As she gave the order Habish was standing right behind her listening to who this man was and why he was being treated the way he was. At first he had thought that the pharaoh got pleasure off the misery of others but as he heard that this was the man that had treated his Sarah like a common slut his anger started to grow. Larlis wasnt long for this world once he got into the quarry he would see to that himself for the sins he had committed against his daughter.
"Sire it would be my pleasure to watch over this man for you and have his tongue taken care of. Thank you sire for the gift of the house but Isa and myself dont need all of this we are simple people." Habish told her from a bowed position. It was all he could do to keep calm and not rip Larlis apart with his bare hands.
"Habish do me a kindness and call me by my name we will be family before to long so it would seem rude to have you call me sire. I give you and your wife the house so that Sarah and Hawk will have an easier time of coming to see you as well as your friends. This is your home and anyone you wish is free to come and visit with you. I will leave with you an escort of soldiers so that at any time you wish to come and see us they can take you but dont think of this as a prison. Think of them as your neighborhood watch to keep you safe. You are after all the parents of the queen of Egypt it would reflect poorly on me if something were to happen to you."
"Thank you sire, I mean Ramses. Now child if you dont mind I would like to take Larlis here to meet some of my friends down at the smiths. A pair of hot tongs should do the trick."
"Habish dont feel that you have to stop at the tongue and dont feel like I need another sculptor. Larlis is my gift to you."
"Ramses you are truly a good person. Come on you scum Im going to repay all the misery you visited upon my daughter."
They looked down the street as Habish along with Dennu escorted Larlis down to the slave compound. Sarah was thinking that revenge tasted like fine wine and was acquiring a taste for it. Thank goodness this was the last of her nightmares less she become some bloodthirsty shrew.
Isa and her daughter walked through the house with Mendos seeing what had to be done and what changes the ladies wished to make. Ramses promised them a stipend so that they could pay workers and not have to keep house slaves and was financing the changes to the house.
Sarah found Ramses sitting under an olive tree with Hawk in the yard after walking through the house and exorcising her demons. Ramses was right with her parents here living their last years in comfort instead of at labor gave her a sense of peace when she looked at the house that had been the setting for her worst dreams for over eight years. She had been so young when she had had Samuel and had felt robbed of her childhood, but because of him he had brought her Ramses. And with Ramses had come love and healing.
"Have I told you today Ramses IV Pharaoh of Egypt how much I love you and how wonderful you are?" she asked the woman reclining against the old tree. "No and I believe I can have you whipped for that." "Who would administer that punishment sire?" "No one that would live to see another sunrise in my kingdom."
Samuel listened to their conversation and asked, "Hawk are you going to join with my mother?"
"Yes son I am if that is all right with you, as the man responsible for her up to now it is my duty to ask for her hand in marriage. So what do you say little one do I have your approval?"
"Yes sire but if she is to become your queen do I have to go away."
Surprised at the question and why he would ask it Ramses told him, "No son that would make you Prince Hawk future pharaoh of Egypt."
"Do I get my own chariot and horses?"
"Yes but I think your mother will make me wait a few years before I can give you that for your birthday."
"What should I call you sire now that I cant call you Hawk?"
"What would you like to call me besides sire?"
"You said at grandmothers that you are my father. I always wanted one cause all the other kids I played with had one so could I call you papa?"
"Yes son if that is what you like I would love it."
"You may have to kill a few more advisors over that one baby the first time he says that in the throne room. Just look at him, he loves you so much, almost as much as his mother." Sarah told her as they watched Hawk running around the yard ripping olives off the tree and using them as ammunition for his slingshot.
They sat together and watched their son run with the abandon and freedom of children wondering what the future would hold. One thing they could count on was that their love would grow and bare fruit like the tree they sat beneath. For many years to come they would return to this spot and watch their grandchildren pull the olives off the tree and aim at the many targets the yard provided. And the love they shared was the greatest legacy left by this pharaoh to her people and to her children.
This is the first story of Ramses and Sarah Stay tuned for a joining and trouble from down the Nile.
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