Everyone was busy at Ah nt kem senef, the Palace of Black Blood. Guards held their positions on either side of each door and entranceway. Servants whispered amongst themselves as they worked diligently, busy with their daily duties. Queen Hatshepsut walked through the decorated hall with her head male servant, head guard and a young gentleman with auburn hair. She headed towards her bedchambers as they spoke.
"Are you sure about this, Asim?", inquired the queen.
"Yes, M'lady. The rebels stir, even as we speak."
"You know not who their leader is?"
"No, M'lady. I have people working hard to find that out. They seem to evade us every time we become too close", Asim responded.
They stood before her bedchamber doors. The young auburn haired gentleman looked to Asim.
"Is there not a way to search harder?", asked Hatshepsut. "This is my family we are trying to protect, Asim. My infant child rests behind these doors."
"We are trying the best we can. All of our best men are on this job", he replied.
Hatshepsut, listen to me. I trust Asim and his ability to protect us. We will find the truth. This is your destiny. Don't worry so much, please", added Gavon.
He looked at her with beautiful sapphire eyes. His auburn hair hung just above his shoulders. Gavon was a young man of twenty-eight years with an athletic build and stood about six feet. Hatshepsut pushed open the door to her bedchambers and nodded to her male servant. He bowed in respect and took his departure. She turned to face the open doorway, only to find Iboni, her most trusted servant, holding her fussy infant.
"M'lady, the baby woke just now. I believe the little one is need of food", Iboni stated, keeping her eyes to the floor.
Queen Hatshepsut walked farther into a large room filled with golden yellow, ruby red, royal purple and lapis tapestries on the walls. Granite busts of the queen sat on top of adobe pillars. Hatshepsut turned her attention to the fussing child and took the little one lovingly. As she sat on a richly colored teal and gold lounge, she soothed the infant in her arms. The babe's fussing calmed some as Hatshepsut began to nurse. The queen kept a veil over herself and her child for privacy.
"Shall I leave you in peace, M'lady?", inquired Asim.
"No. Please remain. Tell me more of the rebels and your plan."
"Yes, M'lady. It seems the rebels would prefer death than to speak to us. We had captured one of them and before we could speak to him he took his life, M'lady. Upon searching him, we discovered the rebels bare a mark."
"What sort of mark?"
"A tattoo of sorts, a crescent moon with a pyramid on the bottom and the Eye of Re above the pyramid. It appears to be high on the rebels right thigh. It seems to be a way to tell them apart from other commoners and palace members."
"An almost invisible mark, hidden by cloth and only visible when one is bare", said the queen.
"Precisely, M'lady. My men are looking for the tattoos on all whom are captured and suspected."
"It seems to me there must be a leak somewhere in the palace. Have you checked all those employed here, Asim?," asked Gavon.
"I was coming to that conclusion myself, M'lord. We are organizing a way to search everyone without being to inconspicuous. The queen and her family's secrets are of most importance, their safety above all."
"My hopes are that these traitors shall be found soon. For my family's safety. Asim, please do your best as I know you shall. You have my deepest gratitude", spoke the queen. "I wish to hear no more of this right now. The subject tires me."
Asim bowed to her in respect.
"As you wish, M'lady. I shall report to you when we have new findings", he replied.
Hatshepsut looked worryingly out the window to the night sky over the sandy horizon. Gavon walked up behind her and placed his hands tenderly on her shoulders.
"We will find who's behind this, Akana. I give you my word. Whatever it takes, I'll make sure your legend comes true. I'll give my life for our family's safety."
Hatshepsut looked up to him with fear in her eyes.
"Speak not such things, Gavon. It's this precious gift we must protect. I fear the day you shall leave me. I know not if my heart can bear such misery. But you are correct. Our legend must come true."
"And it will", he said as he leaned down to tenderly kiss her moist lips.
She looked deeply into his eyes. He noticed the beautiful infant asleep in her arms. Gently, he picked the baby up and placed the little one softly back into the bassinet-like bed. Gavon walked back to the queen and knelt before her. He took her hands into his. Their gazes met each others. Tenderly, he picked her up into his strong arms and carried her to the bed. Gently, he laid her down. As he crawled over her, he placed warm kisses on her soft skin until he reached her lips. Hatshepsut returned his love, her back arched some.
"I will do whatever it takes to protect you. I love you, Akana", Gavon said. "You and our baby are my life. You're the very breath I take."
Hatshepsut looked deeply into his eyes.
"My heart belongs to you as well. I love you", she replied.
Throughout the night, their passion was made strong. Early the next morning before the sun made its appearance in the sky, Gavon dressed and made his way to the meeting hall to have audience with Asim. He left Hatshepsut to her well deserved sleep.
"Good morning, M'lord."
"Have there been any new discoveries?"
Asim looked wearily at him.
"My men are working dilige
One of the guards working beneath Asim barged into the room.
"My apologies, M'lord. I have urgent news", he spoke breathlessly.
"What is it, Bomani?", inquired Asim.
"I fear my news is grave."
"Speak, Bomani. What is your news?", asked Gavon.
they have discovered your secret, M'lord."
"Yes, M'lord. The baby. They have learned the truth about the baby."
"How? We have been so careful not to let anyone know about the little one. How did they find out?"
"I know not, M'lord. But there is more. They are planning an attack."
"An attack?", asked Asim.
"Yes, sir. They wish t
Screams were heard coming from the halls. Noises that sounded like things crashing followed the screams. Asim and Gavon exchanged glances. Gavon rushed to the door and looked out at the chaos that was occurring. Iboni briskly walked by as Gavon grabbed her arm. She gasped softly.
"Go to Hatshepsut, now. Wake her and get her and the baby to the hiding point. The rebels have found out. I'll meet you there. Go fast, Iboni. I'm entrusting you."
Iboni left, horror stricken and did as she was instructed. Gavon returned to the room and began constructing a plan.
"Our biggest concern is to protect you and the rest of the royal family, M'lord. What shall you have us do?", inquired Bomani.
"How many rebels are we looking at here, Bomani?", asked Gavon.
"They come in hordes, M'lord. It is perhaps all of them."
"By the gods. It's an all out massacre."
"Bomani, take a few men and gather all you can and take them to the hiding point. The rest, fight as hard as you can to keep everyone safe", ordered Asim.
"I agree. Asim and I will head to Hatshepsut's quarters. We will meet Iboni there and begin our way to the point."
Bomani nodded in respect.
"Be careful, Bomani. Hold your sword high", encouraged Asim.
Meanwhile, Iboni strolled briskly into the bedchambers of her royal mistress. The slender, light brown haired, green eyed girl walked to her queen's bedside and gently placed her hand onto her sleeping mistress's shoulder. The curvaceous, five foot ten inch woman with black hair of silk opened her dark amber eyes and looked at the concerned and fearful face of her faithful servant.
"Iboni, what is the matter?", she inquired.
The girl knelt with her eyes to the floor then rose again to speak to her ruler.
"We must depart, my Queen. There is much danger upon us."
"What danger do you speak of?"
Hatshepsut sat up and rose from the comfort of her bed. She took hold of Iboni's hands and turned her to face her.
"They have discovered
She looked down at the sleeping infant in the cradle. Hatshepsut placed a hand on it and her eyes widened with fear. She quickly turned, grabbed some of the scrolls that rested nearby and swept her hand across the nightstand to grasp a rather large item. It had sparkled in the dawn light that shone inside the room.
"Where is he?", asked the queen fearfully.
"In the meeting room with Asim, M'lady. He sent me to you."
Just then, Gavon darted inside the room. Hatshepsut ran to him and was happy to see him safe.
"We must go, Akana. There is no time to waste", he said in a soft Irish accent.
Hatshepsut nodded once and looked to Iboni.
"Gather the others. We must leave Egypt at once. Return to me as soon as you can."
Iboni bowed and turned to leave.
"I'll go with her", stated Gavon.
Hatshepsut grabbed his arm.
Tenderly, he placed a finger onto her lips.
"Shhh. It's all right. I won't be long. I promise."
The frightful queen looked at him with terrified eyes and nodded her approval. Gavon pulled her close and kissed her forehead lovingly before taking his departure from her chambers. Hatshepsut stood alone and turned back towards her bed. As she looked out the window, she saw what would be her most frightening site
vampires as far as the eye could see charging towards her home. Quickly, she turned as her bedchamber doors burst open. Asim, a robust gentleman of six feet two with pitch black hair, rushed to her side and took her gently by the arm.
"M'lady, you're safe."
"Is everyone all right, Asim?"
He nodded and she let out a sigh of relief.
"They are at the secret area. We must get you and the baby to safety, M'lady."
Before anything more could be said, Asim is pushed away from her and pinned against the wall by two vampires. The queen's eyes widened in fear as five hungry and angry vampires walked closer to her. The one in the middle appeared to be their leader. He was slightly shorter than Asim and had dark red eyes. This one smirked at her before he leapt towards her. The baby screamed at the chaos going on.
"Noooo!", screamed Asim as he continued to struggle to break free.
Hatshepsut screamed in terror as the other vampires leapt towards her. They had followed their leader's example.