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OP 7/30/06 1:31:34 PM#1
For my friends back in The Village-- you ask and you shall receive.
“Where is that boy? He has been gone too long! Did he forget we have a vigil in a few days? We need every able body in The Village! We need materials for sacrifices!” Gearjammer exclaimed as he paced the floor of the tent. “You don’t suppose he ran into trouble returning that girl?” he lamented. “Now dear, I take it you missed the look in his eyes when he was around that girl.” Murtha stated as headed out to do her chores. “What? What are you saying woman!” Gearjammer snorted. Lady Hawke had joined Murtha in her walk to the animal pens, “I have grilled enough fish and onions for the stone dig tonight and Ancano says we have enough shovels to provide to the new peasants. But I admit, I too am worried about my grandson.” Murtha tried to put them all at ease that TenamonTi would return; he would not let his village down. The vigil was a big event for as it marks the beginning of the summer solstice where each villager makes a sacrifice in hopes for a vision of a good prosperous season.
Back in Kush, TenamonTi completed the first skills into becoming a citizen of
As he headed back towards the Kush Public Works area he was greeted and welcomed by many fine citizens. All were studying and testing in the disciplines as well and they were happy to sign his petition. Then he saw her---she was, viewing a students Art Sculptor, was his beloved Tang. His heart nearly jumped from his chest and his mind raced with many thoughts and questions. It felt as if time had stopped as he watched her every movement gracefully studying the display. After a few moments her head turned and she saw him, that beaming smile covered her face and she ran towards him. He nearly dropped his scroll and petition has she hugged him tightly the same way she had hugged her parents the night of her return.
She was the first to speak, “You stayed! I’m so happy!”
“You are? Ten stuttered. “Why yes, yes of course”, she replied
“I’m sorry about my outburst the other night ” he said still stammering with his words.
Tang pressed her fingers to his lips to quiet him, “Ten how long do you plan on staying? Your mother told me about the upcoming vigil?”
“Yes, yes I should be getting back, but the Tests. . ., You? I am in love with you?” he managed to finally say clearly. “Ten, you do not have to stay in
Ten hung on her every word waiting to hear words from her that she loved him.
Without notice a big hand slapped him on the back. It was Clintonio, he had asked “So boy, how are you coming along on the tests?” Ten could feel the hair on the back of his neck stand up as he replied, “I’m doing well thank you.”
“Good-Good. So exactly where you from anyway?” Clintonio asked has he appeared to be sizing up Ten. Ten described to him the direction and area from which his Village lived. Clintonio burst into laughter and said, “Oh I see, I have heard of that region. You live in the
“Son, I have loaded up some camels with some goods for you and your village” Tang’s father stated. “Sir? But? The tests. . .” Ten tried to explain. “My name is MacPhisto and my wife is Zisoni, but you can still call me sir. We both are Oracles – it is our business to make sure everyone succeeds at becoming a Citizen of Egypt. We have good friends in your Village- seek out Draomin and Dara, Morrigan and Aidanzoo. They will keep an eye on you and provide you assistance. Give them this scroll and these sheep for my payment for mentoring you. Once I get word that you are an Initiate of Seven of the Disciplines, I will come to visit you. I will bring Tang along to visit as well, I hear she enjoyed your people especially your mother. I am eager to meet your father, I hear he is an excellent blacksmith and has a good sense for mining.”
Ten grabbed the reins of the camels and headed out of
Tang headed to the
Ten was making good time across the desert back to his village. Feeling extremely happy and in good spirits about the direction of his life, he grabbed his dowsing rod to see if he could detect any underground veins in the area. Everything else seems to be working good for me, let’s see if I get lucky again. As soon as he brought his dowsing rod out Tenamon shouted! “Praise be to Geb!” His dowsing rod detected an extremely large ore vein. Ten thought that this would not take long for him to mine a bit in this area. He could still make it home in time for the vigil. He can’t pass up finding a new metal or some gems. Within an hour, Ten was able to construct a mine and had managed to dig in the ground quite a bit. Those lessons he took a few days ago came in handy as he noticed a strain of silver. There among the silver lay a huge quartz. Leaping with excitement over this magnificent find he worked even faster to pull it out. Carelessly in his excitement he failed to put enough support boards in the mine or notice how loose the sand was around him.
Panick stricken Tang ran from the
Along the route back to Fool’s Paradise Tang and Taipan kept an eye out for TenamonTi. A good wind storm had sprung up and any evidence of Tens camels had already been swept away. “Lets make haste to the village, with any hopes Ten made it back safely. He has a vital force of life about him. The god of Ka shines on him.” Taipan had sad. Tang found some comfort in Taipan’s words, TenamonTi was indeed a fine man. He cared about his village, his family, he was very smart and he worked hard. She remembered when she first saw him step into the tent after she recovered from nearly drowning in the
Arriving at the Village, Taipan and Tang immediately searched for Ten’s parents. The village vigil was underway and many sacrifices had already been made. Tang spotted his mother and moved into her close. “Tang what are you doing here? Where’s Tenamon?” In hearing that question Tang’s heart sank. Tang handed her the donation of linen and fish for the vigil, “I don’t know -I had a vision that he was not safe. I found Taipain in