The jackal sat outside of the village. The cat loomed up over it. A very weird and a very normal animal to be found in Egypt, Time of Ramses the great. The cat descended from where it was perched at walked from the ledge towards the jackal. As the cat moved it rose, its legs grew longer and human shapes were formed form the cat. As she walked towards the jackal the similar transformation happened and there stood in the sand was a boy and a woman.
The women had cat like features with glowing eyes in the depth of the night. Sharpened nails like claws with two short daggers sheathed at her side. The boy was similar but had features of a jackal not a cat. The boy’s hearing, inherited from the jackal form, heard the cat from far off.
“Ra forbids you to see him. Anubis I do not care how you feel about him but at least let him enjoy not knowing the truth for now. I know how hard it is....” murmured the cat towering behind the boy, but as soon as she had said the last line he cut her off. Exploding the sand around him knocking back the cat women and making a perfect circle of sand all pointing in a hieroglyph at the boys feet
“I do not wish to go against Ra’s orders but it has been too long since I saw him. He should know soon. He should know and he WILL know.” And with that comment the boy morphed back into a jackal and ran through a shadow. The cat just purred to herself.
“I’m sorry Anubis. I’m so sorry. If only you understood as much as Thoth did about the boy.”
“BOY! Get here NOW! Get my sickle and harvest the crops before the Nile floods.” Screamed ahpemanon, Jaro’s farther. Jaro. A Darkish skin boy of about five foot high, Medium sized brown hair and stormy brown eyes. Ahpemanon was roughly three and a half foot with a big belly that didn’t fit the rest of him. He had been ordering Jaro since the boy could walk and only gave him a lower half of a robe to wear. Jaro never wanted to be a farmer. Or a pharaohs servant actually. He wanted to be a boatman guiding the spirits of the dead towards Anubis. Yet he had no idea how right he was in thinking that.
The meeting last night had not only been a cat and a jackal, from a dying, hollow tree a falcon sat watching listening in on the convocation. While Osiris has a servant reporting for him, Osiris was king of the dead and hated it when Anubis kept spirits of the dead, and ammit the devourer, waiting. But this was Anubis’s destiny and choice. The boy had a right to know the truth.
As Jaro jogged slowly keeping a nice rhythmic pace towards the fields, the Nile was watching him. Sobek had always hated Anubis and this boy especially. Sobek had been waiting for the boy to reach the fields. A crocodile smashed out of the water, this croc was pure black with eyes of hatred. Marnix stumbled back in shock as the animal raced towards him. The eagle swooped from the trees standing behind they boy. Jaro turned around.
“WH...WH...Where did you come from? Where did that Falcon go? And what is THAT? Stammered Jaro as a cat leaped of the same ledge as the night before and as Jaro looked there was no cat just a woman with two knives drawn. Then he heard pounding. A big dog pounded across the fields and jumped. It soared through the air and did a flip over the crocodile then Jaro blinked hard.
A boy about Jaro’s age was standing there with long black flowing robes. A blade of pure midnight in his hand. The older man and women moved in front of the teenage boy as Jaro ran behind their protective circle. Then the older man spoke in a deep harsh voice.
“SOBEK! YOU HAVE BETRAYED RA’S WORDS AND FOR THAT THIS CREATURE SHALL BE PUNISHED!” and as one the falcon drew a blade and swiftly moved across the right of the animal. The cat did the same on the left while the younger boy charged it straight on. A quick swipe of its claw and the cat had been crumpled into the crops the falcon had narrowly missed the crocodile’s jaws but in doing so had fallen into the Nile. The Boy changed back to a jackal and leapt over the animals head.
Jaro awoke. Heart pounding. The light momentarily blinded him. Then he realised it was coming from the end of the bed he was on. Jaro expected his usual planks of wood with reed covering. No. This was a genuine cloth bed with fine silk and pillows. On the wooden base were pictures of: Jackals, Falcons, Lions, cats and at the end one magnificent phoenix. But the phoenix was alive and moving. Jaro backed up to the other end of the bed and rammed into a Tall man with an Ibis head swapped for his.
“Thoth. Settle our guest down please.” Calmly called the phoenix, taking shape of a human with a phoenix head upon a throne. And so the ibis headed man start to murmur a few words and Jaro felt all his limbs go numb and all he could do was see and listen to the man-phoenix thing.”Welcome, to the duat. This particular room is one of many identical. Used to house children of the gods. And you Kilajarano...” Jaro flinched at hearing his full name being heard. ”Have caused ALOT of trouble for Thoth. You farther and for me.” Concluded the man on the throne resting his elbows on the arms of that particular throne and placing his hands together. “And so you shall see the court of the gods to decide judgment.” After the final word the Phoenix headed man waved his hand and the scene changed.
The Ibis headed man was standing on the right of the phoenix headed man who claimed to be a god. All manner of animals and weird animal headed humans appeared out of the mist. A cant purred and jumped down from the phoenix guy’s throne and took its seat. A falcon Swooped down and changed into a warrior. While Jaro was just left standing in the centre looking at all the surrounding thrones. “Kilajarano. You have been chosen to appear before the god’s council. Because of a certain crocodile lord wanting to commit harm upon you.” Began the Phoenix lord while sideways glancing to his far left. A human with the head of a crocodile of pure red stood up and launched a glimpse of black at Jaro.
Time slowed down. The crocodile launched at Jaro, jaws wide open. Jaro just stood and looked into its blue eye in absolute terror. The streak of black was launched across the room by another glimpse of black. Moments before the door of the room flew open and a tornado of pure red fire stood in its way making its self into a red skinned human warrior. A low growling came from the beats that had intercepted the crocodile. “Set animal! Heel!” cried the red skinned warrior bowing towards the phoenix lord. After he had bowed he whirled around to face Sobek. “DON’T YOU EVER UNLEASH A MINION UPON MY GRANDSON AGAIN!” and with that he sat upon a throne and glared at Sobek.
“We should have the boy killed. He would only bring terror upon Egypt.” stated sekhmet, her face showing no emotion. ”I agree!” shouted Sobek, face filled with joy. That’s when the room turned black. A figure melted out form Jaro’s shadow and took his place between Osiris and set. His flowing robes trailed behind him.”I shall not have the boy killed.” Replied the newcomer. “And that is final. Council dismissed. Thank you, King Ra.”.