By Lynda S. Robinson

With the pinnacle mystery research of Queen Nefertiti's homicide in complete gallop, Lord Meren is without warning referred to as away to enquire the weird demise of Pharaoh Tutankhamen's favourite groom.

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Part of the animal's muzzle were ripped away, exposing the bone. Yamen grasped the blood-flecked mane. "He should have misplaced a conflict with one other male. " "Such accidents might force him mad with pain," Meren acknowledged. "I don't believe he might have charged differently. " Kysen attempted to not consider these gaping jaws and curved, yellow tooth. Yamen slapped him at the again. "You do not glance good. you want to take a seat. He landed on you not easy adequate to flatten you love a papyrus sheet. " Kysen sat on a rock. Meren introduced an earthenware canteen and made him drink. approximately them the hunters busied themselves checking reins and reading horses for accidents. comfortable to not be the thing of everyone's consciousness, Kysen watched Yamen direct a number of males in binding the carcass for delivery again to Memphis. Then he heard Meren whisper. "I should still kill him immediately. " Startled, Kysen glanced up on the lean, dependent determine of his father. "Why? " Meren's gaze—hard as pyramid stone and chilly as obsidian—was fastened on Yamen. with no taking his eyes from the officer, he passed Kysen his dagger. It used to be stained with the lion's blood. "He could not have recognized the lion will be there," Kysen stated. Meren shot a critical examine Kysen. "You safeguard him? " "There's not anything to guard. It used to be likelihood that the lion hunted an identical quarry that we did. " "I love it no longer that the 1st time we search out this corrupt military officer, he approximately will get you killed. " Kysen begun rubbing his dagger with sand. "If he'd desired to kill me, he may have allow the lion have me. " there has been silence whereas Meren persevered to shred Yamen with a razorlike gaze. "There is one other risk. " sure? "He intentionally sought probability as a way to provoke us. " At Kysen's skeptical glance, Meren went on. "Think for a second. the fellow is a spot seeker and a purveyor of corruption, and this is often the 1st time he has been invited to seek in a celebration of significant males, in a gaggle of which i am an element. " "You imagine he desired to capture your cognizance. " Meren nodded virtually imperceptibly. Then he smiled. It was once a grin that had visible rivers of blood at the battlefields of the empire, a grin that lurked in darkish alleys and at the back of sacrificial altars. "And if he has placed himself to lots difficulty, we should always present him," Meren stated. "We may still? " Kysen wiped the dagger on his kilt and sheathed it. Meren did not resolution. He raised his voice and referred to as to Yamen. by the point the officer used to be with them, Meren's good points had assumed one of many numerous mask Kysen had come to acknowledge. A twinge of pity stuck him unexpectedly as he watched Meren flip upon his sufferer that disarming and gracious smile that have been the downfall of better males than Yamen. "I have not but thanked you for saving my son's lifestyles, Yamen. " The officer made a low bow. "I yet assisted Kysen, lord. " "Without your javelin, i would be dead," Kysen acknowledged. Meren nodded. "And with out your ability with the chariot, you'll either be lion's meat. " Hauling Kysen to his ft, he grasped the palms of either males, held them excessive, and shouted to the looking social gathering.

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