Posted: 08 September 2012 at 3:54pm | IP Logged
Arnav turned around. He was in the middle of his archery practice. "What," he asked, a bit aggravated.
"I beg for your forgiveness but the Pharaoh has returned."
Arnav placed his bow down. "Father is back," he smiled and he ran out of the room.
Arnav ran through the palace, cutting the workers off.
"Sorry," he yelled back.
Arnav zipped through the halls and passed by his sister's room. He stopped and looked back in and saw Anjali combing her hair.
"Di," Arnav called out.
Anjali looked at his reflection in the mirror. "Yes Chote?"
"Father is back."
Anjali stood up and looked at him. "Really," she smiled.
"Then what are we waiting for," and she went over to Arnav and grabbed his hand and both ran down the halls.
In the main hall, the queen was holding onto the Pharaoh. "I have missed you very much, my Pharaoh."
"I have too," the Pharaoh replied and kissed her hair.
Just as Anjali and Arnav got near the main hall, they slowed down and adjusted themselves and walked in with a proper manner. Everyone bowed at the sight of them and the pharaoh and queen looked at them. Arnav and Anjali went over to them and the family had a group hug.
"I hope your travels were fine," Arnav asked.
"It was," the pharaoh said. He looked at Anjali. "How is my little princess?"
"Now that you are back father," Anjali said, "I am spectacular."
The pharaoh gave Anjali a kiss on her forehead.
"Great Pharaoh," a member of the court called out. "In honor of your return, we have decided to throw you a feast."
"Wise decision," the pharaoh said. "The entire kingdom, rich and poor, will be allowed to come to join the festivities.
"As you say my pharaoh."
The Pharaoh and his family left and everyone once again bowed down. The pharaoh and his family went to his room and he told them about his travels.
Later on in the day, they all had to get ready for the festivities, hours in advance prior to the festival. While Arnav was having his golden jewels polished, within the town, the pharaoh's guards had gone out to the main square, where all the people came.
"Listen well, all of you. The Pharaoh has returned safe and sound, and in honor of him, there will be a festival tonight with a great feast.
Everyone began to murmur, everyone excited.
"The festivities will begin at sunset and continue past midnight."
The guards left and everyone murmured. Within the crowd stood a girl and she got very excited and ran back home. She couldn't wait to give the news to het friend.She ran and ran through the markets all the way to her area. She went straight in to her friend's home and burst into the room.
The girl turned around and looked at the her. "Payal?"
Payal was to busy catching her breath that she didn't reply.
"Payal? What is going on? Why are you so excited?"
Payal sat down on Khushi's bed and made her sat down as well. "There is going to be a feast and the entire kingdom is welcomed."
"So? That only means the rich-"
"No! The poor are invited as well!"
Khushi stood up. "Then what are we waiting for? Let us go out to the market and find some jewelry with our savings."
"You think we have enough?"
"We have been saving years worth of savings. Let us see what we have saved."
"Okay. I will go get my bank and bring it here."
"Go quick. I shall dig up mine."
Payal nodded and quickly went out. Khushi moved her mat aside and began to dig out her bank. Payal came back and placed her bank down.
"Ready," Khushi asked, holding a rock in her hand.
"Ready," Payal said, holding a rock as well.
Both smashed their banks open and counted up their coins.
"I have enough," Khushi exclaimed.
"Then let's go!"
Khushi got up and grabbed Payal's arm and they ran to the market and looked at jewelry. They bought necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Sparing some money, they decided to go over to the old fortune teller and hear what the future held for them. Payalwent in first and she came back smiling from end to end.
"What happened," Khushi asked.
"A man will come into my life soon!"
"Yes! Go find out your future. There might be a man coming into your life too."
Khushi nodded and went in and sat down across the fortune teller.
"So, you have come to know your future, the fortune teller said.
The woman mixed in powders in a bowl and poured in a liquid. She waved her hands over it and then held her hands out.
"Hold my hands and shut your eyes," she said.
Khushi held her hands and shut her eyes. A light flashed and she saw people., people of her village that is. They were all in a festive mood, partying and getting drunk. She saw the Pharaoh and the Queen sitting in their thrones. Everything blurred and forwarded and Khushi saw herself and there was a man in front of her. The problem was, she couldn't see his face. He was holding her hand and had another hand around her waist. Everything blurred again and the next thing she saw was the man kissing her.
The vision cleared away and the woman was looking straight at Khushi. Khushi gulped and looked at her.
"I hope what you saw has filled up your heart," she said.
Khushi nodded once. "But there is just one question I have."
"And what us that child?"
"Who is he?"
"You don't know?"
"No, I don't."
The woman looked at her mixture and waved her hand over it and brought her hands up, a smoke cloud coming up.
"It would be wise for me to not tell you," she said.
"But why," Khushi asked.
"The gods would rather that you found out on your on."
Khushi simply nodded and got up and left. Once Khushi was out of sight the woman began to wonder aloud.
"Could it really be? Could she be the one?"
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