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  • Artist SAM SHENDI’s exhibition “MOTHERLAND”.
    @sam_shendi

    The exhibition Started from Sunday, October 11th until November 2nd, 2020.

    “Sam Shendi an Egyptian born British Sculptor, Shendi creates joyfully coloured abstractions of the human figure, which, with the subtlest of indicators, hints at the complexity of human interactions.
    He graduated in 1997 with a first class BA degree with honors from Helwen University of Fine Arts in Cairo.
    His works whittles down the human figure to its simplest form enabling the exploration of the idea of the human form as a vessel. So by reducing the human body to a container or minimal shape, his creations become centered on an emotion or an expression.”

    Daily 11:00AM - 8:00PM except Fridays.

    NB: For sake of safety, we kindly ask you to wear a mask and apply hand sanitizer prior to entering the Gallery.

    Web:www.zamalekartgallery.com
    #sam_shendi #art #artistquotes #egyptian #artgallery #zamalek #artsy #egypt #artoftheday #lifestyleblogger #artbasel #museum #galleriesnow #artstagram #egyptianart #egyptianartist #mocomuseum #inlovewithit #contemporaryart #modernart @whats.up.cairo #artcollector #artlovers #zamalekartgallery #Zagpickoftheday #interiorstyling #collectivexhibition #sculpture #paintings #artselect (at Zamalek Art Gallery)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CG_8o8Un7Yw/?igshid=wcjshv97tsal

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  • Associations: SW & Egyptian Mythology 

    It all started from the fanart by editsulli of Ahsoka Tano ala Egyptian Goddess… 

    (Image credits:
    1) Ahsoka as The Daughter (u/imaxwebber), Ra by lordtrigon66613;
    2) The Daughter from the Mortis Triptych by roscidcup, Isis by bobgreyvenstein;
    3) The Son from the Mortis Triptych by roscidcup, Anubis by yefumm

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  • Mood: wanna hear ‘Tamally Ma’ak’ by Amr Diab, live.

    (Which is also sung by Amir Jamal as ‘kaho na kaho’.)

    #this song is always a mood #arabic song#Mediterranean music#amr diab#egyptian #ahmad ali moussa
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    Ra Egyptian God, medium, channeler, destroyer and automatic writing Andrew Rogers.

    We where experiencing difficulties there were entities that were moving against I, Ra and other Egyptian Gods and Goddesses this was developing into a major problem, we made Andrew Rogers aware of the conflict and he settled this quickly and I, Ra greatly appreciate this occurring.

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  • Black Cobra / Egyptian Special Forces I Egyptian Army I Bangladeshi Reac…

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    Used @Nine Lives Cat Cafe prompt list over on pinterest. Day 2: Desert Cat

    © 2020, a.g.landers & furbat-fridays

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  • Egyptian Faience collar Necklace. Late Period 664-332 BC

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    ~ Bracelet with Two Snake-Head Terminals.

    Period: Ptolemaic or Roman Period

    Date: 304 B.C.–A.D. 364

    Place of origin: Egypt, Eastern Delta; Possibly from Tell el-Belamun (Diospolis Inferior)

    Medium: Silver

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    And colored the lovely jackal sweetie done in the style of Brian Sutton and Shon Howell.

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  • An Egyptian first damaged my jacket couple of days ago and now called me a “dog” for no defined reason. Later complained to security that was my fault. BUT, social services provided me another nice black jacket.

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  • Bad Things Come in Threes

    Just one of the characters from the SKMS universe.

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    The sunset lent a warm, almost cozy glow to the stacks of scarlet-washed terraces that supported the buildings of Mutul. The city was stuffed with more pyramids than any place Neith-Ka recalled from her native Khamit. Her people might have buried their Pharaohs in monuments of equal or even more mountainous scale, but these peculiar Mayabans laid every one of their structures on top of stepped pyramids, none less than two stories high. Everyone had to hike up a succession of stone stairs to reach the summit.

    Neith-Ka shook her foot to dull the pain chewing away at her tendons. Already, the woven papyrus of her sandals had started to splinter apart from wear. The Khamitan people may have taken pride in the grandeur of their monuments, but never would their architects dare subject anyone to so many tortuous steps. You weren’t even supposed to climb the royal tombs back home.

    Huya, Neith-Ka’s high steward, clicked his tongue with a frown. “You could feign a good attitude, Your Highness.”

    Neith-Ka drew in a deep breath through her nostrils. “I’ve done my best. Please show some understanding.”

    “I saw you pouting. And, I swear by the scales of Ma’at, I heard you mutter a curse while shaking that leg. You don’t seem to remember that you’re representing your father, your family, and all the Black Land here, princess. I’ll see no more lip from you tonight!”

    With another inhalation, Neith-Ka straightened up and nodded to her steward. As he and their entourage of guards and servants marched up yet another ramp of steps, she huddled close behind while keeping her focus on their destination. Looking back down the pyramid’s height only intimidated her further. Even more so with the lighter brown locals crowding behind her, fixing upon her the gawks of strangers who had never seen a dark-skinned person their entire lives.

    The lip of the stairway connected to a platform that supported a ring of rectangular buildings around a courtyard, all plastered with a blazing red base. Yet these were not monochrome edifices. Elaborate reliefs of jade-plumed gods were mounted on its walls and over its doorways, along with snarling gold leopards (or were those called jaguars here?), and strings of complicated square images that constituted the Mayaban culture’s written language.

    Neith-Ka had heard foreigners complain that Khamit’s hieroglyphs were impossible to read. Yet no mortal could possibly even draw their Mayabic equivalents!

    From one short, wide building at the far end of the complex, a faint yet spicy odor floated, its thin trails of steam snaking out from tiny windows in the walls towards the left edge. Dark green curtains, splashed with reds, golds, and purples, hung behind the gallery of square columns that supported the remainder of the building’s length. Standing in front were a pair of native guards, stocky men in padded cotton vests who parted their obsidian-fringed spears upon noticing the Khamitans’ arrival.

    Huya bowed at the waist to both guards. “Excuse me, my good man, but where would His Majesty the Ahau and his family be?”

    “Already inside, waiting with as much patience as they’ve got,” one of the guards said.

    The second glanced at Neith-Ka from the corner of his eye. “And you’re the one he’s waiting on, I presume. Not so ugly as far as your kind goes, if a bit overcooked. I’d advise you to stay clear of his youngest daughter.”

    Neith-Ka gave him a subtle smile to hide the prickling sensation that crept up her back. “I’ll…uh, keep that in mind…my undercooked friend.”

    “Princess! What did I say?” Huya hammered the butt of his high steward’s staff twice on the stone pavement.

    “Aw, give your woman a pass,” the first guard said. “She was only telling my friend to show more hospitality. Right, Yaxkin?”

    After strutting away from the two guards as they argued in the Mayabic language, Neith-Ka plunged herself through the curtains and into the royal dining hall.

    ##

    All chatter within the dining hall halted when she stepped inside.

    Two circles of people were already congregated at opposite ends of the space, enclosed by the curtains and columns. To the right, all women and girls sat on pillows fringed with blue and scarlet macaw feathers, whereas to the left, the men sat around a stone platform tapered like a miniature pyramid. Both parties stared at Neith-Ka with slackened jaws and silence, a few of the men’s eyes glinting with that all-too-familiar male emotion.

    She gave a nervous chuckle with a retreat towards the curtains, an uncomfortable warmth blushing within her cheeks. “Did I interrupt something?”

    On the leftward pyramidal platform sat a short man whose physique seemed much too gaunt to support his towering crown of deep green and red plumes, or even his necklaces and bracelets of gold, jade, and animal fangs. He raised a drinking cup of red clay and gave Neith-Ka a smile, as dark brown liquid dripped from his thin, wrinkled lips.

    “No, no, we’re more than thankful to see you so soon, daughter of Amenhotep,” the bedecked old man said. “No need to worry yourself with formalities tonight.”

    His ensuing belch rumbled between the columns.

    Neith-Ka raised an eyebrow. “Aren’t you the Ahau of Mutul?”

    “Call me B’alaj. It’ll be easier on your tongue than all my titles. Now, before you indulge yourself in the finest cuisine of any of the Mayaban cities, I owe you my thanks for all that treasure you sent us. Mountains of ivory, ebony furniture, all those exquisite animal hides­­­—even though, I daresay, your jaguars are rather dwarfish compared to ours—and then all the gold, copper, bronze…you Khamitans sure know how to buy yourselves a trade deal.”

    Huya, who had already entered with the rest of the Khamitans flanking him, bowed to the Ahau at the waist. “Glad to hear you appreciate our tribute, Ahau B’alaj.”

    The Ahau extended his arm to the low table-like platform that sprawled over the central third of the hall, cloaked with jaguar hides held down by flickering gourd candles at the corners and a vast, jumbled array of bowls and baskets holding food. “Help yourselves. Your hunger’s the limit. Though I say, the tamales and the chocolate are the best.”

    Neith-Ka had not come to the banquet with a bottomless stomach, but the variety of delicacies on display would have boggled even her father’s best cooks in Khamit. The various bowls held piles of multicolored beans, bulbs of squash, slender red peppers, and a lumpy paste that gave off the scent of avocado. In the baskets were stacks of thin yellow flatbreads, tropical fruits collected from the rainforest beyond the city, and cobs of maize scaled blue, red, and yellow. Roasted hunks of turkey, venison, fish, and even dog meat rested on the platters, and a fat pitcher streamed out a tendril of steam from its spout. Next to it sat a pile of folded corn husks stuffed with chili and some sort of dough.

    After gathering a couple tamales for her plate, Neith-Ka poured herself a cup from the pitcher. What came out was a liquid the color of coffee from the kingdom of Habesha (which bordered Khamit on the southeast), only thicker and frothier. “I guess this is your chocolate?”

    B’alaj raised his cup again. “The beverage of royalty such as yourself, daughter of Amenhotep!”

    Neith-Ka took her cup and tamales to the side of the room, where the women of the Ahau’s family dined. They shoved themselves aside to give her a wider berth before she had even taken her own seat. None could take their eyes off their Khamitian guest, even if they murmured unintelligible gossip from the corners of their mouths.There was no point in calling them out on it, she thought, and not only because it would embarrass her entire civilization before the people of Mutul. As Neith-Ka and the Khamitians always said back home, those who hate would always hate.

    She took a sip of the chocolate drink and grimaced, daring not to spit it out. It tasted every bit as bitter as the Habeshan coffee, except the Habeshans at least had milk and honey to improve the flavor. If only these Mayabans had the same!

    “It’s an acquired taste, I know,” one of the Mayaban ladies said. “You’ll warm up to it later.”

    Neith-Ka nodded as she took a second, longer sip. It pleased her no more than the first. “I’ll go look for some water next.”

    Between two portly middle-aged women, the petite hand of a girl no older than six popped out. “Why do you not like chocolate? Aren’t you Khamitans all covered in it?”

    It was time to take another deep breath. Neith-Ka scooted herself a hand’s span further away from where the child sat, and then pinched the skin of her own arm. “We don’t paint ourselves with your chocolate, little one. It’s our natural color, see here? Am I to assume that your people paint yourselves bronze?”

    “Don’t get too mad at my little Itzel,” the elder of the two women next to the girl said. “She won’t bite. She simply hasn’t grown out of her…mischievous streak yet. We’ve all been there at her age, haven’t we?”

    Neith-Ka grumbled. “Fair enough. Though if we’re going to comment on each other’s appearances, I must say I like how your nose plugs looks. Are they green malachite?”

    “Why, thank you, but they’re plain old jade. I don’t even know what that stuff you call malachite is. You yourself have some exquisite gold on you, not to mention that seductive black eyeliner.”

    “You mean the black kohl? It’s not supposed to be ‘seductive’. It helps protect our eyes from the desert sun’s glare and disease—”

    Something tugged onto Neith-Ka’s braided hair.

    She turned. Nobody was behind her. “Who was that?”

    The Mayaban women responded with blank, blinking looks. Neith-Ka noticed that the girl Itzel had disappeared beside her mother.

    A second, stronger yank on Neith-Ka’s hair almost uprooted it from her scalp. With a shrill yelp, she spun back and clasped her fingers on a small wrist. Itzel giggled without fear or regret.

    “All you foreigners think it’s funny to touch our hair without asking, don’t you?” Neith-Ka asked.

    “All my friends tell me your hairstyles are all fake,” Itzel said. “They tell me you women from Khamit always wear weaves because you don’t like how kinky and frizzy your natural hair is.”

    Neith-Ka tightened her grip on the girl’s hand to the point where she could feel the bones beneath the skin. She snarled, baring her teeth. “You mean wigs. And we only wear those after we shave for special occasions. The rest of the year, we’re as proud of our natural hair as any other women, and I won’t let a puny Mayaban brat like you tell me any different!”

    The child squirmed and wriggled her arm with a piercing squeal shriller than a chimpanzee’s angry screech. “You can’t be mean like this to me, you nasty Khamitan woman! My father is the Ahau!”

    “I don’t care if your father was none other than Amun’Ra in the flesh! Say sorry or I will rip you apart!”

    Instead, the girl chomped Neith-Ka’s arm. Blood trickled where the tiny teeth punctured her flesh, while the girl scurried back to her mother.

    A high steward’s staff banged on the floor, twice, as two shadows loomed over Neith-Ka. She shrank like a child before Huya and the Ahau B’alaj, both of whom glared down at her with the stern intensity of scolding parents. B’alaj’s face darkened into a reddish hue not unlike the plastered masonry around them.

    The Ahau clenched his hand into a fist, one finger thrust down at Neith-Ka. “You do not threaten my Itzel like that. You do not threaten any of my children like that. I thought myself generous and forgiving to you, but you showed me my error in ever trusting your kind!”

    “You see what you did there, young one?” Huya said. “I told you to represent our nation the best you could. You couldn’t even do that.”

    Neith-Ka trembled, buckling under the crushing mass of shame these two men had thrown onto her—together with her own sizzling anger. “You think I’m at fault here? Listen, O Ahau of Mutul, you need to teach your children, and even many of your grown-up subjects, some basic respect for my people. Did you even hear what your daughter said to me?”

    The Ahau shook his head with crossed arms. “She is only a child! You threatened to tear her into pieces, all for the ignorance every child is born with. And, since you talk of respect, remember that you are in my city, in the land of Mayab. You’d do well to respect your hosts.”

    “And they would do well to respect their guests. It should go both ways!”

    Huya’s features softened as he sighed. “In all honesty, the daughter of my Pharaoh raises a good point. This has all been a misunderstanding, O Ahau. How about both parties apologize to one another, make amends, and put this little altercation all behind us?”

    B’alaj rubbed his hand over the graying hair that flowed below his headdress, humming in thought. His frown rose up into a grin, but his eyes did not lose their malevolent glimmer in the least. “I did have plans to entertain you with some sports next morning. How about…letting your princess play a little game of ball with us?”

    Neith-Ka laughed, casting a glance at her guards, part of her visiting entourage. “You mean me and my men against yours?”

    “Oh, no. You, alone, against my best team. You have played ball before, haven’t you?”

    Not even the muggy warmth of the tropical night could melt the icy chill that ran up Neith-Ka’s spine. She would not dare reveal it before this audience. “Of course. My sisters and I would chase each other around our palace with a warthog’s bladder filled with—”

    “Pig’s bladder? That’s all? We’ll see how you fare with a real ball, then. If you, by the mercy of fate, were to win, I will pardon you for everything. Lose, and I shall deal with you as I would anyone else who has struck one of my family. In which case, please send my greetings down to the Twelve Lords of Xibalba.”

    Huya turned to wedge himself between Neith-ka and the Ahau. “What? You can’t do that! She’s the daughter of our Pharaoh. That would amount to an act of war!”

    “This is Mutul, and I am the Ahau. I may treat your Pharaoh’s daughter however I see fit!”

    Every note of the Ahau’s croaking cackle sent a shiver pulsing through Neith-Ka’s flesh. Whomever those Twelve Lords of Xibalba were, they sounded like demons in the underworld. She doubted the Mayabans would even bother to preserve her body for that meeting.

    The whimpering cry of a child moaned like an undercurrent beneath the rest of the commotion. Hugging her mother’s plump arm, little Itzel peeked back at Neith-Ka with cheeks still shimmering wet with tears.

    “I’m sorry,” the girl’s lips spelled out.

    ##

    A dense low mist swamped the tight alleyway that ran between two blood-red walls, each towering straight and vertical on top of the sloped terrace at their base. Already the moisture floating in the air, together with her own perspiration, had soaked the fringes of the band of cloth Neith-Ka had wrapped and tied around her braids. It sharpened the cold tingle sweeping down her skin as she treaded down the alleyway, the dark-stained pavement stabbing her feet with stray particles of grit.

    Her sandals, already worn beyond usefulness, had gone missing that morning. That only layered a stinging insult over her fear and shame.

    Each of the two walls beside the court had a stout pyramid adjoining it from behind, with people filing out from its summit shrine to stand over the wall’s upper edges. Gazing down from atop the left wall were Huya and the remainder of the Khamitan envoy, the guards holding their spears and cowhide shields while the servant women murmured nervous prayers. On the right wall were the nobility of Mutul, who parted to make way for their swaggering Ahau B’alaj.

    He held between his hands a ball of dark gray rubber. “Welcome to our royal ball court, daughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep of Khamit. In a moment, you’ll be introduced to your opponents, none other than the finest players in all Mayab—though I may be biased in that regard… Ooh, what’s that? They’re already here!”

    They emerged first as a line of hulking shadows in the mist, pushing it aside like buffaloes through reeds until they met Neith-Ka in the middle of the pinched court. Padded bands of cotton covered the men’s torsos, knees, and elbows, accentuating their already thickset forms. All wore helmets of shaggy, dark reddish-brown hair shorn from the scalps of Mayaban jungle bison, the centermost player wearing the animal’s arching horns atop his helmet. He ran his eyes up and down Neith-Ka with either a sneer or a leer. Or both. “You going to play against us in that puny linen tunic, woman?”

    She could not deny the validity of his argument. Neither could she betray her resentment at the Ahau for not providing her with armor of her own. Not in front of this human gorilla. “I happen to think what I got suits my svelte curves better. As for you, big boy…all your curves go out instead of in.”

    B’alaj laughed. “Khamitan or Mayaban, women will always be too vain to save themselves. These would be the Mutul Bison, our champions. It’ll be you against them, girl.”

    He turned his head to face a third, even higher wall on the far end of the court, a vertical gold hood gleaming near its lip at the center. “There will be eight rounds, each ending when either team passes the ball through that hoop. The team with the most hoops after round ten wins. Play ball!”

    With the hoarse blare of a conch trumpet, B’alaj tossed the ball high into the air. It shrank into a tiny dot within the sky before plummeting from its zenith, whistling through the wind as it swelled to the size of Neith-Ka’s skull.

    Kicking herself up, she caught the ball between her fingers.

    The Ahau puffed high-pitched notes through his conch twice. “One more rule I forgot to mention, my Khamitan guest. Never touch the ball with your fingers or palms, nor with toes or soles. Throw it up again.”

    Shaking her disbelief away, Neith-Ka complied. She lowered herself to the court’s floor with clenched hands, keeping her eyes focused on the descending ball.

    The leader of Mutul Bison beat her to it. With his elbow, he batted it towards one of his teammates. Neith-Ka leaped to intercept it, but a third player bumped her off course with his shoulder. She skidded over the court floor, the grit raking down her skin, until she crashed into the left wall. Her own followers hollered with horror while the Ahau and his nobles hooted with glee on the opposite wall.

    Neith-Ka staggered up to find the Bison gathered farther away, below the hoop on the far wall. Their horn-helmeted leader had already knee-kicked the ball through it.

    The conch screeched again. “Round one for the Bison!”

    Neith-Ka fluttered her eyelids. She had only touched the ball once, and already these overgrown barbarians were on their way to beating her.

    In a flash, the world turned dark gray before her. Firm rubber rammed onto her brow, flinging out white sparks.

    Her vision cleared to show the Bison passing the ball between themselves with their elbows, shoulders, knees, and hips. So that was how these Mayaban players could move it around without palms or feet! How did the Ahau expect one princess from across the Western Ocean to match his best team?

    He hadn’t expected that. He would never have arranged this ordeal if he had.

    “Round two to the Bisons! C’mon, princess of Khamit, even you can do better than that. Right?”

    The ball hopped back towards Neith-Ka. She did not miss this time. With one swat of her forearm, she redirected it to the left wall. It was now her entourage’s turn to hoot, the Khamitan guards pounding their spears on the stone alongside Huya with his staff.

    Their jubilee halted once an opposing player claimed the ball with a strike of his shin. More passing between the Mutul Bison led right up to the hoop again, and B’alaj announced a third round win for his team with his conch.

    There was no way Neith-Ka could overcome these giants. They had not only more muscle, but more practice and skill at their own game than she could ever achieve. She could not play ball the way they did.

    Then why not play it the way I do with sisters?

    The third time the ball returned to Neith-Ka, she slammed it down with the back of her hand. She countered its next launch with her forearm, bouncing it between her limbs and the floor as she ran to the far wall. Her people chanted her name with jubilant fervor as silence descended upon the Ahau’s side of the court. The Mutul Bison watched her, dumbstruck, as she sprang and flicked the ball through the hoop with her wrist alone.

    A low drone emitted from the Ahau’s conch. “I guess Round Four goes to the Khamitan princess. Tell me, girl, what do you call that trick?”

    “It’s a technique, and we call it ‘dribbling’. Want to see more of it?”

    She had already reached past the court’s halfway point away from the hoop, the ball still thumping beneath her forelimbs, the Bison of Mutul stampeding after her. With a backward pivot of her leg, Neith-Ka dashed towards the far wall, parallel to her pursuers. Her supporters continued to embolden her with their cheering songs.

    However, she did not count on one of the players sticking out his leg to trip her. As she fell, she had to roll aside to avoid the Mayaban team trampling her. They reclaimed the ball and scored.  

    “Round Five to the Mutul Bison! Good work, my men!”

    “Come on, that must count as a foul!” Neith-Ka cried out.

    The Ahau grinned down at her with smug remorselessness. “Plenty of games allow tackling and roughhousing. Why not this one?”

    After staggering back to her feet, Neith-Ka stormed over to the left side of the court, growling the vilest curses in her mind. If that Mayaban tyrant would not let his men play fair, why play this stupid game at all? An all-out war between Mutul and Khamit would resolve the problem with much more fairness. No… it would also mean much more bloodshed, death, and loss for innocent people. What could Neith-Ka, daughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep of Khamit, do?

    Something much lighter than the ball rebounded off the back of her neck and rolled to her feet. Her sandals.

    The condition of their woven papyrus strands had not improved, but somebody had sown thick scrappy pads of rubber to their bottom. She looked up to the top of the left wall behind her, yet nobody new among the faces stared down at her with as much confusion as she felt. The only change in the heavens was the ascendant sunlight beaming down on her through the fading mist. “Thank you for this blessing, mighty Amun’Ra,” Neith-Ka whispered as she put on the padded sandals.

    “Round Six to the Bison! Come on, Khamitan woman, stop dawdling and face my players once more!”

    When Neith-Ka bolted over to catch the ball, she did so with the velocity of a cheetah in full sprint. Never had she ran with such a sudden burst of speed. In less than half a minute, she won back the ball. She zipped in circles around the befuddled Bison, taunting them as they lunged after her and crashed into one another.

    The leader of the team threw himself between her and the hoop. “Don’t think you can outrun yourself out of this one!”

    “I won’t,” Neith-Ka said. “I’ll jump.”

    She jumped twice — once from the floor, the other off the dumb brute’s helmet. She batted the ball with her shoulder and won Round Seven.

    The leader of the Mutul Bison threw his dented headdress on the ground and crushed it further under his feet in a ranting fury. “You can’t get away with that so easily!”

    Neith-Ka cocked an eyebrow while still dribbling the ball. “Oh, really? Serves your team right for tripping me back in Round Five.”

    “Let’s see if you can keep it up without your ‘improved’ footwear.”

    Another teammate, the same one who had tripped Neith-Ka before, swiped the back of his hand at her. She vaulted away from harm with two back-flips, but lost control of the ball. The Bison of Mutul laughed among themselves with sadistic assurance as they bounded the ball between their bodies below the hoop.

    Yipping the Khamitan war cry like a hyena on the hunt, Neith-Ka pounced onto the man next to receive the ball. One shove of her hips knocked it up into the hoop.

    The Ahau blew his conch with a prolonged, bleating note. “Round Eight goes to Neith-Ka of Khamit, again. You heard that right, she won the last round.”

    Everyone on her side of the court broke into a joyous dance of chants, hoots and clapping, the Khamitan guards clattering their spears onto their shields. Even Huya, the high steward, twirled his staff around his body in an ecstatic frenzy.

    Neith-Ka could not resist the music of her victory. Yelling in triumph, she skipped and spun about like a desert dust-devil, taunting her exhausted opposition with shakes of her hips and backside.

    “Hold up, you didn’t win the whole game,” Ahau B’alaj said. “You won thrice, but my Bison won the rest. Give me my spear and thrower!”

    A servant handed him the quiver of weapons. The Khamitans’ celebratory dance ended when the Ahau fastened one spear to his thrower and aimed it down at Neith-Ka. “This is for my daughter!”

    A girl screamed. Hurrying over from the left corner of the ball court, little Itzel embraced Neith-Ka by the legs with a defiant glare at her distant father. “You will not kill her, Father! I won’t let you!”

    “Get away from her, my child!” the Ahau said. “She wanted to kill you, remember?”

    “No, she didn’t mean to hurt me. I pulled on her hair and hurt her feelings. It’s my fault. Don’t kill her because of me.”

    “What in Xibalba do you mean? I’m doing this for you, my little princess!”

    “Then why won’t you listen to me?”

    The rhythmic trebling of cicadas, and the chirping of jungle birds, passed through the silence that fell over the court. It ended with the clanking of B’alaj’s spear and thrower as they fell onto the bottom of his court, splintering in half.

    He took off his feathered crown and held his head low. “You speak with more wisdom than I have ever known, my daughter. I shall have her pardoned, with not one drop of blood spilled. Neith-Ka, daughter of Amenhotep, will you accept my forgiveness?”

    Neith-Ka nodded to him. “I forgive you in turn.”

    Tightening her hug on Neith-Ka’s legs, Itzel looked up, her eyes still trickling tears. “Will you forgive me too, Princess of Khamit? I’m sorry I pulled your hair. I did it because these other girls in town said they’d be my friend if I gave them a lock of your people’s hair.”

    She knelt to the child with a smile before playfully scratching her hair. “Those girls wouldn’t be your friends then. You need someone who will appreciate who you are as a human being.”

    “But if I don’t make them like me, nobody will want to be my friend.”

    Neith-Ka’s eyes verged on melting. She may have enjoyed plenty of sisters in Khamit, but it was true that girls born into the comfort of royalty didn’t always win the love of their less privileged peers. Even children could learn to resent their socioeconomic superiors.

    “Hmm…perhaps, instead of pulling on Khamitan women’s hair, you need to show the other girls your positive qualities. Treat them with respect as you would your relatives. Share your toys, or your spare wealth…speaking of sharing—”

    Neith-Ka took off one of her sandals. “Was this your work?”

    Itzel grinned innocently while hiding her hands behind her. “My mother helped me with the sewing.”

    “Maybe I should repay you, somehow. Hey, do you like playing ball, too?” Neith-Ka picked up the ball and twirled it on the tip of her finger. “Because, if you’d like, I could teach you to dribble like me.”

    This and other short stories can be read in my self-published collection Beasts & Beauties.

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  • A little Egyptian girl has found an orphaned young crocodile out along the Nile and wants to give it a comfortable new home. It may look adorable at first, but wait until her new pet grows up!

    (By the way, kids, do not do this at home. Leave wild animals where they are in their natural habitat.)

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    الإلهة نوت، إلهة السماء عند القدماء المصريين.

    Goddess Nut, goddess of the sky and stars.

    من آلهتي المفضلة في الأساطير المصرية❤️

    المدهش في الحوار انهم رسموها زي ما شافوها بالظبط، لما شافوا و قارنوا الصور اكتشفوا ان اللي رسموها دي كان جزء من درب التبانة.


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