Chapter One: A Glimpse of Things to Come
Seti woke with a start. He had heard a female screaming, and jumped up to find her. He lied back down when he realized the screaming had come from his nightmare. The voice was familiar, but he never saw the young girls face. All he could see was the Egyptian sun beating down on the sand as a girl fell to her knees and began screaming. It bothered him some nights, to see this poor girl in pain, and he knew nothing of what to do. Seti wished he could see her face.
He rolled over onto his back and looked above him at the ceiling. His accommodations now were much better than a year ago when he was twelve. Now he was thirteen, and the Royal temple painter. He had lived in the Palace since he was five years old. The Pharaoh had taken him away from his mother and father as punishment for a crime they had committed. Could his mother be the woman in his dream screaming? It would make sense; Seti couldn’t remember what she looked like. However, this girl seemed to be far to young to be his mother. This girl was his age, if not younger. Seti yawned and turned back over on his side. He fiddled with his Ankh, and placed it on his pillow, next to his head. He remembered a year ago, cleaning and scrubbing walls for the Pharaoh, till his hands would bleed. Then one day, it all changed. The Pharaoh had been looking for a brand new horse for his daughter Neferititi, and brought someone who soled them into the palace. Seti watched from behind the corner as the Pharaoh tried out many horses for his daughter. When it came time to pay, he noticed the merchant trying to steal from the Pharaoh. After Seti told Rameses about what the merchant tried to do, the Pharaoh had awarded him by letting him live in the Palace. Shortly after that, Seti discovered his talent with paint.
Seti sighed as he thought of Neferititi. She was beautiful, and she often wrote Seti secret notes. She would tie them to her cat’s collar, and send her cat down the temples to Seti. He loved getting her notes. He had only seen her a few times, and she would give him playful glances when their eyes met. Seti fell in love with her almost instantly. Then, his heart became heavy, could she be the young woman in the dreams, screaming? Seti became upset over the thought of Neferititi being in pain. He held his Ankh amulet close to his body, and tried to go back to sleep.