There was a flash of light brighter than a billion Suns. Thunder rolled off him in all directions of infinite Space as Am-heh reopened his eyes.
All was as before, yet it was not. Here he was standing in the lake of fire, as usual. And there was Anubis with his balance. But there were no dead people lined up for the Judgment.
What could this mean? Were there no more people in the world? Had they all died, and his job was ended? What, then, should he do with himself now?
Growling with his vicious canine face, the Devourer stepped out of the lake of fire and went over to the jackal-headed God. “What is this, Anubis? Have the cycles of Time ended, that there are no more souls to judge?”
But Anubis stood there like a statue, senseless as stone, and did not answer. So he went to the other deities in the Underworld, but they likewise gave him no answer or recognition. He would have to look elsewhere for his answer.
So be it. Drawing upon the heka-power used by gods and magicians to work their will, Am-heh parted the air and the earth, and went up to the land of Khem to see what was going on in the Kingdom. If there were no one to advise him what to do, then he would do whatever he wished. He licked his lips in anticipation of the feast.
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