Anger clouded her features as Cleopatra gravely informed him, “Not this time Drusus.” And with that statement Cleopatra put one of her transparent hands on Kain’s shoulder and with what energy she could muster Cleopatra transported herself (and her unwilling guest) to the one place that could possibly sway this most stubborn of mortals to accept his destiny – the Harmahkis. Or more precisely the main chamber that was within the depths of the Harmahkis.
Their journey took but seconds to complete and when they arrived Kain found himself hard pressed to find the strength to stand on his two feet for before him were riches beyond his wildest dreams. He saw silver, gold, turquoise, and jade in piles aplenty. There were several ropes of pearls laying on the dusty floor. He also saw chests that were sealed and others that were not. In one of the chests that wasn’t sealed Kain saw piles of scrolls that were carefully tied with ribbon and wax seals.
As Kain surveyed the room and saw several open corridors that led to what he assumed to be more of the riches that Cleopatra had always told him that awaited him.
Cleopatra watched as Kain studied the room in barely concealed awe. She wanted him to know what could be his for the taking if he just agreed. In a gentle voice Cleopatra told Kain, “Explore these chambers to your delight Drusus. Come to know well what is yours by birth if you take my hand and the guidance of myself and the Gods that our people once worshipped in abundance,” she finished.
Kain barely heard her as his head swiveled in as many directions as it could to take in the glories around him. In a way Kain had already dismissed Cleopatra for he was in a world that he had only dreamed of. Here in this old chamber hidden by time was living history and that was a topic that Kain had often tried to explain to people – if you could touch the ancient world and its treasures than you would see the story of people not the facts and numbers that history boiled down to for most of the population.
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