morning encounters [nebet] May 24, 2012 0:45:34 GMT -5
Post by Darius on May 24, 2012 0:45:34 GMT -5
Darius lounged at a grand pond in the palace gardens, watching the exotic fish make their rounds in the pool. He let out a long breath, relieving to relax, having just left a meeting with palace servant who had informed him that the late Pharaoh's daughters had met at these very gardens a few nights ago. Of course, Darius couldn't really relax. According to the servant, who had been watching from a safe distance, they had been talking and holding each other, but joking as well. And then the younger girl, Nebet, had begun crying. The servant and Darius could only assume that it was because of their father's death. Darius couldn't blame them. It hadn't been long, and Darius felt a little guilty for getting the whole crown-Puer thing started so quickly. Darius knew what a man the late Pharaoh was, and he was worthy to be missed. But Darius dismissed the guilt. He wasn't doing this for wealth or power, but for the good of Egypt and its people. This was a matter bigger than two young girls or even their entire family.
He returned his gaze to the fish, swimming in and out of visibility as the swam into the spots of water lit brightly by the hot sun. It was morning, so it wasn't stifling, but very nice for an Egyptian. A half-smile rest on his face as he remembered that he didn't have to decide anything now. Puer had barely made an appearance, and Darius hadn't even met him.
The sound of footsteps alerted him to someone's presence, and he turned around, not quickly but confidently, like a friendly nobleman that had nothing to fear. But as soon as he saw who it was, he stood up immediately, bowing low.
"Princess Nebet," he said, a welcoming smile on his face. "Greetings. I hope the gods have smiled upon you today?"