By Lauren Haney
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Other boys walked among the men with donkeys, carrying skins of water. Well over a hundred men and boys whistling, laughing, calling out to each other, or talking among themselves. None afraid of malign spirits, at least in the light of day. A nearly naked man, a workman if the dust and sweat covering his body told true, raced up the rubble ramp down which materials were moved from the terrace to the men building the southern retaining wall. He sped through the clutter of stones, drawing every eye, silencing the laughter and talk.
Why was the task not proceeding? “I’m tempted to have Montu sent north to toil on the shrine of the lady Pakhet,” Amonked said. Pakhet was a ﬁerce lion-headed provincial goddess, and the new building was located in the desert west of the province’s very rural capital. Not a place a man accustomed to life in sophisticated Waset would wish to go. Pashed’s laugh carried an edge of meanness. ” Passing through a doorway at the north side of the court, the architect hurried them through an anteroom whose roof was supported by four sixteen-sided columns and into a large chamber in which ten steps rose up the side of a high altar dedicated to the lord Re.
The architect was afraid. Turning back to the dead man, Bak’s eyes fell on the head, the crown crushed and broken, a mass of dried blood and ﬂesh crawling with ﬂies. The body was limp, the pallid ﬂesh A PLACE OF DARKNESS 45 beginning to swell. The man had been dead for some time, or had he? In the warmth of the tomb the process of decay would be faster. He could have been slain as recently as the night before. ” Pashed whispered. Sucking in his breath, Bak laid his hands on the lifeless form and rolled the dead man onto his back.
A Place of Darkness by Lauren Haney