Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
5Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
THE HAND OF SA-SETI: A Ki-Khanga Tale

THE HAND OF SA-SETI: A Ki-Khanga Tale

Ratings: (0)|Views: 131 |Likes:
Published by AuthorBalogun
Akhu pits his wits and gadgets against powerful dark magic to save a princess, his uncle and - indeed - the world!
Akhu pits his wits and gadgets against powerful dark magic to save a princess, his uncle and - indeed - the world!

More info:

Published by: AuthorBalogun on Jan 20, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOCX, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

03/13/2012

pdf

text

original

 
 THE HAND OF SA-SETI
 A Ki-Khanga Tale
ByBalogun³That¶s
it 
,
my brother and sister! Stay in step
,
just like that!´The massive war elephants lumbered across the plot of land
,
cheered on by their ³brother´
,
Akhu and his apprentice
,
Amat.Akhu was a genius. One of many in the wondrous country of Menu-Kash
,
yet Akhu had aknack for invention never before seen in the history of this land of grand pyramids
,
librariesfilled with tomes of mystic texts and schools of healing
,
art
,
culture and science.The elephants ± Fusii and Gahs ± had been Akhu¶s companions since he was a toddler.They
,
too
,
possessed intelligence greater than any other of their species. Akhu¶s uncle ± therevered and feared leader of the armies of Menu-Kash
,
General Mu Ankh-Kara ± had chargedthe elephants with protecting Akhu when his parents failed to return from an exploration of Sakadaah ± the Cold Desert in the northwest.³Amat
,
now!´ Akhu commanded as he yanked on a lever that protruded from the arm of the ebony couch in his litter. Amat mirrored Akhu¶s movements and suddenly
,
the litters beganto smoothly slide sideways toward the ten-foot gap between elephants. Akhu jumped to his feet.Amat followed suit.The litters came together with a click 
,
forming a covered bridge.³It works
,
my Neb!´ Amat shouted
,
jumping up and down with glee.
 
Akhu hugged his apprentice and kissed the top of her cleanly shaven head. Amat¶s cocoaskin tinged red. ³We did it Amat!´Gahs raised his head and a sound like a blaring trumpet escaped his throat.³Apologies
,
Gahs
,
´ Akhu shouted
,
winking at Amat. ³You performed brilliantly! Youtoo
,
my sister!´Fusii nodded her massive head and raised her trunk in approval.³This will make a perfect base for 
 Ra¶s Ra
in
,
my Neb.´³Yes
,
it will
,
´ Akhu replied. ³Let¶s set up the tripod and«´A deep
,
roaring noise ± like the sound of a gale wind ± stifled Akhu¶s tongue.Akhu drew his scimitar from its sheath and slashed inward
,
toward his chest. The steel blade crashed into a massive
,
stone maul. An outward slash sent the warhammer careening back toward its thrower ± a hulking figure standing in the grass below.Akhu somersaulted from the litter-bridge toward the large man beneath him. The manreached up and caught the shaft of his maul as Akhu landed in a kneeling position before him.Akhu placed his sword at the man¶s feet and bowed his head.³Uncle
,
´ Akhu said.³Fast reflexes
,
boy
,
´ the man said
,
pulling Akhu to his feet.³I was trained by the best
,
my Neb
,
´ Akhu replied
,
smiling warmly.³That you were
,
boy! That you were!´Both men laughed as they embraced each other. Akhu¶s uncle looked up toward the bridge. ³Apologies if I frightened you
,
Amat.´³Apology accepted
,
General Mu
,
´ Amat replied. ³How are you today
,
my Neb?´³My heart is heavy
,
Amat
,
´ General Mu sighed. ³For today
,
I have to leave
 you
lot to killa dead man.´Akhu¶s brow furrowed as he stared into his uncle¶s piercing
,
brown eyes. ³You speak inriddles
,
uncle Mu. Kill a
de
a
man?´³The Shekhem¶s daughter has been kidnapped by the wizard
,
Sa-Seti.³
The
Sa-Seti? Shekhem of seven centuries ago?´ Akhu inquired.
 
³Yes
,
´ General Mu replied. ³It appears that rumors of Shekhem Sa-Seti¶s death have been«exaggerated.´³Undead?´ Akhu asked
,
shaking his head in disbelief.General Mu answered with a nod.³I will accompany you
,
then.´³No
,
´ General Mu said with a wave of his maul. ³The Shekhem would have my head if the most brilliant mind in Menu-Kash died on my watch. Besides
,
how tough can onemummified sorcerer ± with untold magic power ± be?´³Tread carefully
,
uncle Mu.´³Always
,
son
,
´ General MU said
,
embracing Akhu. ³Always.´General Mu turned away from his nephew
,
tossed his maul over his thick shoulder andsauntered off.Akhu looked up to the litter-bridge at Amat. ³Let¶s run
 Ra¶s Ra
in
through its paces. Wemay have use for it soon enough.****Akhu lay in his bed
,
but sleep eluded him. Three days had passed and General Mu andhis elite Jackal Squadron ± warriors specialized in the hunting and killing of practitioners of dark magic ± had not returned home.Suddenly
,
Amat rushed into Akhu¶s sleeping chamber. Her face was a mask of worry.³My Neb
,
please
,
forgive the intrusion
,
but«´Akhu sprang out of bed. ³What is it Amat? What¶s wrong?´³Your uncle has returned
,
my Neb
,
but he is«not well.´³Not well?´ Akhu echoed. ³What
,
exactly
,
is wrong with him?´³He is in the courtyard
,
my Neb. Please
,
follow me.´Amat turned on her heels and darted out of the room. Akhu followed her out to thecourtyard.General Mu sat on his haunches. His tan
,
linen vest and trousers were drenched withsweat and he shivered violently as the cool
,
night air slithered across his chest and down his back. The General¶s maul and his red
,
studded leather armor lay in a heap beside him. GeneralMu¶s helmet had rolled from his lap and lay
,
bottom up
,
a few feet in front of him.

Activity (5)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads
AuthorBalogun liked this
AuthorBalogun liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->