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The Days of a Princess“Come on, Arsinoe!” My older brother called to from outside my room. “The epirians will be here soon, and father wants them to be greeted by a royal procession.”
King Pyrrhus came to Egypt to marry my older half-sister, Antigone. She is my mother’s daughter by a greek noblemen. She is also future queen of Epirus.
After I finish dressing, I run out of my room. “You ready, Arsinoe!” Ptolemy asked me. “Ready as ever!”
We walked to the litter. They carried us to the harbour. The harbour was crowded with alexandrians, all hoping to see the epirians arrive. Of course everyone made way for our litter. The royal family all were first ready to see the ships arrive.
Ptolemy and I walked with great grace as we took our place amongst our numerous siblings.
As Pharaoh, father took many wives and concubines. But with him today were his favorites. My mother Berenice was the formal
Chapter Five of Nefertiti: The Legacy "Why isn't it here?" I was going to find a nice book to read in the Per Medjat but I found Baraka, Tut and Ankhe on top of each other's shoulders. "Be careful, Baraka!" Ankhe screamed from the top. Though Baraka was the most
muscular, he struggled under the force of Tut and Ankhe on top of him.
"Okay, kids. What are you looking for?" I asked. The human ladder wavered. "We'll, Aunty we are looking for..." And then the human ladder fell down before Ankhe could finish. "Thanks a lot Baraka." Ankhe said with her voice ful, of sarcasm. "We'll maybe you've been having to many dinner in the Great Hall your majesty!"
I helped them get up. "What are you looking for?" I asked after they were all standing and dusted off. "We are looking for some records about the royal treasury."
"Why don't you just ask Maya?" The skilled treasurer was a wealthy man .of great talents. A man my sister hired to help her fix Kemet's broken economy, he was Overseer of The Treasury and a Ti
Chapter Three of Nefertiti: The LegacyShortly after Tut's coronation, the first thing Tut prioritized to do was make renovations to a temple. In the Per Medjat, he called on the regents and Ankhes. But I stayed to watch the younger children.
I had missed having my sons by my side everyday. But Tut was a Pharaoh now and Baraka had joined the Kap. They were growing up.
But I liked spending my days with my little nieces. Nefertash was very smart. She liked to read and was a very educated. Neferneferure was a little different. She was very stubborn, just like Nefertiti. She was also a great seller of things and loved money. She could've been a merchant if not for her rank. She actually had Djedi sell her golden bracelets for a handsome price. Though she was a Princess's and free from all sorts of debt, Nefre loved seeing every gold piece of deben. It wasn't like she intended to use it, but instead to look at it.
Sati was a playful child. She also liked to help sight her nieces: Meritaten-Tasherit and Ankhes
Chapter Two of Nefertiti: The Legacy It was ten days after the funeral procession that we would be having two celebrations. Tut's marriage and his coronation. I was in Ankhes' rooms preparing her. My mother and Ipu were there, helping her.
But my niece wasn't so inexperienced in the ways of marriage. This was her second marriage. When she was just ten-years old, she married her father. At eleven she was impregnated. A dangerous time for a young girl. But she had survived the birth and so did the little girl.
Now she would marry Tut. And be Queen of Kemet. But I don't think my niece was so excited.
"Why does there have to be a ceremony. Why can't I just go to Tut's wing of the palace and lay with him?" Her bluntness was rewarded with a pinch on the elbow from my mother. "You aren't no harem girl or some common women. You will be Queen of Kemet."
Ipu did her make up. She crushed green malachite for her eyes. She then put a nice green sheath on her. Than a Nubian wig. "You look magnificent.
Chapter One of Nefertiti: The LegacyIt was a year since I found my sister and niece, dead. Killed by the Aten priest. Seventy days she sat in House of The Dead. And now she would be buried in the Valley of The Kings. She was a Pharaoh.
Hundreds of people. From all over Kemet traveled here to witness the burying of the Pharaoh and Queen.
Leading the funeral procession was the heirs. Nefertiti's daughter Ankhesenamun and my adopted son, Tutankhamun. They held each others hands. They would comfort each other.
My mother had stayed to console my youngest niece, Setepenre. She had cried and cried. Poor child.
When we reached outside the tomb, the High Priest handed the adzes to Tut and Ankhe. They pointed it to the mouths of their predecessors. They said the sacred words and then, the High Priest led us into the tomb.
The tomb of Meritaten was first. I looked at an inscription of her. Great Royal Wife Meritaten, Beloved of her Lord. A priest swung the lamps for us to see. The draw
The Day of TroubleIf I told anyone this now, they would laugh in my face, but I was a very small cub.
My half-brothers and sisters were all between two or three weeks older than me, but still I was the smallest cub.
This made my mother very attentive towards me. She hid me away from the pride. Honestly mother trusted no one. Especially the lionesses.
“They are not my pride-sisters.” My mother growled to my father in one of his attempts to see me. It was traditional for a lioness to chase her cubs father for the first weeks after birth. He soon got to see me when I was a month old.Though, I was small and couldn’t speak the tongue, I could understand all that was said.
“You should get to know them. Then they might listen to you.” Father said, during one of his visits. “They should listen to me because I am the Queen. But they spite me! I know what they say about me.” Mother hissed at him. Her claws were unsheathed when she got angry. It
Mesozoic Earth Sequence 55The seas of Antarctica. Spring. In the open ocean, a male Taniwhasaurus is signing for a mate. Then, he swims back up take a deep breath,mans dives back down. A female has heard his calls, and approaches him. They almost immediately mate. The male has a long, muscular, tube like penis-like structure. Land monitor lizards have hemipenes. Mosasaurs, took this a step further. As the female leaves, the end of the males "penis", has a ring of feather like filaments. The two "penis" seen in monitor lizards are now within this tube. Then, the "penis" retracts, and the male swims off. The female is now pregnant. In the winter, she will give birth to two pups. But to keep them alive, she must hunt. She dives into the water.
The deep water. Taniwhasaurus use an odd set of methods to detect prey. There ancestors have electro-sensory organs, to detect the electric fields of prey animals. However, what works also, is echolocation. The Taniwhasaurus sends out clicks. Clicks will return back, a
Die Rote Reich #2 - The End of Fascism
Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt Euch!
The beginning of the year 1935 is uneventful for the German Republic; the only thing in international happenings which is worthy enough to note is that the imperialists in Great Britain ended the government responsible for Newfoundland, one of their North American colonies. But domestically, things are not quite so dull. The People's Chamber is always busy, and with a new year must come a new plan for the economy.
This year, now that unemployment is dropping steadily, we shall begin reforms to transform the economy into a planned one. We dare not spend our funds on the military just yet, and so we shall instead introduce policies to improve the condition of the workers.
And surely enough, not too far into the new year, before the winter snow has even melted, one single report brings good news to the People's Chamber:
Mesozoic Life Sequence 65The Arctic Ocean, 70 million years ago. Icebergs float. A massive glacier is locking up more ice. The water is becoming colder. Turtles are absent in this frigate ocean. Autumn is coming to an end. Within days, the ocean comes from being filled with pack ice to having it covered in thick ice, with snow on top. Any islands here are buried, and animals can now walk across the ocean, literally. Yet, there are breathing holes. They belong to Prognathodon, a mosasaur, and mosasaurs, being warm-blooded, can live in this environment. The head of a turtle breaches out of the breathing hole, and takes a deep breath. What is a turtle doing in the Arctic? The turtle dives down. This is Aurormochelys, the only, truly warm-blooded sea turtle. This is a male. And he has a mate. Most turtles, mate, and then part their ways. However, these turtles, mate for life. Down below, are the females, getting ready for an amazing journey. They are hunting Arctic squid. They are the fastest animals in the sea. E
Mesozoic Earth Sequence 39We are at the forests of Texas. Clouds gather. This area gets hit with severe storms. The thunder claps in the air. Then, it rains. Each drop of,water is the size of a fingernail, and can actually damage leaves it is so hard. This creates various pot holes in the landscape. Then, the winds come, and the rain goes sideways. The river here has it's waters blow out of it and across the land. The river is separate from the forests. The rains flood the landscape, and the river becomes three times as wide then it was before.
A week later, in the red canyon, rainwater flows, forming a massive river. The water goes off the edge, forming a massive waterfall. The waterfall will stay here for a few months. The waterfall supplies the wide river, and now streams of water branch off from the river, and a delta system is born. For the animals that live here, it is a relief. And for some, an opportunity. Small teleost fish are falling from the waterfall, and into the river.
They make this annual migra
Dinosaur ParkIt is autumn, and the plains of Alberta must get ready, for winter, is coming. The ground is covered in ferns. And animals are starting to get ready. A Scolosaurus is feeding on the ferns. In a more open area, some sparse ferns grow. And a few Vagaceratops feed. They are peaceful now, but will become aggressive soon.
A Troodon formosus tiptoes into the herd. He spots a lizard and snaps it up before running away. He brings it to his mate. As stated before, southern Troodon species are more social. She eats it. They nuzzle, before falling asleep.
Elsewhere, another species of Troodon lives here. It is Troodon inequalis. This female approaches a fern and gorges on it. Out of all the Troodon species, inequalis, is the most herbivorous. She will be surrounded with low nutrition food, when winter starts, however. Here, it gets very cold indeed, and so Troodon are common here. By mid autumn, a snowstorm runs into Alberta, dropping buckets of snow on the landscape. On the tundra, a herd of Gry
Two MedicineA herd of Maiasaura are migrating down from the forests to the river. It is very hot. They drink and feed alongside the river. A male Troodon is drinking. He finishes up and climbs up a hill. He gets on top and sits, facing down, looking over the landscape. The Maiasaura have to cool down, by diving into the river and taking a relaxing bath. But the Troodon has feathers. He spreads his wings out, and sunbathes. His feathers not only are used to warm up him, but also to cool down.
After that, he goes to the top of the forest at the top of the hill, and delicately plucks red berries off their trees and eats them. They are high in protein, and in high numbers because this is the start of the wet season. He finishes up the berries, and goes on to look for other food.
In another section of forest, a mother Maiasaura is leaving her nest to look for food. This allows another Troodon to go in and eat the eggs. He devours two, and when he notices the mother is finished eating, he steals two mor
Judith RiverMorning, and in a sparse forest, the water from last nights rains cling on. Here, the norther subspecies of Troodon formosus live here; Troodon formosus montanensis. They are equally herbivorous and carnivorous. This female spots an Exostinus trying to warm up in the sun. It is only marginally cooler than down south, but Troodon are still rare here.
She strikes and eats the lizard. She walks down to the local river to get a drink. Some Hesperornis are swimming in the river. They catch fish, and the Troodon sits back, grooms and watches them as they attack shoals of fish. She is taking her time in grooming. A Hesperornis emerges onto the bank. She knows she has nothing to fear from these Troodon. The Troodon keeps grooming. But in another part of Montana, at the same time, another Troodon is being more active.
JavelinaIn Texas, Troodon gather. As the sun goes down, they head out onto the sandy plains outside a forest. Southern subspecies are solitary, but here in Texas, they gather in large numbers, every year. A few Quetzalcoatlus land as well. They are all waiting, for something. The sun goes down fully, and the moon comes out, giving off at least some light.
Under the sand are eggs laid by Alamosaurus several weeks ago. Now they are hatching. One emerges from the sand and quickly heads towards the forest. The Troodon wait as more and more young emerge. Then, one Troodon lunges and grabs the baby by the neck and quickly eats him. More dive in to catch the sauropodlets. The Quetzalcoatlus simply pluck them from the ground and eat them. The young go into the forest. It is too dense for the pterosaurs, but Troodon thrive here too. They continue to attack, killing the young and eating them. Some all no longer hungry, but kill anyways, for fun, or for practice. The slaughter goes on into the night.
KirtlandIn New Mexico, the souther subspecies of Troodon formosus also live here. The area is mostly forested, but a river stretches out to the plains. It is also hot here, so Troodon are not common. This male is watching a rare event. A few Saurornitholestes drag out a Myledaphus from the water and kill it. They begin to feed. Suddenly, the Troodon leaps out, wings exposed, scaring the Saurornitholestes off. He begins to feed on it.
Troodon are not fishermen here, but in the north, they will hunt fish actively. Here, they just scavenge. After finishing off that, he heads to the sparser part of the forest. There, he finds male Pentaceratops competing for a mate. He stands by, waiting. Then, suddenly, one male gorges his horns deep into the other males side repeatedly. They are aggressive. He male limps off. Our Troodon follows.
An hour later, he is eating some meat he stole from the carcass, after a family of Bistahieversor arrive to eat from it. Troodons are small, because tyrannosaurs are th
Cleopatra's storyChapter One
The doors opened as Pharaoh came in. Wearing a gauzy shawl and a elaborate kilt he showed his wealth. Surrounded by the Macedonians Greeks of Egypt, he looked out of place with his dark tanned skin. Followed by him was the two royal women of Egypt: His wife and his mother. The Queen-Mother and his wife. The Queen was wearing a little headress crown. It represented the horns of the Apis bull, Amun's earthly incarnation and it had little golden beads castigating from thread so thin it was almost invisible. The Queen's light brown hair looked orange in the bright light. The Queen-Mother herself was dressed in the ancient Egyptian styles, she looked like a scene from Nefertari's temple. They all looked like gods.
After the royal adults took there seat on the dais. Then the dinner party began. The Pharaoh had much feast in the days of his reign. He had no reigned for 14 years and was now 30 years old. His birth day next week would rival this feast. He danced happy at the t
to crumble up
the remnant pieces
of my love for you
and throw them in the trash
but I'm such a bad shot.
ViolinI remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
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