Cleo

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A short story of the life of Cleopatra and how she became the greatest queen of Egypt.

"In order to survive, you must climb".

 

Before all of this, life was simple. I was born in a small city called Alexandria in Egypt. Although I was born in Egypt, Im actually Greek since my parents came from Greece. When I was a kid, I asked them why they left Greece, but they avoided the question and beated the actual living shit out of me. I didn’t ask ever since. My childhood was...normal, well, at least normal, for the Egyptians. Every time I try to defend myself in an argument with my parents, they would always let me sleep outside. My family was poor, every time I wanted something, my parents would never allow me to have it even if I begged just for an apple. But to be honest, my parents weren't the worst thing I had during my childhood. 

 

Part 1: The Climb

 

I was born with a crooked spine which made me look like a disformed monkey. Back then, all the kids in Alexandria would avoid, bully or throw rocks at me, thats why I didn’t really have much friends when I was a kid. I swear to god, I remember a kid saying to me that a donkey with autism looks better than me. But there was this handsome boy named Vin that approached me, he said I looked beautiful and he liked me, I felt hope. Back then I was so fragile that these small words are all what it takes to make me surrender. I didn't really think it through why would a handsome boy suddenly confess to me. Few weeks passed, Vin and I kept on hanging out, those were the most and only joyful days I had as a child. One day, he brought me to his house and in his bed. I completely surrendered everything, as I undress myself and commit myself to him, a bucket full of shit and piss fell coming from the ceiling. Kids coming out of every door in the room and a child holding a bucket from the ceiling appeared. They stared and laughed at me, naked, poured in shit and piss while I was silent processing what just happened. I looked at Vin, he was laughing, I didn’t need to ask him why he did such a thing, I already knew. Thats how it all started, thats where I finally clicked, thats where I finally woke up. I still remember it, I felt envious, I felt hatred, I felt furious, I felt all of that and I held on to those emotions because kept me alive up to this point. I wanted everything, I wanted to be wanted, I wanted the world. 

 

If I remember It was midnight, the moon was full and I was on top of our small little house. I gazed into the stars thinking on what to do to get out of this shithole, later did I knew I fell asleep. Until this very day, I still remember very clearly how the dream played out. 

 

I was standing, standing on a little patch of land. 

 

I was surrounded by bodies of water, the sea, no, the ocean.

 

The edge of the world where there is nothing but water.

 

I was in the middle of the ocean.

 

I blinked

 

The land I was standing on was not land but bodies, countless bodies of soldiers, nobles, and kings.

 

The ocean was not an ocean but a sea, a sea of blood.

 

I blinked

 

Everything was white, everything was hazy.

 

A voice of a woman spoke. 

 

“O Beautiful Child, what is your deepest desire”

 

“Everything”

 

“Then everything you shall have”

 

“Godspeed, Cleopatra”

 

The dream started to fade and I woke up. At the time, I thought it was just some dream caused by my exhaustion but as soon as I went out, everyone started staring at me, some with their jaws down, like they have seen a goddess. I thought it was because of my hideousness but when I came to get water from the well, I saw a beautiful woman in the water. It was me, I was that woman. I couldn’t believe what I saw, even my parents mistaken me for a stranger. I was being courted left and right, day after day, roses after roses. I never felt so alive and felt so powerful in my whole life. I suddenly realized what I must do in order to have everything,

 

I have to climb.

 

 

 

 


Submitted: May 14, 2021

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