Behind the unknown

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
short story for an Egyptian mythology contest. the doomed prince :) hope you like it.

Submitted: August 17, 2013

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The doomed prince, that’s how I’m known. What a way to be remembered, is it not? None even know the name bestowed upon me, nobody cared. I am just a myth now, not just any myth, a forgotten one. I was a great prince that was braver than any man that roamed my land. Time has changed things, now I’m just a broken man. My records have been erased, well not all of them as you surely know. There was a purpose behind that. I feel like it’s finally time for me to confess. I am a traitor. I disserve to be forgotten as if I’d never been born. I shouldn’t have existed in the first place. You have all got the story wrong. I am the doomed prince, but my misery is far more than you could imagine.

  My parents were great servant. They trusted dearly in those so called gods, and after years of praying I was born at last. I don’t know what they were thinking when they bestowed upon me such a wretched destiny, perhaps they thought it a sick joke. From the day I was born I was destined to die. I was to be killed by a serpent, a crocodile or a dog. My father was devastated when he heard this news; he locked me up in the most extravagant castle he could find.  I spent some of my best years there, some of my happiest times. I was safe but unfortunately I can’t say I was completely alive. I wasn’t told my fate at that time; my father hadn’t wanted to worry me. I wish there was a way I could apologize to him, he had never done anything to deserve a son as wretched as I.

I was such a foolish kid, completely full of life. I would have never assumed that I could ever be in this state. I can never return to my land now, not that it’s the same place anyway. I remember the time I went up to the roof and saw that fiend. I was stunned it was a mere animal but he was following that human with suck loyalty. It was clear the man was poor and barely had enough to feed himself let alone that creature, so it wasn’t an issue of bribe. That was the first time I realized how faithful dogs could be. From that day on my dog was my best friend. From that day on I knew what will happen to me. I knew I had no real future.

  I finally understood why I was so well protected; I never for a day hated my father for keeping me a prisoner, let me make that clear. I finally recognized the irony in my name, Khaldun; immoral. The gods had probably thought that was  funny too, I’m pretty sure they never thought it would come true.

  I wouldn’t want to waste any more time. For I am sure they are watching, waiting. Like they will remain. I grew, fantasizing of what it was like to be free. They made me a prisoner of fate. I truly despise them, for they are to blame. But one day I couldn’t take it anymore, I had realized I may not die but I wasn’t alive either. I wanted to live even if it was only for a day. I spoke to my dearest father and as always he couldn’t refuse my request, so I left on my journey. To my surprise I lived a gracious life. I found my Repunzel who would die for me before she even knew me. I found a new family and a new home.

  I lived without having to think of my death for so long, I am truly thankful for that time. Unfortunately I knew it couldn’t last; with one simply dream that stability was gone. I was to die soon, I could feel it. That’s when I knew I needed to go back to Egypt, I needed to thank my father and tell him that all would be ok. Revealing the news to my beloved was extremely difficult but thankfully she understood. She knew that I had to go, but she didn’t let me go alone. I loved her so much more that day. I told her every day on our way back how much she meant to me, I stayed with her the whole time since I knew that I might be gone in a heartbeat. I needed to know that she would be ok. I needed to make sure she wouldn’t regret marrying me. 

  Alexander my dog was my loyal steed through all of this. He was an extremely pampered mammal. Even though I knew he could be the one that brings me to my end I couldn’t help loving him with all my heart. He was like a brother to me and I would give my life for him anytime.

  They told me that the crocodile only came out at night so as you can guess I was never allowed out then. This made our journey longer but it was a precaution we needed to take. Besides it gave me more time to spend with Repunzal. She was so optimistic when that serpent was dead, she was so sure we could fight this together. I knew the time was drawing closer.

  The day I followed Alexander into the woods I had an idea of what to expect, thus I wasn’t surprised when the crocodile attacked me. At that moment, I understood how precious my life was, I always said id face death with a smile but that day I realized I didn’t want to die and that id do anything to stay alive.

  Apep found the perfect time to appear. A deal was made. Till this day I wish I hadn’t been so afraid. I wish that crocodile would have chopped up me up and spit me out right in front of my wife. Apep knew exactly what to say. The baby was what really got my attention that was why I couldn’t accept dyeing. It was time I stood up for my life and she was the only goddess that could help me. We sided together; together we rebelled against the other gods. Apep became my everything; she was my protector and friend. She gave me life, and allowed me my revenge. I stood with her for I don’t know how long but there came a day when even she knew it was time to give up. As thanks she made me eternal and whipped my slates clear. Nobody was to know what had happened to me.

  She was a friend to me, even with her death she sheltered me but I was a fool. When I came back it was too late. My son had grown into a man and my once beautiful wife had withered. She held no memories of me. I was bestowed a traitor among my kind, I was hated. I had nowhere to go, no place I would be accepted. Thus I fled like the coward I am. Till this day I haven’t set foot on that soft sand. I’ve been moving from place to place for so long that I forgot how to tell time. Ive forgot how to live.

  Recently I’ve watched my people being slaughtered for their freedom, killed for their rights. It’s brought up a lot of memories. I can’t go on watching anymore. They are being killed in that thousands and I can’t do anything to stop this. if I hadn’t sided with Apep this might not be happening now, the gods are bestowing their doom on these people. That is clear, if I had only allowed them to confer all their anger on me, everything would be alright. My heart is smashed into so many pieces that I know there is no way out. I can’t go on like this I am sorry. I should have just allowed destiny to play out the way it should, now I have to take destiny into my own hands once more.


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