Here my eyes come across many lines that have been lost. Some by the wearing of time and some almost deliberately stroked out. The few letters that remain don’t allow a reasonable reading or understanding, and in the coming paragraphs we find mention of woman who’s names have been stricken out of the sheets I will be referring to her name by (??).
A scent that would fend off the evil spirits, a scent of festive times, a scent where the goods of the earth are enjoyed with the splendid catch of the river that has been waiting in salt for a few months now. Families were gathered beyond the city walls and green meadows making the barren hills only a short walk away.
“Mother… I bear him no love in my heart!” - A young maiden spoke angrily.
“I tell you are young… but I beg of you don’t be foolish, it is with his gold that he will bring you happiness, think of the deep azurian gems that he can bring you from the mountains that stand beyond the baths of Pharaoh. It is only a man of his status and kinship to the Master of the Two Lands that will truly bring joy to your heart.” The mother pleaded with her daughter in her trails to convince the youngster of a marriage that her father had spoken to her of a couple of days before.
“…he is the foulest I have set my eyes upon”
The maiden spoke as she stood up in jerked motion and ran away from her mother, tears almost escaped her eyes, for she knew that her parent’s future depended on this marriage for her father might be dismissed of the royal court and would be persecuted if she would deny such a suitor of his request.
Leaving the family gathering (??) walked into the hills where she wondered for a long time. Thinking of what she must do as she continued walking towards the desert and it was then that she laid her eyes upon a half naked and unconscious man on the ground at the foot of the last hill before the seas of sand. Approaching the man with mixed emotions of awe and wonder, the closer she came the more her eyes rounded, she felt a fierce build up of emotion that she could not comprehend and her humble body could barley contain. Her senses almost exploded as she heard a faint sigh of pain escape his lips.
Wind caught to her feet as she raced back to where she had left her family in the gathering area. She screamed at them to get up and that they might help he who she had found.
That they did, they took him into the city and into their house. (??)’s father had sent to his daughter’s suitor that he had a sick man in his house and that it would be improper of them to speak of marriage in the presence of illness, in a trail to postpone his answer and that the mother could speak her daughter into the marriage.
As they medicated ‘Truth’ they found that he is blind and thus took him to as guardian of their gate when he regained the strength to stand on his feet and after failing to explain where he had come from and that he had no place to go.
A few weeks have passed, and a day came where the suitor’s patience had run out, rode his chariot to (??)’s house to demand an answer. At the gate he was stopped by a blind man who came to his feet as his ears caught to the sound of foot steps.
“a good day to you young prince” Truth’s sweet voice spoke.
“How did you know that I am the prince? Is that not a staff of a blind man that I see you holding in your hands?” the suitor demanded.
“blind my eyes might be… Yet…” Truth’s voice then lowered as he approached the young prince and touched his shoulder. He spoke to him of many things. After finishing what he had to say he took his hand off the prince’s shoulder only to release him to climb back on to his chariot and off he went.
The prince did not return to the palace, neither did he return to (??)’s house, and the city saw her young prince no more. No one knows where the prince had gone, and no one knows what the blind man told him. (??) had witnessed it all from behind the silken drapes of her room that she had been standing behind for almost three weeks now only to watch he who watches their gate.
That night, (??) had sent for Truth, and when he came to her she looked at him and she had wanted him with a desire beyond what a woman could bare. She asked him to stay and he stayed. That night he knew her as a man would know his woman. After that night (??) became with a little child.
to be continued...