"Rick, telegram for you!"

Rick caught the telegram his wife tossed at him. He grabbed her and stole a kiss as she turned to leave.

"Really Rick!" She was trying hard not to smile as she left the room and disappeared down the hall.

Rick laughed. He opened the telegram. All the color drained from his face. he reread it to make sure he had seen it right. "Evelyn!" He ran through the large house.

His wife appeared in the doorway of their room. "What's wrong?"

"He's back."

Evelyn went pale. "What?" She snatched the telegram from his hand. Her eyes scanned it and she sighed. "We've got to go."

"I know," muttered Rick. He looked at his wife. "Or do we?"


"Evelyn, we did it the first time, barely. The second time he took Alex. What now? What he tries to take you? Or even God forbid, Ariela?"

"If he tries to take Ariela, she'll blow his head off or charm him up with her eyes," said Evelyn dryly. "Come on."

Rick opened his twenty three year old son's bedroom door. "Alex?"

Alex came out of the bathroom fixing the belt on his pants. "Yep?"

"He's back."

Alex's head came up like a shot. "What?"

"We're going."

"Dad, why?"

"Because we woke the cursed thing up the first time. Your mother thinks it's only fair we take care of it."

"Is the thing going to keep coming back, no matter how many times we put him back?" He tugged a suitcase out from under his bed and threw it on his bed.

"Unless you have a way to keep him dead forever." Rick leaned against the door.

"Talk to Ariela," said Alex as he threw the case open. "She's been studying on that mummy thing ever since she learned we…no not we, you, where the ones who woke it up."

"I had nothing to do with it. It was your mother."

"Figures," muttered Alex as he began throwing clothes into the case. "Who sent the telegram?"

"Ardeth Bay. He and his son guard Hamunaptra now."

"Are they the only two?"

"No. They have others. But they are the leaders."

"How old is his son?"

"Twenty one, I think," said Rick.

"I have an idea. Let's hook him up with Ariela. That way we can leave her there. and the next time Sleeping Beauty wakes, she can take care of him."

Rick laughed as he pushed off the door frame and continued down the hall. "I'll tell her you said that."

Alex's head appeared the door. "Don't you dare!"