I don't own Sphinx & The Cursed Mummy.

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Existing

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Bas-Ket had never truly understood how he had been brought to life, nor did he think he ever would understand. As far as he knew, he was just an inanimate object brought to life by Imhotep.

He was just an inanimate object.

And yet, as many times as Bas-Ket told himself he simply wasn't alive, he knew that deep down underneath the shavings of wood that shed off the insides of him and collect at the bottom of him (for he did not have a heart, you see) was his existence. Not the fa├žade of life that had been so graciously given to him, no, it was his existence. Taking the gift of life was easy, Bas-Ket knew that all too well, but giving the gift of life was near impossible.

So why was he given it?

Perhaps there was something more to his life, if you could call it that. Or perhaps he was just a basket with a spirit possessing him. But then, if he was being possessed by a spirit, wouldn't he be the spirit? Bas-Ket quickly dismissed that idea.

There were so many questions zooming around in Bas-Ket's mind (if that was what he had), but there was one that was constantly nagging at him.

What was going to happen to him after Set was vanquished?

He knew that eventually Sphinx would defeat the evil and free the land of Set's curse, for he was the Chosen One, though Bas-Ket wasn't entirely positive about what that meant. He knew that Sphinx would be celebrated and idolized, and he would go down in history as one of the greatest heroes to ever live. His tale would be recorded by countless scribes, along with the tale of the Mummy.

Bas-Ket was the link between Sphinx and the Mummy, he was the sole form of communication they had, so would there be stories about him, too?

It seemed a frivolous concern, to Bas-Ket, because he had no future and no past.

He was just a basket with the illusion of life, so why was he helping Sphinx? It wasn't like he was being paid or anything, Bas-Ket was getting nothing in return for his services.

Without Sphinx, though, Bas-Ket not only had no future and no past, but he would have no present.

And the more Bas-Ket thought about why he was given temporary existence in this world, the more he realized, he was a hero, too.

Not a hero like Sphinx. He was not a brave and valiant adventurer who could handle monsters with ease, and he was not part of the prophecy.

Not a hero like the Mummy, either. He couldn't sneak through the corridors and secret areas of Uruk, and he was no good at finding hidden artifacts.

He was a hero, though. Without his help, Sphinx and the Mummy would never be able to communicate with each other at all. He was the only ally they had who could travel too and from areas without being detected. He was fighting, in a sense, for the best cause out there.

He was helping save all the innocent creatures out there that have been affected by the evil of Set. He's helping save lives. He's giving hope.

Bas-Ket might not have a past, he might not have a future, and his present might be rather strange, but he wouldn't have it any other way.