I was watching Night at the Museum and an idea suddenly came to me. How much do we know about Ahkmenrah? Nothing really except his tablet brings the museum to life. This story will explore his life and how he got possession of the tablet. It's something different and I hope you enjoy it.
This wasn't supposed to happen. It wasn't what was planned. At least it's not what I had planned, but ho cares what I want? This was my father's idea. He planned it and he wants it. I wasn't even asked about it. I was just told and I'm expected to go through with it without argument.
Let me start from the beginning. My name is Nubia and I am a princess of Egypt. Lower Egypt to be precise and my father wants me to marry a prince from Upper Egypt. He says our marriage will unite the two kingdoms and there won't be any war. The idea of an arranged marriage angers me. How am I to give myself to someone I have never met? If I do marry I would want it to be for love, but being a princess comes with a price. I can never be happy and I have to do what's best for my people.
Right now I was getting ready to leave my home and travel to Upper Egypt. It was a long journey, but I would be well guarded. I was not happy with this arrangement and I was not afraid to show it. I did have quite a temper so everyone usually hid from me when I was in one of my rages.
"My lady, we must be going. Everyone is waiting." My servant Kissa said.
"Well, they can just wait a bit longer until I'm ready." I was taking my time in gathering my things. I wanted to delay this as much as I could.
"You know your father is not a patient person. If you make him wait any longer-"
"What will he do? Sentence me to death? Banish me from the land? In a way I'm already being banished and I might as well be dead."
I get my anger from my father and his impatience. That's about all I inherited from him. The rest I get from my mother; silky black hair with emerald green eyes.
A few minutes had passed ad I knew I couldn't delay any longer. I had already packed what I needed. I tried to find something else I could busy myself with, but there was nothing I could do.
"Shall we get going?" Kissa asked as she grabbed my things.
I nodded. I might as well face is. My life is over. After a few short days I'll be in Upper Egypt and preparations for the wedding will be made and I will be queen. My king will be a man I have never seen or even talked to. How can I find happiness with that?
As I walked out of the palace I took one last look around. Who knows how long it will be before I see my home again. I spent years searching this place and finding every secret passage. Now I'll be in a palace I've never been in and I'll get completely lost.
Kissa and I arrived outside and I saw my father waiting for me and he did not look happy.
"It's about time. I was ready to send the soldiers to fetch you."
"I was just saying good-bye to my life."
"You'll be starting a new life and your marriage will put an end to this war."
The war was the only thing that stopped me from running away. It had been going on for a few years. I can't remember which side started it, but it didn't matter. Both sides wanted more power and land. Why else would someone go to war? Finally my father and the current Pharaoh of Upper Egypt met and agreed that if his son and I got married then the war would end and we could share the land. I'm only doing this because I don't want to see any more people die.
The soldiers loaded my stuff as I got on my horse and we headed out. I wasn't looking forward to this journey and I dreaded the end.
We traveled until night fell then we set up camp. It took me awhile before I could fall asleep. The desert was not the best place. Also my mind was filled with so many questions and I could never sleep when I had things on my mind. Usually I would take a walk in the garden, but I was nowhere near my garden. I wonder if my new home will have one. If not then I will just have to plant a garden.
The next morning we woke up just as the sun was rising. I was not a morning person so I was grumpy. Everyone knew it so they stayed clear of me. The only one brave enough to come near me was Kissa. Even my father wouldn't come near me until it was noon.
It took us five days to get to Upper Egypt and I was glad when I saw the palace. I still wasn't happy about marrying a complete stranger, but I was happy I can finally get off this horse and sleep in a bed. Being in the desert is no fun.
We arrived at the palace and some of the soldiers took our horses to the stables. King Amenhotep met us outside. I only met him once and last time I saw him he wasn't in the best of health. I suppose that is why he is giving his son the throne. There were also two men standing near him, both dressed in royal garments so I assume those are his sons. One of them wasn't very good looking, but the other was really handsome. I wonder which one I'm getting married to.
"Welcome King Menes and Princess Nubia. I hope your journey was good."
"It was indeed. We ran into no trouble which is a surprise seeing how the desert is full of bandits."
"That is good news. Well, King Menes do you remember my sons?"
"I do. They have grown taller since the last time I saw them."
"And getting stronger at that. Princess Nubia, these are my sons. The eldest is Kahmunrah and my youngest Ahkmenrah."
So then I'm getting married to the oldest Kahmunrah. He isn't very attractive, but I guess I have to be nice.
"It's a pleasure to meet you." I hope no one noticed I was faking being nice. My mother was always good at noticing when I was faking. My father however was oblivious.
"You will be marrying my son Ahkmenrah."
Now I was confused. Didn't the oldest son have rights to the throne before the youngest? Why would I be marrying his youngest? Did I hear right? My father said I was to marry King Amenhotep's son and we would be next to rule Egypt. Why is his youngest getting the throne?
"I'm sure you both are tired. I will have my servants show you to your rooms."
"It's nice to finally meet you." Ahkmenrah said as we headed inside.
I wanted to ask why he was getting the throne, but I didn't know if that would be rude and the last thing I wanted was to anger the person I would be staying with. He might throw me out of the palace.
I was showed to my room while my father was showed to his. Ahkmenrah stayed with me probably wanting to get to know me, but I wasn't in the mood to talk.
"I'm going to get settled in."
"Then I will see you at dinner." Then he left.
I walked into my room and it was a little smaller then my old room with a queen sized bed. I also had a nice view of the city. I'm not even going to bother unpacking my things. In a few days when I'm married I'll be moved to Ahkmenrah's room anyway. This was going to take some getting use to.
"Do you want anything, my lady?" Kissa asked.
"Yeah, I want to go home. I don't like it here."
"You haven't even given this place a chance yet."
"I don't want to give it a chance. Why should I be forced into marriage to settle my father's war? He is the king so why doesn't he just call off his men? I don't see how me getting married will do any good. My father just wants to get rid of me."
"I'm sure he doesn't want that."
"Then he wants me to be miserable for the rest of my life. I'll never find happiness now."
I stared out the window as I thought about my new life. Already I feel like I'm a prisoner. Maybe if I'm luck someone will try to assassinate me. Then again I have never been lucky in my life and I don't think that will change now.