+ Title: The Eye
of Horus - Part 8
(Full Title: Heero Yuy and the Eye of Horus)
+ Author: Vinyl Koneko (Emily)
+ See Prologue for warnings, pairings...
Eye of Horus + Part 9
Trowa raised a questioning eyebrow when Heero and Duo entered Wufei's
study, trying to look purposeful but seeming distracted. Just by Heero's
body language could Trowa tell that things went well. A weight seemed
to have been lifted from his friend's shoulders. Mei-Lan bombarded in
after them, leaping into the chair behind her father's desk while the
other four young men sat more comfortably on the sofa and chairs
surrounding a low table stacked high with books on Egyptian lore and history.
"I gave Quatre the summary. If you would like any more information,
I've dog-eared the books and can answer some questions as far as my
knowledge goes," Wufei started, passing the documents around the table to
spread the load more evenly.
Trowa noticed the longhaired man going for the mythology book, thumbing
directly to the marked page and searching for something that he might
not have found out previously.
"Duo, could we look at the scarab?" Wufei asked.
The other shrugged in response. "I'm sure we could, but I don't know
how that might help. I tried everything I could think of, including
making a mock-ankh with a lock pick, but there's no apparent hole and it
isn't magnetized, so I'm clueless as to how the ankh would go about
fitting with the scarab to begin with, but I guess there's no harm in you
looking." Duo unfastened the buckle at the back of his neck and carefully
handled the scarab over to Wufei, who slipped on a pair of glasses to
get a better look.
It seemed to Trowa that he was the only one to have noticed that Duo's
response seemed a little lengthy.
"Duo," Mei-Lan said in singsong, "could you tell another story?"
Wufei leveled his gaze with his daughter's. "Where's your mother? You
should be in bed."
The small Chinese girl rushed over to stand before her father, resting
her hands on his knees, pouting her lower lip, and gazing up at him
with large, watery eyes. "Bai tong nei er!"
Trowa caught Duo's widening smile out of the corner of his eye. "Aw,
come on, Wufei, I know a nice little one and then she can go to bed."
Wufei leaned back farther into the chair. "Just make it quick. She has
to get to bed."
"Will do," Duo said with a wink. "This particular myth is Roman.
Everyone knows that Diana, Apollo's twin sister and goddess of the hunt, is
also the goddess of night. How this came about is actually a sad story.
"You see, when Apollo and Diana were younger, Apollo obeyed their
father, Jupiter, but Diana tended to be more of a free spirit. She all-out
refused to brush her teeth, wash daily, finish her dinner, and the like,
thinking that Jupiter would never punish her because he loved his
children too much, but Diana's disobedience didn't just irritate Jupiter; it
irritated Juno as well. Even though Juno was Jupiter's wife, she wasn't
the mother of Apollo and Diana, so she didn't particularly care what
would happen to the children.
"One night Diana refused to go to bed at the proper time, and Juno was
fed up with the girl not behaving, so Juno cursed Diana to forever be
the goddess of night, being awake during the darkest hours when everyone
else was asleep, bringing forth a destiny of eternal dark and
"And that is why, even in Italy today, all little girls and boys go to
bed on time, for fear that they will live their whole lives wandering
the country at night, just like Diana."
Mei-Lan blinked twice, absorbing all of what Duo told her. She thanked
him for telling the myth, kissed Wufei on the cheek, and said a hurried
good night to everyone in the room, hurrying to her own for the night.
"Maxwell, I just might want to keep you around for a little while
longer," the Chinese man said with a smirk. "Do you know any stories that
will get her to eat her vegetables?"
Duo shrugged. "I don't know. I made that one up."
"I found it," Heero announced suddenly. His attention hadn't focused
away from the records since he received them. It was a translated list of
special trade orders from the higher-ups in Egypt's past. "In the
forty-second year of Ramses II's rule, high priest Khunbitet commissioned an
item of jade and gold from Tuscany."
"Does it say what happened to the ankh?" Duo's expressive violet eyes
were showing just how piqued his curiosity had become.
"There's a comment that says 'the Shadow of Ra looms over Life', but
Duo's brow furrowed. "The Shadow of Ra?" He quickly thumbed through the
mythology text. "The Shadow of Ra is a high peak in the rockier part of
the desert several miles outside of what would now be Cairo. The
ancient Egyptians would have used it as a source for their stone if it wasn't
for the fact that the mountain seemed to be a pyramid for Ra himself."
"Sounds like a good place to start," Trowa commented, wondering on the
odds of Quatre meeting them in Cairo. The Maganac Corp was based in
that city, after all, and to Trowa's lover, they were loyal friends and
protectors. A sudden yawn forced Trowa to realize how tired he really
was, and how tired they all should be after the long day.
"I'm sorry for not realizing this sooner, but there are only two extra
beds." Sally was standing in the doorway with an apologetic expression.
"Two of you might have to share a bed unless it's a problem; then
someone could use the sofa."
"Don't worry about it," Heero started, only to be interrupted by Duo.
"Yeah, Sally, it's not a problem. I'm just grateful you were brave
enough to feed me," he joked. "I tend to have quite the appetite." Duo
looked around at Heero and Trowa. "I'm sure we can work *something* out."
 "Please" in Cantonese...hey, that rhymes. ^_^
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