THE ALMOST SECRET WEDDING
The next day in the morning, Kate and David decided to finally go sightseeing. David asked the receptionist if there was a guide available, but unfortunately, he fell ill two days ago. Because they were leaving that night, they didn’t have any other option than to go alone. The receptionist suggested to take a lot of water with them and to follow the signals that would lead them to the monuments.
“The pyramids don’t look so far,” said Kate when she looked in the distance.
“Well, I think that if we follow their summits, we shouldn’t get lost.”
Even though they walked in the direction of the pyramids, it didn’t take long and they got lost.
Whatever direction they looked in, the only thing they saw was only sand, sand, and more sand.
“What are we going to do now?” David started to panic a little.
“Don’t worry, if we just go in one direction all the time, we will eventually get somewhere,” calmed him Kate.
They walked almost for half an hour and when they were both getting desperate, something appeared in the distance.
“What do you think is that?”
“It could be the legendary ruins of Karak, one of the ancient temples believed to be the resting place of the very first kings of Egypt,” Kate answered David’s question.
“Come on, let’s get closer,” Kate was getting excited. She was the adventurous one, after all.
“Fine, just promise me that you won’t go inside… You remember what I told you yesterday, right?”
“This is not a pyramid, David. It’s just a ruined temple. Nothing to worry about,” assured him Kate.
As they approached, the ruins looked very well-preserved, seven of the fifteen original columns were still intact.
Kate gave a look around and it didn’t take her long to discover the entrance.
“I think I’ll just give a quick look inside, I’m really curious.”
David knew there was no way of convincing her, so he just said “Ok, but be careful. I’ll wait for you here.”
“Fine, don’t worry, I’ll be back soon,” she smiled and went inside.
When Kate entered the room located underneath the ruins, she was nicely surprised. The walls were covered with perfectly preserved hieroglyphs. Even though she couldn’t understand anything, she appreciated their beauty.
As she looked around, she noticed a stone chest. Being a curious girl, she didn’t think twice and went to open it. It wasn’t easy to lift the stone lid, but she took all her energy out and opened it. A very intense, bright light came out of the chest. Kate felt almost hypnotized by the shine.
She really wanted to put her hand inside and discover what was the chest hiding, but she knew it wasn’t right and closed the lid.
Kate walked around the room and noticed a pile of golden coins on the ground right in front of her. When she tried to pick one of them, the coins suddenly disappeared. I must be having hallucinations, Kate thought to herself, I should return to David and drink some water.
However, a little hole in the ground brought other thoughts to her mind. What could this possibly be? Kate wondered to herself. The next moment she was already moving her hand around the tiny space below the floor. I think I can feel a wooden box, she smiled to herself. But it seems sealed to the ground… Or something is keeping it. The moment Kate thought about something keeping the box, she quickly pulled out her hand from the hole.
Already twenty minutes passed, but there wasn’t a sign of Kate anywhere. David started to worry. As he looked desperately down on the ground, he noticed a rock with shiny fragments in it right in front of him. What is this? David thought to himself when he tried to pick it from the ground. It was really heavy, so he wasn’t able to keep it in his hands for longer than a couple of seconds. The idea of taking it back with him to the hotel didn’t even cross his mind.
Kate went back outside and when she saw David standing close to one of the columns, she decided to run to him.
“What happened, Kate? Why are you running so fast?”
“David, you will not believe this…,” gasped Kate and took the bottle of water from him. “I don’t know what it was, but..,” continued Kate and drank from the bottle.
“Calm down, sweetie, nothing is running after you,” David was trying to calm her down.
“When I went inside, I found a chest there… and… I opened it… and… there was something powerful inside… it was shining so bright I almost got blinded.”
“See? I told you the tombs around here were haunted… I think it’s better if we move on… I wanted to see the Sphinx,” suggested David.
“I don’t know what it was, David, but I was really getting hypnotized by it…”
“Whatever it was, I think we better leave it where it is.”
“I know…,” said sadly Kate and passed the bottle to David. “Let’s go see the Sphinx.”
This time they didn’t get lost, but neither found the Sphinx.
It wasn’t Kate’s idea to get closer this time, but as David decided to approach, she followed.
“I have never thought that the pyramids were so tall,” Kate called at David as she looked up.
“I know, and this is only the ‘small’ one!” smiled David.
As they stood in front of the pyramid, Kate got an idea.
“So, should we go inside, or are you scared of the spirits?” she mocked her fiancé.
“I’m not scared, Kate… I’m fine just admiring it from the outside. You wanted to go inside?”
“Well, since we’re already here…”
“Come on, Kate, the door looks sealed! You really think you will come to Egypt and discover all its secrets in one day? Let’s be serious…”
The moment David finished the sentence, Kate was already standing at the entrance to the pyramid.
“Kate! We’ve seen the pyramid, all right? Let’s just go, please.”
“Give me just a moment!” Kate called from the entrance.
As she was studying the hieroglyphs on the wall, she must have accidentally triggered some mechanism, because the door started trembling.
“What did you do, Kate?”
“I have no idea! But it feels so exciting!”
“Fine, now that you’ve discovered the secret, can we go?”
“Are you crazy? I feel something is calling me inside.”
“Please, just be careful!” There was no way David could convince her. So he just stood there and waited.
When Kate entered the pyramid, it was so silent that she could even hear the torches burn. All the walls were covered with hieroglyphs…
… but even if she tried really hard, she wasn’t able to understand a word.
Suddenly, cold air caressed her legs. Kate turned around instantly but the only thing she saw was David standing outside and waiting for her. Fine, I’m coming now, she thought to herself but then she noticed another stone chest, identical to that one in the temple of Karnak.
At first, she didn’t want to open it, but the next moment she found herself standing above it and gazing in the light…
She would be probably still attached to the chest if it wasn’t for David that called her name. Kate instantly closed the lid and walked outside. The moment she laid her feet on the hot sand, the majestic door started closing behind her.
“What have you been doing there for so long?”
“I don’t know… I guess I was just curious to encounter the spirits,” smiled Kate.
“Well, in that case, I think that all the merchants tell this story to the tourists to scare them so they will think twice before entering the pyramids. I think they do it, so everything stays in place…”
“It’s very probable,” she said even though she knew that the stories were true. “So, lets finally go to see the Sphinx?”
David nodded his head and just said “Yep!”
On the way to the Sphinx, they passed along four statues of some Pharaohs sitting and looking in the distance… “This must be the famous Abu Simbel,” said Kate.
“And how is it that you know all this and I don’t?” asked her David.
“I was probably paying more attention during my history classes,” she smiled. “Plus I really love the ancient civilizations,” said Kate. David just smiled at her because he didn’t know what to say.
When they reached the Great Sphinx, the sun was already gone. The Sphinx looked so majestic silently watching over the town.
“So shall we go in?” asked David.
“I was just mocking you… You were so eager to enter the ruins and the pyramid, so I thought I might,” he smiled.
“Oh my goodness, I think I’m dying from your terrible sense of humor,” said ironically Kate.
David didn’t say anything and just stuck out his tongue at her.
One hour later…
The moon was already high in the sky when they stood under the wedding arch.
“Are you sure you want to do this?” Kate asked David.
When one little girl noticed them standing under the arch, she immediately screamed “Look mom!” and pointed her little finger at Kate and David. Her mother went to check what was her daughter so happy about and when she saw them, she called “We have a wedding here, ladies and gentlemen!” All the hotel guests rushed to the wedding arch, even those who were swimming in the pool.
Kate and David were unpleasantly surprised at first because they wanted to have a private wedding, but the next moment they actually didn’t mind it anymore… They suddenly felt so important. As everybody was enthusiastically waiting for the ceremony, the little girl just said “Silence, please!” It was the moment when her mother probably realized she was bringing up a little commander. David smiled at Kate and began saying the vows…
“I, David Haynes, take you, Kate Loewe, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you until the death do us apart.”
When Kate said her part, they exchanged the rings. Everybody stayed respectfully silent. The only accompanying music to the ceremony was the sound of the sea…
…the beautiful silence was broken down the moment the little girl started screaming ‘Kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss!’. David was about to kiss Kate any moment now, but in order to silence the girl, Kate kissed him first.
Everybody cheered and clapped their hands and the marriage of Kate and David was officially sealed.
David felt a little disappointed, since it should have been him to kiss the bride… When the crowd parted, he took Kate’s hand, spun her around and kissed her romantically.
To celebrate the wedding, Kate and David went to the bar and ordered a drink for all the guests of the hotel.
“We haven’t had a wedding here since a long time,” said the barmaid. “You are a really lovely couple,” she smiled.
“Thank you,” said flattered Kate. “Please, have a drink with us!” she prompted. The barmaid smiled again and made one more drink for herself. She raised the glass in the air and called “To the newlywed couple!”
As the guests started returning to their rooms, Kate proposed going to the bedroom and getting some sleep before the flight. It was only midnight, but they had to leave the hotel at 4 AM, in order to catch the morning flight.
When they got in the room, they went straight to bed.
“I wanted to ask you one important question, David.”
“Yes, my Love? Ask me anything.”
“Now that we are married, would you mind using my surname?”
“Well, I think I like it more anyway… it almost sounds like ‘love’”, he smiled. “It will take probably some time before I get used to it, though.”
“If you’d like, you can still keep your surname…”
“We’ll see about that when we come back home, okay?”
“I had something else on mind right now,” he smiled at Kate and kissed her.
Later that night…
When Kate looked out of her window, the Sphinx seemed really tiny now.
“I will miss this place, David,” said sadly Kate.
“Yeah, me too, sweetie,” he smiled, turned his head and closed his eyes.
END OF CHAPTER ONE
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