For the Love of Sekhet

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Sekhet IV

Sekhet busied herself in the kitchen carefully deboning and filleting the fist before sprinkling the two fillets with some seasonings and shoving two large sticks through the fillets. She turned to go and start get the fire going only to see that Merneptah had decided to help her without her even asking. On the one hand she thought that was sort of sweet. On the other she had to almost physically restrain herself from exclaiming her surprise that Merneptah even knew how to start a fire.

Once Merneptah had sat back, the fire burning quite nicely, she stepped forward and positioned the two fillets above the fire to allow the fish to begin to cook. Once she was done with that Merneptah snaked an arm around her waist and tugged her down so that she was practically sitting on his lap, with Merneptah burying his nose in the crook of her neck.

“So, can we talk now?” Merneptah asked.

Sekhet sighed but nodded, “Yes. We can talk, what would you like to talk about?” Sekhet asked.

“I want to know why you ran away from me? Why you just said sorry and took off. I spent hours trying to find you and I can’t get what happened out of my head. I thought we hit it off quite well. You fit perfectly with me.” Merneptah trailed off with a sigh, “I just want to know why.” He whispered against Sekhet’s throat.

Sekhet was quiet for several moments as she tried to think about how best to try and explain to Merneptah why her and him just didn’t work. Yes, they had fun together. Yes, she felt safe with him. Yes she had enjoyed spending time with him. But, no matter how much he might think they were they just weren’t some pair of soulmates that had stumbled upon each other. She had a wild soul that sought freedom and adventure, not someone who would ever be happy caged up behind high stone walls. And that was exactly what a relationship with Merneptah represented to her, a cage.

“Meri, I...I don’t think you really want to know the answer to that question. Just, can’t it be enough that I ran because of me, not because of you?” Sekhet asked.

Merneptah lifted Sekhet up slightly before turning her so that she was now facing him, her legs straddling his lap. He placed his index finger under her chin so that Sekhet was looking straight into his beautiful brown eyes. His eyes were something that she had never gotten tired of looking into. The windows into the soul some said and his eyes showed the passion and fire that burned brighter than a bonfire within Merneptah. He smiled at her briefly before he leaned forward and pressed his lips firmly against hers.

Sekhet gasped at the unexpected kiss, allowing Merneptah’s tongue to enter her mouth for the first time, lighting a blaze within her as his tongue twirled and danced with her own. Sekhet’s arms slid around Merneptah’s shoulders both to steady herself and to pull the prince closer to her as they continued to kiss. Their mouths moving together in perfect unison.

Sekhet let out a slight moan as Merneptah leaned forward unexpectedly and her back hit the floor and she was now pinned beneath Merneptah’s powerful body. She twined her fingers in the prince’s braid tugging lightly on it as the Prince finally ended the kiss with both of them absolutely breathless. “You can’t honestly tell me that you felt nothing just now.” Merneptah whispered huskily, his fiery brown eyes darkening slightly with desire.

Sekhet blushed, “I never said that I didn’t feel something for you Meri. I just said that the reason I ran was because of me. Not you.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah snorted, “And I’m telling you that is not good enough for me. I want to know why you pushed me away when all I want is to hold you in my arms and never let you go.” Merneptah whispered.

Sekhet sighed as she started to untangle her fingers from his braid. “Because I am done living in a cage.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah frowned, “What in the name of the gods above are you even talking about? How would allowing me to court you put you in a cage? I’d never put you in a cage!” Merneptah vowed.

Sekhet sighed, “You live in the palace and are second in line for the throne. A life with you represents a light of rules and expectations. People and tradition dictating everything from what I wear to how I’m supposed to talk. And, I lived like that for most of my life. I can’t do that to myself again. I can’t and I won’t.” Sekhet said, her voicing rising as she spoke in a subconscious effort to make the prince above her understand.

Merneptah lightly brushed his nose against Sekhets, “And all I’m asking my beautiful lotus blossom is that you believe me when I say I would never cage you. You are wild and free and I would never try to take that from you because that is a very big part of who you are.” Merneptah whispered.

“And what of your life in the palace? What I want more than anything to travel the world.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah grinned, “And when my brother becomes Pharaoh we will. Together. For, there will be times where we need to go and speak to our allies and other neutral nations for the good of Khemet. We’ll sail together across the Mediterranean Sea. I’ll take you to see Phonecia, Canaan, Sumeria. By the gods I’ll even take you to see Hellas and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. You want to see the world. I will travel the world right beside you.” Merneptah vowed.

Sekhet couldn’t help but smile as she lightly traced along his cheek, her nose wrinking slightly. Merneptah pressed a light kiss to the tip of her nose, “So, what do you say?”

Sekhet giggled, “I say it smells like the fish is starting to burn.”

Merneptah groaned as he rolled off of Sekhet allowing her to slowly climb to her feet an pull the fish off the fire. They were just beginning to blacken around the edges so they meal hadn’t quite been ruined just yet. Sekhet headed over to a small pile of clay plates that she kept in a basket and set a piece of fish on each before dividing the bread in half. She also had some cooked onions still left from her dinner last night so she dished those out as well and handed Merneptah a plate.

“Dinner is served.” Sekhet declared.

Merneptah took the plate from her before sitting back down, this time at the table. Sekhet took a seat across from him and they both began to eat.

Their meal was nearly finished when Merneptah cleared his throat. “You never answered my question.” Merneptah said.

“And which question was that? If I wanted to travel the world with you? Of course I’d love to travel the world with you. However, I think the question you are asking is different.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah sighed as he pushed his plate aside and once more withdrew the golden bracelet out of his pouch, “Yes Sekhet, I wanted to know if you would be willing to reconsider letting me court you? Allowing us to learn if what we have now, this magical, amazing thing we have now can last. Will you please allow me the chance to prove to you that we can be great together?” Merneptah asked.

Sekhet sighed. This was foolish, she knew that. If she did end up saying yes where exactly was this going to end up? She was a common girl by birth who the only remarkable thing about her was that she was blessed by the goddess Isis. Its not like she would ever end up being able to marry the prince. Because no matter how attached she might be to Meri she couldn’t forget that his full name was Merneptah son of Amenhotep, prince of Khemet.

But knowing that this whole courtship was doomed to fail did that not mean there was no harm is agreeing to this? To allowing Meri to court her until the world at large caught up with them and forced them apart for good.

Sekhet’s eyes drifted up to meet Merneptah’s anxious ones, “I’ll be willing to agree to this on one condition.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah nodded, “And what condition would that be?”

Sekhet grinned, “You clean up. I cooked dinner so you can wash the dishes.” Sekhet teased.

Merneptah grinned before he practically leapt to his feet and rounded the table. Sekhet managed to scramble a few steps away before Merneptah caught her, spinning her around gleefully before pulling her in for another breathtaking kiss.

“I’d wash ten thousand dishes if it meant I could be with you.” Merneptah whispered.

Sekhet snorted before she lightly pushed Merneptah away, “Don’t let them here you say that at the palace. I’m sure there are some servants that would be more than happy to let you do just that.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah caught Sekhet’s wrist before she was able to completely pull away and he gently slipped the golden bracelet on her wrist.

“This makes it official. You’re now mine.” Merneptah declared pressing a kiss to the back of Sekhet’s hand.

Sekhet rolled her eyes before she walked away calling back over her shoulder, “I wouldn’t be so sure about that yet Meri...I still see a pile of dirty dishes.”

Merneptah sighed playfully before he released Sekhet’s hand and gathered up the dishes.

“First you need to go out to the well and draw up a bucket of water and then carry it back. I used the last of the water when I was cleaning the fish.” Sekhet called out.

Merneptah chuckled as he turned back to face Sekhet, “So, will you come to me to the well?” Merneptah asked.

Sekhet rolled her eyes once more, “Fine. I suppose I will.” Sekhet replied.

Merneptah grinned as he set down the dishes and once more slipped his arms around Sekhet’s waist before they headed out the door. Sekhet noticed Merneptah’s eyes drifting left and right as they walked, a frown marring his face.

“This isn’t” He paused briefly as he seemed to find the best words to say, “the best part of the capital, is it?” Merneptah asked.

Sekhet shrugged, “Its fine. And the home I have now is better than living on the streets which is what I had done until I got this place. And I’m very thankful for the gods for the home they’ve blessed me with. I will never complain about it.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah sighed, “I don’t really like the idea of you living in an area that’s crawling with criminals.” Merneptah said.

Sekhet chuckled, “Nothing has befallen me yet and as long as the gods continue to bless me nothing well.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah sighed but he did allow the subject to drop. Sekhet lightly rested her head on his shoulder as they walked. The well wasn’t too far from her home. Once they had reached the well Sekhet secured a bucket to the rope before lowering it. She waited a few minutes for the bucket to fill before pulling the bucket back up again.

Merneptah took the bucket from Sekhet’s hands before once more wrapping his arm around her waist, “Let me carry it.” Merneptah said.

Sekhet just shook her head for a Prince he was certainly putting on a good attempt at trying to be okay with life of a normal person. It was, actually very sweet the more Sekhet thought about it. The two made their way back to Sekhet’s home and true to his word Merneptah washed the dishes before drying them and putting them back into the basket he’d no doubt seen Sekhet take them out of.

Once Merneptah had completed his task he pulled Sekhet back into his arms. “The dishes are done. So, it is now official. You. My sweet, fiery lotus blossom.” He paused briefly before leaning down and pressing his lips to Sekhet’s. Unlike the kiss from before Sekhet was not surprised and she kissed Merneptah back eagerly. Her arms snaking their way around his neck as she firmly pressed her lips back against his. Merneptah’s tongue lightly pressed against Sekhet’s lips, begging for entrance which she readily gave him allowing their tongues to once again twirl and dance, twisting not unlike two mating snakes.

Sekhet moaned at the pleasurable kiss and she was able to hear Merneptah groaning as well. He let out a particularly vocal moan, which Sekhet swallowed when she managed to subdue his own tongue briefly and slip her tongue past his lips, moving their intimate dance into Merneptah’s mouth instead.

Finally the kiss broke as the need for air overtook them book. Merneptah grinned before he scooped Sekhet up into his arms and headed into what could only be Sekhet’s room and laid her down gently upon the pile of palm leaves which Sekhet no doubt used as a bed.

“I don’t think I’m done with you quite yet.” Merneptah growled before his lips attached themselves to Sekhet’s throat. He peppered her throat with playful kisses before he lightly bit down on the side of her collarbone, biting just hard enough to leave a mark but not so hard as to cause her pain. Sekhet moaned, beneath him, her hands ranking down his back lightly scratching him as she arched up against him able to firmly feel the prince’s arousal.

Once Merneptah had finished with leaving his mark upon her neck he returned to reclaiming her lips once more as his hands slid up along her sides as his hands clumsily began to unfasten Sekhet’s Kalasiris dress. It took him three different attempts to unfasten it before he began to tug the dress open leaving Sekhet bare before him for the first time.

“Gods above you are beautiful.” Merneptah whispered, his hand lightly cupping her breast.

Beneath him Sekhet let another beautiful moan which made Merneptah grin, no proud that he was the one who was driving her wild with his every kiss and touch.

“Meri.” Sekhet gasped.

“Yes my beloved lotus.” Merneptah huskily whispered.

“It is getting late and you need to be returning home.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah’s eyes snapped up so he was looking straight into Sekhet’s eyes. “But, we were...” Be trailed off choosing instead to lightly squeeze her left breast with his hand while his other hand lightly brushed along Sekhet’s thigh.

Sekhet nodded, “Yes, I know but we’ve run out of time. And the last thing I want is my home overrun with guards because you weren’t at the palace. Go.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah sighed but did concede and awkwardly rose to his feet. Sekhet rolled her eyes sitting up as well, “Wait, before you go.” Sekhet called out, her cheeks flaming no doubt in response to what she was intending to say.

“Yes beloved?” Merneptah asked.

Her eyes drifted briefly to Merneptah’s shendyt from which his arousal was very prominent. “Let me take care of that for you.” Sekhet suggested.

Merneptah was quiet for a second before he sat back down beside Sekhet leaning back on his hands as he allowed her to unfasten his own shendyt revealing his manhood to her. Sekhet starred at it for a moment before she slowly reached out and lightly grasped a hold of him by the base and lightly stroking him.

Merneptah threw back his head in pleasure as Sekhet grew more and more confident about what she was doing as she pleasured him with her hand. “Gods above Sekhet.” Merneptah groaned out as he bucked his hips up against her hand.

Sekhet said nothing before giving one final firm jerk with her hand and Merneptah released with a shout of her name as he spilled his seed.

There was a slightly awkward moment as Merneptah came down from his post orgasmic high where Sekhet seemed unsure what to do know with his softening member. She finally released him before rising to her feet and exiting the room. She returned shortly later with a damp rag which she used to clean the prince’s seed from his thighs before she refastened his Shendyt.

Merneptah gave her a tender smile as he reached out and tilted her chin up so she was once more looking into his eyes. “I’ll see you again tomorrow my beloved lotus.” Merneptah vowed.

Sekhet sighed, “Don’t get yourself into trouble over me.” Sekhet said.

Merneptah rolled his eyes, chuckling. “I won’t get into trouble. And I plan to see you every day if I can manage it.” Merenptah said.

Sekhet rolled her eyes as she climbed to her feet, Merneptah standing as well. “I mean it, you need to be going and I don’t want you getting into trouble.” Sekhet hissed.

Merneptah leaned down and captured Sekhet’s lips in another kiss, this one just a tender chaste one which last only a matter of moments. “I won’t.” He vowed before he stepped back slightly and brought the wrist with the golden bracelet up to his lips pressing a kiss to the back of her hand.

“Until tomorrow.” Merneptah whispered against her skin.

Sekhet nodded, “Until tomorrow Meri.” Sekhet whispered back.

And with one last pause where the two just starred at one another before Merneptah forced himself to turn away and head out the door and make his way home leaving Sekhet alone. Sekhet watched Merneptah until he had disappeared from sight before she returned to bed herself.

She was not surprised that her dreams that night were filled with her and Meri.

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