By Wendy Scott
Copyright 2011 Wendy Scott
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Above him the sarcophagus lid scraped open, flickers of blue light blinded his newly awakened sight. Tarreq waited until the sound of stone grinding on stone stopped before he lifted his body into a sitting position. When the last of the blue lights faded out he clapped his hands twice and flames whooshed into the torches bracketing the walls, extinguishing the dark.
The chamber was exactly as he’d left it; sacred engravings covered the stone walls and roof, artifacts jostled scrolls on the cramped table, the remains of a cup of wine was propped on top of the papyrus like a paperweight and it was as if he’d just stepped out for a moment. A sigh escaped his lips as he examined his hand. Unfamiliar lines crisscrossed the parchment-thin skin, and the hair which hung like moss past his breast was white; he’d been in hibernation for a long time.
He wriggled his toes, testing his strength before climbing out of the sarcophagus. He was a big man and the room appeared to shrink when he stepped into it. He stretched, popping underused muscles, but energy surged through his veins and a smile lit his face as his fears of frailty vanished.