Oh dear. Ophelia was going to have a fit. He had insisted on bringing Amy to the Sudan for his summer
archeological dig, claiming that the sea air of the voyage and the crisp desert air would improve her
eternally frail health. Much more wholesome than those rooms in London! And besides, he had suspecions that
unsuitable young gentlemen may have been coming to call on her while her father was away.
And now he, Professor Ignatius Allen, most respected explorer and archaeologist in the whole Royal
Geographical Society, the man who famously located the ruins of ancient Hattay based only on a hunch and a
shimmer in the sands, had lost her. Where on earth could the wretched girl have gone? She'd spent most of her
days sulking in the tents or parading imperiously around the dig, sheltering under a parasol that she'd had
her poor sweating maid cart around for her. As if it wasn't enough to be dealing with the annoyances of the
local serpent cultists who seemed determined to disrupt the dig in any way they could...
She gradually awoke, as if from a hideous dream. The endless hours of boredom, under the stern but naive
gaze of her doting father. The endless desert sands. The total lack of liquor, or unsuitable young men. The
Sudan was a bust.
Where was she? One of the tombs, she guessed. But one in much better condition than the places Daddy had
been so proudly showing off to her. This one looked... well, less like a tomb and more like a temple, maybe.
Or possibly a house of ill-repute, from the incence! She seemed to be chained up. Peculiar, but not immediately
of concern, she thought to herself. If they had meant to kill her, they would never have let her regain consciousness.
Oh. She caught sight of the idols around the temple. The priapic ones, the orgiastic ones. It was that
sort of cult. She thought she might just fit right in...
103 pics 33.9 MB zip