TVDS3: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Chapter 51960: Lightning flashes as Nayture watches Forest’s house. Rain is coming down in torrents as Malice saunters up to it, dripping, her clothes plastered to her, but otherwise unfazed by—in fact oblivious to—the rain. He had lived in that cabin for nearly three hundred years. Girls came and went with almost clockwork regularity. He thought if he didn’t turn any of them, he wouldn’t be burdened with any of them. She knew because he had told her the last time—a hundred years ago. And then he had let her die of fever, rather than turn her, make her like him and save her.

She hadn’t been able to stick around long enough to see what finally got Malice, who, back then, had been called Marnie. But it had been the same then, too. Nayture—then Queen Nature—was first drawn in by his charms and then when he was done with her, she would spend her nights perched outside his cabin watching as the other girls tramped back and forth. (“Huh”, she thought, “is that why they are called tramps?”) He didn’t seem to understand that they would come back, anyway. At least she and Malice would. This was Malice’s third time around, at least. And every time Nayture came back, all it would take was seeing that old cabin for her to remember and she would be drawn in again.

Malice raised her arms and moved her hips in an old world dance—Egyptian, Nayture thought. The rumor running around the village was that Malice was knocked up. Nayture was pretty sure that was a ruse to pin Forest down. It hadn’t worked the last time. It wouldn’t work this time. Last time Nayture had drawn up a gust of wind so powerful it had knocked the cloak right off of her and blew up her dress to reveal the pillow she had been using to fake a protruding belly. Nayture watched now as Malice danced her Egyptian dance—her spell for drawing Forest in. She didn’t have to draw him in. He wasn’t choosey. He would have let her in as he let every girl who stood there in. Malice’s mistake was believing that drawing him in would keep him. But it hadn’t worked last time. Why should it work now?

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TVDS3: Scheherazade’s Tall Tales at our Family Reunion

Chapter 4Once inside the party, Ro’Zha was approached by a woman she knew immediately. It was her cousin Scheherazade who told all of those wonderful stories about the Arabian nights. But Scheherazade was wearing the same strange modern dress as everyone else at the party. No matter, Scheherazade, whom people were calling Shera, took her by the arm and lead her into the throng, speaking closely to her ear.

“I know how you got here,” she said. “The magic carpet, the potion. Genie stole those from Queen Nayture. You’ll have to watch out for both of them from now on.” Ro’Zha looked at Shera questioningly. “Right now, though, there is someone I know you are going to want to meet,” Shera continued.

The two women stopped in front of a playpen that was sitting in a corner and Shera lifted the little boy out from the playpen. Ro’Zha recognized him immediately, too, and her heart leapt as she reached for him. It was her own baby boy, Nate. Prince Nate. She hugged her baby to her.

“I thought I would never see him again,” Ro’Zha said.

“Souls have a way of returning to the same families,” Shera explained. “We were just keeping an eye on him until you could return to claim him.”

Ro’Zha hugged her baby tightly, and then spying Ramses in the next room talking to her double, the one they all called Granny, she headed straight for them.

In the meantime, all of the children came and surrounded Shera demanding stories. Shera laughed and led them all over to the sofa; many of them sat on the floor around her. Shera reached under the coffee table and pulled out several photo albums, some of them quite old. “I’m going to tell you a story about you,” Shera told them.

The children all gathered in close as she opened one of the oldest photo albums and saw pictures of themselves looking back. These pictures were quite old, some were brittle and some were printed on thin metal plates. In each of the pictures they wore strange hair styles and funny clothes.

“Did you use Photoshop to make these?” one little girl asked.

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TVDS3: Sultan’s Dance of the 7 Veils

Chapter 2Ro’Zha arrived in Arabia and travels to meet up with a group of harem belly dancers. They had all studied belly dance together and kept in touch via pigeon messengers. Zannube, the leader of the harem met Ro’Zha at the dock when she arrived.

How do you like dancing for the Sultan, she asked Zannube? Zannube replied, he is a wonderful person to dance for. He gives the dancers tips and makes sure that they have the best belly dance costumes and continue dance lessons with Scheherazade.

However, I must warn you, that his wife Ammut is extremely jealous of the dancers. So be very careful and try not to dance your best when she is around. Ammut was a dancer a long time ago and that was how she met the Sultan. But then she was bitten by a snake and after that was no longer able to dance.

Ammut’s specialty dances were the Dance of the Snake and the Dance of the 7 Veils, so make sure that you don’t perform either dance for the Sultan.

Ro’Zha asked Zannube if the rumor was true that the Sultan will sometimes award a dancer with 3 wishes. Zannube said the rumor was true, but does not happen very often now that Ammut is his wife. You would have to do a very special dance to gain his favor for the 3 wishes, warned Zannube.

What dances are we performing tonight for the Sultan, asked Ro’Zha? Tonight we are doing a special Pharonic dance with candles. Let’s go rehearse right now.

Sultan Bakkar sneaks in the watch the dress rehearsal. He is quite taken with the newest member of the troupe, Ro’Zha. Who is this new delightful dancer, he asked Zannube. That is my old friend Ro’Zha who is visiting from the nearby kingdom of Egypt. Bring her to my private chamber immediately! Yes sire, replied Zannube.

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