Juliet woke from her nap to hear Cain and Zarek in the outer room, they were discussing plans for her protection. She sat up in the huge bed to see a pale gray jackal on her bed. It looked at her and winked, bright golden eyes watching her. "Hello Aishe." It greeted her. She blinked and stared with disbelief. "I'm Anput."
"Arent you dead?" Juliet asked in a whisper.
"They cant hear you, I am merely here for you child." She smiled and walked the length of the bed to place her head on Juliet's hurt leg.
"Why?" She asked.
"You should have been my child, but I was killed Aishe, my body was lost and my soul seperated into pieces." Anput spoke, she sighed. "That murder occured at the beggining of the century, I was weakened because our people are begging to give up on the old ways. Anubis needed the strength stolen from him eons ago."
"Stolen?" Juliet asked.
"Yes, we were a happy family, him, I and Kebechet." Anput looked at her. "We were always happy, we ruled over death, we were worshiped and seen for our might. But that usurper and his wife took our position. She caused this, I have always respected her but when she placed her husband back toghether and his powers changed... It was all over for us. We were at the bottom of the food chain."
"Who caused that?" Juliet asked. She was appaled.
"It is not for me to say, my time is limited, and I am destined for true death." She smiled and licked Juliet's stomach. "I am not meant to ba apart of this world anymore, but I can be your guide. I can help you for as long as you need me."
"What about Anubis, he would want to know you are still here." Juliet said.
"No, our time was done, when I died a part of him died with me." Anput sat up her fur rippling. "When you no longer need me I am going to retunr to where I came from."
"Inside Anubis' heart." She became mist and vanished.
"Wait, who is my real mother?" Juliet asked, the air seemed to vibrate with her laughter. Anput was an interesting woman, even if she was a jackal. Juliet looked around her new spacious room, it was golden with its marble, the bed itself was on a circular dais. She wondered if it was okay to stay here, if Anubis would look beyond her leg. She didnt want to leave, she wanted to enjoy this, she wanted to kow Anubis.
She stood and moved to change clothes, she'd taken a bath in the huge bath that was dominated by the marble scuplture of a jackal, she now knew it was a tribute to Anput. She smiled and wondered why she hadn't been born to Anput, she was loving even though Juliet wasn't her blood. That left the question who exactly was her mother. Once dressed Juliet decided to snek out of the room without Zarek and Cain. She wasnt in the mood to deal with their issues, she snuck out the side door in the bathroom, cleverly hidden by a hanging plant. She was out in the hallway, she snuck down to the bottom floor and began to snoop.
She was stunned to find her father, he was speaking to a few oddly dressed men, when he looked up his jackal face shocked her. The long black ears perked and his golden eyes slid to her. Barking orders to the men they scrambled to obey. He walked over his human face returning, he looked at her and stood his ground a few feet away. He held out a hand. She looked at him warily then she hobbled to him. "So it is true." He breathed. She looked at him in shock."I ordered Zarek to tell me everything."
"I'm sorry." She whispered.
"For what? An idiot human thinking he had control of the road?" Anubis huffed indignant." I only wish we had been faster finding you, saving you from the carriage that night."
"Who attacked it?" She asked, curious about that herself. He looked away and ground his teeth, a tic worked into his jaw.
"We had suspicions, but we could prove nothing." Anubis sighed. He took her arm into his and began to walk towards a doorway to their right. "Let's feed you, I suspect the night treated you well?"
"I slept without any pain." She said.
"I'm glad." he said as they entered and elaborate modern kitchen."Kebechet likes the modern world, she insists I convert everythign to the modernized versions."
"I take it you dont like that much." Juliet stifled a smile.
"Sometimes I like it, the kitchen was a nice change, bathroom upgrades were nice as well. I do not however like the t.v. or the phones." He smirked and looked over at a clock on the wall. He began to count, and she looked at his questioningly. She frowned and jerked started as she heard runnign feet then in came Cain and Zarek scrablign over one another. Anubis turned on them swiftly."Late! Ten minutes late to be exact, good gaurds realize the moment the princess has escaped. For the failure you two dont get to sit in while Juliet and I get aquainted. Stay inside and remember your failure."
She tried not to smile as they looked at each other angry. It might not have helped that Anput had tweaked their hearing first, and who knew when it came back. But Juliet wa slookign forward to getting to know her real father. She'd speak to them later and attempt to wade through their personal mess of a life.