"And Khuft the camel herder became lost in the Desert, and there opened before him, as a Gift from the Gods, a Valley flowing with Milk and Honey", 'quoted Teppic, in a hollow voice. He added, 'I used to think it must have been awfully sticky.'
'There I was, dying of thirst, all the camels kicking up a din, yelling for water, next minute - whoosh - a bloody great river valley, reed beds, hippos, the whole thing. Out of nowhere. I nearly got knocked down in the stampede.'
'No!' said Teppic. 'It wasn't like that! The gods of the valley took pity on you and showed you the way in, didn't they?' He shut up, surprised at the tones of pleading in his own voice.
Khuft sneered. 'Oh, yes? And I just happened to stumble across a hundred miles of river in the middle of the desert that everyone else had missed. Easy thing to miss, a hundred miles of river valley in the middle of a desert, isn't it? Not that I was going to look a gift camel in the mouth, you understand, O went and brought my family and the rest of the lads in soon enough. Never looked back'
'One minute it wasn't there, the next minute it was?' said Teppic.
'Right enough. Hard to believe, isn't it?'
'No,' said Teppic. 'No, not really.'
Khuft poked him with a wrinkled finger. 'I always reckoned it was the camels that did it,' he said. 'I always thought they sort of called it into place, like it was sort of potentially there but not quite, and it needed just that bit of effort to make it real. Funny things, camels.'*
Tonyblack wrote:Well that still works - camels may be naturally good at mathematics. You Bastard is just the best.
"Three stomachs and a digestive system like an industrial distillation plant gave you a lot of time for sitting and thinking...."
"Its not generally realised that camels have a natural aptitude for mathematics, particularly where they involve ballistics. This evolved as a survival trait, in the same way as a human's hand and eye co-ordination, a chameleon's camouflage....."
"And this particular camel, the result of millions of years of selective evolution to produce a creature that could count the grains of sand it was walking over, and close its nostrils at will, and survive under the broiling sun for many days without water, was called You Bastard".
Penfold wrote:I also wonder whether this lack of recognition is the reason for them being the most unpleasantly foul smelling, viscious, evil brutes ever to have existed?
Dotsie wrote:Jan Van Quirm wrote:BTW - we always say 'we're going the gym'
Good for you! I never say that
swreader wrote:Who is Dios?
Tony and I were talking about Dios this morning, and about Dios and Khuft. He said that Dios claimed to have a tomb buiilt for him. So I checked (having said, would you trust anything Dios said), and at the beginning of Teppic's reign after he and Dios have ordered the building of the giant pyramid, Teppic talks about how the pyramids radiate age, and asks (p. 97) if Dios will get one. "A pyramid?" said Dios. "Sire, I have one already. It pleased one of your forebears to make provision for me."
But, when Teppicymon and Gern and Dil reach the last of the pyramids to let out Khuft, they find the tomb is open and there are counting marks on the walls. And we know that Dios makes those marks.
So my question is, is it possible that Khuft is Dios?
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