The Desert Flower
She goes to the museum of natural history every day, sitting in front of the sarcophagus of King Khufu, just watching as people from many walks of life walk by her.
The employees of the museum know her by name, the young manager of the museum, Louis Ingard, an ex-archaeologist even offers her a job every once a month, seeing how often she visits the exhibit, to tend it and earn an income for coming to the museum every day but she always declines.
One day, an archaeologist, Peter Jefferson who was once colleagues with Louis, comes to the museum to invite him to accompany him to Egypt for a once in a lifetime opportunity to go inside a recently discovered pyramid.
Though Louis declines saying that he would never go back to Egypt, Peter persists, coming to Louis's workplace every day for a week to try and persuade him and this is when Peter notices her.
Noticing how Louis never fails to talk, eat lunch with and take her home, he tells her of his plan to go to Egypt with Louis in the hopes of uncovering a possible new King's tomb.
Let sleeping lions lay unless you want to get bitten. Is what she tells him but nonetheless, she helps persuade Louis to go on the expedition because she knows her friend wants to go.
What could possibly go wrong after a warning like that?
"You are my Queen," he states ardently as he grips my bare shoulders tightly. "Please for once in our marriage, listen and follow my instructions."
Shaking my head in disagreement, tears drop down my cheeks, my lips tremble as I look into his eyes.
"No...not when there's the chance you won't come back to me again," I sob, my breaths coming out in huffs as I try to stop crying. "I don't want to lose you to him again!"