Usually working in the palace is something that I enjoy, after all it gives me a lot of street cred, I mean not everyone gets to work with the high and mighty of Egypt everyday.
Yes that’s where I am from Egypt and my name is Tut the Scarab but to most people outside of the palace my name is Tut the Dung Beetle. I have a very important job, moving stuff around keeping out from under the feet of the boss Pharaoh. I mean me and him are really good buddies, we are so close you can’t separate us, here look at some of my family album here I am with Pharaoh, and Here I am again, and again, but anyway as I was saying usually it’s a great place to work and live but recently things have been a bit odd, in fact it’s been quite scary and hairy to say the least.
Well let me explain and you might want to give me a hand in telling the story because I’m only small and can’t do everything. Right here goes:
It all started when the boss that’s Pharaoh decided that the Hebrew people who have lived in Egypt for years and years were becoming dangerous, he said that there was too many of them and he did some quite nasty things to them. First he took all of their possessions off them, and then made them all slaves and made them work hard, for nothing but small amount of food each day, they built massive buildings, and even if they weren’t well or young they were forced to work and work.
He also decided that all of the boy children newly born had to be killed as well. I thought then that this would come back and haunt him in a bad way, and well it finally happened; One day this man came the palace and told Pharaoh that God wasn’t pleased with him, and that he had to let the people go. Pharaoh initially said no, and each time he said no, things got worse and worse until in the end things were so bad he had to give in and let them leave.
The first time Pharaoh said no the river Nile turned into blood, it was horrible, you couldn’t drink the water and the smell phwoor!! What a smell. But Pharaoh still said no and all of a sudden the whole place was full of frogs, no matter where you looked there were frogs millions of them, no matter where you walked Squelch!! Sorry; there were frogs, in the food, in the water, under the beds, in the washing, everywhere there were so many I couldn’t even do my work, every time I moved something it got rolled back.
Well you’d have though that by now Pharaoh would have learned his lesson, I mean this God of this man who was called Moses is really strong and powerful, and you’d have though Pharaoh would have said enough is enough, take your people and off you go. Oh no not Pharaoh he just became more stubborn and still said no.
Well there I was minding my own business when all I could here was buzz, splat, scratch, ow!! Zillions and Zillions of Gnats and flies buzzing and biting, and flying and landing on the food, getting into peoples clothes, and mouths and up their noses and in their ears. It was awful. And yet he still said no, so then we had the locusts, and what a mess they made, eating everything in sight, and splatting as some forgot to avoid the walls and to top it all it was the middle of the day and it went black, you couldn’t see anything, it was so dark, in fact I’ve never seen it so dark before, and because it was so dark I couldn’t see it.
Well I was beginning to think whether or not it was still worth working here, I mean the wages are ok, all the food I can eat and whatever I find on the floor is mine, but I thought I’d stick it out, after all Moses came back and asked Pharaoh again to let the people go free, and I thought (quite stupidly) that this time Pharaoh would say ok. Off you, but no, he said no. I couldn’t believe my ears; the man has just said no again, he must be mad.
Moses left and I though that was odd, because initially nothing happened but then all of a sudden the local farmers came into the palace and said to Pharaoh what is happening all of our animals are sick and dying. Pharaoh said don’t worry everything is under control, little did they Know how stupid Pharaoh was being in ignoring God, because he told Moses no again and everyone started leaking from their faces, and arms, and legs, you’ve never seen ulcers and boils like it before, they were horrible and I should know I’ve eaten one or two in my time.
They were slimy, and sore and full of green and brown puss and they looked painful. Surely this time he’s got to say yes, but no, that’s right he said no and the sky darkened and I thought to myself this is odd, I’ve never seen clouds like these before and then it started, hail stones the size of dung balls fell from the sky, buildings were damaged, people were injured and killed, but guess what, the next time Moses came did he say yes? That’s right he said no
Well by this time I’d had enough, I thought I’m not hanging around here anymore, I’m not going to wait and see as to what was going to happen next, I mean next time it could be me that gets hurt. I went out of the palace rolled down the giant steps and hit the street with a bit of a bump, but with all this armour plating on my back I didn’t feel a thing. I was walking around the city, and I met my mate Ain who is also a Scarab beetle like me. Ain which is a nice name and means priceless which sums up what a true friend is bumped into me, well the stuff he was moving bumped into me first that is.
We stopped and had a chat together and I was telling him all about what had happened, all of the nasty things that were going on and he looked puzzled, and he said what are you on about, what nasty things. Well I was flabbergasted I said to him do you live on another planet, and he said no, I live with the slaves down the road and things have been ok there, nothing has happened, they’ve been forced to do more and more work in the same time and with less materials, but life down the road has been ok. In fact they’ve been a bit strange because they have been doing odd things, they’ve been killing lambs and then they’ve been decorating, but only the door frames, and with the blood from the animals that they’ve killed.
Anyway why don’t you come home with me, and stay for a few days, sounds as though you could do with a break. So Tut went home with Ain and stayed there overnight. Well the next morning after a good nights sleep he heard strange noises, there was a lot of screaming, and crying and wailing, and it turned out during the night all of the First born sons of the Egyptian people were dead.
In the distance Pharaoh was screaming and ranting and raving and he shouted well ok then, take your people, they are free to go, and leave now and never come back.
Over the next few days the Hebrew people as they were known packed their belongings and they set off from Egypt and that was the last I saw of them, All I could see was a big column of dust which could be seen for miles and miles and was that the end, well not quite. Pharaoh changed his mind again and went after them with his army and chariots, thousands of men, but when he returned apart from a few stragglers Pharaoh returned alone, and stories of the sea parting were told which helped the Hebrew people across the sea, and then stories of how the sea came back together killing all of the Egyptian soldiers that had gone into the sea after them.
Well that’s all I can tell you at the moment but I’m sure that the story will go on.
© Captain Sean Andrews-BUGS April15th 2008