My Next Chapter in the Cat of Bubastes – English Lesson 60

Chapter I

The Attack

Rebus Mordes looked out the window. Noticing the cloud of dust moving slowly along the road, he went to ask his mother what it was. Just that minute a runner dashed by, telling everyone in the town to retire to their houses, and that the Egyptian barrack had been defeated and was passing through. Retiring to their houses, the men and women trusted that there would not be an attack. Just in case, the men brought their sets of armor, weapons, and shields, all of which were engraved with the family coat of arms and colors.

To the surprise of the villagers the army rounded the corner, which was not supposed to happen. The barrack, robbing the villagers of all their livestock and money, angered the villagers, who attacked the soldiers with all they had. Rebus had joined the vicious battle, being good at archery and marksmanship. Calmly shooting arrows at the enemy, he dashed right into the midst of the battle and used a practice that knocked an Egyptian unconscious and finished him off. Thousands fell on either side, both sides suffering great losses, and both had lost most of their best captains. Despite this the Rebu were fending off the Egyptian army, slowly cutting their way through. Not noticing an Egyptian archer next to him, Rebus was shot in the spine and fell off his chariot. Watching the battle around him, he saw that they were winning.

Seeing Rebus on the ground, a captain came over and picked him up on his chariot. Telling the captain that they were becoming victorious was relaxing. The captain told messengers to go to the flanks and encourage the men with the knowledge that they were winning the battle. This the soldiers took with gratitude, and fought even harder than before. Forfeiting the battle, the Egyptians deserted the battlefield in the direction that they were supposed to go and left the goods that were stolen before the battle.

 

Note: Rebu is just above Egypt, somewhere to the right of Persia, on a peninsula to the west of the Caspian sea.  The characters are not ones in the actual Cat of Bubastes.  You can get the book in multiple libraries or online.

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