The opening scenes of The Aquarius Prophecy take place in Cairo, Egypt. I’ve included a short excerpt from a scene that takes place in Bazaar Khan El Khalili, the ancient bazaar in Medieval Cairo. The photos and text will let you plunge into the captivating atmosphere of the ancient city.
Excerpt from The Aquarius Prophecy.
Ian Slater threaded his way through the maze of narrow streets in the Bazaar Khan El Khalili. Even at one in the morning, the twisting lanes in the heart of 14th century medieval Cairo were packed with people. The shop windows glittered with gold and silver
Shop owners called out to Ian as he went by, “Beautiful gifts. Not expensive.”
Other evenings, Ian would have been annoyed that they mistook him for a tourist. But tonight, it didn’t bother him. Ian’s mind was focused on the task before him. He would listen to Ali’s wonderful news as attentively as possible, and then he would reluctantly leave for the Gizah Plateau. The key was to do this without arousing Ali’s suspicions. The last thing Ian wanted was Ali coming with him.
That would be a catastrophe, Ian thought.
As he approached the café, Ian slowed his pace to quiet his wildly beating heart.
Café El Fishawi had been a landmark in Cairo for over 200 years. Open night and day, it reflected the special mix of chaos, grandeur and tradition that defined the city and its inhabitants.
There was no sign of Ali in the crowd of tourists and Egyptians squeezed together around the rickety tables that spilled out onto the alley. Frowning, Ian pushed his way into the smoky interior. Again, there was no sign of Ali.
Ian was truly surprised.
Ali’s message had said one o’clock.
It was now five minutes past one.
Ali prided himself on being on time. He often joked that Ian was the real Egyptian of the two, always late. As he slid onto a chair, Ian was unable to shake the feeling that there was something he had missed… something he would regret.
Photos: Joel Suganth (home page), Haddara, TheOnlyMoxey