**Writers note: Just some pictures to share. Egypt is such a pretty place.**
Hayden learned the song "Under the Desert Sun". The lady teaching him told him that the key he carried unlocked a door in the Pyramid of Fire and that no one had been in there before, because the key's location was unknown. Hayden was a little intrigued by this news. He had the opportunity to visit and explore a place where no one had been in thousands of years. Yet, he only had 12 hours left of his vacation. Should he go explore, knowing he wouldn't be able to complete the expedition?
Of course he will.
He couldn't pass up an opportunity to see a place hidden away for so many years.
Since he was famished, Hayden had a taste of the local food before setting out. He also purchased a tent, just in case. This might not be his last trip out, and he needed to be prepared for the next trip.
Time to go.
The sun high and hot in the sky, Hayden made his long walk to the Pyramid of Fire. It was a small size in comparison to the two nearby pyramids. Maybe he would get to explore the whole place in the short time he has left.
When he entered the room he was hit with a small blast of air. It was as if the pyramid itself breathed a sigh of relief to finally have it's doors open.
There in front of him was a well, full to the top, of water. As Hayden looked into it, it seemed to beckon him to dive in. So he did. At the bottom he found various objects including some more ancient coins, and a few skeleton bones. He resurfaced and continued his exploration, now soaking wet.
Luckily before stepping on it, Hayden saw a trap on the floor. Being as brave as he is, he put his hand down one of the holes to attempt to disarm this trap. He succeeded.
After the hall was a room with a pile of rubble, a locked door and another well. Swiftly and without hesitation he dove into the water. He found nothing at the bottom except a switch. Thinking to himself "Well I don't want to have gotten wet again for nothing" he triggered that switch. When he came up for air he noticed the door in the room no longer had the chain, it had unlocked itself.
Hayden got out of the well, dripping wet again, and started to remove the rubble in the corner. It wouldn't be truly exploring if he didn't get your hands dirty a little bit with some digging. He found some more ancient coins under the rocks, nothing more.
With that room complete, Hayden walked through the unlocked door in front of him on the floor was a panel, the same as he had seen before. He stepped on it. That triggered a hidden door in the wall to reveal itself. Behind the door was a staircase. Hayden descended the steps. His time was running out, but he wanted to keep going. Just a few more minutes.
On the other side of the three statues standing there, Hayden could see light flickering, like fire. Without thinking of dangers, he pushed the middle statue toward the flames. Apparently the flames were coming from some holes in the floor, which were deactivated when the statue was pushed on top of them.
Around the corner Hayden was met with the same situation.
At the end of the hallway, which seemed to go on forever, was another well. Hayden dove in. The water was warm. He followed a tunnel at the bottom into another well. Resurfacing he found himself in a very well lit room, and a very warm room. Glancing around he noted plenty of holes in the floor sprouting fire. Luckily now he was wet again, and his clothes would be less likely to catch if he were to get too close.
There was a panel in the floor, center of the room. Hayden saw that it was one with a gear carved in it. From past experience he knew that one had to have something heavy placed and held there to activate it. The statue next to him served that purpose. Pulling the heavy statue on the panel triggered another panel on the floor, same as the first. Hayden tried all the accessible statues in the room to find them immovable.
The only other statue was in the corner surrounded by the fire traps.
**He was almost too quick to capture this picture. But I thought it was funny, he is cartwheeling through the flames on the left of the screen.**
Hayden braved attempting to cross the leaping flames. And succeeded admirably. Being athletic in nature, and fit, he crossed them with ease. Doing so seemed to trigger something in the trap itself, and when he crossed the flames ceased to emerge from that trap. Only an hour left in his time here, he pulled and pushed on the statue. It moved.
Hayden got it to the center of the room onto the other switch, only to have yet another panel appear. This one had footprints. He stepped on it. The door in the room clicked to signal its unlocking. Wiping the sweat from his brow Hayden continued into the next room, unsure if it was the last or not.
He was met with the most beautiful room in the pyramid that he had seen thus far. The corners of the room were adorned with winged statues and fire erupting from the floor. The center of the space had about eight of those special plants he had seen earlier, most bearing fruit. His breath was taken from him as the hot air filled his lungs.
Unfortunately Hayden had to go. His trip was over. He still wanted more, but could not miss his flight. Hayden backtracked and left the Pyramid of Fire, now open for others to enjoy.
With the excitement of exploration fresh on his mind, he was occupied the entire flight home. Time went by quickly and before he knew it he was landing back at Twinbrook Airport.
Hayden rushed home to greet his family and tell them all about his trip. Alan, Chase, and Kenya were the only ones home at the time so he talked to them first.
Kenya caught her breath a few times as Hayden spoke of his adventures. She would never have gone into that pyramid.
Alan listened intently to his sons recounting. He was very pleased to have raised such a brave man. Now he wished he had gone with Hayden to Egypt. Alan explained that Jenni was out shopping, and would be back soon.
"Good, because I have some gifts for her from Egypt!" Hayden said. Chase and Kenya welcomed Hayden home again with hugs, and then departed for him to spend some time with his father. Alan was happy for the one on one conversation and talked to Hayden some more about his travels.