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THE HEART OF A KING (Part 6)

The rumors of war with the Philistines turned into reality soon enough. The palace was buzzing with news of the army being sent toward Israel and gathering in camps. Saul had discharged David from duty, sending him back to Bethlehem.

“But sire, wouldn’t you prefer I join the army and follow you into battle?” David asked in confusion.

“Young man, your older brothers shall join me. Better I send you home to carry on your father’s line should your brothers…” Saul didn’t finish the sentence.

“As you wish, my lord,” David said and promptly went to prepare for his journey back to Bethlehem.

Michal went to see him just before he left on the pretext of sending a few trinkets for his sisters. He had been rubbing down his horse in readiness for the journey when he saw a shadow cast over him. He looked up and saw Michal.

“I have some gifts for your sisters, David,” she said, standing before him haughtily with her eunuch bodyguard and a little girl by her side.

He stood up and bowed his head slightly, a smile curving his lips. “You are too kind, your highness.”

Tissot_Michal_Watching_David_from_a_WindowShe shrugged indifferently and lifted her chin. “These are just a few little items, trinkets really: a few earrings, bangles and a vial of perfume. I wouldn’t want them to believe that we of the House of Saul think nothing of our subjects.”  She made it a point to point out the difference in their status for the benefit of those standing with her, trying not to let them perceive how much she wanted to see David and the lengths to which she would go to do so.

She reached out to give him a small package wrapped up in silk and as he took the gift their hands touched. He felt a jolt run through him and glanced at her, knowing she had felt the same thing. That was the very first physical contact David had ever had with her and he was bemused to see her face flush, her cheeks taking on a very pretty rose tinge.  She quickly looked down, obviously embarrassed by her show of girlish timidity. Mindful of her discomfort David sought to ease her distress by turning his attention to the girl standing with her.

She was a lovely child, with golden hair falling about her shoulders and back in waves. Cat-like green eyes framed with thick black lashes stared at him with frank curiosity, her small nose sprinkled with a few freckles. David smiled at her.

“And who might you be, little one?” he asked.

“My name is Bathsheba and I am not little,” she said, her nose crinkling in defiance and pique.

“Watch your tongue, Bathsheba, for that is no way for a future lady in waiting to speak,” Michal rebuked.

Bathsheba bit her lip, her face flushing and her expression immediately filled with remorse. “I am sorry, my lord,” she said quietly to David, her voice filled with shame as she bowed.

David laughed. “I take no offense, Bathsheba. You are indeed not little. You will be a woman soon and a very lovely one at that. I am sure your parents are proud of you and that your mistress finds your service impeccable.”

Bathsheba smiled, the small gap in her teeth evident and he was struck by her resemblance to someone he knew. It was then that David realized that she was the daughter of Ammiel, the warrior companion to Jonathan.

“Besides,” he added, “I have met your father and you have his spunk and confidence. I somehow doubt your mistress would want to be served by an insipid, thoughtless creature with nothing intelligent to say.” He looked at Michal and she shrugged with a wry smile.

He reached out and ruffled Bathsheba’s hair before once again turning his attention to Michal, who stood regarding the exchange with amusement.

“Once again, your majesty, I thank you for your gifts. I am sure my sisters will be delighted and grateful for your generosity.”

She smiled and turned to her eunuch, giving him instructions under her breath. He nodded slowly and took a few steps away with Bathsheba in tow. Michal turned to David, her eyes full of tears and he was taken aback.

“I have grown accustomed to your presence here, David. Even when I do not see you, I feel your being around, for you carry something with you that no one seems to have,” she whispered.

David didn’t know what to say. This was the first time he had seem Michal drop her veneer of royal hauteur and show him the heart of the girl within. He wanted to reach out and brush the tendrils of hair away from her face but didn’t dare; there were still codes of conduct and propriety he dared not break.

“Promise me you will come back and I will see you again, David. Promise me that for I do not think I could bear the idea of never seeing you again,” she whispered, her voice filled with tears and pleading.

“We will meet again, Princess Michal,” he said.

She smiled at him through her tears and turned to join the eunuch and Bathsheba. As they walked away Bathsheba turned around, flashed a smile and waved at him. David waved back, certain that Bathsheba would make some man’s life very interesting in the future.

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12 Comments

  1. Loool…this Bathsheba twist makes David look like a paedophile sorry (._.). But twas a good read as usual 🙂

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    • Heeheehee…it does, doesnt it? I’ll probably have to adjust this scene a little to tone down the ‘paedophilic’ thing, abi? No worries- that can be done.

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  2. abikoye

     /  December 1, 2013

    Poor Bathsheba, a woman that David had to kill for to own such beauty for himself. See you all next Sunday and Walter I am Watching you with 3D lens

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  3. Excellency

     /  December 1, 2013

    Nice! Lovely read, as always 🙂
    I’m scared with your use of Bathsheba, I don’t know but it appears you’re fronting her either too early or too much. Hope you can piece it up properly when the time comes doh…

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  4. This was a really short read bt awesome all the same….like the twist with Bathsheba…its funny how things would change in the future…

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  5. Ustyn

     /  December 1, 2013

    Lovely…..Bathsheba wow that hilariously and stunning beauty that David went all the way to have?nice work

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  6. quintybabe

     /  December 4, 2013

    I believe sifa introduced her 4 a reason, some believe bathsheba seduced David and i think sifa is thinkin in dat direction too.

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  7. There is something quite not agreeing with me… From what we know, David seem not to know bathsheba before and thus had to send someone to find out who she was… If he had known her , he would have recognised her when he saw her bathing naked on the roof…. #justthinking

    Nice story…. As usual

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    • Introducing Bathsheba builds an anticipation of tнє question ‘Wнaт happened when he saw her bathing on tнє roof?’
      Let’s not forget Sifa made her a little girl now. Wнaт aяє the chances David would still recognize her when she would be all grown aηd womanly?

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  8. Adeline Kasper

     /  December 7, 2013

    Hope we ar gna get anoda episode 2mrw.:)

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