Labor lasted all day from morning into night, a female cleric stood beside Queen Bassi repeatedly chanting while rocking back and forth, the sins of Eve brought upon the birth pangs to remind us of our sins she chanted softly as to not disturb only to be heard so that Queen Bassi would understand that the pain she felt while in labor was due to the sins of the first mother Eve. There was a raging storm outside as the night carried causing the numerous candles to flicker and dance about; the Kings advisor said that it was a sign that a strong warrior, a boy would be born on the coming morning of the next day. The storm was fierce the blinds on the palace walls of the royal infirmary fluttered about so much that in fact guards had to be blind folded and placed near the windows to hold them from fluttering about, it was death to see the queen naked except for the kings medic she was the one who birthed all royal children, an occupation handed down from mother to daughter the job always staying in the family. Medic Lulaani had even delivered King Anu when she was a young woman no older than twenty. Now she stood at the ready in front of Queen Bassi between her legs waiting for the new arrival patiently. She had her head lowered standing silently with her eyes closed hands extended waiting to catch the baby once it exited the mother. Queen Bassi was sweating profusely breathing heavily in short breaths, the way Lulaani had taught her to breath. The task of Lulaani was only to prepare Queen Bassi mentally and teach her how to breath, nothing else was required of her except to catch the baby as it exited the mother. The storm raged on through the night tempering off as daylight came, with the rising of the sun came the new heir of the throne. Lulaani had called for the King urgently upon seeing the baby, he rushed into the royal infirmary forcing everyone out yelling and waving about, only the Kings advisor was allowed to stay. King Anu stared in disbelief of his son, the pale skin and brightly colored hair this couldn’t be his son for the baby looked nothing like the King or even vaguely resembled any known human, the Queen held him up a proud smile on her face. “His name will be Ma’i” she said. It was customary for mothers to name the children because they were the ones who gave birth. Ma’i meant enlightened one.
“This is not good my King” the advisor said, King Anu rubbed his head in disbelief while Queen Bassi held her newborn son softly humming.

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