Logesh’s family loved taking desert safari trips. This time, they were in Egypt. They made it a point to explore isolated parts of the desert and camp overnight. After breakfast, Logesh who was playing in the sand screamed in pain. His parents came running to check on him. His father saw his foot bleeding. Taking a closer look, it appeared that a sharp object had poked his foot. But there was only sand everywhere!
Logesh was curious to know what had poked his leg so he went back to the same place again. He noticed a sharp object underneath the sand. It was too tightly lodged in. He ran to the tent and brought his parents and the three of them started to clear the sand around the object. Surprise! It wasn’t an object they had expected. It was actually a tunnel!
His father rang the archaeological department. Five officials arrived in the evening. With the help of excavation machines, the archaeologists discovered a huge pyramid, however they couldn’t find the entrance.
Next day morning, a huge crowd gathered to see the pyramid. A thief in the crowd saw a shining object inside the tunnel. While taking a closer look, he slipped and fell into a ditch which took him inside the pyramid. He saw gold glittering on all sides. Overwhelmed with joy, he went near and realized it was an illusion. He saw a gold coffin. He took an axe and tried hard to open the coffin, but was unsuccessful. He kicked it in frustration and it opened!
To everyone’s surprise, the pyramid turned black!
The next day, the government allowed a few archaeologists to go inside the pyramid. None of them returned for a long time. After waiting for a week, the Government sealed the pyramid and prohibited entry into it. Logesh went back home from the holiday but could not forget about the pyramid. He aspired to become an archaeologist to gain entry into the pyramid.
Twenty years later, he made his dream come true and managed to get special permission from the government to research on the mystery pyramid. He remembered the tunnel from his childhood. As he reached the golden coffin, a voice thundered, asking him to stop. It was a gigantic king and he had a big sword in his hand. “You! It was you who almost let humans inside my pyramid 20 years ago and you are back!” he thundered.
Logesh was stumped.The king continued.“I ruled this empire as a kind king in the 16th century. Traitors betrayed and killed me and my family with poison and buried us here. This pyramid is my fort now. I will not let any of you do anymore damage to my family.”
Logesh’s feelings changed from fear to sympathy. The king had gone through a tough life. Logesh gently explained to the king how many centuries had passed since then. Now no one wanted to fight or take his riches.
The King realized he was wrong and felt sorry for his actions. The illusionary gold in the pyramid turned into real which the King rewarded to Logesh for his braveness and kindness towards others. The King agreed to open up the ‘illusionary’ pyramid for the people and promised not to judge anyone harshly again. The black pyramid then became a major tourist attraction and was called the ‘pride of Egypt.’