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THE excessive PRIEST had come by way of the home that morning and, as he had performed for 2 weeks, utilized natural poultices to the boy’s face and chest. within the previous days, the ladies of Akbar had introduced recipes for treatments that were passed down for generations and whose healing powers were proved on quite a few events. each afternoon, they amassed on the foot of the 5th Mountain and made sacrifices so the boy’s soul wouldn't go away his physique. Moved through what used to be taking place within the urban, an Egyptian dealer who was once passing via Akbar gave, at no cost, an incredibly pricey crimson powder to be combined with the boy’s foodstuff. in keeping with legend, the means of production the powder were granted to Egyptian medical professionals by means of the gods themselves. Elijah had prayed unceasingly for all this time. yet not anything, not anything whatever, had availed. “I comprehend WHY they've got allowed you to stay here,” the girl stated, her voice softer whenever she spoke, for she had long gone many days with out sleep. “I comprehend there's a expense in your head, and that someday you'll be passed over to Israel in trade for gold. when you retailer my son, I swear via Baal and the gods of the 5th Mountain that you'll by no means be captured. i do know get away routes which were forgotten for generations, and that i will train you the way to go away Akbar with no being obvious. ” Elijah didn't answer. “Pray on your One God,” the lady requested back. “If He saves my son, I swear i'm going to surrender Baal and think in Him. clarify on your Lord that I gave you protect should you have been in want; I did precisely as He had ordered. ” Elijah prayed back, imploring with all his energy. At that quick, the boy stirred. “I are looking to depart here,” the boy stated in a susceptible voice. His mother’s eyes shone with happiness; tears rolled down her cheeks. “Come, my son. We’ll pass anyplace you love, do no matter what you need. ” Elijah attempted to select him up, however the boy driven his hand away. “I are looking to do it by way of myself,” he acknowledged. He rose slowly and commenced to stroll towards the outer room. After a couple of steps, he dropped to the ground, as though felled by way of a bolt of lightning. Elijah and the widow ran to him; the boy used to be lifeless. For an quick, neither spoke. unexpectedly, the lady started to scream with all her energy. “Cursed be the gods, cursed be they who've taken away my son! Cursed be the fellow who introduced such misfortune to my domestic! My in basic terms baby! ” she screamed. “Because I revered the need of heaven, simply because i used to be beneficiant with a foreigner, my son is useless! ” The pals heard the widow’s lamentations and observed her son laid out at the flooring of the home. the lady was once nonetheless screaming, her fists pounding opposed to the chest of the Israelite prophet beside her; he appeared to have misplaced any skill to react and did not anything to guard himself. whereas the ladies attempted to convenience the widow, the lads instantly seized Elijah by way of the palms and took him to the governor. “This guy has repaid generosity with hatred. He positioned a spell at the widow’s apartment and her son died. we're sheltering somebody who's cursed via the gods.