CATS: We watch them on the internet, they are on display in our calendars, and they follow us into our bathrooms. But many people are unaware of the power they held in Ancient Egypt and what powers they truly possess. You don’t have to be a cat person to know that cats are unique creatures and have a demanding presence.
APOLLO, ancient Egyptian Mau, warrior protector of the underworld, servant to his royal family, has magically crossed over to modern times Chicago, only to be adopted as a rescue. He is sworn now to protect his new home and family, all with the help of his faithful but frightful kitty sidekick, TAI. Tai is a loveable calico that gives meaning to the phrase scaredy cat. Together they are the cute dynamic duo, proudly kicking butt and taking names when mythical creatures from the underworld cross over to try and conquer the windy city and take revenge on Apollo.
Apollo and Tai, team up in different storylines, with the same plot of protecting their new home and trying to find a way back to ancient times.
PHAROAH’S CAT is young adult, serial fictional tale, complete at #7881 words, broken into two books.
The Story of Angelic Chitwood-Porter
As an African-American girl growing up in the not so great part of the great city of Chicago, IL I used my imagination and love of reading and writing to help navigate through the hard times. I spend many days writing poems and short stories on my grandmother’s dilapidated porch trying escaping to the cold Chicago winters.
During my college years I help create a local Hip-Hop magazine, called Pivotal Magazine. In our first year, we interviewed various local Chicago and national recording artists such as Erykah Badu, KRS-One and DMX. As the fashion editor, my job was to create a section in the magazine that spoke to the fashion hip hop industry as a whole as well as interviewing local designers. Writing about my love of the fashion industry made this an exciting period of my life.
After graduating with a Bachelor degree from the International Academy of design and Technology I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the fashion business, but I quickly realized that the corporate world was not for me. So I transferred my passions to Film and Television, working as a Costume Designer, and Production Assistant. With four feature films, and two TV pilots under my belt I think it is safe to say using my imagination is much more exciting than crunching numbers.
I’m currently working on another installment of my children’s book series entitled “The Pharaoh’s Cat”. It’s about Apollo an Ancient Egyptian Cat who’s magically transported to present day Chicago, who along with Tai, his best friend and sidekick and their owner Justine fight strange creatures from Ancient Egypt.
My name is Angelic Chitwood-Porter, an African-American storyteller from Chicago, and I make stuff up.
The Pharaoh’s Cat
By Angelic Chitwood-Porter
Over two thousand years ago, lived a great king. He was Pharaoh of all Upper Egypt. His name was Namer. Namer was the wisest, most loyal Pharaoh that Egypt had ever seen. Namer had a son named Akil and a wife named Dalia who loved Namer like no other. He also had a cat that was able to provide guidance from the other world, named Apollo. Apollo was the wisest, most talented keeper and protector of the spirit world. He was also a spirit advisor to Namer. Apollo gave advice on keeping the peace between their rival royal families in Lower Egypt. No one knew where Apollo was from, he just showed up on the kingdom’s grounds one day and never left. Namer named him Apollo after a Greek ally of his who helped him defeat the evil King of Lower Egypt.
Apollo’s fur was soft as ancient silk. He has a golden tan color with swirls of grey fur on both sides of his body. His eyes were the deepest sky blue. It was like looking into the soul of the heavens.
Apollo wore a golden collar with red and green jewels that contained the Egyptian Guide to Other Worldly Creatures. Apollo used the guide to learn how to keep monsters and bad spirits away from the family and the villagers. The guide also had a list and pictures of all known monsters and evil spirits. Apollo would add to the book as he found that there were many spirits and monsters that were not known. Whenever he wanted to use the book he would take his paw and rub it against his collar and a ball of white smoke would appear. Inside the smoke was the book of other worldly creatures. The book would always land right in front of Apollo’s paws.
Apollo walked the halls of the Royal palace and as he passes the first living quarters, he saw the red and gold great pool filled with beautiful pink lotus flowers. Apollo smiled to himself because the Lotus flower means rebirth and creation. He can feel that there will be changes to his home very soon. He is not sure what is happening but he can feel that it’s not going to be good for him or the kingdom.
As he continues his walk through the palace Apollo hears King Namer and Dalia talking in the common room. “What are we going to do, Namer? Lower Egypt’s King and his men are on their way to us as we speak! We do not have enough men to ward them off. We have a child and our kingdom is filled with women and children. Where will they go?” “We will get through this Dalia as we always do,” Namer tells her.
Just then Menses, Namer’s sorcerer, runs into the room. “Namer, I have seen the collapse of our Kingdom at the hands of Aheb of Lower Egypt! We must flee and take as much of our wealth as we can." The King looks at his wife and grabs Menses red and gold robes. “MY KINGDOM WILL NOT BE SACRIFICED! WE WILL FIGHT!!!!” Menses releases himself from the Kings grasp and pleads to Queen Dalia. “My dear, Queen Dalia please change our Pharaoh’s mind before we are all dead.” Menses bows and backs out the common room visibly upset.
King Namer walks over to Dalia and looks deep into her eyes. "What are we to do my love?” Dalia takes his hand in hers and says, “The gods will find a way. We must believe in them. They have never failed us before.” Maybe we should have succumbed to their demands? Aheb wanted to combine our kingdoms into one whole Egypt.”
Namer stops pacing and looks into his wife’s eyes and says “you would have me succumb to Aheb? Do you honestly think we would have ruled the people of Egypt together? I thought you were wiser than that my love. He wants to take over our kingdom and rule all by himself. He wants to enslave millions of our people. You say for what? To make him the most powerful King the world has ever seen. He will kill all of us!!! We will fight!!!” Dalia sits on a beautiful golden draped sofa and bows her head. “At what cost my love…..at what cost.”
Namer is silent and walks across the room. Apollo is still outside the door distraught and overwhelmed. He walks slowly into the room and rubs his body against Namer. Namer looks down and smiles sadly and picks up Apollo. “Apollo my dear old friend, you must look after Akil and the kingdom when we are gone. It will not be long before King Aheb and his army storms our kingdom and tries to take what is mine.” King Namer places Apollo back on the ground. Apollo says “we will find a way my friend….we will find a way.”
Apollo leaves the royal quarters and walks to the edge of the kingdom, he leaps up to the highest point and he looks back at the Pharaoh's vast kingdom. He sees the villagers walking with their children and shopping for produce to feed their families. Apollo is so upset that within a few hours his life with the family he has grown to love and the kingdom that he is so loyal to may be destroyed. Apollo leaves the edge of the kingdom and returns to Menses quarters.
Apollo finds Menses in the room with beautiful glowing, red, green, and gold crystals surrounding him while chanting something that Apollo has never heard before. “EBOO, EBOO MEEOO MEEOO” the chanting gets louder and louder as Apollo steps all the way into the room. Then he notices the entire family in the room as well, dressed in their royal best; gold long robes with red and gold embroidery going all the way down the robes with gold crowns with red rubies embedded in the crowns. The family is holding hands and the Queen is crying.
Menses suddenly stops chanting when he realizes that Apollo is in the room. Turning, Apollo looks deep into the sorcerer’s eyes and cannot find his friend in there. Menses looks like an old, old man. His brown eyes are glowing gold as he walks up to Apollo and says, "You must leave my friend, for I am helping our kingdom. They will never find our royalty as they scour Egypt. I am sending them into a secret past of Egypt where no one will find them. This way they can start a new kingdom and we will be right behind.” Apollo is shocked by this news. “No we will fight their King and his people!!! We will not give up, Menses.” Apollo looked at the family and he realizes that they are in a trance like state. They are all holding hands and looking into the golden pot that is in front of them all. In the pot there is nothing but a swirl of golden and green smoke. The swirl of smoke gets bigger and bigger and envelopes them as the family stare into the bowl.
Just then a loud boom filters through the kingdom’s gates. Hundreds of soldiers dressed in blue and gold armor start climbing the walls. As they reached the inside of the kingdom they fight Namer’s guards and towns people as the soldiers make their way to Namer’s quarters. You could see the Kings villagers trying to ward off Lower Egypt’s soldiers by fighting and throwing whatever they can at them but nothing seems to stop Lower Egypt from taking over King Namer’s kingdom.
“Apollo they are here!! They will be here in mere minutes. This is the only way!” Apollo jumps on Menses shoulders to stop the ritual, but it is too late, Apollo watches as Menses family disappear into a golden and green lighted smoke. Apollo scratches at Menses face and knocks him down to the floor, Apollo jumps into the golden green smoke after his family.
Apollo and the Royal family are now in the golden green smoke. He is turning round and around like a tornado in the light. Apollo yells as he is turning to his Royal family but, they do not respond. As the turning starts to slow down he can see his family in the distance. He calls to them and they still do not look at him or respond to him. Then they are gone!! Apollo is falling, falling fast to the ground. He is not turning anymore and he can see trees and weird square moving objects in all colors. He keeps falling back to earth.
Apollo falls into the middle of a busy Chicago street at night, in the rain, sniffing the ground so he could smell something familiar to him but nothing smells familiar. A huge bus comes barreling down the street. To Apollo it sounds like a huge stone falling from the top of the pyramids. The bus is blue and white with a picture of circus animals on one side of the bus. There are tigers, bears and elephants pictured on the truck. Apollo thinks this is strange as he has never seen paintings look so vivid on any of the chariots in Egypt. This must be part of Lower Egypt’s plan to confuse him. As the bus gets closer to Apollo, his fur starts to look like a huge puff ball as it stands on end. He runs up the nearest tree he could find to avoid getting run over by this weird large, loud monster.
Apollo is wet, scared and wants to head back to the palace. All he had on him is his golden collar around his neck. Apollo reaches up and touches his paw over his collar to make himself comfortable on the tree top. He takes a big breathe and shakes all the water off of his beautiful fur.
He looked down at the ground and he knows that he cannot get down without help from the royal guards. Where are they? Where are Namer and the rest of the Royal family? Is this what Lower Egypt looks like? He wants to go home now. He's had enough of this foolishness. “WHERE IS MY FAMILY?!” Tired, scared and worried about his family, Apollo curled up into a ball, before falling asleep in the tree.
Hours later Apollo was awakened by a strange sound. “Mooch…mooch….Mooch….here kitty, kitty kitty.” An old woman was calling to Apollo from the ground below. Apollo stretches out and looks down at the old woman like she’s crazy. Apollo calls down to the old lady thinking that she could understand him. “Where am I? Is this Lower Egypt? Where is Namer?” But the lady kept saying. “Mooch, mooch, mooch, here kitty, kitty, and kitty. Please come down. Don’t be scared.”
Apollo thought that this was a spell from the sorcerer Menses, which is why she seems to be wearing such strange clothing and speaking in such a strange language.
A bright red fire engine drives up to Apollo and the old woman and begins to put a ladder underneath the tree.
Worried that this oddly dressed man was one of Aheb's men, Apollo backed up and shouts, “Do not come near me you villain, or I will have your head!!!” The fireman begins to climb the stairs of the ladder. A few moments later, the fireman calls down to the sweet old lady, “Ma'am can you try to soothe the cat down? His meowing is annoying.” Apollo was shocked that the strange man thought he was meowing!!!
Then Apollo realized that this is the other world that Menses had set up for his family to go to. So surely Apollo’s family should be around here. Apollo began to look around the strange place that had trees and strange buildings and people at the bottom of the tree that kept looking up at him and saying things that he did not understand. As the fireman got closer to Apollo he slowly moved back and the fireman moved closer saying, “Be still cute kitty, you are gorgeous with those blue eyes you have! Wow, I may have to keep you myself.” Apollo backed up too much and fell all the way to the ground with the fireman still on the ladder. Apollo, of course, landed on his feet. The fall stunned him and he did not get a chance to run before a woman with strange yellow clothing with odd writing on the front, picked him up. He yowled and squirmed, doing his best to kick and scratch at this strange person. But it was no use. He was caught. Apollo was placed in a cage with two other cats at a local animal shelter.
Apollo was an outcast. But there was one cat that was more afraid than Apollo was in this new world.