Author's note: I'm obessive about Ancient Egypt (especially the Amarna era. ^_^) and I keep hearing this song on the radio. The lyrics remind me of what Tutankhamun must've been going through. Poor kid was basically a puppet for Ay and Horemheb. And when he tried to break free of that influence and assert himself, he was most likely murdered for it.
Disclaimer: Linkin Park owns the song.

Another Mistake

I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)


The Pharaoh Tutankhamun paced angrily in his quarters, running his hands through his hair. Ay and Horemheb were aggravating him, pushing him to the limit. Even know, when he was 16 years old, they were still trying to mold him into a puppet. Ankhesenamun entered the room quietly, sensing that her brother needed her. "Brother? What makes you so angry this day?"

"Ay and Horemheb" he said, practically spitting their names. Her eyes darkened and she sat down beside him. "What are they trying to do this time?"Ankhesenamun asked gently.
"They think that I am still nine years old again, and that they can run the kingdom without my consent or my knowing! They are trying to mold me as one would mold a statue!" Tutankhamun hissed, getting up and beginning to pace.
[Chorus]
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I've become so tired so much more aware
I'm becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you


"Would you like me to speak with them?" Akhesenamun offered. Her husband shook his head. Tutankhamun knew that if she asked in public, Ay and Horemheb would have no choice. Like her mother, the famed Queen Nefertiti, Akhesenamun knew how to handle politics. She was gentle, and all the nobles of the court loved her for her kind wisdom. Yet underneath the gentleness, there lay a quiet strength, a steel that only emerged when push came to shove.

Can't you see that you're smothering me
Holding too tightly afraid to lose control
Cause everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
And every second I waste is more than I can take


"No, I need to speak to them myself. They need to know that they cannot rule me any longer. I am not a child anymore. They are advisors, not kings! And I intend to tell them that. It's what Father would have done" Tutankhamun stood up tall. Ankhesenamun was fiercely reminded of their father, Ankhenaten. Her half-brother wasn't as passionate as their father had been-'It must have been Kiya's temperament' she observed-but when pushed, he would fight just was hard for what he thought was right.

[Chorus]
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I've become so tired so much more aware
I'm becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

The Egyptian Queen wished with all her heart that she could protect her brother from the power-hungry fools like her "beloved" Grandfather and his little lapdog. "Then we shall confront them, brother." Tutankhamun looked up, a little surprised. "We?" "Yes, we. Do you think I want those mongrels to hold all the power in the palms of their hands? Neither of us are children anymore. We are in this together, brother dear."

And I know
I may end up failing too
But I know
You were just like me with someone disappointed in you


"You wanted to see me, my lord?" Ay and Horemheb bowed low, as protocol demanded.
"Yes..you see, I have been thinking over your plans for a future invasion of Mittanni and Assyria." "And was it satisfactory, my Pharaoh? With the assured success of our compaign, it would add further riches to Kemet, and help wash away the heresy that your father created."
The Vizier said.

Ankhesenamun put a comforting hand on her brother as he spoke. "No doubt it would build up the empire, but I have decided the time is just not right. I have reopened the temples and brought back the old worship. The people are trying to rebuild their lives and a war at this time would be disastrous to them. You are dismissed."

[Chorus]
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I've become so tired so much more aware
I'm becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

"Yes, my Pharaoh" the two men intoned in unison as they bowed low. Before leaving, Ankhesenamun caught the malevolent expressions and her face hardened. Tutankhamun also noted it and stared back at them impassively. 'No more shall they rule me. I am Pharaoh, and it is time they learned that very important fact' The young king thought as they left.

The young royals let out the breath neither of them knew they had been holding in a long sigh.
"We have won the first battle, sister. For now, perhaps there will be a little bit of peace."Tutankhamun said. "Thank all the Gods for that" Ankhesenamun replied.

But the incident, along with the malevolent looks left both shaken. Both Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun were wondering if one day, Ay and Horemheb would be spurred by their love of power and their greed to more darker things. It was a thought neither wanted to think, and so they resolved to take things one step, one battle at a time.

[Chorus]
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I've tired of being what you want me to be
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I've tired of being what you want me to be