At first, the sudden appearance of the goddess Bastet frightened the retired Professor of Egyptology. Her lithe body and cat-like head were beyond anything he’d seen in the natural world.
The old man knew Bastet to be a guide and helper to the dead, therefore he was certain that death was upon him. So he quietly set aside his tea and book, closed his eyes and announced, “I’m ready.”
However, nothing happened. After waiting a few seconds more, he opened his eyes and saw that the goddess had become distracted, having curled herself into an open and empty cardboard box.