Beautiful People: Tiye and Amenhotep

'Tis here. A couples edition, in honor of Valentine's Day. Hounds and Jackals currently has only one living couple. Since (half dead couple) Sefkh and Senet have their own story, I must do Tiye and Amenhotep. They are real people, but I have taken some liberties with the facts of their lives. Many Egyptologists do agree that they were a love match. Enjoy.

How and why did they meet?
I have chosen the semi-arranged, love-match theory. Amenhotep's father was fifth in line for the throne (and possibly murder his older siblings, but that is another story) so no one would have particularly cared who Amenhotep married. Theoretically, Tiye is distantly related to the royal family and could be said to possess divine blood. Anyhow. In my story, they grew up in the same harem, and was the daughter of some random noble who had married a woman in some way related to step-mom of Amenhotep's. Alternatively, she is a child of a relation of his biological mother.  

What were their first impressions of each other?

Amenhotep: Ga ga ga goo blrb ga (translation: oh look a bird)
Tiye: grd bloo la la la (no translation)
Their mothers/nannies: oh look, they're talking. How cute.

How would they prove their love for each other?

This is an odd question. Do they have to prove it to each other? It is safe to say that they would pretty much do anything for the other one, but they also understand their duties and responsibilities. Amenhotep wouldn't abandon his country for Tiye (she wouldn't want him to).  Their relationship takes into account that they rule a country, and neither would ever expect or ask the other to do something for their sake, that risked harm to their country. 

What would be an ideal date?

With or without the kids? Because anything that involved them getting to hang out with their children would make them VERY happy. They actually get to spend plenty of time together. But the perfect date, with just them, would be the chance to abandon all of their responsibilities and just hang out, preferably in a boat with no one else around. (He later builds her a lake with an island in it, and they realize the part where they can sail with no guards, because it's a private lake, and quite safe). 

Is there something they emphatically disagree on?

Hmm. Not particularly. Tiye likes to do (important, businessy) things without telling people, and it drives Amenhotep crazy. But she can't resist the temptation to settle things in the moment, without consulting him. Usually it turns out fine, because she's not stupid, and he doesn't so much hate the decisions the makes, as the fact that she makes them without warning.  

List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)

Ha. Lacking the weird abundance of STUFF that we can eat today, they don't really have food quirks. There are, of course, random things that they like and don't like (Tiye doesn't like beer [she can afford all the wine she wants, so it is not a problem] and Amenhotep doesn't like nuts. Hum de dum. Tiye is a total lightweight, and back before they had to be responsible adults who worked all the time, he would occasionally bribe people to give her strong or unwatered wines because he thought it was funny. 

What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?

Tiye knows that Amenhotep gets really nasty headaches whenever he is stressed, but he refuses to tell the doctor. So as far as the household knows, the queen has frequent headaches and has soothing oils and "teas" brought to her. Nefru may or may not have figured it out. Tiye has nightmares about her children being in danger or killed. (which has made her very picky about their security), and has only spoken of them to Amenhotep. It is difficult to have many secrets when one is attended from birth. There are of course, random sentiments and feelings that Tiye has, that she speaks of to no one but her husband. 

What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?

Amenhotep is a very good natured person, but he occasionally does rather extreme things when angry (such as sentencing people to punishments greater than what they actually deserve etc.). Tiye is usually able to deal with it and either convince him not to do things, or delay them until he is calm and can reverse the order. What he doesn't know is that she is rather terrified of his ever being exceptionally angry at her, because there wouldn't be anyone to talk him down. She is constantly doing things that annoy him (such as placing the fate of egypt in the hands of enemy spies [because she talks with Ukani even though she knows he always gets what he wants from her]). She is too impulsive, and knows it's a problem. Usually things work out fine, but she knows she isn't perfect, and she is constantly worried that she is going to REALLY mess up. It isn't so much a secret, as the awkwardness of saying "darling, you have such a dreadful temper when you're roused, and I'm worried that I will do something exceptionally stupid one of these days and you will be angry." Because he would just say "I couldn't possibly ever be angry enough to do you any harm" and the whole point is that she thinks he might. 
Amenhotep keeps secret from Tiye that he has a few people dedicated to keeping an eye on her because he has reason to believe someone is trying to kill her. This never comes out in el book, and no one will ever notice, but it's there. Don't tell Tiye. 

How would their lives be different without each other?

History would be different without either of them. Neither would have ruled well alone. Between them, they created a golden age for Egypt. As for their personal lives....Tiye would have lived a clever and mundane existence, married well, and been bored. Amenhotep would have been like many Pharaohs before him, and built a world of beautiful things, while neglecting his diplomatic duties and spoiling for a fight, probably resulting in a war (which he would have won). He would also have been married to a bunch of women he didn't care for, including one that he (apparently) lost. 

Where do they each see this relationship going?

This must be a question for the boyfriend/girlfriend people. Umm. Well. At the time of H&J, they are married already and have three kids. As for where THEY see it going.....exactly where it did go.
Their relationship continues to hold, and they end up with 7-8 kids (history is not 100% clear) and never split up, they remain happy and in love until Amenhotep's untimely death at which point Tiye continues in her duty as queen, assisting her son in his reign and religious reform to temporary monotheism*. Tada

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*her son was Akhenaten.

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