Face claimJulianna Margulies
Julia heard the footsteps before she saw Juliana, who a few moments later entered the room. Julia warmly accepted the hug and a kiss on either cheek. “Thank you for the invitation.” Before they could sit down for a chat the sound of horses was heard outside. It was a sound that Julia was VERY familiar with considering the property she lived on was a ‘working’ horse farm. Was Juliana expecting more company? Considering the confused look that came her way the answer to that question appeared to be no. Julia followed a few steps behind Juliana towards the door but sped up closer to Juliana’s side when she heard her gasp. In the courtyard were some figures who she would recognize in a heartbeat- Claudia whom she had known since a baby, Decimus, Aia and Cynane. It took only a quick gaze to clearly see that something very serious had happened. Juliana immediately took charge of the situation summoning her slaves to help them all down and calling for the Medicus. Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed Juliana’s young son Quintus peek from around a pillar and then go back to hiding. This was not something he should be seeing.
The Medicus came running prepared to do what was necessary. Aia after hearing Juliana’s demand for an explanation gave a very precise run down of what had happened. She noted that Aia specifically mentioned Decimus’ shoulder which clearly had an arrow sticking it out of it. It was a wonder he was still conscious. Juliana declared that everyone would get washed up, wounds tended and then she would have answers- Julia wanted those answers as well. Wondering what exactly she could do as Juliana seemed to have things well in hand, she tapped a passing female slave on the shoulder “Domina Juliana’s son Quintus was hiding behind that pillar- make sure he does not witness anymore of this. If no one is able to keep an eye on him come find me.” She nodded yes and headed off in the direction of the pillar to round up Quintus. Julia then turned towards the rest of the crowd and saw that Juliana was supporting Claudia on one side and Aia had Decimus. She moved close enough that she could step up to the other side if extra support was needed. She also wondered if she should send word to Alaric for assistance but she would wait until more information was given.
@Gothic @Sains @Atrice @Chevi
While not necessarily a huge fan of the gladiatorial games due to the blood and guts, it was a good way to keep bridges built with the larger Roman community. Julia knew she was in the unusual place of being widowed- she knew socially people were encouraged to re-marry after a death, but Julia was still on her own. She enjoyed being out on the outskirts of Rome, enjoying the free air and the horse farm.
Julia arrived at the games venue and headed towards the Imperial & Senatorial box. She saw that Claudia and Tiberius were in the Imperial section interacting with one of the many Senators that were nearby. She cast a smile in their direction and found an empty spot. Settling in, she took a look at the roster that was being passed around then passed it on to another person.
(prior to Claudia/everyone else arriving at Juliana’s)
Julia had been doing some work in her domus, but she received an invitation from Flavia Juliana. The invitation had been very simple- there was no indication as to the reason for the invitation. She informed their head slave that she would be heading out for a while and that she was unsure when she would return. After adjusting her chiton and adding a palla for warmth she left for Juliana’s.
Arriving at the Domus of Flavia Juliana, she raised a hand to knock on the door. The door was opened by her slave. “I am here at the request of Flavia Juliana- please inform her that Julia Valeria is here.” There was a quick ‘yes Domina’ and the slave stepped back to let her then shut the door behind her and went to get Juliana. Julia let her gaze roam around while she waited for Juliana to return. It was a beautiful Domus.
While it wasn’t her business to know the relationship between Lexus and the young woman he was shopping for, she had obviously made a good impression on him. There were so many social rules to courting, but she was always happy when young people seemed to be figuring out their world and hearts. Perhaps it came from the fact that her life had been so messed up- she would never wish her path on anyone. Sold into slavery, escaped slave, freed but hard to reintegrate into society due to her tarnished reputation…although that may have been more her hesitation than society around her. She had reached a point in her life where she was happy, even if content to be own her own now with a little help from her son and Alaric.
“Those are very good thoughts. I’m glad I asked you, you’re so much more aware of how they can be useful and for what, than I am. Thank you.”
Julia nodded her head and gave a wave of her hand as he said he was glad to have asked her & thanked her. “You are welcome. Good luck with your purchase.” With that said, she assumed the conversation was over and looked back to the wares she had been considering when he first made conversation. She didn’t pay Lexus any mind as he went on with his transaction so she was unaware that he was purchasing a ribbon for her until he looked in her direction and spoke up once more. “You’re as lovely as you are kind, Domina. This is for you.” She turned back, momentarily confused until she saw the ribbon he proceeded to hand her. Julia let her gaze drop to the dark green ribbon in her hand and then back up to Lexus. “Oh…Thank you. You didn’t have to do that- you asked a very simple question and I didn’t mind answering it. Have a wonderful day and may the Gods bless you both.”
(end?- sorry for the long wait for a reply….my work schedule has become busy)
“That’s good, it’s not often I go and buy gifts for lov… for women.”
She noted the quick change at the end of the sentence- had he meant to say ‘lover’? Julia didn’t bother to comment on his choice of relationship. Instead she pointed out various items. When she got to the ribbons he seemed to agree that it was a good choice. “That’s what I was thinking. I don’t know if she needs more jewels, she stunning enough already. But a ribbon… or more than one, perhaps?” Julia could see that he was certainly infatuated with the young woman.
“If it was you, which color would you pick?”
Which colour would she pick? A little curious as to why he was asking, Julia looked at the various ribbons. There were all kinds of colours, and preferences were very personal. Thinking about many of the colours that were on display Julia compared the options to her wardrobe. “If it was me I would probably chose a brown or dark green which then allows anything you string on it to stand out a little more.”
“It makes sense, I think. I’m sorry to hear you lost your husband… I hope he was good to you.”
Julia nodded her head when he gave his condolences and enquired whether he was good to her. “Thank you.” She took a moment to think about the time they had together. While it was an ‘unusual’ match in that he had once been working for a rival to Caesar, her life had never been a straight course either so in a way they were perfect for each other. “Yes he was good to me.”
He then went on to describe the young woman whom the gift was going to- she had a bit of a chuckle when he said ‘no offence, but she is younger than you’. “No offence taken- I assumed she was younger than me. She sounds like she has made quite an impression on you. If she is one who enjoys looking her best or enjoys dressing up you have picked a good stall. I would be very surprised if you weren’t able to find something that would suit her. Can’t really go wrong here.” She pointed to a few things as examples then stopped on the ribbons that were hanging down. “The ribbons can be used for many purposes- woven in the hair as an embellishment, worn around the neck with an amulet or pendant. Hope those were helpful suggestions.”
“Oh? I am just looking for something to buy for… someone I care for. How come you wouldn’t be happy with such a present now? If you are willing to share the story, of course.”
Julia smiled when he said he was looking for something to buy for someone he cared for. She looked at the items available and nodded her head. She noticed that he seemed kind of surprised by her answer-in fact he seemed curious as to why she wouldn’t have been happy with such a present now. It wasn’t exactly that she wouldn’t be happy but Julia had become very practical, not wanting money to be spent frivolously. Yes she was ‘technically’ wealthy but she had gone through so many ups and downs in her life that she understood what it meant to barely get by.
“It’s hard to explain…I certainly was happy when I was younger to have received presents like this, however, life has not always been easy for me. I was forced to learn the value of money and that it was important to be wise with the coin you had. Life has certainly gotten easier again so I don’t have to worry quite as much, but at the same time I have also recently lost my husband. I hope that makes sense.”
Julia once again looked at the items available before looking back to him. “That being said, what kind of person is the gift going to? That usually makes it easier to decide on a purchase.”
Julia entered the marketplace with a plan in mind. She had a few wares that needed to be sold and it made sense to complete those transactions first. Finding the appropriate vendor, she placed the wares on the table for examination. Her part of the farm, a thriving garden, had experienced a bumper crop- too much for her to use entirely so she had arranged to sell it. Once they were examined and payment was received, she headed off to look at another booth.
She came across a stall that was selling ribbons, baubles and various pieces of jewellery. Julia let her gaze wander over the wares but wasn’t planning on buying. She was about to move on when a man near her spoke. “Excuse me, lovely Domina… would you be happy with getting one of these as a present?”
Julia turned and saw who the voice came from. It was Alexius- although she didn’t know him personally, she was aware of his history. “Salve. Would I be happy with one of those as a present? There was a time when I would have been.” If he knew anything of her story, he would understand her answer.
Julia is recently widowed- although she isn't exactly ready to run head first down the aisle yet, she is available for marriage if the right person came along. It would need to be someone who allied with the Imperial Family as she is very supportive of the Imperials.
She hasn't exactly had the easiest life-her brother Camillus sold her and her sisters into slavery, she had a son while a slave, goes from her master without her son, finally reunited with her son thanks to her connections with the Imperial family (she went to Lucilla after she fled her master), survived the purges/civil war although she was placed under house arrest because it was suspected she helped the Imperial children escape, after the war fell in love with Canus (long story) and it was a companionship match but he has now passes away making her a widow...
July 74 CE
Widowhood was hard to deal with, but Julia was doing the best she could. A little over six months had passed since Canus had passed. She was still residing on the small farm that her and Canus had shared and worked together for Alaric Stilicho, but there were a few slaves who did the direct work. With the arrival of early summer Julia had taken a few days away from the farm to come into town to visit her son and go to the Markets.
Julia entered the Emporium Magnum and immediately was bombarded by the noise and the crowds of people milling about. She was mostly there to sell and purchase a few items but also to simply see who was around. After doing her business she was looking at a stall with a variety of wares.