Titus didn't seen it be to upset about being thrown up on, at most he seemed a but discussed and irritated. Spurius watched as he used the hem of on of the girls dress' to clean himself up and listened to his orders, glad that he had finally agreed to leave.
“Very well, whoever gets left behind, stays behind, myself included.”
Spurius gave a curt nod in response, he honestly didn't know what he would do if something happened to his uncle, he had a complicated relationship with him.
“Get her up, she is in shock, you are going to have to keep a firm hold on her, keep her eyes away from the body. Do you understand?”
"Yes" he said, he almost had to shout for it to be loud enough for him to hear, just in case he gave another nod. As the five of them rose he put an arm over his mothers shoulder and spoke right next to her ear so she could hear him. "It's going to be okay Gaia, just ignore everything else and look at me, okay? We'll get you out of here" with that Titus waved them forward and Spurius starting leading them through the wreckage.
“I think Titus is right. If anything happens, you keep going. You must promise me that.”
His lips tightened at the idea of leaving Gaia behind, he knew that he could never do that but also if he was the one in danger he would want her to save herself. "Let's not even think about that right now" he answered, he hoped that it didn't come to it but he knew that he would be able to bring himself to abandon her.
"I'm alright" Spurius said as Gaia checked him for injuries, he had a couple scrapes from falling rubble but nothing serious.
"How are the streets outside, Spurius?Are there crowds? Are the people in panic? Where is the nearest clearing? I will not leave one disaster only to enter another. Should we do as you say, whoever gets left behind, stays behind.”
He noticed how Titus's had lips thinned when he said they had to leave, it was no suprize to him that even now his uncle didn't want to be challenged. “People are panicking, but that's because a god-damn earthquake is happening! When I was out there the streets weren't overly full but they will be if we don't hurry, I don't know where-" his next words were cut off by a horrible cracking noise and a shriek as a part of the ceiling crushed a girl before their eyes. All he could say was, "we need to go, now." The two companions of the woman who had been killed joined them under the table, one of which was sobbing now, he wanted to help comfort her but now was not the time, right now, they all had to leave.
“Titus, we should go, we should all go... Please, Titus, come with us.”
He saw Gaia look over at the entrance, and saw the look of horror cross her face, apparently she hadn't seen what had happened. The corps of the now-dead prostitute was partially buried under a portion of the ceiling with a pool of blood leaking out from under her. She turned to Titus and promptly threw up on his lap. As if the earthquake hadn't been terrifying enough, Spurius felt a jolt of fear in his stomach that reflected on his face, and instinctively pulled her twoards him and away from his uncle.
Spurious had been sitting in a nearby tavern when the earthquake had first started. It began with some light tremors that he ignored but when it became clear that this was going to be more than a light quake he was running out of the tavern and back to the Elysium. When he got there he found the place in chaos, screams and cries could be heard from inside the collapsing building and scantily clad prostitutes were darting out anyway they could. He scanned the people gathered outside, looking for his mother. When he didn't see her, despite his better judgment, he charged into the crumbling brothel in search of her. Inside was even worse than the outside was, walls were falling and the hallways were lined with those who couldn't make it out. "Mother!" he called for her as loud as he could, but if she responded he couldn't hear her over everything that was happening. He passed a collapsed wall with the body of a girl crushed lying under it, not far off there was another one with a dying man beneath it, groaning as the last bits of life left his body. He had the urge to try and free him, even as the ceiling rained down on them, but he re-focused his thoughts on his mother, he had to find her before it was to late.
"Gaia!" he called for her again, though he doubted she'd be able to hear him over the sounds of breaking objects, screams, and the building falling apart around them. He finally spotted her looking dazed under a table with his uncle. He made his way over to them and crouched under the table with them. After looking over his mother to check for any injuries he directed his words at Titus, nearly shouting so that he could be heard above all the noise, "we need to get out of here, the walls have already started collapsing, the ceiling is bound to be next." He spoke with a sense of urgency, from what he had seen if they didn't leave soon they would surely be crushed by rubble.
Spurius Gaius Lupus
21 | 2 October 53 CE | Plebian | future inheritor of the Elysium| Asexual (bi-romantic) | Wanted | Milo Ventimiglia
On the surface Spurius can appear to be very guarded and prickly, and to an extent he is, but this is a self-defense mechanism he has developed due to his uncle's abuse. He has a huge soft spot for prostitutes, women, and slaves, pretty much all the people his uncle takes advantage of. He and his mother have a very close relationship, as a child he had to watch his mother being mistreated by his uncle, when he grew older this caused him to become very protective of her and others who he sees in bad situations. He's the type of person to get involved when he sees injustice happening no matter the circumstances, with the exception of his uncle, anytime he intervenes with him it only ends up hurting him and his mother also. He takes pitty on the people working at the Elysium, particularly the women, and will try and help them however he can, just so long as it's not undermining his uncle.
Spurius is a bit taller for his age, and slightly scrawny. He is much stronger than he look because while he is fit, he's not at all muscular. Taking after his mother, he is olive-skinned with wavy brown hair, but both his eyes and hair are darker than his mother, presumably traits that he inherited from his dad. His facial structure also differs from his mom as it is much more defined. He wears his hair a bit longer than most Romans, but not long enough to be considered barbaric.
Mother: Gaia Lupa
Uncle: Titus Aspanius Lupus
Childhood: Spurius grew up never knowing who his father was, and his mother always refused to tell him. Instead of his biological father helping his mother to raise him, his uncle stepped in. Though helping wasn't exactly what he did, he provided financial support but Spurius and his mother were used as his pawns and were constantly manipulated and mistreated by him. Spurius avoided the bulk of it because he was the future inheritor of the Elysium and therefore useful in his uncle's eyes, unlike his mother. He never made any childhood as he tended to be quite skittish.
Teenage years: He began to be trained by his uncle to handle his "business" which in addition learning to the usual bookkeeping and such, also including being introduced to some very shady fellows and being present for some under the table dealings. With this his relationship with his uncle got simultaneously worse and better. Worse because he could now process how poorly his mother (and to some extent him) were being treated, but also better because he learned just what had to happen for his uncle to support them. Age also brought with it bravery, as he got older he learned to stand up for himself and his mom, though the consequences were often disastrous. Instead he used his newfound courage to help the slaves in the Elysium behind his uncle's back, he wasn't able to do anything big, mostly it was just tending to any injury they might have or providing whatever extra food he could. It was during this time that he realized that while he truly hated how the Elysium was run, when he took over he could change it. He didn't like the idea of running a brothel but he didn't have much of a choice and he knew that with everything he learned he could one day turn it into a place to rival even the Venus.
Adult life: After accepting his fate that he would one day run the Elysium he became more and more eager to learn from his uncle. He never told anyone about his plans for making the brother a much nicer (and kinder) place, instead he just let him that that he had finally come around to seeing the world as he did. As he got older though he also got bolder, even going aw far as selling a girl to a nice donuts outside the city behind his uncles back and convincing him that she had managed to run away. It got easier and easier to defy his uncle, the more he accomplished the less causius her became, making his antics very risky.
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