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  1. Cynane hated feeling helpless and useless too – but that’s exactly what Charis’ situation made her feel. She couldn’t do anything and if she tried, she might make it worse than it already was! And she couldn’t stand the thought of that either. All they could do as slaves was hope for the mercy of their masters. Annis drank a good swig of her cup and said she didn’t understand why they were so cruel and she was sorry about Cynane’s friend. “I don’t understand it either. My tribe… we had slaves, a kind of slaves anyway. But we didn’t treat them the way the Romans treat theirs!” They didn’t beat them like this, lock them up, force them to kill each other and so on. Never anything like that! They worked harder than free people, usually, but they knew it was their lot in life and that it might not last forever. Here, it was different. Cynane downed the rest of her drink too and she’d said she hoped Longinus was smart enough to not waste Annis’ skills away at a brothel! Annis just thought she might make real money that way, “Maybe you can. I don’t know. I wouldn’t choose it for myself.” It had been bad enough that she’d been whored out as a gladiatrix. At least that had stopped now she was with Claudia. And that was just another reason to want to stay with her current mistress… so she would never be treated like a body with holes to use again. She was worth more than that. @Echo
  2. Annis didn't move from where she sat, but she said his name and invited him to sit with her, after he asked if he could join her, of course. She picked up the amphora of wine and said there was enough for them both. Alexius sat down next to her, leaning against the wall, "Enough wine is always welcome." He said and took it and drank a swig. No need for a cup today, it seemed. Not that they needed it, they had shared so many other things since they met, so why not a jar of wine? "How have you been doing since the earthquake? I see they haven't rebuilt much here yet. At least my building was still standing when I came back home." Alexius said to her and handed the jar of wine back to her hands. @Echo
  3. It was Thessala, wasn't it? Curled up by the door they'd tried to come through and apparently, that seemed to have saved her, because there was rubble on both sides of the door and around her. But she sat there, covered in dirt and dust, coughing, not looking like herself. Annis was right behind him and he noticed that other gladiators and workers at the ludus had begun searching for life among the fallen walls. When he was close enough, Thessala said something, possibly a name, but he didn't know it. Was that the one she shouted while the earthquake was happening... the one she tried to save? The reason why she had not left this door? Well fuck... there was a good chance Rana was not alive, judging by the amount of bricks on the other side of the door. Annis spoke to Thessala, but she called her Saba and promised they'd get her out. Alexius nodded, "Yes, we're going to get you out." Alexius promised her and moved closer, helping Annis dig out Thessala properly. Hopefully she hadn't broken any bones! "Can you get up?" Alexius held a hand for Thessala to take, worried about his friend and what had happened to her... and her friend or whoever Rana was. @Chevi @Echo
  4. Of course he could not know what it meant to her, that he apologized and she then chose to accept it. She could just have turned her back or pushed past him, really she could have punched his nose and pushed past him, but she chose not to. Instead she accepted his apology and the conversation that followed, when he suggested she should come and see a race for herself. Cynane wouldn't make a promise, but a maybe would be enough for now. That seemed to be more than enough for Marcellus, who brightened and said he'd get her in for free. She arched a brow, "Well if it's free, it would be stupid to decline." She said, she wasn't stupid. She was a slave and she did not own a huge amount of coin and wouldn't go to a race if she had better things to do, that didn't cost her as much... or brought her more joy. But if it was free... she might agree to come. Then she'd explained to him what she liked doing and she was not your typical Roman woman, because well... she wasn't Roman at all! He grinned, stating how that much was clear and then said his own mother had been from Germania, but never acted like it. "So... your mother was a slave?" She wondered, she didn't really know or care about how the races or lives of charioteers functioned, so she didn't know what kind of men sat in the chariots. Cynane assumed though, that he, like any man... would love to tell her more about himself. @Echo
  5. Caeso was indeed thoughtful, probably too thoughtful to be a charioteer, to be honest. But that was his lot in life now, as he was not born into a wealthy family. His father was not a high and mighty Senator, no, he hadn’t even known his father and he was never freed. He learned a great deal from his first master though, but here… he used everything he learned on the chariot races, because what else was there to use all that knowledge on? He had to use his mind. He couldn’t stop using it. Caecina listened with interest, after he shared that the thought horses were less complicated and then told the whole tale about how he came to the chariot races – how he became a charioteer. Then he realized he had talked too much, probably boring her, and apologized, because he was still just a slave and had to remember that. But she said it was alright to get carried away, that it was interesting and she would know if he did horseback races too. “Not so much… I do what my master wants me to do. And he wants me to focus on the chariot races, so I do that. A horseback race sounds like it might be fun though. Although I suppose winning such a race would really depend on the skill of your horse and not just the way you steer it. There wouldn’t be as much strategy in it, it would more be a matter of luck.” He added thoughtfully and looked at her, “It sounds like you are family with such races though?” @Echo
  6. Alexius knew Annis had seemed very shaken the morning after the earthquake, but he had to return home to his son too and he had not had the time to return to the ludus until now. He knew of course lives had been lost and was honestly still a bit angry over that - why they would keep gladiators locked up, even during an earthquake, that was beyond him. To think that slaves had so little worth, that no guards cared to stop and unlock the doors and Alexius had failed to do it with the keys Annis found for him. But he didn't know how bad she was doing now. He found her in the courtyard, with a jar of wine near her, just staring into nothing. "Annis, finally I found you." Alexius said, trying to sound cheerful, although judging by the look on her face, she wasn't feeling cheerful at all. He stopped near her, "Mind if I join you?" @Echo
  7. It was a pity, that no man (or woman) had ever kissed Florus’ handsome and lush lips before. They had not been touched or kissed by anyone and Alexius would be more than happy and proud to be the first. And once Florus had learned how nice it was, he would want more. He listened to the young man tell about how he did not want to get into something with someone and not know what he was doing. Well not everyone thought that far! Alexius thought most people just kind of… did it. He nodded quietly at Florus’ words though and then he’d asked how Florus even came to the knowledge that man could like men the same way men liked women. Florus blushed again and shared that a friend had told him and made him realize it all, because he’d never found a woman he was interested in like that. And then he would know how Alexius found out. “I didn’t really have much of a choice in finding out.” Alexius revealed. “I began my training as a gladiator when I was 15 years old, I think. And I don’t know if you know this… but gladiators are often rented out to patrons to sleep with, the same way whores do. Gladiators don’t just fight. In a way, they are also a kind of prostitutes.” He admitted, he never spoke to anyone about it like that before, “But… that’s how it was. And I was still quite young when that happened to me and a man paid for my time and my body. He wasn’t bad though, it wasn’t a bad experience with him and although it wasn’t really by choice it happened… I enjoyed it enough and I was curious enough to want it another time. Soon it also happened with a woman and… it kind of just took off like that, I guess. I learned how to share and enjoy pleasure with anyone, back then.” Alexius said with a smile, “And I still do… enjoy sharing pleasure with anyone. With you too, I’m sure.” He added with a wink to the handsome youth. His insula wasn’t far away now. @Ejder
  8. He thanked her for promising to not touch him there again, thinking it kind of strange for a man to not want to be touched by a woman, but she also knew why, of course. It she thought so, at least. Samorix was however still ready to learn more about how to defend himself and agreed on her idea. He would play the attacker and she would be the one defending herself, so she could show her what she meant by her words. He took his combat-ready position again and she smiled once more, thinking again she had to teach him about that bit too. At least he held his handsome chin high. "Good. So come... grab me from behind." She said and turned her back, if he was to play the attacker, he better attack her. When he made his move, she bent forwards, thrusting her hips backwards, which would shift the weight and surprise the attacker long enough for her to yank her elbow into his stomach first and then stand and move the elbow to his jaw. She did all the motions, but slowly and not too hard, so he'd get the point without getting hurt. @Ejder
  9. It was so unexpected that he followed her and apologized! That surprised her and managed to take her aback and few things did that nowadays! But she stood her ground, stating again that not everyone had the same interests and she didn't enjoy everything about Rome. Far from it, in fact, but he didn't need to know that. Marcellus apologized again, saying he forgot that not everyone liked the races. And she didn't have to. She nodded, deciding to give in because after all, he did seem like a somewhat decent Roman. He apologized... that was new for her. Romans never apologized for anything, especially not the men. "Your apology is accepted." She said, which was a big step for her too, but he probably didn't know or guess that. He stayed though, wondering what she liked and then he couldn't help but suggest that she should give the races another chance, without her mistress. "Maybe I will, we'll see." Cynane just said, she wasn't about to give in that easily to that part. But what did she like? These days? Not much... so it was a tough question, when she barely knew him and wasn't ready to reveal her most inner thoughts to him yet! "I like... time for myself." She then said, "And I like spending time with my own countrymen. I enjoy... hmm... a good fight, I suppose. I guess I'm not your typical, humble and shy Roman woman. Maybe because I'm not Roman at all." She then added with a small smile, revealing she wasn't sad about that at all. @Echo
  10. She had not really been fair to her new companion – and who knew, maybe friend? Annis seemed so nice and friendly and Cynane was just bringing the mood down. Maybe she shouldn’t go out, if this was all she had to offer anyone… negative pieces of advice. She apologized for her mood, but Annis blushed and said Cynane should not worry. She did, however, and decided to tell Annis the reason for her mood. She seemed like someone who might actually understand… a fellow Briton, enslaved by the same man as Cynane and in the situation she had once been in. So she told the story about Charis and Annis seemed almost shocked, then felt sorry about what had happened. And then she of course too was angry about how the Romans did as they wanted, no matter how evil it would be. “I don’t think there’s anything anyone can do. I go to her house every week, the day we used to meet… but I haven’t seen her since February. And no one at the household are willing to help either, it seems. We’re at their mercy.” She added and looked at Annis, remembering how they came to talk about Longinus in the first place, “I hope your master… our captor… is smart enough to not let you waste your skills away in a brothel. I wouldn’t wish that for anyone.” @Echo
  11. Caecina appeared so excited, he thought to himself while they walked through the area of the stables near the great circus. When he said her horse had been named right, she told him about how Aurelia had been the first time she rode the horse, which earned the horse its name. She called the horse fast as the wind. Caeso smiled, thinking he might really like to see this horse sometime and find out if at least half of Caecina's stories were true. He then made a move for more conversation, asking further into her interest in horses. She exclaimed how she loved them and thought them easier than humans. Caeso nodded, "They often seem so. Humans can be so complicated. Horses are more... sympathetic." He replied to her and she went on with how she learned how to ride, but rarely did it in the city. Then of course she was curious as to when he learned how to ride. "I was 13, when my current master acquired me and I came to work here. I knew little about horses before. But as we already discussed, I find them easier to understand than humans. I thought they were interesting beasts to work with and I enjoyed getting to know them. You might say I got along with them, as I still do. I learned how to ride when I was 14, I think. And then I learned how to use the chariot. I enjoyed that too - working with the horses as a team to gain the victory we all desire. The rest is history, I guess. As it is made every day." He said thoughtfully and looked at her as he realized he had talked a lot, "Apologies, I get carried away sometimes, young domina." @Echo
  12. Early July, 75 AD Everything seemed to have settled down after the earthquake that shattered Rome – and a great deal more – not many days ago. Alexius had stayed at the ludus for hours that morning, helping with digging people out, but eventually he really had to excuse himself, because he had a son and needed to know if he was safe! It had been an eventful day, he even met his neighbor when he returned to the insula… and luckily Lexus was fine, even if he was a little shaken. That was all a few days ago now, and Alexius had busied himself with helping others dig out their homes and loved ones. He had been paid a little for that at least, although it was far from his usual job. He thought he better check in on Annis though, and maybe Thessala, if she was in any mood to talk at all, but he wasn’t sure. Annis had seemed shaken too and he doubted the gladiators had been training much these last few days. Alexius showed up at the ludus during the afternoon. He was a known face now, and now not only because he had once come just to see the gladiators train… he had then become Thessala’s occasional sparring partner and he had seen Annis a few times too. Oh and Theo, don’t forget him, he patched up Alexius’ latest bad cut in his arm, after he saved Felix from a beating. Alexius had then been here at the earthquake and helped out. He was practically family now, wasn’t he? The guards allowed him in and pointed Alexius in the right direction - far from everything was rebuilt yet and some of the gladiators had to be relocated in the ludus. Alexius found the right way and hoped to find Annis - ready to give her a bit of needed attention and maybe some tender loving care. @Echo
  13. The worst part of the earthquake seemed to be over now. Alexius stood with Annis by his side and covered his mouth from the amount of dust and dirt in the air. Slowly it began to settle and he looked around. It wasn't the entire ludus that had crashed, but a part of it. He wondered if the wealthier people's homes looked as bad as this though - they could afford better improvements. And not locking up their slaves. Thessala had not been locked up though, so she had to be somewhere among all the rubble, right? At least Annis was fine. And there were a lot of people out here in the yard. But not everyone. Theo began shouting out orders and Alexius jumped on it too, helping Annis moving bricks and stones to dig out people, "Thessala!" He called out again. She was a good friend. He didn't want to think he lost her. She had been calling a name, hadn't she? Was her friend buried, perhaps... and that's why she had not wanted to leave? But what use was it that two people died instead of one? He carefully moved further in over all the rubble and tried to remember where the doors had been, the doors they had tried to open. Everything was changed now. He heard someone cough and saw a person, covered in dust, she seemed almost white, like a ghost, there near a door that had survived standing, while the walls around it had fallen in, mainly on the other side of the door, "Thessala? Are you alright?" @Chevi @Echo
  14. It wasn't nice to be out with someone you liked and were interested in, only to go around and kiss and flirt with others. Alexius would try his best to show Felix all of his attention, because the handsome body slave deserved to be treated right. And besides, why would he not want to give Felix all of his attention and treat him right? He was nice, even if he was a man of fewer words than Alexius... and he was good looking and wanted to spend time with Alexius. So why not? And now they were even decorated with garlands, both of them. After that, Alexius thought of drinks and Felix agreed with the idea and wondered how else you'd celebrate Fors Fortuna. Alexius winked. "People don't tend to be so serious... and it's Fortuna we're celebrating, she would want us to enjoy ourselves. Let's see the temple first. Pay our respects... and then..." He added with a certain playful look at Felix. The closer they got to the temple, the more stalls were there with people selling drinks and also bits to eat. Everything was decorated. There was a feeling of joy and merriment all over. He saw a stall with wine that wasn't too expensive and steered that way, "So what do you do, Felix, when you just want to have fun?" @Chevi
  15. There was a long pause after Marcus asked if he could do something... stating there had to be something they could do. This could not be the end of it. His brother had not spent their entire fortune on rebuilding a beautiful home, that they would thrive in and get married and raise families in, just to lose it all - both the fortune and the home! That was not what was happening here, right? Lucius was silent though, staring at him and Marcus inhaled a breath, about to yell at Lucius to speak, when he finally did. He told Marcus to go and fetch the will of his father and from uncles and aunts too, while he would find information on their cousin. "Dear cousin indeed!" Marcus exclaimed, "That's really it? So the trial is not quite over yet, after all? I hope not. This can't be it, Lucius." It really couldn't and he hoped Lucius would agree with him. They would get this fixed, they would get their home back and an opportunity to start over with some wealth and not... nothing. Marcus was enjoying his life so far and he wasn't going to stop with that anytime soon. @Chris
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