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[Earthquake] Mercy


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Since becoming a mother, Valeria was no longer a deep sleeper. There was always pattering of feet, small bodies climbing into bed next to her due to a nightmare or monsters in the shadows. Their nannies unable to convince the two children no such things existed. Only mother's comfort could sooth those fears. She wasn't quite sure what her sleep addled mind thought it was when she felt the bed shaking, but after patting the bed to see which child had came to join her she knew something was off. Sitting up, she gently woke her body slave up, about to speak when the biggest of the tremors hit. A scream of surprise leaving both of them as she locked eyes with the other woman's.

"The children!" They said at the same time, and she threw off her covers and ran out of the room just behind the other woman who was heading to wake up Minor. "Octavius! Earthquake!" She called out down the hallway, hoping her husband or his own slave, Rufus would hear her as she made her way to her daughter's room. The girl was just coming out with her nanny and she scooped her up, "Everyone needs to get outside, now!" She said to the gathering number of slaves around her as they all made their way to the stairs to exit the building. "Don't worry about any belongings, everything can be replaced!" She cried out at a few who was trying to save vases and busts from falling over.

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The first tremor brought Rufus to the edge of wakefulness, the next (accompanied by a shriek from elsewhere in the house) brought him fully awake, though he was disoriented and thought for a moment that he was back on that wild adventure with his master's cousin Titus Flavius Alexander. Except this wasn't January, it was June, and they weren't at someone's farm in the heart of Campania, but the greatest city on earth.

He threw his blanket aside and sat up, scrambling to his feet, clinging to his master's bed to help him stay upright as the floor shook under his feet.

"Domine," he called, feeling for his master's arm in the pitch darkness and shaking him hard - subservience and propriety be damned, this was life or death. "Domine! Earthquake!"

 

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