Sara Posted October 3, 2022 Share Posted October 3, 2022 Nones of March, early evening, 77AD Villa Sallustia Ovinia steadied her trembling hands by wrapping her arms firmly around her waist as the party made their way through the gardens towards the Villa. To look at them; Lucius, Pinaria and her, they might have looked as if they were attending some sort of dinner or function at the Imperials' residence here. Which was for the better, and was key. Discretion was key here but even that didn't make her feel much better. Tiberius was a friend. A true friend, she felt, and their frequent letters and his gifts of the scrolls weighed heavily on her. Things would be irreparably changed after tonight, she knew that. And that was even if none of the slaves of the Villa gossiped and spilled their guts. She tried to blink the thought from her mind. She would only have Tiberius and Jason in the room, if the former demanded a chaperone. She exhaled deeply as they neared the gates and were admitted. She cast a glance to her companions. Her throat was dry and scratchy but she tried to make conversation. Undoubtedly Pinaria understood the gravity of what they were doing as well as she did. She wondered, briefly, if the men in her family were as furious as her father about it. "It will be over soon." She offered a tight smile to both of them in turn. She wished she could reach for Lucius' hand but knew she couldn't. So she just gave him a deep, searching look, desperate for comfort. Then she reached for Pinaria's arm and squeezed it gently - trying to impart strength she didn't feel. The slaves nodded quietly to the trio and gestured to a long corridor with torches lighting the way to a door, cracked and waiting for somebody to pad through. She knew Tiberius didn't know who to expect - they, again, had kept it quiet and she tried to still her nerves whilst her heart was slamming against her chest. She swallowed. "I'll go." She offered to both of them. "I'll be back soon." and with that, and before she lost her nerve, she rounded and stalked down the corridor alone until she pushed open the door, slipping inside before closing it firmly. She saw Jason and then she saw Tiberius. She swallowed, her throat dry. She couldn't even find the words for a greeting. TAG: @Chevi @Atrice @Sharpie @Sarah 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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