Atrice Posted November 7, 2022 Share Posted November 7, 2022 June, 77AD – about two weeks after Learning the Hard Way Marcus was not feeling great. It had been a few weeks now, since that incident with Varus. His bruises were more or less gone now and the stitched eyebrow was healing well too, although there would be a scar. So far, if anyone asked, he explained that he’d fallen down some stairs in the villa, because he’d been drunk. And apparently such an incident didn’t make him think because he was almost always drunk now. Which also meant he didn’t show up to do his duties as one of the vigintiviri either, so he definitely was not honoring his father or his family name. Instead he was either in his own rooms in the villa, or, if he suspected Tiberius might attempt to talk to him, he’d excuse himself and find somewhere else in Rome to camp and drink. And avoid people asking questions. He didn’t want to lie to Tiberius. Then he’d rather avoid him. That’s exactly what he had done today, again. Found a random, cheap tavern and drowned his misery in wine. He should never have talked to Charis or attempted to share gossip with her. It had backfired so bad. So bad. She’d been right, her husband was powerful and he had made sure to teach Marcus a lesson he wouldn’t soon forget, if ever. Fuck all that. Fuck everyone. Marcus had wanted to climb high so badly, but it seemed all he did was fall. He hadn’t dared to go the Via Lata and find one of the better tavernas or popinas, as he usually did. Instead he lowered himself to the subura, near the brothels and the gangs, but at least here he wasn’t so well known. At some point during the evening, he was escorted roughly out of the taverna he’d found, because a barmaid had apparently been offended by his way of dismissing her. He scraped his knee as he fell outside, but he'd gone through worse now and he ignored it. Then, alone, he made his way back to the villa. At least it was evening. Hopefully that meant he could avoid people and questions once more. He'd done that well so far. He walked into the villa, thinking he was being quiet. He was anything but that though. @Sharpie 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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