The beginning of a scene I’ve been impatiently waiting to pen. Bryaxis, Allerix, Simon, and… our sweet cobbler, Theo!!! No spoilers and unedited. 😀
At the front of the unroofed travel cart, the unfamiliar brown-haired man sat across from Simon. Staring at each other’s faces, they smiled as they chatted and held hands. Simon appeared happy; shit, he looked positively giddy.
Once those strange ceremonies had finished and the food eaten, the Roman ordered them all into this uncovered cart, claiming his boys would better appreciate the stupendous views of his beloved Rome from an unobstructed vantage point. Gods, this damn vehicle was even more uncomfortable than that supply wagon if that was even fucking possible. Allerix grasped the wooden plank edge for dear life as the cart hurtled down the road, bouncing up and down, rocking back and forth, its squeaky wheels rolling over the dark paving stones.
They must be close to the infamous city; the towers of tall buildings loomed ahead in the distance.
“So he’s Simon’s father?” Alle asked.
Bryaxis shuffled closer and mumbled, “Yes, his name is Theodorus. For ages, he was the favorite bed warmer of Fabius’s father. Fabius inherited him after his old man died, and years later granted him freedom. Theo runs a shop or something in Rome. I’ve never actually met him before, but Max speaks of him often and with great affection.”
“He looks like an older version of Simon.”
Bry chuckled and bumped Alle’s shoulder. “Fathers often do, don’t they?”