GoR amuse-bouche #18

The beginning of a scene I’ve been impatiently waiting to pen. Bryaxis, Allerix, Simon, and… our sweet cobbler, Theo!!! No spoilers and unedited. 😀

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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?”

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Soon!

JPK ❤️❤️

  4 comments for “GoR amuse-bouche #18

  1. October 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Because I basically never have time anymore I read this (how can I resist) but hadn’t gotten round to actually writing a comment. So: I really liked this. They’re pleasure slaves, sure and their primary role is to please their dominus. But this interaction between Simon and theo made my heart clench. Does Simon miss him? Or is it more the ‘you can’t miss what you don’t have’ what about other relationships? Does gaius let his slaves meet their family? If they’re still even alive…!

    Also slightly random- if any of the slaves get ill…does gaius give them reprieve? Just curious haha

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    • October 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Morning, Vitzy! We’ll see how Simon and Theo get on. Given everything Simon’s gone through, I think he might need a father at this point more than a lover. Most of the other lads’ families are far away (if they are alive) or whereabouts unknown. And yes, Roman household slaves were often treated with compassion when they were ill, injured, etc., at least if the master/mistress was a kind-hearted person. Slaves were valuable commodities and ensuring they survived was also wise from an economic perspective. Deep down, under all his arrogant bullshit, I’m pretty sure Gaius is a good man.

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      • October 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm

        Ooooh will Theo have a bone to pick with Gaius? Or will he just offer moral support…could be interesting! And I agree, I think I desperately want Gaius to be a good man, even if he can come across as mean and self-absorbed at times!

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      • October 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

        Theo is a bit of an enigma at this point – we’ll have to wait and see. Gaius grows so much during this saga because the Fates and Fortuna force him to change. Underneath all the bravado, he’s got a huge heart.

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