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Late morning- March 15, 44 BC
Germanicus, Claudius, Marcus, Nefertiri, and her guards raced in through the gates to find their friends, along with several of Scaevola's guards. standing around. Scaevola himself lay dead upon the ground, his robes soaked with even more blood than they had been before.
"General, these guards are our comrades now and have proven themselves trustworthy." In a much quieter voice, leaning towards the general, he goes on, "General, I must speak with you urgently about the guards."
"Alas, Caesar is slain," said Nefertiri. "By the time we got there, it was too late. My men and I rode to the Forum, and the word was already spreading. Scaevola used his magics to slip past us, but we pursued him. It is good that he has answered for his treason, but he is far from the only traitor. There are too many of them for us to confront. We must see to the safety of Queen Cleopatra and of her son by Caesar, who is his rightful heir. The murderers may come after them too. My men and I must return to Rome at once and bring them Ostia, where we can take ship for Alexandria and return to Egypt."
"I am Awan, captain of the guard," said one of the guards who bore a torch. "We are at the Queen's service, and we would like to escort her back to our homeland."
"Excellent. See that your men are ready to travel by the time I return from Rome with the Queen."
Germanicus took Decius aside and spoke to him quietly.
"But great Caesar is lost? He deserved to spend the rest of a long life enjoying the reward for his accomplishments, not this. And what does this mean for Rome I wonder?"
She turns to Nefertiri,
"Madame, I pray you have a safe journey back to your homeland; it will be perilous with so many of the Brotherhood still around. We know of its existence and what it stands for, if only we could do something to stop them."
"The other traitors are Senators," said Nefertiri, "but they do not seem to be members of the Brotherhood. From what I heard in Rome, they acted for political reasons. So did Scaevola, but he had other motives as well. This was the nest of those scorpions here, and you appear to have cleared it out. The Brotherhood is widespread, however, especially in Egypt. They must be rooted out and destroyed. So must the rest of those who slew Caesar, but that is not a battle that will be fought today. Right now our top priority must be the safety of the Queen and her son. We must ride back to Rome now!" She wheeled her horse around and led her men back out of the gates and down the road to Rome.
He addresses Nefertiri with a rather smug face and signature crooked smile. "So, would this mean my debt is paid? Or do you need something more from a lowly thief like me? One can never have enough work."
Everyone else followed, and they soon reached the gates of Rome and entered the city. Small fires could be seen in the distance, though fortunately they did not seem to have spread as of yet. As the group proceeded to the Forum, mobs of upset people were visible. It was obvious they were angry, but they did not seem to know where to direct their anger. The Forum itself was crowded, confusion, sorrow, and rage on the people's faces. Neferitri and her guards continued through the Forum on their way up the Palatine Hill to return to Cleopatra's guest palace. Story and his companions recognized the alley down which they had left the TARDIS.
Decius clears his throat politely. "Lady, as a result of all my bad habits, I have discovered several very fine taverns high in the hills around Rome that serve the finest quality crisp wines. Possible civil war and murderers aside, I wonder if - sometime in the near future - you would allow a rather scarred old soldier to buy you a mug of the very best white wine, while you tell me the story of what happened to you after the Egyptian guards grabbed you? You seemed to handle it very bravely."
Hearing Elizabeth and Brook he looks at them and says, "Sadly there is..." he looks at Lucius before continuing, "Lucius, not only are you a dear friend, loyal soldier, and a faithful travel companion... most of all you are my - no, our - brother. It pains my hearts to see the consequences of our travels on both your body and mind. " He quickly glances at the ladies before turning back to their dear friend, "I don't know if I can get you any closer to home than this. If you wish to disembark, I would understand."
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Artemis sighed again. It was a rather strange story that he now had. He shook his head in disbelief.
Germanicus dismounted from his horse and mounted the steps of the Forum. Turning to the crowd, he raised his arms and addressed all those assembled. "People of Rome!" he called to get their attention. All eyes were drawn to him.
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