Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.
Quintus woke with a vision: The Emperor Septimius Severus would not return to Rome, but would soon take his last breath beneath the northern sky of Britannia.
At dawn, Quintus broke his fast at his post on the Antonine Wall. His vision weighed heavily on his mind, for dangerous times followed an emperor’s death. He knew Rome was lost to him forever. Fleeing was risky; staying possibly even more so. To the north lay Caledonia, the only land not under Roman rule.
The next sunrise found his post abandoned, but with the news of the emperor’s death, no one noticed.
The photographer is Bjorn Rudberg and his story is The Emigrant.
Ah.. Yes so interesting how difficult it was to keep. Thank you for the forage into history.
An interesting trek into ancient history.
Shalom and Happy New Year,
I really like the tone of this. Quintus made the right choice, I think. Well told.
Quintus is wise, he adjusted his sails and in an ill wind and made tracks for parts unknown.
Tresha, Quintus knew what was best. With a new Emporer, Rome would make sweeping changes. Good story. Well done and thanks for the links. Happy Holidays! 🙂 — Suzanne
Tresha, loved this historically ladened tale. My 18 year old is obsessed with Rome, and ancient history. He enjoyed this too. 🙂