The Day Vesuvius Spoke Essay

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Jupiter was not pleased for Vesuvius had awakened after centuries of fuming quietly and mustering it’s strength to one day expel all of its anger that lie dormant beneath the surface. Mount Vesuvius showered us in rage. Clouds of darkness barreled in and crowded the sky, ash rained from the heavens, and fire engulfed the city. A day such as this could only be described as Hell on Earth. For most, this was the beginning of the end.

I was awakened by the violent shake of our house and the smell of smoke that hung in the air nearly suffocating me. Horror stricken I raced out of bed to the window to see everything covered in ash and the only thing I could hear were the shrill screams and ...view middle of the document...

” My mother began to cry and embraced Brutus, thanking him for being our savior in a time of peril and I whispered a prayer to the Gods asking for safety and thanking them for Titus being a man of extreme kindness. Our joy did not last long however, our house trembled and the walls began to crumble. Everything turned into darkness and the only thing I could hear was my mother screaming my name, telling me everything would be okay; the last thing I ever heard from her.

I have no idea how long I had been unconscious but when I opened my eyes Brutus was crying and begging me to respond. I couldn’t hear anything but the sound of bells ringing in my ear but everything came rushing back to me; we must evacuate or else we too will die. Brutus helped me to push the heavy stones from my body and carried me through the remains of what was our family home. Before leaving I asked Brutus where was my mother only for him to sob and say now was not the time to discuss this. As we made our way to the streets I caught a glimpse of my mother's corpse lying beneath the rubble and couldn’t help but feel as though I too should have been taken.

Brutus put me down and asked was I strong enough to make it to the port on my own two feet to which I responded yes. “Brutus, have you seen Cronus?" The last time I remember seeing my brother was the morning before the eruption when we sent him to the agoras. "No, can't say I have. I don't think he made it home through the rubbish from the agoras. The columns cracked and every stand was crushed beneath their weight. I'm so sorry." In that moment my world came crashing down and I could hardly breathe. How am I to live without my family? "Brutus," even I could barely believe the request I was going to make, "leave me here."

"I can't leave you here, if I return without you Titus will have me stoned at the port! I'm sorry but this is a request I cannot fulfill!" I had always thought Brutus was a gentle lamb who always sought to please others, never have I seen him so furious. There was a strange fire that danced in his eyes, one of mystery and hatred. "Why can't you? Why does Emperor Titus care about me when there is an entire city begging for salvation?" I didn't bother concealing my anger towards Brutus' selfishness. "I want to die. Without mother and Cronus there is nothing left for me to live for. It was I who shed the tears...

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