What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 5, page 1 of 6)

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Chapter 5

Just then a sound came from the front door. I recognized the voice of Romy calling to me. Without hesitation I went to see what he wanted. By the time I arrived at the door I had tucked the amulet under my toga. I opened the door to see a frantic Romy with Simeon's amulet in his hand.

"What are you doing with that?" I asked.

He looked at me as if he didn't know what I was talking about, and noticed I was looking at his hand.

"Do you know what this is?" He asked in return.

I felt my chest, as if by some strange magic he had taken the amulet I was wearing.

"Did you come out here in the middle of the night to ask me that?" I replied to his unusual question.

"Actually, no. I came because the strange little man wanted to see you. He was afraid he would be executed tomorrow, and he insisted on seeing you tonight," he said.

I turned to Mary, who was standing directly behind me now, and looked into her beautiful blue eyes.

"I guess I better go and see what the trouble is, dear," I explained, as I reached for my cloak.

Mary touched my arm and said, "We'll continue when you return."

I had never done anything like this before, but then I had never had a prisoner quite like this strange little man. All the way to the prison Romy went on about the significance of the amulet, but all I could think about was the one hanging around my neck. What would I say if someone noticed it? I knew Nero would have me imprisoned if it was even remotely connected to these people known as 'The Way.' My thoughts shifted to these crazy individuals who were a part of this sedition against Rome. Why would they do such a thing? Don't they understand the power of Rome? Why would they put their families in danger like that? I knew I couldn't do it. I loved my wife more than life itself, and even if I did become part of 'The Way' I would certainly keep it to myself. Just as we had reached the marketplace Romy grabbed my arm, and stopped walking. I looked at him inquisitively.

"I asked you if you knew what this meant?" He asked holding the amulet in my face.

"Not exactly, but I know it has something to do with that strange little man in the prison," was my reply.

"Well, I inquired around town about it, and discovered its direct connection to a man called Jesus. Have you heard of him? He is the one who was supposed to have risen from the dead after being crucified. The report is that more than four hundred people saw him after his resurrection. This amulet is a symbol of something he said to some of his closest followers," Romy explained rather excitedly.

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