What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 5, page 1 of 10)

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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.

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