By Thomas Holt
Background tells us that during sixty nine advert, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself within the throat with a pen, and used to be trampled to demise by means of horses in a muddy ditch. yet here is one other chance: Nero didn't die in that ditch, yet an individual who seemed greatly like him did. this offers Nero the chance to begin a brand new existence in pursuit of his first love—music. yet Nero is being pursued through those who have cause to suspect he's nonetheless alive—one desires him lifeless, the opposite is a passionate fan of his dreadful tune and desires his genius well-known.
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There was nothing for it, of course. We had to go and see who was singing it. Turned out to be this smelly old carter, who was sort of stacked up in a corner, drinking his way through a small bath of the gorgon’s blood the management had the nerve to pass off as red wine. No point talking to him if you wanted a rational answer, but sitting next to him on the bench was another man, presumably his mate—a little bit younger and less mothbitten round the face, and to all appearances moderately sober.
Same in my line of work, too. The Galen who tells everybody in the village he’s a wealthy cheese importer is just a cheap crook; but for all I know, to this very day there may be people in the arse end of Sicily who’re still waiting for Galen the cheesemonger to come back, buy up all the cheeses in town, and make them all suddenly rich, so they’re free and clear, and all their troubles are over. It’s like I left a little bit of me behind, and it’s grown and changed, like a shoot grafted onto a tree, into something with a life of its own.
He was starting to get on my nerves. ’ ‘I see. ’ Actually, there’s no secret about it, and Lucius Domitius knew perfectly well, or he should have done if he’d ever listened to me over the years. Plain fact is, I can’t be doing with mules. I think it’s got something to do with the time Callistus and me were in Bithynia, and we’d done something or other to make ourselves unpopular in this town we were passing through, so much so that some git had called the guard, and we had reasons of our own for not wanting to explain ourselves to a parcel of soldiers right then.
A Song for Nero: A Novel by Thomas Holt