Ancient Rome – Pompeii’s Roman Baths. Roman baths were very important to the Romans. It wasn’t just hygienic, but it was a social opportunity. The baths had complex heating and cooling systems. They had ornately decorated each building.
-We should take a bath. – Marcus Lucius recommended.
-Fair enough. – Nerva confirmed with a nod.
Just a moment later, they stood in tepidarium. Marcus Lucius asked the slaves whether Julia had finished her bath. He didn’t want to interrupt her. The slaves confirmed politely. Then, they stepped into the room and got undressed. Nerva looked at his body and scanned it for wounds. He smudged the blood drops and moved his head puzzled.
Stepping naked into the warm, cosy water, they felt as if they came into another world. It wasn’t like a tepidarium known from Pompeii, but still a warm bathroom heated by an underfloor heating system. It made them feel pleasant with constant, enjoyable radiant heat. This room wasn’t full of marbles and mosaics. It seemed that it was left in a hurry finishing the whole building. However, the available functionality was the most important thing.
-You look worried. – Nerva said after he plunged completely into the water twice.
-Do I? – Marcus Lucius was a bit insecure for the very first time.
-Yes. You really do. What is bothering you, brother? – Nerva was convinced that looking at the problems of others will make it easier to manage his own worries.
-I sent a messenger to Julius Fabius. I promised him to send Julia to him as early as possible taking the current situation into account. Is it wise to send her back anyway because winter is not her favourite time of the year and it’s not easy to travel now? It’s almost two months of travel for her. Appius won’t manage to send any further message up to her journey and I need his advice. We have to decide on our own and protect involved people as much as possible.
Nerva nodded. He didn’t have to be an expert for emotions to understand that Julia was important to Marcus Lucius. She was an extraordinary person and nobody could question this. It was a simple fact.
-You know women, Nerva. What should I do? – Marcus Lucius asked.
-I just know the surface of their bodies. I don’t go deeper at all. It’s not the matter of my interest.
This time, Marcus Lucius had to laugh.
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