By Thomas Holt
Historical past tells us that during sixty nine advert, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself within the throat with a pen, and was once trampled to demise by means of horses in a muddy ditch. yet here is one other risk: Nero didn't die in that ditch, yet someone who seemed greatly like him did. this offers Nero the chance to begin a brand new lifestyles in pursuit of his first love—music. yet Nero is being pursued by way of those who have cause to suspect he's nonetheless alive—one wishes him useless, the opposite is a passionate fan of his dreadful track and needs his genius well-known.
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So off the messenger goes, and back he comes with the senator, who’s still just about alive but not nearly as porky round the tum as he used to be; and he’s still wearing the rags of his senator’s purple gown, and everybody’s real sorry for him, and there’s this big sloppy scene where Nero forgives him, and everybody’s sobbing their eyes out, and it’s all fine. But then Nero says, I’ve got an idea, let’s have a nice party to celebrate old what’s-is-name’s getting out of the can, and everybody thinks, Oh shit, because they know what’s coming, but they all say, What a clever idea, Caesar, let’s do that.
No, we don’t”,’ I repeated. ’ ‘Oh, shut up. ’ All this time we’d been carrying on down into the valley, until we reached the fiat plain where the farmland started. We still didn’t know where we were, of course, and my instincts were telling me we should stay up in the rocky bits, away from where people lived and we’d stick out like pimples. Actually, my instincts were bickering like an old married couple, because they were also telling me that up in the rocky bits was where the soldiers would expect us to be.
Immortal fame. That old thing. Now the other day I was in the market square, leaning up against a bookseller’s stall reading the Odyssey. Now before you get the wrong impression of me, I wasn’t doing it for fun; I was checking some facts for this story I’m telling you, though that’s by the by Anyhow, there’s this really weird bit in the Odyssey, where Ulysses is on his way home from Troy, and it’s taken him ten years to get nowhere and he’s had all kinds of really horrible adventures with monsters eating his friends and now he’s been shipwrecked and everybody’s dead except him, and he gets washed up on this island that nobody even knew was there.
A Song for Nero: A Novel by Thomas Holt