by Mercy Loomis
Copyright 2012 by Mercy Loomis
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Gallia Transalpina, during the consulship of M. Aemilius Lepidus and Q. Lutatius Catulus
(Provence, France, 78 BC)
Gabrielus Avidiacus rubbed at his tired eyes for a moment, then went back to studying the road in front of him. Night had fallen, and every bit of shadow ahead seemed to threaten another rabbit hole.
His mare had found one the hard way when they were just over halfway back from Reii. Her limping had gradually worsened, and now Gabrielus walked next to her with one hand on the small two-wheeled cart, helping to pull it along. His arm and shoulder ached nearly as much as his eyes.