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"Don't worry about it. You should get back to your room before your father has a fit." He smiled and winked at her before walking away.
Cecelia sighed, but didn't move from where she was sitting. She still held onto the hope that Lorcan would turn up. He had never let her down before now. She pulled her shawl closer around her and looked through the trees, hoping to catch sight of him.
Aquillo made his way back to his home. He had some time before he had to consult with the Emperor. He quickly grabbed a file and ran out of his house. He has enough time to make one apology.
After a while, Cecelia gave up. Lorcan was over an hour and a half late, and it was obvious he wasn't about to appear any time soon. She wandered back to the house, forgetting she was supposed to be in her room.
"Silis," Aquilo called as he knocked on the door. A woman answered the door. "Silis died a week ago. I'm his sister, Helena." She said. "My name is Aquilo, I used to work for the military." "I know who you are. You-" "I ruined your life, I know and that's why I'm here. I came to apologize and to give you this." He handed her a bag of what would be $6000 in gold coins. "This does make up for the fact that you killed my father and tortured my brother." Aquilo winced. "I know." "But thank you. Would you like to come in?" "I can't I have to go consult with the Emperor about the military." "Come in please." He obeyed and stepped into the house. "Why are you doing this yet still consulting with the Emperor?" "The Emperor doesn't know I do this yet he's like a father figure to me. I really should go." He said. "Thank you." Helena placed a kiss on his cheek. "Come back and visit." She said quietly and he nodded before walking out and back to his house.
Caecilius stood in the doorway, a thunderous expression on his face. If he had been angry before, it was nothing compared to now. "Where do you think you've been?!" he yelled. "And with a man! Yes, I saw you Cecelia. Would you care to tell me who he was?"
Aquilo made is way back home to get dressed. He downed two fingers of glass before heading out again. He walked up to the (Palace?) and waited for a guard to take him in.
((Yeah, palace (:))
"Nobody of importance Pater," Cecelia cried, eyes wide. In her heart she knew she was lying - Aquilo was important to her. But she'd never tell her father that.
One of the guard came and welcomed him in. They escorted him into a room-the lounge and told him the Emperor will be down soon. Aquillo nodded and listened for the guard to leave. It wasn't long before the Emperor graced him with his presence. "Aquillo," he called. "Emperor Augustus," Aquillo smiled as he turned to face the Emperor. He bowed slightly. "Aquilo, stand up. You can call me Augustus. Come take a seat." Augustus walked and Aquilo followed.
Caecilius frowned. "He is of importance if I see him fooling around with my daughter," he said harshly. Cecelia looked mournful. "Pater, nothing happened between us. He doesn't like me that way," she said sadly.
Once seat, Augusta started talking, "Nice to see that you took me up on the invitation, but there's still the matter of whether or not you'll train the troops." Aquilo rubbed his leg. "Augustus, I'm grateful, but I think I might want to work a little bit on settling down." Aquilo said. "Your father taught you right. Your father was a great man and I thank him. He saved me when I was younger, I practicaly think of him like a father." Aquilo nodded but kept quiet. "Did you find a woman of interest?" Augusta qustioned.
"Still, I don't want you seeing him again, do I make myself clear?" Cecelia nodded meekly. "Perhaps I've been too protective of you. I don't like the idea of you getting married, but perhaps that is what's best. Yes, I shall look over matches tomorrow. We can have you married by the end of the year I'm sure."
Aquilo paused before speaking. He thought of Cecilia, then Helena popped into his head. "Not many but a few." Augustus nodded. "Perhaps I could help. Come back tomorrow and we'll find you some suitable women. Your father was a great man and so are you. No reason you should be unmarried." Augustus said.
"Please don't Pater!" Cecelia cried. "It can wait. I don't want to marry now, please don't make me!" Caecilius sighed. "I'm sorry, my angel. I am only doing what I believe is right for you. You've always been a strong-willed child, but I hope that you marrying will mature you. I will speak to the Emperor tomorrow and see if he can find any possible matches."
"There's no need for that Augustus," Aquilo said. "Nonsense, your father was like a father to me so that would make us brothers. I promised him I'd watch out for you since your his only son and the youngest. I'm keeping an eye out for your sister too. She's doing fine." Augustus said. "...Thank you but you got it wrong. I think of you as s father rather then a brother," replied Aquilo. "Very well then, come back tomorrow Aquilo. I'll send a messenger to come get you." Aquilo nodded and bowed before he walked out. He needed to talk. He thought about Cecilia but decided upon Helena. In minutes he was knocking on Helena's door.
Cecelia hung her head and left to go to her room. It was only when she was there that she allowed herself to cry. Her brother would have known what to do; he wouldn't have made her marry if she didn't want to. But that was no use. He wasn't here to protect her anymore.
"You came back," Helena said as she opened the door to fine Aquilo standing there. "Come in. How was the meeting with the Emperor?" She gestured for him to come in, so he did. "It went fine. Though Augustus is more like a brother or a father to me. Apparently, my father save his life and he promised my father he'd look after me." He smiled at her. "Plus, I couldn't stay away from a pretty face like yours." Helena blushed. "You're too kind. Do tell, why are you not married?" She questioned. "I have time...well, I did." She cocked her head to the side and he continued. "Augustus is trying to find me a suitable wife. Why are you not married?" She turned away. "Widowed. My husband died in the war." Aquilo frowned. "My apologies. I'm sure he was a great man," said Aquilo as he took her hand in his. "He was." She smiled softly. "Well, I should get going, I just wanted to drop by and say farewell tonight. Maybe I'll see you sometime later." He placed a kiss on her hand and walked away.
((Shall we skip to the next day?))
[Yup....do you want to go ahead and start?]
It was with a heavy heart that Cecelia arrived at the Imperial Palace. Her eyes were red from crying, but her head was held high. She refused to be defeated by something she didn't want to happen. She would go along with it for now, and prayed she would be able to escape later.