Travels in Italy

by Valley Fey/Pinprick
originally published at 05:30AM on Monday, May 26, 2008

Alaric was heralded as the most feared man in Rome. His followers cheered as they marched through northern Italy, celebrating and conquering together. Women and children of Pannonia kept up with their fighting men, and kept rule over many of the beaten towns.

Aurora was a year old now, and walking with the other children. She had a constant playmate in Alaric’s young son, and one of his daughters. Their mother was quite ill lately, and they often stayed with Doina when she was having a hard time of it. Doina and Aurora enjoyed their company, Doina moreso because the prince’s relationship with her daughter grew ever stronger.

On April 6, the men advanced to battle with the general Stilicho, prepared to seize Pollentia. Both sides suffered heavy losses, Alexandru among them. When the battle was over, the Pennonian visigoths were driven from the land, and were forced to return to their homeland. Alaric’s wife was taken prisoner by Stilicho, and the young prince stayed with Doina and Aurora.

They fled.


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