In the year 44BC a child was born. The young boys name was Marcus Slootus. Marcus never met his father and his mother never spoke to him about his father. He lived a difficult life of poverty with his mother and together they worked hard for a better life. Just as things were getting better for them a tragedy struck. Marcus’ mother got sick and although she battled the illness long and hard she sadly died. Marcus was devastated and prayed to the gods that when he died he could be reunited with her.
Marcus was now an orphan. He was strong and healthy, but he had no family and was forced to live in poverty on the streets. He moved from one place to the next with no one to love or care for him, no roof over his head, no bed to sleep in and little food on his plate. He was still only a boy when the soldiers arrested him. Rather than throwing him in jail a mean spirited soldier sold him to a local slave trader and Marcus became a slave.
He was a very hard working slave and his master treated him well because he was strong and had a very kind heart. Each and every night he would stay up late thinking about his mother and wondering if his mother would be proud of him for being brave, strong and kind hearted. Marcus became friends with some of the slaves in his master’s household, he especially liked one boy named Aemilius. He was easy going and loved to listen to Marcus tell stories that he had heard his mother tell when he was a child.
One day, upon his master’s command, Marcus went to the Colosseum to work. Marcus helped feed the lions and washed the gladiators’ armour while watching them fight. As years past and Marcus grew bigger and stronger he developed a dream to become a gladiator with his loyal friend Aemilius encouraging him to train hard and pursue his dream. One day Marcus asked for his master’s permission to become a gladiator. His master agreed and Marcus left his life as a slave to begin his life as a gladiator.
Marcus loved his new job. Every fight he would pick up his weapon and fight hard and he would win. Nobody could stop this young man. He became so successful that he was given the opportunity to fight in one of the biggest, spectacular gladiatorial shows of all time. The fight was in a few days and word came out that Julius Caesar was going to be watching. So Marcus trained extra hard to win to impress the powerful dictator.
As the fight begun Marcus drew his sword and fought for his life and many others as it was down to two people Marcus and the other gladiator, he sliced and stabbed until his opponent was dead. VICTORY!! Everyone cheered with joy. Caesar was so impressed by the young gladiator’s courage and physical prowess that he called him to speak with him in private. Caesar asked ‘Who are your father and mother?’ Marcus replied that he had never met his father but his mother’s name was Mercy Slootus. Caesar cried out ‘We found him, we found my long lost son.’ Caesar then asked Marcus if he would like to live with him and be a part of the royal family and Marcus said ‘Of course Father.’
Marcus Caesar Slootus lived a long and glorious life and became a beloved leader who always ruled with his kind heart.