Vibiana lives in a charming spot on the Mediterranean. Like most of her friends, she spends her days helping with the numerous tasks at home, which include keeping a watchful eye on her younger sister, Iulia. Vibiana loves parties, shopping and the adorable Caius, who she dreams of marrying. She’s a typical young woman of her time and place, the time being 79 AD and the place, a little town called Pompeii.
* Got new sandals @ the forum. Exquisitus maior! Greek, of course. They always make the best. $$$, but Caius says I have pretty feet : )
* Poor Arva. Another marriage negotiation come to 0. She sez she’d rather join the vestals. Her pater sez not with his fortune she’s not
* The earrings Rufus gave Nicia — sooo bellus! Silver lilies with pearl. Wonder if Caius will ever give me jewels. Sigh.
* Walking by the Lupanare. Iulia stared @ the girls in coin girdles. Child thought they were princesses. LOL! Sandals pinch, but still bellus
* The Oracle is spouting direness. Nicia says nobody listens 2 oracles any more. Banquet 2morrow @ Celia’s
* Never NEVER hire those Frankish acrobats 4 yr banquet. Total disaster! I thot Celia wld die!
* Scandal! Rufus gave Daria the same earrings as Nicia! Guess he thot they still weren’t speaking. They r n’t now!
* Still on the waiting list @ bibliotheca 4 that scroll of Silo the Younger. Arva says it’s trash. I can only hope, LOL!
* Went 2 gather wax for thread. Bees are gone. Weird. Logas says it’s a bad omen. I say that’s slave superstition. Thots, any1?
* Nicia’s dropping Rufus 4 Zeno. He may b old & lame, but has $$$ and wld never give 2 women the same jewel. He has sweet smile.
* Saw Caius & his Pater @ the forum looking v serious. Talking about me?? Ye gods! Am fasting 2nite & will make offering @ dawn
* No sleep last night. Caius outside temple – had 2 hide so he wldn’t c me w circles under eyes. So hope offering was pleasing.
* Banquet @ the Satria. Rufus w Daria. Nicia so drunk, she tried 2 dance w that bronze faun that stands by the impluvium. Zeno not : )
* Nicia’s cousin Marius sez Caius’ Pater doesn’t think my familia is high enough 4 him. How mean is that?! I h8 Marius
* the Cassii are visiting from Rome. 1st time since Sextus died. So much sadness for that familia. There will be many banquets now 🙂
* I wanted 2 make an egg dish 4 cena 2day, but there were hardly any. The slaves says hens have almost stopped laying. Very strange
* Many banquets indeed! Every1 is after new tunics. Eumachian stalls look like a sardine run. Pater must allow me or what will Caius think?
* Ye gods! What is Pater thinking? ! don’t care who his people r! Varus is a baby & skin like bad fish. O Caius, save me!
* Arva reading Naturalis Historia – & liking it! No wonder her Pater is tearing his hair out. She’ll never find a husband that way.
* Saw that new wrestler over @ palaestra. Fervens maxiumus! Nicia practically drooling. Thot Zeno wld have a fit – then where wld she b?
* The Vulcanalia games will b the best ever! The Satria have asked me 2 sit in their box. Now Pater must let me have a new tunic!
* Fresco @ villa of Julia Felix w a satyr that looks exactly like Rufus – swear 2 the gods! U totally have 2 c this!
* Doleo! Caius’ pater has contracted him 2 Tertia of the Cencii. That’s why they came 2 town. I hate the Cencii! Caius 2! I want 2 die!!!
* Plume of smoke from the mtn. Not only Iulia sez so. C if I care! What good wld the Cencii do Caius then? Mater sez don’t b stupid
* Tertia of the Cencii is only 12 & flat as a boy. Arva sez since Sextus died last yr, dowry is plurimus maximus. O greedy Caius, U slay me!
* Dark circles from crying. Mater sez if I appear in Satria box like this I’ll never find husband. She told Pater I must have new tunic.
* More smoke. Mater worried. They’re sacrificing 5 white calves @ Temple of Jupiter. Pater says that shld do the trick, esp w games so soon
* Games will b torture! Marius sez Caius is making public appearance with Cencii. Their box next 2 Satria. I will take poison & die b4 I go!
* Thx Mater 4 new tunic. Exquisitus maior! No1 wld ever take me 4 a boy – even Nicia wishes she had my shape. Caius will b sooo sorry!
* Games mirabilis! Turns out I was invited 4 Satria cousin who looks like Apollo. Talked 2 me the whole time. Caius burning. Who cares?
* Something has happened. Sky is black with smoke. Feel heat. Must run NOW, Vibiana. F U read this, pray 4 us!