The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
By: Lauren Tarshis
Marcus then had a weird dream, he was with Hercules trying to kill Hydra, but with one whiff of her breath can kill. Then while they were fighting he started to choke, dying because of Hydra breath, but then he was woken, and the reason he was coughing was because of sulfur gas, and they started talking about how they had seen no animals up the mountain, and then they found dead sheep. So, they started heading back down the mountain to warn the rest of the city that something bad was coming. Then, when they were down the mountain they tied Peg up to a tree, but so loose, if she needed to escape she could. Then, when they got there, the guards wouldn't allow them, and that was when Mount. Vesuvius started to erupt! So while every was panicking, Tata spoke up and said to evacuate the quickest you can, and that's when a boulder came down and killed the master. Then, when they were running away, Tata got hit in the head by a huge chunk of rock, but Marcus found out he was still breathing. Hours passed, but finally Tata opened his eyes, but said he was too weak, and that Marcus should escape alone. But then, Marcus remember what the old beggar woman said about when all hope was lost, so, Marcus told Tata all about it, and they went to the statue of Mercury. There they saw his right hand was pointing to the ground, and when they tried to lift it, they learned it was a trapdoor to escape tunnels. They went down, and starting heading to safety at Rome.