The gates creaked open and the Roman marched into the fort. Fear and dread coursed through her as she saw all the roman soldiers, swarming like ants, dressed in blood-red scarlet. Leather tents had been erected in neat, tidy rows. A few soldiers wore golden helmets with bright red plumes, giving them a cocky, haughty air. They reminded Alana of strutting roosters.

By Liz Newsom, May 30, 2014.