Descent (9195 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Emperor Augustus/Marcus Tullius Cicero filius
Characters: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Quintus Tullius Cicero, Marcus Tullius Cicero filius, Quintus Tullius Cicero filius, Tullia, Emperor Augustus
The greatest treat of all was sitting on his father’s lap to add his signature to the bottom of a letter to Atticus while his father corrected his spelling: kappa iota kappa epsilon, the pen slipping in his chubby hand, rho omicron nu. Cicero the younger sends his greetings to Titus the Athenian.
One of my requests had been for a story about Cicero, because he's kind of one of my favorite historical figures, in all his amazing complicated glory - all the ways he's such a great man and all the ways he's such a small or petty one, all mixed up together. I didn't have any of what I might have expected for a story, but I'd never have thought of a story like this, but I'm so glad the author did! It's 9000 words of Marcus Tullius Cicero the younger - that is, Cicero's son - and there's so much rich, good stuff about what that relationship means, what it is like to be the son of a man like that. (DADDY ISSUES GALORE.) And then there's also the opportunity to see the points of view of others, too, all talking about Cicero, each one adding a little more to this complex portrait. And of course, the cherry on the top of the sundae that is the fic is Octavius/Augustus - whom I didn't even mention in my request, I don't think, but is so awesome here, especially as very young man, pretentious arrogant ass that he is.
TL;DR READ THE STORY, IT'S GREAT. Roman history fic is the most delicious.