3 May 2013
Inspired by Bunn's fic "Splendid Things Gleam in the Dust," this fic begins after hers ends. En route from Antinoöpolis, Marcus and Esca stop in Alexandria to board a ship back to Britain. But Esca is injured in a street accident, and they are taken to the clinic of a well-known physician. That physician is Chariton of Ephesus — in truth, Charis, a woman who has been practicing medicine in the guise of a eunuch for many years. This story is told through her eyes.