"WAKE UP, CHILD." I am awake! Look, my eyes are open. I must find a blade. I must stab Caesar twenty-three times.
I find a dagger in the room where Caesar and I practice with wooden swords. It hangs high on a wall, but I climb up a chair. He does not let me use the real blades yet, but it feels right in my hand.
Today. The Ides of March. Caesar will be in the Theatre of Pompey. I sneak down the hallway. Cleopatra is asleep in her room.
"THIS IS FANTASY. THINK."
The other senators are not here! We had a plan! They must be afraid. I will go alone!
Caesar is snoring. I am small, but I can kill him in his sleep if I am quiet. I lift the dagger and look at his face. Papà?
Micheletto grabs my arms and pulls me from the room! I try to cry out but he covers my mouth! I did not mean it! Please, just let me go! "PAIN IS TEMPORARY."