Better Late Than Never
For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 17 February 2017
Photo Credit: Liz Young
Aelius named the stucco-coated limestone bust, Camilla, after the rich merchant’s youngest daughter who commissioned it. Almost blind due to old age, the sculptor couldn’t see the obvious little imperfections. Rejected by the merchant, Aelius knew that Camilla would stand the test of time.
Many centuries later, archaeologists digging in the ancient site of Pompeii found Camilla among the ruins. Protected from the elements under tons of volcanic ash, it was almost intact except for a broken nose.
It came a little late, but Aelius was right. Displayed prominently in the antiquity museum, Camilla finally got the recognition it deserved.