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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 10:03:41pm
Author: Chgo
Subject: Bones: A love story - a back story with a familiar echo

I'm sure many of you saw the photos from Italy last week of a pair of 5,000- to 6,000-year-old skeletons unearthed by archeologists. (If you haven't seen them, go to http://www.topix.net/it/mantua). The skeletons of a young man and woman are facing each other and embracing. It's impossible to view these very affecting images without imagining how the two came to be buried together. A writer at the Chicago Tribune newspaper created a brief back story for them and invites readers to submit their own story: fan fic from those touched by the photos. The piece echoes stories we've read in this community.

(The archeologists have decided to keep the two skeletons together, just as they are, when moving them away from the construction site where they were found.)

Bones: A love story

February 14, 2007

Editor's note: Photographs are always Rorschach tests. We each see something a little bit different. This picture from last week's Tribune, which shows a skeletal embrace recently unearthed by archeologists in Italy, is at least 5,000 years old. It inspired us to imagine a back story.


He could make it. He was certain he could.

So he began to run, elbows tight at his sides, face hot, knees pumping. He was oblivious to risk, oblivious of everything -- except her.

She watched from across the wide field. She knew the danger. She had seen him at the top of the great wall, then held her breath as he dropped to the ground, rose again and began to run.

Toward her.

The guards sprang up at each corner of the citadel. Crossbows were lifted, leveled, let go.

Just as he reached her, the first shower of arrows struck his back, his legs, his arms, his neck. He collapsed into her arms.

Crazed with grief, she plucked an arrow from his side and plunged it into her broken heart. Better death, she thought, than life without him.

From the tower, the cruel tyrant watched them fall together.

Leave them, he snarled to his underlings. Let them rot there, dusty and forgotten, as a lesson to all: Defy me at your peril. My power is stronger than love.


WHAT DO YOU SEE? Tell us in 200 words or less at ctc-tempo@tribune.com. We will print the best.

Copyright 2007, Chicago Tribune

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