Chapter 7: Stefan Jenner
Stefan has been in a few fights before, playing football will get you into a few scuffles
with the opposing team for trash talking, but the fights have never been that intense. The people
he fought never intended to kill him. Hurt him physically, sure, but never kill. Those two men,
Glum and Slum, had all intentions to kill Dom, Matt and him. They held their own and sort of
won. But those Russians will be back, that’s what one of them said. The three of them walked
out of the bathroom and meet the others in the front of the café. The others gave them all
quizzical looks. Guess they were in the bathroom longer than he thought.
“There was a long line,” Matthew made up an excuse on the spot. He doesn’t even look
fazed by what just happened inside. What the actual **** just happened? Matthew’s excuse
must have worked because they didn’t press for any details.
“We were talking and wanted to see if you guys wanted to continue the scavenger hunt
as a group?” Britney said. “We all are headed the same way anyway. Kind of redundant to
Stefan was still too shaky to respond so Matthew did it for him, “That sounds like a great
plan.” With that, they all clustered together with Josh and Molly leaded them through the streets
of Rome. Stefan looked at Dom who didn’t look as pale but he could tell he was still having
trouble get over what happened in the bathroom while Matthew on the other hand, is casually
chatting with Britney about some book series they have both read. Stefan jogged up to Dom
who was walking ahead of him.
“Dude, what the hell happened back there?” Stefan whispered so that Alex and
Mackenzie in front of them couldn’t hear their conversation.
“I have no clue. Whatever happened we must assume another attack like that would
happen. They said they’d be back. Plus, who is It that they wanted to kill?” Dom spat out
frantically. “This is all just mind boggling. We need to tell Karen or someone.”
“And say what? We were attacked by two large Russian dudes that wanted to kill us?
That would cut the trip very short and no one would like that.” Stefan said.
“But these are our lives at stake, Stefan. I’d rather have this trip over in a heartbeat than
die overseas by some Russian men.” Stefan didn’t want to die but he also didn’t want this trip to
be over anytime soon. But in the end, Dom was right. They needed to tell Karen or one of the
other supervisors. They’ll do it when they reach the Piazza Navona, the last place on their hunt
and the final place where they meet the others to head to the Roman Colosseum then they’ll
head to the big dinner.
Stefan and Dom didn’t talk about the Russian men for the remaining time they did the
hunt. Their teams reached the Pantheon together where they had to decipher the front of the
building where it read: MaAGRIPPAaLaFaCOSaTERTIUMaFECIT. There were multiple ways to
decipher this, Matthew’s team decided to try asking around since Josh’s Italian was very limited
while Stefan and his team went inside to try to figure it out. From outside, the Pantheon didn’t
look like much but once you walked inside, it opened by tenfold. It was like magic, Stefan
thought. It was domed shaped inside with so much carvings on the wall and paintings from the
floor to the ceiling. At the very center of the roof, there was a whole that allowed the sun to
shine down directly in the middle of the floor. Stefan looked around at plaques that talked about
the architecture of the building. The statues in the place were of Augustus and Agrippa.
Stefan was so wrapped up in the beauty and the designs that he completely forgot what
he was doing here until Paula tapped him on the shoulder, pulling himself out of his deep
thoughts. “Molly found what the front means. We’re ready to head out.”
Stefan cleared his throat and nodded, “Great. What does it mean then?”
“It means ‘Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, consul for the third time, built this.’” Paula told
him as they walked out of the Pantheon. Stefan took one more glance at the inside before
joining with his group and Matthew’s. Matthew’s teams’ tactics seemed to work as well as they
too found out what the front says.
“I really thought this scavenger hunt was going to be challenging,” Josh said to the group
just as his nose started to trickle out blood.
“Holy ****, Josh.” Britney said, startled at the blood. Josh gingerly touched his nose and
pulled away to see dark red blood on his fingers. His eyes then rolled in the back of his head
and he fell to the ground.
Molly screamed a little as did Paula and Britney. Matthew and Mackenzie were kneeling
right by Josh instantly. Alex pulled out a bunch of napkins she took from the café and handed
them to Mackenzie who started to apply pressure to Josh’s nose and tilt his head back.
“No.” Matthew said sharply. “Don’t tilt his head back. That’ll just allow the blood to rush
back into his body and fill his lungs. He could die like that. Someone, help us set him up and just
let the blood run into the napkins.” Stefan ran over and helped them lift Josh up into a sitting
position with Stefan supporting his back. After a minute or two, Josh’s eyes returned to normal
and the bleeding stopped.
“I-I’m fine,” he stammered out.
“Josh, what the hell was that?” Molly wondered aloud. “Are you alright?”
“Yeah. I’m fine. I get nose bleeds all the time. Change it atmosphere it must have been,”
Josh shrugged it off.
“Your eyes literally went into the back of your head,” Paula stated.
“Listen, it’s nothing serious. Now, let’s just get to the Piazza Navona.” With that, Josh
walked ahead of the group looking at the map. Stefan gave looks to everyone else who returned
that look. With a heavy sigh, they too followed Josh.