Second Timothy has always been my favorite book, next to Easter. In 2nd Timothy Paul is writing his goodbye love letter to his Spiritual Son Timothy. When I read 2nd Timothy I can see the action going on around Paul, Luke is there as his "attending doctor" and some of the Roman Soldiers are listening to the Truth. Friends are coming and going.
So the scene, We see Paul stooped over a desk with chains on writing this letter, he is narrating for the audience. As he writes is is interrupted often. At some points by the Roman Soldier pressing him to hurry, but granting the time. Luke is also checking on his health. A knock at the door causes a pause, a report of the Friends, Paul quickly adds that to his letter. He reflects on his preaching with Timothy, he pauses to remember. We can hear the ambient noise of the city of Rome, then in rushes another soldier, he pulls the commanding soldier to the side and speaks, then rushes out. Paul stops and looks at his soon to be Brother. The Roman Soldier walks over places a kind hand on Paul's shoulder and let's him know that Peter is being brought to the arena. Paul says a quick prayer and resumes his letter, adding that he now knows he has received his seal, tears stream down his face and stain parts of the written words.
Across town two Brothers quickly and quietly make their way to where Paul is held, they have been given the commission to deliver the letter to Timothy. Their hearts pound as they try to look inconspicuous, they have to avoid speaking, as their speech can expose them.
In Paul's house the Roman Soldier walks to the window and sees the prearranged signal from another trusted soldier that the 2 Brothers have arrived to pick up the letter, they are escorted in. Again Paul stops and greets the brave Brothers and then adds their names to his letter and their task.
Again Paul is pressed to hurry, blood from wounds now drips on the letter along side his tears, his hands trembling as he struggles for the words to encourage Timothy. He does not want to instill in Timothy the fear that he feels. He ask for Jehovah's spirit and ask for peace, a clam sets in. He finishes his letter, rolls it up and ties it with s leather string. He kisses it to pass the kiss to Timothy and hands it to one of the two. Luke and the Roman Soldier help Paul to stand, his body trembles under the pain of the beatings. He approaches the two Brothers and hugs them tight, thanking them for their sacrifice. They return the affection. He instructs them to seek Jehovah's help to ensure the letter is delivered. Then they depart.
We leave the house where Paul is and follow the two Brothers as they make their way through the streets of Rome, they must past near the arena, small compared to the coliseum that Vespasian is planning. In the road ahead is a Roman Garrison with a prisoner wagon. The two Brothers hide, yet ensure they can see who is in the wagon. As the garrison passes they can see that it is Peter along with some other Brothers crammed in the wagon. One of the two stands from their crouching place. He intends to follow. The other insist he not. He has to see, he has to know. he hands the letter to his Friend and quietly follows the wagon as if a spectator. He sees it enter the catacombs of the arena. He waits by the arched access point, he can see the arena floor. After the passing of some time he sees the Brothers lead out in chains, But two are in front, Paul and Peter. He watches as Peter is lead to a stake, like the Christ he is nailed to it. It is then dropped carelessly into a hole, Peter is upside-down. Paul is brought in, his head is laid in a wooden holder and his face turned to the side, he looks at Peter and Peter at him. A sword is brought to bare on Paul's neck, the first was not good enough, a second and third strike are needed. The Brother cups a hand over his mouth and draws is back bloody, he has bitten his lip. He leaves, trying to walk slow and holding back tears.
He makes his way back to his Brother unseen. The two rush out of Rome. The two move south along the Appian Way, to where Timothy is. At a resting spot they stop to get water and the one who witnessed the murder tells his Brother. They pray for strength and power, they resume their trip.
After days they near Timothy's location, in fact they see him in the distance with several other Brothers. As they approach closer they can hear the joy being expressed over a good day in the ministry. When Timothy catches sight of the two he can tell by their expression the news is not good.
They greet each other with a hug and a kiss. The letter is handed to Timothy. He walks a bit from the group and sits on a stone to read this last letter. When finished his tears mix with Paul's on the paper. The group of Brothers approach. Timothy ask the two if they know if Paul was killed for fact. The two relate the account of what happened in the arena.
Again the Brothers cry for the loss. Timothy explains that the Congregations must be told. But what else they ask Timothy, we endure, we press on with the ministry.
That's it. More detail of course in the story, but that is the concept.