“I need that caffeinus this morning, Nellus.” Secundus entered the Forum Cafeterium despondently. “Salve”. He added belatedly. “Good morning all.”
“Ave, Good Morning back atcha, Secundus” replied Literatus. “You sound down in the dumps this morning.”
“Yes, I went to the Coliseum yesterday.” said Secundus.
“That would have been good fun. I hear they have some new big cats there to fight the Gladiators.” Literatus commented.
“Yes they do.” grumbled Secundus. “I heard on good authority that the smaller cat had no chance against the retiarius it was due to fight. That net and trident was obviously going to be more than a match for it. I wagered a whole denarius on that gladiator.”
“And you lost?” asked Literatus in surprise.
“Yes. That little cat was so fast it avoided the net and got in underneath the trident. It won!” complained Secundus.
“Well what did you expect?” asked Verbo Ipsum. “You thought you were making a fair bet but have you ever heard of an honest cheetah?
“Salve, Good Morning.” Libertinus arrived at the Forum Cafeterium. “Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo.”
“You want a pizza with everything on it? At this time of the day?” a horrified Nellus exclaimed.
“Yes. I’m starving!” said Libertinus, stifling a yawn.
“You should get some sleep at night.” said Literatus the Librarian. “This wild lifestyle of yours will get you into trouble. You’ll end up like your sister. At one time she was a good and productive citizen. Now look at her.”
“Latronus the Pirate?” asked Libertinus. “What is wrong with her? She has had a very good life as a war-lord – or should that be a war-lady – in Gaul. Raiding the villages and carrying off their treasures on her horse. She always paid her taxes to Caesar.”
“Yes!” added Secundus. “Now she is a pirate hunted by Caesar and hated by all.”
Verbo Ipsum commented, “When she switched from horses to sailing, her life took on a new tack.”