“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?