“Ave, welcome.” Nellus the best Barristerus in all of modern Rome greeted her customers.
Accepting their beakers of steaming hot caffeinus, the newcomers replied, “Gratias ago tibi, Thank you.”
They sat at their favourite tabula and greeted Secundus who had arrived early.
Verbo Ipsum nodded to the new arrivals. “Where have you two been this past mensis, month?” he asked.
“Caesar wanted a new Cameleopard, a Giraffe, for his zoo so we took a short voyage to Alexandria to obtain one.” replied Zoophilus. “I must admit, it is good to be back home. Hey, Secundus, I am really looking forward to finding some of your brother’s caseum caprinum, goat’s milk cheese. He makes it no one else can.”
“That could be a problem,” said Secundus. “He had a secret ingredient he used to give it that special taste. But he misplaced it and he’s spent weeks looking for it. Without it he just doesn’t know what to do.”
“Yes,” commented Verbo Ipsum. “He has lost his whey.”
“Salve, Good Morning.” Secundus greeted the customers of the Forum Cafeterium as he took a beaker of steaming caffeinus from Nellus the Barristerus. “My brother, Octavius, the Goat Herder, has got himself a dog.”
“Rome was built by brothers who were raised by dogs so that is a good thing.” said Literatus the Librarian. “He wants to herd his goats with it?”
“No, not at all.” a downcast Secundus replied. “He wants it to guard his cheese shed where he has been losing some of his cheeses to thieves.”
“Good thinking,” added Zoophilus the Explorer. “I have seen dogs used for many things in my travels. Those in the East use them as lap-warmers and in the frozen North they use them to pull chariots.”
“Just so long as he takes care how he trains his dog,” added Verbo Ipsum. “I’ve been to Gaul and seen their dogs. If Octavius trains his dog to hunt for underground mushrooms he’ll be more truffle than he’s worth.