“Opulentus has sacked Hortulanus, his chief gardener!” he exclaimed.
“Why would he do a silly thing like that?” asked Pedantus. “He has grown the best garden in Rome for Opulentus.”
Libertinus replied, “Apparently Hortulanus was doing a deal with Arboritus the tree supplier. He was buying some new imported trees which were a lot cheaper than the invoices showed and Opulentus found out about it.”
“So the gardener was ripping off his employer. He deserved to be fired.” said Pedantus. “How did he find out?”
“Well,” said Libertinus, “Arboritus was selling palm trees.”
“Ahhh!” exclaimed Verbo Ipsum. “Opulentus thought it was a shady deal.”
“There really is a giant bird which flies over the ocean West of the Indus and drops rocks onto ships.” she said.
Zoophilus explained, “That is just a sailor’s tale. No such bird has ever been seen.”
Nellus the Barristerius handed them their beakers of steaming caffeinus with a smile.
“But my Mother’s Uncle did see it once and luckily it dropped its rock on another vessel!” Marti said. “And what about those big black and white whales that sing in groups.”
“They are real.” interrupted Verbo Ipsum. “My sailors often talk about them.”
“See!” exclaimed Marti. “Sailors tell the truth. My Mother’s Uncle said that at times it sounds as though those whales are accompanying themselves on musical instruments.”
Zoophilus’ face was displaying extreme skepticism.
“Of course they do.” Verbo Ipsum agreed with Marti. “They form an Orca stra.”