Sneak peak

at the upcoming tavern scene.

Warning for boorish veterans. Raw and unedited and subject to change, as always. 😀

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Tavern of Salvius Scrofa, Rome

His head covered, Gaius pushed open the heavy door and stepped over the threshold; a red ceramic cup flew through the dusty air, barely missing his left shoulder, and smashed into pieces as it hit the adjacent wall.

“You swindled me, you cunt-licking fart!”

With one dark eyebrow raised, Titus grinned as he counted his pile of winnings. “Now, now… watch your language, soldier. There are ladies present.”

“What ladies? Those filthy whores over there?”

Laughing, the five or so men who had crowded around to watch their game slapped each other on the back while the plastered veteran pleaded. “Io, be a sport and give us another chance, then. You stole my wages for the month. My wife will murder me if I return home with an empty purse.”

Titus carefully picked through the stack of coin before he tossed his opponent a shiny denarius. “Have one minted by the Divine Augustus—pure silver, not diluted like the new specie. You may thank me for saving your lousy life.” Chuckling, Titus pushed his chair back and crossed his arms. “And I do not cheat at dice.”

“You’re a thief and a liar, Titus Petronius!” Gaius roared from the doorway. The veterans gathered around the wooden tavern tables ceased their slurred conversations and turned in time to watch him uncover his auburn curls. They all staggered to their feet and straightened their postures. One spastic fool knocked over an entire pitcher of drink; the amber ale puddled in the wide cracks between the limestone floor pavers.

“Commander Fabius, sir.” They saluted in near but not precise unison. Discipline had become lax.

Fucking peacetime.

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  4 comments for “Sneak peak

  1. March 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    LOL. oh dear, thats really quite hilarious! Probably would in reality be a bit disgusted by such rowdy behaviour but set in the roman era with a healthy dose of fiction separating reality, I absolutely loved the lad banter. Titus and Gaius have history don’t they…so looking forward to reading more about that.

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    • March 27, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      This promises to be a fun bit! Yes, Luc’s younger brother served as a military tribune under Gaius during the Dacian Wars, so their relationship should be an interesting mess. 😀

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  2. March 29, 2015 at 12:38 am

    HAHA. Yes.

    Liked by 1 person

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