Finally, a tidbit with no plot spoilers! This scene takes place at Marcia’s estate in the Alban Hills southeast of Rome. Unedited.
“Does your Dacian boy sing?” Marcia asked.
“I don’t know.” Gaius turned around. “Can you sing, Alle?”
“Wonderful. Put down that pitcher and come serenade us with a song in your heathen tongue.”
Allerix scratched his chin and smoothed his tunic before moving in front of the couches. When he opened his mouth and sang a haunting tune he’d learned during the first war, Marcia exclaimed with glee, “By gods, he’s Orpheus! What a beautiful voice he has, Gaius.”
“I had no idea.” Gaius smirked, gesturing for Alle to stop. “Lovely, căţel, but next time choose a song that does not describe in vivid detail the maiming and beheading of Roman solders.”
“Cheeky bugger.” Avia chuckled through her mouthful of food. “You should keep this barbarian, Rufus. I like his pluck.”
“Yes, well I intend to temper some of his pluck tonight. Back to your station, Alle.”