GoR amuse-bouche #16

Finally, a tidbit with no plot spoilers! This scene takes place at Marcia’s estate in the Alban Hills southeast of Rome. Unedited.

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“Does your Dacian boy sing?” Marcia asked.

“I don’t know.” Gaius turned around. “Can you sing, Alle?”

“Yes, Dominus.”

“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.”

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JPK

  2 comments for “GoR amuse-bouche #16

  1. September 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Mmmmmmm there’s just something about this that made my tummy squirm and my hair stand on end. Allerix’ tongue in cheek attitude and gaius’ casual control is delicious.

    • September 29, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Oh, casual control. I adore that!!!

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