Sunday snippet

A wee bit more from Chapter 4. Unedited and subject to change. Full draft chapter coming soon. 😀


Sulpicius glanced over Gaius’s shoulder and stared at Alle still astride his mule.

“Is the lad your slave, sir?”

“Yes, Alexandros is my personal slave and secretary. He’s accompanying me today because his mastery of the Dacian language is far better than mine.” Gaius turned and gestured to the ground. “Drop down from that beast, Alle. We’ll leave the animals with the portal watchmen. Have we permission to enter the Guard camps, Tribune?”

After learning Alle knew Dacian, the Praetorian raised his brows and eyed him suspiciously. Gaius cleared his throat; Sulpicius quickly collected himself and answered with a swallow, “Yes, Commander. Yes, of course.”

No further questions.

Respectful obedience.

One of the Roman’s agents?

“Do you understand the purpose of my visit, Tribune?”

“To review the Dacian captives for potential recruits to—”

Gaius raised his pointer finger to hush him. “Good, you understand. Escort us to whatever you’re using for a prison these days, my dear Tribune Sulpicius.”



  5 comments for “Sunday snippet

  1. Goldenground
    May 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Ooh, so they’re about to finally meet Brasus? That should be very interesting. I’m still wondering what Gaius’s motives are with that. He clearly doesn’t like Brasus so it’s puzzling that he’d arrange for a meeting. And it’s very subtle but no less worrisome that someone is suspicious of Allerix. But there’s the comfort in knowing Gaius is fiercely protective of him, even if he often bruises him in his eagerness to posses him. Although his demanding, mercurial and complex nature does enthrall and enamour Allerix if the last Sunday snippet is anything to go by. He’s falling in deep! Looking forward to the next draft chapter 🙂


    • May 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Often Gaius, Mr. Mercury, thinks he knows what he wants but then realizes a shinier ‘goal’ might be even more attractive. YES! Allerix is enthralled by the Roman savage who turns out to be a much more complex, compassionate man than Alle had imagined. Our Dacian is falling hard, but will he give up his plans for assassination? Killing Rome’s favorite emperor (and Gaius’s former guardian) would be the end of them as a couple, quite literally. Thanks for commenting, GG! ❤


      • Goldenground
        May 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

        “Often Gaius, Mr. Mercury, thinks he knows what he wants but then realizes a shinier ‘goal’ might be even more attractive.”

        And this unsettles the consistent, earth bound being that I am lol BUT it does make him exciting to read. And his growing love for Alle is certainly abiding which is both a curse and blessing in his mind it seems.

        “Killing Rome’s favorite emperor (and Gaius’s former guardian) would be the end of them as a couple, quite literally.”

        Or they could just run away like two lovers in a song? Gaius never held any love for the emperor anyway. Ha, I’m a romantic dreamer but I choose to believe these two find a way lol

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  2. Sevigne morris
    May 14, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Why Alle was giving a mule to riding instead of a horse? It was done in purpose so he couldn’t tried to escape?


    • May 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      He was given a mule to ride because he’s a slave. And yes, a slow, stubborn mule would prevent him from trying to escape by riding away, but I don’t think Gaius is all that worried that Allerix would try to escape in this instance. They’re both surrounded by Gaius’s bodyguards.


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