Saturday, December 08, 2007
First Meeting 1
The door swung open as far as it would go, and a large, broad-shouldered man stamped into the cubiculum, bringing with him both wind and rain. [The last thing you want when a large man bursts into your cubiculum is for him to have wind.] The guttering lamp twinkled off his insignia--a centurion's.
I jumped up from my bunk and stood to attention. [Hmm. Care to elaborate?]
He looked from one of us to the other, and seemed not to suffer the difficulty I was having in not laughing at Marcus, who was standing to attention in only his underclothes.
"Which of you's Aquilla?" the centurion said, in a breathy, raspy voice.
"I am, sir," I said.
An unidentifiable growl in his throat. Laughter, disapproval?
"You've been looking for me."
This had to be Durinus. [This was Durinus, then.] And yes, I had been trying to find him, on and off, although he had proved as elusive as the coin in the shell game. My searches had achieved nothing, beyond enriching the legion's boys--and impoverishing me.
[Aquilla: I'm looking for Durinus.
Legion's boys: We've written his location on a piece of papyrus and placed it under one of these shells. It'll cost you a denarius to play.]
"Yes, sir. The Tribune Poeca ordered me to report to you as a riveter."
He closed the gap between us in one stride, seized my hands, and inspected them.
I bit my lip against the pain in my shoulder.
"Poeca should know better," Durinus told the top of my head. "I don't let the nobility play with melt. Their fathers don't like it."
Aquilla? Again? This guy's made more appearances on this blog than a weredingo.
a. Scientific name for the phlegmball I just hacked up.
b. A place to find beautiful women asleep.
c. Their dingdong
The shell game uses a pea. A coin would make noise, making it obvious which shell it was under. By the way, if you want to play the shell game properly, you need the best shells. This site offers three half-walnut shells for $150.00 Along with books, DVDs, and peas (free shipping on a $15 set of three peas).
Not clear why searching for Durinus enriches the legion's boys. How many times can you fall for the "I'll take you to Durinus for one sestertius" line, before you wise up?
Posted by Evil Editor at 9:17 AM