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"General, I am with you."
"I've spent years tracking men and beasts in the wild. Tracking is just reading a story of what has happened. The great city is much different of course, but I may yet be able to make some sense of the bloody footprints in the Theatre of Pompey, perhaps read that story. If there was perhaps one who did not act with the many, that man may be the ring leader?"
"With your leave, I shall head back to the bloodied Theatre."
Germanicus manages a sad smile and nods.
"My heart is strengthened by your ardour, though my spirit is much troubled by what has transpired."
He turns to the priestess and gives her the ornate gold ring from around his thumb.
"Sacrifice to Venus so that she might guide our hands and hearts in avenging Caesar's murder. We have a great work before us and we shall be in need of her support before too long."
"And now, friends -for we are made such by Fortune and spilt blood- we shall make the first moves against our enemies. The assassins will want to present themselves to the people as the champions and liberators of Rome. It is vital that we seize that bid from them.
I pray that Marcus Antonius comes to my house at noon, it would be unfortunate if our strength was divided. And so all of you should meet me there too, but I need you to go into the City first. Go with open ears and a quick tongue, remind everyone of the good things Caesar did: lowering the cost of living, securing the grain supplies, limiting the power of the aristocracy. Make sure they understand he was the people's champion against the Optimates.
He sighs deeply and looks with sad eyes towards Caelia.
"That much for the mundane then and again I am forced to see you descend into the lion's den, my dear Caelia Alba. White your name and arms may be, but your heart's blood is fiery red. It is essential that we find the extent of this conspiracy and you, it appears, are close to its roots. Find out what the role of this Brotherhood is, if they are the architects of this foul plot, or merely profiting from it. Give me names, Caelia, and I will make them bleed. If you are in need of aid, send me an invitation for lunch and I will move the heavens to come find you. If you are asked to lure me to a place, add to the invitation that you'll make wine-boiled octopus. Scaevola knows it's my favourite and won't suspect a thing."
He claps his hands and smiles at the two soldiers.
"I am sure we'll able to make use of your tracking skills soon enough, Lupus, but now I need you and Artemis on the streets.You have your orders, men, back at my mansion at noon!"
Artemis nodded at the Senator again with a deep smile, saluted the veteran officer, and pivoted to leave with Lupus. Artemis adjusted his clothing and the fibula that held the cloak in place. He took a deep breath and stepped back out in the Forum.
"So it seems despite everything we were too late... I won't accept this, please tell me in what I can be of assistance, perhaps I can go with you, Lady Caelia, they won't suspect a lowlife thief like me being with the authorities." He says as he looks at her, with his signature grin gone, his eyes filled with determination, as he closed his fists with great strength.
"Perhaps you could use me as an excuse for coming back, bringing a new "follower" to the brotherhood." Marcus said as he raised his head. "The more we can attack them from the inside, the better. They won't know what hit them."
She takes the senator's hands, "I think you may have the harder ordeal keeping the Rome's politics from sinking into chaos; the Gods know how we to survive now, even without Scaevola's machinations. Good luck Germanicus, dear friend." She kisses him lightly on both cheeks and then turns away into the crowd, motioning Marcus to go with her.
"So, you are a thief? And there I was thinking you were an actor from one of Livius Andronicus' comedies." She walks swiftly, forcing the red headed man to keep up.
"Right, so our plan is to visit taverns and speak to the old soldiers? As luck would have it, I have a passing knowledge of the taverns of Rome. And I certainly feel like an old soldier today. Let's cause some mischief." Lupus claps his colleague on the shoulder.
Glancing back, he calls, "We shall see you at noon, General."
"I trust Caesar can remain under the vigil of Venus until we have made preparations to transport his body to his house?"
" Claudius, go to the office of the heralds with all the haste you can summon from your deformed body. Have them announce in all the suburbs of the City that the body of the hero of the people, Gaius Julius Caesar, will be transported in procession from the Temple of Venus Genetrix to his house at the tenth hour of the day. In honour of Caesar's passing, all grain rations in the subura will be doubled for today."
"Next, messengers should be sent to all senators that the Senate of Rome invites all its upright members to join in the procession. Go now and meet me at Caesar's house. I feel, I may have a few things to explain to Calpurnia."
“Master, of course I will do your bidding, but I fear for your safety” he mutters uncomfortably, shifting from foot to foot.
Germanicus slaps Claudius with a resounding backhand and scowls.
My safety is inconsequential when the very existence of the Republic is at stake! Go and do as you are told.
"A pox on him and his republic" he mutters. "I hope it does all fall. What good is it anyway?"
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