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He insisted. I mentioned that i used to be having a calming, well-earned tub, during which I was hoping to dissolve each hint of the air I’d been compelled to percentage with Publius Laurentius Scaurus. Orestes got here whatsoever, and sat down at the flooring having a look unfortunately at me and never conversing. “I instructed Hiero,” I acknowledged. “I didn’t are looking to become involved. ” “You’re concerned all right,” Orestes stated. “They’re hard your extradition. ” I’m no longer a courageous guy. I squealed like a pig. “Hiero’ll by no means agree. ” “No,” Orestes acknowledged, “he won’t. And that suggests there’s going to be a conflict. Which,” he additional, with a faint shrug of his shoulders, “we’ll in all likelihood lose, except you could examine a manner of blasting the Roman fleet out of the bay. Pity approximately that,” he extra. “Yes,” I stated. “But it’s now not my fault. ” “Nobody stated it was,” Orestes responded gloomily. “Still, that’s something I by no means concept I’d see. ” “What? ” “Archimedes,” he stated, status up. “Outsmarted by way of a Roman. ” He used to be with regards to to go away. I referred to as him again. “I don’t suppose,” I acknowledged, “you’ve nonetheless acquired your dossier on Naso. ” He grinned at me. “As an issue of fact,” he stated, and pulled out the papers from below his tunic. I sighed. “Read them to me,” I stated. “My eyesight—” So he learn his notes at the lifestyles and instances of Quintus Caecilius Naso, as much as some degree the place I advised him to prevent and return a piece. He learn that bit back, and that i requested him a few questions, which he was once fortunately capable of resolution. “You wouldn’t take place to have,” I acknowledged quietly, “anything related on our pal Scaurus? ” “Wait there,” he acknowledged. * the tub was once getting chilly whilst he got here again, yet I hadn’t afflicted to get out. I’d been too busy pondering; or, fairly, bashing helplessly on the locked door of my instinct, at the back of which I felt convinced the reply lay … “Publius Laurentius Scaurus,” Orestes stated, peering owlishly on the paper in his hand. “A member of the influential Laurentii kinfolk, as soon as in demand within the Optimate circulation, even though their impact has been at the wane for the final two decades or so. Married to the second one cousin of the distinguished Aemilius—” there has been much more of that kind of factor. i used to be partially listening, the best way an outdated married guy in part listens to his spouse. even as, my brain used to be hopping, flapping, until eventually unexpectedly and fairly unexpectedly, it soared. “Got it! *” I consider shouting. “Here, support me out, I’ve bought to determine Hiero. ” Which I did, refusing to attend, or see anyone else. I barged my manner into the royal presence and informed him all approximately it. Then I stated, “Well? ” A pause; then Hiero stated, “You’re correct. ” “Yes,” I acknowledged. “I am. ” Hiero nodded slowly. Then he lifted his head and checked out me. “Archimedes,” he acknowledged. “Yes? ” “Why haven’t you were given any outfits on? ” * unlike our earlier encounters, my 3rd assembly with Scaurus was once noticeably low-key. there have been simply the 3 folks, in a small backyard in the back of the palace. We sat like civilized males less than a great previous beech tree, and a boy served wine and honey tarts. Hiero – he used to be the 3rd member of the get together – wiped his lips delicately on a linen serviette and gave Scaurus a pleasant smile.