It took the best part of the morning to reach Paulus‘s villa. As the entourage neared the villa, a figure approached them: this was Abraham, Paulus’s head slave. Welcoming the group Abraham dashed back to the Villa to make arrangements and alert his master. The group noticed a matronly figure in the Villa Garden. Spotting them the figure ran briskly to the Villa.
Abraham welcomed the group and led them through to his master’s atrium, where a dishevelled Paulus emerged to great them. They were all made welcome and invited to enjoy the hospitality of the Villa. There was no news of the missing Gaius Marcius Regillus but Paulus was overjoyed to meet Anaxagoras.
Lucius, with Quintus in attendance, headed to the bath house. Anaxagoras found the library. Tribune Nerva started working his way through Paulus excellent wines, while Leandro Fino had never eaten so well and soon, belly full, fell asleep. Anyaka dallied with an attractive young slave boy in the garden. The watchful Ragnar kept watch.