It was strange that Clio wanted to go and see Lexus while dressed as a boy - sure she did it once, but again? Besides, Thalia was not sure if Clio would make a very belilevable boy, she was very pretty and she had those gorgeous eyes and lashes that reminded her of a deer. So beautiful. She would be a very pretty boy. Clio chuckled and laid back on the bed, saying she didn't think she passed as a boy at all anyway and that the boy hadn't passed very well as a girl. That was all good then. But then her sister added that she would have to practice if she were to do it again.
To Thalia, it seemed like Clio was not giving up on this matter. But of course she'd not tell!
"I won't tell him, don't worry. I keep your secrets, you keep mine... as we've always done." She said with a smile and laid next to her sister, watching her a little bit. The smile faded as she became thoughtful on the matter of her sister meeting a boy, but what about Thalia?
"I don't know if I'll ever get to meet someone like you have. Even if he's the son of a freedwoman." It was better than nothing, right? She was so anxious to experience her first, proper kiss. And Clio might get there before her, now.
Septima felt perhaps a little bit of an outsider here – she had read the book, once, but although it was an interesting story, there were things far more interesting to her. Septima liked the real world and she liked people… so she liked being here, with all these other women, although most seemed to be older than Septima and her sister. They had children of their own while Septima was not even married yet.
She followed Horatia towards the triclinium when another few guests arrived and she smiled widely, as Caecina was approaching her! Thank the gods for a friendly face, she thought to herself! They had met at the market once, when Septima had lost her purse – or rather, it was stolen from her – but Caecina had been so kind to help her and they spent an afternoon together. And now they were going to do it again, it seemed. She returned the friendly hug and kissed Caecina on each cheek too, “How lovely to see you too, Caecina! I hope you are well…” She said and now that she had a friend here, that wasn’t her sister, she leaned in, speaking with a lower voice, “Have you read it recently?”
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They were definitely very different when it came to their interests and what they liked to do and wanted with their lives... but yes, Thalia would always have Clio's back and she expected her sister to be there for her too, when she needed it. They had always been there for each other and it was going to stay that way. That's what Thalia expected and believed. Clio gave her a smile when she promised she'd come with her and then her sister had mentioned going dressed as a boy. So she did it once and that was fine (well not fine, but not something she'd keep talking about either)... but she did not expect Clio to want to do it again!
Clio blinked and explained herself, how it was comfortable and easier to move around in and she could make observation. And then she envied boys. There were a lot of reasons to envy boys - they appeared to have more freedom, for example - but for the sake of their clothes? What about dresses and jewels?
"I see... but still, going dressed as a boy, in public?" Thalia said, still a bit surprised, "Besides, do you think people would believe it? I don't know if I would. You'd definitely be a very pretty boy." She said with a grin, running a hand through Clio's long and pretty hair. She had a very feminine face too and then there were the feminine curves of course. It would be difficult to hide, or so she thought.
If this boy Lexus, son of a freedwoman, just wanted to help her sister make some scientific observations (that Thalia would never understand), maybe it wasn't so bad. Her sister did not think she was in love, after all... although she liked him. And Thalia just didn't want to see Clio upset or with a broken heart. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad. Clio said nothing and Thalia suggested she went with her, following her from a distance, so she'd kind of have someone with her, but without Lexus knowing. Maybe that was the smartest.
Not that she knew if she could tell what a boy would be up to, but she could try. And she did enjoy spending time with boys and with men, so she probably knew more than Clio anyway. Clio seemed to like the idea, "Of course I would." She said with a soft smile and Clio then went on about how it would be good, but she could not go dressed as a boy. Thalia's eyes widened again.
"Why would you go dressed as a boy?" Was this some sort of strange new observation her sister was making, or did Lexus like her in boy's clothes? Why would any girl want to go see a boy, while dressed as one? It was beyond Thalia's knowledge!
She should probably tell Clio to forget about the whole thing. She knew she'd not tell their grandfather, he wouldn't be very happy and she didn't want her sister to get into trouble. But she should be more clever, she should not encourage Clio befriending a boy of such a low rank. On the other hand, she enjoyed spending time with him, that much was clear. And if she was falling in love, Thalia would not want to see her sister unhappy. So she kind of hinted to the fact that Clio promised to see him again.
She said it was only 'sort of' and then said the boy wanted to help her with the observations.
"Maybe, if it's just that... it's not so bad." Thalia suggested, but she was thoughtful. How to do this without it being too scandalous? Oh, she had an idea!
"If you go to see him again, I could come with you. But keep a distance. Just so you're not alone with him? Then I can also tell better what he's up to..." She didn't know if Clio would like that idea, but it was in between not seeing him and seeing him with a kind of a chaperone.
She shouldn't encourage this; it was wrong on so many levels, but the thought of her sister with a broken heart was unbearable. Maybe Thalia was a little bit jealous, but at the same time, she loved her sister like nothing else and she only wanted her to be happy. Which was both a reason to encourage seeing the both and to tell her to not do it. Grandfather would be angry; the whole family might. It wasn't right. But was it right to break hearts when you didn't have to? And maybe the boy wasn't so bad, when Clio said so. Maybe they would just be friends.
Clio sighed and didn't know if she would see him and then said she shouldn't do it.
"But do you want to? If you want to see him and don't... you may be unhappy." Thalia said, it was quite a dilemma, "Besides, you made a promise to see him again, right?"
She wasn’t sure what to think. She was a bit excited for her sister, but at the same time, this just really didn’t look very good. Septima, hanging out with the son of a freed slave and swapping clothes with him, basically in public. It looked so bad, so scandalous. But she did want her sister to be happy. Gods it was… a dilemma!
Clio sighed and Thalia went on about how it was almost too much to take in and then wondered if her sister would see him again. And first she said no and Thalia opened her mouth to reply that it was good, but then Clio changed her answer… she would see him again? Maybe she was in love… with this plebian son who was the son of a freedwoman. So wrong… but so fascinating! Not that she should show that, she should try and remain sensible here, but… think of Clio with a broken heart! She would bury herself in her books and never come out again.
“So… are you going to do that? See him again?”
It was like that. That the more Clio told her, the more scandalous it sounded! At first, she just met someone and it was a boy. And then they swapped clothes. And now he was just a gardener! The first thing Thalia thought, was that the boy was a slave, since he was a gardener, but Clio hurried and said he was not a slave. But then came the next bit from her blushing twin sister... the boy's mother was freed. So his mother was a slave? The boy was some kind of a bastard born by a former slave...
"You meet the strangest people sometimes, sister!" Thalia said first, "But he wasn't a slave then, at least? Still though..." Quite low ranked in society, if he was the son of a former slave and Clio didn't mention his father. His father could be a freeborn Roman citizen who fathered a child with a slave. It had happened before, Thalia knew this. And no matter what, it sounded like the boy was a bastard.
"It... it's almost too much. You don't plan seeing him again, do you? Or... do you?" If she liked him, she probably wanted to see him again. But was it a good idea? It was a little bit exciting too. Clio had an adventure...
Of course she was still suspicious, this was all so strange and new to her. Clio, of all people, met a boy, who convinced her to swap clothes and he wore hers! As if the idea of Clio wearing boy’s clothes wasn’t strange enough, a boy wearing her clothes was even stranger. Clio seemed to agree that it was all odd and then came the next curious questions… was the boy nice then, if Clio really was fine? And more importantly… was he so nice that Clio had fallen in love?
This surprised her sister, she said it was not like that and the boy was a gardener. Thalia fought the urge to drop her jaw again. A gardener! No, grandfather could never know!
“A gardener! So… he’s a slave?” As far as she knew, most gardeners in Rome were slaves. It was dirty and hard work outdoors, so why would any free Roman do it, unless it required a certain set of skills, but then it was different. And they were talking about a boy here. A slave boy. Who swapped clothes with her sister. She bit her lip, it was almost too much.
She tried to comfort Clio, who suddenly appeared very nervous. It was for certain they could not mention this to anyone and her sister agreed with wide eyes. Thalia nodded. Their grandfather could definitely not know about Clio’s adventure today! Then she wondered just how much this boy could be trusted; a girl undressing near him and he wouldn’t look? Somehow Thalia did not quite believe that. Just like she wasn’t sure she believed he had good intentions with his idea of her wearing boy’s clothes.
Clio however was sure he turned his back and Thalia explained how surprised she’d been and she still worried the boy had done something. She didn’t know what. But Clio’s clothes had been off and her hair wasn’t done right. Her sister however insisted that nothing happened. The cat jumped off her lap then, while Clio explained what happened.
“You took a short walk… in each other’s clothes? I can’t believe a boy wore this…” She said, looking at her sister’s dress, and then she got curious again, “Was he nice then? If he didn’t look and you say he didn’t do anything. Are you in love?” Thalia had no experience with such things, but she wanted to be in love sometime. She daydreamed about it sometimes. And now Clio got in front of her. She didn’t know if she was happy for her sister or maybe slightly jealous…