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  1. Lucius was no stranger to the typical Roman banquet and all of its forms, whether it was the epulum, the cena, or the comissatio, as he would attend them all befitting a member of the most esteemed nobility. However in contrast to the past, he was a completely changed man and no longer did this senator drink himself to sleep, or go about fornicating with others no matter if they were total strangers to him or not. No longer did he find them to be as pleasurable or interesting as he once did, though naturally it depended on who hosted them, considering he attended them just to uphold his image rather than out of pure desire. A banquet hosted by no other than Oriana Laecania, daughter to Aulus Ordovian Laecanius V, wasn't supposed to be missed and instead one ought to attend it even if one were to be in a pretty bad shape. Lucius couldn't exactly put it, but it was something about Oriana's parties that always ended up in great success where every guest always had fun and felt quite good about it in the aftermath, including someone 'mature' as Lucius himself. His father Lucius Major and Aulus' relationship went back decades and it wasn't uncommon back in the day that the families would pay a visit to each others' homes, which is how Lucius Minor managed to get to Oriana to begin with. Finding her to be a beautiful, independent, and daring character compared to most Roman women, he would consider her to be one of his closest friends he could ever confide in, and she proved to be highly supportive ever since his parents died a few years ago. There were actually plans for him to consider marrying her, but for reasons only the Divine itself knew, it never went through and now not even Lucius himself knew if he would pursue it though in the end she probably was already being eyed by another rival senator. It was probably for the better that she remained as a friend rather than on the entire next level of the relationship phase, though one would never know if the circumstances would change. Lucius thought that she truly deserved someone who could treat her as the worthy woman she truly was. Wearing his finest toga and nearing his party destination, it would also prove to be a good opportunity to visit the now dying Aulus whose attendance at his father's funeral was appreciative enough, and he would more than likely show the same respect, when it was time for him to also move on to the next world. "Ladies." he said to two of them passing the other direction, the latter duo couldn't stop giggling and being mesmerized by his good looks, as his dear mother of his always remarked about, and old reputation as the ultimate man to spend the night with. The old Lucius would've immediately taken them home, pop up a vase of wine and they would've had a hell of a salacious journey waiting for them, their screams of pure lust heard across the entirety of Rome. However ever since he met old man Linus and his propagating Christian faith, he could no longer continue those old ways of his that only brought temporary, perceived happiness and sense of satisfaction. His eyes were opened up to a whole new world that he thought didn't exist, where the One True God helped him regain his confidence as a man who actually had a purpose to exist in this life to begin with. "Here we go again." Lucius made a positive sigh, before knocking on the door to Oriana's Domus as he could already hear that the Banquet was in full commotion. @Sydney
  2. October, 74 AD Lexus had promised to come and see the kind Oriana Laecania about a job in her garden. He still hadn’t forgotten how she’d been the night they met, at that party. He’d been so clumsy – again – and was lucky that he’d been clumsy with someone as nice as she. They’d also spoken about his father, he couldn’t remember how that conversation started, but she had seemed very curious. It didn’t matter though; what mattered was that he promised to come and see her and so he would. It was an early morning he left the home he shared with his mother to go to Oriana’s house. He came to the right part of Rome and did as she told him – he asked for directions and soon he found himself standing outside of the Domus that belonged to Oriana and her father. Or maybe it was the other way around. It didn’t matter. Lexus had all day; tonight he was going to serve at a fancy party nearby, so this was perfect. And if he got this job, perhaps he wouldn’t have to serve at parties anymore and get those gazes he didn’t want from older men. He knocked on the door and ran a hand through his hair, although it was probably as tousled as always. A slave came to open and he stated his business and hoped to see the young lady of the house. The slave led him inside and towards an office, where he was instructed he could wait. The home seemed very quiet and he was curious about seeing the garden and finding out how he could work there… and if it was even something he could do. But he’d love having such a nice mistress to work for, he thought to himself. He spent the time waiting with looking at all the finery in the room, until finally there were footsteps approaching and he turned towards the entrance to the room to see her. @Sydney
  3. He had once more found a temporary job as a servant for yet another wealthy family in Rome. Lexus and his mother weren’t exactly wealthy, after all, and although his mother was far from some old woman, she also wasn’t young anymore. And Lexus he was growing and he had taken small jobs since they came to Rome, to help out his mother. Tonight was yet another night like that. He didn’t always enjoy the jobs, because sometimes the guests at the parties would end up drunk and wanted to bed anything that walked past them. Lexus remained inexperienced in that department though, although he supposed he should soon change that. He was very curious, after all, and especially after knowing Phaedo in the Domus Venus, he knew a thing or two… even if he hadn’t tried it for himself. He didn’t want any old drunk men at parties though, so he tried to avoid them the best he could. Tonight wasn’t so bad so far, there were women here too and the men didn’t stray too much if their wives were here. While a couple of slaves danced in the peristyle, he stopped to watch them for a moment, while he stood with a tray of dried peaches. It reminded him of how he met the kind Gaia, who apparently knew his father… and he and his mother also went to visit her and her daughter in their fancy villa, but his mother decided that they didn’t really need it. They had their home in Rome and she had many people depending on her washing and mending their clothes. And Lexus, well he could serve people’s drinks and food so far. After he’d been watching the interesting dancers a few moments, he thought he better move on and see if any of the guests would like a dried peach. He took a step backwards, but instead of meeting thin air there, his back collided with a warm body behind him and he gasped and stumbled and then the tray and the peaches were on the ground… that was bad! And who did he walk into? Lexus turned to face a beautiful looking younger woman there. She was clearly not quite as young as Lexus, but also no matron, he thought to himself... “Apologies, Domina, I forgot to look where I was going.” He said, “If I hadn’t dropped the tray, I’d have offered you some peaches. I can get some for you though, if you’d like? Once I've removed these, of course. As an apology? If you'd like?” When Lexus was clumsy, he tended to try to talk it away, apparently. @Sydney
  4. Oriana loved attending parties. She could gossip, drink wine, and be with people that were equally as rich as she was. The woman always attended by herself, though she never cared. People watching was one of her favorite things to do at the parties. Sometimes with a glass of wine in her hand, she'd see who was all there and who was important. She'd scout out new faces and talk to men that might have potential. People thought that she still wasn't married again because she was still mourning her late husband, though that couldn't be further from the truth. There were other reasons, and she was in no rush. The young woman sat on the couch of the home, talking to an acquaintance of hers named Valia. The two of them always found each other at parties and gossiped about dumb things. Valia was tolerable but she got on Oriana's nerves after a while. She had talked to her friend for a while when she spotted someone. She turned to her acquaintance and asked who the man was, with Valia saying that it was a rich guy that showed up recently. Oriana had been busy lately so it was no wonder someone new flew under her radar. Valia kept talking to her, which Oriana tuned out for the most part. New people in her circle of Rome always fascinated her, and with her being quite tipsy from the wine, she was bolder than ever. The semi-drunk Oriana kissed her friend goodbye and walked towards the man she hadn't seen before. She raised an eyebrow as she took another drink of her wine. "Hello sir, I haven't seen your face around here before." She said, trying not to sound like she was tipsy. She was still competent and coherent, which was important. "I am Oriana Laecania. Are you not from Rome or have I just missed a pretty face like yours?" It was kind of a personal question and it was possible he had a wife, but the wine was talking at this point.
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