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Cecelia entered and hopped onto Aquilo's desk. "How was your day?" she asked cheerfully. "I'm glad you came back."
Aquilo moved the file before she sat on it and placed it in a drawer. "Good, I see you did some shopping?" he asked as he smiled back at her. She was really full of a lot of energy.
"Yes, and I met a very nice lady who helped me choose some food," Cecelia told him. "Do you have any friends in the city? I've never heard you talk about any, but then I suppose I haven't known you long."
"I have few ... and the ones I have I only talk to when I need information." He stood up. "What's for dinner? Unless you didn't cook?" He offered her his hand.
Cecelia took Aquilo's hand and felt a blush rising to her cheeks. "I didn't cook, but there is food," she said quickly, before he could notice. "It's in the kitchen, but I could fetch it up here if you like."
"No, I think it's about time we have dinner in our kitchen ... our first dinner as husband and wife," Aquilo said as he led them down to the kitchen.
Cecelia felt a blush rising to her cheeks again, along with a grin. She pushed open the door of the kitchen and began getting things out of cupboards.
Aquilo started to help Cecelia out but opted for just watching her get things ready. He smiled at her reassuringly as he watched her get dinner ready.
In a few minutes, Cecelia had placed a wide range of foods in front of Aquilo on the wooden table in the centre of the kitchen. "We could eat in the dining room if you'd rather," she said quickly.
"Here is just fine. Don't want you to do too much and over work yourself. You're still young and you still deserve to have fun." Aquilo smiled at her. "Can we?" he gestured to the food.
"Go ahead," Cecelia smiled, sitting herself down beside Aquilo helping herself to a large hunk of bread. "Tell me about the city. I'm sure you know a lot about it."
He grabbed the spoon and started helping himself to some food, placing considerable amounts on his plate. "The City, it's home. It's big and if you're not careful, you can get lost or worse. There's lots of people to meet and talk to. They're pretty nice out here. We tend to take care of each other if or when we can. Just make sure you're in the right part of the City.
"The right part of the City?" Cecelia questioned, her eyes wide. She hadn't imagined that her new home could be particularly dangerous. "What sort of dangers are there?"
"Same as in Rome except worse." Aquilo said before grabbing his drink. Hopefully she understood.
Cecelia looked troubled, but said nothing. What could possibly be worse than Rome, where her brother had been stabbed to death? She glanced around her surroundings with a new-found fear, her appetite gone.
He saw in her eyes, the fear. He placed his hand on hers. "There's really nothing to be afraid of, just stay in the city. In the center of the city. Don't go anywhere you didn't go before."
"But I barely went anywhere," Cecelia mumbled, feeling disappointed. She had been looking forward to exploring, and now she wouldn't be able to. "I'm sure I'll be alright if I go a little further afield."
"Sure. Don't go beyond the jewlry shop and the fountain. Those are at the opposit end of each other and mark where the bad city parts begin. I don't want to have to explain what happened if something does happen?"
Cecelia was completely clueless as to what Aquilo was hinting at, but she didn't question any further. She didn't want to seem stupid in front of him. If she was going to get any chance of her husband actually seeing her in a romantic way, she had to make him think she was grown up.
Aquilo smiled and turned to finish his food. He'd have to go to the council tomorrow to pick up a package from Rome. It was sen't by the Emperor.