By Thomas Holt
Background tells us that during sixty nine advert, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself within the throat with a pen, and was once trampled to demise through horses in a muddy ditch. yet here is one other risk: Nero didn't die in that ditch, yet an individual who seemed a great deal like him did. this offers Nero the chance to begin a brand new existence in pursuit of his first love—music. yet Nero is being pursued through those that have cause to suspect he's nonetheless alive—one desires him lifeless, the opposite is a passionate fan of his dreadful track and desires his genius well-known.
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Now, this is where you need to be careful. ’ or whatever, they’re all going to look at you like you’ve got six heads, and a four-year-old girl you hadn’t noticed before’s going to burst into tears and run into the house yelling for Mummy No; what you want to do when the smith says, ‘Right, then,’ is stand there leaning on your walking stick and nod your head just the tiniest bit, with a little upwards flick. If you’ve done it right, there’ll be a silence that lasts about as long as it takes a cat to throw up a furball, and then they’ll carry on with their conversation where they left off, and you’re in.
Really, for two coatpins I could have banged his head against the wall. ‘I don’t understand. ’ Callistus swung round on him. ‘Oh God,’ he said, ‘have I got to spell it out for you? Listen. You and I look pretty much the same, right? Not shoulder to shoulder, maybe, but anyone seeing me on my own, without you there, would take me for you. ’ ‘Yes,’ Lucius Domitius said. ’ Bloody fool, he still hadn’t seen it. Callistus had to explain. ‘Simple,’ he said. ‘You kill me. When they get here, they find my body and think they’ve got you.
Quite probably,’ I said. ‘Catchy tune. Nice words. And it only takes one satisfied customer to go prancing round humming it and suddenly the whole village knows it. There was a song like that back home when I was a kid, something about a wandering knife-grinder and a farmer’s daughter—’ He gave me a poisonous look, for some reason. ‘Well, anyway, he said. ‘That’s quite enough about that. ’ Well, he shouldn’t have said that, because all the rest of the afternoon I was humming that stinking tune under my breath.
A Song for Nero: A Novel by Thomas Holt