continued onwards, oblivious to his four
pursuers. As Calpurnius rounded a
bend, there was a grunt and a muffled
shout. The four investigators looked at
each other before Fortis and Popillia
broke into a dead run. Each rounded the
corner, and Asella and Sextus paused in
shock while Fortis and Popillia charged,
Calpurnius was pinned against the wall
of a building by an even larger Helvetian
brandishing a knife. His silver dagger
was laying unhelpfully on the ground by
his feet. He turned with shock and fear
towards the running footsteps of
Popillia and Fortis. The Helvetian
turned and brought the knife up to
“Help me,” gasped Calpurnius.
Fortis and Popillia glared at the
Helvetian and stood in front of them,
fists balled and ready to swing. Asella
darted into the nearby alleyway and
disappeared into the darkness. From the
back, Sextus called out, “Let the man go!
We have business with him, not you!”
Calpurnius paled to a corpse’s
“Oh, yeah?” sneered the Helvetian,
though his eyes betrayed his fear at
having to take on Fortis, Popillia, and
possibly Calpurnius. “What f-”
Asella leapt out of the nearest alleyway
and grabbed a hold of the knife. She
wrenched it away as Fortis and Popillia
flew forward. Their fists collided with
the robber’s face, and both legs came
flying up to kick. The man fell down to
the ground. He wrapped his arms and
legs around him to shield himself from
Asella yanked both the knife and
Calpurnius away. She threw the knife
into another alleyway and kicked the
dagger to Sextus, who picked it up.
Calpurnius threw himself at Sextus’s
knees and clung to them.
Fortis and Popillia stomped on the
Helvetian before Fortis grabbed him by
the neck and hauled him into the air.
“If we ever catch you running around,
robbing people and threatening their
lives, even the Emperor will not be able
to stop our vengeance,” Sextus snarled.
“I-I won’t! Please, just let me go!”
“With pleasure,” growled Fortis. He
slammed the man against the wall and
watched him slump down. With a
mighty cry, the Helvetian leapt up and
ran down the street, terrified green eyes
glanced back at them in fear. A sandal
flew off his foot before he ducked into
an apartment building.
Even from down the street, they could
hear the door slam.
Popillia, Asella, and Fortis turned to
Sextus, who stared down at the man
clutching his knees.
“Thank you! Thank you so much!”
Calpurnius gushed. “I’ll do anything to
pay you back; anything, I swear!”
“Anything?” Sextus asked.
“Then, what have you been doing,