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. In which we meet Gaius Longinius Corvinus, mild-mannered Roman shipping clerk by day and illicit student of Magic by night; in which his father manages to bollocks-up his life rather spectacularly; and in which we travel from Rome to Liguria, and meet obnoxious little sisters and potentially evil prospective father-in-laws.
. In which Gaius meets his bride and acquires her as his wife (as well as a disreputable Greek slave); we attend a Roman wedding; and Gaius gets the hell out of Dodge and on his way back to Rome as quickly as possible.
. In which the odd little trio arrives safely in port; Gaius introduces Julia to Rome; they hire the most blatant, flamingly-gay real-estate agent in all Rome and acquire a house; and in which Gaius realises he's forgot what's really important, and decides to act like a git.
. In which Gaius proves he can be a massive git; he acquires the nastiest cook in Rome; and a thief in the shipping business promises to make life difficult.
. In which the household ghost takes care of the nasty cook, and we meet one of Gaius's more unpleasant relatives.
. In which Hyperion scores (in a manner of speaking); Primus proves exactly how much a fool he is; and Gaius tries to do the right thing, mucks it up, and manages to do something nice nevertheless.
. In which Gaius really screws up, and then manages to begin to get his head straight on several matters.
. In which Julia recovers nicely; Gaius faces the Grand High Pooh-bah/Inquisitor -- twice; Primus gets good news, predictably (and with the Author's apologies) nearly screws his life up again, and nearly takes Gaius with him.
. In which Gaius rids himself of several noxious substances (including bits of his pride), and acquires several important things (only II out of III of them positive).
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